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The Continuing Downward Spiral of the Multi-Employer Pension Plan

We have been monitoring and reporting on several disquieting events which have occurred in the multi-employer pension plan world within the past few months. In September 2015, the Central States Southeast and Southwest Area Pension Fund availed itself of the relief permitted under the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (“Kline-Miller Act”) by applying … Continue Reading

Your Defined Benefit Pension Plan May Need Amending Prior to December 31, 2012

Under Internal Revenue Code Section 436, which was added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (“PPA”), calendar year defined benefit pension plans must be amended by December 31, 2012. Section 436 provides a series of limitations on the accrual and payment of benefits under an underfunded plan. The provisions of Section 436 apply only to … Continue Reading

Dealing with 100% Excise Tax on Late Employer Contributions to Underfunded Multiemployer Plans Face 100% Excise Tax

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (“PPA”) created certain funding classifications for multiemployer pension plans. Seriously underfunded plans are classified as either “critical” (“red zone”) or endangered (“yellow zone”). Plans that fall in between these two levels are considered “seriously endangered” (“orange zone”) plans. Such plans must send participating employers a notice about the plan’s … Continue Reading
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