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The Pension Rights Center’s policy activities target shortcomings in the nation’s retirement programs and develop realistic reform measures. We testify frequently before congressional committees, comment on proposed agency regulations, publish analyses of pending legislation, and advise policymakers, and national and grassroots organizations. More than a dozen federal laws and regulations are directly traceable to Center initiatives. As a result, millions of retirees, widows, and divorced women are now receiving pensions.

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Summary of the pension cutback provisions in the Omnibus spending law

Summary of the pension cutback provisions in the Omnibus spending law

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the 2015 Omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions that allow trustees of certain multiemployer plans to cut retirees’ pensions. Here is a summary of these provisions: 

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Summary of the pension cutback provisions in the Omnibus spending law

Summary of the pension cutback provisions in the Omnibus spending law

In December 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the 2015 Omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions that allow trustees of certain multiemployer plans to cut retirees’ pensions. Here is a summary of these provisions: 

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Proposed IRS regulations that could undermine workers' legal rights without public input

The Pension Rights Center submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service, objecting to a proposed delegation of authority to the IRS Commissioner to issue certain rules without public notice and comment.

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Electronic Disclosure by Employee Benefit Plans

Electronic Disclosure by Employee Benefit Plans (June 6, 2011)

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a Request for Information regarding electronic disclosure by employee benefit plans. Read the Center's comments.

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Court Overturns Cash Balance Ruling

Overturning a 2003 federal district court ruling, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found that IBM did not discriminate against older employees when it adopted its cash balance plan.

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Former Employees Can Sue Retirement Plans

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit decided a case that preserves the right of former employees, including retirees, to sue their retirement plans even if they have already taken full distributions from the plan. The case is Harzewski v. Guidant Corporation [PDF].

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