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Small Employer Offer of Retirement Plan


Beginning September 30, 2020, California employers with more than 100 employees were required to offer employees a qualified retirement plan (such as a 401(k)) or participate in the state-run retirement savings program known as CalSavers. The requirement applied to employers with 51 to 100 employees on June 30, 2021, and will apply to employers with five or more employees on June 30, 2022. For this purpose, employer size is based on the number of California-based employees reported on the Employment Development Department quarterly report.

Before the June 30, 2022 deadline, small employers must sponsor a qualified retirement plan or register with CalSavers. Under CalSavers, an employer must automatically enroll eligible employees in the retirement program with a contribution of at least 3% of earnings. New employees must be enrolled within 30 days of employment. Employees may opt out of or back into the program at any time.

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