5.9.11 Under automatic enrolment legislation, departments must re-enrol all workers who are not currently in a pension scheme three years after the initial staging date and at every three year interval following this. This is known as the ‘anniversary date’ (see note below for exceptions). Those who have opted out of the CSP arrangements must normally be re-enrolled in the section of the scheme that they opted out of. However, following the introduction of alpha from 1 April 2015, when a member is re-enrolled back into the CSP arrangements they may not be able to rejoin their previous scheme. Instead they may only be able to join the alpha scheme. You must check the member against the eligibility criteria (see ‘Your responsibilities when staff join’ (section 4.1)).

The Scheme Administrator will be able to assist you in identifying which section of the CSP arrangements to re-enrol optants out into.

Please note: if an employee has opted out within the 12 months prior to the employer’s ‘anniversary date’, they should not normally be re-enrolled until the next ‘anniversary date’.

5.9.12 If an employee opts out of the CSP arrangements after being automatically enrolled on their department’s staging date, whilst below age 22 and earning less than the specified minimum, they must be automatically re-enrolled once these criteria are met, as stated below:

  • if an employee opts out of the CSP arrangements (and does not join partnership) below age 22, their employer must automatically enrol them into the CSP arrangements once they reach age 22 – irrespective of when they last opted out;
  • similarly if someone opts out (and does not join partnership) whilst earning less than the specified minimum, they must be automatically re-enrolled if their earnings rise up to or above that minimum.

Please see ‘Automatic enrolment’ (section 4.4) for more information about the employer’s responsibilities under automatic enrolment.

Published:
4 January 2022
Last updated:
4 January 2022