What We Do
Founded in 1976, the Pension Rights Center is a nonprofit consumer organization committed to protecting and promoting the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families.
For more than three decades, the Center has:
- Acted as a consumer watchdog to preserve key protections;
- Secured the adoption of a dozen federal laws and regulations;
- Helped thousands of people obtain wrongfully-denied pensions;
- Authored numerous publications to explain complex rules; and
- Served as an indispensable resource for the media.
The Center has an unparalleled reputation for credibility, hard work, and an untiring commitment to securing economic justice for America's workers, retirees, and their families.
Through its pension assistance activities, the Pension Rights Center has worked to ensure that people receive the retirement benefits they have earned. Learn about the National Pension Assistance Resource Center.
Retirement USA is a national initiative that is working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees.
Through the Conversation on Coverage, the Pension Rights Center brought together a range of experts from different perspectives to work together to find new approaches to increasing pension coverage for the millions of low- and moderate-income wage earners who currently have no pensions or retirement savings to supplement Social Security. Learn more at www.conversationoncoverage.org.
Staff and Consultants
Without its staff and consultants, the Pension Rights Center would not be what it is today. Learn about our staff and consultants.
Board of Directors
The Pension Rights Center is led by the country’s foremost experts in retirement income security. Their advice on policy and governance issues has ensured that the Center has remained a credible and strong voice for the millions of Americans dependent on the nation’s retirement programs. Learn more about our Board of Directors.
For more than three decades, the Pension Rights Center has worked tirelessly to ensure that the interests of American workers, retirees, and their families are protected in the nation's retirement income policies. Learn about the history of the Pension Rights Center.
Looking for help with your retirement plan?
If you have a problem with your retirement plan, free help may be available from the U.S. Administration on Aging's network of Pension Counseling and Information Projects. Find help now.
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Roadmap to retirement
Let our roadmap to helpful information about retirement plans for private-sector workers put you on the path toward a secure retirement. Get started.
PensionHelp America connects people who need help with their pension, 401(k), and other retirement plans with the pension counseling projects, legal services providers, and government agencies that can help answer their questions. Visit www.pensionhelp.org.
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Retirement USA is a national initiative that is working for a new retirement system that, along with Social Security, will provide universal, secure, and adequate income for future retirees. Visit the website.
Did You Know?
A lump-sum distribution is a method of paying benefits from a pension plan in which a participant's entire beenfit is paid out in a one-time payment. Lump sum distributions are sometimes called cash outs.