Employee retirements (11 - 20 of 30 items)
Private Pensions: Impact of Vesting and Minimum Benefit and Contribution Rules in Top-Heavy Plans
HRD-90-4BR: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about tax reform legislation's effects on the vesting status of participants in top-heavy pension plans, in which more than 60 percent of benefits or contributions go to company owners or other key employees.GAO found that tax reform legislation established a maximum 3- to 6-year waiting period for vesting in top-heavy pension plans and...
Leveraged Buy-Out Funds: Investments by Selected Pension Plans
HRD-89-121: Published: Aug 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the role of private and public pension funds in leveraged buy-outs (LBO), focusing on the: (1) methods pension plans used to evaluate LBO-funded investments; (2) principal provisions of LBO-fund limited-partnership agreements; (3) rate of return pension plans obtained on LBO-fund investments; and (4) Department of Labor's oversight of pension plan...
Effect of the 1987 Stock Market Decline on Selected Large Pension Plans
T-HRD-88-21: Published: Jul 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the 1987 investments of large pension plans to determine: (1) how the 1987 stock market decline affected plan assets; (2) whether there was a relationship between the proportion of funds invested in stock and changes in asset values; and (3) how defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans fared during the market decline. GAO found that: (1) alth...
The Underfunding of Single Employer Pension Plans
130198: Jun 24, 1986
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on private pension plan underfunding, specifically: (1) its extent and effects; (2) factors contributing to underfunding; (3) the potential of the Single Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1986 to alleviate the effects of underfunded terminations; and (4) alternatives for controlling underfunding. GAO found that: (1) of the 14,5...
Pension Plans: Termination of Plans With Excess Assets
HRD-86-89BR: Published: Apr 30, 1986. Publicly Released: May 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on defined benefit pension plan terminations involving the reversion of excess plan assets to employers.GAO found that: (1) a higher-than-expected rate of return on investments was most often cited as the reason plans had excess assets at termination; (2) changes in corporate structure and employers' desire to use excess plan assets for non-pens...
Financial Conditions of Multiemployer Pension Plans Generally Improved From 1978 to 1980
HRD-85-72: Published: Jul 29, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied the effects of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 and its provisions, including: (1) characteristics of the plan participants; (2) the plan's financial characteristics; and (3) indicators of the plan's financial condition.GAO collected comparable multiyear data on a sample of multiemployer plans and issued a series of reports on t...
Interim Report on the Department of Labor's Management of the ERISA Enforcement Program
HRD-85-82: Published: Jun 24, 1985. Publicly Released: Jul 5, 1985.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on its ongoing review of the Department of Labor's management of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) enforcement program.The Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs (OPWBP) is responsible for enforcing ERISA reporting, disclosure, and fiduciary provisions. In 1984, OPWBP reported closing 2,454 cases, and $93 mi...
Premium Requirements of the Single Employer Pension Insurance Program
127200: Jun 19, 1985
Testimony was given on GAO views of the financial condition of the single employer pension insurance program and a presidential budget request that the current rate for each participant be increased to $7.50 retroactive to January 1, 1985. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) administers the self-financing program which finances insurance claims for guaranteed benefits not funded by spo...
Effects of the 1980 Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act on Plan Participants' Benefits
HRD-85-58: Published: Jun 14, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1985.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act, GAO studied the effects of plan terminations and benefits changes on plan participants.GAO found that: (1) while plan terminations increased from 27 in the 6 years before the act to 66 in the 4 years after, such terminations affected less than 1 percent of total plan participants nationwide; (2) the act was cited as a r...
The 1980 Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act: An Assessment of Funding Requirement Changes
HRD-85-1: Published: Feb 27, 1985. Publicly Released: Feb 27, 1985.
GAO reported on the effect of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 on employers, participants, and others, and it assessed the effect of the act's changes in multiemployer plan funding requirements.GAO found that 14 of 149 plans it examined were financially distressed and could pose a risk to the government's insurance program amounting to billions of dollars. The act's provisions...