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The Ins and Outs of Benefits, Rights, and Features
Presentor: Derrin Watson Recorded Date: 10/26/2012 Duration: 100 Min.


This program was recorded during a live presentation on October 26, 2012.

Benefits, rights, and features are among the least understood areas of retirement plan law. The anti-cutback rule generally prohibits eliminating or reducing optional forms of benefit with regard to a participant’s existing account balance or accrued benefit. The nondiscrimination rules require that optional forms of benefit, ancillary benefits, and plan rights and features be available to a nondiscriminatory group of participants.

This web seminar is a detailed look at these rules. When can the plan impose an age condition? When can a plan eliminate a benefit form? How can seemingly uniform transition rules associated with plan amendments end up being discriminatory? When might a feature fail the effective availability test? Will look at all this and more.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites or advance preparation for this program. However, Intermediate. The instructor will assume that attendees understand the basics of coverage testing and 401(k) plan operation. No prior understanding of benefits, rights, and features is required.

Level: IntermediateInstructional Delivery Method:
Recorded playback of a live presentation.

Speaker: S. Derrin Watson, J.D., APM
Recipient of ASPPA's 2006 Educator of the Year Award

After attending this presentation an attendee should be able to:

  1. Explain what is an optional form of benefit
  2. Apply the anti-cutback rule to benefit forms
  3. Determine if an exception to the anti-cutback rule applies to an amendment
  4. Distinguish between benefits, rights, and features
  5. Determine if a condition applicable to a benefit, right, or feature is exempt from nondiscrimination testing

Hardware System Requirements:

  • Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 4.01 or later, Netscape 4.08 or later, and set Internet browser to allow pop-up windows.
  • High-speed Internet connection.
  • Pentium 166+ MHz, 128MB RAM or more.
  • 1023 x 768 or higher display resolution.
  • Soundcard and Speakers.

Software Requirements:

Recorded Event Time Limitation:
This recorded event will be available for 20 days from your date of registration.

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