Exhausting "All Reasonable Measures" Before Using MPRA

February 11, 2020

Under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA), the Plan Trustees must demonstrate to the U.S. Treasury Department that they have exhausted "all reasonable measures" to avoid insolvency before applying to reduce benefits.

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Public Comment Period for the MPRA Application is Open

January 18, 2020

On Friday, January 17, the U.S. Treasury Department posted the AFM-EPF's application to prevent insolvency by reducing benefits as necessary through the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA). Treasury also began accepting public comments on the application.

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AFM-EPF Submits MPRA Application to U.S. Treasury Department. Participants Will Receive a Personalized Benefit Estimate Statement Via Postal Mail

January 7, 2020

On December 30, 2019, the AFM-EPF submitted an application to the U.S. Treasury Department to reduce benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act ("MPRA") in order to prevent the Plan from becoming insolvent. We know that our participants have anticipated this difficult moment for some time. Now that the application has been submitted, we can provide important information about how each participant would be affected by the proposed benefit reductions if the application is approved by Treasury.

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Trustees Share Concerns with Congress About New Multiemployer Pension Reform Proposal

December 13, 2019

U.S. Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) released a "Multiemployer Pension Recapitalization and Reform Plan" on November 20. As we informed participants in a recent issue of Pension Fund Notes, this proposal would provide financial relief to troubled multiemployer pension plans and make significant structural changes to the multiemployer pension system.

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Certain Benefits Are Protected Under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act

December 6, 2019

When the Trustees apply to reduce benefits to try to save the AFM-EPF, some participants have certain protections under current law. If the benefit reduction is approved, benefit payments will not be reduced until January 1, 2021. Following the legal requirements, we will provide individual monthly benefit reduction estimates in the first week of January 2020. However, we know now that many participants will either have no benefit reduction at all, or the size of their reduction will be limited because the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) provides certain protections for age, disability and small benefits.

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