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Press release: to Publish "Who's the Employer" by S. Derrin Watson, JD

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Date: Mar. 21, 2017

Minneapolis, MN  (March 1, 2017) - is pleased to announce that S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM has agreed to publish the seventh edition of his book, Who’s the Employer, on

Mr. Watson is a nationally-recognized pension attorney and educator and his book, Who’s the Employer, A Guide to Employee and Aggregation Issues Affecting Qualified Plans, has long been considered the 'go-to' resource for controlled group, affiliated service group, and leased employee issues. The clear, easy to understand language and thorough presentation of the rules makes it a pleasure to read. The book is filled with over 900 examples to make the frequently complex topics understandable.

"Who’s the Employer will fill an important niche in the materials we make available, and its depth of coverage will nicely complement our broad, comprehensive Qualified Plan eSource,” stated Timothy McCutcheon, JD, CPA, MBA, the publisher of Mr. McCutcheon added, "This is another quality component in our ongoing efforts to add products and services of value to the benefit plan community. We are continually searching for authors to publish complementary content on and Derrin's title is a very welcome addition. The efficiencies involved in our on-line platform allow us to offer generous royalties and allow the authors to retain the copyrights on their materials."

Derrin shared, "I’m excited to become part of the ERISApedia family. I expect my readers will find that the links to the Code, ERISA, agency pronouncements, and other materials will make the book a better resource than ever before. Having it as an online publication means I can update it as developments happen, rather than waiting for the next edition. Since my last edition, the DOL issued its historic ruling on open MEPs, the Windsor decision profoundly affected attribution rules, and Congress completely altered the church plan aggregation rules. Now I can address changes such as these immediately."

About S. Derrin Watson, JD, APM

Derrin is a prominent pension attorney and educator, who is heavily involved in consulting, speaking, and writing about a variety of pension topics, including 401(k), 403(b),457, 409A plans and Form 5500 issues. He has been working with qualified plans since 1977 and had his first case involving controlled groups shortly thereafter. He has maintained a strong interest in this area ever since and has become the leading authority on controlled group, affiliated service group, and leased employee issues. In 2006, Derrin was the recipient of ASPPA’s Educator Award for his work in providing professional education to plan practitioners.

About provides retirement plan sponsors, administrators, attorneys and advisers with easy access to compliance information and important retirement industry materials. also has powerful prospecting and business development resources for finding and filtering plan sponsor data from Form 5500 filings and their attachments. With a platform that combines search tools and a user-friendly interface, provides instant answers and quick access needed by retirement plan sponsors and service providers.


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