Private sector (21 - 30 of 33 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...
Private Pensions: Plan Provisions Differ Between Large and Small Employers
HRD-89-105BR: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO studied private pension plans, focusing on the: (1) differing pension plan options that employers chose within the limits of the law in 1985; and (2) effects of Tax Reform Act of 1986 rule changes on plans and participants.GAO found that: (1) four out of five pension plans used some combination of age and service to determine worker eligibility for plan p...
Employee Benefits: Companies' Retiree Health Liabilities Large, Advance Funding Costly
HRD-89-51: Published: Jun 14, 1989. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed U.S. companies' liabilities for retiree health benefits.GAO found that: (1) as of 1988, U.S. companies had total liabilities of $402 billion for retiree health benefits, of which $227 billion, or about one-fourteenth of the value of all companies' stocks in 1988, was accrued and $175 billion was anticipated; (2) most companies did not fund health b...
Age Discrimination: Use of Waivers by Large Companies Offering Exit Incentives to Employees
HRD-89-87: Published: Apr 18, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed major companies' waiver requirements for participation in short-term exit incentive programs intended to encourage employees' early departure through financial incentives.GAO found that such waivers: (1) required participants to relinquish their rights to file an age discrimination suit against the company; (2) were private agreements between the e...
Private Pensions: Portability and Preservation of Vested Pension Benefits
HRD-89-15BR: Published: Feb 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed issues relating to the portability and preservation of private pension benefits, specifically: (1) whether job mobility adversely affected retirement income; (2) what kinds of portability and preservation arrangements existed and the extent to which they were used; and (3) the problems and tradeoffs involved in implementing proposals to enhance...
Employee Benefits: Company Actions to Limit Retiree Health Costs
HRD-89-31BR: Published: Feb 1, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on non-government enterprises' retiree health plans and benefits, focusing on the companies' ability to change plans and benefits.GAO found that, of the 29 companies it surveyed: (1) all could change their health care plans to help contain costs by restricting coverage to certain participants, limiting service coverage, and requiring pa...
Future Security of Retirees Health Benefits in Question
T-HRD-88-30: Published: Sep 15, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1988.
GAO discussed private-sector health care benefits for retirees and changes implemented or currently being considered. GAO estimated health benefit costs and future liabilities, and found that: (1) the present future value of future retiree health benefits was about $402 billion, including liabilities of $93 billion for retirees, $128 billion for active workers' past service, and $181 billion for b...
Department of Labor: Pension Plans and Corporate Takeovers
HRD-88-58: Published: Mar 31, 1988. Publicly Released: May 20, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement efforts concerning the potential misuse of pension plans in corporate takeovers.GAO found that DOL: (1) delegated responsibility for enforcing Employment Retirement Income Security Act standards to its Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA); (2) informally learned of takeover transactions from...
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...
Proposals To Change the Military Retirement System
128624: Dec 5, 1985
GAO testified on the structure of the Department of Defense's (DOD) military retirement system, specifically: (1) the recent change to accrual accounting for retirement annuities; (2) DOD proposals to change the system; and (3) the accuracy of the estimated accrual savings that would result from enacting DOD proposals. GAO noted that: (1) unlike common private-sector practice, the receipt of socia...