Automatic enrolment: New interactive journey launched for small and micro employers

20 October 2015

The Pensions Regulator has acted to help reduce the challenge of automatic enrolment for small and micro employers with a new interactive step by step website guide.

The new online journey includes the following:

  • A duties checker: To help employers understand which duties apply to them, there are interactive questions which allow an employer to quickly establish if they will need to put any staff into a pension scheme.
  • A step by step guide for those who do not employ staff eligible for automatic enrolment, including how to provide a pension scheme for employees who still ask to join one.
  • It provides a streamlined journey for those with domestic workers and those who employ a personal care assistant.
  • Videos, animation and infographics all helping employers understand what automatic enrolment is and what they need to consider when choosing a pension scheme.

The Pensions Regulator is urging all employers to use the duties checker on its website to find out which legal duties apply to them. Employers will receive customised communications relevant to their situation after using the duties checker to tell the regulator about their circumstances.

Those people who employ personal care assistants can identify themselves through this route or by phone.

As well as updates to the website, the regulator’s supporting publications and letters, and the emails they send to employers have been redesigned. They have all been simplified to meet the needs of different small and micro employers; for example those who have automatic enrolment duties but have no staff, now have specific letters suitable for their situation.