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How Republicans Could Block Access to Retirement Plans for Low-Income Workers

02/27/2017 | ATTN:

The United States Senate is on the verge of making a vote that would have a major impact on the chances for young and low-income people to save for a secure retirement.



Will your pension be there when you need it?

02/19/2017 | The Washington Post

Karen Friedman is the executive vice president and policy director at the Pension Rights Center, and Joellen Leavelle is the group’s communications and outreach director. Last week, I invited them to answer readers’ questions about their pensions. Here are some questions they didn’t have time to get to from last week’s Color of Money live chat.


Color of Money Live Chat with Michelle Singletary

02/16/2017 | Washington Post

PRC's Karen Friedman and Joellen Leavelle discussed an array of retirement issues during Michelle Singletary’s Color of Money Live Chat on February 16, 2107.


Congress Poised To Halt State-Mandated Small Business Retirement Plans

02/12/2017 | Forbes

Large employers are backing two Congressional resolutions that would put a stop to burgeoning state and city-mandated workplace retirement savings programs meant to cover the 55 million American workers without a private sector plan. The vote could come next week, and is causing alarm among retirement security watchdogs and the states that are rolling out plans.


How to track down an old retirement account

02/12/2017 | LA Times

Dear Liz: I worked for a company during the late 1990s.  When I left, I had a 401(k) worth approximately $10,000. I recently found an old 401(k) statement and called the plan administrator.


​Pension advance firms could get windfall from Dallas funding crisis

02/09/2017 | Dallas Business Journal

A proposal being floated by state lawmakers to fix the troubled Dallas police and fire pension could benefit companies that some fear would prey upon retirees seeking advances on their plans.


Joellen Leavelle appears on the Ron Ponder Show

02/06/2017 | Ron Ponder Show

Joellen Leavelle, PRC's communications and outreach director, appeared on the Ron Ponder Show where she discussed recent pension cuts affecting Iron Workers Local 17 retirees as a result of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act.


Financial Industry Groups Fear Trump Will Block Investor Protection Rule

02/02/2017 | NPR's All Things Considered

Some watchdog groups that keep an eye on the financial industry are worried about the fate of a new Labor Department rule that's supposed to take effect this April. It says financial advisers have to act in their customers' best interest when giving them advice about their 401k retirement accounts. Under the Trump administration, that rule may be in jeopardy. NPR's Chris Arnold has more.


Can President Trump help ironworkers about to lose part of pensions? Retiree family makes an unlikely plea

01/31/2017 | The Plain Dealer

Congress didn't help Cleveland's retired ironworkers, who are about to lose part of their pensions. The Treasury Department didn't either, although it said it did all it could. Can President Donald Trump help?


Feds Break Silence, Back Hospitals in Church Pension Battle

01/30/2017 | Pension & Benefits Daily

Five federal agencies have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that religiously affiliated hospitals can run pension plans exempt from federal law, a move that’s been challenged in dozens of class actions by hospital employees around the country.