Employers are evenly split between those who say their 401(k) plans can provide adequate retirement savings for employees and those who say they cant or are unsure, according to a Mercer survey.
Also, 68% of the 180 employers offering 401(k) plans that were surveyed said achieving adequate retirement savings for employees is a shared responsibility between employers and employees, according to a Mercer news release about the survey results.
Of employers with DB plans open to new employers, 81% believe achieving adequate savings is a shared responsibility, and 15% believe its predominantly the employers responsibility.
Just over half (53%) of employers that have suspended matching contributions to their 401(k) believe planning an adequate savings is a shared responsibility.
All employers surveyed named a variety of obstacles to employees reaching their retirement income objectives, with 38% citing low participation in retirement savings plans; 32% citing inadequate savings rate; 17%, volatile markets; 6%, poor investment decisions; 4%, borrowing from retirement savings; 2%, cash out at termination of the plan; and 1%, citing that accounts are spent too quickly in retirement.
Some 35 years after the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and its subsequent amendments and associated regulations, Americans may have no more secure a retirement future than in 1974, Amy Reynolds, a Mercer principal and defined contribution retirement consultant, said in the Mercer news release. Todays employers are increasingly relying on employee savings plans, such as the 401(k), as the foundation for their workers retirement income yet recent economic pressures underscore the weakness of this approach.