Bank of America plans pension freeze

Bank of America has informed its employees that it will be freezing its existing pension plans in July and swapping in increases to company 401(k) plans instead, CNNMoney reports.

Employees have been told that they will be able to keep any pension benefits earned but that no further pension benefits will be accrued in the future.

The company, with approximately 282,000 full-time employees, announced that it also plans to eliminate some 30,000 jobs in the next several years.

BofA told employees last week that it will start making an extra 2 percent to 3 percent annual contribution to employee 401(k) accounts, in addition to a program matching employee contributions up to 5 percent.

General Motors also announced last week that it was shifting senior salaried employees from a pension plan to a 401(k) plan.

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