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I have staff who are on a probation period, can I change my duties start date until the end of their probation period?

No. Your legal duties begin on the day your first member of staff starts working for you. This is known as your duties start date. It's important that you understand what to do and by when, so you can meet your automatic enrolment duties on time.

If any of your staff are on a probation period from the day they started working for you, you can choose to delay working out if you need to put them into a pension scheme for up to three months for some or all of your staff. This is known as postponement.

This does not delay or change your duties start date.

You can only use postponement if you're within six weeks of the date that your member of staff met the age and earnings criteria to be put into a pension scheme. You must write to your staff to tell them what you are doing and how automatic enrolment applies to them.

If any of your staff write to you asking to join a pension scheme during the postponement period, you must put them into one once you have received their request.

You will have to pay into the pension scheme if they are:

  • aged 16-74
  • and earn at least £520 a month or £120 per week.

Find out more about postponement.

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