Auto-enrolment—toolkit [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Wyn Derbyshire of gunnercooke LLP

The following Pensions practice note produced in partnership with Wyn Derbyshire of gunnercooke LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Auto-enrolment—toolkit [Archived]
  • Overview
  • Checklist—preparing for auto-enrolment
  • The auto-enrolment duties in brief
  • Precedents

Auto-enrolment—toolkit [Archived]

This archived toolkit covers the basic issues relating to pensions auto-enrolment and highlights practical steps employers needed to take in order to meet their auto-enrolment obligations in respect of employees working in the UK. The Pensions Regulator also produced some helpful guidance to assist employers to prepare for auto-enrolment.


The auto-enrolment legislation came into operation on 1 October 2012 and imposes a statutory duty on employers to enrol their workers automatically into a pension scheme meeting at least minimum standards, unless workers choose to opt out.

Employers who fail to comply with the auto-enrolment regime risk a fine of up to £50,000 and, in cases of wilful and persistent non-compliance, imprisonment for up to two years.

Checklist—preparing for auto-enrolment

Employers would have had to take the following action steps to prepare for auto-enrolment:

  1. Speak to their benefits adviser (if their have one) or consider appointing a new adviser to assist them in complying with their auto-enrolment duties.

  2. Identify how many people they had on their payroll—the date on which the auto-enrolment duties started to apply to them (their 'staging date') was determined by reference to the size of their payroll.

  3. Identify how many eligible workers they had who had to be enrolled automatically (and any non-eligible workers who nevertheless had the right to 'opt in').

  4. Identify their staging date (the date on which their auto-enrolment duties started

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