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2009 Annual Conference Videos

[Saturday, October 3, 2009]    ||    [Monday, October 5, 2009]    ||   Tuesday, October 6, 2009    ||   [Wednesday, October 7, 2009]

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

General Session (8:30 am – 10:00 am)
HEALTH CARE REFORM: A Review of the Major Elements of Health Care Reform and the concerns of particular interest to multiemployer plans, participants and contributing employers.
Among the issues discussed are: Key Elements, Reducing the Tax Exclusion, Taxing Plans – Survey of COBRA Rates, Small Business Exclusion, Misclassification of Employees, and Subrogation
  • Randy G. DeFrehn, Executive Director – NCCMP
  • Moderator: Lorraine Lewis, Executive Director, UMWA Health and Retirement Funds
  • James S. Ray, The Law Offices of James S. Ray
  • Edward A. Kaplan, Senior Vice President and National Health Practice Leader, The Segal Company
  • Vincent Panvini, Political Director, Political Director
  • Dana Thompson, Director of Political Affairs, Assistant Director of Legislation, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA)
  • Michael Monroe, Director, Government Affairs, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Questions and Answers

General Session (10:15 am – 12:00 pm)
Panel Presentation
The World Response to the Global Financial Economic Crisis
  • Moderator: Robert D. Krinsky, Chairman Emeritus, Segal
  • Francesco Briganti, Director, Brussels Office, AEIP
  • Robert Blakely, Member, Board of Directors, MEBCO
  • Matti Leppälä, Director, International Investment and Legal Affairs The Finnish Pension Alliance, TELA, Helsinki, Finland
  • Olivier Schumacher, Legal Advisor for European Affairs, SOKA-BAU, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Questions and Answers

General Session (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)
Workshop: Ask the Regulators
A perennial favorite, this workshop provided an opportunity for an open dialogue regarding issues facing our plans between Conference participants and representatives of the regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over our plans.
  • Moderator: Joyce Mader, Partner, O'Donoghue & O'Donoghue
  • Diane Bloom, Tax Law Specialist, Employee Plans Division of IRS
  • Louis Campagna, Chief, Division of Fiduciary Interpretations, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, United States Department of Labor
  • Connie Markakis, Attorney Adviser, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

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