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May Learning Lab

Retirement Plan Trends and Legal/Regulatory Developments

Categories: TAHRA Learning Lab

Presented by Mark Forbes, CPFA, C(k)P
Managing Director – Strategic Retirement Partners, Oklahoma

This Learning Lab is designed to help human resource professionals stay up-to-date on recent events, trends and fiduciary issues that could have an impact on retirement plans and plan participants. The presentation will cover the following information:

Updates on plans and plan sponsors making the news, insights regarding plan participant retirement readiness, a look at the legislative and regulatory landscape and a discussion regarding high-profile ERISA cases that could impact future litigation for years to come.

A review of the Department of Labor’s (DoL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) April 2021, Cyber Security guidance and the fiduciary duties placed upon plan sponsors. We will examine the new SAS-136 Plan Audit rules and how these changes impact plan sponsors and even the selection of a plan auditor. Lastly, why the utilization of Collective Investment Trusts (CIT’s) is growing and the potential benefits of using CIT’s.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the impact of current and pending retirement plan legislation.     
  • Explore how plan design and effectively delivered communication can move participant retirement outcomes in the right direction. 
  • The DOL is very serious about cyber security, understand what you need to do to comply.
  • Plan audit requirements are changing; plan sponsors need to ensure their recordkeeper and auditor can help fulfil the Department of Labor’s new requirements.     
  • Why Plan Sponsors might want to consider using Collective Investment Trusts.

As the Managing Director for Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) in Oklahoma, Mark has extensive experience in delivering process-driven solutions to help plan sponsors mitigate risk from corporate and personal financial liability, while striving to provide plan participants a path to a successful retirement.

For over 30 years Mark has worked with retirement plan sponsors and plan participants with a passion to provide fiduciary oversight and sound investment guidance to position participants for long-term retirement success. 

Mark earned his BSBA from Drake University, Des Moines, IA. He holds the Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law Examination), with Global Retirement Partners, LLC, a registered investment advisor. He earned his CPFA through NAPA and the C(k)P designation from The Retirement Advisor University at UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education, in Los Angeles. Mark was named by The Financial Times as one of the Top Retirement Advisors in 2018 & 2019.

TAHRA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 2.00 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

This event is approved for HRCI credits

This Program has been approved for 2.0 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

The use of this official seal confirms that this Activity has met HR Certification Institute's criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

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May 26, 2022 | 2 - 4 p.m.

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OSU Tulsa - North Hall Room 153
700 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74106-0702

OSU Tulsa - North Hall Room 153
700 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, Ok 74106-0702