ASPPA Webcast: How a Defined Benefit Plan Termination or Freeze Impact a DC Qualified Plan

By ASPPA Net Staff • December 31, 2017 • 0 Comments
Available until August 29, 2019

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

Experience Level for Attendees: Intermediate

IRS Program Number: CZTXU-Q-00870-18-O

Webcast Outline


"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.

Key Takeaways:
1. Examine the funding considerations and filing requirements associated with terminating a defined benefit (DB) plan
2. Determine employee options/elections, notices, communication, etc.
3. Explore the possible 401(k) plan design options to replace lost benefits in the DB plan

Registration Deadlines: 
On-Demand: 8/29/2019

CE Credit: 2 ARA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Core

About the Speakers

Joe Nichols is owner of Nichols Actuarial Consulting, LLC and has provided actuarial consulting services to defined benefit plans for 30 years. His work experience includes plan design and compliance to plans of all sizes  small business plans, corporate plans and statewide systems. Joe was President of ACOPA in 2012, President of ASPPA in 2016 and is currently Secretary of ARA. He is also the current Chair of The Actuarial Foundation.

Rod Stortenbecker is director of compliance and a senior consultant at Lincoln Financial Group. He has over 18 years of experience in the retirement plan industry working with both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Rod assists clients with plan design, compliance and operational questions/issues for various types of retirement plans (401(k), 403(b), 457(b), 457(f), ESOPs, NQDC and Defined Benefit Plans). He has been with Lincoln since June 2012 and was previously employed at Principal Financial Group as a Senior Consultant.

Individual Viewer Additional Viewers 
ASPPA Member: $115 ASPPA Member: $45
Non-Member: $190 Non-Member: $70


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