Changes to auto-enrolment rules?

The Government is consulting on changes to the auto-enrolment regulations.

Fear not, there are no big changes. The Government is just responding to
issues identified in feedback received since some of the largest employers began enrolling employees last year.

The changes include

  • Making it easier for employers to use existing payroll processes to determine whether workers need to be auto-enrolled and for assessing whether existing schemes are qualifying schemes.
  • Turning off the employer duty to auto-enrol where a worker has recently opted out of pension saving before they were automatically enrolled (e.g. where an employer makes joining the pension scheme a condition of the contract of employment).
  • Confirming that opt-out notices need not be identical to the form specified in regulations.
  • Extending the joining window deadline from one month to six weeks.

The Government is looking to make these changes in April 2014. As always…….watch this space.

Steve Clark

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