Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk 207 N St Mary's St San Antonio, TX 78205 United States

    Course Overview
    This course provides an introduction to strategic communication, focusing on total rewards communication. It begins by establishing the purpose and value of strategic communication along with discussing how behaviors can be influenced by communications. In addition, an eight-step process is detailed providing guidance for creating an effective and efficient communication campaign. Case studies provide participants an opportunity to apply the eight-step process. Furthermore, specific communications related to each of the total rewards elements are highlighted, as are suggestions for communicating special situations, such as a merger or an acquisition.

    • Learn the rationale for strategically planning a communication campaign.
    • Discuss the characteristics of effective communication.
    • Obtain an understanding of the eight steps of the communication process.
    • Identify the appropriate communication channel to deliver the message.
    • Review specific total rewards communications considerations and special situations.
    • Find out how to effectively and efficiently manage your communication campaign.

    What You Will Learn


    Communication Strategy and Total Rewards

    • Total rewards concepts and components
    • Strategic total rewards communication
    • Effective communication
    • Management’s role in communication

    Communication Fundamentals

    • Fundamentals of communication
    • Communication models
    • Effective communication
    • Potential barriers to effective communication
    • The strategic communication process

    The Strategic Communication Process: Steps 1-4

    • Step 1 — Analyze the situation
    • Step 2 — Define the objectives
    • Step 3 — Conduct audience research
    • Step 4 — Determine key messages
    • Case study

    The Strategic Communication Process: Steps 5-6

    • Step 5 — Select the communication channel
      • Face-to-face
      • Paper-based
      • Technology-based
    • Step 6 — Develop the communications campaign

    The Strategic Communication Process: Steps 7-8

    • Step 7 — Implement the campaign
    • Step 8 — Evaluate the campaign
    • Case study
    • Managing the communication campaign

    Total Rewards Communication and Special Situations

    • Total rewards communication
      • Compensation
      • Benefits
      • Work-life effectiveness
      • Recognition
      • Performance management
      • Talent development
    • Communicating the value of a total rewards statement
    • Special situations
    • Working effectively with external vendors and internal communication departments

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    • 6 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 7 Apr 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, 207 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    Course Overview

    As a human resources professional, the ability to interact effectively with the accounting and finance departments within your organization is a vital skill. This course provides an introduction to U.S. accounting regulations and practices that will enable you to better speak the language of finance and accounting. You will gain skills allowing you to interact more effectively with these departments and make HR decisions that impact and support your organization’s financial health.

    The course will empower you with foundational understanding of the following concepts:

    • The key financial components of the annual report.
    • The relationship between HR and the finance and accounting departments.
    • The measures and processes used to assess a company’s financial health.
    • The importance of cash flow to the company and shareholders.
    • Methods of financing the business and issues related to financial planning.

    This course is designed for the HR professional seeking to gain understanding in the areas of accounting and finance.

    Specific areas covered include:  

    • Introduction to Accounting

    This accounting primer provides learning in the areas of governing bodies and policies, major groups of accounts, financial statements, accounting types, financial measures, problems with accounting, underlying accounting principles and the components of the annual report.

    • The Balance Sheet

    Become a pro at interpreting balance sheets by learning about assets, liabilities, shareholders’ equity, the summary concept, liquidity measures and debt ratios. You will also practically apply your knowledge of balance sheets in a class exercise.

    • The Income Statement

    You’ll never be intimidated by an income statement again once you learn about revenue/sales, cost of goods sold, gross margin, operating expenses, other income and expenses, the provision for taxes, net income, as well as the financial measures of earnings per share and return on sales. You will also practically apply your knowledge of income statements in a class exercise.

    • Statement of Cash Flows and Shareholders’ Equity

    Review the statement of cash flows and statement of shareholders’ equity. Focus on the two methods and three categories associated with the statement of cash flows.

    • Financial Analysis

    Develop a better understanding of financial measures/ratios, including liquidity measures, debt ratios, profitability measures, funds management ratios and other performance measures. You will also apply financial analysis in a class exercise.

    • Planning and Financing the Business

    Learn the concepts of financial planning, including the typical planning process, developing business plans and evaluating capital projects. Understand financing sources, including long- and short-term sources and leases.

    • The Strategic Partnership

    Put it all together in this section covering the critical relationship between HR and finance. Learn about recording compensation and benefits costs, wages and salaries, incentive pay, benefits costs, mandatory benefits, welfare benefits, retirement plans and communication.

    This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to understand finance and accounting fundamentals. It will empower you to become an asset to your company through your ability to make HR recommendations and decisions that impact the financial health of the organization.       

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    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Old San Francisco Steakhouse 10223 Sahara St.

    "2020 San Antonio Area Wage and Benefit Survey Results"

    Please join us as Dr. Stephen Werling, President of Werling Associates, Inc. presents the results of the 2020 San Antonio Area Wage and Benefit Survey.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Learn about trends in Compensation and San Antonio Labor Market


    Dr. Stephen werling

    Werling Associates, Inc.


    Werling Associates, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Stephen E. Werling, DBA, SPHR who serves as President of the firm. Dr. Werling has a wealth of knowledge in the fields of compensation and incentive system design, as well as, skill-based selection processes, performance management, strategic human resource management and other technical human resource fields. Dr. Werling also has over 30 years of administrative and instructional experience at the university level.
    In 1987 Werling Associates, Inc. started conducting salary surveys in the San Antonio area. Since 1995, we have conducted the San Antonio Area Wage & Benefit Survey which is the most comprehensive wage and benefit survey in the San Antonio area. We also conduct several other salary surveys including: Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and Education (TSHHRAE) and San Antonio Not-For-Profit Wage and Benefit Survey.

    • 26 May 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 27 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, 207 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    Course Overview 

    Knowing and understanding the U.S. federal human resources laws and regulations is essential for the HR professional – and it can be challenging to keep your knowledge up to date. This course will equip you with an overview of the federal regulatory HR requirements that impact design and administration of compensation programs. In the course, you will thoroughly cover the major federal statutes affecting compensation design and practice, including: 

    • Analyzing the labor regulations affecting employee compensation disputes.
    • Reviewing the major federal labor regulations impacting specific types of employers.
    • Examining myriad issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
    • Exploring discrimination legislation as it relates to compensation. 

    The course is a basic-level course on HR employment law. It will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand many of the major HR regulations as an HR professional.

    The course covers the following topics: 

    • Regulatory Environments and Related Laws
      Receive an overview of HR rules and regulations, including the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act of 1965, National Labor Relations Act of 1935 and the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 as well as the distinction between independent contractors and employees.

    • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
      Gain an overview of FLSA and cover exemption tests, nonexempt employees, hours of work, rate of pay, the Worker Economic Opportunity Act, child labor rules, record-keeping requirements, what FLSA does not require and violations and penalties. You will also practice classifying jobs as exempt or nonexempt and calculating overtime pay.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Statutes and Civil Rights
      Learn about the Equal Pay Act (EPA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and comparable worth. Practice application of the FLSA with real-world scenarios.
    • Rights Legislation and the Civil Rights Act of 1991
      Gain knowledge about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967, Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act of 1994 and dispute resolutions. You will also practice application of the rights legislation with real-world scenarios.

      Documentation, Audits and Communication -
      Learn about the importance and types of documentation, audits and reporting, reporting to management and pay program communication. 

    Being knowledgeable and savvy about regulatory environments is a requirement for the HR compensation professional. This course will provide you with the information you need to understand many important HR rules and regulations that impact your organization and its employees.

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    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, 207 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    Course Overview 

    To gain this understanding, you must embody business acumen skills–knowing what's going on around you and how the business works internally and externally. Having a keen sense of business knowledge is essential for better decision making and driving long-term positive results for your organization.

    This course covers the essential skills, behaviors and actions that support the understanding and development of business acumen–helping you learn to see "the big picture," understand finance concepts, recognize the important relationship between compensation plans and the bottom line, and make wiser decisions.

    • Learn what it takes to apply key business acumen skills and behaviors.
    • Understand, evaluate, and articulate the relationship between compensation and business outcomes.
    • Grasp essential financial concepts.
    • Know how your business works and recognize the relationship between the compensation plan and the bottom line.
    • Strengthen communication skills.

    What You Will Learn


    Module 1: Introduction to Business Acumen

    • Business acumen skills and behaviors and key competencies
    • Importance of business acumen to organizations and individuals
    • The Global Rewards Framework
    • Role of the compensation professional

    Module 2: Knowing How Business Works

    • Competitive strategies and market position
    • Allowances
    • Business life cycle

    Module 3: Financial Literacy

    • Basics of financial reports
    • Common profit measures
    • Common metrics

    Module 4: Evaluating the Business

    • Key performance indicators
    • The organization's bottom line and its impact on compensation
    • Common tools and approaches for evaluation

    Module 5: Communication and Connections

    • Building a knowledge network
    • Identifying resources and where data comes from
    • Importance of fact-based communication
    • Engaging and contributing to discussions with non-compensation colleagues

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    • 10 Aug 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 11 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • Courtyard by Marriott San Antonio Riverwalk, 207 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78205

    Course Overview 

    As a human resources professional, having a solid set of HR statistics and analytics skills is essential for delivering actionable insights for informed decision making to positively impact your organization’s business outcomes. In this hands-on HR statistics course, you will master applied statistics to HR issues and gain analytics skills using Excel.  

     Topics covered in the course include: 

    • Learning regularly used statistical tools, including the applications of these tools for total compensation design and administration.
    • Recognizing the four levels of measurement and the quantitative concepts in HR.
    • Finding, collecting, analyzing and accurately displaying statistical data in the most effective way.
    • Understanding the relevant application of various statistical tools.
    • Introduction to increasingly used advanced statistics for decision making, including regression analysis. 

    This course is part of the CCP and GRP certifications. It is designed for the HR professional seeking a foundational understanding of statistics in compensation management with responsibility in the area of compensation design.

    The course is also a helpful refresher for the experienced professional. Participants will need access to Microsoft Excel 2010 or later while completing the course. Specific areas covered include:

    • Statistics: Data, Information and Levels of Management
      Discover why HR professionals collect and use data and learn key questions to ask about the variable of interest. Learn about the levels of measurement.

    • Percents and Related Issues
      Dive into percents, individual compa-ratio, department compa-ratio, market index, percent difference, developing salary ranges and percents in compensation management.

    • Time Value of Money
      Understand how the time value of money is directly related to compensation, along with present and future value, compound interest and compound salary growth rate, constant midpoint progression and annuity payments.

    • Statistics: Collecting, Organizing, Grouping and Displaying Data
      Learn about populations and samples as well as frequency distributions, including how to organize group and display data.

    • Statistics: Lying with Statistics, Graphs and Displays
      Recognize distorted data and commonly used mistakes that distort data.

    • Statistics: Measure of Central Tendency and/or Location
      Gain insights on measures of central tendency, measures of location and percentile bars.

    • Measure of Variability
      Understand measure of variability including range, interquartile range and standard deviation. Also learn about z-scores, including 2-sigma and 3-sigma rules.

    • Statistics: Shapes of Distributions
      Interpret distributions of data and understand the application (both good and poor) of normal distribution.

    • Regression Analysis
      Learn about regression models within the compensation environment, how to develop a regression model, cautions in the interpretation of correlations and multiple regression. 

    Through this course, you will gain essential knowledge and skills in compensation statistics and analysis. Through hands-on Excel practice, you will collect and use data for problem solving and decision making that impacts your organization’s business goals and outcomes. 


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Past events

11 Feb 2020 SACA February Luncheon: Secrets to Retaining Top Talent by Dr. Fran Luis Knight
15 Jan 2020 SACA Board Meeting
10 Dec 2019 2019 SACA Members Holiday Social
23 Nov 2019 SACA Board Meeting
12 Nov 2019 SACA November Luncheon: Are You Really an EEO Employer?
25 Oct 2019 SACA Board Meeting
19 Sep 2019 CCP Course: Base Pay Administration and Pay for Performance (C4/GR4)
10 Sep 2019 SACA September Luncheon: How Comp & Benefits can Impact the Student Loan Crisis
23 Aug 2019 SACA Board Meeting
12 Aug 2019 CCP Course: Job Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation (C2/GR3)
5 Aug 2019 2019 The Texas Total Rewards Conference
31 Jul 2019 SACA Board Meeting
27 Jun 2019 CCP Course: Market Pricing: Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis (C17/GR17)
20 Jun 2019 SACA Board Meeting
11 Jun 2019 SACA June Luncheon: Career Progression Framework by John Barnes
23 May 2019 SACA Board Meeting
13 May 2019 CCP Course: Quantitative Principles in Compensation Management (C3E)
30 Apr 2019 SACA Board Meeting
16 Apr 2019 SACA April Lucheon: "2019 San Antonio Area Wage and Benefit Survey Results"
8 Apr 2019 CCP Course: T1: Total Rewards Management
19 Feb 2019 SACA February Luncheon: San Antonio Economy & Emerging Skill Sets by Charlie Moke
8 Jan 2019 SACA Board Meeting (New Board Welcome & Transition)
4 Dec 2018 2018 SACA Holiday Social
16 Oct 2018 SACA October Luncheon: "Sales Compensation Analytics—The Data Speaks"
18 Sep 2018 SACA September Luncheon: "Crowdsourced Compensation Data: Do We Trust It?"
17 Sep 2018 CCP Course: C8: Business Acumen for Compensation Professionals
16 May 2018 SACA Event: FLSA Workshop & Breakfast
7 May 2018 CCP Course: T2: Accounting and Finance for the Human Resources Professional
17 Apr 2018 SACA April Lucheon: "2018 San Antonio Area Wage and Benefit Survey Results"
9 Apr 2018 CCP Course: C17: Market Pricing — Conducting a Competitive Pay Analysis
20 Feb 2018 SACA February Luncheon: "The Road to Big Data" by Towers Watson
5 Dec 2017 2017 SACA Holiday Social
17 Oct 2017 SACA October Luncheon - Dimensions of Total Rewards
18 Sep 2017 CCP Course: C2: Job Analysis, Documentation and Evaluation
14 Sep 2017 The Texas Total Rewards Conference
12 Sep 2017 "Back to School" Social/Mixer Sponsored by SACA
30 May 2017 Understanding the Performance Management Trend for Compensation Professionals
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