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You've identified a problem in the industry. The law allows plan sponsors to require up to one year of service (or less if they so choose) - and in some case, 2 years. The problem comes in when people, like you, change jobs (which they do an average of 8 times in their lifetime - possibly resulting in 8 years "less" participation in retirement plans).

The trend in the industry clearly has been to shorten eligibility requirements - or eliminating them altogether - except perhaps in "high turnover" companies. While a long shot - talk to you employer and see if they've considered (or would consider) eliminating the eligibility period. If it can be changed yet this year, you could slam contributions into the plan for the rest of the year.
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