The SECURE Act of 2019 (SECURE 1.0) required that long-term, part-time (LTPT) employees be allowed to defer into 401(k) plans beginning in 2024.
The definition of an LTPT employee is one who has worked 500 or more hours in three consecutive years (but who does not qualify as a full-time employee). The first year for counting hours of service under this provision is 2021. As a result, an employee who worked 500 or more hours in 2021, 2022, and 2023 must be allowed to defer in 2024. However, the plan sponsor is not required to make employer contributions or matching contributions for the LTPT employees even if those contributions are made for full-time participants. If the employer wants, though, matching and employer contributions can be made for the LTPT employees. That is an issue that financial professionals should discuss with plan sponsors and help them make decisions. Most likely, plan sponsors will want to make contributions if the LTPT employees are important to the company’s business.
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