Key facts about auto enrolment

The Government has introduced auto enrolment to help more people save for their future. 

This means that employers will have to automatically enrol some workers into a workplace pension plan and give other workers the option to join.

Auto enrolment and the employer duties have and will continue to be a big challenge for employers. And, they’re likely to turn to you for support. We want to help you make the most of this opportunity so you can help employers prepare for their duties.

Here you'll find the key facts about the employer duties and what they mean for employers and their workers.

All of the information is based on our current understanding of the relevant legislation and regulations and may be subject to change.

The effect on the workforce
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.

Employer duties
Employers will have different duties depending on the types of worker they employ. They'll need to automatically enrol some workers into an auto enrolment scheme and arrange membership of a pension scheme for others.

Keeping records
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 Pensions Regulator (TPR)
The employer duties are not optional. TPR will ensure employers comply with their duties. Although TPR's approach will be to educate and encourage compliance, employers will face substantial fines or even imprisonment if they don't comply.

Last updated: 13 Jul 2016

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