A Primer on Public Sector Automatic Enrollment
Automatically enrolling participants is one of the most effective methods for increasing participation in defined contribution retirement plans. However, while automatic enrollment was universally authorized in the private sector more than a decade ago through the Pension Protection Act of 2006, public sector defined contribution plans were not included in the legislation. For public sector plans, each state is responsible for determining whether or not they will allow automatic enrollment, and many states have laws preventing its establishment. This has created a muddled landscape that is highly localized with little consistency across states.
The NAGDCA Automatic Enrollment Tool
The purpose of the NAGDCA Automatic Enrollment Tool is to cut through the fog and present the full national picture of state laws affecting public sector automatic enrollment. This tool describes who is allowed to implement automatic enrollment, who is not, and also shows the relevant laws in each state. The result is the clearest, most comprehensive resource available on the topic. Click on any state to learn more.
Automatic Enrollment by the Numbers
|States Allowing Auto Enrollment||States Preventing Auto Enrollment||States Allowing Some Auto Enrollment|
Yes – Automatic Enrollment Allowed for All Public Sector Plans
No – Automatic Enrollment Legally Prohibited for All Public Sector Plans
No – Automatic Enrollment Legally Prohibited Unless it is Collectively Bargained
Partial – Automatic Enrollment Legally Allowed for Some Public Sector Plans
Recently Proposed Laws Affecting Public Sector Automatic Enrollment
Recently Passed Laws Affecting Public Sector Automatic Enrollment
The State of Illinois recently proposed legislation to add automatic enrollment to its state plan. Read the bill here.
The State of Ohio recently introduced a bill to allow state employees to automatically enroll. Read the bill here.
NAGDCA extends a special thank you to Hrishikesh Shah, Megan Murphy, and Marla Kreindler from NAGDCA-member law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP for their outstanding help interpreting legislation in each state.
NAGDCA also thanks John Saeli, Angela Montez, and Greg Muha from NAGDCA-member organization ICMA-RC for their assistance with the project.
NAGDCA also thanks Marilyn Collister from NAGDCA-member organization Empower Retirement for her contributions and guidance.
For questions related to this page, or if you are a plan administrator with information for your state, please contact us here.