4.1.34 It is a statutory requirement that new starters and rejoiners receive scheme information within two months of their start date. The Scheme Manager requires you, as the employer, to ensure that new staff receive scheme information much earlier. Please see ‘Issuing Starter Packs’ (see 4.1.38 to 4.1.44) for further information.

4.1.35 There are three Starter Packs. Each one is designed for the different categories of new starters and rejoiners. The Joiner Tool will tell you which Starter Pack to send.

'alpha full' - this pack is for all new starters eligible for alpha (and all rejoiners except those who only have a choice between nuvos and partnership, or premium and partnership).

‘NE1’ - this pack is for rejoiners eligible to join (or rejoin) nuvos. These new starters will generally be people who previously left nuvos having qualified for a pension award and return with a break of less than five years (and are not eligible for enrolment into alpha). However, this could also include members who previously left classic, classic plus or premium depending on what terms the member previously left on (see Annex 4A for further details).

‘RJP’ (premium) – this pack is for rejoiners who are eligible to join (or rejoin) premium. These new starters will generally be people who left classic, classic plus or premium on resignation with more than two years’ service, having qualified for a pension and who return with a break of less than five years (and are not eligible for enrolment into alpha).

4.1.36 All packs contain:

  • An introductory letter with a personalised Pension Choices Form. The letter tells all starters who are given pension choices that they have one month in which to decide which pension scheme they want to be in.
  • Instructions to allow a new starter/rejoiner to make a death benefit nomination.
  • A link to the partnership pension account provider website, so new starters/rejoiners can obtain further information if they are interested in this arrangement.

4.1.37 

Each Starter Pack also contains a Pension Choices overview leaflet.

  • NE1 includes a leaflet entitled 'nuvos or partnership: an overview'.
  • alpha full contains 'alpha or partnership: an overview'.
  • RJP contains ‘premium or partnership: an overview’.
Published:
23 December 2021
Last updated:
23 December 2021