Automatic Enrolment – Workplace Pension Duties
Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’. If you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.
It’s important that you understand what to do and by when, so you can meet your automatic enrolment duties on time.
Your legal duties begin on the day your first member of staff starts work. This is known as your duties start date. Even if you think you won’t need to put your staff into a scheme, you’ll still have duties.
All UK employers are legally required to operate an auto enrolment scheme for qualifying employees.
To be eligible, the employee must be:
- Aged at least 22
- Below state pension age
- Real Time Information reporting.
- Earn more than £10,000 a year
In order to comply with act employers will need to:
- Set up a workplace pension scheme with a regulated pension provider
- Enrol all eligible employees
- Enrol other non-eligible who wishes to voluntarily join the scheme
- Pay contributions (Employer and Employee) to the pension scheme
Every three years you must put certain staff who have left your pension scheme back into it. This is called re-enrolment.
Whether you have staff to put back into your scheme or not, you must complete a re-declaration of compliance to tell pension regulator how you have met your duties. Remember, re-enrolment and re-declaration are your legal duties and if you don’t act you could be fined.
If you have started your auto enrolment duties and are struggling with the duties and administrative requirements, we can offer you a fully compliant auto enrolment services to support you and your business through successful implementation and ongoing compliance.
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