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- Frequently Asked Questions About ERISA 4062(e)
Section 4062(e) is a provision of ERISA intended to help protect pensions in situations where a company ceases operations and workers lose their jobs. On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law H.R. 83, which made major changes to Section 4062(e).
A 4062(e) event occurs when:
- There is a permanent cessation of operations at a facility; and
- That cessation results in a workforce reduction of more than a 15% reduction in the total number of eligible employees; where
- Eligible employees are employees eligible to participate in any employee pension plan (i.e. any defined benefit plan or defined contribution plan) maintained by members of the controlled group.
If a 4062(e) event has occurred, reporting to PBGC is required. See Forms and Instructions.
Pension plans falling into either of the following categories are exempt from 4062(e):
- Pension plans that had fewer than 100 participants with accrued benefits as of the plan valuation date; or
- Pension plans that were at least 90% funded in the plan year before the cessation occurred. The funded level for this exemption is measured by comparing the plan’s assets to the plan’s unfunded vested benefits, as determined for purposes of paying PBGC premiums.
If a plan falls under one of these exemptions, then no reporting is required. If a 4062(e) event has occurred, companies are required to satisfy the resulting liability. See Frequently Asked Questions About ERISA 4062(e) for more information about how to satisfy the liability.
Forms and Instructions
If an event under Section 4062(e) has occurred, notice is required to be provided to PBGC and is in addition to any Reportable Event notice that may be required under Section 4043 (see the Active Participant Reduction event on the Reportable Events and Large Unpaid Contributions page).
PBGC is working on a form for reporting that will be published in the Federal Register and subject to comment under the Paperwork Reduction Act. Currently, no special format is required, but the notice should identify the affected plan and employer and include a statement that there has been a cessation of operations under ERISA section 4062(e) and a request that PBGC determine the resulting liability.
The notice must be filed with the PBGC’s Corporate Finance & Restructuring Department (CFRD) within 60 days of the cessation. It may be mailed to CFRD at 1200 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026, faxed to 202-842-2643, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance, contact PBGC by sending an email to email@example.com.
Practitioners may also call our toll-free practitioner number at 1-800-736-2444 (ext. 4070) or 202-326-4070 (DC area). TTY/ASCII users may call the federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to the appropriate number.
PBGC has prepared Frequently Asked Questions to assist practitioners in understanding recent changes to Section 4062(e). For more information see Frequently Asked Questions About ERISA 4062(e).