Employee Benefit Plans Conference 2019

May 5, 2019 ‐ May 8, 2019

You rely on this conference for the tried-and-true: specialized content, authoritative speakers and a chance to pause and check in with your peers.

This year’s conference brings back all your favorite aspects, with a simple bottom line:

Getting your work done right.

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This includes sessions from the conference: Employee Benefit Plans Conference 2019

Sessions Included:

Opening Remarks & Cybersecurity Breaches: Are You the Cause? (May 06, 2019 08:00 AM)

New EBP Reporting Standard (May 06, 2019 11:00 AM)

Fringe Benefits Post Tax Reform (May 06, 2019 11:00 AM)

Work The Core, Don't Fail in Assessing Risk (Repeated in Session EBP1962) (May 06, 2019 01:15 PM)

401(k) Testing and Alternatives (May 06, 2019 01:15 PM)

Understanding Management's Responsibilities for Your Plan (May 06, 2019 01:15 PM)

Plan, Design, and Monitor Payroll Audits (May 06, 2019 01:15 PM)

Risk Assessment and Planning Part I (May 06, 2019 02:40 PM)

Using an Actuarial Report in Your Audit (May 06, 2019 02:40 PM)

On Auto-Pilot: Automatic Provisions Don't Always Always Equal Smooth Sailing (May 06, 2019 02:40 PM)

Fringe Benefit Trends (May 06, 2019 02:40 PM)

Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions (May 06, 2019 02:40 PM)

Risk Assessment and Planning Part II (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

Sort Out the SOC Reports Used in Your EBP Audits (Repeated in Session EBP1957) (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

Is an ESOP Right for Your Company? (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

Beyond Cybersecurity: Attack of the New Wave of Privacy Regulations (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

Stable Value Investment Case Study (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

Plan Sponsor Best Practices, Fees & Communications (May 06, 2019 04:25 PM)

EBPAQC Update (May 07, 2019 07:30 AM)

Beyond the Audit: AICPA Resources (May 07, 2019 07:30 AM)

Contributions, Eligibility and Participant Data, Part I (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Auditing in a Digital World (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Unrelated Business Taxable Income (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Anti-Assignment Rules - Procedures, Legal and Tax Issues (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Executive Compensation: Tax Reform & Beyond (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Auditing DB Plans - Distributions and Census Data (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

The Specificity of an ESOP's Tax Rules (May 07, 2019 10:15 AM)

Contributions, Eligibility and Participant Data, Part II (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Breaking Down the Definition of Compensation (Repeated in Session EBP19207) (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Compliance Testing in Defined Contribution Plans (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Legal Update and Recent Court Cases (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

What Officers and Directors Need to Know (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Insights into Multi-Generational Learning and Training (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Effective Audit Planning: Best Practices for Plan Sponsor and Auditors (May 07, 2019 11:40 AM)

Audit and Accounting for Common Investments (May 07, 2019 01:30 PM)

Common IRS/DOL Errors and How to Correct Them (Repeated in Session EBP1964) (May 07, 2019 01:30 PM)

It's Never Too Soon to Start Retirement Planning (May 07, 2019 01:30 PM)

Managing Self-Insured Benefits Costs (May 07, 2019 01:30 PM)

Distributions and Plan Expenses (May 07, 2019 02:55 PM)

Revival of Pension Plans for Executives (May 07, 2019 02:55 PM)

Tax and Audit Lightning Round: The Daily Double (May 07, 2019 02:55 PM)

How an Auditor Adds Value to a Client (May 07, 2019 02:55 PM)

Ethics, Independence & EBPs (May 08, 2019 07:00 AM)

Building Your EBP Practice (May 08, 2019 07:00 AM)

404(c) and 404(a)(5) Compliance Fund Selection Process (May 08, 2019 07:00 AM)

How One Profession is Preparing Another (Ours) (May 08, 2019 07:00 AM)

Breaking Down the Definition of Compensation (Repeat of Session EBP1935) (May 08, 2019 07:00 AM)

Financial Reporting and Audit Wrap-Up (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

Sort Out the SOC Reports Used in Your EBP Audits (Repeat of Session EBP1920) (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

Fraud in Employee Benefit Plans: Case Studies (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

MEWAs, MEPs, PEO and Outsourcing (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

Service Providers - Working Together Effectively (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

Work The Core, Don't Fail in Assessing Risk (Repeat of Session EBP1906) (May 08, 2019 08:00 AM)

Communicating Errors to Plan Sponsors (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

Common IRS/DOL Errors and How to Correct Them (Repeat of Session EBP1943) (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

What Does an IRS/DOL Exam Look Like? (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

First Time Audits (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

Auditing and Reporting for Terminating Plans (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

Both Direct and Indirect DB Pension Costs Need Audit Attention - Presented by Pacific Life (May 08, 2019 09:45 AM)

Asking for a Friend (May 08, 2019 11:10 AM)

Traps for Privately Owned Business (May 08, 2019 11:10 AM)

Standard: $459.00


Introduction to Employee Benefit Plan Audits

May 5, 2019 9:00am ‐ May 5, 2019 6:00pm

Identification: EBP19101

This all-day pre-conference workshop is geared toward individuals interested in a general overview and update of the audit, accounting and reporting requirements for employee benefit plans. Auditors new to employee benefit plan audits, experienced auditors interested in a refresher course, benefit plan professionals as well as service providers who want to understand the audit process, could benefit from this workshop. It provides a basic understanding of the requirements for all types of EBP audits based on the AICPA's Employee Benefit Plans - Accounting and Audit Guide as well as DOL requirements. Participants will have ample time to discuss specific issues and resolutions for real-life employee benefit problems. Attending this workshop will help participants choose beneficial sessions from the general conference to tailor the conference experience.

This session will address employee benefit plan audit quality issues based on findings from the DOL and peer review engagements and unique accounting and reporting issues.

  • Recognize the more common types of EB plans.
  • Indicate appropriate planning and substantive audit procedures with respect to investments, contributions, distributions, and benefit obligations.
  • Recall ERISA regulations.
  • Identify problems and potential resolutions within EBP audits.

  • Marcus J. Aron, CPA, Chief, Division of Accounting Services, Office of the Chef Accountant, EBSA, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Marilee P. Lau, CPA, Marilee Lau, CPA, Retired KPMG Partner
  • Bob Cote, Cote, LLP
Standard: $79.00

Form 5500 Workshop iconForm 5500 Workshop

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Form 5500 Workshop

May 5, 2019 1:00pm ‐ May 5, 2019 5:00pm

Identification: EBP19102

This half-day Form 5500 workshop will provide a practical review of the Form 5500 and related schedules. We will explore common practitioner questions and Form 5500 and related schedules' pitfalls. The session is designed for plan administrators, auditors, and preparers who want to learn about the Form 5500 as well as expand their knowledge of the Form 5500 filings.

  • Identify Form 5500/5500-SF specifics
  • Identify changes to the 2017 Form 5500
  • Use Form 5500 related schedules and Form 8955-SSA
  • Use the Electronic Filing/EFAST2 system and determine when DOL enforcement may occur

Standard: $79.00

Emerging EBP Professionals Workshop

May 5, 2019 2:00pm ‐ May 5, 2019 6:00pm

Identification: EBP19EP

This workshop has it all: hands-on training in specific areas, professional development skills, building credibility, fostering relationships, and communication tips. This workshop is designed to give technical and soft skills to those professionals who are fairly new to employee benefit plans, or who have much audit experience but are new to employee benefit plan audits. This is an ideal precursor to the main conference’s Fundamental Track. The EEBP workshop will be led by EBP professionals with extensive experience in both accounting, auditing and tax practices within employee benefit plans. Mentors and experts will be on hand so you leave this afternoon with a cadre of new skills and competencies. Emerging EBP participants will have an opportunity to interact directly with the workshop leaders on a wide variety of EBP topics during the conference and after the conference - this is a great way to expand your EBP expertise networking.

  • Identify sessions to attend during remaining days of conference.
  • Indicate your goals in attending the conference to mentors and experts.
  • Recall EBP training and apply to rest of conference.

Standard: $79.00

Opening Remarks & Cybersecurity Breaches: Are You the Cause?

May 6, 2019 8:00am ‐ May 6, 2019 9:30am

Identification: EBP1901

Session will discuss trends and best practices from the cybersecurity and information privacy arenas.

  • Recall the latest trends affecting organizations and individuals (vis-à-vis cybersecurity and privacy).
  • Select the leading practices for dealing with these trends in your company or your client's company.
  • Indicate what practitioners can do to safeguard their own organizational and personal data.

  • Johnny Lee, JD, Licensed Attorney, Principal & National Practice Leader, Forensic Technology, Grant Thornton LLP
Standard: $49.00

New EBP Reporting Standard iconNew EBP Reporting Standard

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New EBP Reporting Standard

May 6, 2019 11:00am ‐ May 6, 2019 12:15pm

Identification: EBP1903

The new EBP reporting framework addresses the auditor's responsibilities for forming an opinion and reporting on ERISA plan financial statements, including the form and content of the report when management elects to have an ERISA section 103(a)(3)(C) audit performed.

  • Analyze the requirements of the new EBP reporting framework.
  • Differentiate the new form and content of the EBP reports compared to the current standard.
  • Determine when it is appropriate to use the ERISA section in the audit report.

Standard: $49.00

Fringe Benefits Post Tax Reform

May 6, 2019 11:00am ‐ May 6, 2019 12:15pm

Identification: EBP1904

This session will review the current rules and regulations regarding fringe benefits, including the ability of an employee to exclude the value of such benefits from income and the ability of an employer to deduct the cost of those benefits. Special emphasis will be placed on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act changes affecting fringe benefits, specifically meals and entertainment expenses, qualified transportation fringe benefits and moving expenses.

  • Identify the fringe benefits that are best for your client based on the tax treatment of such benefits for the employer and the employee.
  • Apply current rules and regulations to your clients in order to assist in designing a cost efficient fringe benefit plan.

Standard: $49.00

Work The Core, Don't Fail in Assessing Risk (Repeated in Session EBP1962)

May 6, 2019 1:15pm ‐ May 6, 2019 2:30pm

Identification: EBP1906

Partners, are you starting your audit off properly? Most practitioners answer, "yes." However, more than a decade after the risk assessment standards were issued, the AICPA Peer Review team found that more than half of all firms fail to comply with AU-C Section 315 or 330.

At the core of every audit are the goals of identifying, assessing, and responding to risks of material misstatement. Ensure your EBP audits comply with risk assessment standards. The discussion will include misconceptions commonly held by senior-level practitioners and how to avoid these common areas of non-compliance.

  • Interpret commonly misapplied requirements of AU-C Sections 315 and 330.
  • Contrast common areas of non-compliance found by AICPA Peer Review team research to your EBP audit performance.
  • Assess practical application of the standards in EBP audits.

Standard: $49.00

401(k) Testing and Alternatives

May 6, 2019 1:15pm ‐ May 6, 2019 2:30pm

Identification: EBP1907

An in-depth look at 401(k) plan testing and alternatives including APD/ACP testing from a tax perspective. These compliance tests are complicated and this session can assist auditors in become more adept in the area related to non-discrimination testing.

  • Apply proper use of ADP/ACP testing based on its purpose.
  • Identify issues involved with testing failures and corrections.

Standard: $49.00

Understanding Management's Responsibilities for Your Plan

May 6, 2019 1:15pm ‐ May 6, 2019 2:30pm

Identification: EBP1910

The panel will provide an overview of benefit plans' management responsibilities, including, but not limited to: accomplishing all regulatory requirements under management scope and all necessary elements, activities, recommendations, and decisions that ensure those requirements are satisfied.

  • Identify management's main/key areas of focus regarding a benefit plan's scope of responsibilities.
  • Apply the panel's recommendations on areas of focus and responsibilities to your company.

Standard: $49.00

Plan, Design, and Monitor Payroll Audits

May 6, 2019 1:15pm ‐ May 6, 2019 2:30pm

Identification: EBP1911

This session will discuss best practices for designing and monitoring a payroll audit program including techniques for completing a payroll audit and using payroll audits as part of the multiemployer plan audit. This session will also differentiate between payroll audits performed under SSAE 18 or consulting standards.

  • Recognize best practices when designing and monitoring a payroll audit program and the use of payroll audits in the multiemployer plan audit.
  • Identify the difference between payroll audits performed under SSAE 18 and consulting standards.

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Standard: $49.00