Automatic enrolment was introduced progressively from 1 October 2012. It requires all employers to enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying pension scheme and pay contributions on their behalf. The obligation applied from the employer’s “staging date”. Employers who were in existence at October 2012 or who became employers before October 2017 have reached their staging date. Employers who become new employers on or after 1 October 2017 immediately have legal duties for its new staff member. These apply from the first day that the first member of staff started working for the employer. This date is known as the duties start date.


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