Several commenters argued that without changes, the proposed rule would have little impact on expanding retirement plan coverage for American workers.
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The majority of small business owners agreed that offering a retirement plan for employees is “the right thing to do."
The expanded distribution of the program seeks to take advantage of the Department of Labor’s recent focus on expanding MEP coverage, the firm says.
These plans allow small businesses to join together to offer defined contribution retirement savings benefits.
A hearing focused on four bipartisan proposals, but a couple of witnesses also urged passage of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018.
Brodie Wood, SVP of healthcare, education and not-for-profit markets at Transamerica Retirement Solutions, discussed the efficiencies and benefits a closed MEP can offer not-for-profit 403(b) plans.
The newly created multiple employer plan (MEP) will help plan sponsors reduce their administrative burdens.
In addition to expanding access to MEPs, the bill would facilitate lifetime income disclosure and clarify the current annuity selection safe harbor.
All employees would have 6% of their income contributed to a workplace retirement plan and have these contributions automatically escalated each year.
In a policy paper, Morningstar says state-run plans and multiple employer plans in their current form would create a more fragmented U.S. retirement system for employees.