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How to comply with
The Pensions Regulator

Employers can meet their legal duties in six steps


We make setting up a workplace pension for automatic enrolment simple

1. Find out when automatic enrolment duties start date

This is the date an employer needs to comply with their automatic enrolment duties.

If an employer set up their PAYE scheme on or before 30 September 2017, they’ll have a ‘staging date’. This is when they need to begin meeting your automatic enrolment duties. The Pensions Regulator tells each employer when it is – or the date can be checked on their website.

Or if employing staff for the first time on or after 1 October 2017, they’ll need to start complying with automatic enrolment duties immediately – from the first day the first member of staff starts working for them.

They’ll need to assess their employees to see if any of them meet the age and earnings criteria to be put into a pension scheme.

2. Check how payroll will work

Most payroll software works out who needs to be put into a pension scheme, and may submit the details to us automatically. If you don’t have payroll software your employee data can be securely entered online.

3. Sign up with The People’s Pension online

It’s quick and easy to sign up with us online – and there’s plenty of help along the way.
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Then sign up here »

4. Communicate to employees

All staff must be told what’s happening, so we provide letter templates employers can use to write to their employees. That includes those who don’t need to be automatically put into the pension scheme, as they’ll still have the option to join if they’d like to.

5. Log into Online Services

Employers get an Online Services account on our website where they can submit employer data every pay period. That’s how new starters are added, and any employees who ask to join. It’s also how money is added to staff pension pots – as well as how employee ages and earnings are monitored to make sure the right people are enrolled and the right contributions are being paid.

6. Complete the declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator

The final step is to declare compliance with The Pensions Regulator – within five calendar months of the start of automatic enrolment duties. We can help with this.

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