Ashford university – bus 681 compensation and benefits – week 4 dbs

Ashford 5: – Week 4 (Mar 11 – Mar 17)

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Week Four Learning Outcomes

This week students will:

  • Evaluate the use of benefits in compensation packages.
  • Assess the impact of using employer-sponsored retirement plans in place of pensions.
  • Examine the origins of Social Security.
  • Propose recommendations to improve the viability of Social Security.

Overview

Assignment Due Date Format Grading Percent
Discussion 1: Benefits Day 3
(1st post)
Discussion 3
Discussion 2: Employer-sponsored Retirement Plans  Day 3
(1st post)
Discussion 3
Assignment: Social Security Programs Day 7 Written Assignment 7

Readings

  1. Read the following chapters in your text, Strategic Compensation:
    • Chapter 9: Discretionary Benefits
    • Chapter 10: Employer-Sponsored Retirements Plans and Health Insurance Programs
    • Chapter 11: Legally Required Benefits

Recommended Readings

  1. Read the following journal articles for further insight into this week’s topics:
    • Purcell, P. (2010, April).  Income and poverty among older Americans in 2008. Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, 36(1), 1-29.  Retrieved from the Proquest database.
    • Purcell, P. (2010, April).  Pension sponsorship and participation: Summary of recent trends. Journal of Pension Planning and Compliance, 36(1), 30-48.  Retrieved from the Proquest database.
  2. You will find a list of websites that you may find useful under Course Materials in your online classroom.

Discussions
To participate in the following discussions, go to this week’s Discussion link in the left navigation.

  1. Benefits 
     
    Discuss the role of benefits in compensation.  Review the primary reasons an organization provides benefits to its employees; predict future trends in relation to employee benefits, including national healthcare; identify factors that should be considered when creating a benefits plan. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings. 
     
  2. Employer-sponsored Retirement Plans  
     
    Discuss the origins of employer-sponsored retirement plans.  Then, discuss the 2-3 most prominent trends in retirement plans including its impact for both the employee and the organization. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’ postings.

Assignment
To complete the following assignment, go to this week’s Assignment link in the left navigation. 

 

Social Security Programs 

Conduct research on the current state of Social Security.  Based on your research, write a 3-5 page paper that address the following: the concept of Social Security as originally envisioned by President Roosevelt; the viability of Social Security within the next 20-30 years; and 2-3 recommendations that would improve the viability of Social Security for the next generation.  Detail how best these recommendations can be implemented within the highly political environment that exists with this issue (including factors such as the implementation itself, communication, education, support, etc). 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

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