Are Employers Legally Obligated to Enrol their Employees into a Workplace Pension Scheme?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 February 2024
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Pensions, Cost of Living Crisis

There is speculation that the UK is risking a “retirement timebomb” if more people opt out of their pensions or lower their contributions to help offset the impact of the cost of living crisis in the UK. Almost half of large businesses have reported that some employees are opting out of a workplace pension scheme altogether while some employees are reducing their monthly pension contributions to help offset the impact of the crisis.

Under the Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2012, employers must automatically enrol employees into a pension scheme and make contributions to their employees’ pensions on their behalf if they are eligible for

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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