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Re-enrolment Obligations

Every three years employers must check to see if any worker who had previously opted out of their workplace pension needs to be automatically re-enrolled back into the pension scheme.

If Mitchell Charlesworth is engaged for both Payroll and auto-enrolment services your workers will be automatically re-assessed for ‘re-enrolment’ on the first pay day after your third anniversary of your staging date.

Where appropriate, those workers will be included in the next pension submission in order to be re-enrolled into the workplace pension scheme.  If we are also responsible for your workplace pension communications, we will generate the communications to inform the respective workers of their re-enrolment within the pay run.

Re-enrolled employees will have a one-month ‘Opt-Out’ window from the date that they are re-enrolled to inform the pension provider that they do not want to become a member on this occasion.  Workers cannot ‘Opt-Out’ until after they have been re-enrolled.  Any worker who does ‘Opt-Out’ within the window will have contributions refunded in the next available payroll run.

What is re-declaration of compliance?

As an employer you have a duty to inform The Pensions Regulator that you have met compliance by completing a re-declaration of compliance by no later than 5 months after the 3 yearly anniversary of your staging date.

If Mitchell Charlesworth is engaged for both your Payroll and auto-enrolment services and you are apprehensive or unsure about completing your re-declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator, Mitchell Charlesworth can complete it on your behalf for a fixed fee.

Once we have completed the re-assessment process we will send you a Service Agreement for you to review, sign and return to our offices should you wish for us to complete the re-declaration of compliance on your behalf.

Please note: This service is only available for employers who use one of The Peoples Pension or NEST as their workplace pension.  If your workplace pension provider is someone other than The Peoples Pension or NEST, please ensure that you complete the re-declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator before reaching your deadline.

If Mitchell Charlesworth is engaged for your Payroll but you look after your business’s Workplace Pension or auto-enrolment administration, make sure that you inform us of the person(s) who need to have pension contributions re-commence on the payroll and the appropriate rate.

When do you have to submit a re-declaration of compliance to the Pensions Regulator?

You have a duty to inform The Pensions Regulator that you have met compliance by completing a re-declaration of compliance by no later than 5 months after the 3 yearly anniversary of your staging date via http://www.autoenrol.tpr.gov.uk

You can find more information on how to complete this process by visiting  http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/automatic-enrolment-online-reregistration-checklist.pdf

Fines for failing to complete a re-declaration of compliance

If The Pensions Regulator have contacted you about making a Declaration please do not ignore it.  There are fixed penalties of £400 and escalating penalties starting at £50 a day for failing to complete the re-declaration of compliance, even you do not have any workers re-enrolled into a pension scheme.

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Re-Enrolment Obligations

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