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Social Security turns 84!

Posted by Emily Gilbert on August 16, 2019

During a week of volatility in the stock market, retirees are happily celebrating the 84th birthday of the Social Security System—a universal social insurance program that guarantees their benefits no matter what direction their 401(k) or personal investments are heading.


Butch Lewis Act passes House, reintroduced in Senate

Posted by Karen Friedman on July 25, 2019

Yippee!  Congratulations to everyone!


Butch Lewis Act on path to House floor vote as bill approved by Ways and Means Committee

Posted by David B. Brandolph on July 11, 2019

Retirees, workers, spouses and widows who have been fighting intensely for many years to protect their hard-earned multiemployer plan pensions have reason to celebrate. The bill that they’ve been backing to fix a looming pension crisis was voted out of the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and is on a path to the full House for a floor vote.


Butch Lewis Act approved in the House Education & Labor Committee

Posted by Emily Gilbert on June 13, 2019

On Tuesday, Karen Friedman, Katie Jonckheer (our new summer intern), and I were on Capitol Hill for a markup in the Education & Labor Committe


Learn How to Invest Wisely for (and in) Retirement

Posted by Emily Spreiser on May 23, 2019

The Pension Rights Center’s legal program responds to hundreds of inquiries from individuals who need an attorney’s help understanding or obtaining an earned retirement benefit.  In fact, in 2018 we received almost two thousand help requests from individuals online or over the phone.  And our public education materials provide helpful information to many more individuals who


Campaigns should make pensions a priority

Posted by Karen Friedman on May 06, 2019

If candidates are smart, saving pensions should be part of their every conversation with voters. Specifically, there should be a dialogue in both parties about how to solve the multiemployer crisis. Time is running out on many of these severely underfunded multiemployer pension plans and policymakers can’t dilly dally any longer.


Are you a QDRO attorney? Join our network!

Posted by Karen Racowsky on April 24, 2019

In a blog post last fall I talked about one of my roles as the Pension Rights Center’s Staff Attorney, which is providing information and referrals to individuals who call us for help in obtaining their retirement benefits.


Recognizing the Pension Counseling Attorneys on Be Kind to Lawyers Day

Posted by Emily Spreiser on April 09, 2019

Today – the second Tuesday in April – is International Be Kind to Lawyers Day.  The holiday was invented in 2008 by a non-lawyer who recognized that lawyers often get a bad rap and that a lot of lawyers deserve to be recognized for all of the good that they do.


Persistence pays off for New Mexico widow

Posted by Emily Gilbert on March 20, 2019

Last month, USA Today published an article about Libby Leask, a woman who had just been forced to put her house on the market after being denied a survivor benefit from her late husband’s pension plan.


Treasury Notice puts retirees' pensions at risk

Posted by Karen Friedman on March 14, 2019

Sometimes important changes in pension law are made through the regulatory process or even, more subtly, through guidance that agencies issue to address key issues. Often the guidance sounds technical, but it can make a world of difference, either positively or negatively, to the economic security of retirees.

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