What does the word “vested” mean for a retirement plan at work?

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What does the word “vested” mean for a retirement plan at work?

Asked on July 31, 2011 Alabama

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The term "vested" in general means "entitled" or "earned". When the term "vested" is used with respect to a retirement plan at work it typically means a certain period of time where an employee works for the employer and monies are contributed into the retirement plan for the employee where the employee is "entitled" to the retirement benefits as part of his or her employement.

When an employee's retirement is "vested" it cannot be lost by the employee upon changing jobs.

If your are an employee asking questions about an employer's retirement plan, you should first review the employee handbook and then speak to the human resources department if there are unanswered questions about it.

Good luck.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The term "vested" in general means "entitled" or "earned". When the term "vested" is used with respect to a retirement plan at work it typically means a certain period of time where an employee works for the employer and monies are contributed into the retirement plan for the employee where the employee is "entitled" to the retirement benefits as part of his or her employement.

When an employee's retirement is "vested" it cannot be lost by the employee upon changing jobs.

If your are an employee asking questions about an employer's retirement plan, you should first review the employee handbook and then speak to the human resources department if there are unanswered questions about it.

Good luck.


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