Retirement planning has never been more critical than it is today. As people live longer and Social Security may not be enough to cover their expenses during retirement, it’s essential to have robust retirement savings in place. The SECURE Act 2.0, signed into law in December 2022, is a significant piece of legislation designed to enhance retirement savings opportunities for both employers and employees. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key provisions of the SECURE Act 2.0, focusing on the benefits it brings to both sides of the employment equation.

Key Secure Act 2.0 Provisions

1. Enhanced Catch-Up Contributions

Starting in 2025, the SECURE Act 2.0 allows employees aged 60 to 63 to increase their catch-up contributions to retirement accounts. While the previous limit for catch-up contributions was $6,500, this new legislation will allow these individuals to contribute up to $10,000 per year. This change provides employees with a unique opportunity to boost their retirement savings during the crucial years leading up to retirement.

2. Roth Account Requirements

Beginning in 2026, employees who earned more than $145,000 in the previous year will be required to make all catch-up contributions to a Roth account in the following year. While this ensures a tax-free withdrawal during retirement, it also presents a challenge for payroll systems, which will need to adapt to this new requirement.

3. Roth Matching Contributions

The SECURE Act 2.0 gives employers the option to provide matching contributions in Roth accounts. While not mandatory, this provision is expected to be in high demand from employees as they become more aware of the tax benefits of Roth accounts. Roth contributions are made with after-tax dollars, and the withdrawals in retirement are tax-free. Employers can use this as a valuable tool to attract and retain top talent.

4. Mandatory Auto Enrollment

Beginning in 2025, employers offering a retirement plan will be required to auto-enroll employees at a minimum contribution rate of 3%. While this is aimed at increasing retirement plan participation and helping employees save, it also means that payroll systems need to be equipped to handle retirement plan rules. Many payroll systems may already have this capability, but the act does not mandate employers to disclose this.

5. Emergency Savings Accounts

Starting in 2024, employers have the option of offering an emergency savings account for employees to contribute after-tax money, which can then be rolled into their Roth accounts. These funds can be withdrawn up to four times per year, tax, and penalty-free. This feature provides a safety net for employees during unexpected financial crises, promoting financial security and peace of mind.

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The Landscape of Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

Beyond the key provisions of the SECURE Act 2.0, it’s important to note that there is a growing trend in states requiring employers to offer retirement plans to their employees. As of 2023, 19 states have either passed legislation or have pending legislation regarding state-mandated retirement plans. Of these states, nine currently have active state-mandated retirement laws in effect. This reflects the broader shift towards recognizing the importance of retirement savings and providing employees with more opportunities to secure their financial futures.


The SECURE Act 2.0 represents a significant leap forward in improving retirement security for both employers and employees. It provides enhanced savings options, encourages the adoption of Roth accounts, and promotes auto-enrollment in retirement plans. Additionally, the introduction of emergency savings accounts demonstrates a commitment to the financial well-being of employees.

As retirement planning continues to evolve, it’s crucial for both employers and employees to stay informed and adapt to these changes. With the SECURE Act 2.0, the future looks brighter for those preparing for their golden years, and it’s a positive step towards ensuring financial security for all.

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