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May 2018 Meeting

    Spring is buzzing and so was the May meeting which took place on May 10th.

    Michael Timmes, our chapter President, opened the meeting with some general announcements:

    Upcoming Events
    May 15 @ 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. - Panel Discussion: The Future of Work is Rapidly Changing.  Are You Ready?
    Note: immediately following this event will be a Job Fair.
    Location: Bell Works, Holmdel

    May 23 @ 5:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion: The #MeToo Movement: Effective Strategies to Create Harmony and Reduce Risks in the Workplace moderated by Jackson Lewis
    UPDATE: as of this writing this panel discussion was cancelled due to low participation

    May 24 @ 5:30 p.m. – HR Happy Hour: Young/Emerging Professionals Spring Event
    Location: Boathouse Bar and Grill, Belmar
    To RSVP, please email

    June 5 @ 8:00 a.m. – Panel Discussion: The Impact of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in the Workplace presented by Monmouth Ocean Development Council
    Location: CentraState Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus, Freehold

    There is still time to apply. The Ann C. Edwards scholarship was created to support the continued education of our members and their children. Click on this LINK to review the details. The deadline for this year’s applications is May 25th

    A BIG Welcome to:

    New Members: Melissa Carpinello, Tara Chambers, Juliet Gossett, Joan Kampo, Collee Mannarino, Gail Russell, Amber Scruti, and Lori Skowrenski.

    Guests:  Cynthia Ball, Valerie Collins, Vincent DeGregoro, Dawn Doherty, Marie Donoso, and Chuck Drawbaugh

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    Diversity Minute
    The American Conference on Diversity (ACOD) is facilitating a Stride Walk
    When: Sunday, May 20th @ 10:30 am (registration) / 11:30 AM (Step-off)
    Where: Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ


    Legal Minute
    Rich Cino shared that in a recent press release Governor Murphy created a task force to examine Independent Contractors. This is being driven by the loss of tax revenue due to misclassification. This may be a good time to make sure your employees are properly classified.


    Meeting Sponsor
    Merrill Lynch / Bank of America Corp. sponsored the May meeting.



    Thomas Loncar, CRPS®, AIF®, VP and Senior Retirement Consultant of OppenheimerFunds spoke on the topic of Operating in Compliance: Understanding IRS and DOL Audit Hot-Button Issues and How Plan Sponsors Can Address Them

    This very informative session offered much insight on the fiduciary responsibility of organizations to make sure that certain benefit programs are fair and in compliance with relevant laws. This presentation covered IRS and DOL audit “hot buttons,” and walked through some actual as well as hypothetical case studies.  Thomas reviewed common errors plan administrators typically make and offered ideas on how to mitigate or correct those mistakes. The presentation also covered best practices in benefit administration and provided checklists to help with managing fiduciary responsibilities.


    Next Meeting

    Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Networking and Breakfast 8:00 a.m. / Meeting 9:00 a.m.
    Topic: Stretch for Success – Proactive Prevention with Corporate Wellness Programs
    Location: Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune