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Automatic enrolment - workplace pension duties

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'. If you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.

It’s not enough to enrol your employees in a scheme and stop there – you need to continue paying in every time you run payroll. Not only that, but the law sets a minimum amount of 3% of the employee’s gross earnings for employers to pay in. You can pay more than this if you wish, but you’re not allowed to pay any less.

As an employer you should make sure that members receive the contributions they’re due. You need to identify late or inaccurate payments early – The Pensions Regulator will take action if you fail to comply with your ongoing legal duties, and you may need to backdate any missed payments.

Visit The Pensions Regulator website for further information.

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