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Future of Benefits / Impact from November Election

  • 29 Apr 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Webinar


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Future of Benefits / Impact from November Election

Live Webinar

FREE for OCCABA members.

Non-OCCABA member may register for $30.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (Pacific Time)

We have been operating on all cylinders for a year now, in a reactive and uncertain state of pandemic overdrive during which many set strategic benefit planning aside.  Now we are beginning the shift from COVID & ZOOM fatigue, to Regulation fatigue as the new administration moves swiftly during its first 100 days in an effort to rebuild the economy.

In this session participants will gain expert insight from a moderated panel on the Future of Benefits and Legislative Impact from the November election. Dawn Kazoleas, VP of HR & Compliance, Weber Metals and Founder of Holistic Resources will facilitate a discussion with Mike Sinkeldam, Mercer SoCal ERISA attorney and non-discrimination testing expert and Beth Umland Mercer’s National Director of Research for Health & Benefits focused on Vaccinations, Benefit Design, Compliance and Work from Home. 

Please see this 45 second video featuring Dawn Kazoleas introducing this event:

Our guest speakers will be:


Dawn Kazoleas is the Vice President of Human Resources for Weber Metals, a metal forging company located in Paramount, CA. Dawn has more than 25 years of HR experience in a variety of industries, including Oil & Gas (Mobil Oil Corp), Automotive (Mitsubishi Motors) and Aerospace (Weber Metals).

Dawn has a diversified HR background with a solid foundation in the core HR functions, in addition to non-tradition responsibilities for Fire & Security, Real Estate, Facilities Management, Risk Insurance and Environmental functions.  She has worked in not only the manufacturing environments, but also corporate and global assignments as well.  In addition to her business role, she volunteers her time with TapRoot, working on HR Capacity projects for LA and OC based non-profit organizations.

Dawn is an Iowa native who obtained her Master of Science degree in Organizational Communication with an emphasis in Labor & Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and her Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Psychology from Arizona State University.  Currently, Dawn and her 3 children reside in Orange County, California.


Mike Sinkeldam is a Principal and compliance consultant with Mercer Health and Benefits and is located in the Irvine, California office.  He has been with Mercer since 1986.  His expertise includes consulting with employers on all aspects of employee health and welfare benefits including, health care reform, ERISA, ADA, FMLA, COBRA, cafeteria plans and compliance and risk management issues. 

Mike is also designated as one of Mercer’s experts on welfare nondiscrimination testing.  In that role, he is responsible for providing consulting expertise on testing issues and overseeing all phases of the testing process being performed for Mercer clients throughout the country.

Mr. Sinkeldam is currently a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and the State Bar of California. He received his J.D. degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1976.


Beth Umland is Mercer's Director of Research for Health and Benefits. She conducts Mercer's National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans and other surveys that are used widely by employers, the media, and health policymakers. She is co-editor of Mercer’s US Health News blog, which brings timely, original articles to over 14,000 subscribers each week. She lives in New York City but has siblings in LA and Santa Barbara and visits as often as they let her.

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