Below is a list of events that the Pension Rights Center has hosted.
Reception Honoring the Pension Counseling and Information Program: 20 Years of Success
Retirement Security for All: A Forum for State Action
Date: September 14, 2012 — 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Event description: On September 14, 2012, the Pension Rights Center, the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at the New School, and Dēmos hosted a forum in New York City on expanding pension plan coverage at the state level. The forum brought together state officials with experts from a variety of organizations to discuss proposals for state-administered retirement plans for private-sector workers and to share strategies for moving these proposals forward. More information
Re-Imagining Pensions: Using Innovative Pension Plan Design to Reduce Risk and Increase Retirement Income
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 — 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Event description: America's private retirement system has shifted from a world in which employers bore most of the significant risks of retirement to a world in which individuals bear these risks largely on their own. This conference explored whether employers and individuals might be better off in a middle ground between these two extremes -- in plan designs that share the risks of retirement among individuals and their employers. Getting there will require thinking outside the box of traditional defined benefit plans and 401(k) individual account plans.
Retirement Heist: Overlooked Causes of the Retirement Crisis
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011 – 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Event description: The decline in employer-sponsored pension and retiree health plans is a troubling trend that has eroded the retirement security of millions of Americans. Stock market losses and low interest rates have weakened pension funding, and employers say that this -- combined with retiree longevity, rising costs and the need to compete globally – is forcing them to freeze pensions and cut retiree benefits. More information.
Pension Rights Center Gala Event: A Celebration of Superheroes
Date: March 30, 2011 – 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Event description: On March 30, 2011, the Pension Rights Center held a gala event to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The Center recognized the work of many indivudials by awarding the Robert M. Ball – Lisle C. Carter Superhero Awards and the Helen Quirini Activist Awards, and launched the Michael S. Gordon Fellows Program. More information.
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.
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.
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?
In 2011, workers can contribute up to $16,500 to their 401(k) plans. Workers age 50 and older can contribute $22,000. Employers can match those contributions up to a total employer-employee limit of $49,000. Check out our helpful fact sheet to learn the contribution limits for other retirement plans. Read the fact sheet.