For as long as there has been auto enrolment, there have been staging dates. But, for new businesses who become employers for the first time on or after 1 October 2017, they won’t have a staging date.
These businesses will immediately have to comply with their auto enrolment duties as soon as they employ their first member of staff.
Figures from The Pensions Regulator show that thousands of start-up businesses will have instantaneous auto enrolment duties and more than half will need to enrol staff into a workplace pension. New employers, about to employ someone for the first time, will need to complete certain tasks in preparation for auto enrolment. As a first step, they will need to register as an employer with HMRC. As a second step, they will need to inform The Pensions Regulator of the chosen point of contact for auto enrolment. Further information on the steps new employers need to take can be found on The Pension Regulator’s website here.
The Pensions Regulator has begun auto enrolment employer spot checks across the UK. Inspectors are visiting hundreds of businesses over the coming months to check and ensure that employees are being given access to a workplace pension scheme. It is important that you are aware of these legal duties and take steps to avoid being fined.