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So far, 2020 has brought a global pandemic, economic crisis, civil unrest, and recordbreaking wildfire and hurricane seasons. Employers are balancing the desire to protect their employees with the need to cut costs, often through workforce actions ranging from suspension of retirement plan contributions to pay cuts to furloughs and layoffs. Employees are juggling essential roles or working from home, often alongside e-learning children. The resulting financial stress from the pandemic alone is amplified in the midst of these other events.

Retirement savings are at risk. More than a quarter of US employers have downsized their workforce through layoffs and/or furloughs. An estimated 10% of employers have suspended or delayed retirement plan contributions.  These actions reduce employee and employer dollars going into the retirement system.

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