How to Evaluate Your Benefits
We encourage you to review your plan each year to make sure your benefits are adequate and affordable to fund. When you are reviewing your benefits, you may want to consider:
- How much of your employees’ pre-retirement income would you like to replace when they retire? Your plan assessment will show you what replacement income you are currently providing. To view your plan assessment, sign in to your employer account.
- How much should employees contribute toward their retirement?
- When should your employees be able to retire?
- What can you do to help your retirees cope with inflation?
- What other benefits (such as retiree healthcare) do you provide your employees?
- Can you afford these benefits?
The Plan Customizer, our online plan modeling tool, can help you see how different combinations of benefits will affect your plan costs and what your employees receive when they retire. To access the Plan Customizer, sign in as an employer on this website.
If you need help defining the best program for your workforce, contact your Employer Services Representative at 800-651-3848.
Making Additional Contributions
Contributing more than your required rate creates a buffer against future adverse experience (such as investments not performing as expected or your payroll not growing as expected). You may also make additional contributions to prefund a future benefit increase or pay down your liabilities faster than required.
There are two approaches:
- Paying an elected contribution rate: Paying a higher rate than your required contribution rate. This also increases the likelihood that your required rate will stay the same from year-to-year, which can make budgeting easier.
- Making an additional contribution directly to your employer account.