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Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) became available in 2021. To date, the IRS and the Department of Labor have issued little guidance. Still, many practitioners and Pooled Plan Providers are moving forward on helping clients establish PEPs. In this 2-hour webcast, John Griffin, JD, LLM will discuss the rules and latest developments applicable to PEPs and PPPs.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction and background on Pooled Employer Plans
  • What is a Pooled Employer Plan (PEP)?
  • What is a Pooled Plan Provider (PPP)?
  • PEP document requirements
  • Registration requirements
  • Advantages and disadvantages of PEPs
  • Outstanding issues
  • Administration of PEPs
  • Considerations for potential PPPs


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.
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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Participants in qualified retirement plans must receive certain required minimum distributions (RMDs) during their lifetimes. Employers that fail to timely provide these RMDs jeopardize the qualified status of their plans. Participants who fail to receive the RMDs are subject to significant excise taxes. In this two-hour webcast, John Griffin, JD, LLM discusses the applicable RMD rules, including the important changes made by recent legislations. 

Topics will include:

  • General rules for required minimum distributions
  • Using the account balance method
  • Using the annuity distribution method 
  • Minimum distributions when a participant dies before, on or after the required beginning date
  • Special minimum distribution rules
  • Potential penalties, excise taxes and EPCRS corrections


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.
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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More TPAs and other practitioners have enhanced or added 403(b) plans as a line of business. Staying up to date on the special rules and new developments is essential. In this two-hour webcast, John Griffin, JD, LLM will discuss the rules every practitioner who works with, or is thinking of working with, 403(b) plans should know. 

Topics will include:

  • Review of the important rules for 403(b) plans
  • How 403(b) plans differ from 401(k) and 457(b) plans
  • Working with pre-approved 403(b) plans
  • Common IRS and DOL issues
  • Using EPCRS to correct 403(b) plan errors
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.
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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The SECURE and CARES Acts were enacted over a year ago. While the IRS has issued some guidance on these laws, practitioners continue to have questions on implementation of the new rules applicable to retirement plans. 

In this two-hour webcast, John Griffin, JD, LLM will discuss the latest guidance, issues and developments. 

Topics will include:

  • An analysis and status of SECURE Act provisions*, including:
    • Increased cap for QACA safe harbor plans
    • Rules relating to safe harbor 401(k) plans
    • Tax credits for start-up and automatic enrollment plans
    • Portability of lifetime income options
    • Participation of long-term, part-time employees
    • Qualified birth and adoption expenses
    • Required minimum distributions
    • In-service distributions for pension plans
  • An update on the status of CARES Act provisions on distributions and loans
  • Plan amendment requirements and deadlines
  • Impact of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
  • Legislative proposals to expand retirement plan coverage and savings

 

* ASC will offer a separate two-hour webcast on the SECURE Act rules for Pooled Employer Plans on May 27, 2021.

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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Starting this year, 401(k) plan sponsors will have to track employees who work more than 500 hours per year but are not eligible for the plan. The new "long-term, part-time employee" rules pose significant administrative and compliance issues for plan sponsors and practitioners.

Join John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. in this 2-hour CE webcast for an explanation of the new rules and recent IRS guidance.  John will use case studies to illustrate practical application of the impact on 401(k) plans.

Among the topics that will be covered include:

  • When must long-term, part-time employees enter the plan. 
  • How coverage, top heavy and nondiscrimination testing may be impacted by the inclusion of these employees. 
  • How these rules interact with certain plan design options, such as eligibility for employer and matching contributions.
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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As the IRS proclaims, "mistakes happen!" The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) allows retirement plan sponsors to correct plan mistakes and continue to provide retirement benefits on a tax-favored basis. EPCRS includes self-correction without IRS involvement (SCP), voluntary correction with IRS approval (VCP), and correction during audit under a closing agreement (Audit CAP).

In this 2-hour webcast John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. explains what every retirement plan practitioner needs to know about the EPCRS plan correction procedures. During the webcast, we will provide practical insights into EPCRS program and how to conduct periodic compliance reviews.

Case studies and examples will illustrate the correction of common errors, including:

  • Failure to timely amend or restate a plan
  • Dealing with scrivener's errors
  • Failure to correct ADP/ACP testing violations
  • Improper use of the definition of compensation
  • Failure to properly provide matching contributions
  • Improper coverage of employees (e.g., early or late entrance)
  • Exceeding the §402(g) elective limit
  • Correcting late deposits
  • Improper hardship distributions
  • 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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  • Session 1
    January 14, 2021 | 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 Session 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
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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  • Session 2
    January 28, 2021 | 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 Session 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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  • Session 3
    February 04, 2021 | 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 Session 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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In this 2-hour webcast, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. discusses ethical considerations for employee benefit practitioners, including:

  • An overview of ethical responsibilities,
  • An explanation of IRS Circular 230 from an employee benefits perspective,
  • Ethical concerns of the IRS' Office of Professional Responsibility, and
  • 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 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 discuss what you need to know about the latest developments in the retirement plan industry.

In this 2-hour CE webcast, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. will discuss the following topics: 

  • Recent retirement plan legislation (and guidance)
    • SECURE Act
    • Miners Act
    • CARES Act
  • Internal Revenue Service regulatory developments
    • Plan document update, including pre-approved plan interim amendments
    • User fee changes
    • IRS Snapshots on plan loan cure period, plan termination, safe harbor plan compensation and 457(b) plans
    • Uncashed distribution checks
  • Department of Labor regulatory developments
    • Lifetime income payments
    • Proposed exemption for investment advisors
    • Pooled Plan Provider registration
  • Pending retirement plan legislation
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 for qualified plan administration. 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. will discuss these unique issues and present a checklist of items that plan sponsors and practitioners must address when dealing with a merger or acquisition situation.

 The webcast will cover: 

  • Overview of transactions that cause merger and acquisition issues for qualified plans 
  • Distinguishing asset and stock sales 
  • Due diligence 
  • Severance from employment issues 
  • Service crediting 
  • Coverage and nondiscrimination testing
  • Plan document issues
  • Other merger and acquisition concerns
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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In this 2-hour free webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. and Dawn Johnson, CRSP, will continue their discussions of the newly-approved ASC Cycle 3 pre-approved defined contribution plans and the DGEM system. 

The following topics will be covered during the webcast:

  • Overview of the ASC pre-approved Defined Contribution Basic Plan Document used for the Standardized and Nonstandardized Profit Sharing/401(k) and money purchase pension adoption agreements
  • Further explanation of the adoption of Cycle 3 trust provisions
  • Discussion of the interim amendment requirements 
  • Answers to questions raised since the August 20, 2020 webcast
  • Discussion of other ASC plans documents, including the Owners-Only Plan, the Governmental Plans, the Church Plans and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) 
  • DGEM MEP processing
  • Answers to questions raised since the September 10, 2020 webcast


If you attend to the first 50 minutes of the webcast, you will qualify for 1 hour of Continuing Education Credit for ERPA, NIPA, ASPPA, 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.
Dawn Johnson, CRSP, has almost 30 years' experience in all facets of the management and administration of qualified retirement plans and has worked with ASC documents and the DGEM system for the last 10 years.
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Cycle 3 restatement time is here and ASC has everything you need to get the job done! Join Dawn Johnson, Mona Wilkinson, and Randy Bryan for this 1.5 hour webcast as they provide ASC document users with an in-depth discussion on restatements using the DGEM system.

In this webcast, the focus will be on generating Cycle 3 restatements and DGEM system enhancements.

Topics will include:

  • Creating Cycle 3 Restatements, either individually or in batch
  • Generating a complete PPA restatement package
  • Delivering the Restatement package
    • E-Sign
    • Email directly to Plan Sponsor
    • Post Directly to Gemini
  • Using CATTS and PensionPal to keep track of your restatement progress
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Dawn Johnson, CRSP, has almost 30 years' experience in all facets of the management and administration of qualified retirement plans and has worked with ASC documents and the DGEM system for the last 10 years. Dawn holds a BS from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
Mona Wilkinson is the Support Team Leader for ASC's Client & Task Tracking System (CATTS). She has worked in the retirement plan industry for over 20 years. Mona holds an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems from NDSCS and a BS in Accounting from Minnesota State University - Moorhead.
Randy Bryan is a Support Specialist for the PensionPal CRM. He has been working with PensionPal 2016 and joined the ASC support team in 2018.
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The IRS recently approved the ASC pre-approved defined contribution plans for cycle 3 restatements. As a document provider, you need to know the requirements of the pre-approved defined contribution plan program and be comfortable with the plans you provide to your clients.

In this 2-hour free  webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M.,  will guide you through important aspects of the IRS pre-approved defined contribution plans program, discuss the new defined contribution plan restatement process and timing requirements and review the newly-approved ASC Cycle 3 pre-approved defined contribution plans. 

The following topics will be covered during the webcast:

  • General requirements under the IRS pre-approved defined contribution plan program
  • Plan restatement timing requirements
  • Scope of reliance provided by an IRS Opinion Letter
  • Responsibilities of a pre-approved defined contribution plan provider
  • Overview of the ASC pre-approved defined contribution plan documents, with emphasis on the Cycle 3 Nonstandardized Profit Sharing/401(k) Plan
    • Important changes from the Cycle 2 (PPA) documents
    • New IRS requirements for discretionary matching contributions
    • New trust adoption requirements
  • Fixing plans that were not timely amended

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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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., for a webcast discussion that will clarify the complex and confusing issues you, the retirement plan administrator, face regarding compensation used in 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!
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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In this 2-hour webcast, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. discusses the viability of automatic enrollment plans (including ACAs, EACAs and QACAs) from the perspective of employers and service providers. 

Topics will include:

  • Pros & Cons of Auto Enrollment
  • Which Employers are good candidates for auto enrollment?
  • Differences between ACA, EACA and QACA
  • Setting up the Plan Document
  • Establishing and Administering an Auto Enrollment Plan:
    • New Plans
    • Converting existing 401(k)
    • Determining QDIA
    • Notice Requirements
    • Automatic Increases
    • Rehired Employees
    • Permissive Withdrawals
    • Mid-Year Amendments
    • Removing Auto Enrollment
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.
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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A multiple employer plan (MEP) is an employee benefit plan that two or more unrelated employers maintain. Current DOL and IRS MEP rules for qualified retirement plans are confusing and sometimes inconsistent. In addition, the SECURE Act expands the MEP rules to include Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) that many TPAs and others are considering adopting in 2021. With the new interest in MEPs and PEPs, it is imperative to keep up to date on the rules that impact the administration and utilization of these plans.

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

The topics will include:

  • What is a MEP?
  • The special rules applicable to MEPs
  • Why employers use the MEP approach
  • What is a PEP?
  • The special rules applicable to PEPs
  • Why service providers may consider becoming a PEP Pooled Plan Provider
  • 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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The COVID-19 crisis has impacted everyone, including retirement plan sponsors and their service providers. ASC has received hundreds of questions on plan document and plan administration issues related to the COVID-19 crisis. With the enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), new questions have arisen.

In this 1 hour 45 minute free webcast, John Griffin, J.D., LL.M., will discuss many of the COVID-19 plan document and plan administration issues ASC has addressed with its clients.  

  • The following topics will be covered during the webcast:General discussion of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on retirement plans
  • Summary of the provisions of CARES Act affecting retirement plans, including:
    • Coronavirus-related distributions and loan rules
    • Waiver of 2020 required minimum distributions
    • Defined benefit plan relief
    • Plan amendment deadlines
  • ASC's CARES Act Operational Checklist
  • Frequently asked questions involving:
    • Termination of employment
    • Restatement deadlines
    • Safe harbor plans
    • Hardship distributions
    • Interim valuations
    • Plan termination
    • And more!

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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  • Session 1
    January 09, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you're new to retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASCi'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 take the entire 5-session series or one or more of the individual sessions. Sign up for all 5 and receive a discount!

In Session 1 of the Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans series, John P. 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
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  • Session 2
    January 23, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you're new to retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASCi'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 take the entire 5-session series or one or more of the individual sessions. Sign up for all 5 and receive a discount!

In Part 2 of the Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans series, John P. 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
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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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  • Session 3
    February 20, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you're new to retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASCi'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 take the entire 5-session series or one or more of the individual sessions. Sign up for all 5 and receive a discount!

In Part 3 of the Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans series, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. will cover the following topics:

  • Top-Heavy 
  • Deduction Rules
  • Plan Distributions 
  • Taxation of Distributions
  • Spousal Rights
  • Rollovers: Required Minimum Distributions
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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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  • Session 4
    March 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you're new to retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASCi'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 take the entire 5-session series or one or more of the individual sessions. Sign up for all 5 and receive a discount!

In Part 4 of the Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans series, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. will cover the following topics:

  • Participant Loans
  • QDROs
  • Death Benefits
  • Plan Termination
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities 
  • Prohibited Transactions
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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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  • Session 5
    April 02, 2020 | 2:00 PM ET

Whether you're new to retirement plan industry or an experienced professional looking for a review, ASCi'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 take the entire 5-session series or one or more of the individual sessions. Sign up for all 5 and receive a discount!

In Part 5 of the Fundamentals of Qualified Retirement Plans series, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. will cover the following topics:

  • Plan Documents
  • Plan Communications
  • IRS/DOL Audits
  • Plan Correction Programs 
  • Government Filings
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Full Series Discount: When you sign-up for all 5 classes, the cost for the series is $599 ($399 for ASC clients).
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In this webcast, John P. Griffin J.D., LL.M. will discuss the nondiscrimination testing rules that apply to qualified plans, with a focus on options available for correcting failed coverage and nondiscrimination tests.

Topics will include:

  • Calculating corrective refunds under ADP/ACP test, including use of catch-up contributions
  • Correcting coverage failures, including the use of cross-testing to correct average benefit test failures
  • Improper coverage of employees (e.g., early entrance)
  • Failure to use correct compensation under Plan
  • Correcting improper ADP refunds
  • Ineligible catch-up contributions permitted
  • Failure of related employer to properly sign a participation agreement
  • Correcting late deposits
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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Join a free 1 hour Hardship Distribution Interim Amendment webcast presented by John Griffin, J.D., LL.M. & Dawn Johnson, CRSP.

Learn about ASC's new Hardship Distribution Interim Amendment Package and the Hardship Interim Amendment Wizard for ASC pre-approved Defined Contribution Plans.  In this webcast, DGEM (Document Generation & Management System) Document Users will be provided with detailed information on the ASC Hardship Distribution Interim Amendments and generating them in DGEM. No CE credit will be provided for this free webcast.

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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.
Dawn Johnson, CRSP, has almost 30 years' experience in all facets of the management and administration of qualified retirement plans and has worked with ASC documents and the DGEM system for the last 10 years.
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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, 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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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, 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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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, 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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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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