Topic Archive: Excluded Employees

Can We Change our 401(k) Plan Eligibility Requirements to Exclude Employees Who Have Already Joined?

DWC | 10/9/18

Facts

Our company has quite a few employees who only work a few hours each week.  When we setup the 401(k) plan, we wanted to allow all our employees to save, so we set the eligibility requirement at the first day of the month following an employee’s hire date.  Unfortunately, hardly any of our part-timers are contributing, and it has become burdensome and expensive to keep up with all the notices we have to provide each year to people who don’t even have accounts in the plan.

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Can We Exclude Seasonal Employees From Our 401(k) Plan?

DWC | 02/27/18

Facts

Our company has a retail store that sells items like patio furniture, swimming pool supplies, and equipment. We also have a department that cleans and services swimming pools. The service department is much busier during the summer months, so we hire students to fill these seasonal roles while they are on break from school.

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