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Pensions regulator launches auto-enrolment guide for small firms

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The Pensions Regulator has unveiled a new step-by-step website guide designed to help small employers navigate their automatic enrolment duties.

The launch of the new service comes as the industry gears up for a wave of 1.8 million employers hitting their staging dates next year.

It includes information on what employers have to do and when, and uses videos, animations and infographics to explain their duties.

Pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann says: “As we start the process of rolling it out to the UK’s smallest employers, we need to tailor our support to make sure it is fit for purpose.

“I believe simplification is vital and The Pensions Regulator has made great strides in modernising its language and approach, to help employers. This new interactive step-by-step guide is an excellent initiative to help even the smallest employers fulfil their automatic enrolment duties and comply with the law.”

TPR executive director for auto-enrolment Charles Counsell adds: “Our website now presents clear options for those small and micro employers who don’t have complex workforces and want instructions on how to comply without having to wade through lots of details.

“Workplace pensions do not need to be complex for the hundreds of thousands of employers who have still to meet their legal duties. Many micro employers have just one member of staff. We are helping them to navigate a straightforward path to successfully completing automatic enrolment.”

The launch comes after the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association – previously the National Association of Pension Funds – unveiled a new service to help employers manage auto-enrolment and choose a pension provider.

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