Webcasts

Upcoming Webcasts

On-Demand Webcasts

Virtual Conference


Education is one of ASPPA’s most important components, and webcasts are a way we provide continuing education to our members and to the industry as a whole. If you're not able to watch the live show, register for the recorded version and still get your continuing education credit!

Please visit Webcast Package Pricing for information on package pricing for webcast viewing. 

Please Note: Members of the media must register as such by contacting Nevin E. Adams at nadams@usaretirement.org, or by calling 703-516-9300, ex. 114. 

Upcoming Webcasts


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. How the political affiliation of the House, Senate, or Presidency impacts the regulatory process will be covered, along with how the guidance process is controlled by Federal law.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kevin J. Donovan, CPA, EA, FSPA, FCA, President, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC

This webcast will explore the new QBI deduction for pass-through entities and how it impacts the employer’s qualified plan decisions.  Other aspects to the TJCA of 2017 to be covered will include the new Section 199A, entity choice, and reasonable compensation, particularly in S Corporations.

Live Air Date Changed to Tuesday, May 22
Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Thursday, May 22, 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 impact 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 impacts 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.


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. Basic testing mechanics will be reviewed and then a significant portion of the webcast will be allocated to the advanced concepts. Additionally, creative testing alternatives will be presented for optimal plan design and test results.

Complimentary for NTSA Members

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Ron Culverson, First VP, Sales; and Kevin Twohy, Regional First VP, Partner Development, PlanMember Securities

Do you have a personal retirement plan in place for yourself … a real one, that includes answers to “who, where, when, and how?”  Though most advisers won’t admit it, the “clock is ticking” on their own personal timing to develop a quality succession plan.  Industry research shows that over 50 percent of financial professionals do not have an executable succession plan in place for themselves.  Led by industry veterans in adviser succession, this webcast will provide you with specific details and resources to understand the nuances and challenges related to adviser succession, and how to confidently develop and/or complete your own succession plan.


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 2017 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.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, Esq., CPC, Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center

Ever wonder whether you have the worst client in the world? These case studies will make you feel much better, but more importantly – 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 www.asppa-net.org through March 22, 2019.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: John P. Griffin, Principal, ASC Institute, LLC

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) grants certain re-employment and benefits rights to an employee who leaves his/her job due to performing duty in uniformed military service. Employers maintaining qualified retirement plans and their advisers must understand the importance of ensuring compliance with the applicable requirements. This webcast will address important USERRA requirements, including eligibility for USERRA rights, employee notices, “make-up” contributions for returning veterans, special “compensation” and differential pay rules, and plan document provisions.


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.


Thursday, July 26, 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 focus on the affiliated service group rules, including a look at the more advanced rules such as aggregation of entities for management service groups and the impact of entity type on the analysis. The rules will be demonstrated through a series of case studies that show the impact these rules can have on the affiliated service group analysis.

NOTE: This webcast will focus only on IRC section 414(m). A separate webcast held on April 19th focused on controlled groups under IRC sections 414(b) and 414(c) is available on-demand through April 19, 2019.


Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Thursday, August 9, 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 impact 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 impacts 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.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Joseph A. Nichols, MSPA, Owner, Nichols Actuarial Consulting, LLC; and Rodney W. Stortenbecker, CPC, QPA, Director of Compliance, Lincoln Financial Group

"I only work on 401(k) plans so I do not need to know anything about DB plans" said the 401(k) administrator. Now, one of his/her clients just terminated a DB plan and wants to know how it might impact their 401(k) plan. You do not want to not be this administrator, correct? Then sign up for this webcast! Rod and Joe will explain the ins and outs of a DB plan termination and the potential impact on the 401(k) plan. The discussion will include employee communication, PBGC and IRS filings, 401(k) plan design options (to replace lost benefits), etc.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Nevin Adams, Chief Content Officer, American Retirement Association

“Common” wisdom is just that – something that everyone knows (or thinks they do). Is there really a retirement “crisis?” Is automatic enrollment a force for good – or ill? In this informative and interactive (we hope) discussion, we’ll cover some of the myths, misunderstandings, and misgivings that nobody is talking about… yet.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kizzy M. Gaul, Esq., CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, Manager of Regulatory Supervision, Prudential Retirement

The webcast will start with an overview of ASPPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and how it aligns with key Circular 230 provisions. The majority of the program will be a review of case studies applying the provisions, including the application to service providers operating in a 3(16) fiduciary capacity.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kevin Walsh, Esq., Associate, Groom Law Group

ERISA uses a prescriptive framework to protect plan participants and beneficiaries. Not only does ERISA impose a fiduciary status on many individuals associated with plans, but it also contains broad prohibited transaction rules. This webcast will focus on those prohibited transaction rules. In addition to understanding the different situations where prohibited transactions arise, it will explore the differences between 406(a) prohibited transactions and 406(b) prohibited transactions and the different exemption strategies that are typically used. Finally, we will cover the current status of DOL’s “Best Interest Contract Exemption” and any new prohibited transaction exemption regulatory developments.

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