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The mandate in a nutshell

Colorado SecureSavings was established in 2020. It requires Colorado employers with 5+ employees that have been in business for 2+ years to offer the state-sponsored plan or a qualified alternative like a Guideline 401(k). Compare your options

  • 5+ employees

    May 15, 2024

Meet the mandate and more with a Guideline 401(k)

  • Simple setup

    Get started in 20 minutes. We’ll help you choose a plan that meets the mandate and your business’s goals.

  • Automated busywork

    Our custom integration built with Gusto means no need to maintain deductions or manually re-enter payroll data.

  • Live support

    You and your team get access to live support, guided employee onboarding, a mobile app, and more.

Compare SecureSavings with Guideline Starter

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Colorado SecureSavings
  • Retirement plan type

    Starter 401(k)

    Roth IRA

  • Maximum employee contributions for 2024



  • Employee asset-based fee


    ($15 for every $10,000)


    ($20 for every $10,000)

  • Additional active employee fees


    $22/year account fee

    (charged quarterly at $5.50 each quarter)

  • Monthly employer fee

    $39 / month + $4 per participant

    (get $0 base fee for 12 months)


  • Investment options



    (Including Target Date Funds)

  • Professionally managed portfolios



  • Employer match



  • Profit sharing



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Looking for a more robust plan? Look no further.

Starter 401(k) plans do have limitations like lower contribution limits and no employer contributions. If you’d like to set up a plan with more options and flexibility, you may want to consider Core or Enterprise.

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Colorado retirement mandate FAQs

What is the mandate?

The Colorado SecureSavings Program was created to encourage more people to save for retirement. It requires Colorado employers with 5 or more employees to provide access to a retirement plan. The plan can either be a private plan like a 401(k) or the state-sponsored plan.

When does the mandate take effect?

For companies that have been in businesses for at least 2 years and have at least 5 employees, the deadline to register for Colorado SecureSavings or certify exemption with a 401(k) plan is May 15, 2024.

Which employers are impacted by the retirement mandate?

You are eligible to participate in the Colorado SecureSavings Retirement Savings Program if:

  • Your business is registered to conduct business in the state of Colorado
  • You have at least five W-2 employees who have worked for you for at least 180 days
  • You have been in business for two or more years; and
  • You don’t currently offer a qualified retirement savings program to your employees

Does Guideline satisfy the retirement mandate?

Yes. All of Guideline's 401(k) plans are designed to satisfy state program requirements and are priced to be affordable for businesses of all sizes.

Can I move from Guideline Starter to a standard 401(k)?

While it is possible for a plan to convert from a Starter 401(k) to a standard 401(k) plan at Guideline, the transition cannot take place until the beginning of the next calendar year. Learn more here.