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The company match form my previous 401k is vested after 6 years. Does that generally mean 6 years while working for them OR 6 years in the plan? Is my last 5 years in the prior 401k counted towards my getting the vested company portion of the match??
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Generally, you vest after working for the company for 6 years. Time in the plan after terminating employment doesn't count. Time spent in a prior plan doesn't count toward the vesting period of your current plan.

Employer 401(k) contributions are designed to keep employees loyal by encouraging them to stay for a number of years. Any time where you're not employed by the company who made the match doesn't count toward vesting.
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