12 Mar 2018
A new employer has duties effective from the contract start date of their first worker - their ‘duties start date’. They must automatically enrol any eligible staff, including any staff serving their probation period, and immediately start deducting contributions from their pay.
However, it may be possible to use postponement, providing the postponed staff are given a postponement notice - but staff can still request to join or opt into the pension, even during postponement. For more information on how postponement works, click here.
Even if they do not have any eligible staff, employers still have duties, such as giving their staff a letter to tell them they can ask to join a pension - and they may have to assess some staff every pay cycle to see if they become eligible.