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SHRM@QU Speaker Series: Laura Lepeska

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SHRM@QU is a local student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. We provide students from across the University with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management through affiliation with the New Haven Chapter, the CT State Council, and the national SHRM organization.

The objectives of this chapter include:

*Promoting the exchange of work-related experience of established business professionals with the theoretical academic perspectives of student and faculty members through open forums and information exchanges.

*Encouraging the acquisition, growth, and continuation of our respective careers in human resource management through expanded knowledge, camaraderie, respect, and mutual support among chapter members and through our affiliation with SHRM and our sponsoring chapter.

*Provide a pool of human resource management leaders for perpetuation of the chapter and of SHRM.

*Function as an important vehicle for promoting the field of human resource management to students.



    Laura Lepeska is the director of benefits at Quinnipiac University and has over 22 years of hands on, progressive experience in all facets of employee benefit plan design, administration, management and compliance for health & welfare and retirement plans.  She has extensive knowledge of federal and state benefit related laws and regulations and comprehensive knowledge of complex qualified defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans, including IRS and DOL regulations.
    Laura was hired at Quinnipiac in 2011 as the benefits manager and earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation in 2012 from the HR Certification Institute.  She was promoted to director of benefits in 2015 and earned the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designation from the Society of Human Resources Management the same year.
    Laura shared with the SHRM@QU chapter that a benefit is a form of  indirect compensation given to an employee or group of employees. There are two types of benefits that are given, the first is those that are legally required and the second are voluntary benefits that companies utilize to attract and retain talent. Benefit professionals say workers want more money in their pocket over higher quality benefits, however studies have shown that employees prefer having a richer benefit plan. Due to this information Laura has created the QU benefit plan to include health benefits, a wellness program, benefits surrounding financial security, income protection, and work and family benefits. Laura shared that 30-40% of annual wages are made up through benefits as a total compensation package. She encouraged the SHRM@QU students to stay current with the regulations as they are always changing!

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