A provision was added to the $3.5 trillion dollar bill by Democrats that focuses on climate, education, and healthcare.
The provision requires that companies without retirement plans to offer their employees automatically enroll them in individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
The measure was approved with a 22-20 vote.
This move gives employees better access to IRAs, but some small business groups think it would be too difficult to accomplish.
The bill is still in its early stages as Democrats disagree on the amount being spent and which provisions to include.
If passed, it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2023 and employers would need to deduct 6% of their employees paycheck, increasing that savings rate by 1%, and do it every year until it reaches 10% of pay.
Exemption is allowed for companies with less than 5 employees, or that have been in business for under 2 years.
Employees under 21 would not be included, and employees working part-time need to work 500 hours a year for two straight years.
Employees may opt out or change their rate of savings.
The total cost of the provision for the first decade is estimated to be $46.8 billion dollars.
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