You can choose to delay working out who to put into a pension scheme for up to three months for some or all of your staff. This is known as postponement. You must write to your staff to tell them what you are doing and how automatic enrolment applies to them.
Why you might postpone
When you can postpone
You can only postpone automatic enrolment from:
- your duties start date
- a staff member's first day of employment
- the date a staff member first meets the age and earnings criteria to be put into a pension scheme that you also pay into.
Remember, if you use postponement on your duties start date it only changes the day on which you need to assess your staff, it doesn't change your duties start date or your declaration of compliance deadline. You can only use postponement if you're within six weeks of the date that your member of staff met the age and earnings criteria to be put into a pension scheme.
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How to use postponement
You must write to each member of staff individually to tell them that you have delayed working out who to put into a scheme and how automatic enrolment applies to them. You will have six weeks to write to them from the date after postponement starts. There's no need to tell us that you've decided to use postponement.
You can postpone for up to three months. You can postpone as many or as few staff as you like and the postponement period doesn't have to be the same length for everyone.
Postponement letter template
Use our postponement letter template to help you write to staff as required by law. You can tailor the letter template to your needs.
Postponement letter template in other languages
You can find translated versions of our postponement letter template - including Bulgarian, Polish and Romanian versions - in automatic enrolment letter templates.