Every employer must put certain staff into a workplace pension and pay into it. This is called automatic enrolment.
Your duties begin on the day your first member of staff starts work. You must check the ages and earnings of all your staff on this date, to find out who must be put into a pension scheme. This is something you'll need to do every time you pay your staff.
If you employ seasonal or temporary staff, this may make your assessment of who to put into a pension scheme more complex, taking more time and effort, as you will need to take into account:
- their varying earnings and hours
- that they may join and leave your employment in the middle of pay periods
- or that they may only work for you for short periods of time
To help make this easier and to save you time, you should check whether your payroll software can help, and you could consider using postponement to delay working out who to put into a pension scheme.
For more information on dealing with seasonal workers, including checking your software and using postponement, go to The Pensions Regulator website.