Pensions

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Except in the case of Social Security and Tier I Railroad Retirement benefits, a court order is necessary for someone who has been divorced to get a share of a pension.

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Allows trustees of certain multiemployer plans to cut retirees" pensions

Retirees have been asked to pay money back to their pension plan. Most often this happens because the plan made a mistake in calculating the amount of the pension, and the retiree had no way of knowing that he or she was receiving the wrong amount. The process of taking back overpayments is called "recoupment."

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA, protects the assets of millions of Americans so that funds placed in retirement plans during their working lives will be there when they retire.

The National Registry matches up former employees who, through a search, determine that they have unclaimed retirement funds listed in our database with the company that originally listed them.

Seniors: Protect yourself from fraud and financial abuse! Be vigilant, be observant. Physical or financial abuse will continue so long as no one knows about it. Listed below are our Top 10 Safety Tips to always keep in mind.

If you are already getting your pension and your former employer decides to convert it to an annuity paid by an insurance company, your monthly benefit should stay the same. However, your benefits will no longer be protected by the federal pension insurance program, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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When a company freezes its pension plan, some or all of the employees covered by the plan, stop earning some or all the benefits from the point of the freeze moving forward.

For the purposes of Medi-Cal eligibility an "annuity" is defined as a "contract to make periodic payments of a fixed or variable sum paid to an annuitant which are payable unconditionally."

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NAFI Retirement Plans are retirement plans sponsored by government entities known as Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities (NAFIs).

California Public Employees" Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) took effect in 213.

Read about some of the laws and constitutional protections.

Find information about your plan using the search box below or use the list at right to access our largest plans.

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401(k) plans are a type of “defined contribution” plan established by employers or unions for employees to contribute voluntarily to their own individual retirement accounts. A 403(b) plan is similar to a 401(k) plan, but is provided to employees of non-profit organizations.

If your plan is eligible to or has announced plans to cut benefits, the Pension Rights Center suggest the following activities.