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Ascension pension settlement highlights vulnerability of 'church plans'

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Ascension, the Edmundson-based parent company of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, has agreed to settle a 2013 class-action lawsuit that alleged it improperly maintained employee pensions plans.

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As Church Plan Debate Hits Next Level, 3rd Cir. Receives Competing Amicus Briefs

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More than two years into a litigation effort challenging the way large hospitals run their pension plans, all eyes are on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which recently received a flood of amicus briefs arguing both sides of the debate.

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A small victory in the war over pensions

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Religious exemptions to pension guarantees have led to theft, but workers at one New Jersey hospital fought back

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6th Cir. Church Plan Case Against Ascension Remanded for Settlement Consideration

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The first church plan case to reach the federal appellate courts is being returned to the district court to consider a proposed settlement between the parties, according to an order issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (Overall v. Ascension Health, 6th Cir., No. 14-1735, 3/17/15).

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Got a pension? Act now to save it

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If you were among the 15.7 million private-sector workers with a traditional defined benefit pension plan in the U.S. in 2012, now might be good time to stop counting your blessings.

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PBGC report highlights importance of pension counseling

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We at the Pension Rights Center have long recognized the important role that U.S. Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling and Information Program (PCIP) plays in protecting the legal rights of retirees and their families.

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Court Watchers Looking at Plan Fees, Retiree Benefits, Church Plans in 2015

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Just as 2014 brought big rulings on stock-drop litigation and equitable remedies like reformation and surcharge, 2015 is shaping up to be another big year for ERISA litigation, with pending cases involving retiree health benefits, plan fee cases and ERISA's church plan exemption.

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Providence lawsuit raises questions about Catholic health providers' church pension plans

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Employees of Providence Health & Services, the state's largest health care provider, are suing the Catholic health system in federal court alleging it is using a religious tax exemption to skirt federal pension law.

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Amicus Briefs Filed in Church Plan Appeal, Organizations Debate Use of Exemption

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The first challenge to the exemption of a religiously affiliated health-care organization’s pension plan from federal regulation to reach the federal appellate courts has drawn the attention of a nonprofit consumer organization, two religious organizations and a nonprofit law firm dedicated to free expression of religion, all of which have filed amicus briefs with the U.S.

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The facts about church pension plans

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Almost all private retirement plans are required to comply with federal pension and tax laws. There is only one major exception: Church pension plans. Employees covered by church pension plans are denied the basic protections provided to virtually all other private-sector workers who participate in pension plans.

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