Voice magazines helping small firms to get to grips with pensions rules

January 30 2017

Small employers in Bristol are to get a helping hand from Bishopston 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.

Small employers in Bristol are to get a helping hand from Bishopston 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.

Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, will be hosting an event - sponsored by the Bishopston Voice parent company Local Voice Network - for small employers in the area on April 10, 2017 to get the message out that automatic enrolment into workplace pensions applies to them and to help them get to grips with what they need to do. An expert from The Pensions Regulator will be attending to provide specialist guidance for local employers. 

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.

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

The event is FREE and there will be refreshments 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. This event will help small employers understand what’s required of them and get 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. 

Charlotte Leslie said: “The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, which includes putting certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. Six million workers have already been put into a scheme by the UK’s large and medium employers. And it is now the turn of small employers, who have to date enrolled half a million workers – giving them the opportunity to save for their retirement through a workplace pension.

“Over the next year, small businesses in Bristol will need to enrol their staff into a workplace pension and make contributions to it. 

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a shopkeeper, a plumber or if you employ somebody in your home – if you employ at least one person then you’re an employer and will have new duties. 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. 

“I’m keen to help small businesses get automatic enrolment right, so I will be holding this event for local employers on April 10 where you’ll have the chance to find out what you need to do, and by when. I’ll be joined by experts from The Pensions, so this is a great opportunity to get specialist guidance and support on how to enrol your workers into workplace pensions with ease and ask questions about how this important reform applies to you.”

Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workplace-pensions-what-bosses-in-bristol-need-to-know-free-event-tickets-30884560552