Just when your workplace pension is running smoothly Re-Enrolment time is here - 5 things you need to do
Posted on 21st January 2019 at 18:46
Employers who have provided a workplace pension have Reenrolment duties three years after their original staging date. There are 5 things you need to do and and 3 things you might want to take the opportunity to consider.
Five things you must do
Select your Reenrolment Date First find your original staging date and add three years. This date is the centre of your Reenrolment window. You can choose your reenrolment date to be any date within the six month window beginning 3 months before this date and ending 3 months after.
Identify those employees who were autoenrolled but have opted out in the period since your original staging date. This is anyone who is between age 22 and State Pension Age, earns more than £10,000 per annum and is not contributing to the workplace pension at your reenrolment date.
Write to those employees explaining that they must be reenrolled from your reenrolment date. This should include an explanation of how they can opt out again if they wish.
Reenrol those employees with the workplace pension provider from your reenrolment date. Ensure your payroll system is set up to calculate the appropriate contributions for these people from the chosen reenrolment date and pay the contributions to your workplace pension provider
Complete a redeclaration of compliance for the pensions regulator and submit this no later than 5 months after the centre of your reenrolment window.
Three things you may wish to consider
Additional Employee communications. This could be to help employees understand the benefits of saving through a workplace pension particularly the employer contribution and the government tax relief or could cover wider financial issues and questions. Ensuring employees financial well being can help employers with succession planning as well as employee engagement.
Review of your workplace pension provider . Is everything running smoothly ? Are your employees happy with the information they receive, the investment options and the options at retirement. Are all your employees benefitting from government tax relief including those not paying tax.
Audit of processes including payroll processes ,calculation and payment of contributions and timeliness of investment. The Pensions regulator has recently been turning their attention to data issues.
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