How should employers deal with pension entitlement for new recruits under the pensions auto-enrolment provisions?
Assuming that a new recruit meets the criteria to be an "eligible jobholder" and the employer has passed its auto-enrolment staging date, it is required to enrol him or her automatically in to a qualifying pension scheme when he or she joins the employer. As a general rule, the duty to auto-enrol new recruits applies from their first day of employment. However, employers can take advantage of the provisions that entitle them to postpone the automatic enrolment date for up to three months.
For new employers that begin employing people on or after 1 October 2017, the auto-enrolment duties begin on the day on which their first member of staff begins work.