HR Fast Facts: When Can Employees Enroll in Their Company’s FSA Plan?

If employees want to enroll in a flexible spending account, there are some FSA enrollment rules they need to follow.

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When Can Employees Enroll in Their Company's FSA Plan?

Employees have 4 opportunities to enroll in their company’s flexible spending account (FSA) plan:

  • Within 30-60 days of hire date (this varies by company)
  • A qualifying life event (QLE)
  • During the company’s Initial Enrollment period (when the plan is set up)
  • During FSA open enrollment

Start dates for a new individual FSA plan differs for each of these opportunities.

Generally, employees cannot use FSA funds prior to the FSA’s start date.

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