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Auto Enrolment

The Pensions Act 2008 and 2011 changed the law on workplace pensions, and saw the introduction of auto enrolment.

Auto enrolment encourages workers to save for their retirement by requiring all employers to provide a pension scheme for all eligible workers.

Auto enrolment places significant obligations on every employer in the UK.

We will help you to understand what you need to do and when, so that you meet your statutory requirements and don’t incur penalties along the way.

We will help to reduce this important administrative burden so that you can focus on your business.

Compliance Services

Getting Started

Our specialist team will guide you through the process of setting up your auto enrolment scheme to ensure you are compliant with the complex regulations.

We will help you identify when the auto enrolment rules will have to be applied by you as an employer - known as the ‘staging date’. With our help you will avoid penalties for failure to comply.

We will assess your workforce and advise you which workers should be auto enrolled and notify you of others who are eligible to join the pension scheme.

We will help you to communicate with your employees in accordance with the regulations so that they are aware of their rights within the specified time scale.

Our specialists can help you set up the pension scheme either directly, or by liaising with your financial adviser/pension provider.

We can help you assess how much auto enrolment is going to cost your business, both now and in the future, as the minimum contribution rates rise.

Once your staging date has passed, you are required to register your compliance with The Pensions Regulator. Our team will ensure this is completed by the appropriate deadline.

We can check that your payroll software or payroll agent is able to respond to the demands of auto enrolment and can deal with the calculation and deduction of contributions.

Pensions Advice

We have a network of Independent Financial Advisers who we can recommend to help you with your pension planning and with selecting the right pension scheme for you and your business.

Ongoing Responsibilities

Your obligations under the auto enrolment regulations do not cease when your scheme is in place. Our specialist payroll team can support you on an ongoing basis to ensure you remain compliant with The Pensions Regulator:

  • They will assess your workforce at every pay run to identify any changes in circumstances which may require a worker to be auto enrolled.
  • They will enrol new workers and ensure that they receive the required communications from you as their employer.
  • They will process any “opt in” or “opt out” requests from your workers.
  • As required by the regulations our payroll team will ensure that you are compliant with the triennial re-enrolment procedures.

"As a small business, I was worried about how we were going to cope with the complex auto enrolment rules. Harris+Co have really helped with this headache by looking after the whole process for us."

Sandra Stacey, Company Secretary of Taylor & Watson Limited

Require more information?

Click here to download your free Employer’s Guide to Pension Auto Enrolment

If you would like more information or would like to speak to us direct then call us on 01226 282461. Or if you would prefer, ask us a question online.

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