Title

A Legislative and Political History of ERISA Preemption, Part 1

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2006

Abstract

This article recounts the key role of preemption issues in Congress's decision to pass ERISA. Until shortly before ERISA's enactment, employers and the AFL-CIO opposed comprehensive pension reform legislation. When states threatened to regulate private pension and welfare plans, however, the business community's and the AFL-CIO's strong desire for preemption all but forced them to support a federal pension reform law. Their support made passage of such legislation a virtual certainty.

Publication Title

Journal of Pension Benefits: Issues in Administration

First Page

31

Last Page

35

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