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Hostess Brands to Terminate Pension Plan as Part of Liquidation

November 19, 2012
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Hostess suspended payments to the 42 multiemployer pension plans to which it contributes in August 2011. The company's IBC Defined Benefit Plan had about $56 million in assets and $111 million in liabilities as of April 30, according to the PBGC.
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States Up the Pressure on Retirement Plans for Private Workers

November 8, 2012
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California's new state-administered retirement savings program for certain private-sector workers could serve as a model for other states.
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American Airlines Freezes Its Pension Plans

November 2, 2012
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In January, American said it would seek bankruptcy court approval to terminate the plans, which have about 130,000 participants.
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401(k) Plan Contribution, Other Retirement Plan Limits Upped for 2013

October 18, 2012
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The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans will increase next year, as will the maximum benefit that can be funded through defined benefit plans, the Internal Revenue Service announced Oct. 18.
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From Pension to Payout: Employers Are Liking Lump Sums

October 16, 2012
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When defined benefit plan participants take a lump sum, they move out of the plan. That means plan sponsors that cash out participants have a smaller plan with tighter variables—including contribution rates.
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David Wray Interview: Ready for Retirement

October 11, 2012
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, writer Patty Kujawa speaks with David Wray, the retired president of the Plan Sponsor Council of America, on his thoughts about the evolution of defined contribution plans.
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More Employers Adding Automatic Enrollment to Defined Contribution Plans: Survey

October 4, 2012
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In 2012, 65 percent of employers surveyed by Towers Watson & Co. offered an automatic enrollment feature, up from 57 percent in 2011 and 51 percent in 2010.
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Group Health Care Plan Costs to Rise 6.3 Percent in 2013: Aon Hewitt

October 4, 2012
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The average group health care plan cost per employee is projected to rise to $11,188 per employee next year, according to an analysis released Oct. 3 by Lincolnshire, Illinois-based Aon Hewitt.
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Fewer Employers Offering Defined Benefit Pension Plans to New Salaried Employees

October 3, 2012
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Just 11 Fortune 100 companies offered a traditional defined benefit plan to new salaried employees as of June 30, down from 14 in 2011, 17 in 2010 and 19 in 2009.
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