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New Trustees Institute — Level I: Core Concepts

Saturday, October 13 - Monday, October 15, 2018
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
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Focusing on your role as a new trustee, the New Trustees Institute— Level I: Core Concepts will enhance your understanding of basic issues involved in managing your health and welfare funds as well as the complex benefits environment. As an attendee, you will secure a high-level understanding of your fiduciary responsibility and the legal environment while discussing best practices and current issues in the benefits industry.​

Topics Include

Trustee Responsibility and Legal Environment
  • Legal and legislative framework
  • Two-hat structure
  • Governing documents
  • Key governmental agencies
  • Required communication
  • Fiduciary and co-fiduciary obligations
  • Duty to monitor fees
  • Liability Insurance
Investing Health and Welfare and Pension Assets
  • Terminology
  • Modern portfolio theory
  • Asset allocation
  • Asset classes
  • Investment policies
  • Institutional vs. individual portfolios
  • Investment managers

Overview of Health and Welfare Plans
  • Terminology
  • Funding and resources
  • Prescription drugs
  • Legal framework
  • ACA
  • Basic health care financial information
  • Plan types
  • Legislative and regulatory requirements
  • How to be a good trustee
  • Trustee meetings/agendas, minutes
  • Working with professionals
  • Trustee orientation
  • Financial statements
  • Dealing with two-hat dilemma
  • Role of your administrator
  • Payroll audits
Overview of Retirement Plans
  • Terminology
  • Defined benefit plans
  • Defined contribution plans
  • Pension reform legislation
  • Role of the actuary
  • Funding methods
  • Assumptions
  • Plan design (traditional)
  • Administration

This conference allows plan participants to interact with trustees and administrators and one-on-one with presenters.

Nelerene A. HardingLabor Trustee
Bahamasair Employees Provident Fund

​Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from industry experts about the current state of affairs and latest reform initiatives—Be prepared for what lies ahead.
  • Network with peers who face similar challenges—Learn from their mistakes, benchmark your performance and gather workable ideas and solutions to implement.
  • Bring home helpful resource materials to share with colleagues, from sample documents to checklists and case studies—The value of your attendance will continue long after you’ve left the program.

Who Should Attend

Designed for multiemployee trustees who have served for two years or less on an ERISA fund or who have not previously attended an International Foundation program. This conference is ideal for collective bargaining and other personnel who want a better understanding of their role and responsibilities in working with trustees.

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In order to help trustees better meet their educational needs, the Foundation has created a suggested progression of trustee education. This new program is the second step in trustee education path.


The International Foundation is grateful to the following instructors for their contributions to the New Trustees Institute.

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Accompanying Educational Event

Accounting and Auditing Institute for Employee Benefit Plans


Preconference Workshop
Rising the Bar on Your Benefits Communication
Sunday, June 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Trustees and administrators are often called upon to communicate with a variety of aud​iences from plan participants and vendors to contributing employers and retirees. Whether you are fulfilling a legal obligation, managing and working with your vendors or fund staff, sharing plan information or negotiating change, it is critical that you are strategic in your approach to communications.

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Continuing Education

Educational sessions at this program may qualify for CEBS continuing professional education (CPE) credit.
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Registration Information

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Registration Information
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Through 9/4/2018 US $1,385.00 US $1,715.00
After 9/4/2018 US $1,685.00 US $2,015.00