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  • Re-enrolment - Act Early Nov 7, 2017
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    Re-enrolment duties must be completed approximately three years after your automatic enrolment staging date, some of our customers reached their re-enrolmentdates in 2017. On the re-enrolment date, employers must reassess certain staff for re-enrolment, you need to assess staff if:

    • They opted out of the auto-enrolment workplace pensionscheme more than 12 months before the re-enrolment date
    • They left the pension scheme under the scheme rules (known as “ceasing active membership”) more the 12 months before the re-enrolment date
    • They are in the pension scheme but have reduced their contributions to below the level required for auto-enrolment

    Re-enrolment is very important, to date it has largely gone under the public radar as the focus remains on enrolling those UK employers who are yet to reach their staging date through to early 2018. As UK legislation requires this process is to be completed every three years, it is vital to understand what is expected by both HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR). Failure to comply with automatic re-enrolment and re-declaration of compliance duties and deadlines may result in fines. To succeed in the re-enrolment process, employers must familiarise themselves with their obligations and act early. There are some simple steps to follow:

    • Choose your re-enrolment date that falls in the three months either side of the three year anniversary of the original staging date
    • Assess your staff on the re-enrolment date
    • Write to your staff that you have re-enrolled within 6 weeks of your re-enrolment date
    • Complete your re-declaration of compliance within 5 months of the third anniversary of your staging date

    By communicating proactively with your employees you can help them understand the benefits of pension entitlement and reduce the risk that they might lose sight of it in the future. The re-enrolment process is not straightforward, however, using payroll softwarethat handles the re-enrolment process, such as BrightPay, will greatly reduce the time required to remain compliant.

    Written by Alena Amelyanchuk | BrightPay Payroll Software


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