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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Participation in Railroad Retirement is Mandatory

(Posted December 5, 1997)

Question 8: Is participation in the Railroad Retirement Program mandatory for rail workers?

Phyllis H.
Glenview, Illinois

Answer: Yes, like the Social Security Program and most private pension plans, all employees of railroads operating within the United States, with the exception of the Alaska Railroad, are required to participate.

In addition to Railroad Retirement, individual railroads may have a supplemental pension plan or a 401(k) retirement plan, in which membership may be voluntary.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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