SRJC Course Outlines

1/18/2021 7:09:46 PMHR 65 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  HR 65Title:  HR BENEFITS ADMIN  
Full Title:  Human Resource Benefits Administration
Last Reviewed:5/11/2015

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled03 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 78.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Fundamentals of employee benefits programs and leaves of absence requirements.  Interpretation of California and Federal law to correctly administer employee benefits and leaves of absence.  Topics include the administration of group benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, worker's compensation, unemployment, COBRA, stock options, 401(k), 403(k), and retiree benefits, as well as family, medical, and pregnancy leaves of absence.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Fundamentals of employee benefits programs and leaves of absence requirements.  Interpretation of California and Federal law to correctly administer employee benefits and leaves of absence.  Topics include the administration of group benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, worker's compensation, unemployment, COBRA, stock options, 401(k), 403(k), and retiree benefits, as well as family, medical, and pregnancy leaves of absence.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
 
1.  Differentiate between the various health plan formats and describe the strengths and weaknesses.
2.  Determine and describe the cost to the employer of an employee benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and retirement plans.
3.  Describe the steps necessary to administer the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), Workers Compensation, State Unemployment Insurance (SUI), and other legally mandated entitlement/benefits plans.
4.   Identify the most common leaves of absence available to employees in California and describe their mandated and optional characteristics.
5.   Demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate leave of absence to an employee's real-life situation.

Topics and Scope
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I. Best Practices and Current Trends in Benefits Administration
  A. Developing an appropriate benefits package
  B. Communicating benefits to employees
 
II. Legal Requirements
  A. Benefits plans
   B. Leaves of absence
 
III. Costs of Benefits: The Current Dilemma Facing Employers
 
IV. Benefits Plan Options, Characteristics and Requirements:
  A. Medical plans
      1. Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO),  Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), Point of Service (POS), Indemnity Plan
     2. Structural options (FSA, HSA, HDHP)
  B. Retirement plan options
     1. Defined contribution plans
     2. Defined benefit plans
     3. Retirement plan structural options (401(k), ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan, etc.)
  C. Dental, Life, Long-term Disability (LTD), Vision
  D. State Mandated Leaves
     1. Domestic violence and sexual abuse
     2. Violent crime
     3. Kin care
     4. California Family Rights Act
     5. Pregnancy disability leave
  E. Federal Mandated Leaves
     1. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
     2. Coordination of State and Federal leave provisions
  F. COBRA and HIPAA Administration
     1. Leave of absence implications
     2. Benefits information implications
  G. Workers Compensation
 
V. Voluntary Time Off
  A. Vacation
  B. Holidays
  C. Sick time
 
VI. Attendance Policies
  A. Reasonable accommodations
   B. Employer rights and expectations
 
VII. State Run Insurance Programs
   A. State Disability Insurance
  B. Paid Family Leave
  C. Unemployment compensation
 
VIII. Federally-Run Insurance Programs
  A. Social Security
  B. Medicare

Assignments:
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1. Complete a multiple choice exam on legally mandated benefits.
2. View a video on health care in the US and write a 1000-word opinion paper on recommended solutions.
3. Develop, outline, and present a simulated employer benefits orientation.
4. Complete a brief essay exam on case studies presented in class regarding leaves of absence options.
5. Participate in a group discussion on leaves of absence issues and practical solutions.
6. Read a total of 100 pages for the course.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
15 - 25%
Write a 1000-word paper on the current health care options
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Participate in class discussion on health care problems and potential resolutions.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 30%
Present a sample benefits orientation to a class member.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 35%
Objective exam (multiple choice, etc.) Essay exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Participation in analysis of a case study in class


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
California Chamber of Commerce Text: Leaves of Absence in California  (Current Edition as laws change)

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