What is contractual enrolment?

Contractual enrolment is an alternative to auto enrolment

Contractual enrolment and auto enrolment

Auto enrolment is a way of being signed up to a workplace pension. Auto enrolment doesn’t need you to give permission, it all happens automatically.

Contractual enrolment is another way of joining a workplace pension. With contractual enrolment, your employment contract has all the details of your company’s pension scheme.

When you sign your contract, you will be contractually enrolled in the scheme (you might be invited to join the scheme and asked to complete an application form). Sometimes, you have the option to not join that scheme.If that’s the case, then your company must still give you access to a workplace pension – and it will have to auto enrol you, which is why this can be confusing.

Every employer must have a pension scheme that can be used for automatic enrolment. There are reasons why an employer may want to use ‘contractual enrolment’ instead. There are differences.

Contractual enrolment and auto enrolment

Auto enrolment is a way of being signed up to a workplace pension. Auto enrolment doesn’t need you to give permission, it all happens automatically.

Contractual enrolment is another way of joining a workplace pension. With contractual enrolment, your employment contract has all the details of your company’s pension scheme.

When you sign your contract, you will be contractually enrolled in the scheme (you might be invited to join the scheme and asked to complete an application form). Sometimes, you have the option to not join that scheme.If that’s the case, then your company must still give you access to a workplace pension – and it will have to auto enrol you, which is why this can be confusing.

Every employer must have a pension scheme that can be used for automatic enrolment. There are reasons why an employer may want to use ‘contractual enrolment’ instead. There are differences.

What are the differences between contractual and auto enrolment?

Asking permission to enrol you

If you’re an employee who’s been contractually enrolled, then your employer will have asked your permission before adding you to the scheme – usually as part of your employment contract. Otherwise, if you’re being auto enrolled as an eligible jobholder, your employer can enrol you without asking your permission. If you've been contractually enrolled and you decide to leave the scheme, then you may be automatically re-enrolled at a later date.

Deciding not to join

If your employer asks you – as part of a contract – whether or not you’d like to join a scheme, you can say no. If you decline to be contractually enrolled, then your employer will have to fulfil auto enrolment duties for you. If you are automatically enrolled, then you will be given the right to opt-out or cease membership at a later date.

Asking permission to deduct contributions

If you’ve been contractually enrolled, your employer must ask your permission to take contributions from your salary – again, this is usually written into your contract. If you’ve been auto enrolled then, in line with the Pensions Act 2008, the employer can deduct contributions your salary without getting express permission.

Opting out and refunds

With contractual enrolment, you can leave the scheme and the rules of the scheme will determine whether you get a refund. With auto enrolment, you can opt out within the required timeframe and will receive a refund of your contributions under the Pensions Act 2008.  You can leave the scheme at any time, but you would not receive any refund and you would continue to have benefits in the scheme.

Postponement

Employers cannot use postponement to delay contractual joining for employees. By way of contrast, employers can postpone auto enrolment dates – not contractual enrolment dates – by up to three months. Postponement is not available for automatic re-enrolment.

What are the differences between contractual and auto enrolment?

Asking permission to enrol you

If you’re an employee who’s been contractually enrolled, then your employer will have asked your permission before adding you to the scheme – usually as part of your employment contract. Otherwise, if you’re being auto enrolled as an eligible jobholder, your employer can enrol you without asking your permission. If you've been contractually enrolled and you decide to leave the scheme, then you may be automatically re-enrolled at a later date.

Deciding not to join

If your employer asks you – as part of a contract – whether or not you’d like to join a scheme, you can say no. If you decline to be contractually enrolled, then your employer will have to fulfil auto enrolment duties for you. If you are automatically enrolled, then you will be given the right to opt-out or cease membership at a later date.

Asking permission to deduct contributions

If you’ve been contractually enrolled, your employer must ask your permission to take contributions from your salary – again, this is usually written into your contract. If you’ve been auto enrolled then, in line with the Pensions Act 2008, the employer can deduct contributions your salary without getting express permission.

Opting out and refunds

With contractual enrolment, you can leave the scheme and the rules of the scheme will determine whether you get a refund. With auto enrolment, you can opt out within the required timeframe and will receive a refund of your contributions under the Pensions Act 2008.  You can leave the scheme at any time, but you would not receive any refund and you would continue to have benefits in the scheme.

Postponement

Employers cannot use postponement to delay contractual joining for employees. By way of contrast, employers can postpone auto enrolment dates – not contractual enrolment dates – by up to three months. Postponement is not available for automatic re-enrolment.

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Instant changes to your
pension savings

You won’t need to check in on your pension savings every day. They're designed to be a long-term investment. But if you do need or want to get an update, then the secure Smart Pension makes it easy to get that information straight away. There’s no need to make a phone call or to wait for a letter.
Our app will give you real time information about your pension savings. It puts your future into the palm of your hand.

Contractual enrolment and auto enrolment

Auto enrolment is a way of being signed up to a workplace pension. Auto enrolment doesn’t need you to give permission, it all happens automatically.

Contractual enrolment is another way of joining a workplace pension. With contractual enrolment, your employment contract has all the details of your company’s pension scheme.

When you sign your contract, you will be contractually enrolled in the scheme (you might be invited to join the scheme and asked to complete an application form). Sometimes, you have the option to not join that scheme.If that’s the case, then your company must still give you access to a workplace pension – and it will have to auto enrol you, which is why this can be confusing.

Every employer must have a pension scheme that can be used for automatic enrolment. There are reasons why an employer may want to use ‘contractual enrolment’ instead. There are differences.

Contractual enrolment and auto enrolment

Auto enrolment is a way of being signed up to a workplace pension. Auto enrolment doesn’t need you to give permission, it all happens automatically.

Contractual enrolment is another way of joining a workplace pension. With contractual enrolment, your employment contract has all the details of your company’s pension scheme.

When you sign your contract, you will be contractually enrolled in the scheme (you might be invited to join the scheme and asked to complete an application form). Sometimes, you have the option to not join that scheme.If that’s the case, then your company must still give you access to a workplace pension – and it will have to auto enrol you, which is why this can be confusing.

Every employer must have a pension scheme that can be used for automatic enrolment. There are reasons why an employer may want to use ‘contractual enrolment’ instead. There are differences.

Contractual enrolment and auto enrolment

What are the differences between contractual and auto enrolment?

Asking permission to enrol you

If you’re an employee who’s been contractually enrolled, then your employer will have asked your permission before adding you to the scheme – usually as part of your employment contract. Otherwise, if you’re being auto enrolled as an eligible jobholder, your employer can enrol you without asking your permission. If you've been contractually enrolled and you decide to leave the scheme, then you may be automatically re-enrolled at a later date.

Deciding not to join

If your employer asks you – as part of a contract – whether or not you’d like to join a scheme, you can say no. If you decline to be contractually enrolled, then your employer will have to fulfil auto enrolment duties for you. If you are automatically enrolled, then you will be given the right to opt-out or cease membership at a later date.

Asking permission to deduct contributions

If you’ve been contractually enrolled, your employer must ask your permission to take contributions from your salary – again, this is usually written into your contract. If you’ve been auto enrolled then, in line with the Pensions Act 2008, the employer can deduct contributions your salary without getting express permission.

Opting out and refunds

With contractual enrolment, you can leave the scheme and the rules of the scheme will determine whether you get a refund. With auto enrolment, you can opt out within the required timeframe and will receive a refund of your contributions under the Pensions Act 2008.  You can leave the scheme at any time, but you would not receive any refund and you would continue to have benefits in the scheme.

Postponement

Employers cannot use postponement to delay contractual joining for employees. By way of contrast, employers can postpone auto enrolment dates – not contractual enrolment dates – by up to three months. Postponement is not available for automatic re-enrolment.

What are the differences between contractual and auto enrolment?

Asking permission to enrol you

If you’re an employee who’s been contractually enrolled, then your employer will have asked your permission before adding you to the scheme – usually as part of your employment contract. Otherwise, if you’re being auto enrolled as an eligible jobholder, your employer can enrol you without asking your permission. If you've been contractually enrolled and you decide to leave the scheme, then you may be automatically re-enrolled at a later date.

Deciding not to join

If your employer asks you – as part of a contract – whether or not you’d like to join a scheme, you can say no. If you decline to be contractually enrolled, then your employer will have to fulfil auto enrolment duties for you. If you are automatically enrolled, then you will be given the right to opt-out or cease membership at a later date.

Asking permission to deduct contributions

If you’ve been contractually enrolled, your employer must ask your permission to take contributions from your salary – again, this is usually written into your contract. If you’ve been auto enrolled then, in line with the Pensions Act 2008, the employer can deduct contributions your salary without getting express permission.

Opting out and refunds

With contractual enrolment, you can leave the scheme and the rules of the scheme will determine whether you get a refund. With auto enrolment, you can opt out within the required timeframe and will receive a refund of your contributions under the Pensions Act 2008.  You can leave the scheme at any time, but you would not receive any refund and you would continue to have benefits in the scheme.

Postponement

Employers cannot use postponement to delay contractual joining for employees. By way of contrast, employers can postpone auto enrolment dates – not contractual enrolment dates – by up to three months. Postponement is not available for automatic re-enrolment.

What are the differences between contractual and auto enrolment?

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AMC

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