Regulator issues new auto-enrolment guide

A new step-by-step guide to help small businesses get ready for their automatic enrolment duties has been launched by the Pensions Regulator.

The online guide, written specifically for employers with between one and 50 staff, explains how to complete key tasks such as knowing when to be ready, providing a point of contact for the regulator, checking who needs to be enrolled and creating a plan of action. It also contains information tailored to the needs of employers of carers and director-only companies.

The Pensions Regulator’s executive director for automatic enrolment Charles Counsell said: “We are determined to do all we can to reach out to all small and micro businesses preparing for their automatic enrolment duties. We want to make the process as simple as possible so that employers can avoid the risk of non-compliance.

“Our new online 11-step guide is a key part of a wide package of measures we are rolling out to give more than a million employers all the information they need, written and produced in a way that makes sense to them.

“Our message to employers is ensure you know when your automatic enrolment duties begin and start planning in good time.”

Around 1.5 million small and micro businesses will also receive letters from the Pensions Regulator in the coming months as part of a UK-wide campaign to alert employers to their duties.

Moore Thompson will be highlighting auto-enrolment as part of its free seminar programme. The firm will be running a seminar on auto-enrolment and payroll issues, with events taking place at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre on Tuesday, 19 May and at the Boathouse, Wisbech, on Tuesday, 2 June. Both seminars will take place from 4.30pm and will cover topics including:

  • the real time information (RTI) reporting regime and penalties
  • changes to the employment allowance from April 2015
  • shared parental leave and pay
  • forthcoming changes to the Construction Industry Scheme
  • what auto-enrolment means for your business
  • putting in place a qualifying pension scheme or upgrading an existing scheme
  • pension scheme administration, record-keeping and reporting.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, or would like to be notified of future events in our seminar programme, please contact Louise Bacon at louise@mooret.co.uk or on 01775 711333.