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Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)

As a participant in an ERISA Covered Plan, you are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). ERISA provides that all Plan Participants shall be entitled to:

  • Examine without charge, at the Plan Administrator’s Office all Plan documents, including insurance contracts and copies of all documents filed by the Plan with the U.S. Department of Labor, such as Plan descriptions. 
  • Obtain copies of all documents and other Plan information upon written request to the Plan Administrator. The Administrator may make a reasonable charge for the copies. 
  • Receive a summary of the Plan’s annual financial report.

If you have any questions about your Plan, you should contact the Plan Administrator. If the Plan Participant has any questions about this statement or their rights under ERISA, that Plan Participant should contact either the nearest area office of the U.S. Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Department of Labor listed in the telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20210.

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