Workplace pension re-enrolment – how does it work?
Almost all workers should now be enrolled into a workplace pension under the Automatic Enrolment scheme. But as the employer, your legal duties do not end there.
Once every three years, workers who have opted out of a workplace pension or did not previously meet the earnings threshold should be ‘re-enrolled’ into the workplace scheme – known as re-enrolment and re-declaration.
If you’re undertaking re-enrolment for the first time, here’s everything you need to know.
When does re-enrolment start?
Employers must carry out the re-enrolment and re-declaration process three years after their staging date, and once every three years thereafter.
Alternatively, employers can choose a re-enrolment date providing it falls within a six-month timeframe. Use this re-enrolment tool to see your available dates.
What does re-enrolment involve?
During this process, employers must re-enrol staff who left their pension, or reduced their contributions, back into your workplace pension scheme and complete a re-declaration of compliance.
How long do I have to complete re-enrolment?
The declaration of compliance must be completed within five calendar months of the third anniversary of your staging date.
Do I have to tell staff about re-enrolment?
Yes, you must write to eligible staff individually, within six weeks of their re-enrolment date, to tell them how re-enrolment applies to them.
For help and advice with related matters, please get in touch with your Seymour Taylor representative or contact our Payroll Manager, Steve Milne for any new enquiries 01494 552100.
This blog is for guidance only, professional advice should be obtained before acting on any information contained herein. The information was correct at time of publishing on 19 May 2021.