February 09, 2018

What’s Coming Up: ASPPA Webcasts and Events


ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events.

ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events.

Live Webcasts

ASPPA Webcast: 403(b) Document Restatement Issue

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Robert M. Richter, Esq., APM, Vice President, FIS Relius

The first 403(b) restatement period for pre-approved plans has officially begun. The IRS acknowledged that restating 403(b) plans will be more difficult than restating qualified plans and therefore provided a longer deadline. The webcast will begin with a high-level overview of the substantive differences between 401(k) and 403(b) plans, to help attendees understand the unique issues that may arise when restating 403(b) plans. It will then explore specific issues that practitioners are encountering as they prepare for the restatements.

ASPPA Webcast: Eligible Employees in Light of a Plan’s Excluded Classes 

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: William C. Grossman, ERPA, QPA

This webcast will provide an overview of the different acceptable statutory and non-discriminatory classification exclusions. Starting with the statutory exclusions, the discussion will progress to non-discriminatory classifications based on job description, geographic location, hourly versus salaried, etc The webcast also will address employee exclusions in a safe harbor 401(k), a QACA, and a 403(b); the impact on eligibility of a MEP or a controlled group; and the change of the status of an employee and a change in a rehire’s classification when rehired. The impact of the plan document’s provisions will be referred to throughout, including IRS QAB 2006-03.

ASPPA Webcast: What’s Love (or Ethics) Got to Do With It?

Thursday, March 1, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Brian Furgala, Esq., CPC, QPA, GrayRobinson, P.A.

What’s worse — being in testing season or listening to an ethics webcast? But is ethics dull you have to apply those ethical standards to real-life situations? How would you respond? How would the person next to you respond? Join us for a refreshing look at ethics and how they pop up in all types of situations. For music fans, there will also be a test in matching artists to songs. Can you guess the first one (see title)?

ASPPA Webcast: How to Avoid or Mitigate Fiduciary Risk

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speakers: Bruce L. Ashton, APM; and Fred Reish, APM, Partners, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath

Even if you are generally familiar with the fiduciary rules, there can be unexpected pitfalls. This webcast will identify where fiduciary status can exist and explain how to avoid some unwanted surprises, including prohibited transactions. We’ll also discuss the unique risks of taking on a 3(16) administrative fiduciary role, the risk exposure of owners or employees of a TPA who make insurance or investment recommendations to plans or participants, and how recordkeepers can help with investments and advice without becoming fiduciaries.

ASPPA Webcast: Abandoned Plans and Dealing with Missing Participants

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Elizabeth (Liz) Yanik, QKA, ERISA Compliance Consultant, Unified Trust Company, N.A.

What do you do when plan sponsors and/or participants go missing? In this webcast, we will discuss the definition of an abandoned plan and what should happen when you have one. Topics will include defining a qualified termination administrator, steps for locating missing participants, and an overview of the new PBGC Missing Participants Program.

ASPPA Webcast: Understanding Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS): The Basics

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast
Thursday, March 22, 2018
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, Esq., CPC, Senior Associate, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP

Understanding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) is critical for individuals to be able to support and advise clients. Proper use of the different programs under EPCRS is key and the devil is always in the details. To highlight the differences in the programs, the webcast will look at case studies of routine, day-to-day, client failures and how to apply EPCRS appropriately.

NOTE: This webcast will be followed up on June 12, 2018 with ASPPA Webcast: “Employee Plans Compliance Resolution Systems: Case Studies from the Darkside.”

ASPPA Webcast: In-Depth Controlled Groups with Case Studies

Thursday, April 19, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP

This webcast will begin with a review of the controlled group rules, and then take a more in-depth look at the controlled group rules, including more advanced rules such as disregarded stock and the impact of options. A series of case studies that show the impact these rules can have on the controlled group analysis will demonstrate the rules.

NOTE: This webcast will focus only on IRC sections 414(b) and 414(c). A separate follow-up webcast on July 26, 2018 will focus on affiliated service groups under IRC section 414(m).

ASPPA Webcast: Life Insurance in Retirement Plans

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Speaker: Richard S. Phillips, AIF, ERPA, CPC, QPA, QKA, President and CEO, ERISA Consultants, Inc.

As with any benefit, right or feature in a qualified plan, there are pros and cons. The decision to include life insurance may have been made without a qualified professional’s guidance. This webcast will explore the opportunities and challenges participants and plan sponsors face with life insurance contracts in a qualified retirement plan.

ASPPA Webcast: International Employees and Employers: Retirement Plan Issues

Thursday, April 26, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Virginia K. Sutton, QKA, QPFC, Consultant Account Executive, VKS Consulting, Johnson & Dugan

This webcast will detail the myriad issues that arise when an international employer sponsors a retirement plan and international employees participate in a retirement plan. Do you know what laws even apply? This webcast will help attendees navigate the laws, treaties, tax codes and other areas of guidance.

ASPPA Webcast: The Making of a Regulation: How Guidance Is Born

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Speaker: Craig P. Hoffman, Esq., APM, General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Retirement Association

This webcast will cover how regulations (and other guidance) are made from concept through finalization. Who is involved at Treasury, IRS, and DOL will be discussed, along with what each does. The webcast will cover how the political affiliation of the House, Senate or presidency affects the regulatory process, along with how the guidance process is controlled by federal law.

ASPPA Webcast: Second Quarter 2018 Washington Update

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Thursday, May 17, 2018
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Speaker: Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, APA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

This fast-paced, interactive, 50-minute session will review the latest proposals coming out of Washington that will affect retirement plans. Not only will you hear the latest from Capitol Hill, but you will also get an update on the latest guidance from the IRS and DOL. If it affects retirement plan service providers, we will discuss it. After this webcast, you will be prepared for the questions that clients, prospects and distribution partners ask about items they have concerns about.

ASPPA Webcast: Make ADP/ACP Testing Great Again

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Steve Riordan, CPC, QPA, QKA, Director of Testing and Reporting Services, Fidelity Investments

This fast-paced advanced session will cover more complex ADP/ACP concepts including compensation, merger/acquisition, shifting, recharacterization, disaggregation and more. It will review basic testing mechanics; a significant portion of the webcast then will be allocated to advanced concepts. Creative testing alternatives also will be presented for optimal plan design and test results.

ASPPA Webcast: Form 5500 Update 2017

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker:  S. Derrin Watson, Esq., APM, Law Offices of S. Derrin Watson

Form 5500 is continually changing, and the form to be used for 2017 reporting is no exception. The compliance questions are gone, and there are subtle changes in the forms and instructions. We will keep you abreast of what’s happening and what’s on the horizon, as the EBSA looks to its modernization proposal under new leadership.

ASPPA Webcast: Employee Plans Compliance Resolution Systems: Case Studies from the Darkside

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, Esq., CPC, Senior Associate, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP

Ever wonder whether you have the worst client in the world? These case studies will make you feel much better, but more important you will learn how to lay out the puzzle pieces and figure out what you’re dealing with through case studies of the worst of the worst clients. Knowing how to strategize and analyze complex failures is a learned skill that these case studies will help you learn.

NOTE: This webcast was preceded by a 50-minute ASPPA Webcast: “Understanding Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS): The Basics.” This on-demand recording is available on http://www.asppa-net.org through March 22, 2019.

ASPPA Webcast: Resolving 5500 Filing Issues

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Speaker: Kristina G. Kananen, QPA, QKA, DC Customer Support, DATAIR Employee Benefit Systems, Inc.

Your firm has just taken over a plan. Everyone is excited and the transition to your company goes well. Then it’s time for the 5500 Series and you wonder how such a clean-looking plan could have so many non-obvious issues. Everyone has those plans you thought were finished, but that blow up when the 5500 Series is filed. Resolving the filing issues after the filing can lead to lost billable hours, frustrated plan administrators, and TPA exhaustion. This webcast will focus on what you can do before the filing to ensure all goes well, and after the filing when it doesn’t.


ASPPA Annual Conference

October 21-24 | Gaylord National Harbor | National Harbor, MD

Eastern Regional Conference
April 26-27, 2018 | Doubletree Center City | Philadelphia, PA

Women In Retirement Conference (WIRC)
June 10-12, 2018 | Hilton Burlington | Burlington, VT

Actuarial Symposium
August 10-11, 2018 | Doubletree by Hilton Magnificent Mile | Chicago, IL

Cincinnati Regional Conference
November 2018 | Northern Kentucky Convention Center | Covington, KY

Be sure to check on ASPPA Net for new information about upcoming webcasts and conferences!