Staging for pensions auto-enrolment begins

Implementation date: 1 October 2012

The Pensions Act 2008 and the Pensions Act 2011 require employers to auto-enrol eligible jobholders not already participating in a workplace pension scheme into a qualifying pension scheme or the National Employment Savings Trust. The duty to auto-enrol is implemented in stages: the employer's staging date is dependent on its PAYE scheme size and reference. Employers may postpone enrolment for three months, although employees will be able to opt in during the postponement period. The staging timetable is available on the DWP website, and the Pensions Act 2008 and the Pensions Act 2011 can be viewed on the UK legislation website.