The Coalition on State and Local Pension and Benefit Issues has asked Congress to provide municipalities with more time to comply with a law protecting older workers' benefits because it says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has failed to provide needed assistance.

The Older Workers' Benefit Protection Act of 1990 prohibits age discrimination in employee benefits, but gave state and local governments two years for compliance. During that two years, the federal equal employment commission was supposed to provide guidance so public pension plan managers would know exactly what, if any, benefit changes they were required to make.

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