2019 Employee Benefit Plan Conference (13026)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

The 2019 Employee Benefit Plan Conference will allow you to review unique developments pertaining to employee benefit plans. Meet with local and national experts to address the largest issues you're facing.

Live Stream Attendance  |  LS13026
The Employee Benefit Plan Conference is also available through live stream. Attend the conference from your home, office, or anywhere you can access the internet. For more information and to register for the live stream option, please click here.


Event Status: CLOSED – Please contact the CPE Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 3 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 3 for additional assistance.

Event ID: #13026

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $330.00

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Explore current changes in employee benefit plans, including legal and regulatory issues. Topics will address resources from the AICPA Audit Quality Center, current audit and legal updates, and challenges pertaining to peer review and risk assessment.

This conference is a paperless conference and all materials will be available electronically as PDFs. Materials will be available to download in advance and participants will receive an email when they are available. For more information on eMaterials visit ematerials.gscpa.org.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Continental Breakfast and Registration

Welcome and Announcements

8:05 AM-9:20 AM
A - Words from the Wise: AICPA EBP Audit Quality Center (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Ian MacKay
Director, Federal Regulatory Affairs / AICPA , Washington, DC

Explore new resources and tools from the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center. Help your firm apply best practices and achieve efficiencies in your EBP audits. Learn how to network in the EBP audit community to enhance your audit quality.

9:20AM-9:30 AM

B - Accounting & Auditing Update for Employee Benefit Plans: What’s in It for Me? (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Gregory M. Clark, CPA, CGMA
Principal / BCCG Business Compliance & Controls Group , Gainesville, GA

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

Discuss new accounting and auditing standards and what’s on the horizon to help you effectively plan for your employee benefit plan audits.


C- Keeping Current: Legal Update for Employee Benefit Plans Credits: 1.5 GN

Ilene H. Ferenczy, J.D., CPC, APA
Ferenczy Benefits Law Center LLP , Atlanta, GA

Staying on top of the latest legal developments in benefit plan law is critical for those who practice in this area and who audit these plans. The courts have been active in defining the ranges of liability for plan fees and rethinking the application of the fiduciary definition. We also expect pension legislation to be on the horizon. Take an entertaining look at what Congress, the President, the IRS, the DOL, the PBGC, and the courts are up to and how it affects your world of benefits.

12:10PM-1:00 PM

D1 - Risk Assessment? Turn It from An Audit Compliance Risk to A Properly Leveraged Asset (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

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

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

Discuss the risk assessment process and why it continues to be an audit failure. Learn how to perform a quality risk assessment compliant with the auditing standards, and how to leverage that assessment for increased audit quality and efficiency.

D2 - Peer Review Checklist Walkthrough: Avoiding the Nos (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

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

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

During your inspection, getting a “no” response on the checklist from your peer reviewer could result in written comments – or even a non-conforming engagement. Either of these may have negative ramifications to you, the engagement and/or the firm. Explore the new, bolded questions on the peer review checklist and how to avoid getting a “no” answer to any of these questions. Practical solutions will be discussed.

E1 - SOC 1 Reports and the Challenges of Auditing in an Electronic Environment (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

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

Candace A. Jackson, CPA
Moore Colson & Company, P.C. , Atlanta, GA

Review SOC 1 reports, and how to leverage the reports in your EBP audits. Learn how to apply information from the SOC 1 report to your risk assessment and audit procedures. Also cover the problem area faced by auditors – how to audit in an electronic environment. Focus on determining what audit evidence is available and is it enough, as well as reviewing some best practices we have found to work in our own EBP audits.

E2 - Definition of Compensation Credits: 1.5 GN

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

Robert Lavenberg, CPA, JD, LL.M
ERISAworks , North Wales, PA

Explore a basic understanding of the various definitions of compensation that may be used in the employee benefit plan, how those definitions are relevant to a plan’s operations, and the determination of the plan’s tax qualification.

F - Conference Wrap Up and Phone-a-Friend (A&A) Credits: 0.5 AA

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


If you select electronic materials you will not receive printed materials at the conference.

Conference Site

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



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Late Registration

$370 GSCPA Members, $470 Non-Members (after 4/16/2019)