2020 Employee Benefit Plans Conference

2020 Employee Benefit Plans Conference (EBPC2020)

Friday, May 1, 2020 / Washington, DC



Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #EBPC2020

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $299.00

Join the Greater Washington Society of CPAs for our seventh Annual Employee Benefit Plans Conference. This conference is for both plan auditors and fiduciaries covering topics relevant to your EBP audits. Attend this conference to learn about the complexities, trending issues and best practices in benefit plans. Presented by speakers from the Department of Labor, AICPA's Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, and leading industry professionals, get the information you need to ensure high-quality audits with the most recent guidance available.

Who should attend: CPAs, auditors, and financial professionals who specialize in accounting and auditing for employee benefit plans; officers/administrators responsible for plan compliance or daily activities of the plan, including plan sponsors, HR managers or directors, trustees and plan professional staff (personnel).

Groups of 3 or more, take 10% off (promo code GROUP3)
Groups of 5 or more, take 20% off (promo code GROUP5)

Friday, May 1, 2020
General Sessions

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome, Opening Remarks

Department of Labor Update

SECURE Act and Other Federal/Regulatory Changes to Employee Benefit Plans

This session will focus on the recent SECURE Act and the sweeping changes made to retirement plans under that legislation.  It will also include any other legislative and/or regulatory updates in the 12-18 months immediately preceding the conference (e.g., updates to 401(k) hardship regulations).

-SECURE Act Updates
-Legislative Updates
-Practical Impact of Recent Changes on Retirement Plans

Morning Break

401(k) Best Practices: A Moderated Panel Discussion

Moderated by a Retirement Plan Advisor, PNC Institutional Asset Management┬« will present a panel discussion consisting of a CPA/Auditor, a Recordkeeper, and an ERISA Attorney responding to focused questions in their area of expertise. Topics to be covered include managing fiduciary responsibilities and mitigating risk, employee education trends, investment oversight including ERISA 3(21) and 3(38), and plan design best practices. An audience question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion.  Moderator:  Craig Bush, AIF┬«, Senior Retirement Plan Advisor, PNC Institutional Asset Management┬«  Panel: CPA/Auditor: Julia Lafferty, Principal, Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM) Recordkeeper: Rosalyn Brown, Regional Director, Newport Group ERISA Attorney: Althea Day, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.


Top Issues Encountered in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

Fiduciary responsibility as it relates to employee benefit plans is of utmost importance to an organization with regards to risk management. The entity needs to be aware of all issues surrounding employee benefits that are offered to employees. This is important to ensure they are meeting their fiduciary duties and mitigating risks to the organization. Errors and issues that occur in the operation of an employee benefit plan can be costly for an organization to correct. Proper management of a plan and awareness of issues surrounding such plans coupled with appropriate internal control around such processes helps to mitigate risk of financial exposure to the organization.  This session will address the Top 10 issues encountered in employee benefit plan audits along with ways to avoid/correct the issues.

What are the top 10 operational issues encountered through employee benefit plan audits? 
How can such issues be avoided? 
Help - I've made an error now what?

Health and Welfare Plans

Ask the Experts Panel

AICPA Update

This session will provide participants with an overview of AICPA activities that affect EBP auditors. It will include an update on the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center, the AICPA's Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative, and Peer Review and Ethics activities, and a discussion of the AICPA's EBP resources.

Closing Remarks

Conference Site

PNC Bank
800 17th St. N.W., 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Standard Registration

$299 GWSCPA Members, $399 Non-Members


Cancellation by registrant / refund policy

If you are unable to attend a seminar or conference, please notify us as soon as possible.

The GWSCPA cancellation and refund schedule for offsite events is as follows:
100% refund minus $150 processing fee within 4 weeks (20 business days) of the event
75% refund within 3 weeks (15 business days) of the event
50% refund within 2 weeks (10 business days) of the event
No refund to be issued if cancellation is 9 business days, or less, of the event date
*Substitutes will be accepted, in writing to GWSCPA, up to 2 business days prior to the event date (see below for details).
* Non-member substitutes will be charged the fee difference if they are substituting for a member-discounted registration.

Refunds in the same form of tender as the original purchase minus the processing fee. Payments made by check will be refunded via check within 30 days of cancellation.

*Cancellations and/or substitutions must be submitted in writing and sent to Kari Bedell at:

For more information on how to become a sponsor for this event, please contact Ashley Fearn: 202-347-5520 or afearn@gwscpa.org