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.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Speaker: Kristina G. Kananen, QPA, QKA, DC Customer Support, DATAIR Employee Benefit Systems, Inc.
Your firm just took 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 unobvious issues. Everyone has those plans you thought were finished, but 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 focuses on what you can do before the filing to ensure all goes well, and after the filing when it doesn’t.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Speaker: Joseph A. Caruso III, J.D., M.S.P.P.M., Government Affairs Counsel, American Retirement Association
The NTSA Summer 2018 Advocacy Update will cover key legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal level. At the federal level, we will discuss the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, the Automatic Retirement Plan Act, the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Rule, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed Regulation Best Interest. At the state-level, we will address four categories of legislation: automatic enrollment, pension reform, open 403(b) provider access and standard of care.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Speaker: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP
This webcast focuses 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 are demonstrated through a series of case studies that show the impact these rules can have on the affiliated service group analysis.
NOTE: This webcast focuses only on IRC section 414(m). A separate webcast, held on April 19, focused on controlled groups under IRC sections 414(b) and 414(c). This webcast is available on-demand until April 19, 2019.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Speaker: Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, APA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association
This fast-paced, interactive, 50-minute session reviews the latest proposals coming out of Washington that 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 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.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Speaker: Nicholas Doyle, Director of New Business Development, DST Systems, Inc.
This webcast will explore Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). After reviewing the various components of an HSA, we will discuss the relationship between High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) and HSAs, as well as examine the adoption and driving forces behind each. Finally, we will analyze the impacts and ramifications of healthcare on retiree and pre-retiree wealth planning.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Speaker: David C. Schultz, APM, Esq., Product Manager, FIS Wealth and Retirement
Compensation definitions are a crucial consideration for all types of retirement plans, which impacts both contributions and compliance testing. Practitioners should be familiar with the various adjustments that can make to the compensation definition, as they can save the employer money and affect testing. This webcast will detail the different compensation design options, alternatives for different types of contributions, alternatives for compliance testing, permissible adjustments to the compensation definitions, the plan economics of each choice and definitions for different qualification rules. In addition, it will explain the correction options when an employer does not follow the plan terms.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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 their 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 explain the ins and outs of a DB plan termination and the potential impact on the 401(k) plan. The discussion includes employee communication, PBGC and IRS filings, 401(k) plan design options (to replace lost benefits), etc.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Speaker: René J. Avilés-Garcia, Esq., Capital Member, Ferraiuoli, LLC
Maneuvering through the tax codes of both Puerto Rico and the US to properly administer a Puerto Rican tax-qualified plan can be costly if not done correctly. This webcast will provide a review of the various rules and regulations that apply for Puerto Rican tax-qualified plans! You will learn what rules apply to plans that cover Puerto Rican employees, their tax implications, and how to navigate Puerto Rican laws — including recent PR tax law changes and prospective changes.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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 discussion, we cover some of the myths, misunderstandings and misgivings that nobody is talking about… yet.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Speaker: Kizzy M. Gaul, Esq., CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, Manager of Regulatory Supervision, Prudential Retirement
The webcast starts with an overview of ASPPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and how it aligns with key Circular 230 provisions. The majority of the program is 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
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.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Speakers: Don Harris, Sr. Vice President, Higher Education, Religious, and Charitable Markets, VALIC; and Richard Turner, Vice President and Associate General Counsel; Gayle Rollins, Assistant General Counsel; and Joe Kendy, Assistant General Counsel, AIG Group Retirement
Many plan rules apply differently, if at all, to church plans. This webcast will help you develop a deeper understanding around key questions, including: (1) who qualifies for them; (2) which rules apply, and which ones don’t; (3) are there different types of church plans;(4) what makes church 403(b) plans different; and (5) how have Congress and the courts impacted these plans recently? Our panelists will explore these questions and more.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Speaker: Ilene H. Ferenczy, Esq., CPC, APA, Managing Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP
3(16) administration has been around for a couple of years now and the pressure on TPAs to do this work remains. Is this just a fad, or is it here to stay? What services are people performing under this model? What are the advantages and disadvantages to a client of having 3(16) services performed? And, most importantly, what are the positive attributes and challenges faced by TPAs who do this work? Ilene Ferenczy, who focuses much of her practice on advising TPAs and other service providers to plans, addresses these questions and more.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Speaker: Margaret A. Younis, ERPA, CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, APA, APR, Senior Consultant, Retirement Plan Design and Consulting Group, Lincoln Financial Group
The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTTRA) introduced the age 50 catch-up provision, allowing participants the opportunity to supplement their retirement savings. This created more awareness of the available catch-up provisions in defined contribution plans. 403(b) and 457(b) plans have offered special catch-up provisions for many years. Employers that sponsor multiple plans have the opportunity to utilize these catch-up provisions to aid retirement readiness. Attend this webcast to learn how to make the most of the catch-up opportunities available in your plan.