Without seamless plan-to-plan portability in place to preserve retirement savings when a participant changes jobs, many employers are unwittingly paying “exit bonuses” — in the form of retirement account cash-outs which include employer-matching contributions — to terminated employees that they may never have intended to pay.

Employer-matching contributions refer to a matching dollar amount contributed by an employer to the retirement savings of an employee who also makes a similar contribution, usually to a 401(k) plan. Typically, these matching contributions are viewed by employees as a tangible, high-value benefit, and by employers as a means to attract and retain the best talent, and improve plan participation and deferral percentage metrics.

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