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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Pension and Retirement Benefit issues in Pennsylvania.

  • Pension Rights Project

    Informaton on the Pension Rights Project, a regional Pension Counseling Project funded by the U. S. Administration on Aging, helping Pennsylvania workers, retirees and their families with pension problems. Content Detail

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • A Look At 401(k) Plan Fees

    This publication from the United States Department of Labor includes descriptions of different types of investments typically offered through 401(k) plans. The information contained in this booklet answers some common questions about the fees and expenses that may be paid by your 401(k) plan. It highlights the most common fees and encourages you, as a 401(k) plan participant, to make informed investment decisions; consider fees as one of several factors in your decision making; compare all services received with the total cost; and realize that cheaper is not necessarily better. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Cash Balance Pension Plans

    If your company is converting its traditional pension plan benefit formula to a new cash balance pension plan benefit formula, you may have some questions about how this change will affect you. This Fact Sheet from the United States Department of Labor provides responses to some of the most often asked questions about such a change. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Legal Help for Employment Problems from MidPenn Legal Services

    Description of services offered by MidPenn Legal Services to address Employment Problems you may be facing. MidPenn Legal Services serves residents of the following counties: Adams - Bedford - Berks - Blair - Centre - Clearfield - Cumberland - Dauphin - Franklin - Fulton Huntingdon - Juniata - Lancaster - Lebanon - Mifflin - Perry - Schuylkill - York. Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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  • Job Loss - Important Information Workers Need To Know To Protect Their Health Coverage and Retirement Benefits

    When facing job loss or a reduction in hours, workers need to know their options ahead of time to prevent loss of health coverage. This Fact Sheet from the United States Department of Labor provides information on several options that may be available to individuals who are losing their health coverage when they lose their jobs, as well as options available regarding rolling over or cashing out retirement benefits. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • New Employee Savings Tips - Time Is On Your Side

    Tips from the United States Department of Labor on starting your retirement planning. [PDF] Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Ten Warning Signs That 401(k) Contributions Are Being Misused

    An anti-fraud campaign by the Department of Labor uncovered a small fraction of employers who abused employee contributions by either using the money for corporate purposes or holding on to the money too long. Here are 10 warning signs from the United States Department of Labor that your pension contributions are being misused. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • The Division of Retirement Benefits Through Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on whether and how to divide a participant's interest in a retirement plan in separation, divorce, and other domestic relations proceedings. This booklet was prepared by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor to provide general guidance about qualified domestic relations orders to employers, retirement plan administrators, participants, beneficiaries, employee benefit professionals, and domestic relations specialists. Read More

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Your Employer's Bankruptcy - How Will It Affect Your Employee Benefits?

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on how your retirement and health benefits might be affected when your employer files for bankruptcy. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

    Website of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal corporation created to protect employee retirement benefits. It currently protects the retirement incomes of more than 44 million American workers in more than 29,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans. Content Detail

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    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Request for Social Security Earnings Information

    This form will request verification of employment dates from the Social Security Administration. You may need this if you are having difficulty obtaining dates of employment for a pension, social security application, or personal reason. Please note: fees apply depending on the number of years you are requesting. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
  • Reservists Called To Active Duty

    Information from the United States Department of Labor on the rights of Reserve and National Guard units called to active duty with respect to the retirement and health benefits provided by their private-sector employers as they prepare to be deployed. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Retirement & Health Care Benefits... Questions & Answers for Reservists

    This publication from the United States Department of Labor provides questions and answers for reservists about their rights protecting their retirement benefits and the health benefit options available to their family members to maintain health coverage during the time of active duty. [PDF] Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Consumer Information On Retirement Plans

    Listing of consumer information from the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the United States Department of Labor on retirement plans and issues. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Employee Benefits Security Administration

    Website of the Employee Benefits Security Administration. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is committed to educating and assisting the 149 million workers, retirees and their families covered by approximately 685,000 private retirement plans, 2.2 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans holding approximately $9.3 trillion in assets; as well as plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor