by Michael T. Graham, Stephen Pavlick and Patrick D. Ryan

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has announced a new pilot program that should substantially modify its enforcement strategy regarding pension liability for facility closures under ERISA Section 4062(e).  Under this new program, PBGC will no longer assess liability against creditworthy companies or small plans, and instead will focus its enforcement efforts on larger companies in questionable financial health.

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