Employers with staging dates from May 2016 to expect letters from The Pensions Regulator

21 January 2015

From the end of January The Pensions Regulator will start mailing the one and a half million small and micro employers who have a staging date of May 2016 or later.

The regulator has issued a press release with details about this new all-employer mail out. This is happening in addition to the regular ‘12 months ahead of staging date’ mail out and aims to ensure that by the summer all employers know their staging date. Research from the regulator has shown that significant numbers of small and micro employers do not know their staging dates.

This mailing activity also asks employers to provide email contact details and asks them to nominate a primary point of contact which the regulator can then send regular reminders and updates as their individual staging date approaches. The letter will also ask employers to nominate a secondary contact, which may well be their adviser, for example accountant, bookkeeper or payroll provider.

The key message for advisers is to be prepared for clients to contact you about automatic enrolment, and to let clients know to look out for a letter from The Pensions Regulator in the coming months.

For further information on helping clients prepare for automatic enrolment is available on The Pension Regulator’s website.