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Bill Signed Into Law To Help Californians With Retirement

Bill Signed Into Law To Help Californians With Retirement

California passed a program known as CalSaver in 2016, which stated that employers who don’t sponsor an employee-retirement plan must participate in a state-run retirement program. CalSavers is a retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. It gives employers an easy way to help their employees save for retirement without employer fees, no fiduciary liability, and minimal employer responsibilities.

If you’re an employer who sponsors or participates in a retirement plan, including a 401(k) or pension plan, you are not required to participate in CalSavers. Eligible employers are defined as a “person or entity engaged in a business, industry, profession, trade, or another enterprise in the state, excluding specified federal, state, and local governmental entities, with five or more employees and that satisfies certain requirements to establish or participate in a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement.”

What The New Plan Means

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 1126, expanding the definition of an eligible employee. Expanding eligibility will reduce complexity for employers and expand access to CalSavers to small businesses with one to four employees currently not covered. Ultimately, this bill will improve employee recruitment and retention across California. In addition, it’s estimated that SB 1126 will expand access to CalSavers to approximately three-quarters of a million California workers.

A payroll deposit savings arrangement is required for employers with five or more employees that do not offer a retirement savings plan within 36 months of the board opening the program for enrollment. In addition, all eligible employers with one or more employees would need a payroll deposit savings arrangement by December 31st, 2025, if they don’t provide a retirement savings program.

GMS Is Here To Help!

Implementing a 401(k) retirement plan will help attract and retain great employees. It shows employees they are critical to your company’s success by rewarding them for their hard work. So, how does a PEO help you? PEOs such as GMS can leverage group buying power to reduce plan costs for small businesses and take on the fiduciary burden to ensure you remain compliant with your 401(k). GMS can help you set up fully customizable retirement savings plans that make your company more attractive to quality employees. Contact us today to learn more.

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