How to take the headache out of Auto-Enrolment!

In March 24, 2016
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Calm before the Storm - Auto Enrolment

Auto-Enrolment – The calm before the storm!

I read an interesting article which suggested that so far the roll out of Auto-Enrolment has been relatively successful, but that we shouldn’t get complacent! The real hard work begins now, as over the next two years around 1.8 million employers will reach their staging date.

According to the article “some employers have struggled to meet their legal requirements and have been subject to compliance action. Up to the end of September 2015, more than 3,000 of the Pensions Regulator’s powers have been used, including 582 fixed penalty notices!

The storm on the horizon!

The problem is that in 2016 and 2017 it will be the turn of small employers with only a few members of staff to enrol.

As the article says; “it is likely that the provider market will contract for these smaller employers as they are not financially viable for some pension providers. In addition, it’s likely that the Regulator will need to use its powers more often as smaller employers are less likely to have access to the advice they will badly need.”

How to have a stress free Auto-Enrolment experience!

 

Be proactive!

Don’t stick your head in the sand. Employers who plan and prepare for this ahead of time, are going to have a stress free staging!

Budget for it!

Start cash-flow forecasting for this cost so you know it is affordable and sustainable to the business.

Stage early!

Consider staging early to phase contribution levels in over time, which will make the cost easier on the business and your employees.

Assess your business needs!

Use the set up of your Auto-Enrolment scheme to assess your business needs. If you pay employees weekly or bi-weekly, Auto-Enrolment could be the perfect opportunity to change the pay frequency to monthly or 4 weekly, cutting down on the administration and time spent running weekly payroll.

Payroll – in house or outsource?

Decide if you will continue to run your payroll in house or whether to outsource it to your Accountant, this can take a lot of the headache out of running the pension contribution calculations every pay day.

Automate your Auto-Enrolment

Use technology wherever possible to take all the manual work off of your shoulders. Some solutions will automatically generate and email all your employees with all the regulatory and compliance documentation at the touch of a button.

Take Advice

You are responsible for how your employees money is invested, this along with all the other regulatory and compliance responsibilities means it is not worth the risk of doing this on your own! Avoid the potential liabilities and penalties and take financial advice!

At Redwood, we love working with small to medium size businesses, just like our own family business. So it’s no surprise that we have an Auto-Enrolment Solution that is affordable, automated and so easy it works for any size business! We can help companies with 1 to 100 employees, give you a fully advised service and take away all the stress of your Auto-Enrolment responsibility for a one off fixed fee!

To read the full article click here or for more information just contact the office on 01489 877 547 or email me: jasmine@redwoodfinancial.co.uk

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Jasmine has been a qualified Financial Planner since 2008. She has also been a member of the Society of Will Writers since 2012. She is passionate about helping Clients build their wealth and achieve the financial lifestyle they desire. Her areas of expertise are that of Savings, Investments, Pensions and Retirement Planning.

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