Thursday, July 26, 2018
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 on-demand until April 19, 2019.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
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, Tte 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.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Speaker: 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.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Speaker: Kizzy M. Gaul, Esq., CPC, QPA, QKA, TGPC, Manager of Regulatory Supervision, Prudential Retirement
The webcast starts with an overview of ASPPA’s Code of Professional Conduct and how it aligns with key Circular 230 provisions. The majority of the program is a review of case studies applying the provisions, including the application to service providers operating in a 3(16) fiduciary capacity.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
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.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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, addresses these questions and more.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
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.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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 also covers legal mandates for contracts with service providers concerning cybersecurity, along with employer and service provider strategies for negotiating those contracts.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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.