Small employers warned they may need to provide pensions

Published on: 24 Feb 2017

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SMALL employers in Bristol are to get a helping hand from  South Bristol Voice, a city MP and the Pensions Regulator as they prepare for major pension reforms that will see most workers enrolled into a workplace pension scheme.

The 13 monthly magazines in the Voice network across Bristol have joined together to arrange a expert pensions advice for small firms on April 10, 2017.

Whether you’re a shopkeeper, a plumber or employ someone in the home, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties.

All employers are invited to come along to Orchard School Bristol in Horfield, BS7 0XZ at 1pm on Monday, April 10 to learn more about preparing for automatic enrolment and to pose questions to pensions experts. 

An official from  the Pensions Regulator will be attending to provide guidance. 

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Failing to comply with the new duties could lead to a fine, so it’s important that each employer understands what they have to do and when. 

The event will help small employers understand what’s required of them, and the automatic enrolment right for their workers. There will also be information on what to consider when choosing a pension scheme, making the most of payroll software and how to tell your staff about workplace pensions. 

The event will be hosted by Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, whose constituency includes Horfield. She said: “Failing to get it right could lead to a fine, so it’s important that every small business understands that automatic enrolment applies to them, what they need to do and by when.”

The website of the Pensions Regulator includes a Duties Checker, so firms can check what they must do.

Register for the event at:

• tinyurl.com/hhnp9tv

• thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/employers

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