2017 Employee Benefit Plan Conference (13026)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 / Atlanta, GA

Changes are happening at rapid pace and this year we are faced with unique developments pertaining to employee benefit plans. Acquire the knowledge you need to navigate the ins and outs of changing legislation and regulatory issues. 

Discussion will explore updates from the Department of Labor, ASU 2015-07 and ASU 2015-12, legal updates, ERISA audits, peer review, testing errors, and the latest from investment advisors.

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Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #13026

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $315.00

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Changes are happening at rapid pace and this year we are faced with unique developments pertaining to employee benefit plans. Acquire the knowledge you need to navigate the ins and outs of changing legislation and regulatory issues. 

Discussion will explore updates from the Department of Labor, ASU 2015-07 and ASU 2015-12, legal updates, ERISA audits, peer review, testing errors, and the latest from investment advisors. 

Who Should Attend: CPAs, auditors, tax practitioners, plan sponsors and third-party administrators, professionals and consultants specializing in auditing and reporting of employee benefit plans, tax and regulatory consulting, and preparing and submitting returns.



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

7:15 AM-
Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00 AM-8:05 AM
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 AM-9:20 AM
A- Department of Labor Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Michael Auerbach
Employee Benefit Security Administration , Washington, DC

What's going on at the Department of Labor that will impact your benefit plan audits this year? The DOL will share their insights with you, including details about the Department's ongoing audit quality enforcement program. Find out what good work looks like, how to avoid the pitfalls that most often plague benefit plan audits, and result in the rejection of Form 5500 filings.

9:20 AM-9:30 AM
Break

9:30 AM-11:10AM
B - ASU 2015-07 and ASU 2015-12: Overview, Lessons Learned and Example Disclosures (A&A) Credits: 2.0 AA

Heidi L. LaMarca, CPA
Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

Jean M. Malis, CPA
Partner / Hancock Askew & Co, LLP , Norcross, GA

Melissa C. Herbert, CPA
Audit Manager / Warren Averett, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Review ASU 2015-07 and ASU 2015-12 and important considerations and challenges related to implementation. Also included are examples of financial statements and disclosures.

11:10AM-11:20AM
Break

11:20AM-12:10AM
C- ERISA Liability for Accountants Credits: 1.0 AA

Gregory Porter
Bailey Glasser, LLP , Washington, DC

Explore the details you need you need to know in regards to understanding service provider liability under ERISA.

12:10PM-1:00 PM
Lunch

3:25 PM-4:15 PM
F- Ask the Experts Credits: 1.0 AA

Jean M. Malis, CPA
Partner / Hancock Askew & Co, LLP , Norcross, GA

Melissa C. Herbert, CPA
Audit Manager / Warren Averett, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Samuel Choy
King & Spalding , Atlanta, GA

Donna Edwards
King & Spalding , Atlanta, GA

Wrap up the day and get your toughest questions on employee benefit plans answered by a panel of experts in the plan areas most relevant to CPAs, including accounting, auditing, legal, and regulatory compliance. Submit your questions throughout the day, or bring them to the session.

Breakout Sessions

1:00 PM-2:15 PM
D1 - Back to the Basics: Testing Main Areas Credits: 1.5 AA

Anne E. Morris, CPA
Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

Brian T. Muia, CPA
Shareholder / Jones and Kolb, CPAs , Atlanta, GA

The five main testing areas in an ERISA plan audit are contributions, distributions, participant data, investments and investment income, and allocation.  Review highlights of these main areas and explore details on each area in terms of what is required for testing, examples of testing, etc.

1:00 PM-2:15 PM
D2 - Getting Ready for an Employee Benefit Plan Peer Review Credits: 1.5 AA

Christopher Rouse, CPA
Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

Not only is the DOL finding auditors aren’t doing EBP audits properly, so are peer reviewers. And, your next peer review won’t be anything like your last one, and the consequences for not doing it right have gone up. Come hear this experienced EBP auditor and peer reviewer tell you what your peer reviewer will be looking for when they review EBP engagements, and get guidance on how to avoid issues on your peer review.

2:25 PM-3:15 PM
E1 - We Just Found a Testing Error...What Do I Do Now? (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Colleen M. Sanchez, CPA
Warren Averett, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Beth L. Garner, CPA
Director / BDO USA, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Focus on what an auditor should do when they find an error in their testing. Explore the various types of errors found in all plan types and financial statement areas and discuss how to design audit procedures to cover the testing error. Review the best practices in audit documentation for conclusions and proper communications to the client. 

2:25 PM-3:15 PM
E2 - Twisting Our Perspective on Fiduciary Responsibilities: Assisting Our Clients with Compliance Credits: 1.5 GN

Robert Lavenberg, CPA, JD, LL.M
BDO USA, LLP , Philadelphia, PA

How can we, as trusted advisers, twist what we know about plan operational issues, fiduciary responsibilities and the new conflict of interest rule into value-added education and assistance for our plan sponsor clients in fulfilling their fiduciary obligations? We will explore this perspective as clients, the Department of Labor, participants and plaintiffs’ attorneys continue to focus on the stringent ERISA requirements.

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Conference Site

GSCPA Learning Center
6 Concourse Pkwy Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30328

404-231-8676

 

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Late Registration

$355 GSCPA Members, $455 Non-Members (after 4/20/2017)