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Sales Fireside Chat and Practitioner Panel
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
65 minutes (1 hour CE for NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: ERISApedia and ForceManager

This webcast featured a practitioner panel which discussed the challenges of maintaining a sales pipeline that will ensure revenue growth and profitability. The webcast also offered practical tips on how to leverage technology to meet your sales goals using a revolutionary new platform called ForceManager 5500 that ERISApedia has partnered to build. You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

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Safe and SECURE, or Is It? Exploring Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans
Friday, November 20, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

Some of SECURE’s most celebrated provisions impact safe harbor 401(k) plans. No need for a notice for safe harbor nonelective! Go ahead and sign a retroactive amendment to add a safe harbor nonelective provision! Get possible higher automatic deferrals for QACAs! All of this is good, but what do they really mean and how should plan administrators handle these changes, especially as we approach safe harbor notice season? We hoped we would have guidance by now. We don’t. So what do we do now? Derrin Watson and Ilene Ferenczy share their insights in this fast-paced 50-minute program. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

So, You Think You're Ready for the Tricycle DC Restatements?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC, Adriana M. Starr, Esq. and Adrienne I. Moore, Esq.

The Ferenczy 'A-Team' is back (with S. Derrin Watson giving color commentary)! Successfully mastering the art of the defined contribution restatement period requires a lot - planning, thought, more planning, technical knowledge, and possibly a Harry Potter time-turner. Regardless of which document vendor you use, the team at Ferenczy Benefits Law Center will walk you through many of the key considerations to ensure technical knowledge and skills, exceptional customer service, employee sanity, profitability, and lower liability. Done right, this nightmare can prove to be a dream for marketing and sales opportunities for a TPA. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here. Click here to download the Q&As to the session and here to download an article on E-Signatures.

More SECURE: The First IRS Guidance
Thursday, September 24, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

The IRS has released their first batch of guidance on the SECURE Act. At 31 pages, Notice 2020-68 covers the new EACA tax credit, qualified birth and adoption distributions, IRA contributions after 70 1/2, age 59 1/2 distributions from pension and governmental 457(b) plans, difficulty of care payments, and amendment deadlines. It also gives us our first taste of new rules relating to vesting for long-term part-time employees. Join Derrin and Ilene as they walk you through this guidance and how it will impact plans now and in the future. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

The Pendulum Swings: Retooled Fiduciary Guidelines
Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and David Schultz, J.D.

And so it is has come to this. Over a decade of debate, discussion proposals, guidance, and litigation has been synthesized into a short proposed regulation on the factors a fiduciary should consider (and not consider) in making investment decisions, and a proposed prohibited transaction exemption to facilitate rollover advice. Otherwise, the DOL, acting on court instructions, has restored the conflict of interest landscape to where it was over a decade ago. While everything old may be new again, the old rules will surely be viewed in a more modern context. David Schultz of FIS and Derrin Watson break it all down in this 100 minute webcast that looks at where we are, how we got here, and what happens next. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Get Your Hands Off My Money!
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC, Adrienne I. Moore, Esq. and Adriana M. Starr, Esq.

Alison J. Cohen, Adrienne I. Moore, and Adriana Starr, will dive into the facts alleged in both the Estee Lauder and Abbott Laboratories cases to understand how thieves walked away with a participant’s 401(k) account. What are the lessons learned from these allegations? The team will share actual case studies from firms that experienced thefts and attempted thefts to hone in on what steps service providers can take to stop this burgeoning scourge. And, because nothing is foolproof, the team will discuss the insurance challenge of figuring out if your firm would be covered for identity theft and whether your coverage is enough. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Derrin's (and Ilene's) Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 8
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
Now 100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

The IRS is closing the loop on CARES and other COVID-19 guidance. This program will explain the CARES RMD rules and options (Notice 2020-51) as well as the safe harbor 401(k)/403(b) COVID-19 relief (Notice 2020-52) as well as any other late breaking developments before airtime. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

We CARES: Now we know! SPECIAL EDITION
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

The IRS has just issued Notice 2020-50, and it gives answers to many of the lingering questions about the CARES Act, expands the possibilities for who can be a Qualified Individual, provides a safe harbor regarding loan suspension, and explains in detail the tax treatment of coronavirus-related distributions. Join Derrin and Ilene for the complete details. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Advanced Case Studies in EPCRS
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC and Adrienne I. Moore, Esq.

The Ferenczy attorneys will spend time analyzing common (and some not-so-common) operational failures that occur with retirement plans and the approach for correction. Understanding how to present to your client the scope of the issues and what the risk/reward equation might look like for self-correcting versus filing with the IRS. Included in this, Ferenczy will talk about VCAP, the other IRS correction program, and when it might be appropriate. Using real case studies, the discussion will go past theoretical and get right to the heart of actual operations. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 7
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date. Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

The eDisclosure Regs are Here!
Thursday, June 11, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC

Ilene H. Ferenczy and Alison J. Cohen from Ferenczy Benefits Law Center will review the newest Department of Labor Regulations for eDisclosure to participants and highlight the possible ways service providers can quickly implement the new requirements. In addition to going in-depth on the new eDisclosure Regulations, Ilene and Alison will analyze how this new regulation pairs with the ‘actual knowledge’ requirements discussed in the Intel v. Sulyma Supreme Court case issued earlier this year. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 6
Session 6 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast.
Session 6 Slides (3 per page) | Session 6 Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 5
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast.
Session 5 Slides (3 per page) | Session 5 Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 4
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast.
Session 4 Slides (3 per page) | Session 4 Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 3
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast.
Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here and click here to download Derrin's Correction.

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 2
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Please note that these sessions provide completely different content so you will be able to receive CE credit for each webcast. You must register separately for each webcast.
Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Derrin's Fireside Chat: We CARES Session 1
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

It seems like every day or two there's some new development about the impact of COVID-19 on retirement plans. It could be from legislative proposals. It could be guidance from the IRS, DOL, or PBGC, such as Notice 2020-23, which extends numerous retirement plan deadlines (even the deadline to distribute 402(g) excess deferrals). It could be from things we've discovered in answering subscriber and client questions. Join us for our new, weekly webcast (until things calm down) where we will keep you up to date.
Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Plans in Times of COVID-19: Our FAQs
Thursday, April 2, 2020 2 PM (ET)
50-150 minutes (1-3 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M.

We've been deluged with questions dealing with the issues retirement plans face in today's tough economy. Is a layoff/furlough a separation? Can I distribute? Does it trigger a due on termination loan provision? Is this operating at an economic loss justifying a suspension of safe harbor contributions? Do we have to give a 30-day notice to suspend after SECURE? Do we credit service during the layoff if we’re paying people? Is this a hardship justifying a distribution? Derrin Watson and Stephen Forbes bring their experience and knowledge to bear in answering the difficult questions practitioners face today. In addition, if the IRS issues any guidance in the interim, naturally the webcast will cover it. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session and click here to download Derrin's Correction.

The Dirty Dozen: The Most Common Plan Mistakes and How to Fix Them.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC

Mistakes happen. And when it comes to retirement plans, they happen a lot. The complexity of plan terms and designs, the volumes of legal requirements, employer unwillingness or inability to follow clear directions, and our mutual capacity to mess up guarantee that there will be failures. We’re human. Mistakes happen. Fortunately, the IRS and DOL have provided toolkits which enable us to patch up most flaws. This special webcast will bring together the authors of the upcoming Plan Correction eSource to address the twelve most common retirement plan blunders and provide step by step instructions for making things right again. From overpayments to missed deferrals, from late deferrals to late returns, this program will walk you through the available corrections with practical suggestions and a wealth of experience. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Answering the SECURE Act Insecurities
Thursday, February 20, 2020 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM

The SECURE Act has generated lots of questions. We know. Thousands of listeners enjoyed Derrin and Ilene's recent webcasts and asked hundreds of questions. In this follow-up webcast, Ilene and Derrin will answer the most common and most important questions from practitioners all over the country. Dig below the surface and find out what the SECURE Act really means for you and your clients. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Understanding the SECURE Act, and More
Friday, January 17, 2020 2 PM (ET) and Thursday, January 23, 2020 3 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

The recently passed appropriations bill includes the long-awaited SECURE Act and other retirement-related rules. Without question, it is the most significant change in retirement plan rules since PPA in 2006. Employers can adopt plans after the end of the year. Employers can add safe harbor 401(k) features after the year has begun, up to 12 months after the year has ended. There's no need for notices for safe harbor nonelective plans. RMDs have been pushed from 70 1/2 to 72, but there are limitations on stretch distributions for beneficiaries. Late filing penalties went way, way up. Certain part-time employees will have the right to defer, but won't be in the ADP test. There are expanded opportunities for MEPs and consolidated 5500 filing outside of MEPs. Join Ilene and Derrin for this special webcast which will show you the new rules and explain their application.
SECURE Act
Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Compensation Case Studies - The Ins and Outs
Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM and David Schultz, J.D.

Last October, Derrin and David presented a series of case studies on compensation at the ASPPA Annual Conference. The cases explored the problems and peculiarities of compensation issues and addressed some of the thorniest problems affecting plan administration. They are converting that discussion into a webcast, complete with their answers to the questions raised. Enjoy the interplay and insights of these knowledgeable, engaging, and witty pension attorneys. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Ethics Doesn't Have to Be Boring
Tuesday December 17, 2019 2:00 PM (ET)
100 minutes (2 hours Ethics CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

Join Ilene Ferenczy, Derrin Watson, and their friends as they review the ethical requirements of retirement plan practitioners and specifics in IRS Circular 230. We will then provide case studies to illustrate the rules and potential ethical conundrums in real life. Guaranteed not to put you to sleep! Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

The Future Is Coming to the DOL: And It’s Electronic!
Tuesday November 19, 2019 04:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

In response to an Executive Order, the DOL has proposed sweeping new regulations which will vastly expand the ability of plans to give notices to participants electronically via a notice-and-access style of delivery. Best of all, it is flexible and allows plans to provide notices electronically unless a participant opts out. Derrin and Ilene will quickly review existing IRS and DOL notice requirements, explain the new proposals, and discuss some of the many open questions on which the DOL wants comments. It’s new, it’s big, and it’s coming to a website near you, with estimated savings to plans of $2.5 billion over 10 years. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

Does your stomach clench when someone talks about an M&A issue? Does the phrase "transition period" make you want to run for the hills? Join Ilene Ferenczy for a practical, case study-based discussion of the major issues for which you should be on the lookout when there is a business purchase or sale. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Final Hardship Regulations Revealed!
Thurs Oct 3, 2019 04:00 PM (ET) AND Thurs October 17, 2019 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM and Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

We now have the final hardship regulations and with them definitive answers to a lot of questions. Derrin and Ilene will guide you through the new rules, including new safe harbors, expanded account access, the end of deferral suspension, and the new employee certification. We will contrast the subtle differences between 401(k) plans and 403(b) plans. And we will talk about the extended 401(k) adoption deadline (no, you don’t have to adopt it before December 31) and the possibilities for 403(b) adoption. Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the first session.
Click here to download the Q&As to the second session.
Click here to download Derrin's article on the amendment deadline.

New MEP rules: Coming up!
Thursday, September 19, 2019 04:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

The DOL just issued final rules allowing certain associations of employers and professional employer organizations to sponsor Multiple Employer Plans (MEPs) which can file a single 5500 and otherwise be treated as single ERISA plans. Meanwhile, the Treasury has released proposed regulations which would allow MEPs to avoid the dreaded “bad apple” rule. Both agencies and Congress hope that increasing the number of MEPs will increase the number of employees covered by retirement plans, particularly among small employers. Derrin gives you the low down on these regulatory changes and answers your questions in this fast moving 50-minute web seminar.
Slides (3 per page) | Slides (2 per page)
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Hi, My Name is Alison and I Fix Broken Plans
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Alison J. Cohen, J.D., CPC

To err is human, to panic about it is even more human. When mistakes happen, how you initially handle the situation is almost as important as the final outcome. We will discuss the steps and considerations that should be taken when a failure is found, regardless of which party may be at fault, and how to come out the other side better and stronger for the experience.
Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Self-Correction of Participant Loan Failures: A brand new world!
Thurs, Jun 20, 2019 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. (taxation)

After years of pleading for the option to self-correct participant loan failures, the IRS finally revised its plan correction procedure (EPCRS) to permit self-correction of some of the more common loan failures. These new correction options should save an employer considerable time and money. However, with the addition of improved correction options, the IRS likely will expect better compliance. Therefore, it is incumbent on practitioners to have a working knowledge of the new loan correction procedures. In this webcast, we will use practical examples to demonstrate how you can correct the various loan failures under the new procedure. We also will explain correction alternatives if a plan does not qualify for self-correction. Come join us for this webcast where we will discuss this important plan correction topic.
Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

Live Questions & Answers from Our May 2019 EPCRS Webcast
Tues Jun 4, 2019 4:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. and S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

We received hundreds of questions during our webcast on the new EPCRS changes that the presenters did not have a chance to address. So, this webinar is a follow up to the original EPCRS webcast where the presenters have had some time to review, consolidate and prepare an organized discussion. This webcast will be useful even of you did not attend the original EPCRS webcast. Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Lessons from Recent Litigation for TPAs and Plan Sponsors
Thurs, May 23, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM ET
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Charles G. Humphrey, ESQ

In this 50-minute session, the impact of recent litigation on fees and TPA and plan sponsor practices will be discussed. Attention will be paid in particular to the Fidelity shelf-space litigation and to practices and approaches that reduce exposure to liability.
Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.

EXTRA! Update on the April 2019 EPCRS Changes
Wed, May 15, 2019 4:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA, Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. and S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

In less than 7 months after the IRS released the 2018 version of EPCRS, they’ve issued a new version, with important changes practitioners have requested. Most important, participants can now self-correct their loan defaults and not face a 1099-R! You can now self-correct certain plan document failures, but you have to be quick. And the IRS will allow retroactive amendments to handle benefits, rights, and features, such as in-service distributions, that were operationally available but not reflected in the plan document. Join Ilene Ferenczy, Stephen Forbes, and Derrin Watson for an in depth discussion of the new rules and what they mean for you.
Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

Breaking up is Hard to Do: Terminating Your Relationship with a Client
Thurs, Apr 25, 2019 2:00 PM (ET)
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA

Saying goodbye to a client is never easy, even when it’s not a matter of anyone being angry at anyone else. Nonetheless, there are techniques you can use to make the termination process easier and to learn from the changes to help you better service your remaining and future clients. In this 50 minute webinar, Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D. will share techniques and tips for a successful "break up".
Click here for a pdf file of the slides.
Click here to download the Q&As to the session.
You may download the video recording of this Webcast by clicking here.

403(b) Universal Availability
Tues, Mar 19, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM ET
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

Universal Availability is one of the key distinguishing features of 403(b) plans. It’s such a simple concept: if anyone can defer, everyone can defer. But what seems simple at first glance is much more involved, particularly after important new guidance the IRS issued, dealing with the “once-in-always-in” rule, in November. S. Derrin Watson will walk you through the issues, the requirements, the options, the risks, and the nuances, in this 50-minute presentation.
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Revised VCP Application Procedure and More
Thurs, Feb 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM ET
50 minutes (1 hour CE for ERPA/NIPA/ASPPA)
Presented by: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. (taxation)

The IRS recently updated its correction procedure – EPCRS. EPCRS has become an increasingly important tool for employers and practitioners to maintain compliance and avoid significant tax consequences. The most significant change made in the new procedure is to require online VCP submissions, starting April 1, 2019.
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401(k) Plan Corrections – Correcting the Top Ten 401(k) Plan Errors
Mon, June 25, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM ET - 100 minutes
Wed, June 27, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM ET - 100 minutes REPEAT
Presented by: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. (taxation)
Although popular with employers and employees, 401(k) plans pose significant administrative burdens on employers, plan administrators and payroll providers. Consequently, even the most well-administered plan has plan errors. In recognition of the frequency of 401(k) plan errors, the IRS has provided specific correction methods for many of the errors. For the other errors, the employer must rely on the general correction principles outlined in the IRS’s corrections procedure. In this webcast we will address the ten most common 401(k) errors and how to correct those errors. Please join us for answers on how to correct these 401(k) plan errors.
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Coming to Grips with Qualified Business Income
Wed, May 30, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM ET - 50 minutes
Thurs, May 31, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM ET - 50 minutes REPEAT
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM
The new Code §199A deduction for Qualified Business Income interacts in surprising ways with qualified retirement plans. This 50-minute web seminar will discuss the new deduction, and how it impacts business structure and plan design.
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Correcting Elective Deferral Failures
Tues, April 24, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM EST - 50 minutes
Wed, April 25, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM EST - 50 minutes REPEAT
Presented by: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. (taxation)
Managing the 401(k), 403(b) and 457 deferral elections has transformed retirement plan administration from an annual event to an every-payroll affair. For each payroll period, employers, payroll administrators and plan administrators have to effect new participant elections, changes in elections and cancellations in elections. The chances for even a well-administered plan to make mistakes is significant. The costs for correction, not to mention the potential for plan disqualification, can be significant if the plan isn’t corrected quickly. Fortunately, the IRS has provided methods to correct such failures. Recently, the IRS has added less costly safe harbor correction methods. Unfortunately, the IRS retained the old correction methods and provided no explanation for how the two sets of rules interface. In this webcast, we will explain (with examples) the two sets of rules and how and when you use the rules. Please join us for answers on how to correct your elective deferral failures.
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Ethics Doesn't Have to Be Boring - REPEAT
Tues, April 10, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM EST - 100 minutes
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM
Join Ilene, Derrin, and their friends as they review the ethical requirements of retirement plan practitioners and then provide case studies to illustrate the rules in real life. Guaranteed not to put you to sleep or your money back! This is a repeat of the session given on Tues, March 27, 2018.
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Ethics Doesn't Have to Be Boring
Tues, March 27, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM EST - 100 minutes
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA and S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM
Join Ilene, Derrin, and their friends as they review the ethical requirements of retirement plan practitioners and then provide case studies to illustrate the rules in real life. Guaranteed not to put you to sleep or your money back!
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Covering Coverage - From A to Z
Tue, Feb 27, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM EST - 50 minutes
Presented by: Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA
Coverage rules under IRS §410(b) just may be the most complex part of retirement plan administration. We all think we know it, since we work with it all the time, but the devil is in the details. Join us as we go back to the basics to review the myriad rules that affect who is covered by the plan.
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Participant Loan Failures: Self-Correction vs. VCP Correction
Presented by: Stephen W. Forbes, J.D., LL.M. (taxation)
Participant loans continue to be a popular feature in defined contribution plans, particularly 401(k) plans. Navigating the numerous participant loan rules requires careful coordination between the employer, payroll administrator and the trustee. Unfortunately, the IRS has made participant loans a priority in IRS examinations. In recognition of the frequent loan issues and errors, the IRS, under its EPCRS program, has created correction methods a plan sponsor may use to resolve the errors. Because EPCRS does not address all of the loan errors, discussion of additional correction methods is necessary.
In this webcast, we will identify many of the common participant loan errors and review the various IRS provided correction methods for participant loans. We also will discuss whether the EPCRS correction method is the exclusive means of correction or whether there are alternative correction methods available. Furthermore, we will discuss situations in which the employer may self-correct a participant loan error. Come join us for this webcast where we will discuss this important plan correction topic.
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Coverage and Nondiscrimination Testing with Related Employers - 11/16/2017
Presented by: S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM
Many practitioners wrongly assume that being in a controlled group means all employees of all group members must be covered by a plan any member maintains. Not true. A plan can be limited to the employees of one member, but the plan must still pass coverage and nondiscrimination. And that’s where many practitioners run into problems. How do you test a plan of related employers for coverage? If the plan requires use of the general nondiscrimination test, how do you handle it in a controlled group? What are the design alternatives for related employers? This 100 minute web seminar will explore these issues, and walk you step by step through the analysis. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.
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TPA and 401(k) Advisor Business Development Plan Creation
Presented by: Chris Barlow of KnowHow 401(k)
Third Party Administration firms and 401(k) Advisors are natural partners. Each delivers their own discipline while jointly focusing on serving the employer and their employees. A joint business development plan can provide the framework for professional cooperation, marketing, sales and service of your joint group retirement plans, assisting both to exceed their sales goals. Chris Barlow of KnowHow 401(k) will review this business development plan with you and show you how to use it with your top 401(k) Advisors. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here. Click here for a pdf file of the slides and here for a copy of the TPA and 401(k) Advisor Business Development Plan.

Common Problems in Mergers & Acquisitions - 10/17/2017 and 10/31/2017
One of the hardest concepts to understand when companies acquire or dispose of subsidiaries or divisions is the effect on coverage. The "410(b)(6) transition period" may be one of the most misunderstood retirement plan concepts. Join Ilene and Tim for an in-depth discussion of how the transition period works to help ... or harm ... the plans of companies in acquisition or disposition mode, and how to help your clients deal with the results. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

What a Relief: Disaster Assistance for Retirement Plans - 9/19/2017
Government agencies have just announced a special set of retirement plan relief rules for Hurricane Harvey. But did you know that there are special rules that come into play with most disaster area declarations, with a much broader delay of deadlines? And Congress has been known to craft its own retirement plan relief package. This special program outlines the pension relief available for Hurricane Harvey and other disasters as they occur. Be prepared! Know what options employers and participants have. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

The Plan Data Intelligence ReSource with Benchmarking - A Strategic Tool for Building Your Book of Business - 9/14/2017
This webinar shows how to quickly build a plan prospect database with information you need to best prepare for initial discussions with decision makers. You will learn how to easily obtain benchmark reports to share with your prospects. Plan Data Intelligence ReSource is built to be fast, accurate, easy to use, helpful and affordable. This webcast is not eligible for continuing education credit. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here.

EPCRS PART II - Correction Tips and Tricks - 8/3/2017 and 8/15/2017
This is Part II of a two-part series about Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS"). In this session, the presenters provided practical guidance on how to correct specific failures. The session covered those failures where the EPCRS program provides recommended corrections and it also provided guidance as to what to do when there is no recommended correction method. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

Developing Relationships With 401k Financial Advisors - 6/28/2017. This webinar reviews effective strategies to increase the number and effectiveness of the Financial Advisor partnerships TPAs develop to help grow their business. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

Fee Litigation - Fiduciary Lessons for Financial Advisors - 6/28/2017. The recent fee litigation lawsuits change dramatically the nature of fiduciary risk for 401(k) plan sponsors. This webinar shows Financial Advisors how they can leverage key lessons from these lawsuits to build their business and improve the level of services provided 401(k) clients. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

5500 Update - 5/25/2017 and 8/17/2017. How long can practitioners dodge the bullet of 5500 “compliance questions?” Frankly, compared to what the IRS and DOL want to ask, the compliance questions appearing on the 2016 return are a “walk in the park.” The DOL and IRS filed a 777-page proposal for changes to revamp Form 5500. The additional questions may give many employers cause to reconsider the choices they have made for their plans. Derrin Watson, who has over 15 years of experience teaching and writing about Form 5500, will explain the issues involved and answer your questions. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

EPCRS PART I - Overview and Update - 4/11/2017. This was Part I of a two-part series. In Part I, the presenters discussed an overview of EPCRS - including recent updates. If you feel you are always a little behind in your understanding of EPCRS, this is your chance to catch up with the ABCs of the program. The presenters also discussed the eligibility rules for EPCRS and will provide an overview of the types of defects that can be cured using the program. This program would be appropriate as refresher for experienced professionals or a good introduction to this topic for those new to industry. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.

A Practical Guide to ERISA Research - 1/26/2017. The difference between a competent employee benefits professional and an expert often is nothing more than knowing where to look for answers. The presenters, Ilene H. Ferenczy, JD, CPC, APA and Tim McCutcheon, JD, CPA, MBA, reveal where they look - not just the statute and regulations but legislative materials, preambles, Q&A compilations, Advisory Opinions, Private Letter Rulings, Revenue Procedures, Notices, FAQs, newsletters, web sites and other secondary sources. You may view the YouTube video of this Webcast by clicking here and click here for a pdf file of the slides.