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Restatement 09: Distribution Changes: Anti-cutback, 401(a)(4)
Presentor: Derrin Watson Recorded Date: 9/29/2014 Duration: 60 Min.

This program was recorded during a live presentation given on September 29, 2014 at 12:00PM EDT.

This series provides education and commentary on plan designs and the restatement process. It focuses on legal principles which can apply to any plan, rather than on the specifics of any one plan document. As always we look forward to answering attendee questions, whether submitted ahead of time or during the program.

All sessions will be recorded and available for purchase. Due to the inability to track attendance, however, a Letter of Participation is not provided for recorded events.


Restatement Perspectives 09: Distribution Changes: Anti-cutback, 401(a)(4)

An important section of any plan document is the section dealing with distribution options. That is certainly an issue a practitioner should discuss with the employer to make sure that the document continues to meet the employer's needs.

Frequently, an employer wishes to add distribution options. That is fine. But sometimes, an employer needs or wants to take them away. And this is where the anti-cutback rule takes a hand. When can a plan move or modify existing distribution options? If it is protected, can the plan be changed going forward? If so, is there a problem with benefits, rights and features? This web seminar examines this difficult, technical issue from the perspective of the plan designer.

Topics include:

  • What is a protected benefit?
  • Exceptions to the protected benefit rules
  • Extent of the protection
  • Limiting protected options
  • Effect on benefits, rights, features


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites or advance preparation for this program. The instructor will assume attendees are familiar with preapproved plan documents and with the operation of 401(k) plans.

Level: Intermediate

Instructional Delivery Method
Group – Internet-Based

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

Objectives: After the seminar, attendees should be able to:

  1. Determine if a change in distribution options is a change in protected benefits
  2. Determine whether an approach to a protected benefit issue may require nondiscrimination testing
  3. Advise an employer on approaches to addressing protected benefit issues
How To Participate
You will need a phone (speakerphone, for multiple participants sharing the Primary registrant’s authorized connection) and Internet Access. The graphics presentation and illustrations will be viewed via the Primary registrant’s Web connection, while the speaker audio portion will be via the Primary registrant’s telephone.


Select the "Fees" link on the right side menu of this page for more information about who is authorized to connect to the program, and for the cancellation/transfer policy.

Program Schedule (Eastern Time)
Monday, September 29, 2014
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
(11:00 a.m. CT; 10:00 a.m. MT; 9:00 a.m. PT)

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