Professor Tabor Publishes Recommendations for Pensions and Economic Recovery During COVID-19

Professor Anna Tabor, who joins UMass Law this fall in an honorary faculty appointment, recently published her article Unclaimed Defined Benefit Pensions Can Help COVID-19 Economic Recovery in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy. In her article, she observed that people retiring during the current public health crisis may find it particularly difficult to access their defined benefit pensions and recommends specific actions that police makers at the Congress and Department of Labor ought to take to ensure easier access to pensions, which could enhance economic recovery after COVID-19.

 

Professor Anna Tabor, who joins UMass Law this fall in an honorary faculty appointment, recently published her article Unclaimed Defined Benefit Pensions Can Help COVID-19 Economic Recovery in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy.  In her article, she observed that people retiring during the current public health crisis may find it particularly difficult to access their defined benefit pensions and recommends specific actions that policy makers ought to take to ensure easier access to pensions, which could enhance economic recovery after COVID-19.  Specifically she suggested that policy makers ought to enhance the notification process of changes to pension plans to plan participants, create a public database to share archived information about the location of pension benefits, and ensure that anticipated revisions to e-disclosures for pensions do not prevent people from obtaining information about their plans.  Professor Tabor is also director of the Pension Action Center at UMass Boston.



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