Event update – Employee Benefits Northern Exhibition and Conference 2006

Keynote sessions
This year’s keynote sessions will address the issues around developing and managing a modern remuneration package. They will emphasise the importance of giving non-pay aspects of reward due attention, while also grappling with flexible benefits, total reward and variable pay.

Conference sessions
This year’s conference sessions will tackle the issues that are high on benefits managers’ ‘to do’ lists. For the first time, sessions have been split into three subject streams – flexible benefits, tax-efficient benefits and total reward.

Guidance will be given on how to select the right flexible benefits, how to manage tax-efficient benefits, and how to link performance and pay.

In addition to the streamed sessions, there will be others including wellbeing in the workplace, the pensions funding crisis, managing costs and risk in relation to fleets, and effective benefits communications. As always, the aim is to produce a conference that has something of interest for everyone.

The masterclass sessions have been designed with the more experienced HR and benefits professional in mind. They will take on a more strategic approach to benefits and reward and provide in-depth case studies from employers. The two topics covered are:

– Demonstrating the business value of total reward.

– Strategies for communicating reward during times of change.

Panel sessions
Also new this year are two panel discussions. These will tackle two topics that are generating coverage in the national press. Panellists from various backgrounds will be invited to contribute to forthright and challenging debate and discussion. The two panel sessions are:

– Why employers are being sued for not providing financial advice.

– How can employers tackle an ageist culture?