The New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act (the “Act”) is set to take effect on March 28, 2022 and will require many employers to offer their own retirement plan or provide access to a State-sponsored program.
This Act impacts all New Jersey businesses that:
have employed at least 25 employees in the State during the previous calendar year;
have been in business at least two years; and
do not already offer a qualified retirement plan.
The Act mandates employers to offer their full and part-time employees a retirement savings in either the form of either a qualified retirement plan (e.g., a 401(k) or 403(b)), or through the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program (the “Program”). The State-sponsored Program is an individual retirement account (IRA) where employees contribute a portion of their pretax earnings via automatic payroll deductions.
Employers must first decide whether they want to sponsor a qualified retirement plan or opt for the State-sponsored Program. Those who fail to comply will be subject to penalties ranging from a written warning to a $500 fine per employee. Employers have nine months from the implementation date to comply with the Act. While the anticipated implementation date is March 28, 2022, the Treasury Department website dedicated to the program notes that implementation is not yet operational.
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