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What employers need to do

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    Ready to get started?

    If you’re ready to set up your workplace pension scheme you can get started with NEST today.

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    Want to find out more?

    Our Employers’ guide to auto enrolment tells you all you need to know about your new pension duties.

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Your new pension duties

The Pensions Act 2008 established new duties for employers. Every employer in the UK will have to offer their workers a workplace pension scheme that meets certain minimum standards.

If you employ one or more people then these changes affect you. You’ll need to set up a workplace pension scheme and make pension contributions on your workers’ behalf. Some of your workers need to be automatically enrolled in the scheme by you while others can ask you to enrol them.

Once you’ve set up your scheme and enrolled your workers, you’ll have to manage your scheme day to day, assessing your workers every pay period to make sure they’re getting the right contributions and managing new enrolments and opt-outs.

When will you be affected?

Every employer has a date by which they’ll need to be ready to comply with their new workplace pension duties. This is called a ‘staging date’ or sometimes a 'duty date’. Find out your staging date from The Pension Regulator’s website.

It’s possible to delay your staging date by up to three months if you want.

We recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to prepare before the duties apply to you. You’ll need to know who you need to enrol and how you want to make contributions.

Find out how to prepare for auto enrolment

Ready to get started?

NEST is a workplace pension scheme that’s been set up by the government specifically for auto enrolment. We’ve already won awards for our innovative investment approach and clear communications. It’s free for employers to use and our online accounts make it straightforward to manage NEST whenever and wherever you want. If you’re ready to get started you can register for your NEST account and start setting up now.

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Get your organisation ready

Before you start setting up a workplace pension scheme you’ll need to make sure that your organisation’s ready. You might have to review your existing pension scheme if you have one, get more information from your workers and make changes to your payroll system. Getting things right at the beginning will save you time later on.

Find out how to get ready for auto enrolment

Pensions are changing

The new pension rules are designed to help workers save for their retirement.

Find out more about the reforms

Giving advice to employers

If you’re an accountant, financial adviser or a payroll provider, NEST can help you expand the range of services you can offer to your clients.

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