Employee Benefit Plans Conference

Description

Whether you’re experienced or an emerging EBP professional, when it comes to ERISA audits, there is always something new to learn. By attending the Employee Benefits Plan (EBP) conference, you’ll discover the latest EBP industry updates from national and local experts and connect with your peers from around the state.
 

Note: This conference will also be available as a Live Streaming Webcast. Click here for registration information.
 

 

Objective

* Learn about cybersecurity and fraud as they directly relate to EBP * Discover how to avoid common audit deficiencies and sponsor mistakes * Have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A panel * Hear from renowned speakers such as Jeff Ward and Melissa Critcher * Receive updates from a Department of Labor representative

Highlights

* DOL Update

Who Should Attend

Professionals involved in audits, plan sponsor representatives, administration, or financial areas of employee benefit plans

Required Knowledge

Basic knowledge of employee benefit plan auditing

Advanced Prep

None

Event Speaker(s)

Marcus Aron, CPA ( US Department of Labor, Washington, DC ), Ms. Melissa Gragg Critcher, CPA ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Richard F Fischer, CPA, CGMA ( Louis Plung & Company, Pittsburgh, PA ), Starla Cox Hughes, CPA ( Sharrard McGee & Company, PA, Greensboro, NC ), Kelsey H. Mayo ( Poyner Spruill, LLP, Charlotte, NC ), Denise J. Olexa, CPA ( Grant Thornton, LLP, Huntersville, NC ), Mr. Jonathon Schultheiss, AIF, CRPS, PPC ( Gate City Advisors, Greensboro, NC ), Karen Elizabeth Thomas, CPA ( CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Charlotte, NC ), Mr. Jeff Ward, CPA, CGMA, CITP, CISA, CISSP, CEH ( BDO USA, LLP, St.Louis, MO ),

Additional Event Information

Accommodations
Grandover Resort & Conference Center
336-294-1800

Please use the following link to book in NCACPA's room block:
Click here to reserve your room.

Discounted Reservation Cut-off Date: April 16, 2019
Room Rate: $170 Single/Double

Onsite Information
Registration/Continental Breakfast: 7:15–8:00 am. Sessions begin at 8:00 am.

Download Your Materials Before You Arrive Onsite!
Conference materials will be distributed electronically to registrants 3 days in advance of the program. You may download your materials to a laptop, tablet, or e-reader, or print them. It’s up to you how you choose to view the materials. Printed materials will not be available on site. Downloading in advance is recommended.


Sessions

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (8:05 am–8:55 am ET)

General #1: Fraud Risk to Companies & Auditors
Richard F Fischer, CPA, CGMA ( Louis Plung & Company, Pittsburgh, PA ),

Description coming soon

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (9:05 am–10:00 am ET)

General #2: Department of Labor Update
Marcus Aron, CPA ( US Department of Labor, Washington, DC ),

What’s going on at the Department of Labor (DOL) 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, and current year projects the Department is focusing on. on.

Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (10:15 am–11:30 am ET)

1A: Auditing in an Electronic Environment/Future of Audit/Data Analytics
Denise J. Olexa, CPA ( Grant Thornton, LLP, Huntersville, NC ),

Discuss the future of the employee benefit plan audit and the recent developments related to auditing in an electronic environment. This session will also cover the use of data analytics, robotics, and process automation in employee benefit plan audits. Participants will leave being able to identify which areas they can apply these developments to.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (10:15 am–11:30 am ET)

1B: Fraud With Court Cases
Kelsey H. Mayo ( Poyner Spruill, LLP, Charlotte, NC ),

An auditor must consider the potential for fraud when auditing an employee benefits plan. However, many auditors believe that because of the various plan protections, fraud will almost never (or at least is unlikely to) occur with a benefit plan. Do you think fraud is that unlikely to happen? Think again. This session will explore real fraud that has occurred with employee benefits plans, discuss how the fraud was discovered, how it might have been discovered earlier, and the red flags that an auditor can look for to identify potential risks for a plan.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (11:40 am–12:30 pm ET)

2A: A&A Update
Ms. Melissa Gragg Critcher, CPA ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ),

This session will provide an update on the recent changes initiated by FASB and their impact on employee benefit plans as well as what to expect in the future.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (11:40 am–12:30 pm ET)

2B: Where 401k Plan Design and Corporate Profitability Cross
Mr. Jonathon Schultheiss, AIF, CRPS, PPC ( Gate City Advisors, Greensboro, NC ),

Jonathon Schultheiss AIF®, CRPS®, PPC®, author of the book disTRACKted and partner in charge of the corporate retirement plans with Gate City Advisors, will share with us research that shows companies with better designed 401k programs are experiencing as much as 80% higher profit per employee than those with lesser designed 401k plans. He will also discuss tips and tricks from his book to help you change the conversation with clients and help them see their 401k as a business tool and not just a necessary benefit and expense.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (1:25 pm–2:40 pm ET)

3A: EBP Risk Assessment
Ms. Melissa Gragg Critcher, CPA ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Karen Elizabeth Thomas, CPA ( CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Charlotte, NC ),

This session will concentrate on identifying and assessing the unique risks associated with employee benefit plans.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (1:25 pm–2:40 pm ET)

3B: Cybersecurity With EBP Focus
Mr. Jeff Ward, CPA, CGMA, CITP, CISA, CISSP, CEH ( BDO USA, LLP, St.Louis, MO ),

Employee benefit plans are high-value targets for hackers, given the large amount of sensitive, confidential, and personal identifying information. Learn about current cyber-attack methods being used by hackers and stories of breaches that have happened with low-tech methods. As you will learn, many of today’s attacks prey on the good nature of people. Phishing attacks remain popular, tricking custodians into giving information and/or access to a cyber-security attacker. Finally, you’ll learn about laws passed to address today’s cyber-security landscape, as well as pending legislation you may soon be dealing with. The course is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions and ideas with you.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (2:55 pm–3:45 pm ET)

4A: Failed Audits
Marcus Aron, CPA ( US Department of Labor, Washington, DC ), Denise J. Olexa, CPA ( Grant Thornton, LLP, Huntersville, NC ),

What can go wrong in an employee benefit plan audit? We’ll discuss the most common deficiencies in defined contribution, defined benefit, and health and welfare audits. We’ll then review the steps auditors can take to help prevent these deficiencies. Through examples identified by the DOL, peer review, and the AICPA, attendees with learn the impact these deficiencies have on auditors, their firms, and their clients. They’ll also recognize common deficiencies in employee benefit plan audits that can result in a deficient or failed audit.

Field of Study: Auditing (Governmental)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (2:55 pm–3:45 pm ET)

4B: Top 10 Plan Sponsor Mistakes
Kelsey H. Mayo ( Poyner Spruill, LLP, Charlotte, NC ),

Very few employee benefit plans are operated without any errors. Auditors may discover errors during testing procedures or may encounter corrections the plan sponsor completed during a testing year before the audit occurred. This session will review the options for correcting plan errors that are available to plan sponsors, both before and after an audit, and common errors that an auditor may find when reviewing completed corrections. Particular attention will be paid to common errors discovered during audit testing procedures and practical solutions for plan sponsors. Attendees are welcome to bring particular concerns or questions for a more interactive session.

Field of Study: Auditing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (3:55 pm–4:45 pm ET)

General #3: Ask the Experts
Marcus Aron, CPA ( US Department of Labor, Washington, DC ), Ms. Melissa Gragg Critcher, CPA ( NCACPA, Morrisville, NC ), Starla Cox Hughes, CPA ( Sharrard McGee & Company, PA, Greensboro, NC ), Kelsey H. Mayo ( Poyner Spruill, LLP, Charlotte, NC ), Mr. Jeff Ward, CPA, CGMA, CITP, CISA, CISSP, CEH ( BDO USA, LLP, St.Louis, MO ),

Speakers from today’s sessions will be on-hand to answer questions that you may have as well as provide expert tips on tricky areas of auditing or working with an employee benefit plan.

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge


Share This Event

Event Vendor:NCACPA
Field of Study:Accounting (Governmental), Auditing, Auditing (Governmental), Specialized Knowledge, Various
Level: Update

Event Type:Conference
Event Code:CONEBP19

Registration Fees

Early Bird Rate expires April 30, 2019

Registration Early Bird Regular
NCACPA Member $260.00 $310.00
Non-Member $360.00 $410.00