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What is an opt out period?

Membership of the scheme is not compulsory. Members of staff who are enrolled into the employer’s workplace pension scheme do not have to remain in the scheme or continue paying contributions. Every jobholder has one calendar month after being enrolled, when they can choose to opt out. If they opt out within this time frame, either online or by correctly completing and returning our opt out form, any contributions deducted will be returned to the employee and it is the employer’s responsibility to do this as soon as possible.

If they are outside the opt out period, the contributions will simply stop being taken. The contributions already invested will remain until such time as benefits are taken or a transfer to an alternative approved pension scheme is made.

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