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  • CalSavers Employer Requirement: What You Need to Know

    CalSavers is here! There’s an employer requirement. Here’s what you need to know:

    In July of 2019, a public board chaired by the State Treasurer rolled out the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program, the State’s ambitious new effort to level the playing field for small business workers, the self-employed, and the nearly 7.5 million Californians who lack access to a savings vehicle at work. 

    It comes at zero cost to taxpayers or employers.

    CalSavers launched statewide July 1, 2019, and state law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to either offer a retirement savings vehicle from the private market or facilitate CalSavers. The deadlines for employers to register roll out over a three-year period based on the size of a business

    For employers, CalSavers will eliminate the three major concerns that small business owners cite as reasons for not offering a retirement plan: high fees, liability, and complex administration. Instead, CalSavers provides employers a program with:

    • Zero fees for employers to facilitate.
    • No employer fiduciary liability because CalSavers is not an employer sponsored plan.
    • Simple administration. All employers have to do is maintain an employee roster, and deduct and remit contributions. CalSavers does all the communication with employees.
    For employees, CalSavers is a voluntary workplace Individual Retirement Account (IRA) program designed to be simple, low-fee, and portable from job to job. Employees will be automatically enrolled, but can choose to opt-out. 

    Eligible employers don’t have to wait for their deadline and can sign up at any time! Individuals who don’t work for a participating employer and self-employed entrepreneurs can sign up on their own beginning fall 2019. For more information please visit CalSavers.com. To follow our progress sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @CalSavers.

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