If you are a higher income earner, you are likely eligible for the Pension Restoration Plan (PRP).

Your Pension Restoration Plan Benefit

The PRP provides pension benefits above compensation limits set by the IRS. (Participation is automatic if your annual pay exceeds the IRC Section 401(a)(17) limit in any given year.)

IRS rules are very strict about what is considered a separation from service (including retirement).

If you receive payment of your PRP benefit and return to work for the company on more than a very limited basis (i.e., less than 20 percent of the average time you were spending on the job for the 36 months before your employment ended) as an employee, independent contractor or consultant, your employment will be considered continuous and you will be treated as if you received a payment during employment.

If this happens, you may be responsible for paying:

  • Immediate taxes on your PRP lump-sum benefit
  • An additional 20 percent tax penalty
  • Retroactive premium interest, back to when you first became a participant in the plan or, if later, 2005

The income tax, tax penalty and interest penalty can easily equal or exceed the amount of the PRP benefit.

If you are a PRP participant and thinking of leaving Hess and returning as an employee, consultant or independent contractor, be sure to talk with your tax advisor and your HR representative. It may make sense for you to delay your termination of employment with Hess.

Are Age 55 Or Older10 or moreOn the first of the month following six months after your retirement date per IRS regulations
Are Age 651 or moreOn the first of the month following six months after your retirement date per IRS regulations
Leave Before Age 5510 or moreWhen you turn age 55 or six months after your retirement date, whichever is later
Leave Before Age 65Less than 10When you reach age 65

Designate Your Beneficiaries

You must designate a beneficiary to ensure that, in the event of your death, your Pension Restoration Plan benefits are distributed according to your wishes. To designate or change beneficiaries, visit the Hess Benefits Center at Fidelity and find the page for the Pension Restoration Plan. If you need help, call Fidelity at 1-877-511-4377, Option 2. A representative can walk you through the process.

This website provides highlights of the Hess Corporation benefits plans and programs for 2024. If there is any discrepancy between the information provided on this website and the official plan documents, the official plan documents will govern. Hess reserves the right to amend or terminate the plans at its discretion at any time.