Unlike many previous Government legislative changes the new rules apply to all UK employers regardless of their size, and all businesses will therefore be affected at some point leading up to April 2017.
All employers have been given a staging date – this is the date by which they are required to auto-enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying workplace pension scheme. The recommended lead in time to get pension in place is 6 months.
There is misconception that Auto-enrolment is just about setting up a pension scheme, but that is only a very small part of it. The biggest challenge for employers will be the ongoing monitoring, reporting, record keeping and compliance associated with auto-enrolment whilst also ensuring that all employees are being treated correctly and are communicated with appropriately every time they run their payroll.
For you as the employer, there are 33 new duties and responsibilities you must fulfil and the Pension Regulator has issued more than 250 pages of guidance notes to help you! Ignoring this legislation could result in fines of up to £5,000 a day being levied.
You need to act now if you have 50 or more employees and have not started your preparation.
The Parish Council are organising a village litter pick on the morning of Saturday 22nd March, but we are looking for somebody with a big trailer to collect the bags of rubbish from around the parish and take to a central point.
Marden has a relatively new “Patient Reference Group” at the Medical Centre which gives patients a voice and supports the practice in running surveys, mentoring and other schemes.
Their most ambitious plan so far is to run (with MBF help) a Health Fair on 26th April, at the Memorial Hall inviting dozens of local groups and charities involved in Health, Wellbeing, care, diet exercise etc.