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Question: When should participants expect to receive distributions from their pension plans after terminating employment?
Answer: Generally, the law requires plans to pay retirement benefits no later than the time a participant reaches normal retirement age. But, many plans, including 401(k) plans, provide for earlier payments under certain circumstances. For example, a plan's rules may provide that participants in a 401(k) plan would receive payment of his or her benefits after terminating employment. The plan's SPD or Summary Plan Description should set forth the planís rules for obtaining the distribution as well as the timing of distribution after termination of employment.