When you join the International Society, you’ll get more than top industry resources, compiled and vetted by experts and unparalleled professional development resources just a call, click, tap or swipe away.
You’ll also be plugged into a community of the best benefits minds in the business, colleagues who have your back and are ready to share ideas, vet suggestions and prove that CEBS is the mark of excellence in benefits leaders.
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The world of benefits doesn’t stand still and keeping in front of the latest legislative and regulatory requirements, and administrative complexities and implementation takes more than a keen eye for detail. Knowing where to find the answers and what questions to ask is critical. These Society offerings keep you informed:
Webcasts offer live and on-demand recordings of timely information on current benefits issues, including wellness, global benefits, investment fees, mental health, behavioral decision making and more.
Information Center specialists provide personalized, curated research and information using the resources of the world’s most extensive employee benefits library.
Benchmarking studies and data are a level set to determine how your plan compares to other organizations
Legal and Legislative trackers keep your finger on the pulse of proposed and enacted legislation impacting benefits.
Professional journals, articles and books that take a deep dive, with compelling data and insightful research.
We’ve all heard the expression “It’s who you know” and the fast-paced benefits world is no exception. Expand your benefits knowledge, grow your professional network and be confident that your colleagues’ collective knowledge has what you need, when you need it.
Chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada host education and networking events throughout the year.
ISCEBSLink is a virtual community of members willing to share their expertise, vet an idea or point you in the right direction.
Some recent discussions include:
- What mental health support technology are other organizations offering to employees?
- Is failure to pay COBRA premiums a qualifying event for other coverage?
- Looking for recommendations for software to track/pay flex claims
- Looking for wellness ideas for hourly workforce
- Looking for a sample/template for a Psychological Health and Safety policy
- The annual
Employee Benefits Symposium is 2 ½ days of education content and networking across sessions, interactive discussions, workshops and roundtables, led by expert presenters.
Some of the 2018 topics include:
- Impact of Tax Reform on Employee Benefits
- Future of Health Care
- The Blueprint for Successful Diabetes Management
- Managing the cost of specialty and personalized Drug Therapies
- Student Loan assistance benefits
- Paid Family Leave
- Disrupting the Opioid Addiction Cycle
- Legislative and Legal Updates (U.S. and Canada)
- Ethical Challenges in Health and Retirement Plans
Volunteer and leadership opportunities are available on committees at the local and national level. Develop leadership skills and represent your organization in the business community while you help shape and grow the benefits profession.
Today’s business world can seem a lot like standing outside on a foggy day. You know enough to see what’s next to you, but after that, it gets pretty cloudy. No need to wait for the air to clear on its own – continued learning charts a path to higher ground for a clearer view of what’s ahead.
Here are some of the ways Society resources take you farther:
Fellowship Course and Exam reflects the latest thinking on benefits topics and trends and compliance information, curated by the academic teams at the Wharton School and Dalhousie University. CEBS graduates earn the exclusive Fellow distinction upon completing the exam.
CEBS Compliance status is a formal recognition of your professional development activities throughout the year. Awarded to CEBS graduates by the International Foundation.
Continuing Education credit for insurance or other professions is often available for courses, local chapter programs and at the annual Employee Benefits Symposium.
Sample letter to support Society membership
We’ve developed a sample letter to your boss that you can use to illustrate how Society membership is a valuable and cost-effective resource for you, your team and your organization.
- Customize the letter in any way you wish to best meet your situation, experience, interests or goals.
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red are those where you can insert a name or other specific information.
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italics are an alternative phrase you can use that may better apply to you.
Letter specific to Canada |
Letter specific to U.S.
Note about chapter dues:
Chapter dues vary by chapter and are separate from national membership dues. If you don’t have a chapter near you, you have the option of omitting that section from the letter. A list of all chapters and their corresponding dues is available
Who Joins the Society?
Membership is open to those who have earned the CEBS, GBA, RPA or CMS designation or have passed at least one exam. Members represent a diverse group of job roles, industries and sectors within the community of benefits professionals, including:
Corporate, Public or Multiemployer Plan Sponsor
Health Care/Hospital Organizations