Another Casino Operator Craps Out on Match

February 17, 2009 ( - Harrah's Entertainment last week revealed that the company will suspend matching employees' 401(k) contributions.

The company also confirmed that it was cutting managers’ salaries in an effort to help the company navigate the economic downturn, according to the Casino City Times. In making the move, Harrah’s joins Wynn Resorts Ltd. (see Wynn Resorts Calls Off 401(k) Match , Mohegan Sun (see Mohegan Sun Casino Stops Match, Cuts Pay , and Station Casinos (see More Companies Decide to Go “Matchless” ) in cutting back on their match commitments.

Las Vegas visitation declined 10.9% in December and 4.4% last year, according to the report, citing data from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Other Decisions

The firm is the latest of several to suspend their 2009 matching contributions, including Sears (see Sears Suspends 401(k) Match in Face of Declining Sales ), the Denver Post ( Denver Post Latest to Suspend 401(k) Match ), Unisys ( Unisys Cuts 401(k) Match, Slices 1,300 Jobs ), Starbucks (see Starbucks to Exercise Discretion in 401(k) Matching ), Motorola (see Motorola Freezes DB Plan; Suspends 401(k) Match ), Eddie Bauer , 7-Eleven , and FedEx (see FedEx Suspends Match, Cuts Pay ).

However most plan sponsors responding to a recent PLANSPONSOR survey said they had no plans to change their 401(k) match program (See SURVEY SAYS: What Are Your Plans for Your Match? ) – a sentiment echoed in a recent employer survey by Mercer (see 83% of Employers Surveyed do not Expect Employer Contribution Changes ). And Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. decided reinstated its match after a suspension (see Dollar Says Reinstating Match is the “Right Thing to Do” ), as did Louisville, Kentucky-based Republic Bank (see KY Bank Ups its 401(k) Match ). .