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What happens to my pension if my employer declares bankruptcy?

I recently came across a helpful Department of Labor fact sheet - Your Employer's Bankruptcy - How Will It Affect Your Employee Benefits? Given the current state of the economy, it's never too early for workers to know what might happen to their benefits if their employer goes bankrupt.  The fact sheet highlights the important fact that, even if an employer declares bankruptcy, its pension assets cannot be touched by the company's creditors to pay off debt.

Record profit yields underfunded pension

A recent article in Financial Week revealed a big surprise.  ExxonMobil has the most underfunded defined benefit pension plan of all the S&P 500 companies.  Yes, you read that correctly.  A company yielding record profits has neglected to adequately fund its pension plan. According to the article, the ExxonMobil pension plan was funded at just above 80 percent at the beginning of 2008.

Happy birthday, ERISA!

Happy 34th Birthday, ERISA!

Today marks the 34th anniversary of the date that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, known to those in the field of pensions as ERISA, was signed into law. In a tribute to the workers who would be helped by the new law, that day, September 2, 1974, fell on Labor Day. More...

Does Gannett's pension freeze leave its employees in the cold?

You may have read that last week newspaper publisher Gannett announced that it will freeze its pension plan for all employees as of August 1, 2008. The company announced the freeze and details of its plan to “enhance” the company 401(k) in a memo sent to employees.

Gannett is just one of many employers that we have added to our growing list of companies that have changed their defined benefit plans. More...

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