What’s Coming Up: ASPPA Webcasts and Events

By ASPPA Net Staff • March 23, 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: 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 Webcast: In-Depth Affiliated Service Group with Case Studies

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 Internal Revenue Code 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.

ASPPA Webcast: Third Quarter 2018 Washington Update

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 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: How a Defined Benefit Plan Termination or Freeze Impact 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.

Conferences

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!