Should you enact automatic 401(k) plan enrollment?
Abstract: One of the easiest ways for employees to save for retirement is enrolling in their employers’ defined contribution plans, such as a 401(k) plan. But low participation has been a problem. A solution is to enact an automatic enrollment program, which has become more attractive to employers since the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) eased some of the legal concerns. This article discusses some of those concerns, and how a qualified automatic contribution arrangement (QACA) exempts companies from meeting nondiscrimination requirements.