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Auto Enrolment Workplace Pensions

What is Auto Enrolment?

The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called auto enrolment.

It is called auto enrolment because it is automatic for your staff – they don’t have to do anything to be enrolled into your pension scheme, but it is not automatic for you. You need to take steps to make sure your eligible staff are enrolled into a pension scheme. Even if you already pay contributions into a pension scheme for your staff, you still need to check if it is suitable for automatic enrolment.

The Pensions Regulator has suggested that each employer allow up to 12 months to implement the set-up of your automatic enrolment workplace pension. Automatic enrolment is your legal duty and if you don’t act you could be fined.

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The Pensions Regulator has the authority to issue;

  • A £400 Fixed Penalty Notice for failure to comply with the statutory requirements
  • An Escalating Penalty Notice for failure to comply with the statutory requirements;
  • £50 per day for 1-4 employees
  • £10,000 per day for over 500 employees
  • A Civil Penalty for failure of an employer to pay contributions;
  • £0-£500 in the case of an individual
  • £0-£50,000 in any other case

For full details please visit The Pensions Regulators own website:


Business Duties, Problems & Solutions

Setting up your own company pension can take 100 hours+. According to the Centre for Economics & Business Research the set-up costs for a small firm will average £8,900. Click the headings below to check the duties required by all businesses (large or small) to meet the Auto Enrolment requirements.

Find out the date your automatic enrolment duties come into effect for you. This is known as your staging date.
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Tell the relevant parties who they can contact with information about your automatic enrolment duties.
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Check if you’ll need to automatically enrol any of your staff. This will help you plan what you need to do next.
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Create a plan to make sure you meet your automatic enrolment duties in time.
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Work out how much your regular pension payments and setup costs are likely to be.
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Check your records and choose the best way to keep track of these once your duties take effect. Ensure that your payroll process will work with automatic enrolment.
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If you already offer your staff a pension scheme make sure it can be used for automatic enrolment. If it can’t you will need to find a different one.
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Enrol your staff into the pension scheme(s) you’re providing for them.
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You must write to your staff to let them know how automatic enrolment applies to them within six weeks of your staging date.
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Pay regular contributions, keep records of your automatic enrolment activities and monitor the ages and earnings of your staff (including new starters) and enrol them if they become eligible.
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Let the relevant parties know how you’ve met your automatic enrolment duties by completing your declaration of compliance. Even if you haven’t had to automatically enrol anyone you must still complete your declaration.

What can CI Consultancy do to help?

We provide a straightforward solution to ensure you are fully compliant and ready in time for your staging date.
We will assist you through the whole auto enrolment process starting with a meeting with one of our consultants.

Within our fixed charge we engage the services of an internationally recognised UK FCA regulated Financial Institution on your behalf; providing you with the management, administrative and accountancy backup and additional expertise to give you peace of mind.

Between us we have developed a simple solution to take care of the whole process. We are happy to work with you or through your Accountant and will contact employees directly to save your time whilst implementing their pension schemes.

This is a full service covering every aspect of the auto enrolment process. From the initial implementation continuing through the whole life time of the Scheme.

Contact us now on 01832 770485 or by Contact Form for your free consultation or to arrange a visit.

This site is not intended to constitute advice or guidance upon which you may rely and is not a substitute for professional, financial or tax advice. Nothing in this website constitutes investment advice or a Financial Promotion (as defined) under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. CI Consultancy & Introductions Ltd are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and take no responsibility for any actions taken by users of the site.

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