Managing HR as a Business: Benefit Trends, FMLA, and Workforce Absence Management
As recruiting and retaining employees continue to be a challenge, this session is designed to discuss current trends in group benefits. This session will also include some cost containment strategies and ideas employers are implementing.
Workforce absence management and FMLA continues to be a very complex topic for employers. Trevor will discuss new regulations and administration best practices in this area.
Aaron Janssen, Account Executive Group Benefits
Aaron is an Account Executive working on the Group Benefits Team. Aaron develops business relationships and provides professional advice regarding benefit plan designs.
Prior to his time with SilverStone Group, Aaron worked with groups and individuals throughout the Midwest to help them understand their retirement strategies, including Medicare options and entitlements. With each presentation he gives, Aaron strives to leave his clients thinking, "I get it now." His main goal is not sales but rather educating clients on their options while cutting through the clutter and the noise.
Aaron enjoys working at SilverStone Group because his goals line up with theirs - to put the clients' needs first. Aaron is a member of the NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Sioux Falls) and Sioux Falls Connections. His hard work has earned him several awards, including the Pacesetter Award, the Club and Agent of the Month.
Trevor Watson serves as the West Regional Leader for HUB’s Workforce Absence Management practice and has over 10 years’ experience working in a multitude of roles across the employee benefits and absence management industry.
Trevor began his career in the Life and Disability carrier space as a Disability claims examiner before progressing into a management role, overseeing a team of Disability examiners managing claims for clients ranging in size from 100 – 10,000+ lives. Transitioning out of operations and into client consultation, Trevor worked as an Absence Management Consultant, providing guidance and consultation to clients regarding their Life, Disability, and Leave of Absence programs assisting with topics including, but not limited to, program design and implementation, streamlining administration, and ongoing compliance with state and federal regulations. Trevor leveraged his knowledge and expertise to find success working several years as a Sr. Group Benefits Sales consultant – first with a carrier and later with a TPA. In addition to his experience working in the carrier/TPA space, Trevor also worked in the Absence, Disability Management, and Life specialty practice of a large national insurance broker/consultant where he assisted with absence and time off programs, industry benchmarking, compliance, and program marketing for clients with 10,000 or more employees.
Trevor is a graduate of The University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Business Management. He lives in Erie, CO with his wife, son, and chocolate Labrador. He enjoys his time off playing golf and spending quality time with his family.