DWP eases auto-enrolment admin burden for employers

The Government has announced a series of amendments to automatic enrolment regulations designed to ease the administrative burden on employers.

The proposed changes include extending the time period within which employers must notify workers about a waiting period and their right to opt into a company pension scheme from one week after the employer’s staging date to one month.

The DWP also confirms its intention to clarify the definition of basic pay for auto-enrolment after concerns were raised about the complexity of the self-certification process.

Pensions minister Steve Webb says: “I welcome the positive response to our consultation. These regulations provide key legal requirements and guidance to help employers start enrolling their staff later this year.

“Automatic enrolment can now begin and start a much-needed seismic shift in pension saving in this country.”