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Benefit Basics  

Learn the intricacies of company benefit packages.

  • Identify key terminology that applies to the world of benefits
  • Recognize the types of benefits plans and distinguish between mandatory and optional benefit programs
  • Understand the key components of state and federally regulated programs such as COBRA, ERISA, FMLA and HIPAA
  • Learn future trends in benefit planning and the potential impact on benefit costs
  • Review the key benefit families and the benefit options available in each category
  • Use research skills to identify benefits in the news, and to expand knowledge in benefits outside the classroom

Variety is the spice of life, so the saying goes. This applies very well to company benefits, since the benefits that one worker finds attractive may be unattractive to another. Benefits are an important facet of HR and can be complicated. Gain an overview and essential building blocks to understanding benefits packages, including knowledge of mandatory benefits and the difference between voluntary and regulated benefit plans.

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Item: W9767
CEUs:  1.5
Schedule: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 5 M W - 2/8/2021 - 2/22/2021
A NetID account is needed to access the course materials via Canvas, the online learning management system.
Instructor(s):  Mary Summers, SPHR
Location: ONL   Room:
Online courses require an internet connection and the ability to interact both through audio and video using either a web cam/microphone, speakers/headset using a computer or via a mobile phone connection. Any costs associated with connectivity or equipment are the responsibility of the student.

Recommended textbook: This class utilizes Human Resource Management, 15th ed by RL Mathis and JH Jackson.

In order to access the course materials, students must have a Bellevue College NetID. Please click here to create your NetID account.

Total cost: $329.00




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