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High court set to rule on church-plan status

12/12/2016 | Pensions & Investments

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to resolve whether church-affiliated retirement plan sponsors are covered by the ERISA, a decision that could have wide implications for all benefit plans.

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The Supreme Court Case That Could Bankrupt Religious Schools and Hospitals

12/12/2016 | The Atlantic

On its face, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton and the two other cases it’s consolidated with may seem boring—after all, they’re about federal regulations on pension plans for church-affiliated hospitals. More...

Catholic hospital pensions meet the U.S. Supreme Court; retirees in limbo

12/08/2016 | New Jersey Star-Ledger

Catholic hospital employees who fear they will lose the pensions they were promised were delivered a setback this week, courtesy of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court it will hear three cases -- including one against the pension plan of St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick -- to decide what kind of pension plan rules the hospitals must follow.

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White House Opposes Bill Creating Newfangled Pension Plan

12/02/2016 | Pension & Benefits Daily

The White House opposes a discussion draft bill that would permit significant changes to collectively bargained pension plans, and is urging Congress not to include the measure on the menu of a year-end budget bill.

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Billion-Dollar Church Plan Standoff Heads to Supreme Court

12/02/2016 | Pension & Benefits Daily

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a trio of cases asking whether large hospitals can use a religious legal exemption to avoid fully funding their pension plans, which workers claim are underfunded by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Divorcing Spouses Urged To Ensure Retirement Fund Rights

12/01/2016 | Financial Advisor

Divorcing spouses need a special court order to protect their right to tap a partner’s retirement benefits, the Pension Rights Center said Wednesday.

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PBGC Missing Participants Proposal Gets Broad Support From Array of Organizations

11/29/2016 | Pension & Benefits Reporter

Reuniting missing retirement plan participants with their savings is a cause that everyone can rally around, as comments on proposed rules by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation show.

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Long-Lost Assets May Soon Be Reunited With Their Owners: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. is expanding its long-standing missing-plan program to include defined-contribution-plan participants.

11/28/2016 | Institutional Investor

If you are one of the estimated 10,000 people a year who have lost track of their 401(k) plan, get ready for some good news: The federal insurance agency that protects private sector defined benefit pensions wants to add defined contribution plans to its search program.

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Whatever Happened to That Old 401(k)?

11/27/2016 | Wall Street Journal

Suspect you may have lost track of a 401(k) retirement account or pension benefit? You aren’t alone. As Americans jump from job to job, they are leaving more 401(k)-style accounts and pension benefits with ex-employers. Some lose track of the money, forfeiting a piece of their retirement security.

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Blackstone’s Tony James Wants Retirement Security for All

11/17/2016 | Institutional Investor

A surprising new voice has joined the growing chorus of those worried about a retirement crisis in the U.S.

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