More and more employers are using automatic enrollment to get employees to participate in their retirement plans, and it’s working. A new study from Aon Hewitt, the global human resources outsourcing and consulting company of Aon Corporation, found that more employees are participating in employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) plans than ever before.

More than three-quarters (76 percent) of eligible employees participated in their company’s DC plan in 2010; this is the highest level since Aon Hewitt began the study in 2002, and is up from 74 percent in 2009 and 67 percent in 2005.

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