Our main goal is to educate our members through a variety of programs and opportunities, one of the ways we do this is through our Governing Board webinars - offered monthly. We are also proud to announce that you can now purchase and view past webinars in case you missed them the first time. You get your CE credits by completing a short quiz at the end of the program. View our past events below!

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    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    One Year In:


    The Qualified Business Income Deduction


    and


    its Impact on the Retirement Plan Industry



    The Presentation:

    “With change comes opportunity!  The Section 199A Qualified Business Income deduction provided for in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) created unique planning opportunities and challenges for plan sponsors with pass-through income.  This session will provide an overview of the deduction and its effects on various entity types, and will include a review of guidance issued since the passage of TCJA.”

    The webcast will discuss

    1. Who is eligible for the new QBI deduction
    2. How the phase-outs work for specified services and non-specified services
    3. How the QBI deduction and phase-outs work for various entity types
    4. What is a specified service
    5. Which taxpayers can supercharge their retirement plan deduction by avoiding the phase-out and “reclaiming” their QBI deduction
    6. Which taxpayers should refocus their retirement dollars to ROTH arrangements due to the QBI deduction

    The Speaker: Kevin Donovan, CPA, EA, FSPA, FCA

    Kevin is the managing member and founder of Pinnacle Plan Design, LLC, a third-party administrator for employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans. Kevin specializes in designing defined benefit retirement plans to maximize the benefits for business owners and principals. In 2015, Kevin received the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) Educator’s Award in recognition of his contributions to retirement plan education. He is a leading national speaker and published author in the pension field, specifically in the area of cash balance plan design and administration.


    Kevin earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University and soon after became a CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and ASPPA, where he has served on the Board of Directors as well as the Government Affairs Committee (GAC).


    Kevin, along with two other actuaries at Pinnacle Plan Design, authored the 2017 Defined Benefit Answer Book, published by Wolters Kluwer. He is also a founding member of the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA) and a former instructor for PPD/Corbel, the nation’s largest sponsor of continuing education courses for pension professionals. In 2017, Kevin was nominated and named a Fellow of the Society of Pension Actuaries, the highest achievement within ACOPA.


    Continuing Education: 2 CE

    ASPPA    CPAs (CA, OR)   CEBS   ERPA   JBEA   MCLE (CA)    NIPA    AIF and CFP


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       




    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    401(k) Testing:

    Testing Techniques,

    HCE Determination and

    Compensation Options


    One of the more challenging aspects of 401(k) plan administration is the annual testing. Understanding the testing rules and options is a necessary skill each practitioner must develop to avoid unnecessary distributions, taxes and disqualification consequences. Misapplying the testing rules can cause distribution failures and additional taxes. Getting a handle on the various testing options can help a practitioner transform a failing plan to one that passes, and thus, avoiding unnecessary distributions and reporting. In this webcast, we will move beyond the basics and cover the different testing techniques available to a 401(k) plan.

    •          401(k) Testing Options
    •          Plan Compensation vs. Testing Compensation
    •          Who’s an HCE?
    •          Correction Ordering Rules
    •          Timing of Correction

    The Speaker: Stephen Forbes, J.D.


    Stephen is an ERISA attorney and educator with 32 years of experience practicing and teaching in the retirement plan area. Stephen recently returned from a three-year sabbatical where he presided over a mission for his church. Previously, Mr. Forbes was vice president of SunGard Relius in charge of Relius Education. At SunGard, he taught seminars, conferences and web seminars on retirement plan compliance, design and correction. He also helpeddraft qualified plan, 403(b), 457(b), 409A and IRA documents and other forms. He was the author of all of the editions of “The Form 5500 Filing Guide” and the co-author of “The Pension Library.” Mr. Forbes came to SunGard in the acquisition of Pension Publications of Denver, Inc. where he served as Vice President. Previous to working for PPD, he was a Tax Law Specialist at the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service(Employee Plans Division) where he worked with Master/Prototype Plans, trained IRS employees, wrote IRS Notices and Revenue Rulings and participated in several Treasury regulations committees. 


    After receiving his bachelor’s degree, He graduated from Willamette College of Law. He then went on to obtain a Masters of Law degree in Taxation from the George Washington Law Center.


    Continuing Education: 2 CE

    ASPPA    CPAs (CA, OR)   CEBS   ERPA   JBEA   MCLE (CA)    NIPA    AIF and CFP


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       




    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    Missing 401(k) Plan Participants:


    Gone But Not Forgotten


    The Presentation:

    Plan administrators know all too well the practical challenges associated with the timely payment of benefits to plan participants, especially in those cases where individuals remain unresponsive to plan communications and are presumed missing. In the recent years, both the Department of Labor (“DOL”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) have shown an increased interest in this area. During the early part of 2016, the DOL stated that it would begin investigating large plans to determine whether benefits were paid in a timely manner to terminated participants. Likewise, the IRS modified its instructions to Line 4l on the 2015 Form 5500 to address compliance issues regarding the timely payment of benefits. (Line 4l asks “Has the Plan failed to provide any benefit when due under the Plan?”) For plan sponsors to be able to answer “no” to Line 4l, the IRS clarified that they needed to make a “reasonable effort” to find unresponsive participants who were entitled to receive minimum distributions under Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(9). Although locating missing 401(k) plan participants has become a growing audit and enforcement priority for federal regulators, it’s often unclear to what lengths a plan administrator must go to find missing plan participants owed a benefit. And despite the limited guidance on this subject, plan fiduciaries have a duty to protect and preserve participants’ rights to benefits to ensure they receive them in a timely manner—which makes finding missing plan participants an important issue to address.

    Use this webinar to learn best practices for establishing a procedure to follow for missing 401(k) plan participants and understand when you will have met your obligations in tracking them down, including:

    •  The DOL’s and IRS’s guidance on the expectations for plan administrators;
    •  Initial steps plan administrators must take, including certified mailings, checking other records for contact information, and using free search tools to locate missing participants;
    •  Additional considerations and steps for plan administrators if the initial steps do not result in finding the missing participants;
    •  How intricate or creative plan administrators are expected to be in searching for participants;
    •  And much more!

    The Speakers: 


    Katuri Kaye | Director | Trucker Huss, APC -ERISA and Employee Benefits Attorney

    Katuri focuses her practice primarily on qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and plans of tax exempt entities and public schools and universities, including 403(b) and 457 plans.

    Katuri counsels clients on the design and tax-qualification of retirement plans and the taxation of employee benefits. In addition, Katuri assists clients with drafting plan documents, SPDs and plan amendments; analyzing plan administrative issues; service provider and investment management agreement reviews; reviewing and drafting QDROs; preparing IRS and DOL submissions; and resolving questions regarding compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

    Katuri practices out of the firm's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

    Katuri was the recipient of theNational Bar Association's 2012 Top 40 AdvocatesUnder 40 Award. She was also named to theLawyers of Color 2013 Inaugural Hot 100 List.




    Robert Gower | Director | Trucker Huss, APC -ERISA and Employee Benefits Attorney

    Robert concentrates his practice in fiduciary responsibility as well as tax qualified retirement plan design, compliance, and administration. He routinely works with plan sponsors and fiduciaries to 401(k), defined benefit, cash balance, and profit sharing plans. Robert has wide-ranging experience in plan drafting, including plan documents, amendments, resolutions, and summary plan descriptions. He also assists plan sponsors in preparing committee charters and bylaws to establish strong plan governance. Robert routinely works with clients to assist with compliance efforts, including all aspects of the Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. He has significant experience helping clients navigate through the voluntary compliance program and plan audits. In addition to plan design and compliance, Robert works with plan sponsors and service providers to understand and adhere to ERISA’s fiduciary requirements, including guiding clients through the Department of Labor’s Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program. He applies these same skills to service provider reviews, investment contract drafting and Department of Labor Investigations. Robert also assists plan sponsors with day-to-day administrative efforts, including benefit claims and appeals, QDRO determinations, and participant communications. He remains up-to-date on all aspects of qualified plan reporting and disclosure in order to assist plan sponsors in timely compliance with regulatory requirements. Robert has spoken on an array of benefits issues, including the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, retirement benefits for domestic partners, missing participants, controlled group considerations, plan governance, and the fiduciary responsibilities of retirement plan committees. Robert has been recognized as a 2016–2019 Rising Star by the Northern California Super Lawyers publication. Robert was also awarded “Outstanding Volunteer” for his work from 2016 through 2018 with the Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) by the Bar Association of San Francisco.


    Continuing Education: 2 CE

    ASPPA    CPAs (CA, OR)   CEBS   ERPA   JBEA   MCLE (CA)    NIPA    AIF and CFP


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       




    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    Pension De-Risking 

     

    Solutions for Managing Defined Benefit Pension Obligations



    The Presentation:

    Retirement benefit obligations, such as those associated with defined benefit (DB) plans, are straining the finances of employers. It’s no surprise many plan sponsors have turned to Pension Risk Transfer to create greater contribution certainty, reduce financial statement volatility, and assure strategic flexibility- with the goal of shifting focus from their pension back to their core business initiatives. This session examines proven solutions for addressing pension plan benefits while preserving the promises that have been made. We will also take a look at the key characteristics that would help identify a viable risk transfer candidate.



    The Speaker:               

    Alexandra Hyten, FSA, MAAA
    Vice President | U.S Market Leader- Small/Middle Market | Pension Risk Transfer


    Alexandra (Alex) Hyten is a vice president of distribution for Prudential’s U.S. Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) business. She is charged with identifying and delivering solutions for defined benefit plan sponsors as they seek to reduce or remove the risk associated with their pension plans. She also delivers valuable consultative guidance to intermediaries, investment consultants, actuaries and pension committees as they weigh the benefits of group annuities against their short- and long-term objectives.


    Alex joined Prudential Retirement in 2007, and held several actuarial positions of increasing responsibility, primarily working in pricing roles to support financial analysis of new business opportunities.

    Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a focus on actuarial science from the University of Iowa. She is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


    Continuing Education: 2 CE

    ASPPA    CPAs (CA, OR)   CEBS   ERPA   JBEA   MCLE (CA)    NIPA    AIF and CFP


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       




    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    Courts, Congress & Compliance

    What’s New for ERISA Litigation, Benefits Legislation, and Agency Guidance for 2019?



     The Presentation: 

    Benefits professionals know all too well how quickly the rules of the ERISA game can change, and staying on top of these changes has become an even bigger and more important task in recent years.  To help you stay abreast of the many judicial, legislative, and administrative changes facing plan sponsors and their advisors in 2019, we will take a whirlwind tour of current topics of interest including:

    • Key ERISA litigation trends including developments on ERISA coverage, investment fees and costs, actuarial equivalence, and stock drop claims along with consequential “back room” issues like standing, statutes of limitations, and burdens of proof.
    • Renewed Congressional interest in benefit plan legislation and oversight, including initiatives to expand retirement savings opportunities and encourage development of more affordable healthcare options.
    • New and pending agency guidance on topics ranging from association health plans to multiple employer plans to hardship distributions to electronic disclosures to assistance with student loan repayments to fiduciary duties.

    Daunting though they may be, all of these changes offer valuable opportunities to improve the ways we advise and operate employee benefit plans, and with the insights you’ll gather during our tour, you will be ready for the challenges that lie ahead in 2019.

    Our Speaker: Tim Verrall

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    Timothy G. Verrall is a shareholder in the Houston office of Ogletree Deakins where he advises a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of employee benefit plan issues arising under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and related federal and state laws including employee benefit plan design and administration, executive and incentive compensation, controversies and litigation, plan investments and health care privacy.  Tim is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and is a frequent speaker on employee benefits topics for industry organizations.

    Who Should Attend:

    • Plan Fiduciaries who want to know more about current and ongoing fiduciary litigation
    • Plan Sponsors who want to know about potential changes that may affect their benefit programs
    • Financial Advisors who want to know more about potential retirement plan changes that may affect their practices and opportunities that may result
    • Auditors who want to know current retirement plan litigation and potential rules changes regarding retirement plans
    • Recordkeepers who would like to know more about potential changes in the benefit plan arena
    • Consultants who would like to have the most current information on proposed legislation and regulation as well as the current state of fiduciary litigation

    Continuing Education: 

    • 2 CE for AIF Certification 
    • 2 CE for ASPPA certifications
    • 2 CEC for NIPA certifications
    • 2 CPE for CEBS
    • 1.75 hours MCLE for California attorneys
    • 2 hours for California CPAs
    • 2 hours for Certified Financial Planners
    • 2 hour for ERPA and Enrolled Agents 
    • 2 CE JBEA certifications


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       



    • 25 Jun 2019
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    • 03 Sep 2019
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    RECORDED WEBINAR: 

    Mergers and Acquisitions:

    a Who’s the Employer Perspective.



     The Presentation: 

    Mergers and Acquisitions present a host of challenges and questions in the retirement plan arena. The many variations on the word “acquisition” don’t really help provide clarity for the practitioner. This session will review many of the issues and provide practical solutions.

    • Service crediting
    • Minor differences have major consequences
    • 415 issues
    • Coverage and nondiscrimination testing
    • HCE status

    Our Speaker: S. Derrin Watson

    S. Derrin Watson

    S. Derrin Watson is an independent ERISA attorney and educator in Santa Barbara, California with over 36 years of experience in dealing with retirement plans. In addition to his solo practice, Derrin is Of Counsel to the Ferenczy Benefits Law Center.

    Previously, he worked with FIS with their Relius line of educational programs and products. There he assisted in drafting qualified, 403(b), 457(b), 409A, and other plan documents and forms, and taught and wrote extensively about all aspects of retirement planning.

    Before that he was the tax partner of a law firm in Beverly Hills. He spends much of the year traveling to present seminars, and in 2016 delivered over 75 web seminars.


    Derrin is a Senior Editor of the Journal of Pension Benefits and has authored the “Who’s the Employer” column on the BenefitsLink web site.


    His varied experiences range from doing standup comedy (yes, even about ERISA) to serving as a Mormon missionary in Iran, to editing and writing books and newsletters on a variety of topics.  He enjoys punctuating his ERISA presentations with original parodies.


    Continuing Education: 

    • 2 CE for AIF Certification 
    • 2 CE for ASPPA certifications
    • 2 CEC for NIPA certifications
    • 2 CPE for CEBS
    • 1.75 hours MCLE for California attorneys
    • 2 hours for California CPAs
    • 2 hours for Certified Financial Planners 
    • 2 hour for ERPA and Enrolled Agents 
    • 2 CE JBEA certifications


      Cost: $65 for members, $90 for non-members. 


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors
       




Past events

18 Jun 2019 ONLINE Webinar:Mergers and Acquisitions: a Who’s the Employer Perspective.
14 May 2019 ONLINE Webinar:Courts, Congress & Compliance What’s New for ERISA Litigation, Benefits Legislation, and Agency Guidance for 2019?
23 Apr 2019 ONLINE Webinar:Pension De-Risking – Solutions for Managing Defined Benefit Pension Obligations
20 Mar 2019 ONLINE Webinar: Missing 401(k) Plan Participants: Gone But Not Forgotten
20 Feb 2019 ONLINE Webinar: 401(k) Testing: Testing Techniques, HCE Determination and Compensation Options
29 Jan 2019 ONLINE Webinar: One Year In: The Qualified Business Income Deduction and its Impact on the Retirement Plan Industry
12 Dec 2018 Online Webinar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility - 2018
14 Nov 2018 Online Webinar: Financing Health: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
30 Oct 2018 Online Webinar: Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions – the Sequel
18 Sep 2018 Online Webinar: Disclosures, Notices, and Filing Requirements for Your Retirement Plan
23 Aug 2018 Online Webinar:Everything You and Your Clients Should Know About Beneficiary Designation Forms
12 Jun 2018 Online Webinar:403(b) Hot Topics (and that’s not an oxymoron)
26 Apr 2018 Online Webinar:RETIREMENT PLAN POLICY STATEMENTS
20 Apr 2018 RECORDED Webinar: An Update on ERISA Litigation
27 Mar 2018 ONLINE Webinar: An Update on ERISA Litigation
22 Feb 2018 ONLINE Webinar: Safe Harbor 401(k) plan corrections
09 Jan 2018 ONLINE Webinar: The Entity, the Plan and the Return: Taxation and Deduction Issues for Qualified Retirement Plans
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: The Dos and Don'ts of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: Ethics for TPAs and Other Professionals - 2017
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: Advanced Compliance Testing – How to Put the Rules to Work for Plan Sponsors
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: Introduction to Cash Balance Plans for Non-Actuaries
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: Missing Participants & Uncashed Checks: Problems Never Contemplated by ERISA
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar - Recovering Pension Overpayments - Navigating the Maze
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar - THE COMPLEX WORLD OF REHIRES
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar - Defined Contribution Compliance Reboot
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar - Advanced Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
31 Dec 2017 RECORDED WEBINAR: 457, 401(k), & 403(b) Plans - Which is right for your clients' or your organization?
31 Dec 2017 RECORDED WEBINAR: DB/DC Update on New Regulations opens Retirement Plan Innovation
31 Dec 2017 Recorded Webinar: Negotiating Good Service Agreements
30 Mar 2017 Online Webinar: Improve Plan Results
15 Dec 2016 Online Webinar: Ethics for TPAs and Other Professionals
01 Dec 2016 Online Webinar: Missing Participants & Uncashed Checks: Problems Never Contemplated by ERISA
02 Nov 2016 Independent Third Party Audits – Why a 403(b) Audit is not a 401(k) Audit
27 Oct 2016 Webinar - Top Ten Audit Deficiencies
23 Aug 2016 Online Webinar: Save More Tomorrow
17 May 2016 Online Webinar: Smooth Sailing Ahead: Negotiating Your Ship through the New Rules for Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans
04 May 2016 Online Webinar: The New Fiduciary Rules: What Do You Need to Know and Do Now?
21 Apr 2016 Online Webinar: Tales From an ERISA Plan Auditor – Dream Clients and Nightmare Clients
23 Mar 2016 Online Webinar: Cybersecurity
18 Feb 2016 Online Webinar: Risk Management for Retirement Benefits Professionals
27 Jan 2016 Online Webinar: The ESOP Exit Option – Benefits and Advantages
10 Dec 2015 ONLINE WEBINAR: Ethics for TPAs and Other Professionals
23 Oct 2015 Online Webinar: Welfare Plan Issues for Same-Sex Married Couples
22 Sep 2015 Online Webinar: Pension De-Risking – Where Do We Stand Now?
09 Jun 2015 Online Webinar: Health Plans and Beyond
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