Taxpayer Group Files Lawsuit to Block CalSavers Retirement Program

A lawsuit was filed last week (May 31, 2018) in an attempt to block implementation of a new retirement savings program established by the State of California. The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program—recently rename CalSavers—is an IRA-based retirement savings program for that state’s private sector employees whose employers do not offer a workplace retirement plan, which was authorized by legislation enacted in 2016. According to CalSavers, some 7.5 million Californians work for employers that do not offer a retirement plan.

The lawsuit was filed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) and seeks to prevent introduction of this program projected to launch sometime in 2018. In addition to the program itself, also named as defendant is John Chiang, California State Treasurer and Chair of the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Board.

HJTA claims to have standing to sue based on the fact that some of its members—claimed in the filing to number more than 200,000—could be affected either as employers required to participate in the payroll withholding program, or employees who might be automatically enrolled. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.