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 Don Jackson at djackson@asppa.org, or by calling 703-516-9300 ex. 169. For more information, please visit the ASPPA Newsroom.

Upcoming Webcasts


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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

Speaker: James E. Holland, Jr., FSPA, FCA, MAAA, ASA, EA, Chief Research Actuary, Cheiron, Inc.

This webcast will be a deeper dive into this topic that Jim presented at the 2016 Actuarial Symposium. It will focus on compensation for different business types and structures. After attending you will be able to describe the various types of compensation and how they can be used for retirement plan purposes.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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

Speaker: Heather Bader-Abrigo, Counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Our industry is constantly evolving and we know changes are coming. This is particularly true as it applies to the complex fiduciary rules that apply to retirement plans. Furthermore, the Department of Labor is asking about fiduciary training with respect to those who have access to plan assets. Are you prepared? The fiduciary rules that apply to plan sponsors, plan administrator, trustees, and others who have access to plan assets can be daunting and differ. This webcast will help you decipher the rules and what can be done to avoid personal liability.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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

Speaker: William C. Grossman, ERPA, QPA

There are many steps that retirement plan professionals must take when a defined contribution plan is terminating. In this webcast we will review major items of concern, including but not limited to communicating to the participants, plan documentation and plan amendments, vesting and forfeitures, final year testing and correction, unresponsive or missing participants, whether to file for a determination letter, the 401(k) successor plan rules, dealing with possible sham terminations, and partial plan terminations.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

Speaker: Ilene H. Ferenczy, Esq., CPC, APA, Managing Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP

Are you still noodling about whether to perform 3(16) administrative services for your clients? Are you worried that the liability will be gigantic? Are you wondering, on the other hand, if you are missing a great opportunity? And, why does it seem like so much of what other 3(16) administrators do is so little? Join Ilene Ferenczy for an updated look at 3(16) administration: the pros, the cons, the considerations, the risks, and the rewards.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

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

Speaker: Ernie Guerriero, CLU®, ChFC®, CEBS®, CPCU®, CPC, CMS,AIF®, RICP®, CPFA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

There is little doubt that ethical standards across the financial services industry have been called into significant question in all areas. There is also little doubt that embedding ethical cultures within firms is a difficult task. While regulation has a role to play in deterring unethical conduct and promoting appropriate behavior, ultimate responsibility lies with the adviser. Attend this timely and informative webcast to learn what you need to do to ensure your ethical and fiduciary standards are above reproach.

Ethics CE Credits


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

Speaker: S. Derrin Watson, Esq., APM

It is a time of change for Forms 5500, 5500-SF, and 5500-EZ. This webcast will examine the changes to Form 5500 for the 2016 plan year. We will also see what we learn from this year’s failed attempt to expand the 5500 compliance questions. And we will gaze into the ASPPA crystal ball to take a look at the next generation of Form 5500, the mammoth changes the government has requested, what the prospects for those changes are, and what employers can learn today from what the government wants to know tomorrow.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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

Speaker: Rod Stortenbecker, CPC, APA, FLMI, Director of Compliance, Lincoln Financial Group

This webcast will provide an overview of both 457(b) governmental and 457(b) top-hat plans. It will include an in-depth analysis of the differences between these two plans and how these plans work in conjunction with other retirement plans. We will discuss 457(b)-eligible organizations, employee eligibility, rollovers versus plan-to-plan transfers, contribution types and limits, and the three-year catch-up provision.


Wednesday May 24, 2017

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

Speaker: Ethan E. Kra, FSPA, Principal, Ethan E. Kra Actuarial Services, LLC

Expert witness assignments are exciting and profitable. However, they can also be difficult, controversial, and time-consuming. In this webcast you will learn the keys to success in this area based on the speaker’s experience in expert witness assignments. The most important aspects of being an expert witness will be covered, including preparation, depositions, and testimony. Some interesting and challenging cases will be discussed, such as the role and qualifications of the expert along with the latest revisions to Actuarial Standard of Practice 17. Dr. Kra will illustrate the perils and traps that even the most experienced actuarial practitioner may run into when being deposed or cross-examined in a legal proceeding. If you would like to know what you might expect from testifying on actuarial issues in a legal proceeding, this thought-provoking webcast is not to be missed!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Speaker: Robert M. Richter, Esq., APM, Vice President, FIS Wealth & Management

There has been an increase in the number of individuals dying with assets in a qualified plan. Improperly handling death distributions can result in additional liability and possible litigation. This webcast will detail the actions plans that must be taken upon the death of a participant. We will begin by focusing on the determination of the proper beneficiary, including best practices for beneficiary designations to avoid potential conflicts. Then we will cover the timing of the distributions along with the proper reporting for tax purposes.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

Speaker: Thomas E. Clark, Jr., JD, LLM, Of Counsel, The Wagner Law Group, P.C.

This webcast will cover two hot topics regarding plans NOT subject to ERISA. First, listeners will benefit from the latest update regarding the Department of Labor issued final regulations that exempt state-run retirement plans for private-sector employees from the requirements of ERISA, as well as an update on the status of existing and proposed state programs. Second, the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear an appeal over the proper scope of the church-plan exemption will be discussed.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, Esq., CPC, Senior Associate, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP

Have you ever seen a car upside down and 30 feet up in a tree and wondered how that could have happened? This webcast will cover qualified plans that ended up in such a precarious position; you’ll shake your head in wonder. The key issue is figuring out how you can begin to fix them. You will learn a practical approach to applying the key principles of EPCRS when the problem doesn’t fit any box.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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

Speaker: Brian Furgala, Esq., CPC, QPA, GrayRobinson, P.A.

The anti-cutback rules of IRC §411(d)(6) are very broad in their application to plan amendments but are riddled with exemptions. Ensuring compliance, particularly in merger and acquisition transactions, is also a challenge for both plan sponsors and practitioners. Defining what benefits are protected is easier said than done. This webcast runs through practical examples of when protection or exemptions arise.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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

Speaker: William C. Grossman, ERPA, QPA

This webcast will address the very complex rules of RMDs and the diverse circumstances a plan administrator faces in dealing with a variety of participant scenarios. We will offer real-life situations and solutions based on the guidance where it exists and best practice options for the gray areas we often encounter in the administration of plans. This webcast will be devoted to DC plan RMDs; however, we also will briefly discuss DB RMDs in light of the growing popularity of DC/DB combo plans. We will also discuss aggregation of RMDs and participants with multiple plans over their lifetime.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

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

Speaker: Kristina G. Kananen, QPA, QKA, DC Customer Support, DATAIR Employee Benefit Systems, Inc.

Distributions made to participants and beneficiaries are often fraught with anxiety on the part of the recipients and stress on the part of the administrator processing the distribution. The administrator’s stress does not end when the check has been written and delivered, as there is still the IRS to satisfy. Ensuring withheld taxes are deposited by the liability date, accumulating the required data for the Form 1099-R, preparing it, mailing it to the recipient, and submitting it to the IRS by the due dates, still need to be done. Filing Form 945 to properly report federal tax liability and amounts withheld rounds out the distribution process.