Events

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Topics and speakers may change throughout the year.  Check back often for the most up-to-date information!       

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, January 21, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM (PST)
    • Online
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    Lions, and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

    Retirement Plan Issues in a Pandemic


    Meet us Online

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    8:00 am to 9:45 am

      Our Presentation:

    In this “pandemic economy” plan sponsors are having to make difficult corporate decisions which directly and indirectly impact their retirement plans. While none of these issues are new, they are on the rise and need to be on your radar and handled with care. Join us for an informative and timely session in which Sherrie Boutwell will discuss some of these issues, including:

     

    • Corporate reorganizations, including mergers and acquisitions, and spin-offs
    • Significant furloughs and layoffs, possibly resulting in partial plan terminations
    • Full plan terminations, as a result of company dissolution or as a cost-saving measure
    • Modification of employer/safe harbor contributions or complete freeze of plans
    • Orphan plans as a result of plan sponsor bankruptcy/dissolution/abandonment/sale of business
    • Increased loans and distributions/other fiduciary considerations
    • Effect of 2020 election/additional stimulus or other legislation changes due to pandemic
    • Impact on IRS and DOL enforcement and large plan audit considerations


     Our speaker:

    Sherrie Boutwell: 

    Sherrie Boutwell has specialized for nearly thirty years in the areas of employee benefits law and ERISA, with an empha­sis on retirement and deferred compensation plans. She has provided legal counsel to employers, employees, plan fiduciaries (including plan trustees and administrators), financial institutions, government agencies and trade associations on a broad range of employee benefits matters.  Sherrie has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Department of Labor, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association and the United States District Court with respect to employee benefits issues.  Sherrie has experience working with the unique deferred compensation issues that arise in the non-profit and governmental employer arena and also has many years of experience in the design and operation of non-qualified executive deferred compensation plans including the requirements under Section 409A of the Code. Ms. Boutwell obtained her J.D. from UCLA. 

    Continuing Education:

    • 2 CE for AIF (pending)
    • 2 CECs for ERPA 
    • 2 CPEs for ASPPA certifications
    • 2 CECs for NIPA certifications
    • 2 hours for California CPAs 
    • 1.75 hours of California MCLE
    • 2 hours for Certified Financial Planners
    • 2 CE for CRPS 
    • 2 CE for CEBS


     The statements and materials presented at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events are solely the opinions of the speakers and do not represent the opinions or positions of WP&BC Orange County Chapter. In addition, WP&BC Orange County Chapter assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the statements and materials presented by speakers at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events.

    • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM (PST)
    • Online
    • 22
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    13th Annual ABC's of Pension Plans

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    Online Webinar

    9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Lunch Certificates will be provided through GrubHub

    LEARN THE BASICS FROM THE EXPERTS

    This full-day seminar will focus on the following areas:

    • Law Basics
    • Types of plans
    • ERISA
    • Plan administration
    • Plan funding and Fiduciary responsibilities
    • Plan design and requirements
    • Employer obligations and concerns
    • Auditing a qualified plan

    This special program has been designed to provide a basic foundation of pension knowledge to those new to this field.  You will want to attend this program if:

    • You are looking for a better overall understanding of retirement plans
    • You work in a specific area or discipline related to qualified retirement plans and would like to broaden your knowledge
    • You work in the employee benefits area but do not really understand how it all fits together
    • You may be concerned that your plan is not being administered correctly

    Our speakers will be:

    Hitz Burton, JD                              Aon                                                                       Mr. Burton is a Partner in Aon’s Newport Beach office. Hitz provides advice to clients regarding the design and administration of their qualified and nonqualified retirement plans. Hitz also has extensive work experience as the lead consultant on more than a dozen compliance audits for qualified retirement plans over the last several years. Additionally, Mr. Burton has been the lead Hewitt consultant on over 40 acquisitions for Fortune 200 clients of the firm. Prior to joining Hewitt in 1997, Mr. Burton was an associate with the Boston law firm of Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar where he worked in the firm’s ERISA practice group and specialized in providing clients with advice regarding how their merger and acquisition activity would impact their benefit plans and programs. Hitz is the current Past President for the Orange County Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council. 

    Phuong Jennings, QKA                    EGPS, Inc.                                     

    Phuong Jennings, Regional Vice President, brings with her over 15 years of 401(k) and pension industry knowledge with an exceptional understanding of ERISA legal plan documents. She works with Financial Advisers, CPAs and other trusted advisers in helping design the appropriate 401(k), Profit Sharing or Defined Benefit/Cash Balance plan for their business clients. She started out in the Third Party Administration (TPA) side of the business and have also been on the recordkeeping vendor side of the industry as well. Her hands-on experiences have given her an in-depth understanding of the technical world of retirement plans. 

    Stuart Hack, JD, CLU                           Sunlin Consulting                                       

    Stuart is a recently retired Partner with Sunlin Consulting LLC.  He advised qualified plan sponsors and record keepers on fiduciary liability exposure management.  He designed, implemented and monitored fiduciary best-practices programs, including fully documented ERISA 404(a)(5), 404(c) and 408(b)(2) compliance solutions.  He also designed and managed ERISA 3(38) fiduciary solutions that record keepers offer to participant-directed defined contribution plan sponsors and financial advisors.  He is past president of the Orange County Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council.

    Mark Murphy, CPA                            LTSP, Inc.

    Mr. Murphy is the Managing Partner/ Audit Partner at LTSP, Inc. which he joined in 1985 after five years as the controller of a local holding company that operated and controlled commercial real estate properties and a printing/publishing company. As a partner, he is primarily in charge of planning and supervising audit and other attestation engagements in a wide array of industries including technology, healthcare, real estate, service, distribution and manufacturing. He also has extensive experience with providing audit and compliance services to various types of employee benefit plans covered under ERISA. His experience also includes providing audit services to organizations and entities under the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) programs.

     This Seminar will be held as an online zoom meeting.  Check-in is open from 8:30 a.m. PST

    Continuing Education: 5 hours for:

     AIF  (pending)         ASPPA               CEBS            CFP                                                                                           
     CPAs (CA)            ERPA              MCLE (CA)            NIPA 
            CRPS 

    The statements and materials presented at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events are solely the opinions of the speakers and do not represent the opinions or positions of WP&BC Orange County Chapter. In addition, WP&BC Orange County Chapter assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the statements and materials presented by speakers at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events.

    • Thursday, February 18, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM (PST)
    • Online
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    Here We Go Again; With a Twist

    Meet us Online

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

    8:00 am to 9:45 am

      Our Presentation:

    Defined contribution restatement season has descended once again.  By the time of this program, there will be less than 18 months left.  This restatement cycle provides unique challenges, as practitioners wrestle with the SECURE, CARES, and hardship amendments while they try to adapt to Cycle 3 documents.  This program will discuss the issue and concerns, and suggest practical approaches. Topics include:

    • Deadlines
    • Key changes in Cycle 3
    • Reliance
    • Integration with interim amendments
    • Office and document strategies

     Our speaker:

    Derrin Watson: 

    Derrin is an independent ERISA attorney and educator in Santa Barbara, California with over 40 years of experience in dealing with retirement plans. In addition to his solo practice, Derrin is Of Counsel to the Ferenczy Benefits Law Center and also works with FIS with their Relius line of plan documents.

    Derrin received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from BYU and in 1980 he graduated from UCLA Law School.  He has been involved with qualified plans since 1977 and had his first case involving controlled groups shortly thereafter.  He has maintained a strong interest in this area ever since and has become the leading authority on controlled group, affiliated service group, and leased employee issues.  He is the author of Who’s the Employer (soon in its 8th edition), the 403(b) Plan eSource, and the 457 Plan eSource, and co-authored the Plan Correction eSource, all published by ERISApedia.com. Derrin is a Senior Advisor of the Journal of Pension Benefits.

    Continuing Education:

    • 2 CE for AIF (pending)
    • 2 CECs for ERPA 
    • 2 CPEs for ASPPA certifications
    • 2 CECs for NIPA certifications
    • 2 hours for California CPAs 
    • 1.75 hours of California MCLE
    • 2 hours for Certified Financial Planners (pending)
    • 2 CE for CRPS 
    • 2 CE for CEBS


     The statements and materials presented at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events are solely the opinions of the speakers and do not represent the opinions or positions of WP&BC Orange County Chapter. In addition, WP&BC Orange County Chapter assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the statements and materials presented by speakers at WP&BC Orange County Chapter events.

Past events

Thursday, November 19, 2020 Power Your Practice with Financial Wellness and Retirement Income Trends and Preferences
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 PART II - Retirement Plan Alternatives for Small Plan Sponsors: Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs)
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Online Webinar: Retirement Policy in a Pandemic – Way More than Six Feet Apart
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 New Retirement Plan Designs as a Result of the SECURE Act
Thursday, August 20, 2020 Online Webinar: Challenges & Opportunities: Evaluating the impact of pending DOL regulations on you and your clients
Thursday, July 16, 2020 Online Webinar: The CARES Act: Where Are We Now & How Can We Best Approach The Challenges?
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Online Webinar: The Emerging Cybersecurity Risks as a Result of COVID-19
Thursday, April 16, 2020 Share Class Wars
Thursday, March 19, 2020 Best Practices For Changing Recordkeepers
Thursday, February 20, 2020 The SECURE Act and Its Impact on the Future of the U.S. Retirement System
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Retirement Plan Alternatives for Small Plan Sponsors: CalSavers, Private Qualified Plans, IRA-Based Plans
Thursday, January 23, 2020 The 12th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, January 16, 2020 Breakfast Forum:Retirement Plan Audits – Basics, Best Practices and Upcoming Changes
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Breakfast Forum:Navigating the Distribution Correction Minefield
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Playing Well With Others in the Retirement Plan M&A Sandbox
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Breakfast Forum: Arrangements to Supplement 401k plans
Thursday, September 19, 2019 Breakfast Forum: Update on ERISA litigation and Lessons Learned
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Expanded EPCRS and Determination Letter Program
Thursday, May 16, 2019 Breakfast Forum: Cyber Security – Are You At Risk?
Thursday, April 18, 2019 Breakfast Forum: Courts, Congress & Compliance – What’s New for ERISA Litigation, Benefits Legislation, and Agency Guidance for 2019?
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Breakfast Forum:TARGET DATE FUNDS Where have we been, where are we now, where are we going…..
Thursday, March 07, 2019 Navigating Pre-Approved Plan Documents
Thursday, February 14, 2019 Breakfast Forum:MEPs, PEPs, 3(16), and State Sponsored Plans
Thursday, January 24, 2019 The 11th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Breakfast Forum:Department of Labor Update - Keeping Current
Thursday, November 29, 2018 Legacy of the DOL Fiduciary Rule
Thursday, November 15, 2018 Breakfast Forum:What You Need To Know To Insure Retirement Plan Risks
Thursday, October 18, 2018 Breakfast Forum:Distributions Retirement Planning
Thursday, September 20, 2018 Breakfast Forum:Washington Update:Legal & Regulatory Update for Retirement Plan Professionals
Thursday, August 23, 2018 2018 Member Appreciation
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Missing Participants & Uncashed Checks – Problems Never Anticipated
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Breakfast Forum:Cyber-Security Threats To Plan Participants and Individuals Are Becoming More Pervasive
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Breakfast Forum:A Deep Dive into new Section 199A,
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Breakfast Forum: Nightmare on TPA Street – EPCRS Case Studies that will make your hair curl!
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Technical Lunch Forum: RETIREMENT PLAN POLICY STATEMENTS
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 Breakfast Forum: Before the Feds Arrive, Have You Prepared?
Thursday, January 25, 2018 The 10th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Breakfast Forum: Demystifying the Plan Audit Process – What Are the Auditors Really Doing?
Thursday, November 16, 2017 Breakfast Forum: See No Policy, Hear No Policy, Speak No Policy: Washington Retirement Update on Tax Reform, Fiduciary Rule, and Lawsuits
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Fee Equalization in 401(k) Plans
Thursday, September 14, 2017 Breakfast Forum: A Washington Update: Legal & Regulatory Update for Retirement Plan Professionals
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Technical Lunch Forum: 2017 Western Benefits Conference Roundtable
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 2017 Member Appreciation
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Regulation, Self-regulation, and Professionalism and the Future of Financial Advice
Thursday, April 20, 2017 I’ll See You in Court! ERISA Litigation Update 2016/2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Technical Lunch Forum: 403(b) Plans in 2017: Significant Issues and Trends
Thursday, March 16, 2017 Social Security: Benefits, Deficits and Beyond
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Navigating the Form 5500 Nonsense
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Fiduciary Best Practices – Will Your Plan Hold Up to a Compliance Review or Audit?
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 The 9th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, January 19, 2017 What the DOL Expects of Auditors and What Can Go Wrong
Thursday, November 17, 2016 Recognizing and Avoiding Pitfalls When Changing Record keepers
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Breakfast Forum: Mergers and Acquisition Issues - What Affect Does it Have on Your Clients?
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Breakfast Forum: A Washington Update: How Will Recent Legislation Affect Your Clients?
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Technical Lunch Forum: 2016 Western Benefits Conference Roundtable
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Western Benefits Conference
Thursday, June 02, 2016 Technical Lunch Forum: Risky Business: The Pension Risk Hot Potato
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Washington Update: The DOL Fiduciary Rule Package (Is there Anything Else?)
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Technical Lunch Forum: ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT LATE REMITTANCES – BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
Thursday, April 21, 2016 State-Sponsored Savings and Retirement Plans for Private Employers
Thursday, March 17, 2016 Settling Down – Lessons Learned from Recent Class-Action ERISA Settlements
Thursday, February 18, 2016 DOL’s Retirement Income Initiative - DC Plan Lifetime Income Products
Thursday, January 21, 2016 The 8th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, January 14, 2016 Plan Audit Quality - Top DOL Initiative!!
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Best Behavioral Practices To Solve the DC Outcomes Crisis
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Benefit Plan Vendor Agreements From the Employer’s Perspective: Better Know What’s in the Fine Print!
Thursday, September 17, 2015 The Supreme Court’s Decision in Tibble v. Edison International: What Are the Must Know Lessons for Plan Fiduciaries?
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Technical Lunch Forum: 2015 Western Benefits Conference Roundtable
Sunday, July 19, 2015 2015 Western Benefits Conference
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Breakfast Forum: The New Proposed Fiduciary Conflict of Interest Rule - How Will It Affect Financial Advisors?
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Technical Lunch Forum: Are You a Modern 401(k) Fiduciary - Important Updates and Guidance for 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015 Breakfast Forum: IRS's Voluntary Closing Agreement Program -- When EPCRS Just Isn't Good Enough
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Breakfast Forum: ERISA Litigation Update 2015 - Order in the Court!
Friday, March 06, 2015 Technical Lunch Forum: FEE DISCLOSURE: Issues, Solutions & Opportunities
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Breakfast Forum: Investments 101 - Understanding Retirement Plan Investments
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Breakfast Forum: Avoiding Common Pitfalls in the Plan Restatement Process
Thursday, January 15, 2015 The 7th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Breakfast Forum: Excessive Fee Litigation -- From the Plaintiff's Point of View
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Breakfast Forum: Benchmarking Service Provider Fees and Services
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Breakfast Forum-Washington Update: Legislation and Regulation Changes in Retirement Plans
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Technical Lunch Forum 2014 Western Benefits Conference Roundtable
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Winning Strategies - The 2014 Western Benefits Conference
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Breakfast Forum: Changing Roles for Fulfilling Fiduciary Responsibilities
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Breakfast Forum: Avoiding Common Audit Pitfalls
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Breakfast Forum: Target Date Fund Guidance
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 Seminar: 2014 Financial Advisor Seminar
Thursday, February 20, 2014 Breakfast Forum: ERISA Litigation
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 Technical Lunch Forum: ASPPA Regional Conference Roundtable
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Breakfast Forum: DOL Confidential
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 The 6th Annual ABCs of Pension Plans
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Breakfast Forum: Anatomy of a Correction
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Technical Lunch Forum: Distributions, Loans and Un-Cashed Checks
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Breakfast Forum: The U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on DOMA and Related Guidance
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Breakfast Forum: Legislative and Regulatory Update with Stephen Forbes
Thursday, August 15, 2013 Technical Lunch Forum
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Breakfast Forum: Issues, Concerns and Solutions in Auditing 403(b) Plans
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 Webinar: Circular 230 Overview
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Seminar: Growing Your Book of Pension Business
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Technical Lunch Forum: Health Care Reform - Play or Pay
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Breakfast Forum: Participant Behavior in Qualified Retirement Plans and What it Means to Maximize It
Thursday, March 28, 2013 Webinar: Multiple Employer Plans
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Breakfast Forum: ERISA Litigation Update 2012/2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Breakfast Forum - New EPCRS Procedures
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 Technical Lunch Forum
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Breakfast Forum: 2013 Updates from U.S.DOL's Office of Chief Accountant and LARO
Wednesday, January 09, 2013 The ABCs of Pension Law
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Breakfast Forum
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Breakfast Forum: Service Provider and Participant Fee Disclosures
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Technical Lunch Forum
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Breakfast Forum
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