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ASPPA Webcast: QACA Automatic Enrollment: Benefits and Pitfalls (from a Recordkeeper Perspective)

Available until May 14, 2020

Speaker: W. Frank Porter, APA, QKA, QPA, Assistant Vice President, Empower Institutional

As professionals in the retirement plan industry, it is our responsibility to ensure that the implementation of a plan goes as smoothly as possible. In this session, gain helpful insights relating to automatic enrollment — administration and recordkeeping, external and internal marketing of auto enrollment and auto escalation plan design, investment default and escalation trends, new hire vs. total eligible sweeps, and periodic re-sweeps.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Forfeitures, Suspense and ERISA Spending Accounts, Oh My!

Available until May 8, 2020

Speaker: Adam C. Pozek, ERPA, QPA, CPFA, Partner and CFO, DWC – The 401(k) Experts

Retirement plan professionals often refer to forfeiture, suspense and ERISA spending accounts interchangeably. Even though there are similarities, these three types of plan accounts are also quite different in many ways. In this webcast, we will explore each one and discuss how and when they can be used, and discuss plan design options that preserve maximum flexibility.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Self-Correction of Failures Not Addressed in EPCRS

Available until April 25, 2020

Speaker: James C. Paul, Shareholder, Employee Benefits Law Group

Join us for a deep and entertaining dive into the IRS Self-Correction Program. Starting with general correction principles, this webcast will include case studies taken from real-life experiences — everything from commonplace to creative problem solving to "do not try this at home."

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: IRS Audits and DOL Investigations of Plans and TPAs

Available until April 23, 2020

Speaker: Fred Reish, APM, Partner, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath

IRS audits and DOL investigations often find compliance problems in the plans of TPA clients, or even in TPAs’ plans. As a result, TPAs and other service providers need to understand the “hot topics” for those exams. This webcast will discuss these topics and steps to avoid problems with the IRS and DOL.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: NQDC Plans for Administrators

Available until March 27, 2020

Speaker: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP

This presentation explains the nonqualified retirement arrangements that may be used for executives and key employees. With a brief explanation into each type of plan, we will provide you with the necessary information to determine when a nonqualified plan will be useful to an employer. In addition, we will look into the more common errors that can occur when administering these plans, how those errors may impact the plan, programs for plan corrections and what steps an administrator can take to avoid errors from occurring in the first place.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: QDROs: Navigating the Complexities of QDROs with Ease

Available until March 6, 2020

Speaker: Robert D. Alin, First SVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Pentegra

QDROs have become part of the daily landscape of retirement plan administration and management. Administering QDROs can be a complex and lengthy process. Navigate these complexities and review the guidelines surrounding QDRO administration, valuation methodology and compliance requirements — including plan, ERISA and tax issues associated with QDROs. Join one of the leading fiduciary experts in the industry as he discusses best practices in managing QDROs from a fiduciary perspective. 

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Top Ten Issues with Takeover Plans and Proven Techniques for Success

Available until February 28, 2020

Speaker: Charles D. Steingas, MSPA, Owner, Cash Balance Actuaries, LLC

This webcast will explain why the IRS allows disparity in contribution between HCEs and NHCEs, help you design the best DB/DC combination of plans to maximize efficiency, and avoid problems in the second year and beyond, as well as provide some lesser-known tips and tricks to get a failed test to pass in spite of less-than-ideal demographics.

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

 

ACOPA Webcast: Advanced Nondiscrimination Testing

Available until February 26, 2020

Speaker: Charles D. Steingas, MSPA, Owner, Cash Balance Actuaries, LLC

This webcast will explain why the IRS allows disparity in contribution between HCEs and NHCEs, help you design the best DB/DC combination of plans to maximize efficiency, and avoid problems in the second year and beyond, as well as provide some lesser-known tips and tricks to get a failed test to pass in spite of less-than-ideal demographics.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: The St. Valentine’s Day Loan Massacre: When Good Loans Go Bad

Available until February 14, 2020

Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC, Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center

Participant loans are a necessary evil for retirement plans. When operated correctly, loans can encourage participants to participate in the plan. When loans go wrong, they go very, very wrong, and can cause the plan sponsor to face all sorts of legal complications and financial liabilities. It is important to understand all of the ways loans can violate both the IRS and DOL rules, so you can avoid the problems and help correct them when a failure occurs.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: First Quarter 2019 Washington Update

Available until February 13, 2020

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 impacts retirement plan service providers — we 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

 

NTSA Webcast: NTSA Retirement Education Program

Available until February 7, 2020

Speaker: Tamara Indianer, CFP®, AIF®, Regional Vice President, New England, Lincoln Investment Planning; William J. Fisher, Director of Business Development, PenServ Plan Services; Paul R. Prete, AIF, Director of Retirement Plans, Foresters Financial Services; and Adam W. Pearce, CFP®, Retirement Professional, Lincoln Investment Planning

NTSA is launching a national initiative to improve retirement literacy for public educators, aimed at advancing retirement security and 403(b) participation rates in America’s schools. Come be one of the first to learn about this exciting new program that includes: plan sponsor education resources, advisor solutions for overcoming school access, an advisor certification and registration program, and classroom retirement educational resources. Our panel, led by NTSA Immediate Past President Tamara Indianer, will preview the program in its entirety and present case studies on how this initiative is making a difference where it matters most.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Defined Benefit Plans for Account Balance Minds

Available until January 16, 2020

Speaker: JJ McKinney, CPC, QPA, QKA, ERPA, Vice President, Retirement Strategies, Inc.

Two words often strike fear into the minds of 401(k) plan administrators: defined benefit. First, you know more than you realize about these thought-to-be-antiquated gentle giants. Second, we will explain a few essential concepts to help you get comfy with the unknown. Third, their nimble cousin, cash balance, continues to grow in popularity and plays very well with your 401(k) plan. Join us for a fun, fast discussion on key concepts, similarities, differences and questions.

CE Credit: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore/Core

 

NTSA Webcast: What’s New that Affects You?

Available until January 9, 2020

Speaker: Sue Diehl, QKA, CPC, ERPA, President, PenServ Plan Services, Inc.

2019 has started and we are only about 14 months away from the deadline for all 403(b) employers to restate their plans. 2018 was one of those years where we saw many changes and clarifications from both IRS and DOL. We received proposed regulations on changes in hardship distribution rules; guidance on the famous 403(b) rule “once-in, always in;” EPCU projects relating to 403(b)s and distributions; and a big uptick in IRS audits! This webcast covers hot topics in the 403(b)/457 industry and includes regulatory updates, as well as refresher topics on subjects that generate frequently asked questions through TechTalk, and what the IRS has been looking at in audits. Hold on to your hats; this webcast promises to be a fast rollercoaster ride!

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

 

 

ASPPA Webcast: Loans Issues and Hardship Rules That Complicate Administration

Available until December 19, 2019

Speaker: Michael F. Smith, QPA, QKA, Vice President of Qualified Plan Consulting, Voya Financial

This informative webcast covers the challenges inherent in the administration of hardship withdrawals and participant loans. Gain insights into ways to avoid various pitfalls that could lead to operational violations, loan defaults, etc. Discuss the operational correction methods under the latest EPCRS release, when violations do occur; and the latest changes to hardship withdrawals that will be effective in 2019. Touch on the temporary relaxation of hardship and loan rules for participants impacted by recent natural disasters; and the latest trends and survey results regarding plans offering loans and hardship withdrawals. 

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

 

 

ACOPA Webcast: FASB Update and Working with Auditors

Available until December 13, 2019

Speakers: Raymond D. Berry, MSPA, , ASA, EA, MAAA, Consulting Actuary, Grant Thornton, LLP; and William G. Karbon, MSPA, CPA, QPA, MAAA, Executive Vice President and Director of Compliance, CBIZ Retirement Plan Services

This webcast focuses on the updates to ASC 715 standards intended to improve the presentation of the Net Periodic Pension Cost. Gain an understanding of the revisions to the ASC standards and implementation deadlines, plus become better able to answer questions and concerns of auditors.

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

 

 

NTSA Webcast: Fall 2018 Advocacy Update

Available until December 12, 2019

Speaker: Andrew Remo, Director of Legislative Affairs, American Retirement Association

Join us as the nation’s only independent, non-profit association dedicated to the 403(b) and 457(b) marketplace reports on legislative and regulatory developments impacting your business.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

 

ACOPA Webcast: Post-2018 Midterm Election: DB Legislative Outlook

Available until December 11, 2019

Speakers: Martin L. Pippins, MSPA. Executive Director, ACOPA; Andrew Remo, Director of Legislative Affairs, American Retirement Association; and Alisa Wolking, Director of Political Affairs, American Retirement Association

With the Democrats soon to take control of the House of Representatives and the Republicans retaining control in the Senate, what are the chances retirement plan legislation that affects defined benefit plans will get passed in the 116th Congress? Find out more about some of the possibilities in this free-wheeling discussion.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ACOPA Webcast: An Updated Road Map to Bad Ethical Decisions

Available until November 29, 2019

Speakers: Angela Barclay, MSPA, Enrolled Actuary, Pension Benefits Unlimited, Inc.; Justin Bonestroo, CPC, QPA, QKA, CPFA, SVP, CBIZ, Inc.; and Lynn M. Young, MSPA, Consulting Actuary, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC

Using colorful examples from sports, politics and current business news, analyze how "good" people end up in the Village of Ethics Purgatory, and discuss how to avoid this and other bad neighborhoods. Was it the detour through Half-Truth Town, the shortcut through Oblivious Falls or not wanting to stop and ask for directions? Perhaps, you were in uncharted waters and found yourself or your colleagues were in over their heads. Find out how to navigate through the ethical decision process. The webcast will include defined benefit material, but all are welcome to join this road trip.

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

 

ACOPA Webcast: PBGC Reporting and Notices

Available until November 14, 2019

Speaker: Lauren R. Okum, ASA, EA, MAAA, MSPA, Owner and Actuary, Premier Actuarial Solutions

This session reviews the reporting and notice requirements for plan operation and compliance. After attending, you will be prepared for situations that might trigger a reportable event and know what the exceptions are to reportable events requirements.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Core

 

NTSA Webcast: IRS Audits: A Necessary Evil

Available until November 13, 2019

Speaker: Ed Salyers, QPA, CPA

This webcast discusses how IRS audits increase business for professionals. The IRS is continuing to do more with less funding, thus changing the audit process. Learn how these changes impact your clients. Discuss the most common operational errors for each type of deferred compensation plan and how to correct the errors. Focus on the best IRS audit practices for preparation, corrections and how to mitigate audit risk.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Fourth Quarter Washington Update

Available until November 8, 2019

Speaker: Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, APA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

This fast-paced, interactive, 50-minute session reviews the latest proposals coming out of Washington that 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 impacts retirement plan service providers — we 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 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

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

Available until November 7, 2019

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 discusses the issues impacting the documents your clients will be using.

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

 

ACOPA Webcast: Just Because You Can Design a Plan This Way Doesn’t Mean You Should

Available until November 1, 2019

Speakers: Kevin J. Donovan, CPA, EA, FSPA, FCA, President, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC; and Thomas J. Finnegan, FSPA, MSPA, CPC, QPA, Executive Vice President, CBIZ Retirement Plan Services

This session will look at plan designs, many of which are in the marketplace. These plans may be perfectly legal, but they’re also really bad ideas. This webcast will take a look at these designs and cover what people want them to accomplish and what can be left in their aftermath.

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

 

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

Available until October 10, 2019

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.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Retirement Plan Catch-Up Contributions

Available until October 9, 2019

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.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

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

Available until October 3, 2019

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.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: A Closer Walk... with Church Plans

Available until September 27, 2019

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, 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 have Congress and the courts impacted these plans recently?  Our panelists will explore these questions and more.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Identify and Avoid the Most Common Prohibited Transactions

Available until September 19, 2019

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.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Ethics Case Studies on Circular 230 Provisions

Available until September 12, 2019

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.

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

 

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

Available until September 11, 2019

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 discussion, we cover some of the myths, misunderstandings and misgivings that nobody is talking about… yet.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Puerto Rico 401(k) Plans: Do You Know the Rules That Apply?

Available until August 30, 2019

Speaker: René J. Avilés-Garcia, Esq., Capital Member, Ferraiuoli, LLC

Maneuvering through the tax codes of both Puerto Rico and the US to properly administer a Puerto Rican tax-qualified plan can be costly if not done correctly. This webcast will provide a review of the various rules and regulations that apply for Puerto Rican tax-qualified plans! You will learn what rules apply to plans that cover Puerto Rican employees, their tax implications, and how to navigate Puerto Rican laws — including recent PR tax law changes and prospective changes.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

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

Available until August 29, 2019

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 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.

CE Credit: 2 ARA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Core

 

ASPPA Webcast: Compensation

Available until August 28, 2019

Speaker: David C. Schultz, APM, Esq., Product Manager, FIS Wealth and Retirement

Compensation definitions are a crucial consideration for all types of retirement plans, which impacts both contributions and compliance testing. Practitioners should be familiar with the various adjustments that can make to the compensation definition, as they can save the employer money and affect testing. This webcast will detail the different compensation design options, alternatives for different types of contributions, alternatives for compliance testing, permissible adjustments to the compensation definitions, the plan economics of each choice and definitions for different qualification rules. In addition, it will explain the correction options when an employer does not follow the plan terms.

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

 

ACOPA Webcast: PBGC Filing Requirements for Reportable Events and Premiums

Available until August 23, 2019

Speakers: Kristina Archeval, Senior Advisor Corporate Finance, Brad Porter, Lead Systems Accountant, and Amy Viener, Acting Chief Policy Actuary, PBGC; James E. Turpin, MSPA, President, The Turpin Consulting Group, Inc.; and Martin L. Pippins, MSPA. Executive Director, ACOPA

Experts from PBGC explain reportable events and premium requirements pertaining to small plans. By understanding what’s required and common mistakes, you can ensure your clients are in compliance and avoid late filing (and late premium filing) penalties. PBGC representatives provide helpful tips to make the premium filing process easier for you and your clients (e.g., options for certifying filings, recent enhancements to MyPAA). PBGC provides guidance on what to do when a plan sponsor is having financial difficulties.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Health Savings Accounts: Convergence of Health and Wealth

Available until August 21, 2019

Speaker: Nicholas Doyle, Director of New Business Development, DST Systems, Inc.

This webcast will explore Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). After reviewing the various components of an HSA, we will discuss the relationship between High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) and HSAs, as well as examine the adoption and driving forces behind each. Finally, we will analyze the impacts and ramifications of healthcare on retiree and pre-retiree wealth planning.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Third Quarter 2018 Washington Update

Available until August 7, 2019 

Speaker: Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

This fast-paced, interactive, 50-minute session reviews the latest proposals coming out of Washington that 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 impacts retirement plan service providers — we 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 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: In-Depth Affiliated Service Group with Case Studies

Available until July 26, 2019

Speaker: Kelsey N. H. Mayo, J.D., Partner, Employee Benefits Group, Poyner Spruill LLP

This webcast focuses 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 are demonstrated through a series of case studies that show the impact these rules can have on the affiliated service group analysis.

NOTE: This webcast focuses only on IRC section 414(m). A separate webcast, held on April 19, focused on controlled groups under IRC sections 414(b) and 414(c). This webcast is available until April 19, 2019.

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

 

Complimentary ACOPA Webcast: ACOPA’s Vision for 2018 and Beyond

Available until July 25, 2019

Speakers: William G. Karbon, MSPA, CPC, QPA, EVP and Director of Compliance, CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services; John R. Markley, FSPA, CPC, Director of Industry Relations, Markley Actuarial, a division of The Retirement Advantage; and Martin L. Pippins, MSPA. Executive Director, ACOPA

ACOPA’s new executive director, Marty Pippins, introduces himself, discusses his new role with ACOPA and gives a brief regulatory update. Then, the ACOPA president and president-elect lay out strategic initiatives and review ACOPA’s activities for 2018 — past, present and future.

CE Credit: 1 ARA

 

NTSA Webcast: Summer 2018 Advocacy Update

Available until July 11, 2019

Speaker: Joseph A. Caruso III, J.D., M.S.P.P.M., Government Affairs Counsel, American Retirement Association

The NTSA Summer 2018 Advocacy Update covers key legislative and regulatory developments at the state and federal level. At the federal level, discuss the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, the Automatic Retirement Plan Act, the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Rule, and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed Regulation Best Interest. At the state-level, address four categories of legislation: automatic enrollment, pension reform, open 403(b) provider access and standard of care.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Resolving 5500 Filing Issues

Available until July 10, 2019

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

Your firm just took 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 unobvious issues. Everyone has those plans you thought were finished, but 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 focuses on what you can do before the filing to ensure all goes well, and after the filing when it doesn’t.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Military Benefits Under USERRA: Compliance Requirements for Qualified Retirement Plans

Available until June 20, 2019

Speaker: John P. Griffin, Principal, ASC Institute, LLC

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) grants certain re-employment and benefits rights to an employee who leaves his/her job due to performing duty in uniformed military service. Employers maintaining qualified retirement plans and their advisers must understand the importance of ensuring compliance with the applicable requirements. This webcast will address important USERRA requirements, including eligibility for USERRA rights, employee notices, “make-up” contributions for returning veterans, special “compensation” and differential pay rules, and plan document provisions.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Employee Plans Compliance Resolution Systems: Case Studies from the Darkside

Available until June 12, 2019

Speaker: Alison J. Cohen, Esq., CPC, Partner, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center

Ever wondered whether you have the worst client in the world? These case studies will make you feel much better — but, more importantly, 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. Learn how to strategize and analyze complex failures. 

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 until March 22, 2019.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Form 5500 Update 2017

Available until June 5, 2019

Speaker: S. Derrin Watson, Esq., APM, Law Offices of S. Derrin Watson

Form 5500 is continually changing and 2017 is no exception. The compliance questions are gone, and there are subtle changes in the forms and instructions. Stay abreast of what’s happening and what’s on the horizon, as the EBSA looks to its modernization proposal under new leadership.

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

 

NTSA Webcast: Business Succession for Advisers Considering Retirement

Complimentary for NTSA Members

Available until May 31, 2019

Speaker: Ron Culverson, First VP, Sales; and Kevin Twohy, Regional First VP, Partner Development, PlanMember Securities

Do you have a personal retirement plan in place for yourself… a real one, that includes answers to “who, where, when, and how?” Though most advisers won’t admit it, the “clock is ticking” on their own personal timing to develop a quality succession plan. Industry research shows that over 50 percent of financial professionals do not have an executable succession plan in place for themselves. Led by industry veterans in adviser succession, this webcast will provide you with specific details and resources to understand the nuances and challenges related to adviser succession, and how to confidently develop and/or complete your own succession plan.

CE Credit: 1 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ASPPA Webcast: Make ADP/ACP Testing Great Again

Available until May 23, 2019

Speaker: Steve Riordan, CPC, QPA, QKA, Director of Testing and Reporting Services, Fidelity Investments

This fast-paced advanced session covers more complex ADP/ACP concepts including compensation, merger/acquisition, shifting, recharacterization, disaggregation and more. Review basic testing mechanics and discuss advanced concepts. Creative testing alternatives are presented for optimal plan design and test results.

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

 

ASPPA Webcast: Second Quarter 2018 Washington Update

Available until May 22, 2019

 Speaker: Robert M. Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, APA, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association This fast-paced, interactive, 50-minute session reviews the latest proposals coming out of Washington that 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 impacts retirement plan service providers — we 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 ARA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore

 

ACOPA Webcast: A Deep Dive Into the TCJA of 2017 and Its Impact on Qualified Plans

Available until May 16, 2019

Speaker: Kevin J. Donovan, CPA, EA, FSPA, FCA, President, Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC

This webcast explores the new QBI deduction for pass-through entities, and how it impacts the employer’s qualified plan decisions. Other aspects to the TJCA of 2017 covered include: the new Section 199A; entity choice; and reasonable compensation, particularly in S Corporations.

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