Automatic enrolment: Postponement and seasonal workers

15 September 2016

The Pensions Regulator has produced two new animated tutorials and other tools for employers on the more complex areas covering postponement and seasonal workers.

An employer may have seasonal peaks they wish to avoid, as automatic re-enrolment may result in an influx of new pension scheme members along with the associated communication activities.

For cyclical re-enrolment purposes an employer may choose their date from any date that falls within a six month window, starting three months before the third anniversary of their original staging date and ending three months from that anniversary. In this way the employer has the flexibility to avoid certain fluctuations.

Bear in mind that postponement is not available for an employer to use at automatic re-enrolment. You can only postpone automatic enrolment from:

  • your staging date
  • a staff member’s first day of employment
  • the date a staff member first meets the age and earnings criteria to be put into a pension scheme that you also pay into.

Full details are available on TPR’s website about: