Expanding Retirement Coverage

Expanding Retirement Plan Coverage

Are you in a workplace retirement plan?

Most American workers can count on getting Social Security benefits when they retire, but Social Security alone is not enough to provide you with an adequate income. Since relatively few people have much in the way of personal savings, it is likely that you will need income from a workplace retirement plan.

Although most government workers have some kind of retirement plan at work, only slightly more than half of workers for private companies are currently participating in a pension or in a 401(k) or other retirement savings plan.

Increasing the number of private retirement plans and the number of workers participating in those plans has long been a goal of the Pension Rights Center.

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Social Security is doing its part.
The private retirement system is falling short.
What can be done to increase the number of people in workplace retirement plans.
Programs and proposals to encourage workers to save for their own retirement.
Comprehensive proposals that would expand private retirement plan coverage.
A small but significant proposal to provide retirement savings for household workers.

Expanding Retirement Coverage Highlights:

Legislation & Regulations

State-based retirement plans for the private sector

The Latest on Expanding Retirement Coverage:

PRC In the News

Bloomberg Law: UAW Aims to Restore Retiree Benefits Given Up in 2008 Crisis

At the center of a historic UAW strike against all three major US automakers is an effort against long odds to reclaim retirement benefits workers conceded decades ago as manufacturers teetered on the brink of collapse. United Auto Worker union activists say they want back the guaranteed lifetime pension payments and retiree medical care they […]

Blogs & Newsletters

Barbienomics: from panacea to real world poverty

By Karen Friedman I joined the throngs of people who flocked to see the monumentally popular movie, Barbie. I dressed up in hot pink from head to toe – because I can’t resist any opportunity for theatricality and a fun community event (which won’t surprise anyone who has been to our fundraising galas). My younger […]

Blogs & Newsletters

Ralph Nader Radio Hour Features Pension Rights Center

By David Brandolph Pension Rights Center Executive Director Karen Friedman was recently interviewed on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour (the interview begins at 27:48) about current retirement issues.   Referring to the protests over retirement issues in France, Friedman started the interview by telling Nader and co-hosts Steve Skovran and David Feldman that “Retirement issues are so […]

Blogs & Newsletters

Racial and Income Inequities Threaten Older Workers’ Retirement Security, Study Shows

By Jane Smith A joint study from The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) provides insight into the systemic inequities and retirement challenges faced by lower income workers, particularly Black and Hispanic people and women. As a result, many people  must overcome substantial hurdles to achieve […]

Speeches & Statements

Statement of Norman Stein Before the ERISA Advisory Council Working Group on “Gaps in Retirement Savings Based on Race, Ethnicity and Gender”

Norman Stein testified before the ERISA Advisory Council’s Working Group on “Gaps in Retirement Savings Based on Race, Ethnicity and Gender.”

PRC In the News

A new law would require employees to save for retirement

Auto-enrollment may be just what Americans need to save more for retirement — but perhaps only if the government makes it a requirement.

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