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Private Pension Plans

Cash Balance Plans

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A cash balance plan is a pension plan that has certain features of a 401(k) plan. A number of companies have converted their traditional pension plans into cash balance plans.

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Pension Freezes

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See our list of companies that have frozen or made significant changes to their pension plans.

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Facts About Multiemployer Pension Plan Funding

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This fact sheet explains funding issues in multiemployer pension plans and links to our on-line calculators, which you can use to gauge the impact that possible benefit cuts or the guarantee limits

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The facts about church pension plans

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Almost all private retirement plans are required to comply with federal pension and tax laws. There is only one major exception: Church pension plans. Employees covered by church pension plans are denied the basic protections provided to virtually all other private-sector workers who participate in pension plans.

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"NAFI" Plans: Federal Retirement Programs Not Funded by the Government

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This fact sheet provides an overview of retirement plans that are sponsored by government entities that do not receive funding from Congress. 

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Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan: Responses to statements made in the February 24, 2012 letter and accompanying Q&A

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This document is a direct response to the letter and Q&A sent out by Saint Peter's University Hospital CEO Ronald Rac.

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Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan: The law and the facts

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In a letter dated February 24, 2012 to all Saint Peter's University Hospital Retirement Plan participants, Ronald C.

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Corporate Restructuring Can Cut Promised Pensions

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Legally, companies can change their plans to end special early retirement pensions, but if they do, employees must still get the portion of the special benefit they have earned as of the date of the change – as long as they later meet its age and/or service requirements.

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Federal Pension Insurance Protections

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In 1974, Congress created a federal pension insurance program for certain private retirement plans. This program is administered by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). 

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Benefit Cutbacks in Single Employer Plans

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Starting in 2008 some underfunded pension plans sponsored by a single employer became subject to restrictions on benefits. These benefit restrictions were implemented by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA), which Congress passed to shore up the funding of traditional private sector defined benefit pension plans. This fact sheet explains the four basic benefit restrictio

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