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Union Multi-Employer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability: An Employer Minefield

September 29, 2016

Many employers with a unionized workforce contribute to multi-employer pension funds established by a collective bargaining agreement.   In recent years, and as the result of numerous factors such as employer attrition, financial set-backs and recessions, many multi-employer funds have faced significant financial difficulties and under-funding.  As employers have left these funds, either voluntarily through negotiations or involuntarily because of union decertification, many have had to become familiar with the statutory concept of withdrawal liability.

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