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Can you lose your pension if you are fired?

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Can you lose your pension if you are fired?

Thank you for using justanswer. The law does protect pensions, and also if you are "vested" they cannot take that away because the "vesting" is considered similar to a contract. Unless personnel policies or the union rules state specifically that someone can lose their pension if they are terminated for misbehavior, then it cannot be taken away from the person without legal repercussions.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I put in 10 years worth and my employer put in the next 10 years. I will have to check the contract..

Yes, you should check your contract. I'm "vested" from day 1 whether I put the money in or my employer puts it in.

I don't want to get ahead of you and give you false hopes, but MOST people are either vested immediately, or after 5 years.

Please feel free to get back to me after you check your contract if you have further questions, (Actually, I'd be interested at what point you became vested)

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It has been brought to my attention that it makes a difference if you contributed to your 401K, or if only your employer contributed. Here is the statute from New Jersey,


It is our goal at justanswer to give the best possible information that we can. I still believe you will need to call, but here is the statute.

The State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce answer that very question on their website as follows:


"If you are eligible to receive a pension from an employer that is included on your unemployment claim, the benefits may be reduced. The term "pension" includes benefits paid in a lump sum, such as 401K, as well as pensions that are paid on a monthly basis. If you have applied, received or expect to receive a pension, a claims examiner appointment will be scheduled to discuss the pension. If you contributed the entire cost of your pension, your unemployment benefits will not be reduced. If you and your employer contributed to the pension, 50% of your the weekly pension amount will be subtracted from your unemployment benefits. If your employer contributed the entire cost of your pension, your unemployment benefits will be reduced by 100% of your weekly pension amount."