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On-Demand Webcasts

Available until June 7, 2024

 

Speakers: Kelsey Mayo, Director of Regulatory Affairs, American Retirement Association
Andrew Remo, Director of Federal & State Legislative Affairs, American Retirement Association

 

Description: This session will provide an update about what is going on in Washington related to pension plans. We'll look at any new proposals and the process for getting changes made that matter to you.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core

Available until May 25, 2024

 

Speaker: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM, Of counsel, Ferenczy Benefits Law Center 

 

Description: Determining controlled and affiliated service groups is more important than ever in today's business and professional climate. SECURE 2.0 changes in attribution rules will result in the break-up of many groups next year. Learn all the latest in this webcast from the man who wrote the book on the subject!

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: Form 5500 Update

Available until May 11, 2024 

 

Speaker: Stephen Forbes, J.D., LL.M., President, Forbes Retirement Plan Consulting

 

Description: The Form 5500 is often referred 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. 

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: Coverage Testing Concepts & Case Studies

Available until May 3, 2024

 

Speaker: Steve Riordan, QKA®, QPA, CPC, Director, Plan Consulting, Fidelity Investments

 

Description: This minimum coverage testing session will review concepts and apply them through various case studies. Topics covered in the case studies will include disaggregation, related employers, average benefits testing, cross-testing, and transition periods for employer transactions. Additionally, creative testing alternatives will be presented for optimal plan design and test results. 

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: Best Practices on Handling Beneficiary Designations

Available until April 27, 2024

Speaker: Robert Richter, J.D., LL.M., APM, Retirement Education Counsel, American Retirement Association

 

Description: Most plans have had to deal with situations where a participant has died with benefits in a qualified plan. In most cases, benefits are paid to beneficiaries without problems. But, in some cases, the improper handling of death distributions can result in plan liability and costly litigation. In this session we will identify deficient or vague designations, how courts have handled some of these, and then conclude with best practices on preventing problems with designations

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: Hey, Give Me Some Credit - Tax Credits That Is!

Available until April 26, 2024

Speakers: Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association
Kelsey Mayo, Partner, Poyner Spruill LLP

 

Description: SECURE 2.0 has increased the tax credits available that encourage retirement plan adoption and individual saving for retirement. These credit apply for both some employees and employers. During this interactive session we’ll address these incentives, including credits for small employers adopting plans and tax credits for participants with modest incomes. 

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: Long-Term Part-Time Employees

Available until April 11, 2024

 

Speaker: Kelsey Mayo, JD, Partner, Poyner Spruill LLP, Director of Regulator Affairs, American Retirement Association

 

Description: This session will review what we know (and potentially what we don't know) about long-term part-time employees, including recent changes made as part of SECURE 2.0.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast:  403(b) and 457(b) Plans - An Intro for 401(k) Administrators

Available Until March 28, 2024 

Speaker: Ryan Marshall, CPC, TGPC, Senior Consultant, Retirement Plan Design and Consulting Group, Lincoln Financial Group

Description: Designed as an introduction to 403(b) and 457(b) plans, this webcast will serve as an overview to compare the distinguishing features between these plan types and compare those features to 401(k) plans. Covered topics will include plan design and compliance aspects and operational considerations. 

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-core


ASEA Webcast: SECURE 2.0 and the DB World

Available Until March 10, 2024

Speaker:  Karen Smith, President, Nova 401(k) Associates

Description: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provided defined benefit plans and cash balance plans with minimum funding relief.  In August 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-48 provided guidance on application of ARPA relief.  This webcast will review ARPA provisions and Notice 2021-48 so that administrators and actuaries can correctly apply this relief to 2021 end of year valuations and 2022 beginning of year valuations.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 JBEA Non-core, 1 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast:  QDROs: Keeping Plan Sponsors Out of the Crossfire

Available Until March 9, 2024 

Speaker: Heather Bader, Esq., Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

 

Description: Many policies and procedures exist that affect qualification of domestic relations orders (QDRO), so they should be pretty simple, right? Unfortunately, dealing with state law procedures and federal law requirements is bound to cause tricky issues (especially in the context of a divorce). This session will provide an overview of which issues plan sponsors and services providers should be particularly aware of and some best practices. 

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast:  Compensation: Are You Getting the Correct Data? 

Available Until March 1, 2024 

Speaker: Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

Description: The IRS indicates that one of the most common errors they find during audits is how compensation is applied when administering a retirement plan. This interactive session will not only review the basic definitions that are acceptable, but also those more advanced concepts (such as exclusions, fringe benefits, and severance pay) that provide challenges for administration. Is your client providing you with the data that you need to run the required tests? After attending this webcast, you will have a better understanding of what details of compensation you need and more importantly – why.

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast:  Cross-Tested Plan Workshop: Designing, Testing, and Troubleshooting [Updated for SECURE Act 2.0]

Available Until February 22, 2024

Speaker: Stephen Forbes, J.D., LL.M., President, Forbes Retirement Plan Consulting

Description: Cross-tested plans are one of the more attractive plan designs. Changes made by SECURE Act 2.0 have made them even more attractive. Combining the cross-tested plan with a 401(k) plan (particularly a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan) increases plan contributions and provides flexibility. To accommodate different fact patterns, it is critical that practitioners not only understand how to design the plans, but also how to test such plans, and how to troubleshoot the plans when the design no longer works. In this webcast, we will use practical examples to help you obtain the skills to make your cross-tested plan practice grow.

Continuing Education: 8 ASPPA, 8 NAPA, 8 NTSA, 8 JBEA Non-core, 8 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast:  RMDs: What You Are Required To Know

Available until February 15, 2024

Speaker: Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

Description: Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules for defined contribution plans have undergone some major changes in the last couple of years and will so again due to the enactment of SECURE 2.0. This session will review the required beginning dates, calculations, and treatment of Roth accounts. Also covered will be death benefit payouts under the RMD rules.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Non-core


ASPPA Webcast: 'Tis the Season: Advanced ADP and ACP Testing Techniques

 

Available until February 2, 2024

Speaker: David Schultz, JD, APM, Attorney, FIS

Description: As the holiday season ends, the 401(k) plan testing season begins providing risks, opportunities, and headaches for TPAs, recordkeepers, and plan sponsors. While the ADP and ACP tests are generally straightforward, they do feature tricks and traps for the practitioner. This program offers a fast-paced discussion of testing and correction techniques, including disaggregation, shifting, recharacterization, the use of QNECs and QMACs, and more. Recent law changes have brought us the opportunity to retroactively adopt safe harbor provisions to avoid failed testing results, adding even more options to address failures. This session will provide valuable information to any practitioner working on non-safe harbor 401(k) plans.

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-core


Speakers:  Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association,
Robert M. Richter, J.D., LL.M., APM, Retirement Education Counsel, American Retirement Association

Description: With the enactment of the long-awaited SECURE 2.0 bill, now is the time to get details on its provisions. Our speakers, industry veterans Robert Richter and Bob Kaplan, who have been involved with reviewing and crafting language for the bill, will deliver a detailed analysis of the major provisions that will impact plan design, administration and operations.

Continuing Education: 3 ASPPA, 3 NAPA, 3 NTSA, 3 ERPA, 3 JBEA Non-core


ASEA Webcast: The Ethical Actuary: A Guide to Principled Plan Possibilities

 

Available until December 14, 2023  

Speakers:  Lynn M. Young, EA, FSEA, Pinnacle Plan Design
Corey B. Zeller, MSEA, CPC, QPA, QKA®Preferred Pension Planning Corp.

Description: Last chance to fulfill your ethics credit for this cycle! Join Lynn Young and Corey Zeller as they review ethical guidelines for plan professionals, with a focus on issues affecting DB plan practitioners and actuaries. This 50-minute session will explore real-life ethical dilemmas and discuss how Circular 230 and the Code of Professional Conduct impact and inform a professional’s response to difficult situations.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA Ethics, 1 NAPA Ethics, 1 NTSA Ethics, 1 ERPA Ethics, 1 JBEA Core, 1 JBEA Formal


ASPPA Webcast: Plan Terminations - Effectively Guiding Plan Sponsors Through the Process

Available until November 29, 2023

Speaker: Jim Paul, ERISA Attorney, Shareholder, Employee Benefits Law Group PC

Description: When must participants be fully vested and which participants are eligible? When can final distributions be made? How can missing participants or those who do not respond be handled?  Should a terminating plan be submitted for an IRS Determination Letter? Many plan sponsors do not understand the process for terminating a qualified retirement plan. It is essential for plan professionals to understand the legal and administrative requirements, timing and practical issues to effectively guide their clients through the process. This webcast will refresh and update your knowledge, focusing on what you can do to help plan sponsors navigate the plan termination process.

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Core


ASEA Webcast: Bias in Pension Data

Available until November 17, 2023

Speaker:  Karen Smith, President, Nova 401(k) Associates

Description: The Qualification Standards for ASEA, CCA, and other pension actuaries have been updated effective January 1, 2022 (for statements of actuarial opinions issued January 1, 2023 or later). The Qualification Standards now include an annual one hour of continuing education requirement on bias in data. This webcast will review new bias requirement and discuss potential biases in pension data. 

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Core


ASPPA/ASEA Webcast Series: Cash Balance Plans

Available until November 15, 2023

Session 1 – Introduction to Cash Balance Plans
Speakers: Angie Vadnais, MSEA, Senior Consulting Actuary, Pension Benefits Unlimited, Inc. and Mickie Murphy, ERPA, CPC, QPA, QKA®, Practice Lead, Blu Benefits Consulting, Inc.

Session 2 – Cash Balance Plan Sales Considerations
Speakers: Lorraine Dorsa, FCA, MSEA, CEBS, Aegis Pension Services, Inc., and Robbie Petrillo, QPA, QKA®, Director of Business Development, Pinnacle Plan Design

Session 3 – Cash Balance Plan Issues Related to Administrative/Funding/Investment Issues
Speakers: Norman Levinrad, FSEA, CPC, Chief Actuary, Summit Benefit & Actuarial Services, Inc., and Jennifer Swets, QPA, ERPA, Partner, DWC the 401(k) Experts

Description: A series of three, 50-minute webcasts with the following goals:

  • Introduce the concept of Cash Balance plans
  • Increase the knowledge, awareness, and benefits of Cash Balance plans
  • Address unique Cash Balance plan issues related to administration
  • Address administration process/concerns
  • Identify candidates for Cash Balance plans
  • Address sales process/concerns

ASPPA Webcast: The FAQs about Distributions

Available until November 9, 2023

Speakers:  Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association,
Robert M. Richter, J.D., LL.M., APM, Retirement Education Counsel, American Retirement Association

Description: Our speakers, industry veterans Robert and Bob, will address the latest issues regarding distributions from retirement plans as well as answer questions from attendees. Topics covered includes participant loans, hardship withdrawals, RMDs, in-service distributions, and rollovers.

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 ERPA, 2 JBEA Non-Core


ASPPA Webcast: Ethics - Integrity and Responsibility as an ASPPA Member

Available until October 19, 2023

Speaker: Bob Kaplan, CFP, CPC, QPA, QKC, QKA®, Director of Technical Education, American Retirement Association

Description: ASPPA members are subject to the Code of Conduct of the association. This interactive program will provide highlights of the code and some real-life situations that require you to apply those ethical standards. Join us for a look at our Code of Conduct and how it applies in all types of situations.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA Ethics, 1 NAPA Ethics, 1 NTSA Ethics, 1 JBEA Ethics, 1 JBEA Core, 1 ERPA Ethics


ASPPA Webcast:  Prospering Through the Changes in 2023: Making Sense of the Economy for 2023 Planning

Available until October 12, 2023

Speaker:  Patrick Luce, Economist, ITR Economics 

Description: 2022 has been a challenging and noisy year for business. High inflation, supply chain disruptions, a volatile stock market, increased interest rates, and slowing economic growth are offset by job growth, the lowest level of unemployment in 50 years, growing wages, a strong dollar, and declining government spending. As we head into the 4th quarter, it’s time for businesses to plan for 2023. And what can we expect? More significant interest rate increases by the Fed to slow down inflation? Will the country go into a recession, or will there be a soft economic landing? How will the economy be impacted based on which party wins in November? There are opportunities and risks ahead and we will explore them in terms of government initiatives, consumer trends, market opportunities, labor issues, and production costs. We will also discuss how business can respond given the projected changes in the economy.  To ensure business leaders are armed with the right information they need to plan for the future, we will cover:

  • The current state of the economy and what business can expect in 2023.
  • Review key leading indicators that predict upcoming cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
  • Assess where inflation is heading.
  • Analyze interest rate and market trends.
  • Discuss major issues that have an impact on your profitability.
  • Review the impact of potential major government programs.

Sponsored by PenChecks Trust

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA Relevant Topic, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast:  401(k) Hot Topics

Available Until October 11, 2023

Speaker:  Kizzy M. Gaul, Esq., CPC, QPA, QKA®, TGPC, CIP – ERISA Attorney, Ascensus

Description: It has been another busy year for 401(k) plan developments. Learn about the following hot topics as we gear up for 2023.

  • The new IRS 90-Day pre-examination compliance pilot
  • Correction options for a missed cycle 3 restatement
  • SECURE and CARES Act amendment extensions and anti-cutback guidance
  • Required withholding form changes for 2023 and the introduction of Form W-4R
  • The rules for and benefits of retroactive plan and Safe Harbor plan adoption

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 JBEA Non-Core, 2 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast: EPCRS Update

Available Until September 28, 2023

Speaker: Melissa Terito, CPA;  Partner, Sentinel Pension

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) procedures.  We will discuss the three programs available to correct mistakes and how to choose which one is appropriate.  We will also run through several case studies to give attendees practical applications of the material.

Continuing Education: 2 ASPPA, 2 NAPA Relevant, 2 NTSA, 2 JBEA Non-Core, 2 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast:  Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan Workshop: plan design, troubleshooting and correction

Available Until September 15, 2023

Speaker: Stephen Forbes, J.D., LL.M., President, Forbes Retirement Plan Consulting

Description: Over the past 20+ years, Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans have evolved into the most popular 401(k) plan. However, many practitioners are unaware of how to effectively design a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan to maximize its advantages, particularly how to use the ACP safe harbor features. Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans also can be a great fit with a Cross-Tested Plan. In addition, we will discuss how to utilize the special rules that affect mid-year situations, including acquisitions transactions, plan amendments and plan terminations. Finally, we will address how to correct a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan that runs afoul of the rules.

Continuing Education: 8 ASPPA, 8 NAPA, 8 NTSA, 8 JBEA Non-core, 8 ERPA


ASPPA Webcast: The Latest Trends in ERISA Litigation

Available Until July 12, 2023 

Speaker: Heather Bader, Esq., Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

Description: ERISA litigation continues to rise despite the pandemic and 2022 is no exception. In fact, more plans than ever are facing class action lawsuits relating to excessive fees. However, excessive fees are not just the only issues pending before the Courts. The use of participant data, managed account services and proprietary funds have all been recent litigated issues

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA,  1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


ASPPA Webcast: Plan Document Issues - What You Need To Know

Available Until June 30, 2023  

Speaker:  John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., Principal, ASC Institute

Description: Plan documents play an important role in ensuring compliance with the tax qualification rules. Whether you deal with 401(a)/(k) plans, defined benefit plans, 403(b) plans or 457(b) plans, keeping up-to-date on plan document issues is vital for plan sponsors and practitioners. In this webcast, we will discuss timely plan restatements and interim amendments, options when a plan sponsor misses a document deadline, and other important plan document issues.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA, 1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore


ASPPA Webcast: Participant Loans: The Fine Print

Available Until June 14, 2023

Speaker: David Schultz, JD, APM

Description: Participant loans have become a nearly standard feature in retirement plans, but loans touch on many different aspects of plan compliance and regulation.  From prohibited transactions to deemed distributions, loan offsets and more, the administration of participant loans is a complex task.  This seminar will provide an overview of the participant loan rules, along with in-depth discussion of common issues, traps, and areas of potential confusion.

Continuing Education: 1 ASPPA,  1 NAPA, 1 NTSA, 1 ERPA, 1 JBEA Noncore, 1 ERPA