To process workplace pension files within your payroll, you first need to setup a pension scheme for your business.
If you would like to manually set up a pension scheme you will need to follow these steps:
- Select Payroll Settings > Business Settings > Pension Settings
- On the Pension Schemes screen you will need to select the 'Add Pension Scheme Manually' button.
- Click the 'Add Manual Scheme' button. You will be taken to the following screen.
- Here you need to add the staging date by clicking on the pencil. You will see that the re-enrolment date defaults to 3 years post the staging or employer duties start date (whichever is earliest). You can edit this once you have entered the staging date within 3 months from the original staging date.
- Next to add a manual scheme select 'Actions' and then 'Add manual scheme'.
You will then see the following screen:
- Name: The name of your company.
- Provider Name: This is the name of the pension provider.
- Employer Number: This is the ID given to the employer from the pension provider.
PENSION ADMIN DETAILS:
- Please fill in the details of the employers name and address etc as pictured above.
- Press save and you will see that you now have the option to add a contribution plan. Click the 'Add' button.
You will then see the following screen:
- Plan name: You can use the name of your company.
- Contribution Group ID: This can be the same as your provider ID.
- Pension Type: Either select 'Net Pay' or 'Relief at Source' from the drop down menu.
- Choose if the scheme is auto enrolment or not
- Calculate pension on qualifying earnings: If you wish to calculate the pension on qualifying earnings then tick this box.
- Please fill in the Employer Contribution and the Employee contribution at the correct rates.
On the lower half of this page you will see that there are Postponement Rules.
Once an employee has been assessed as an eligible job holder the employer has the right to postpone the enrolment which will defer the date the employee is enrolled in the pension scheme.
You may want to choose postponement if you have temporary employees or low earning employees that have occasional spikes in their pay that would make them eligible.
Postponement options are available in the following circumstances:
- From the duties start date.
- An employee’s start date.
- Date employee first becomes eligible.
- You can then postpone employees from enrolling into the pension scheme for up to 3 months.
- Once you have hit the 3 months you MUST enrol your employee if they are an eligible job holder, you cannot apply another period of postponement.
To select one or more of the postponement rules you will need to tick the checkbox under the heading/headings:
- When the employer reaches their duties start date.
- When an employee joins a company.
- When an employee reaches the age of 22.
- When an employee becomes eligible after initial assessment (This rule will only be run after an employee has already been assessed in a prior pay run).
When you are happy with the information press save.
If none of the rules against the pension scheme are quite what you’re after you can set a postponement date against your individual employee.
To apply go to your Employee Details > Pension Settings.
Select the option ‘Postpone until the following date’ and enter the deferral date.
Then press save.
Tip: You can have a mixture of employees with individual deferral dates and employees using scheme postponement rules.
Once you have saved the scheme you will then be able to assign that pension to an employee in the employees pension settings.
You can add multiple Contribution Plans by clicking on the add button as described above after you have saved your first plan and filling in the details appropriately.
When you create a pay run, your employees will be assessed and postponement will be applied to any employees that meet the postponement rule requirements.
Once you have finalised the pay run postponement letters will be created to send to the employees.
When the deferral date comes around, employees will be assessed in the pay run and if required enrolled into the pension scheme.
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