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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: Late Deferral/Loan Deposits and Form 5330

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2:00–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kristina Kananen, QPA QKA, DATAIR Employee Benefit Systems, Inc.
Timely deposit of participant deferrals and loan payments continues to be a challenge for many plan sponsors. It often falls to the service provider to identify when deposits may not have been made in a timely fashion, and to assist the plan administrator to ascertain the proper correction method and to prepare the required government report and penalty payments. This webcast will cover the methods and procedures to identify and correct these errors.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore
 
ASPPA Webcast: The Other Reasons for Filing Form 5330

Thursday, June 13, 2019

2:00–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kristina Kananen, QPA QKA, DATAIR Employee Benefit Systems, Inc.
Late deferral deposits in 401(k) plans were covered in last week’s webcast, but there are other issues which require filing of Form 5330. This webcast will explore the other situations for the various plan types that also must be reported as you work your way through the IRC sections directing Form 5330 reporting.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore
 
ASPPA Webcast: Governmental Plans: An Overview and Analysis of Retirement Program Options

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

2:00–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Rodney W. Stortenbecker, CPC, QPA, Assistant Vice President of Compliance, Lincoln Financial Group
This webcast provides an overview of governmental retirement plans, including an in-depth review of the types of plans a governmental employer can sponsor: 401(a), 457(b), 457(f) and 415(m). The speaker will provide an analysis of plan provisions and options specific to governmental plans, such as 414(h) and 403(b) or 401(k) plans for certain entities. The webcast examines best practices for a governmental employer, including fiduciary considerations and how these plans work in conjunction with other retirement plans.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore
 

ASPPA Webcast: Form 5500 Update

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M
The Form 5500 is often referred to as the window through which the IRS and DOL view the plan. Completing the forms timely and accurately is necessary for proper plan administration, and it avoids unnecessary and costly government interaction. Having a command of the Form 5500 (and Schedules) questions not only makes you a more effective preparer, but it also helps you effectively advise your clients on potential audit issues and plan failures. In this webcast, we will explain the changes to the form and troubleshoot questions that might generate IRS or DOL attention.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 
ACOPA Webcast: Post-Retirement Distributions!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speakers: Rick Block, FSPA, ASA, FCA, MAAA, Block Consulting Actuaries, Inc.; and James Holland, Chief Research Actuary, Cheiron, Inc.
With the aging of the workforce, many participants are working beyond plans’ normal retirement ages. Anyone consulting on defined benefit and cash balance retirement plans has to understand the complexity of these situations, how to deal with these situations, how to draft plan documents in anticipation of a participant working past normal retirement age and what disclosures should be made. This program will cover the interplay between IRC Sections 411, 415 and 401(a)(9), as well as Department of Labor (DOL) requirements.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 
ACOPA Webcast: To DB or Not DB – That Is the Question

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Mary Ann Rocco, EA, MSPA
Why are cash balance plans so popular? Now that cash balance plans are pre-approved, what is the future for traditional defined benefit plans? We will discuss what makes cash balance plans attractive and situations where a traditional DB plan may make more sense.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 
ASPPA Webcast: Lessons Retirement Plan Players Can Learn from Litigation

Thursday, June 27, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Ilene H. Ferenczy, Esq., CPC
ERISA litigation is not just a litany of court decisions… it is a tool by which practitioners of all sorts can learn how to help their clients manage plans properly and avoid sometimes catastrophic results. Join Ilene Ferenczy for a review of recent case decisions that provide lessons for how to do your best work for your clients.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


 
ACOPA Webcast: Litigation Involving DB Plans

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speakers: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP; and Jim Holland, Chief Research Actuary, Cheiron Inc.
In this session, the speakers will review court decisions affecting DB plans and pension actuaries, including recent decisions challenging pension plan mortality tables.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Missing Participants: Concerns, Considerations and Practical Steps in Finding Them

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2:00 – 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Heather Bader-Abrigo, Counsel, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Missing participants is always an issue for qualified plans. Both DB and DC plans have to deal with the stress and risks of missing participants. Now, the DOL is looking at missing participants and is aggressively focusing on this issue. So what is required? Plan sponsors need to know what is required to find participants, what happens when missing participants become 70½ and what options are available when they cannot be located.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NTSA 2 NAPA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Everything You Need to Know about Beneficiary Forms

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

2–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: William Grossman, WCG ERISA Consulting, LLC
Too often plan participants are asked to complete beneficiary designation forms for death benefits, and neither the plan participant nor the plan sponsor fully understands the significance of the failure to complete the designation form or the impact of a form that fails to meet the participant’s needs. While this session is not intended to circumvent a participant’s estate planning attorney or advisor, it will provide attendees with an overview of such issues as the effect of no beneficiary designation; impact of a divorce on a beneficiary designation, including the pre-nuptial issue; handling of competing claimants for plan benefits; handling a beneficiary’s disclaimer; handling the distribution; and reporting for various types of beneficiaries.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Complex Testing/Multiple Plans

Thursday, July 18, 2019

2–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M
The coverage and nondiscrimination rules form the backbone of our retirement plan system. Having a command of these rules is necessary for effective and creative plan designs, avoiding unnecessary plan corrections, and rescuing a plan from disqualification. Understanding the testing options is particularly helpful in designing and testing retirement plans for related employers. In this webcast, we will use case studies to demonstrate the various options a practitioner has to design and test a retirement plan.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Top Heavy Testing

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: David Schultz, J.D., APM
Of all the compliance and nondiscrimination tests required by ERISA, the top-heavy test is among the most confusing — and the most hated. This web seminar will explore this complex topic and include a review of the key employee definition, including attribution rules, the lookback rules for distributions, minimum contribution requirements and deferral-only plans.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Vesting Computation Changes

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP
Plan sponsors occasionally wish to change aspects of their plan vesting provisions. However, the technical requirements to do so can be overwhelming and non-intuitive. This webcast will review the technical requirements to making changes to a plan’s vesting provisions and discuss how to avoid common pitfalls in doing so.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Going Rogue with Cross-Testing

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Steve Riordan, CPC, QPA, QKA, Director of Testing and Reporting Services Fidelity Investments
This advanced cross-testing session will cover more complex concepts including calculating EBARs, disaggregation, restructuring, related employers, minimum gateway design concerns and more. Basic cross-testing mechanics will be reviewed, and then a significant portion of the webcast will be allocated to the advanced concepts. Additionally, creative testing alternatives will be presented for optimal test results.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Correcting Missed Elective Deferral Opportunities under EPCRS

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

2:00 – 3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Mike Smith, QPA, OKA, Vice President Voya Financial
Plan sponsors often ask “What do I do if I have failed to allow an eligible employee to make 401(k) contributions and receive a corresponding match”? Fortunately, the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) provides guidance on how to correct these situations and avoid adverse consequences. This session will cover the various corrective options and special considerations for automatic enrollment and safe harbor plans.

CE Credit:  2 ASPPA, 2 NTSA 2 NAPA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore 


 
ASPPA Webcast: Third Quarter 2019 Washington Update

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Bob Kaplan, 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.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


 
ASPPA Webcast: Plan Document Issues Relating to Amendments and Restatements

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Robert M. Richter, J.D., LL.M., APM, Retirement Education Counsel, American Retirement Association
One of the key qualification requirements is ensuring an employer’s plan document conforms to both the operation of the plan and the law. It is rare to have a “routine” plan amendment or plan restatement. This session will highlight some of the problem areas practitioners encounter when amending or restating a plan.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


ASPPA Webcast: The End Is Near! Mastering the Art of Plan Terminations

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

2:00–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC, Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center
It’s so hard to say goodbye — and terminate a plan. Whether a defined contribution plan or a defined benefit plan, it’s important to understand the steps necessary to properly terminate the plan and make sure you have a solid timeline. Communication is key both between TPA and client, and client and participant. But, whatever you do, don’t blow the PBGC deadlines or the ending could be tragic!

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore


ASPPA Webcast: Advanced RMDs

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: William Grossman, WCG ERISA Consulting, LLC
We will cover advanced RMD issues such as both the 50% penalty as an individual penalty and reasonable cause for its waiver as well as the employer correction of missed RMDs under EPCRS. We’ll look at RBD issues for five percent owners and non-five percent owners who are working at age 70½. We will discuss some unusual RBD and movement of funds after age 70½ issues. Applying the RMD rules each participant's circumstance can be different and present a challenge for TPAs. This session will discuss a variety of rules using real-life scenarios and best practice solutions.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


ASPPA Webcast: Finding CB and DB Plan Opportunities: A Guide for DC Administrators


Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

2:00–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Lorraine Dorsa, FCA, MAAA, MSPA, EA, CEBS, Principal, Aegis Pension Services, Inc.
Cash balance and defined benefit plans can have great value to plan sponsors, and the TPAs and advisors who work with them, but someone needs to recognize the opportunity and communicate it — and that someone should be YOU! This webcast is for administrators, advisors and others familiar with defined contribution plans who want to expand their horizons.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Rehires

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Robert M. Richter, J.D., LL.M., APM, Retirement Education Counsel, American Retirement Association
Employees come and go, but are they eligible to enter the plan upon their rehire date? Monitoring breaks in service and determining entry dates upon rehire can create administration issues. This webcast will focus on the legal requirements as well as optional plan design provisions that impact the handling of rehired employees. These include the eligibility rules, break-in-service rules, the one-year hold rule and forfeiture/buyback rights.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore
 

ASPPA Webcast: 403(b) vs. 401(k) — Plan Design Considerations

Thursday, September 26, 2019

2–2:50 p.m. ET

Speaker: Maggie Younis, CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC Senior Consultant, Lincoln Financial Group
A tax-exempt organization has different options than a for-profit entity when offering a retirement plan. While 403(b) plans look a lot like 401(k) plans, and have many similarities, there are differences between the plan types. Depending on the plan sponsor’s goals and objectives, one plan type may provide more advantages and plan design flexibility. Attend this webcast to understand the differences between 403(b) and 401(k) plans, and why it is important to choose the right plan type.

CE Credit: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore
 

ASPPA Webcast: Cybersecurity: Prohibited Transactions

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: David Schultz, J.D., APM
The penalties for engaging in a prohibited transaction can be costly, so understanding the rules is important for anyone working with retirement plans. While some prohibited transactions are relatively easy to identify, others are less obvious. Accordingly, a fundamental knowledge of the prohibited transaction requirements is important for retirement plan practitioners. This webinar will review the rules, penalties and exemptions relating to prohibited transactions.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore

 
ASPPA Webcast: Cybersecurity: What You Don’t Know — and Do — Will Hurt You

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019

2:00–3:40 p.m. ET

Speaker: Bruce L. Ashton, APM, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
This webcast focuses on plan sponsor concerns and service provider liability for the protection of participant and plan data from cyber theft. Examine plan sponsor fiduciary responsibility, state privacy requirements, breach notification rules and — most important — the steps service providers should take to protect themselves from cybersecurity liability.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Noncore

Conferences

ASPPA Annual Conference

Oct. 20-23, 2019 | Gaylord National Harbor | National Harbor, MD
 
Women In Retirement Conference (WIRC)

June 24-26, 2019  |  W Chicago — City Center  |  Chicago, IL
 
Actuarial Symposium
Aug. 9-10, 2019  |  Doubletree by Hilton Magnificent Mile  |  Chicago, IL
 
Cincinnati Regional Conference

November 2019  |  Northern Kentucky Convention Center  |  Covington, KY

Be sure to check on ASPPA Net for new information about upcoming webcasts and conferences!