Most churches will now have completed and dealt with auto enrolment. This means that every employer will be providing a pension scheme to all their eligible employees from March 2018 at the latest.
But don’t forget: if you are responsible for auto enrolment then you will also be responsible for re-enrolment.
Re-enrolment is a process which you need to complete every three years whereby you are required to re-enrol certain staff into a pension scheme again that may have previously left or opted out of a scheme.
What you need to do:
- Choose your own re-enrolment date
The date you need to do this is approximately three years after your original staging date. It is approximate because, unlike your staging date, you are able to choose your own re-enrolment date as long as it falls either three months before or three months after the third anniversary of your automatic enrolment staging date.
- Assess your staff
Once you have selected your date you will then need to assess certain staff to work out if you need to put them back into a pension scheme. You must assess anyone who asked to leave or opted out of the pension scheme, left a scheme after the opt out period, or stayed in the pension scheme but chose to reduce the level of pension contributions to below the minimum level.
You do not have to assess anyone who is already in the pension scheme, is aged 21 or under, or is at the state pension age or over.
Anyone who has left the pension scheme more than 12 months before your re-enrolment date and meets the age criteria must be re-enrolled into a pension scheme again.
You have a choice on those that have left within 12 months of your re-enrolment date as to whether you put them in again or not.
- Write to staff that you’ve re-enrolled
Just like when you first went over to the new pension regulations on your staging date, you will need to write to those you are putting into a scheme, and then…
- Complete a re-declaration of compliance with The Pensions Regulator.
The deadline for the re-declaration of compliance is to complete within the first five months of the third anniversary of your staging date.
Find out more about pension re-enrolment on The Pensions Regulator website (www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk ). If you have a query, contact the Stewardship Payroll Bureau team on 020 8418 8181 or [email protected]