Workplace Pensions Help For Employers

Employers are reminded of their legal duties regarding workplace pensions and that there is help available to them

Workplace pensions law has changed and employers must now put certain staff into a workplace pension and make contributions to it.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for maximising employers’ compliance with this law.

There are still thousands of small and micro employers in Northern Ireland alone who still have to reach the date when they must start doing this.

Help for employers
Many smaller employers are concerned about what they need to do to comply with the law but still want to do the right thing by their staff. To help, TPR has created a user-friendly interactive journey on their website.

This starts with a Duties Checker which will tell you your staging date (the date set in law when the duties start to apply to you). The tool tells you which specific duties apply to you. It only takes five minutes to do this.

Spending a bit of time up front to understand your duties will save you time, effort and money. If you don’t have any staff to enrol, then you can bring your staging date forward and declare your compliance at the same time.

Completing your declaration
It is important that you complete a declaration of compliance and submit it to TPR so they know what actions you have taken to meet your duties.

This needs to be done within five months of your staging date. If a business adviser is acting on your behalf on some of the tasks, then you should make sure you agree who will complete the declaration.

Download a declaration of compliance checklist (PDF, 728K).