May 15 2015.

A new step-by-step guide to help small businesses get ready for their automatic enrolment duties has been launched by The Pensions Regulator.

The 11-step guide walks employers through their legal requirements and is part of a number of measures to ensure small and micro employers have easy access to the information they will need to comply.

What is automatic enrolment? 

Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, including enrolling those who are eligible into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. This is called automatic enrolment.

It is called automatic enrolment because it is automatic for employees – they don't have to do anything to be enrolled into the company's pension scheme, but it is not automatic for the employer. Steps need to be taken to ensure eligible staff are enrolled into a pension scheme. Even if employers already pay contributions into a pension scheme for their staff, they still need to check if it is suitable for automatic enrolment.

The Pensions Regulator recommends allowing up to 12 months to prepare as automatic enrolment is the company's legal duty and fines could be levied if it isn't implemented correctly.

The step-by-step guide HERE will help employers work out the tasks that need to be completed.