Key facts about automatic enrolment
People are living longer which means there will gradually be less working people compared to an increasing number of retired people.
So from October 2012 the Government are introducing new legislation to get more people saving for their future. This will mean that employers will have to automatically enrol certain employees into a pension scheme and make contributions on their behalf.
Automatic enrolment and the employer duties will be a big challenge for employers and they're likely to look to you for help. We want to help you make the most of this opportunity so you can help employers prepare for their new duties. Here you'll find the key facts about the employer duties and what they mean for employers and their employees.
The main employer duties are being introduced in stages from October 2012. Employers need to identify their staging date to determine when the duties first apply. This also sets the date for automatic re-enrolment.
Most employers will have to set up and contribute to a pension scheme suitable for automatic enrolment. Automatic enrolment schemes must meet three sets of criteria.
Employers must assess their workforce to determine which type of worker they employ. Workers can be categorised as eligible jobholders, non-eligible jobholders or entitled workers.
Employers will have different duties depending on the types of worker they employ. They'll need to automatically enrol some workers into an automatic enrolment scheme and arrange membership of a pension scheme for others.
Employers will be responsible for the ongoing maintenance of the scheme and have an obligation to keep certain records. This includes information about their workers and the pension scheme which must be provided to TPR when requested.
The employer duties are not optional. TPR will ensure employers comply with the new duties. Although their approach will be to educate and encourage compliance, employers will face substantial fines or even imprisonment if they don't comply.
NEST is a pension scheme that employers can use to meet their employer duties. It's aimed at low to medium earners and small employers.
Last update March 2013
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