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NHS Employers continues to work closely with organisations who are implementing their auto enrolment duties. The following are areas that employers have asked us to provide further clarity on.
Registering with The Pensions Regulator
All employers must register with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) using the TPR online registration service. This should be done within four months of their staging date. The registration process must be accessed via Government Gateway, we therefore suggest that you start this process as early as possible. For more information or to watch a walk-through guide please visit the TPR website. If you have made the decision to use postponement or transition you must still register with TPR within the four month timescale.
Absent workers on your staging date
Workers absent on your staging date due to sickness or maternity leave are not eligible to join the NHS Pension scheme (NHSPS) regardless of their auto enrolment status. If a worker on sick or maternity leave is assessed as an eligible jobholder you would have to consider enrolling this worker into an alternative qualifying pension scheme. You may also consider the use of postponement.
If you enrolled a worker into an alternative scheme as above and they subsequently returned to work, you would then have to enrol them into the NHSPS scheme as they are now entitled to membership of NHSPS. This point is clarified further in the NHSPS FAQs.
New employee joiner questionnaire
This questionnaire captures details from new employees regarding their current status within the NHSPS and has been updated to include questions to establish eligibility for automatic enrolment. This is a useful tool to establish the pension status of new employees developed by the National Employers Pensions Group.
See our tools and resources webpage for other useful information on delivering the NHS Pension Scheme.