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Can They Grab Your Pension?

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Clawbacks become more common as plans discover they overpaid recipients.

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Persistent UMass center helps retirees track down pensions

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Such persistence is the hallmark of the Pension Action Center, a nonprofit that for more than 20 years has helped people find and claim the benefits due them. Since its founding in 1994, the center has helped recover more than $50 million owed to 7,500 retirees.

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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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Courtney: Six more Triangle employees claim lost pension benefits

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The New England Pension Assistance Project is mentioned again, in this follow-up article about the Triangle Wire mass recoupment case (see the December 23 story).

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Former Triangle Wire workers fight to retain pensions

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The New England Pension Assistance Project is featured in this article about a mass recoupment case, in which a pension plan overpaid several retirees for years and now those pensions are being cut or eliminated entirely.

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Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

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Take the money or wait? That’s the $90,402 question The New York Times Co. has put to me as it offers to buy out my right to the lifelong monthly pension I earned when the parent of the Times newspaper also owned the Globe.

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Should you take your pension as a lump sum?

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Some companies, such as General Motors (GM) and Ford, have offered to cash out the pensions of certain retirees and former employees and instead give them a one-time lump-sum payment.

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What is Recoupment?

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I received a letter from my pension plan stating that it has been overpaying me. The letter says that the plan is going to reduce my monthly payments and that I will also have to pay an additional amount to the plan. What can I do?

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Pensions lost and (hopefully) found

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Imagine earning a pension after many years of hard work with a company. Then you leave your employer before retiring and without claiming your pension. When you reach retirement age, you expect to be able to start receiving that pension but you are unable to find the employer or the plan. Your pension plan is “lost”.

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