Auto-enrolment: everything you need to comply with the law

Since 1 January 2016, the law has required every employer to automatically enrol their workers into a workplace pension scheme if they are aged between 22 and State Pension age, earn more than £10,000 a year and work in the UK.

This is a massive change in the law, and affects a huge number of small businesses. James Bell & Co can give you all the professional help you need to comply with the new law and avoid penalties and fines.

The new law will apply if you have one or more employees, if you are a private limited company with more than one director, or if you are a club or association with staff.

You can rely on us to guide you through this new auto-enrolment process, from the first letter you receive from the Pension Regulator through to administering monthly pension deductions from your employees.

We can also register you with a pension scheme, and handle all the communication with your employees. This is done electronically, so we have a log of every action. We can also administer your pension scheme once it’s set up, and, when an employee reaches pensionable age, the notification can come through us.

If you would like free, friendly advice on how we can help with auto-enrolment, please contact us on 01292 288 531 or


Auto-enrolment FAQs

The Pension Regulator has the power to impose financial penalties on any employer who does not comply with the auto-enrolment legislation.
Yes. Even employers who have an existing pension scheme that is better than the minimum standard will have to perform specific tasks, such as telling existing members about how auto-enrolment will affect them, and automatically enrolling new workers.
Under the new auto-enrolment scheme, each employer has to fulfil their obligations separately, ignoring any other employment or earnings the worker has.
Partners are normally self-employed, so they’re not treated as workers. However, any employees of the partnership are likely to be covered by the auto-enrolment requirements.