The proposed simplification of the Auto-Enrolment rules
14 February 2013
The DWP plans to consult in March 2013 on several changes to the auto-enrolment regime.
The changes to be introduced are intended to simplify technical aspects of the legislation, reflecting the lessons learned so far from how the regime has operated in practice.
Three specific areas have been singled out by the DWP:
- To simplifying the process of assessing the workforce
- Making it easier for money purchase schemes to show they satisfy the statutory quality requirements
- Removing the duty to enrol particular groups, such as those who have registered for protection from a lifetime allowance charge because currently auto-enrolling these individuals puts in jeopardy the status of their tax protection
Employers should note that there has been no indication of when these changes are likely to be implemented. However the DWP says it recognises that businesses need sufficient time to make the necessary alterations to their systems.
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