An employer can choose to delay assessing and therefore enrolling; an individual, some, or all of their staff into a pension scheme for up to three months. They must write to their staff to tell them they’re postponing automatic enrolment for them.

If an employer postpones automatic enrolment they must write to tell the staff whose automatic enrolment they’re postponing. They have six weeks from the date postponement starts to write to them. There’s no need to tell the regulator that they have decided to postpone automatic enrolment.

Employers can postpone for up to three months. They can postpone as many or as few staff as they like and the postponement period doesn’t have to be the same length for everyone.

During the postponement period staff whose automatic enrolment the employer has postponed can choose to opt in to your client’s pension scheme during the postponement period.

At the end of the postponement period the employer will need to know whether any member of staff whose automatic enrolment they’ve postponed is still eligible to be enrolled. If they are, they must put them into a pension scheme straight away. Employers cannot apply a further period of postponement even if they postponed for less than the three months allowed.