TO:           All Retirement Boards

FROM:     Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director

RE:           Mandatory Retirement Board Member Training – 2nd Quarter 2017

DATE:      April 7, 2017

As you know, Chapter 32 mandates that retirement board members complete training during each year of service on the retirement board.  Failure to meet this mandatory requirement will prohibit the member from serving beyond the conclusion of the term for which the training requirement was not met.

Retirement board members are reminded of the requirement to meet the statutory education mandate.  As we enter the fifth year of this program it must be noted that, unfortunately, several retirement board members have become ineligible for service on retirement boards due to failure to fulfill the education mandate.

Upcoming events and locations include:

Date

Topic

Location

Registration Info

April 13, 2017

Grimes and Other Cases of Interest

PERAC’s Somerville Office

Email Rose Morrison

May 17, 2017

Domestic Relations Orders

 

PERAC’s Somerville Office

Email Rose Morrison

May 18, 2017

Grimes and Other Cases of Interest

Springfield Retirement Board

Email Rose Morrison

May 24, 2017

Grimes and Other Cases of Interest

Danvers

Email Rose Morrison

May 25, 2017

Actuarial Assumptions

PERAC’s Somerville Office

Email Rose Morrison

June 4-7, 2017

MACRS Conference

Hyannis

Email Rose Morrison

(Additional details available on the following pages)

Webinars and On-Line Training

Topic

Registration Info

State Ethics Conflict of Interest Law

www.mass.gov/ethics/
cteehan@eth.state.ma.us or 617-371-9517

Open Meeting Law

OMLTraining@state.ma.us.

National Crime Prevention Webinar

www.ncpc.org

Ethical Decision Making for Pension Plan Trustees

https://www.cfainstitute.org/learning/products/multimedia/Pages/130211.aspx?WPID=BrowseProducts

(Additional details available on the following pages)

Pre - Approval
The Commission is willing to approve educational credits for a variety of events sponsored by “…local, state, regional and national organizations recognized by the Commission as having expertise in retirement issues of importance to retirement board members or other entities…”  This provision of the statute has been interpreted to encompass particular programs offered by such entities.  For example, an ethics class or open meeting law class offered as part of a broader conference may be eligible for education credit.  However, approval for such credit must take place well in advance of the date of the event.  This will enable the Commission to analyze the program and to provide a general notice to retirement board members to maximize participation

The Commission will grant credits for the following:

  1. NCPERS (TEDS) – 3 Credits;
  2. NCPERS (PATS) – 3 Credits;
  3. NCTR Trustee Workshop – 3 Credits;
  4. NCTR Annual Conference – 3 Credits;
  5. International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFB) New Trustee
    Institute/Advanced Trustees Institute - 3 Credits;
  6. PRIM Investors’ Conference – 3 Credits;
  7. Ethics Training MA Town Clerks Association – 3 Credits;
  8. Open Meeting Law – MA Association of School Committees – 3 Credits;
  9. City/Town Sponsored Conflict of Interest Training – 3 Credits;
  10. City/Town Sponsored Open Meeting Law Training – 3 Credits;
  11. National Pension Education Association – 3 Credits;
  12. NCPERS Legislative Conference (DC)  – 3 Credits;
  13. NASRO – 3 Credits;
  14. GFOA – 3 Credits;
  15. NCPRS 2017 Public Pension Funding Program – 3 Credits; and,
  16. American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) Annual Conference – 3 Credits

Non-PERAC; Non-MACRS Events

PERAC will award credit for attendance at the following educational events sponsored by entities other than the Commission and MACRS:

State Ethics Commission Seminars (Three Credits):

The Commission will grant three (3) credits to retirement board members who complete a Public Education Seminar on the Conflict of Interest Law conducted by the State Ethics Commission.  As noted above, these sessions are sometimes held in conjunction with meetings of certain organizations.  Credit will be granted upon receipt by the Commission of a copy of the Certificate of Attendance issued to the retirement board member by the State Ethics Commission.

The State Ethics Commission will be conducting educational seminars throughout 2017 at its offices in Boston at One Ashburton Place, Room 619.  Present offerings include:

Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Space is limited.  To attend a seminar at the Commission office, please call 617-371-9500 to register. 

The Ethics Commission is now offering the opportunity to attend a seminar via webinar.  To attend a seminar via webinar, please contact Carolyn Teehan at 617-371-9517 or cteehan@eth.state.ma.us to register and receive sign-in information. 

AG Open Meeting Law Training (Three Credits):

In an effort to better inform the public and government officials about the Open Meeting Law and its requirements, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office will hold six free trainings on the law throughout the state this spring. The AG’s Office will also offer live web-based trainings on the law:

Stoughton

Tuesday, April 25

6:00PM-7:30PM

Stoughton Town Hall, Great Hall

10 Pearl Street, Stoughton

 

Orleans

Tuesday, May 16

5:30PM-7:00PM

Nauset Regional Middle School Auditorium

70 Route 28, Orleans

 

Holyoke

Tuesday, May 30

6:00PM-7:30PM

Holyoke Senior Center

291 Pine Street, Holyoke

 

April, May and June Educational Events
The list below contains the educational offerings to be presented in the second quarter of 2017.  It is suggested that retirement board members pre-register, however, “walk-ins” are always welcome.

 

MACRS June Conference (Nine Credits)

As has been the case in the past, PERAC, in conjunction with MACRS, will be making educational opportunities available at the MACRS Annual Spring Conference June 4-7 in Hyannis. The breakout will be as follows:

 

  1. Board members attending the Legal Panel Session during the main MACRS Conference will be awarded three credits – (Three Credits)
  2. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 PERAC will conduct sessions (Domestic Relations Orders, PERAC Portal, Actuarial Assumptions) – (Three Credits)

 

Grimes and Other Cases of Interest (Three Credits)

  1. Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the PERAC Offices, 5 Middlesex Avenue, 3rd Floor, Somerville, MA   (Please e-mail Rose Morrison at RAMorrison@per.state.ma.us to make reservations)
  2. Thursday May 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Springfield Retirement Board, 70 Tapley Street, Springfield, MA (Please e-mail Rose Morrison at RAMorrison@per.state.ma.us to make reservations)
  3. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Danvers Town Hall, Dan Toomey Room, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA (Please e-mail Rose Morrison at RAMorrison@per.state.ma.us to make reservations)

 

Domestic Relations Orders (Three Credits)

  1. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the PERAC Offices, 5 Middlesex Avenue, 3rd Floor, Somerville, MA  (Please e-mail Rose Morrison at RAMorrison@per.state.ma.us to make reservations)

 

Actuarial Assumptions (Three Credits)

  1. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00 at  the PERAC Offices, 5 Middlesex Avenue, 3rd Floor, Somerville,  MA (Please e-mail Rose Morrison at RAMorrison@per.state.ma.us to make reservations)

 

ON-LINE TRAINING

State Ethics Commission On-Line Conflict of Interest Law Training (Three Credits)

In order to access the program retirement board members should go to the Ethics Commission Web Page at www.mass.gov/ethics/ and then click on the link “Online Training Programs” at the bottom of the page.  Following transfer to that page scroll down and click the link to “Municipal

Employee Online Training Program”.

Office of the Attorney General – Open Meeting Law (Three Credits)
The Office of the Attorney General (AG) offers an online web training seminar on the Open Meeting Law.  Attendees can participate entirely online and will be able to submit written questions during the training and receive real-time responses from Division attorneys. Those interested in registering or receiving additional information about the webinar may do so by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us.

When:  April 12, 2017

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

When:  May 10, 2017

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a. m.

National Crime Prevention Council – “Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud; “Investment Fraud Prevention Strategies”; “The Psychology of a Scam ”; “Targeting Investment Fraud”; “Understanding Financial Fraud Victimology, Risk Factors, and Psychological Impact” (Three Credits)
The National Crime Prevention Council has initiated a Webinar Series focused on Investment Fraud Prevention.  Retirement Board members may access the site by going to www.ncpc.org/  and clicking on “Programs”.  On that page click on “Investment Fraud Prevention Program” in the green box on the left.  This will bring you to the page entitled Investment Fraud Prevention Program.  On that page click on “Webinar Series” in the green box.

This will bring you to the presentations listed above.  In order to complete the program and receive credits the retirement board member must download and watch the presentation “Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud” and download and review the presentations pertaining to “Investment Fraud Prevention Strategies”, “The Psychology of a Scam”, “Targeting Investment Fraud” and “Understanding Financial Fraud Victimology, Risk Factors, and Psychological Impact”.

CFA Institute – An Overview of Compliance with the CFA Institute Asset Ethical Decision Making for Pension Plan Trustees (Three Credits)
In order to access this Webcast retirement board members should go to the www.cfainstitute.org and click on “Insights & Learning”.  Click on “Publications & Multimedia” then type the course in the search box in the upper right hand part of the screen.  This will bring you to a series of webcasts, choose the appropriate audio webcast recorded on June 7, 2016.

AFFIDAVIT
Retirement board members can confirm participation in the offerings by the Inspector General, Ethics Commission, Attorney General, NCPC, and CFA Institute by filing an affidavit with the Commission or, in the event a certificate of completion is issued by the organization, submitting a copy of that certification to PERAC.  After completing the course fill out the Affidavit available at http://www.mass.gov/perac/docs/forms-pub/edu-materials/training-affidavit.pdf and fax or mail to PERAC, attention Tom O’Donnell.

Other Webinars
The Commission has approved education credit for participating in Webinars.  In 2017, we will entertain requests for credit in relation to relevant Webinars, again, provided that such a request is made well in advance of the session.

Thank You
The Commission would be remiss if we did not thank all the rank and file members of the retirement boards who, in spite of other pressing duties, are making a good faith effort to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.