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Supreme Court rules on church plans

Supreme Court rules on church plans

The Supreme Court ruling leaves a key issue undecided. Read our press release.

Using Twitter to Contact Policymakers

Learn how to use Twitter to connect with members of Congress and other key policymakers on important retiree issues. Read the guide.
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Facing retiree pension cuts?

Has your pension plan applied to cut retiree pensions?  Here's what you can do.

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UPS to freeze non-union pension plan

UPS plans to freeze pensions for non-union employees, joining a parade of U.S. corporations that have altered or dumped traditional retiree payout plans.

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When ESOPs work, they work well. But some say reforms are needed.

Employee-owned stock option plans, or ESOPs, are an important part of the American economic landscape. About 7,000 American businesses have ESOPs, and roughly one out of every 12 workers participate in some form of employee-ownership plan.

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Church Plan Decision Bolsters Credit Ratings, Despite Unresolved Issues

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of pension-law appeals by three religiously affiliated hospital systems was deemed a credit positive for such entities. However, further litigation is likely.

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Are you entitled to a pension you've left behind?

It's not every day you get good news from the IRS. But that's exactly what happened to Danny Jo Wright of Austin, Texas, when he applied for Social Security in 2013. In a letter from Social Security, the IRS informed him he was entitled to a pension from the drug company he had worked for years ago.

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Supreme Court Ruling Did Not Resolve Church Plan Challenges

Following oral arguments in March in three cases challenging health care organizations’ church plan status, the U.S. Supreme Court found plans maintained by principal-purpose organizations qualify as “church plans.” However, it did not rule that the hospitals in these cases were principal-purpose organizations. 

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More challenges promised despite church-plan victory

Sponsors of church-related pension plans are celebrating a Supreme Court decision upholding their right to be exempt from federal pension rules, but participant advocates vow to continue challenging them on other legal points and in new venues, including state courts.

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PRC Statement to the ERISA Advisory Council on retirement plan disclosures (June 7, 2017)

PRC Policy Analyst Jane Smith testified before the ERISA Advisory Council on the improvements to the effectiveness of retirement plan disclosures to participants and beneficiaries. In her testimony, Jane noted that plan disclosures to participants are often confusing and written in technical language that is difficult for participants to understand. 

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Supreme Court Ruling Imperils Pension Protections

In a blow to the hundreds of thousands of employees of religiously-affiliated hospitals, schools and social services organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court said that their pensions might not be protected by federal ERISA laws.

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Hospitals' Pension Win at High Court Might be Short-Lived

Three religious-affiliated, nonprofit hospital systems won reprieves from multimillion-dollar class actions Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court. But that relief may not be long-lasting.

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Supreme Court says religious hospitals don't have to comply with federal pension protections

Employees of religious hospitals -- including St. Peters University Hospital in New Brunswick and the now defunct St. James Hospital in Newark-- were dealt a blow by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

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