Pension Plans: What if You Leave the Company before You Retire?

Pension plans are have been offered in the workplace for many years. If you leave your job before you retire, you may not know what to expect from your pension plan. Here are a few things to consider about leaving your company before you retire with a pension plan.

Pension Plans

A pension plan is not like a 401(k) or an IRA. You cannot simply roll it over into another retirement account. The pension plan is provided by the employer for the benefit of employees. You are not setting aside any of your own money for this type of plan. This means that you cannot simply transfer the pension with you when you leave. If you leave your employer after you are vested, you can typically apply for pension benefits. This would provide you with a lump sum payment from the pension plan even though you are no longer working at the company.

Applying for Benefits

You should be able to apply with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation if your pension plan was guaranteed through this government-sponsored pension insuring organization. You will simply have to fill out a form in order to be considered to receive your benefits.

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