Yes. You can delay auto enrolment for some or all your employees by up to three months. This is known as ‘postponement’.
This could be useful if you have staff on short-term or temporary contracts who won’t still be working for you after three months.
You can also delay auto enrolment to align with your company accounting and payroll periods.
Postponing auto enrolment doesn’t affect your duties start date. If you decide to postpone auto enrolment, you must send postponement notices to each employee within six weeks of your duties start date. If you’ve asked us to send your statutory communications you’ll need to have successfully uploaded your first pension data file, showing the assessment category for each employee, before we can send postponement notices.
So even if you choose to postpone, you’ll need to have your workplace pension with us up and running by the time of your duties start date if you want us to send your statutory communications.
If any of your employees write to you before the deferral date and ask to join a pension scheme, you must put them in. If you put them into our Scheme, you’ll have to pay contributions on their behalf