Pensions auto-enrolment

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January 2015 delivers another important date in the ongoing auto enrolment timetable. We’re in the middle of a staged introduction of this pensions initiative which requires employers with at least one employee (meeting certain criteria) to automatically enrol them into a pension scheme. The largest employers should already have done it. On January 15th, it’s the turn of employers who have 58 PAYE employees. More staging dates will follow.

If you haven’t started thinking about auto-enrolment, make it your new year’s resolution. Employees who are aged between 22 and state pension age, who earn at least £10,000 a year and who work in the UK, are entitled to be enrolled on your pension scheme from your staging date, so check when this is. You need to work out who is eligible, choose your pension provider and begin the important task of communicating this to your workforce.

There are processes to be designed, contribution levels to be decided, payroll systems to be aligned and staff to be brought up to speed on the changes. Getting to grips with this as far in advance of your staging date as possible is your best bet. But don’t panic; talk to us. Contact our employment specialist Matthew Finley now on 01282 864500 to discuss how we can help you to achieve a smooth transition.