November 27 2013.

Changes to automatic enrolment rules – that have been in place since October 2012 - have been unveiled to make it easier for future tranches of employers to enrol their workers into a pension scheme.

The changes include alternative definitions of pay reference periods for both assessing jobholder status and determining whether a scheme is a qualifying scheme; extending the automatic enrolment joining window from one month to six weeks; extending the deadline for employers to provide information to individuals on their opt in and joining rights to six weeks; fitting the deadlines for registration and postponement notices in with the extended joining window; applying the extended deadline for passing worker contributions to a pension scheme to all new joiners (including contract joiners); making clear that schemes can customise opt-out notices; and ensuring greater clarity and consistency concerning the requirements for defined benefit test schemes in relation to the appropriate age, service limits and revaluation that apply in those schemes.

The majority of these changes were implemented on 1 November 2013 with those on the joining window and registration deadlines coming into force from 1 April 2014.

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