ERISA at 40: What Were They Thinking?

ERISA at 40: What Were They Thinking?


Event description: Enacted in 1974, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was the result of a decade-long quest to safeguard the retirement savings of American workers. Opposed by business interests and most labor unions, hobbled by turf wars in Congress and the Executive Branch, ERISA overcame long odds, bringing sweeping regulatory changes for employee benefit plans.

At this symposium, key participants in ERISA’s passage joined scholars, economists, lawyers and actuaries to create an oral history of the pension reform law. The symposium explored the political hurdles and policy challenges ERISA’s proponents faced, the consequences of this landmark legislation and the impact of changing economic, social and political conditions.

The Pension Rights Center was a co-sponsor of this event. See the agenda from the event.

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