Citi Benefits Handbook
Your Rights under ERISA
As a participant in the Plan, you are entitled to certain rights and protections under ERISA.
You may examine, without charge, at the Plan Administrator's office and at other specified locations, such as work sites, all documents governing the Plan including insurance contracts and a copy of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) filed by the Plan Administrator with the U.S. Department of Labor and available at the Public Disclosure Room of the Employee Benefits Security Administration.
You may obtain, upon written request to the Plan Administrator, copies of documents governing the operation of the Plan including insurance contracts and copies of the latest annual report (Form 5500 Series) and an updated SPD. The Plan Administrator will mail these documents to your home free of charge.
You may receive a summary of the Plan's annual financial report. The Plan Administrator is required by law to furnish each participant with a copy of the summary annual report.
You may obtain a statement with your total account balance under the Plan. This statement must be requested in writing and is not required to be given more than once every 12 months. The Plan must provide the statement free of charge. Even if you do not make this written request, you will receive statements as determined by the Plan Administrator see Account Statements.
Prudent Actions by Plan Fiduciaries
In addition to creating rights for Plan participants, ERISA imposes duties on the people who are responsible for the operation of the Plan. The people who operate the Plan, called "fiduciaries" of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other Plan participants and beneficiaries. No one, including your employer or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining a pension benefit or exercising your rights under ERISA.
Enforce Your Rights
If your claim for a benefit is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you have a right to know why this was done, to obtain copies of documents relating to the decision without charge, and to appeal any denial, all within certain time schedules.
Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if you request a copy of the Plan document or the latest annual report from the Plan and do not receive it within 30 days, you may file suit in federal court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the material and pay you up to $110 a day until you receive the material, unless the material was not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the Plan Administrator.
If you have a claim for benefits, which following appeal is denied or is ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a state or federal court. In addition, if you disagree with the Plan's decision or lack thereof concerning the qualified status of a domestic relations order you may file suit in federal court.
If you believe that Plan fiduciaries are misusing the Plan's money, or if you believe that you are being discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor or you may file suit in a federal court, subject to the limitation of the Plan rules. The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If you are successful, the court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees. If you lose, the court may order you to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds your claim is frivolous.
For More Information
If you have any questions about the Plan, contact the Plan Administrator. If you have any questions about this SPD or about your rights under ERISA, or if you need assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, contact the nearest office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory or the Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210.
You also may obtain certain publications about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA by calling the publications hotline of the Employee Benefits Security Administration or by visiting its website at www.dol.gov/EBSA.