Q: How can I find my mom's pension after a company merger?
Mom worked for Servus Rubber which was bought out by Norcross Safety and finally Honeywell which is closing her plant. No one seems to know where the pension she's been earning for the last 30 years has gone. She has no documentation because she had a fire a few years ago and lost everything.
A: Your mom can submit a written request to the Plan Administrator, which is likely Honeywell, requesting various plan documents. Also, every plan must file annual reports with the Department of Labor which provides key information about the employee benefit plan. If she is eligible for retirement or early retirement, she can make a claim for benefits in accordance with the claims procedures outlined in the plan documents (the summary plan description will describe this). Finally, if her pension has "disappeared," you should call the Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration or consider getting legal assistance with pursuing a claim for benefits.
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