Workshop: Free Basics of ERISA Workshop

  • 28 Mar 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 2394 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85106 – Conference Room - 6th Floor


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FREE Basics of ERISA

Sponsored by Fennemore Craig and

the Phoenix Chapter of Western Pension and Benefits Council

Designing, administering, and at times correcting a retirement plan is no easy task.  It is essential for HR and Benefits professionals to be well informed about the basic requirements of ERISA, including their own fiduciary responsibilities with respect to hiring and monitoring plan service providers, and how to avoid common plan problems or fix them if they occur.  Knowing ERISA’s standards and common issues helps your organization get the service it needs and protects it from costly penalties and time-consuming problems. The Phoenix Chapter of Western Pension and Benefits Council is pleased to invite you to join us for an informative workshop on ERISA Basics on March 28, 2019, from 8:00-10:00am.

Session 1 – Hiring and Monitoring Service Providers for your Retirement Plan

ERISA requires that plan fiduciaries administer plans according to the law and the plan terms, but this can be daunting for anyone.  To help, you will at various times need service providers who are experts in their field to help you, including for example a recordkeeper, third party administrator, auditor, financial advisor, or ERISA attorney.  But how do you know which to hire, and what your ongoing responsibilities are after you’ve hired them?  Laura Bartlett, Senior Vice President of Institutional Wealth at BOK Financial, will lead us through a discussion of how you can choose your plan’s service providers and what you need to do once they are engaged. 

Session 2 – Common Plan Problems (And How to Avoid Them)

Even with qualified and competent service providers, it can be a challenge to administer a plan perfectly.  This session, presented by J.K. Nowiejski of Nova 401(k) Associates, identifies some common plan errors and explains how to avoid them so you can have additional time and attention for the more difficult issues that will inevitably arise in any plan.  It will also address what you can do if (despite your best efforts) you run into these common problems in your plan.


8:00–8:15am         Check in and Continental Breakfast

8:15–9:00am         Hiring and Monitoring Service Providers for your Retirement Plan

9:00–9:15am         Break

9:15–10:00am       Common Plan Problems (And How to Avoid Them)


2394 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85106 – Conference Room – 6th Floor


Parking is available in the surface lot around the building, or below in the parking garage (parking in the parking garage will be validated).

The statements and materials presented at WP&BC Phoenix Chapter events are solely the opinions of the speakers and do not represent the opinions or positions of WP&BC Phoenix Chapter. In addition, WP&BC Phoenix Chapter assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the statements and materials presented by speakers at WP&BC Phoenix Chapter events.

As a WP&BC member you can attend he 2019 NIPA Annual Forum & Expo (2019NAFE) at the discounted membership price.  2019NAFE offers enriching, relevant, world-class education to help you build your business and enhance the services you provide to your organization’s clients. Register now for the 2019NAFE in San Diego on April 28th to May 1st, 2019.


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