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The spectre of pension failures haunts this election

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Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020

On October 27, 2020 House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020 (H.R. 8696), a bipartisan bill with some important provisions for retirement plan participants.

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NIRS Report Says U.S. Gets Overwhelming Economic Benefit from Pension Payments

Payments from traditional pension plans generated a staggering $1.3 trillion in U.S. economic output in 2018, according to a report recently released by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).

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Pension Rights Center responds to the SPARK Institute's request for Guidance on Electronic Delivery Standards (January 11, 2021)

The Pension Rights Center responded to a letter from the SPARK Institute requesting Guidance on Electronic Delivery Standards. Read the full letter here.

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Jazz Musicians Paul Livant and Andy Snitzer Contribute “Service Award” to Pension Rights Center

Andy Snitzer and Paul Livant, the named plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund (AFM-EPF), received a service award of $10,000 each when that case settled.  Rather than keep their awards, which compensated them for their time and the risks they took on, they decided to donate the full amount of their award More...

RRF Foundation for Aging’s president urges action to address plight of older adults

While Americans of all ages are cheering the prospect of vaccinations, the pandemic has already “put older people’s economic well-being at risk,” Mary O’Donnell, president of the RRF Foundation for Aging, said in an important and timely op-ed recently published in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Pension Rights Center Aims to Protect the Retirement Security of Millions of Americans Through Resources and Advocacy

In a Nutshell: Pensions help supplement the Social Security income of millions of retirees each year and were supposed to be paid out in full when a worker reached retirement. However, many workers who are owed benefits have found them dramatically reduced, or denied altogether. More...

Transfer of Power

In March, Truckee-based Mountain Hardware and Sports was up against the toughest test of its 43-year record of no layoffs. As the economy was going into a deep freeze, company president Doug Wright sent a letter to his staff on March 17.

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Understanding Survivor Benefits in Private Retirement Plans

For married participants in retirement plans, a top concern is making sure that a spouse will receive their retirement benefits if they die. Luckily, most pension plans and many other retirement plans in the United States provide a survivor benefit to widowed spouses of retirement plan participants. More...

The spectre of pension failures haunts this election

It’s imperative that a new COVID-19 relief package — whenever it’s passed — shore up multiemployer pensions (retirement plans negotiated by a union with two or more employers), because if this piece of the retirement system is allowed to collapse, it would not only hurt current and future pensioners, it would deal an outsized blow to the employers who contribute to their plans, and to the econo More...

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