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Automatic enrolment - the basics

Automatic enrolment is a government initiative that was introduced to help more people save for their retirement through a pension scheme at work.

Every employer in the UK must enrol certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is known as automatic enrolment.

Watch this video from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to find out more:

When will automatic enrolment affect me?

Automatic enrolment law is already in force for all employers, with new businesses having to comply with the new legislation straight away.

If you are a new business, you can find out how to set up Auto Enrolment by visiting The pensions regulator

Does Payroll support automatic enrolment?

Yes. You can prepare for automatic enrolment in Payroll, including assessing your workforce, communicating the upcoming changes and nominating a pensions contact with The Pensions Regulator.

You can also set up a qualifying pension scheme to ensure you’re meeting the automatic enrolment requirements, postpone your staging date and assess your employees for automatic enrolment.

Does my current workplace pension scheme qualify for automatic enrolment?

If you don’t already have a workplace pension scheme, you’ll need to choose one that meets TPR’s qualifying criteria. TPR have lots of useful information to help you find a provider and choose a pension scheme.

If you already have a pension scheme, you should check with your pension provider that it’s suitable for automatic enrolment.

For more information on Auto Enrolment, including processing in Payroll, please visit our Auto Enrolment Hub

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