Webinars


CFMA Webinars offer timely, on-point educational sessions presented by subject matter experts. Webinars run between 60-90 minutes in length and cover such diverse industry topics as:

Once you purchase a CFMA webinar, you receive 24/7 access to content and materials. Click on any title below to watch a preview of of the session. Webinars are a FREE benefit for CFMA Members!

(On Demand Webinars do not offer CPE credits)


Sessions

The NLRB's new "Joint-Employer" Ruling and its Impact on the Construction Industry

Dec 8, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Dec 8, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Description:
The new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which states that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors – could potentially lead to unexpected legal and financial liabilities for construction owners. Join us for this special webinar presented by Gregory Begg, Esq. of Peckar and Abramson P.C., to learn more about the NLRB’s decision to implement this legislation and the appropriate actions that your company can take to avoid, reduce or shift liability.

Speaker(s):
Tags: Legal
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

A Bounty of Benchmarking Data - 2015 Financial Survey Results Revealed

Nov 11, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Nov 11, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Need to identify a baseline for financial performance improvement? Wondering how your company compares to the best in class? As an owner or CFM, how can you use the wealth of information collected in CFMA’s Financial Survey Online Questionnaire to influence your company’s business plan? This Webinar will show you how to use the results, accessed through CFMA’s online Construction Financial Benchmarker, to help improve your company’s bottom line. In this 60-minute Webinar, we will look at trends and divergent findings from the 2015 Survey data and cover key leverage, efficiency, liquidity, and profitability ratios. An overview of the online Construction Financial Benchmarker and its suite of financial reports and data will highlight the wealth of benchmarking information available at your fingertips, 24/7.

Learning Objectives
After this session, you will be able to:

  • Apply key financial ratios and performance criteria to help guide your company’s operational and business strategies;
  • Access CFMA's online Financial Benchmarker tool for 24/7 benchmarking and reporting and compare your company's financial performance with others in the industry;
  • Utilize the Hot Topic results from "The Employer/Employee Value Proposition” to better understand how work/life balance, meeting cultural needs, managing compensation expectations, career development paths, and retention tools drive employer/employee success.
Level & Prerequisites
This is a group internet-based session at the Overview Level. No prerequisites or advanced preparation required.
  
Who Should Attend?
General contractor and subcontractor owners, CFOs, Controllers, CPA industry professionals, CCIFP candidates, surety industry professionals and other construction financial professionals.
 
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Members: $0.00

Credit Where It's Due: R&D Tax Credits for Construction Companies

Sep 9, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Sep 9, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Construction companies operate in a unique environment-a competitive one with a complex regulatory landscape and a constantly rising cost of doing business. But there’s a powerful way to help offset that cost for companies in the construction industry and help them remain competitive: The R&D tax credit.

The R&D credit is one of the most valuable tax incentives you can leverage as it represents a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your income tax liability. And yet these credits are frequently overlooked because construction companies don’t realize that their everyday activities may qualify for the credit.

This 60-minute webinar will provide an overview of the IRS eligibility criteria and how construction companies can determine which activities and expenses are eligible for the credit. Whether you’re a general contractor, specialized drilling contractor, mechanical contractor, civil contractor, or anywhere in between, you may be eligible to claim the R&D credit-so we’ll look at examples of construction companies that have successfully done so. In addition, this session will cover the information required to conduct an R&D tax credit study and the documentation necessary to support credit claims. We’ll also discuss recent court cases and tax law changes and the impact they’ve had on the credit, plus the risks and rewards of claiming it.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify construction industry activities that can qualify for the R&D tax credit
  • Estimate the potential impact of R&D tax credits on your company's bottom line
  • Interpret recent law changes in terms of your company's ability to claim the R&D credit

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Speaker(s):
Tags: Taxes
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

ESOPs: A Look at Advanced Issues for Contractors

Aug 12, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Aug 12, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

This webinar will cover intermediate to advanced level issues specific to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) in the construction industry. Topics to be covered include: ESOP suitability (seven key considerations for contractors), how to identify common valuation pitfalls, scrutiny involving ESOP transactions, with recent guidance provided by the Department of Labor (DOL), and cash management issues for ESOPs, including the importance of distribution policies and repurchase obligations in a cyclical industry.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the unique considerations that contractors face in determining whether they are a suitable candidate for an ESOP
  • Recognize and defend against valuation pitfalls and problem areas
  • Cite recent regulatory developments involving ESOP transactions and show how your company can withstand critical review
  • Identify cash management issues and develop winning strategies around distribution policies, redemption obligations, and other funding requirements

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Speaker(s):
Tags: Legal
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Prevailing Wage Fringe Benefits: A Compliance Overview

Jul 8, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Jul 8, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Prevailing wage rules are complicated and current practices are infrequently reviewed. In this webinar you will learn how taking proper credit can save contractors thousands of dollars. This 60-minute session will provide an overview of fringe benefit compliance issues related to David-Bacon and State Prevailing Wage laws and discuss compliance specifics for the allowable Fringe Benefits. The presentation will also cover the differences between funded and unfunded plans; the credibility of wellness benefits; HRA’s and HSA’s and the correct methods for taking credit off the fringes for benefits that you offer. We will also explore the most common mistakes and audit issues.


After this session, you will be able to:

•  Discuss how to account for all fringes in a compliant manner

•  Identify how to take credits for little known fringes

•  Demonstrate how to tighten up the audit trail


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Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

How Is That "Help Wanted" Sign Working Out?

Jun 17, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Jun 17, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

The recession is behind us in the rear view mirror and the pent up demand for construction services has resulted in a growth opportunity for the industry. However, companies are finding that healthy growth is now limited by workforce capacity. The workforce shortage is being felt throughout the contracting industry in the skilled field labor, project management, estimating, and accounting departments. So, how does a company hire and retain adequate numbers of skilled employees to keep pace with demand and complete its backlog of work? This webinar will help you consider short and long term solutions to the workforce challenges you face.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the demographics and economics that render traditional construction recruiting, hiring, and retention strategies ineffective.
  • Devise short term solutions to increase the capacity of your current staffing levels.
  • Formulate short and long term strategies to help minimize workforce challenges and become a preferred employer in your market.


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Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Today's Cyber Security Challenge: Protecting You and Your Construction Company

May 13, 2015 3:00pm ‐ May 13, 2015 4:00pm

Credits: None available.

Since December of 2013, when Target announced that information on 70 million customers and 40 million payment cards had been stolen, many businesses have begun to take a closer look at their own vulnerability to hackers and whether they have the right systems in place to detect or block criminal activity. Companies in the contracting industries have been especially concerned, as it is believed that the Target hackers gained access through a mechanical contractor.

Cyber security breaches are one of the most serious issues facing businesses today. Not only can these breaches result in lost income and heavy fines, but worst of all you can lose the hard-earned trust of your customers. In this webinar, Jim Wenninger, CEO of Wennsoft, will share a list of the critical issues that construction business leaders should consider in assessing the security of their systems. This session will cover passwords and logins, credit card processes, the cloud vs. on-site deployment, and other key areas where security could be a concern. The webinar will also include suggestions for a number of concrete steps companies can take to mitigate risk and reduce liability.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify critical issues that can help you assess the security of your IT systems
  • Discuss important considerations surrounding passwords and logins, credit card processes, and cloud vs. on-site deployment
  • Develop steps your company can take to mitigate risk and reduce liability

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Speaker(s):
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

Leasing as We Know It vs. Leasing in the Future

Apr 8, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Apr 8, 2015 4:15pm

Credits: None available.

This informative webinar presented by Ellin & Tucker will explore the advantages and disadvantages of equipment leasing in the construction industry and also provide an update on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB’s) proposed rule changes on current leasing standards.

This 75-minute session will cover how leases are currently recorded and what impact they have on a contractor as it relates to bank underwriting, surety underwriting, prequalification criteria with Federal/State/Local municipalities among other users of financial statements. You will learn the benefits of leasing from a tax standpoint in terms of maximizing tax deductions and other tax benefits that may exist under a leasing arrangement.

You will also learn about the proposed changes to lease standards related to Proposed ASU 2013-70, Leases (Topic 842), as well as the potential impact on financial reporting and underwriting and possible tax implications from FASB’s proposed rule change on operating leases.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Discuss current advantages and disadvantages of leasing equipment under an operating lease and a capital lease arrangement;
  • Identify the tax benefits available to the lessee and the lessor under an operating lease and a capital lease arrangement;
  • Explain how banks, surety firms and other underwriters analyze a contractor’s financial statement under the current lease pronouncements vs. the proposed lease pronouncements; and
  • Develop other methods to secure equipment for construction projects outside of traditional lease and buy arrangements.

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Speaker(s):
Members: $0.00
Standard: $39.95

Health Care Reform: Understanding Your Benefit Options

Mar 11, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Mar 11, 2015 4:30pm

Credits: None available.

Do you want to analyze your benefit alternatives with healthcare reform? Are you unsure how to determine your cost to comply with the ACA vs. discontinuing group coverage? Do you want to learn more about public and private insurance exchanges? What are the tax impacts of these benefit alternatives? All these questions and more will be answered in this special 90-minute webinar on the latest healthcare.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the benefit alternatives Construction industry employers have under the new healthcare reform
  • Discuss whether Construction industry employers should pay or play
  • Explain which benefits can be pre-taxed and discuss how employees can access public and private exchanges

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Speaker(s):
  • Linda Heuer, MBA, RPA, Principal, Director of Employee Benefits, Eide Bailly
Standard: $39.95
Members: $0.00

It's Here: The New Revenue Recognition Standard (Rebroadcast from June 24, 2014)

Feb 11, 2015 3:00pm ‐ Feb 11, 2015 4:30pm

Credits: None available.

Join us for this special rebroadcast of CFMA’s June 24, 2014 webinar on the new revenue recognition standard, followed by a live update and Q&A with our original session presenters Mike Sobolewski, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Tim Wilson, of BKD LLP.

The new standard, released by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on May 28, 2014, was years in the making and CFMA has been deeply involved in communicating its impact to the construction industry.

This 90-minute session will provide an outlook on the future of revenue recognition under both US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and how the new standard may impact your business.

After this session, you will be able to:
  • Discuss how the new Revenue Recognition Standard will impact your company and the construction industry as a whole
  • Outline the new standard implementation timeline
  • Explain what needs to be done to prepare for the implementation of this new way of determining revenue

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Members: $0.00
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