Auto-Enrolment: Are you ready? Your staging date is on its way

What is Auto-Enrolment – and do I have to do it? 

Auto-Enrolment is a Government initiative designed to encourage more people to put money aside for their pensions and to reduce the burden of an aging population on the State.
It will make sure that all eligible jobholders are entered into a qualifying workplace pension scheme from the staging date, leaving them with some retirement provision to call upon in later life.
And yes, you have to do it!
If you haven’t already had notification of your staging date (the date by which you have to have a provision in place) you will get it soon.
The Pensions Regulator, the body set up to monitor compliance on this issue, is already dishing out fines for companies who miss their staging dates. A fixed penalty notice of £400 will be issued, then a daily penalty can be applied of £50 to £10,000 depending on the number of staff you have.

What do I have to do?

The last few staging dates are coming up between now and April 2017. To find out yours please click here and put in your PAYE reference. When you get it you will need to:
  • Firstly comply! Do not bury your head in the sand.
  • Find a scheme. As an employer you have the responsibilty for running this scheme in the best interests of your employees.
  • Keep compliant. You will have an ongoing duty to ensure the scheme is performing well and all your eligible employees can access it.
Or, you could call The HR Dept.
The HR Dept can take away the strain, allowing you time to focus on what’s important: running and building your business.
With help from The HR Dept you get cost-effective, hassle-free, expert advice on auto enrolment. Not only do we help you implement your scheme, but we provide ongoing support to help keep you compliant.
So how can we help take the stress away?
You can do Auto-Enrolment yourself, of course, but with thousands of pages of guidance on the regulator’s website and hefty fines for getting it wrong, it’s no wonder SMEs are looking to outsource it. Contact The HR Dept to save time, money and minimise risk.
Click here to read more about our Auto-Enrolment services, or get in touch with us directly at or on 0131 297 7545.
And don’t forget you will need to update your HR documentation to reflect your new pension scheme, which of course we can help with too.

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Ian heads up the HR Dept Edinburgh & the Lothians team. The HR Dept specialises in helping SMEs with everything to with employment, through a local and personal service delivering practical and pragmatic advice and support. With nearly 30 years HR experience, Ian has a wealth of experience in helping businesses to ensure success through their people, be legally compliant and handle tricky people issues. As a business owner himself, Ian understands the challenges that come with running and growing a business. He is known for his ability to explain complex concepts simply and to make learning fun and enjoyable.