Updating Employee Deferral Changes

Employers are responsible for deferring retirement savings from payroll for each employee who chooses to participate in MERIT until an employee meets the annual contribution limit or the employee decides to no longer contribute.

If your employees make deferral changes, those changes will be posted on the MERIT Employer Portal the following business day. Additionally, you may receive email notices of all outstanding deferral rate changes about four days before your next expected payroll contribution date. For those employers that do not have a set payroll schedule, you will not receive email reminders, so make sure to check the portal to confirm deferral rates before you process payroll. It is important to update your payroll files to reflect these changes for this and future payroll contributions.

Before you process your payroll, please review the MERIT portal to see if any employees have recently added or changed their contribution rates.

To begin - log on to your employer portal:

Here you can see the employee list and their status.

Please follow the below instructions to make your employee deferral changes. 

  • Navigate to your contribution dashboard (click the contribution tab to the left of your home screen, which is the icon that looks like a hand with a coin)
  • From the contribution tab notice, the “View Deferral Change” button


The “Deferral Change” or “No Deferral Change” button - If your employees submit deferral changes on their portal, those changes will show here; you must update your payroll files to reflect these changes from now on. We also send an email notification to you four days before your next pay date, giving you time to implement the changes on your files. Again for employers that do not have a set payroll schedule, you will not receive these email notifications.

  • Click on the “View Deferral Change” button
  • Notice the percentage “Change” column
  • Update your Payroll system or Payroll Contribution file for this and all future payrolls. Be sure to calculate the contribution dollar amount on your file for the “Roth Contribution” column.
  • Check the boxes next to the Employees’ names
  • Then click “Mark as Complete”


Once you have accounted for the deferral change, be sure to click “Mark as Complete.” This will remove the reminder on this page (and emails) and help you stay current on the deferral rates your employees wish to have.

If you included your payroll schedule when you registered for MERIT, you will receive an email alerting you to any employee deferral rate changes 4 days before each payroll. Look for our email notifications before every pay period to stay on top of your employee deferral changes.

Sample - Employee Deferral Changes email


You will also receive an email notification whenever a new employee becomes eligible and hasn't had at least one contribution processed on their behalf.  This email includes the deferral rates for just those employees.

Sample - Newly Eligible Employees email



After updating your payroll contribution file, proceed with your payroll contribution submission.

Please see our article on “How to Upload Your Payroll Contribution File.” For manual payroll submission, please see our article “How to Submit Contributions Manually.” For employers without a set payroll schedule, please see our article on “How to Submit Off-cycle Payroll Contributions.