It is important to find out your pension auto enrolment staging date (start date) as early as possible to plan for the start.
Employers that had PAYE schemes before 1 April, 2012 can find their start date by entering your PAYE reference on the Pensions Regulator finding your staging date site page.
If you are a new employer and got a PAYE reference after 1 April, 2012 your staging date can be found from the table below:
Staging dates for employers who set up after 1 April 2012
|Date PAYE income first payable
|Between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013
||1 May 2017
|Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014
||1 July 2017
|Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015
||1 August 2017
|Between 1 April 2015 and 31 December 2015
||1 October 2017
|Between 1 January 2016 and 30 September 2016
||1 November 2017
|Between 1 October 2016 and 30 June 2017
||1 January 2018
|Between 1 July 2017 and 30 September 2017
||1 February 2018
Remember, before taking action based on any part of this post, please seek advice from your accountant or payroll bureau.
As a minimum, an employer should by law provide an employee with their employment terms, (known as a “statement of terms”) containing the main terms and conditions of employment within two months of starting work.
The statement of terms is the absolute minimum required by law and does not protect employers properly. For this reason an employment contract is far better for both employers and employees.
If only the bare minimum “statement of terms” is provided to a new employee, the following key information must be included in a single document which is known as the “principle statement”
- Name of employer and employee.
- Date employment and continuous employment started.
- Job location.
- Pay and whether it’s weekly, monthly etc.
- Working hours.
- Holiday entitlement.
- Job description / job title.
- Details of any collective agreement that directly affect the employee’s conditions of employment.
For details on the following information employers may provide other documents such and staff handbooks, or staff intranet sites for:
- sick leave and pay entitlement
- pensions and pension schemes
- disciplinary and grievance procedures
- appeals procedure under the disciplinary and grievance procedures.
We can provide payroll bureau clients with a Contract of Employment template for specific types of employee and if you want additional information on the bare minimum “statement of terms” you can check out advice provided by ACAS.
Remember, before taking action based on any part of this post, please seek advice from your accountant, payroll bureau or legal advisor.