Definition of automatic enrolment into pension schemes

Employers have to enrol their employees automatically into either their own (qualifying) pension scheme or the Government’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). Workers can opt-out of their employer’s scheme if they choose not to participate. Employers are grouped according to size: the largest employers had to introduce auto-enrolment from October 2012, the due date for smaller employers, with 50 or more but no more than 250 employees, was April 2015 and the dates for the smallest and some new employers is staggered until a final date of 1 February 2018.

Employers have to enrol workers automatically if the employee satisfies various conditions including being over 22 years old and earning more than £10,000 per annum. [1]

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