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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974: A Political History

James Wooten


This study of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) explains in detail how public officials in the executive branch and Congress overcame strong opposition from business and organized labor to pass landmark legislation regulating employer-sponsored retirement and health plans. Before Congress passed ERISA, federal law gave employers and unions great discretion in the design and operation of employee benefit plans. Most importantly, firms and unions could and often did establish pension plans that placed employees at great risk for not receiving any retirement benefits. In ... More

Keywords: ERISA, public officials, Congress, employer-sponsored retirement, health plans, Jacob K. Javits, federal law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520242739
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Wooten, author