The Pensions Regulator is writing to all 1.5million small and micro businesses in the coming months as part of a UK wide campaign to alert employers to their duties.
TPR is also launching a new step-by-step guide to help small businesses get ready for their automatic enrolment duties.
The regulator will also soon launch a new on-line business adviser hub to deliver to advisers the information they need to help their clients.
The online guide has been written specifically for employers with between one and 50 staff, and explains how to complete key tasks such as knowing when to be ready, providing a point of contact for the regulator, checking who needs to be enrolled and creating a plan of action.
The 11-step guide walks employers through their legal requirements and is part of a number of measures taken by the regulator to ensure small and micro employers have easy access to the information they will need to comply. The online guide also contains essential information tailored for the needs of employers of carers and also director only companies.
TPR executive director for automatic enrolment Charles Counsell says: “We are determined to do all we can to reach out to all small and micro businesses preparing for their automatic enrolment duties. We want to make the process as simple as possible so that employers can avoid the risk of non compliance.
“Our new online 11-step guide is a key part of a wide package of measures we are rolling out to give more than a million employers all the information they need, written and produced in a way they makes sense to them.
“Our message to employers is ensure you know when your automatic enrolment duties begin and start planning in good time. The regulator’s website should be the first port of call for all employers and their advisers as it offers essential information about each task an employer will need to accomplish in order to comply and avoid penalties.”