Fall 2020: Understanding Employment Benefits

Young Professional Empowerment Seminar Series

Virtual Discussion Forum

Saturday, October 24th

R.S.V.P.: October 22nd



11:00am Log On to Zoom Platform

  • The ​event link will be emailed to all those who register on Eventbrite.

11:05am Welcome Address & Dedication, HYP Event Co-Moderators

  • Alexandra Liotopoulos (President, Ikaros HSA of CUNY Queens College; Programming Director, Philo4Thought)

  • Andi Rustani (Pre-Med, CUNY Hunter; Medical Assistant, Lexington Medical Associates; Internship Director, Philo4Thought)

11:15am Presentations & Panel Discussions

12:00pm Short Break (Featured Video)

12:10pm Open Q&A

12:30pm Closing Remarks


Overview I: Adapting to healthcare changes during the pandemic 

  1. Is it safe to return to work and/or school?

  2. What reduced benefits and services have people faced during the pandemic?

  3. What reliable health options are available to people who have lost their jobs?

  4. Can one's current medical providers stop providing service because they have new insurance?  

  5. Can an insurance provider refuse coverage due to "pre-existing conditions" even if the cause of taking on the new insurance was (1) loss of work or (2) the employer's switch to a new plan?

  6. Supplementary information is available in our COVID Resource Center and HR Articles & Resources

Overview II: Understanding & Selecting the Benefits Plan that Suits Your Needs and Lifestyle

  1. Benefits Packages for Full-Time Employees

  2. Benefits Options for Part-Time Employees

  3. Benefits for Contractors, Freelancers & Union-Protected Employees

  4. Considerations when switching (or using multiple) plans

  5. Considerations for FMLA, Medical Leave, etc. 


Overview III: Medical Benefits and...

  1. Unemployment

  2. Workers Compensation

  3. Related issues that impact your current healthcare plan/needs.

Open Q&A: Attendees may post additional questions in the chat thread for our scheduled speakers to address.



Information covered is helpful for all

  • AP high school graduates transitioning to college

  • College students seeking guidance during the pandemic

  • Students transitioning to graduate or post-graduate programs

  • Young professionals transitioning from school to the workforce

  • Young professionals transitioning between jobs

  • Related service providers (educators, counselors, recruiters)



  • This is a FREE EVENT and all are welcome!

  • The event will take place entirely on Zoom.​

  • Only those who register online will receive the Zoom Link and Password.

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About our 2020-2021 Young Pro. Empowerment Series 



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Philo4Thought is a 501(c)3 philanthropic educational nonprofit foundation dedicated to the young professional community. We are offering this and other free collaborative summer events and ask that those who are able to donate something towards the advancement and continuation of our programming please do so. All amounts are welcome and much appreciated. All charitable donations support our educational programming, publications and College-Bound Young Scholars initiative and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


QUESTIONS? Email: P4Tinfo@gmail.com



We thank those contributing to this event, starting with our guest speakers and strategic partners and

Alexandra Liotopoulos & Andi Rustani @ Philo4Thought

Larendee Roos Nicole Notar @ Roos Advisors

Our esteemed guest speakers.



Prof. Patricia Mary Lucas

Beloved Professor & Mentor

(RIP Sept 8, 2018)


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