June 1999
Benefits Quarterly;1999 Second Quarter, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p61
Academic Journal
The article presents the case between workers who worked for Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Inc. under leasing contracts. These workers filed suit against the employer seeking the right to participate in the company's pension and welfare plans after being denied benefits on the grounds that the plans covered only regular employees and they were not regular employees. This case points out that employers are not required to include leased employees as participants in employee benefit plans. ERISA permits employers to distinguish among employees, and they need not include all categories or groups in their plans except that they may not exclude employees who are otherwise entitled to participate in a pension plan if they meet ERISA's minimum age and service requirements.


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