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When a qualified plan participant dies, plan administrators are often faced with a wide range of issues. Understanding how a plan's provisions apply usually will answer most of these issues. Still, complications often arise.

In this 2-hour webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss many of the important issues plan administrators must confront when a plan participant dies.

Topics will include:

  • Important plan provisions dealing with a participant's death
  • Beneficiary designation issues
  • Satisfaction of the required minimum distribution rules
  • Spousal rights
  • Missing participants
  • QDRO issues
  • And more!

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) grants certain re-employment and benefits rights to an employee who leaves his/her job due to performing duty in uniformed military service. Employers maintaining qualified retirement plans and their advisers must understand the importance of ensuring compliance with the applicable requirements.

In this 2-hour CE webcast, John Griffin J.D., LL.M. will discuss important USERRA requirements, including:

  • Eligibility for USERRA rights
  • Employee notices
  • "Make-up" contributions for returning veterans
  • Special "compensation" and differential pay rules
  • And plan document provisions.

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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A 457(b) plan is a special type of deferred compensation retirement plan available only to governmental and tax-exempt entities. While similar to 401(k) plans, 457(b) plans have their own set of rules and requirements, with significant differences applicable to governmental entities and tax-exempt organizations.

In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss:

  • The basic rules applicable under Code §457(b)
  • The distinction between 457(b) plans for governmental and tax-exempt entities
  • The differences between 457(b), 401(k) and 403(b) plans
  • Plan document requirements

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Don't let your professional knowledge of this ever-changing ERISA industry become outdated! John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will summarize what you need to know about the current developments in the retirement plan industry. During this webcast, John will provide you with the latest on upcoming and new legislative, regulatory and case law developments.

Topics will include:

  • Regulatory developments affecting retirement plans, including:
    • Changes to hardship rules
    • Revisions to the IRS' EPCRS program
    • Changes to the IRS determination letter program
    • Status of IRS review of pre-approved defined contribution plans
    • Other IRS and DOL regulatory developments
  • Legislative updates
  • Recent ERISA-related court cases

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Join us for our annual 2-hour Ethics for Employee Benefit Practitioners webcast, presented by John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.

Among the topics will be:

  • Overview of ethical responsibilities
  • Explanation of IRS Circular 230 from an employee benefits perspective
  • Most significant ethical concerns of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • New practical case studies on ethical situations faced by practitioners

 
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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The hardship rules can vary greatly, depending on the type of plan you are dealing with. It is important that administrators understand these differences!

In this webcast John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will cover the following topics:

  • The rules for making hardship distributions from a 401(k) plan, including:
    • Restrictions on distributions from 401(k) deferral accounts
    • Distributions from employer contribution accounts, QNEC accounts, matching contribution accounts, QMAC accounts and safe harbor contribution accounts
    • Permissible hardship distribution events
    • Required substantiation /documentation for hardship distributions
    • Plan document design

[Note, we will cover the rules as they exist as of the date of the webcast. Some of the hardship distribution rules are affected by proposed IRS regulations issued in 2018. If the IRS has issued the final regulations prior to the webcast, we will incorporate them into the webcast.]

  • The rules for making hardship distributions from 403(b) plans
    • Similarities and differences from the 401(k) hardship distribution rules
    • The differences applicable to 403(b) annuity contracts, 403(b) custodial accounts and retirement income accounts.
  • The rules for making unforeseeable emergency distributions from 457(b) plans
  • The differences between hardship withdrawals from 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans
  •  And much more!
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Churches, church-related organizations and government entities may adopt qualified retirement plans. However, because these plans generally are exempt from Title I of ERISA and certain qualification rules, the plan documentation and administration for such plans can be significantly different from a plan of a for-profit employer.

 

In this 2-hour CE webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the many special exemptions and requirement applicable to these special types of employers.

 

The webcast topics will include:

  • Exemptions from Title I coverage
  • Special application of the Code's qualification rules to church plans
  • Issues relating to the definition of a church plan
  • Special application of the Code's qualification rules to governmental plans
  • Issues relating to the definition of governmental plan
  •  Other unique issues for church plans and governmental plans
    • Plan document issues
    • Nondiscrimination testing
    •  Related employer determination
    • And more!
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Designing a qualified retirement plan for an employer that is a member of a "controlled group" presents unique challenges, including compliance testing issues.

In this 2-hour CE webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. discusses many of the most important plan design considerations and compliance mistakes.

 

The webcast topics include:

  • Basic controlled group rules for qualified plans*
  • Qualification rules impacted by controlled group status
  • Plan design application for specific qualification requirements, including:
    • Crediting service for eligibility and vesting purposes
    • HCE determination
    • Coverage issues
    • Nondiscrimination testing issues
    • Top-heavy plan concerns
    • Spousal attribution problems
  • Other special issues to consider
    • Plan documents
    • Using the Code §410(b)(6)(C) rules
    • Consequences of really being a multiple employer plans

 

* The webcast will include a general discussion of the controlled group rules, but will not get into the many nuances of controlled group and related employer determinations.

Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Not all 403(b) plans are created the same!  Different regulatory rules apply to different types of 403(b) plans and the entities that maintain these plans.  It is important that 403(b) plan practitioners know the many distinctions between the rules and their application. 

In this 2-hour webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. will discuss the differences between 403(b) plans subject to Title I of ERISA and those that are not. Other important distinctions also will be discussed. 

Webcast topics will include:
  • 403(b) plans that are subject to Title I of ERISA (e.g., plans sponsored by 501(c)(3) organizations)
  • 403(b) plans that are not subject to Title I of ERISA (e.g., church and governmental entities)
  •  If applicable, what are the Title I rules?
    • Document requirements
    • Fiduciary rules
    • Reporting and disclosure requirements (e.g., Form 5500)
    • Vesting
    • Spousal rights
  • Title I exemption for salary reduction only 403(b) plans
  • Other important distinctions, including application of the Code's nondiscrimination rules
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Rehired employees often cause significant difficulties in administering qualified plans. This webcast discusses many of the unique issues facing plan sponsors and record-keepers in applying the eligibility and distribution rules for rehired employees.

In this webcast John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will cover the following topics:

  • Applying eligibility rules to determine when employees must be allowed to participate upon rehire
  • Timing of cash-out distributions and the procedures for dealing with repayments/restorations
  • Correctly calculating vesting for rehired employees
  • Dealing with rehired employees under automatic deferral arrangements
  • Applying the break-in-service rules and the difficulties of dealing with rehired employees under 401(k) plans
Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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  • Basics of 401(k) Plans (2019) Part 1
    January 10, 2019 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you are new to the qualified retirement plan field or just need a refresher on the rules applicable to 401(k) plans, this webcast series is for you!

This webcast series focuses solely on the unique aspects and features of 401(k) plans which are imperative to retirement plan practitioners.

Among the topics that will be covered in Part 1:

  • Introduction to 401(k) Plans
  • Popular plan designs
  • Plan documents and IRS approval
  • Eligibility, coverage and vesting rules
  • Plan communication and participant enrollment
  • Deduction rules
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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  • Basics of 401(k) Plans (2019) Part 2
    January 24, 2019 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you are new to the qualified retirement plan field or just need a refresher on the rules applicable to 401(k) plans, this webcast series is for you!

This webcast series focuses solely on the unique aspects and features of 401(k) plans which are imperative to retirement plan practitioners.

Among the topics that will be covered in Part 2:

  • Limitations on contributions
  • Compensation definitions
  • Determining "highly compensated employees"
  • Application of the nondiscrimination rules, including ADP/ACP testing
  • Safe harbor and automatic enrollment plans, including QACAs and EACAs
  • Top heavy plan requirements
  • Loans, distributions and taxation
  • And much more!
Presenter Info:
Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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  • Basics of 401(k) Plans (2019) Part 3
    February 07, 2019 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you are new to the qualified retirement plan field or just need a refresher on the rules applicable to 401(k) plans, this webcast series is for you!

This webcast series focuses solely on the unique aspects and features of 401(k) plans which are imperative to retirement plan practitioners.

Among the topics that will be covered in Part 3:

  • Fiduciary concerns, including timely deposits of elective deferrals
  • Plan investments and participant direction
  • Form 5500 and other government filing requirements
  • Terminating a 401(k) plan
  • IRS/DOL correction programs
Presenter Info:
Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Cost:Individual Classes: $149/class ($99/class for ASC clients)
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The IRS recently issued proposed regulations applicable to hardship distributions from 401(k) plans. These proposed regulations have a major impact on 401(k) plan compliance and operation.
In this one-hour webcast, John Griffin will review the important aspects of the regulations that every practitioner should know.

Topics will include:
  • New hardship distribution events
  • Elimination of the 6-month suspension and loan requirements
  • New participant self-certification for hardship distributions
  • Plan amendments and operational checklists
  • Impact on 403(b) plans
  • Transitional effective date rules
  • Outstanding questions and issues
Cost: $99 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

Qualifies for 1 hour of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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Join John Griffin J.D., LL.M. for a discussion of the ethical issues employee benefit practitioners need to know.

Topics that will be discussed by John include:

  • An overview of ethical responsibilities
  • An explanation of IRS Circular 230 from an employee benefits perspective
  • The most significant ethical concerns of the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility
  • And new practical case studies on ethical situations faced by practitioners
 
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Don't let your professional knowledge of qualified plans become outdated!  Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. as he discusses what you need to know about the latest developments in the retirement plan industry.

    During this 2-hour, CE credit webcast, John will provide you with the latest on IRS, Department of Labor, PBGC and legislative proposals.

    Topics that will be covered include:
     

    IRS developments
    • Pre-Approved defined contribution plan submissions for Cycle 3
    • Status of pre-approved 403(b) plan restatements
    • Final regulations on the use of forfeitures to fund QNECs, QMACs and safe harbor contributions
    • Changes in hardship distribution rules for 2019
    • Guidance on plan qualification rules for church plans
    Department of Labor developments
    • Status of fiduciary regulations
    • Form 5500 developments
    • Changes to disability claims procedures
    PBGC
    •  Final missing participant regulations
    Legislative proposals
    • Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act
    • Family Savings Act
    • Other retirement-related legislative proposals
    Plus many more current developments!!

     
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. in this 2-hour webcast for a discussion of the latest IRS guidance on qualified plan terminations and partial plan terminations.

    Among the topics we will discuss are:

     
    • Making the Decision to Terminate a Plan
    • Consequences of Plan Termination
    • Participant Rights
    • Process of Terminating a Defined Contribution Plan
    • IRS' Position on Partial Plan Terminations and the Vesting of Participants
    • How to handle lost or non-responsive participants
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    This webcast will provide an overview and uses of safe harbor 401(k) plans. 

    Topics will include:
    • Best fits for using a Safe Harbor Plan
    • Choosing the best type of Safe Harbor contribution for your client
    • Notice requirements
    • Creative plan designs that can be used to maximize benefits for the owners/HCEs
    • Mid-year suspension of Safe Harbor contributions
    • Amending or discontinuing a Safe Harbor Plan
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    This webcast will discuss the administrative issues and challenges of dealing with plan loans and in-service withdrawals, including:
    • Plan loans
      • Prohibited transaction exemption
      • Tax requirements under Code §72(p)
      • Refinancing a plan loan
      • Dealing with loan defaults
      •  Correction of loan errors
    • Hardship and other in-service distributions
      • Permissible in-service withdrawal events
      • Hardship withdrawal requirements, including documentation
      • Correction of hardship withdrawal errors
    • Recent legislative changes affecting plan loans and hardship withdrawals
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Cash balance plans are a popular plan design option for both defined benefit and defined contribution practitioners.

    Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., and Valerie Lopez, FSA, EA, MSPA, MAAA, for a discussion of how cash balance plans can be used to substantially increase the retirement benefits for designated employees.

    This session will focus on cash balance plan design from the perspective of defined contribution practitioners.

    Topics to be covered will include:
    • How cash balance plans work
    • The type of employers for whom such plans are suitable    
    • Sample cash balance formulas
    • Combining cash balance plans with existing cross-tested defined contribution plans
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
    Presenter Info:
    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
    Valerie joined ASC in 2012 and is the Chief Actuary for ASC DB Support. Valerie is an FSA, EA, MSPA, and MAAA and has worked in the actuarial industry for more than 27 years.
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    • Part 1
      January 18, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
    Whether you're new to the retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASC's 5-session Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plan webcast series will give you a solid foundation in the basic rules applicable to qualified retirement plans.

    Attendees may choose to register for individual sessions or the entire series.

    In the first class, John Griffin J.D., LL.M.,  will cover the following topics:
    • Introduction to Qualified Plans
    • Participation
    • Coverage and Vesting
    • Related Employers 
    • Plan Types
    • Contributions and Allocations
    • Defined Benefit Formulas
    • And Accruals


    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
     
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    • Part 2
      February 01, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET

    In the second class of the series, John Griffin J.D., LL.M.,  will cover the following topics:
    • Limitations on Contributions and Benefits
    • Compensation Definitions
    • General Nondiscrimination Testing
    • ADP/ACP Testing
    • Safe Harbor and Automatic Enrollment Plans
    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    • Part 3
      February 15, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
    In the third class in the series, John Griffin, L.D., LL.M., will cover the following topics:
    • Top-Heavy
    • Deduction Rules
    • Plan Distributions 
    • Taxation of Distributions
    • Spousal Rights 
    • Rollovers and Required Minimum Distributions
    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.

     
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    • Part 4
      April 12, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
    In the fourth class of this series, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will cover the following topics:
    • Participant Loans 
    • QDROs
    • Death Benefits
    • Plan Termination 
    • Fiduciary Responsibilities and Prohibited Transactions

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.

     
    Presenter Info:
    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    • Part 5
      April 26, 2018 | 2:00 PM ET
    In the fifth class of this series, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will cover the following topics:
    • Plan Documents 
    • Plan Communications
    • IRS/DOL Audits: Plan Correction Programs and Government Filings

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, ARA, NIPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.

     
    Presenter Info:
    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Cost:Individual Classes: $149/class ($99/class for ASC clients)
    Full Series Discount: When you sign-up for all 5 classes, the cost for the series is $596 ($396 for ASC clients).
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    This webcast will provide an in-depth discussion of the rules regarding Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and Plan Distributions.

    Topics that will be covered by John Griffin J.D., LL.M., include:  
    • Calculation of RMD amounts
    • Spousal and non-spousal death benefits
    • Treatment of rollovers and transfers after age 70½
    •  RMD rules under Roth 401(k) plans
    •  Distribution Notice requirements    
    •  Dealing with "lost participants"
    •  QJSA requirements
    •  Lifetime income options



     
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    With testing season just around the corner, we will take a deeper dive into the issues recordkeepers and TPAs face when testing 401(k) plans.

    In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will discuss:
    • Common errors related to compliance testing
    • Methods for improving test results
    • Correction options for dealing with testing errors.
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Non-Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Dealing with mergers and acquisitions is among the most complex and confusing areas involving qualified plans.Changes in controlled group status, stock sales and asset sales all present unique issues for plan sponsors and service providers.

    In this 2-hour CE credit webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. discusses these unique issues and presents a checklist of items that sponsors and practitioners must address when dealing with a merger or acquisition situation.

    Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. on this recorded webcast, as he shows you how to deal with plan mergers and acquisitions methodically and thoroughly.
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
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    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    A multiple employer plan (MEP) is an employee benefit plan that two or more unrelated employers maintain. Inconsistencies in DOL and IRS regulations make it imperative to keep up to date on the rules that impact the administration of these plans.

    Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., May 18th, for a webcast discussion concerning the rules and regulations applicable to MEPs.

    Among the topics will be:

    • What is a MEP?
    • The special rules applicable to MEPs
    • Why employers use the MEP approach
    • Proposed legislative changes for MEPs
    • And much more!
    John will answer all questions after the webcast.
     
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
    Presenter Info:
    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Presenter: John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.
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    The IRS has identified the use of incorrect compensation as one of the most common qualification errors in plans.

    Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., March 30th, for a webcast discussion that will clarify the complex and confusing issues you, the retirement plan administrator face, regarding compensation under qualified plans.

    Among the topics will be:

    • Different definitions of compensation that may apply under a qualified plan
    • Common problems and correction options with respect to plan compensation
    • How the definition of compensation can be used to improve testing results
    • Compensation issues for partnerships and self-employed individuals
    • And much more!

    Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast. John will answer all questions after the webcast.
     

    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA Core.
    Presenter Info:
    Industry expert and ERISA attorney, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., has over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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    Beyond the Basics!
    Bring your expertise to the next level
     
    In this follow-up to our June 25th Basics of Cross-testing webcast, we will explore some of the advanced issues that arise with respect to cross-tested plan designs. We will discuss creative methods for correcting new comparability cross-tested plans, advanced testing options, and using cross-testing under combined defined contribution and defined benefit plans, including cash balance plans.
     
    In particular, we will cover:
    • Common problems faced when designing new comparability plan documents. 
    • Using Treas. Reg. §1.401(a)(4)-11(g) to retroactively correct a nondiscrimination test failure.
    • Using creative testing options, including plan restructuring, to improve test results.
    • Running a nondiscrimination test for combined defined contribution and cash balance plans.

    Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast.
     
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
    Presenter Info:
    ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M. of blessed memory, had over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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    Presenter: Charles Lockwood, J.D. and LL.M.
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    Cross-testing is not only for designing plans that provide greater benefits for older highly compensated employees. While usually associated with "new-comparability" plans, cross-testing also can be used to help plans satisfy minimum coverage or correct other nondiscrimination failures!

    This webcast will provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the basics of cross-testing and will also discuss:

    • When cross-testing can be used to help plans satisfy coverage and nondiscrimination failures
    • The methodology for converting contributions to benefits
    • How such equivalent benefits can be used for purposes of coverage and nondiscrimination testing
    • Other situations where cross-testing can be used to assist in plan design
    Join industry expert and ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M., for the webcast.
    Cost: $149 per participant ($50 discount for ASC clients)

    Qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, Enrolled Agent and JBEA.
    Presenter Info:
    ERISA attorney, Charles Lockwood, J.D., LL.M. of blessed memory, had over 35 years' experience in the employee benefits field, including training and consulting with top firms in the industry.
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