Automatic Enrolment For UK Farm Owners & Businesses
The automatic enrolment legislation requires UK employers from all sectors, including farm owners & businesses, to enrol all their eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme. Find out more below.
Are you aware of new laws that require all UK employers from all sectors, including those who own farms where the number of farm workers tends to fluctuate, to enrol all their eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme by a certain date? Failure to do so could result in a rather hefty fine or even worse, imprisonment.
So whether you keep grazing livestock such as cattle, or are a dairy farmer primarily involved in the production of milk, or a producer of cereal crops, you need to ensure that you are compliant by the 'staging date' set out by the government. If you're employing staff for the first time on or after 1st October 2017, you will need to provide your first member of staff with a workplace pension on the day they start work. This date is known as an employer's 'duties start date'.
So where do you start?
Sign up for free with Smart Pension and get compliant in just a few minutes. Don't believe us? The video below explains why you should choose Smart Pension, in just under 90 seconds. Quicker than waiting for the cows to come home.
Why You Should Choose Smart Pension
Click on the short video below to find out more about the unique features of Smart Pension.
We Are Fast. Our advanced platform enables businesses to get signed up in one sitting and on the device that suits you within a matter of minutes. Being web-based, we don't believe in or need unnecessary paperwork, saving you precious time and money. You can get signed up and compliant before the sun is up.
We Are Secure. Our site is 100% encrypted meaning that all your personal information is both safe and secure giving you peace of mind and confidence in our platform.
We Are Free. We don't have the burden of big, costly overheads which is a benefit that we pass onto you so that signing up with us is FREE. There are absolutely NO upfront fees and NO annual costs to employers for our standard service. 99% of our business customers don’t pay us a single penny.
How The Smart Pension Platform Works
You're probably wondering just exactly how our FREE platform works. Take a look at the short video below, and get informed in under 90 seconds.
Other Key Features Of Smart Pension Include:
Once you are signed up, setting up your workplace pension is easy peasy. Employee groups are really simple to set up should you wish to reflect employee seniorities in the contributions you make to their pension, or simply let us do the work and we'll ensure that your qualifying employees receive the minimum legal required contribution from your company.
Easy To Make Changes:
Enter your employee details once and we remember it for the next payroll run. Should there be any changes, such as a change of salary for your farm hands or a new labourer joining the team, you can update these details within a few clicks, which is particularly helpful if you run a farm, where employee turnover tends to fluctuate depending on the season.
Instant Direct Debit:
Our direct debit set up is a quick and easy, one step process whereby your bank account is verified and set up in a few seconds. It really couldn't be any easier.
Automatic And Compulsory Employee Documentation:
Compulsory documentation for your employees is automatically generated with your company name and logo included (optional), and are sent out prior to the crucial 'staging date' and also once employees are signed up for their pension. We do all the legwork so you don't have to*.
Employee Self Administration:
Employees also have the ability to manage their status as to whether they want to opt in or opt out, select the level of their own employee contribution as well as make sure their details are current and up to date, all without you having to get involved.
For further information and more details about the unique features of Smart Pension and how it could work for your farming business, you should have a look at the Why Choose Smart Pension? page. Or alternatively, you can book an appointment to speak to one of our experienced team members via our booking form.
Still not so sure what auto enrolment is? For more information on auto enrolment, this short video, Auto enrolment explained, tells you what it is and what it means for UK businesses.
Worried about penalties and how it could apply to you? For more information on penalties, this short video, Penalties explained, tells you about the fixed and daily penalties that can be issued to companies by The Pensions Regulator.
* Please note that you are responsible for meeting your deadlines, not us. We cannot accept any responsibility if you miss your deadline.
Smart Pension is designed specifically for auto enrolment but is tailored to meet your farming business needs.
Managing Director of Smart Pension, Will Wynne, and Anne- Marie O'Leary, editor-in-chief of parenting site, netmums.com, discusses auto enrolment on Sky News and in particular, how it will affect employers who hire home help such as nannies, and don't consider themselves to be employers.