The Pensions Regulator has announced that it will write to 1.5 million small employers with key information on their auto-enrolment staging date in an attempt to reduce non-compliance.
The regulator already writes to employers 12 months ahead of their staging date as part of its ongoing 'countdown' of communications to employers approaching automatic enrolment.
Research carried out by the regulator has indicated significant numbers of small and micro employers do not know their staging dates.
By the summer, TPR expects to have written to tell small and micro employers due to stage over the next three years exactly when they need to act. It is hoped this will assist timely planning and reduce the number of employers leaving things to the last minute.
TPR executive director of automatic enrolment Charles Counsell said: 'Auto-enrolment affects every employer in the UK and they need to take timely action to get ready. The roll out of automatic enrolment has so far been a success and this letter will ensure that by the summer all small and micros are clear about when their duties begin, enabling them to plan ahead.
'From the end of January, letters will be sent out on a gradual basis over a number of months, so employers should not worry if they don't receive theirs straight away. In the meantime, all employers can look up their staging date on our website.'