The Pensions Regulator have provided us with these FAQ's to help you follow automatic enrolment rules:
Are you sure you’ve completed all your automatic enrolment duties? Don’t risk a fine – as an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure your Declaration of Compliance is submitted
There are two dates you need to be aware of – your staging date (the date your duties start) and your Declaration of Compliance deadline (the date by which you need to tell The Pensions Regulator what you’ve done to comply with the law).
Some employers who declared their compliance late have told TPR that they thought this task was being done by someone else. If someone else is completing these duties on your behalf, it remains your responsibility as an employer to ensure your Declaration of Compliance is submitted on time.
You risk a fine if you don’t complete and submit this on time. TPR has a declaration of compliance checklist to help you.
Have you recently employed your first member of staff? Don’t forget you have automatic enrolment duties
If you have recently employed someone for the first time, then you may have already received a letter from The Pensions Regulator about automatic enrolment. Don’t ignore it – you have legal duties to meet.
TPR has online information that will help you – take 5 minutes to complete TPR's duties checker to find out what tasks you need to complete and by when.
Are you thinking about starting a new business and taking on a member of staff? Don’t forget you have automatic enrolment duties
If you are starting a new business and taking on a member of staff then as well setting up a PAYE scheme and deciding what to pay, you’ll need to assess them to see if you need to put them into a workplace pension scheme. This is called automatic enrolment and is a legal duty.
Don’t stick your head in the sand – you risk a fine. You should start preparing early to work out what you’ll need to do. The Pensions Regulator has produced a short video in their ‘James Explains’ series to help you.
Automatic enrolment is an ongoing process – it does not end on your staging date
If you’ve already automatically enrolled your staff, don’t forget that you’ll have continuing duties – The Pensions Regulator carries out spot checks around the country, so make sure you know what you need to do and are up to date with your ongoing duties.
TPR has information and guidance to help you understand your ongoing duties.
Read a message from Darren Ryder, Director of Automatic Enrolment here;Pensions Article - Darren Ryder round up.pdf