Framed by the Affordable Care Act, private and government-run health care exchanges, and the latest worksite marketing practices, the keynote presentations at the 2014 Workplace Benefits Renaissance are laser-focused on what you need to know to succeed in today’s business environment.

Held Feb. 24-26 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., the conference kicks off with a can’t-miss presentation from the head of the Employers Association on New Jersey breaking down the impact of the ACA on employers. From tax benefits to compliance requirements, small and medium-sized enterprises now have to deal with the challenges — and benefits — of the law. In this session John Sarno, president and general counsel the Employers Association of New Jersey, will discuss how the law has impacted the more than 1,000 New Jersey businesses that are members of the Employers Association. Later, hear Joanna Kerpen, partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and an expert on health reform, address what went wrong, what went right, and what to do right now about the ACA.

Day two features a keynote presentation on the ACA’s SHOP exchanges. In 2014, the Small Business Health Options Program may only be accessed directly through an insurance broker or insurance company — enhancing the importance of the adviser–client relationship. This session will offer an in-depth review of SHOP exchanges for brokers, employers and employees. Meanwhile, a panel on private health exchange strategies will explore the employer-sponsored option. Hear Rodger Bayne, present, Benefit Indemnity Corporation, and Michael Thompson, principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers, discuss how these private exchanges are quickly developing into platforms that offer access to a broad menu of products and services that benefit employees.

Other keynotes include a panel of top voluntary benefit producers who will discuss how they have been successful in selling massive amounts of life insurance and other insurance plans through payroll deduction, as well as a presentation on go-to tactics for opting out of the ACA through self-insured plans.

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