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Taking Charge: You can get help unraveling your pension benefits

04/21/2014 | Providence Journal

The New England Pension Assistance Project is featured in this column, in which a reader asks for advice on getting information on his or her retirement plans.

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Heinz 'derisks' pension plan

04/19/2014 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Food company wants obligation off of its books

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IRS Rollover Guidance Eases Process, Improves Benefit Portability, Analysts Say

04/15/2014 | Bloomberg BNA's Pension & Benefits Reporter

When changing employers, individuals and their new retirement plan administrators have faced a time-consuming administrative process in proving the tax status of a plan rollover. And instead of dealing with the hurdles to validate a rollover, many individuals would transfer savings into individual retirement accounts or cash out the balance.

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Thought Secure, Pooled Pensions Teeter and Fall

04/13/2014 | New York Times

The pensions of millions of Americans are being threatened because of trouble in a part of the retirement world long considered so safe that no one gave it a second thought.

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Federal judge: Saint Peter's pension case can proceed

04/03/2014 | Home News Tribune (Middlesex County, NJ)

A New Jersey federal district court judge recently ruled that the pension plan of city-based Saint Peter’s University Hospital is not a "church plan" exempt from the protections of federal pension law.

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Courts question law leaving pensions unprotected

04/01/2014 | Associated Press

New rulings against Catholic hospital chains on both coasts have intensified a faceoff between religiously affiliated employers and workers who are alarmed by the companies' efforts to avoid insuring or funding their pensions.

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Challenges to 2 church plans move forward

04/01/2014 | Pensions & Investments

On Monday, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey dismissed a motion by Saint Peter's Healthcare System, New Brunswick, N.J., to stop a lawsuit by pension plan participants challenging a recent ruling by the IRS that it was a church plan exempt from ERISA. The IRS determination, wrote Judge Michael Shipp, "conflicts with the plain text of the statute and is therefore unreasonable."

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Company pension plans are healthier, but they're still dying

04/01/2014 | Reuters

This should be good news: At a time when worry about the retirement security of American workers is rising, traditional pension plans finished 2013 in their best shape last year since the financial crisis of 2008. Yet that may only be setting the table for more corporations to stop offering them.

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Your retirement planning checklist

03/31/2014 | MarketWatch

Many who are planning their retirement need someplace to start — a list to begin their thinking. The information in this article is just such a list and includes links to relevant content to help in this planning.

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Private sector pension de-risking and participant protections

03/31/2014 | Employee Benefit Review via Thompson Coburn LLP

On Nov. 5, 2013, the ERISA Advisory Council submitted findings and recommendations on pension de-risking to the Secretary of Labor. Pension de-risking transactions have received a lot of attention lately, both in the media and among sponsors of defined benefit pension plans. More...

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