DWP Considers Auto Enrolment Simplification Response To Be Published Early Next Year And Could Be Law By April 2015 01.12.2014 David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094 The Government has announced that it is to launch a consultation exercise aimed at simplifying the auto-enrolment process for smaller firms. The draft proposals include companies no longer being legally bound to enrol employees who have accrued savings above the lifetime allowance and taken out enhanced or fixed protection. There will also be exemptions, amongst other things, for employees who have handed in their notice within six weeks of the employer reaching their staging date. The Government has also proposed a simplified test for defined benefit schemes to prove they are good enough for use under auto-enrolment. Also, the DWP has said that it wants to reduce the amount of information employers need to give to different types of employee from five to three. A response to the draft proposals will be published in January 2015. Expert OpinionMost of the points in the consultation are not new and were in last year’s consultation. The only new ideas are on simplifying the communications and on that point, any actions that make life more straight forward for employers is to be welcomed. “How this will work in legislation remains to be seen as the options appear to be either a two tier AE with different communication rules, or one unified system with all larger employers / system providers having to reshape their software to the new regime on fairly short notice to remain compliant.” Nigel Bolton, Partner Key contact Nigel Bolton Partner +44 (0)791 864 1872 Email Nigel Press contact David Shirt BLS PR Manager 0161 838 3094 Email David Tags Pensions Nigel Bolton Related articles 15.02.2017Cocoon Aims To Secure £2.5m For Latest Expansion Drive 14.02.2017Serious Fraud Office - The Big Funding Debate 14.02.2017Inflation Rises As UK Feels Effect Of Weak Pound Post-Brexit Vote 10.02.2017Today's Court Of Appeal Ruling To Have Impact on Uber And Other Firms In 'The Gig Economy' 09.02.2017Court Of Appeal Employment Ruling To Have Impact on 'Gig Economy'