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Federal judge: Saint Peter's pension case can proceed

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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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Decision in Saint Peter’s “Church Plan” Case a Victory for Workers and Retirees; Lawsuit against Hospital Can Proceed

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WASHINGTON – On Monday, a New Jersey federal district court judge ruled that a pension plan established by religiously-affiliated hospital is not a “church plan” exempt from the protections of federal pension law. The Honorable Michael A.

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Courts question law leaving pensions unprotected

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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

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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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Federal court rejects church plan status for Dignity Health

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In the first decision among five major class-action lawsuits challenging church-affiliated sponsors of defined benefit plans, a federal judge found that ERISA rules do apply.

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Law shields churches, leaves pensions unprotected

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Pension shortfalls at some religiously affiliated hospitals, businesses and social service agencies are raising new alarms and spotlighting a largely overlooked gap in the law protecting Americans' retirement benefits.

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Saint Peter's retirees concerned with IRS ruling on pensions

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Saint Peter's University Hospital employees and retirees recently were notified that the Internal Revenue Service had issued a private letter ruling saying that their pension plan is a “church plan.”

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IRS says St. Peter’s Heathcare System is a ‘church plan’

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Employees and retirees of New Jersey’s St. Peter’s Healthcare System have received notice from the IRS informing them their pension plan was now considered a “church plan.”

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Pension Rights Center Statement on Saint Peter's Healthcare System "Church Plan" Ruling from the IRS

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WASHINGTON – Last week, Saint Peter's University Hospital employees and retirees were notified that the Internal Revenue Service had issued a Private Letter Ruling saying that their pension plan is a “church plan.” If allowed to stand, the ruling will mean that the pension plan will no longer be protected by ERISA (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the nation’s landmark pension law),

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IRS grants church-plan status to St. Peter's Healthcare System

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The IRS has granted church-plan status to the defined benefit pension plan of Saint Peter's Healthcare System, New Brunswick, N.J., exempting it from Employee Retirement Income Security Act rules on reporting, minimum contributions and paying premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp.

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