MCAA and Leading Experts Discuss What Recent Multiemployer Pension Reforms Will Mean for Your Company

March 26, 2021

What do the multiemployer pension reforms in the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (signed into law by President Biden in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 11, 2021) mean for your company? MCAA’s John McNerney is joined by leading industry experts Earl Pomeroy of Alston & Bird and Josh Shapiro of The Groom Law Group to lay out the details of the law, the questions remaining to be answered in regulations issued by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the 1,200 days from enactment, and what it will mean for your plans and the industry overall. Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Pomeroy will also speak about remaining reform items to be addressed in upcoming enactment of Composite Plans and perhaps also new and improved Variable Benefit plan options for trustees to consider.

About the Presenters

Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy, who served in Congress for 18 years, and as a member of the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee, was the lead sponsor of the Pomeroy-Tiberi pension reform proposal as early as 2010. He is currently consulting with MCAA on pension reform issues.

Josh Shapiro is a leading actuarial expert on multiemployer pension issues in Washington, D.C., having served as the research and policy director at the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, and for the past eight years as a pension/actuarial advisor at The Groom Law Group in Washington, D.C. For many years, Mr. Shapiro and Groom Law Group have served as advisors to MCAA on pension and other employee benefits policy issues.

John McNerney is MCAA’s General Counsel. He also serves as executive director of government and labor relations at MCAA, collaborating with other specialty construction employer groups and the United Association to advance legislative and policy positions in MCAA members’ best interests.

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