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rpg37
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Walls, MS
Member since Sep 2008
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Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?

Today, my part time employer said my next paycheck would include a deduction to the PERS organization. No reasons, no explanation, no anything. Can they do this?

I have a Roth IRA and invest in this. This is all I want. Can my employer force this on me?


gizmoflak
Georgetown Fan
Member since May 2007
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
What does your Employment Contract say?


rpg37
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Walls, MS
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
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What does your Employment Contract say?


It has nothing regarding this language. My main job is teaching, I do this (Aquatics Management) as my part time and am paid by the county. My contract suggests I am not obligated to be in this program at all.


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Chris Farley
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Regulating
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
Sure, it's called social security.


rpg37
LSU Fan
Walls, MS
Member since Sep 2008
16659 posts

re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
I am not talking about SS. That already comes out of the check.


eng08
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2013
2548 posts

re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
Did your hours go up since its the summer?

That might have automatically required your entry into it.

Just a thought I had. Is it a good plan?


vjp819
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
i've never heard of anyone being forced to invest in a workplace 401k plan. it's generally a benefit of the company, not a requirement of employment.


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rpg37
LSU Fan
Walls, MS
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
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Did your hours go up since its the summer?


I am strictly part-time - 20 hours a week.

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Is it a good plan?


PERS is known as a top plan for Mississippi employees. But, since there is no employee contribution, it is useless to me since I have a ROTH IRA and already have a financial advisor.


HamSandwich
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Member since Sep 2010
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
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Can my employer force this on me?

Yes.
quote:

Participation in PERS is mandatory for an employee in a covered position

LINK


StrangeBrew
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
This is America God Dam It, you can be forced to buy anything the government wants you to buy.


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eng08
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
If you don't have to contribute to it but are enrolled automatically what's the issue here?


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GenesChin
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The Promise Land
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
Will you be able to get benefits from it? Why complain if you are?


matthew25
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Member since Jun 2012
3885 posts

re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
I thought employees of the state of Mississippi had a mandatory 9.25% (?) contribution to the state pension fund. And the state contributes 14.5% (?).

Anyone here a state employee?


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rpg37
LSU Fan
Walls, MS
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
I don't understand. If this is required, why was this not done last year when I started working there? Is there a required, set amount I have to contribute?


fishfighter
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Baton Rouge
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
If you have to contribute to it, is it before tax? If so and they are matching, why not take it? It's free money.


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BayouBengal
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München
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
When I worked a state job years ago we didn't pay SS but we were forced to pay into a 403(b) administered by TIAA-CREF.


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ZereauxSum
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Can I be forced to invest in a retirement plan?
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I don't understand. If this is required, why was this not done last year when I started working there? Is there a required, set amount I have to contribute?


Since PERS is a defines benefit plan, I suspect that your contribution is up to your employer.

Did something change with respect to your employment status with the county? Were you a contract employee when you started?


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