California: SHRM Experts & Research on Open Enrollment

Oct 2, 2014

Open enrollment will be held in the coming months at many employers across California to allow employees to choose health insurance plans and other benefits.

Open enrollment experts from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, Va., and the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) are available to discuss upcoming changes and trends employees can anticipate during 2015 open enrollment.

According to SHRM’s manager of compensation and benefits, employees can expect higher health insurance premiums, deductibles and co-insurance, and in some cases exclusions for working spouse exclusions. Additionally, more employers will increase wellness benefits and continue complying with Affordable Care Act reforms.

While the focus of open enrollment often entails how it will affect employees, benefits are an important recruiting tool for California organizations. According to SHRM 2014 Employee Benefits in California reports, one-third (33%) of surveyed organizations in California leveraged their benefits program to recruit employees. Health care (68%) and retirement savings and planning (55%) are the benefits most frequently leveraged to retain employees.

Below are a list of SHRM and SHRM-affiliated open enrollment experts who are available for interviews.

SHRM Experts

Bruce Elliott, manager of compensation and benefits, Society for Human Resource Management

Bettina Deynes, vice president of human resources, Society for Human Resource Management

CalSHRM Contacts

CalSHRM supports California's HR community of over 27,000 HR professionals and the state’s 17 local chapters.

Mike Letizia, CalSHRM director, and principal consultant, Letizia HR Solutions

Deb Horne, past CalSHRM state director, and director of human resources, CMC Rescue, Inc.

To schedule an interview, please contact Vanessa Gray of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6072 or or Kate Kennedy at 703-535-6260 or


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