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Start Date: 5/7/2019 2:00 PM End Date: 5/7/2019 3:00 PM

WEBINAR: Unfunded Pension Liability

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Time:  2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Topic:  Unfunded Pension Liability

Presenters:  Jeff Risch, Labor & Employment Chairperson and
                      Beverly Alfon, Partner at SmithAmundsen LLC

Who Should Attend:
Company Owners, Chief Executive Officers, Vice Presidents, and Successor Businesses

What You Will Learn:
Employers that contribute to underfunded multiemployer pension plans face significant assessments if they withdraw from such plans. Employment decisions and events (e.g., reduction in union workforce, reduction in hours worked by union workforce, decertification), and corporate transactions (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and facility closures) – can all result in triggering a partial or complete withdrawal liability assessment.  In addition, under ERISA each member of a controlled group is jointly and severally responsible for withdrawal liability.
During this webinar, the following key issues will be covered:

  • The Basics – What is the Law? What are UVBs and Partial and Complete Withdrawals?
  • How can employers obtain information about their multiemployer fund exposure and analyze these liabilities?
  • How is withdrawal liability considered in the context of an anticipated corporate transaction?
  • What is the Construction Industry Exemption and how does it apply?

About the Speakers:
Jeff Risch
Jeff serves as the Chair of Smith Amundsen’s expansive management-side Labor & Employment Practice Group headquartered in Chicago. Jeff provides employment and traditional labor law counsel to several trade associations, including the FCAI. Jeff has been elected to The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law - Management: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Beverly Alfon
She represents management before state and federal courts, labor arbitrators, and administrative agencies. She also regularly counsels employers on maintaining compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, assists employers with developing employment policies and executing human resources strategies, negotiates employment and separation agreements, conducts internal investigations, and advises employers in connection with strategic planning related to collective bargaining. 

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Please note: You must complete the registration process to participate in this webinar. Once you register, you will be emailed instructions on how to log-in by web and telephone along with an access code. For more information, please contact Shannon at

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Start Date: 5/21/2019 5:30 PM End Date: 5/21/2019 7:45 PM

Central Chapter General Membership Meeting

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Event Location
Johnny's Italian Steak House, Peoria

Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Harr, Diamond Vogel

Topic of Discussion: The Importance of Manufacturer Competition in Commercial Bidding

Don’t miss the Central Chapter May Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at Johnny’s Steakhouse in East Peoria. The special guest speaker of the evening will be Kevin Harr, Architectural Services Manager of Diamond Vogel.

Kevin will be discussing how contractors can use substitution requests to their advantage in competitive bidding and why it’s advantageous to include multiple manufacturers in their bidding process. He will also introduce one of the owners of Diamond Vogel, Mark Vogel, Vice President of Corporate Business Development, and will show footage of their main company campus. All contractors and associates are encouraged to attend. 

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Association Business
        Association News
        Fund Reports
7:15 p.m. Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Harr, Diamond Vogel
7:45 p.m. Adjourn

Johnny’s Steakhouse
101 Holiday Street
East Peoria, IL 61611

This is a free event.


Please contact Jami Fischer at or by calling 309-634-1737

When registering please include the names and the number of people attending.

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Start Date: 6/13/2019 End Date: 6/13/2019

FCAI Scholarship Awards Night


The special guest speaker will be Aurora Major Richard C. Irvin.
Further details will be announced soon.   

Start Date: 7/19/2019 End Date: 7/19/2019

Central Chapter Golf Outing

Event Location
WeaverRidge Golf Club, Peoria

More information available soon.

Start Date: 7/23/2019 End Date: 7/23/2019

Central Chapter Scholarship Awards Night

Event Location
Lariat Steakhouse, Peoria

More information available soon.

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