Thursday, May 28, 2020 – Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 7:45am – 4:00pm

Employee Benefit Plan Conference

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Agenda

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. 

Registration/Breakfast

 

7:45 – 8:00 a.m. 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Donna Neely, CPA, QRGA, LLP

 

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. 

Update from the Department of Labor

Lynne McMennamin, Office of the Chief Accountant, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

 

 

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 

EBPAQC Update and Quality Initiatives

Ian MacKay, CPA, CGMA, AICPA EBPAQC

In this session, you’ll learn how to perform efficient and effective Employee Benefit Plan (EBP) audits. We’ll cover EBP audit focus areas, including internal control and risk assessment, new Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC) tools and resources, AICPA peer review and ethics activities affecting EBP audits and the future of auditing and Enhanced Audit Quality (EAQ) initiatives.

 

 

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. 

Networking Break

 

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 

Risk Management for Benefit Plans Auditors

Steven Platau, JD, CPA, University of Tampa

Those feeling deceived by their benefit plan have several allies interested in assisting those plaintiffs in recovery, such as plan auditors who face potential pitfalls from both client and third-party plaintiffs. In this session, we will focus on how plaintiffs craft strategies to recover and how CPAs can reduce the likelihood that those seeking a recovery will succeed.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. 

Legal and Regulatory Update

David Guadagnoli, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Amy Sheridan, Sullivan & Worcester LLP

 


1:45 – 2:00 p.m. 

Networking Break


2:00 – 3:15 p.m. 

Accounting and Auditing Update

Michele Weldon, CPA, PwC

 

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Internal Control Best Practices for Auditors

Melissa Critcher, CPA, Melissa G. Critcher, CPA, PC

In this session, we’ll identify and discuss the key control areas for Employee Benefit Plans (EBPs) and best practices for documenting the auditor’s understanding of the controls. We’ll also demonstrate how to perform walkthroughs, how to incorporate dual purpose tests and share controls as well as SOC reports.

Speakers

Melissa Critcher

Melissa Critcher

Melissa G. Critcher, CPA Charlotte, North Carolina Melissa is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA). She has served in various roles with the NCACPA including member of the Board of Directors, committee member for the Accounting and Attestation Committee as well as local chapter positions. Melissa’s background in accounting includes more than 15 years experience in public accounting specializing in auditing defined contribution and defined benefit employee benefit plans as well as manufacturing, distribution and professional service organizations. Her public accounting experience includes a position as a senior audit manager with Greer & Walker, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, a manager at a regional firm in Raleigh, North Carolina prior to re-locating to Charlotte. Melissa also worked with a local firm in Winston-Salem. During her career, Melissa has been responsible for managing the employee benefit plan niche, marketing and business development and conducting in-house training seminars. Since 2002 Melissa has led discussion seminars on the AICPA’s Audits of 401(k) Plans for the NCACPA. Additional seminars include Audit Documentation and Review, Employee Benefit Plan Audits, Small Business Audits, etc.

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David Guadagnoli

David Guadagnoli

David Guadagnoli is a tax partner in the Boston office of the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester LLP. Guadagnoli is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and has an MBA and an LLM in Tax, also from BU. Guadagnoli specializes in employee benefits and represents employers, individuals and advisors on a wide variety of employee benefit issues. He is well versed in all aspects of retirement plans including nondiscrimination testing issues, plan recordkeeping and conversion issues, fee analysis and fiduciary issues, IRS and DOL audits and the use of self-correction and agency-approved correction programs. Guadagnoli is a regular speaker and commentator at seminars and conferences.

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Ian MacKay

Ian MacKay

In this session, we’ll identify and discuss the key control areas for Employee Benefit Plans (EBPs) and best practices for documenting the auditor’s understanding of the controls. We’ll also demonstrate how to perform walkthroughs, how to incorporate dual purpose tests and share controls as well as SOC reports.

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Lynne McMennamin

Lynne McMennamin

Lynne McMennamin is an Auditor in the Office of the Chief Accountant for the Employee Benefits Security Administration. She works primarily on reviewing compliance with the auditing requirements and reporting requirements of plans covered by ERISA. She has worked for the Department of Labor since September 2013. Before joining the Department of Labor, Lynne worked in public accounting for over 20 years, including 10 years as a partner in an international accounting firm. Lynne’s experience spans the gamut of employee benefit plan audits - defined contribution, defined benefit and health and welfare plans for single employer, multiple employer, and multi-employer plans. Lynne served on the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Expert Panel from 2003 to 2007 and on the AICPA Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center Executive Committee from 2008 to 2011. She has been a frequent speaker at national and state conferences focused on employee benefit plans. Lynne was also co-author of the AICPA’s CPE Training Course, Employee Benefit Plans: Audit and Accounting Essentials. Lynne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with honors (cum laude) from University of Maryland College Park. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Maryland.

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Steven Platau

Steven Platau

Steve Platau, J.D., CPA is a professor of accounting in the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. He’s an active participant in CPA professional organizations serving in a variety of roles for both the Florida state society and the AICPA, and is on the faculty of the National Judicial College where he has participated in training thousands of judges. After serving six years on the AICPA’s Joint Trial Board, Platau accepted a governor’s appointment to the Florida Board of Accountancy and also serves on the NASBA Committee. In addition, Platau has appeared as an expert witness and both arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases involving financial disputes with professional accountants since 1985 and has also presented more than 1,000 continuing education seminars.

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Amy Sheridan

Amy Sheridan

Amy Sheridan is a partner in the Tax Department of Sullivan & Worcester's Boston office. She concentrates her practice in the employee benefits and executive compensation area and is experienced in addressing documentation and compliance issues for welfare plans (including federal health care reform and HIPAA privacy and security requirements), qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts. Additionally, Sheridan designs and reviews nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, including for compliance with Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A and 457A.

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Michele Weldon

Michele Weldon

Michele Weldon leads PwC's Employee Benefit Plan Audit Practice. She is a partner in the Asset Management industry group of the Assurance Practice in PwC's Boston office. She has specialized in employee benefit plan and ERISA collective investment fund audits and regulatory filings since 1990. Weldon has more than 50 Boston office employee benefit plan clients and provides consulting to engagement teams across the U.S. She assists PwC’s National office in developing employee benefit plan practice aids and in resolving auditing, accounting and reporting issues. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on employee benefit plans. She also assists in developing and teaching in-house training sessions on the industry. She is currently serving as a member of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel and is also a member of the Audit Guide Revisions Task Force. She served a three-year term on the DOL’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Plans. Weldon received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and MBA from Babson College.

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Conference Credits

This course is 8.00 credits

Conference Fees

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$329.00
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$329.00
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$429.00
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$429.00

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