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Automatic enrollment is growing in 401(k) plans

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The Plan Sponsor Council of America’s newest annual report shows that in 2015, 25.5% of small 401(k) plans offer automatic enrollment. In their survey, small plans are considered plans with less than 50 participants.

While the typical default rate of automatic enrollment is 3%, 51.6% of automatic enrollment plans have a default rate greater than 3%.

For smaller plans that don’t have a safe harbor plan design and have potential plan testing issues, automatic enrollment is a no brainer since it helps boost the deferral rate for non-highly compensated employees and the rues concerning them give enough liability protection for plan sponsors to offer them.

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