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Auto Portability - Public Policy
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401k Specialist's Amanda Umpierrez examines HR 9252, auto portability legislation recently introduced to the House of Representatives by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Ron Estes (R-KS). Umpierrez turns to Renee Wilder-Guerin, RCH's EVP, Public Policy, who states: “[w]e hope that it indicates that not only do we have support for auto-portability on the Senate side, but we have support on the House, and that increases the chances of auto-portability language being included in SECURE 2.0.”
NAPA Net reporter Ted Godbout analyzes the recently-introduced Advancing Auto-Portability Act of 2022 (H.R. 9252), which was proposed Oct. 28 by Reps. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Ron Estes (R-KS), who are both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, where the legislation was referred. As Godbout points out, this companion bill to the previously-introduced Senate proposal of the same name means that auto portability legislative proposals enjoy both bicameral as well as bipartisan support.
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P&I DC reporter Brian Croce covers HR 9252 (Advancing Auto-Portability Act of 2022), introduced October 28th by Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kan. The bill, writes Croce, "is a companion bill to legislation with the same name introduced in June by Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that's aimed at reducing plan leakage."
Insurica, a large multi-state insurance broker, writes about pending auto portability legislation in their blog, noting the Advancing Auto-Portability Act of 2022, which was originally introduced into the Senate by Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), with a companion bill recently introduced into the House. The blog's author points out that the bill "aims to encourage the adoption of auto portability programs" and "would incentivize employers who adopt auto portability with a tax credit of $500 if they offer this option to their employees."
ThinkAdvisor's Melanie Waddell reports on the recent introduction of HR 9252, which codifies auto portability, the seamless transfer of retirement accounts from employer to employer. The House bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), and Waddell turns to Groom Law Group expert Steve Saxon to weigh in on the proposed legislation. The bill, says Saxon: “reduces [DC plan] leakage by making it easy for an individual to manage all their retirement assets in one place.” Waddell reports that the House bill is a companion version of legislation previously introduced into the U.S. Senate, and writes that "the bills may be included in the Secure Act 2.0 retirement legislation that’s expected to pass during the lame-duck session of Congress."
Writing in the legal publication Law360, reporter Jared Serre notes that the introduction of a bill (HR 9252) in the U.S. House of Representatives "would allow for the automatic rollover of savings from 401(k) accounts from one employer to another after a job change is made." The bill, which complements provisions previously introduced in U.S. Senate legislation, was co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL).
In an opinion piece for The Hill, U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) team up to make a convincing bipartisan case for auto portability, which the legislators are seeking to further with the Advancing Auto Portability Act of 2022, provisions of which were subsequently incorporated into a broader Senate bill. Scott and Brown view auto portability as an urgent and necessary remedy to the problem of cashout leakage, writing that auto portability "would solve this [leakage] problem by allowing workers to automatically roll over savings from their previous employer to a new employer." They close with an appeal to fellow legislators, writing: "[w]e encourage our colleagues to support this bipartisan, commonsense legislation that will create a more secure financial future for American workers, and save people precious time and money."
When it comes to 401(k) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, RCH’s Tom Hawkins observes broad support for expanded access and automatic features, since they “are supportive of increasing participation and asset accumulation across all demographics.” No one, writes Hawkins, points to ‘traditional’ automatic rollovers as facilitating DEI goals, as they “penalize the very demographic segments that DEI initiatives strive to uplift.” Hawkins urges plan sponsors to re-tool ‘traditional’ automatic rollover programs to include education and assistance and to incorporate auto portability – delivering more equitable retirement outcomes for under-saved and under-served participants.