The Supreme Court will decide whether retirees are eligible for full pension benefits if they take a new job in the same industry after retirement. The "anti-cutback rule" bars pension plans from reducing benefits that have already been earned. However another pension provision allows multi-employer pension plans to suspend benefits to retirees who take a new job in the same industry. The Bush administration has pushed for more flexible pension plans that allow for the temporary suspension of benefit payments.
See David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2004