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S.2511: A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to clarify the definition of substantial cessation of operations.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about labor and employment
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Sponsor Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced June 19, 2014
Latest Major Action Sept. 17, 2014
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Bill Progress

  • Bill introduced in the Senate   
  • Bill passed in the Senate   
  • Bill passed in the House   
  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) with respect to the treatment as a substantial employer subject to specified liability of any employer that ceases operations at a facility in any location with the result that more than 20% percent of the total number of the employees participating under the employer's single-employer pension plan are separated from employment.

(The substantial employer liability referred to as specified under current law is the liability of a substantial employer for withdrawal from, or termination of, single-employer plans under multiple controlled groups.)

(Sec. 1) Revises the meaning of a substantial cessation of operations.

Eliminates the requirement that more than 20% of the total number of the employer's employees who participate under its single-employer plan be separated from employment.

Exempts from the general rule any single employer plan if, for the plan year preceding the plan year in whi...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 17, 2014 Held at the desk.
Sept. 17, 2014 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Sept. 17, 2014 Received in the House.
Sept. 16, 2014 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S5647-5649; text as passed Senate: CR S5647-5648)
Sept. 8, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 552.
Sept. 8, 2014 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Reported by Senator Harkin with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
July 23, 2014 Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
June 19, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.