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Statement of the Pension Rights Center on permissive transfers of uncashed checks from ERISA plans to state unclaimed property funds before the ERISA Advisory Council (August 28, 2019)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

PRC Policy Analyst Jane Smith testified before the ERISA Advisory Council on permissive transfers of uncashed checks from ERISA plans to state unclaimed property funds. She said, "[A]lthough State unclaimed property programs are very helpful to individuals who have lost track of non-retirement assets, they are not the best arrangement for people who have earned 401(k), pension, profit sharing and other retirement plan benefits. A far better approach would be if a federal agency were designated as the repository for uncashed checks. The PBGC is the logical choice since the agency already has extensive experience managing its successful programs for terminating plans and has a website that is very user friendly." Read the full statement here. 

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