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The defined contribution retirement plans known as Pooled Employer Plans (PEPs) came onto most people’s radar with the signing of the SECURE Act in late 2019. We should see them debut January 1, 2021. Despite their relative newness, they descend from a type of plan that’s been around a while — the multiple employer plan (MEP). That doesn’t mean there aren’t questions about PEPs. In fact, no one really knows the answers to these important ones: Will PEPs be successful? What will be the ideal number of employers in them? the right number of participants? Will they be better than the options small employers have now?

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C.J. Marwitz

C.J. Marwitz is the editor for the retirement industry audience and a digital managing editor at BenefitsPRO. She is currently considering pitches for unpublished contributed content related to the employer-sponsored retirement plan arena. A former technology editor, advertising copywriter, and academic advisor, Marwitz is the mother of three and walker/stick-thrower/treat-giver to a Welsh Corgi named Leeloo.

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