What’s Coming Up: ASPPA Webcasts and Events

By ASPPA Net Staff • August 09, 2018 • 0 Comments
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: How a Defined Benefit Plan Termination or Freeze Impacts a DC Qualified Plan

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speakers: 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.

ASPPA Webcast: Didn’t See THAT Coming: Seven Industry Trends Will Shape the Future

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.

ASPPA Webcast: Ethics Case Studies on Circular 230 Provisions

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.

ASPPA Webcast: Identify and Avoid the Most Common Prohibited Transactions

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.

ASPPA Webcast: 3(16) Services: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

2:00 - 2:50 p.m. ET
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, will address these questions and more.

ASPPA Webcast: A Closer Walk … with Church Plans

Thursday, September 27, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
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 concerning church plans, 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 Congress and the courts have affected these plans recently. Our panelists will explore these questions and more.

ASPPA Webcast: Retirement Plan Catch-Up Contributions

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

ASPPA Webcast: Cybersecurity and Benefit Plans: An Update on Risks and Challenges for Benefit Providers

Thursday, October 17, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Joseph J. Lazzarotti, CIPP, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis, PC

Employers expect stronger cybersecurity from plan service providers, they want it in writing, and the law requires it. Service providers holding large amounts of personal data face increased competition and intense scrutiny to have and prove reasonable safeguards; cybersecurity can be a competitive advantage. This webcast explores employer strategies and best practices for designing and conducting vendor cybersecurity assessments, as well as helping service providers be prepared to respond. It will also cover legal mandates for contracts with service providers concerning cybersecurity, along with employer and service provider strategies for negotiating those contracts.

ASPPA Webcast: Operating Under the IRS Pre-Approved Plan Document Program

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Richard A. Hochman, Esq., APM, Director, Retirement Plan Consulting Services, Actuarial Systems Corporation

We are now in the unique position that all pre-approved plan documents DC, DB and 403(b) are in play. Providers sponsoring 403(b) and DB plans are in the process of working with clients to amend and restate plans before their early 2020 deadlines. DC plans for the third restatement cycle have been submitted for IRS review. The DC plans have an entirely new look and feel as the rules for Prototype and Volume Submitter Plans have been updated and combined. This webcast will discuss the issues impacting the documents your clients will be using.

ASPPA Webcast: Fourth Quarter 2018 Washington Update

Half-priced 50 Minute Webcast
Thursday, November 8, 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 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: Loans Issues and Hardship Rules That Complicate Administration

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
2:00 - 3:40 p.m. ET
Speaker: Michael F. Smith, QPA, QKA, Vice President of Qualified Plan Consulting, Voya Financial

This webcast will cover the challenges inherent in the administration of hardship withdrawals and participant loans. Attendees will gain insights into ways to avoid pitfalls that could lead to operational violations, loan defaults and other problems. The webcast also will discuss operational correction methods under the latest EPCRS release, the latest changes to hardship withdrawals that will be effective in 2019, the temporary relaxation of hardship and loan rules for participants affected by recent natural disasters, and the latest trends and survey results regarding plans offering loans and hardship withdrawals.


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!

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