A news release from the Profit Sharing/401k Council of America (PSCA) said its eligibility “mini survey”, which covered 427 profit sharing and 401(k) plans, found 69% of 401(k) plans allow workers to start saving their own money within three months of being hired. That is up from 65% a year earlier.
The PSCA said fast eligibility for deferrals is even
greater in large companies with 1,000 or more employees,
where 85% of companies offer eligibility within 90 days –
up from 79% a year earlier.
According to the news release, eligibility periods have improved slightly for company contributions. Some 49% of plans provide eligibility for company matches within the first three months, up a tick from 48% a year earlier. Additionally, 25% of plans provide eligibility for company profit sharing contributions within the first three months – up from 24% last year.
Among plans with 1,000 or more employees, 61%
provide eligibility for matching contributions during the
initial 90 days and 35% provide eligibility for employer
profit sharing contributions during employees’ initial
More information about the PSCA is at http://www.psca.org .