Live Stream: Employee Benefit Plans Conference

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LIVE STREAM: If you are unable to join us in Brentwood - or prefer to skip the travel - you can still take part in the conference.  Our online attendance option brings the conference direct to you via live streaming.

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Number of Credits Type of Credits
8 Accounting and Auditing
6.67 CLE


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April 23, 2018

8:00am - 9:15am (Central Time)

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 look like how to avoid the pitfalls that most often plague benefit plan audits and result in the rejection of Form 5500 filings.

9:20am - 10:35am (Central Time)

This session cover new accounting and auditing pronouncements that apply to EBP plan, discussion of the current Audit Risk Alert and practice issues for the coming season.

10:50am - 11:40am (Central Time)

Learn about recent and ongoing AICPA activities that affect EBP auditors and may significantly change the way you perform EBP audits. The speaker will provide information that helps you: 

  • Identify and learn how to use new EBPAQC and AICPA tools, resources, and training opportunities to enhance your audit quality
  • Become aware of guidance under development in the EBP area
  • Understand the requirements of the proposed EBP auditing standard
  • Learn about the AICPA’s Enhancing Audit Quality initiative 2018 action plan 
  • Identify technology that will affect auditing in the future, and initiatives the AICPA is taking to assist you
12:25pm - 1:15pm (Central Time)

This session will discuss the various types of ERISA plan fiduciaries, fiduciary duties and responsibilities, options for delegating fiduciary responsibility, recent litigation against ERISA fiduciaries, and plan sponsor best practices for fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities and avoiding fiduciary liability.

1:20pm - 2:10pm (Central Time)

In this session, we will address some of the unique accounting, auditing, and regulatory implications related to plan mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs.

2:15pm - 3:05pm (Central Time)

This session will address audit and accounting issues for ESOPS, DB, H&W and Multiemployer plans.

3:20pm - 4:10pm (Central Time)

Gather your questions from the day's presentations or specific issues impacting your practice to have them answered by experts. The panel includes experts in plan areas most relevant to CPAs and plan administrators.


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Marcus J. Aron, CPA, CGMA

Marcus J. Aron, CPA, CGMA Senior Auditor Division of Accounting Services Employee Benefits Security Administration U.S. Department of Labor Washington, D.C. Mr. Aron has over twenty-five years of experience in working with audits of ERISA-covered plans. He is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of EBSA’s CPA Firm Inspection Program, providing technical assistance to plan filers and plan professionals, and providing ERISA-related accounting and auditing expertise within EBSA. Mr. Aron is a certified public accountant and holds a B.B.A. degree with a major in accounting from the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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Marilee P. Lau, CPA

Marilee Lau provides consulting services to firms specializing in employee benefit plans which include practice and in house engagement reviews. She also presents and teaches various educational programs on accounting and auditing for employee benefit plans. Before retiring in 2009, Marilee was the National Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice.

She is a founding member and a former Chair of the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center’s Executive Committee which was established in 2004. Marilee was the 2011-2013 AICPA’s representative to the DOL’s ERISA Advisory Council. She has served on the AICPA’s Employee Benefits Plans Experts Panel and was the chair of the EBP Audit Guide Overhaul Task Force. She assisted the AICPA in writing the ESOP chapter for the EBP Guide as well as the pension chapters for the State and Local Government Guide. Currently she is heading the task force to write the Multiemployer chapter and is a subject matter expert performing peer review oversights of EBP plans.

Marilee is a former member of the Advisory Board for the Bureau of National Affairs Pension & Benefits Reporter which provides input on various pension issues and has served on the Accountants Committee for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

She is a member of the AICPA, California Society of CPA’s, and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and a frequent speaker for numerous professional conferences and programs. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a BS in economics and an MBA in accounting.

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Susan W. Hicks, CPA

Susan W. Hicks is a Senior Manager with the AICPA Audit Quality Center. She is responsible for all Center activities, including member recruitment and retention, member communications, technical support to the Center’s Executive Committee, and serving as liaison to the DOL. She also staffs the AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel. Prior to joining the AICPA, Ms. Hicks was a manager at Touche Ross & Co. She obtained her B.S. in Accounting at the University of Northern Colorado.

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Kathy D. Aslinger, Esq.

As a leader of Kennerly Montgomery’s pension and employee benefits practice, Kathy D. Aslinger assists public and private employers, plan fiduciaries, trustees, third party administrators, and advisors maneuver through the complex world of audits, fiduciary liability issues, DOL and IRS compliance and correction, and state law obligations, as well as the design, implementation and maintenance of retirement and health and welfare benefit plans.

Ms. Aslinger joined Kennerly Montgomery in January 2010 after practicing for eleven years as a government lawyer and prosecutor. She is a shareholder of the Firm and serves on the Firm’s management committee. Ms. Aslinger is also Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Uplands Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, and has served on the Board since 2011.

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Janet G. Neighbors, CPA

Janet G. Neighbors is a Senior Manager in the LBMC Audit and Advisory practice specializing in audits of employee benefit plans with 20 years of experience. She audits plans with a variety of sponsors from small privately-held companies to publicly-held companies with 11-K filings. She audits and helps clients address employee benefit and ERISA matters related to 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans, and defined benefit pension plans. In addition to the accounting and audit aspects of employee benefit plans, Janet is well versed in operational compliance violations in regard to the IRS and Department of Labor regulations.

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Chip Harris