Amalgamated Life Escapes Employees' ERISA Pension Claims

Law360, Philadelphia (October 25, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday that Amalgamated Life Insurance Co. did not violate the law when it denied pensions to 12 former employees at a now-closed Pennsylvania office, finding that the employer had the right not to extend benefits to that particular office.

In granting summary judgment to the company, U.S. District Senior Judge Harvey Bartle emphasized that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act permits employers to amend benefit plans before the establishment of an employee-employer relationship.

The plaintiffs had contended that Amalgamated improperly modified...
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