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Disney case shows pitfalls of overlooking pension plan descriptions

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How much effort should a company make to inform employees how their personal decisions could affect their benefits? This week, a widow learned she lost an appeal to the Walt Disney Co. over that issue.

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A big step forward for state-based initiatives

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For the past 15 years, one of the Center’s top priorities has been to find innovative ways of finishing the formidable task of expanding pensions and retirement savings for the about 50 percent of the workforce – 70 million Americans – who are not currently participating in an employer-sponsored retirement savings or pension plan.

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Treasury Curtails Lump Sum Pension Payouts

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In a sudden move, the Treasury Department said it will stop allowing employers to offer certain workers the option to take out their pensions in a lump sum. Notice 2015-49, Use of Lump Sum Payments to Replace Lifetime Income Being Received By Retirees Under Defined Benefit Pension Plans, applies as of July 9, 2015.

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Spouses should have a say in whether survivor benefits will be provided

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A recent New York Post article drew attention to a widow facing a tragic situation. Her husband, a retired police officer, had taken his own life. Without going into the grisly details of the case, her husband wanted to cause his wife as much pain as possible.

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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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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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No divorce means widow is entitled to husband’s pension

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Maureen contacted the Mid-America Pension Rights Project with a unique issue. Upon her husband’s death in 2005, she was told that she wasn’t entitled to a share of his pension because the plan had no record that her husband was married.

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An unusual victory for the Mid-Atlantic Pension Counseling Project

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When Carol Cascio’s husband suddenly died of a heart attack at age 52, her husband's pension plan told her that she would receive a survivor’s benefit in three years, when her husband would have been eligible for early retirement had he lived. The benefit would be based on the pension her husband had earned during his 33 years of work at a local supermarket.

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Thought Secure, Pooled Pensions Teeter and Fall

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The pensions of millions of Americans are being threatened because of trouble in a part of the retirement world long considered so safe that no one gave it a second thought.

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Your retirement-planning time table [SLIDESHOW]

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It pays to consider the details early—even 15 years ahead

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