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Because of an exemption in the benefits law intended to give churches leeway in running their pension plans, many religiously affiliated employers have not put money into their plans, and haven't been required to obtain insurance to cover the shortfall. So reports the Associated Press.

As a result, workers at some religiously affiliated hospitals, businesses and social service agencies aren't going to get the retirement benefits they were counting on.

Many of those employees are fighting back, filing lawsuits arguing that the exemption should not apply to hospitals and other religiously affiliated employers with separate pension plans that are not backed by religious orders.

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