This article will examine the current state of the law as compared to the situation that existed prior to the passage of ERISA. An exhaustive analysis of the intricate details of ERISA is not intended. Nevertheless, a comparison of some of the most salient provisions of pre-ERISA and post-ERISA law will reveal that things were not all that good before September 2, 1974, and they are not all that bad now.
Ronald I. Kirschbaum, In Praise of Pension Reform, 1 Campbell L. Rev. 31 (1979).