Bosses must engage with their employees during the auto-enrolment process to prevent people passively falling into occupational provision in 2012, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) says.
TPR defined contribution, governance and Europe team technical specialist Alistair Elliot said the regulator will actively encourage employers to "engage" with the process of auto-enrolment to help workers make the most of their pension.
He says: "What we do want is for employers to be engaged with the process and to help their employees to make the most of their pension entitlements. We hope that in time pension provision will become a normal part of running a business in the UK.
"The aim of the reforms is to give millions of people access to pension savings and to make it as easy as possible."
Department for work and pensions statistics show 9 to 11 million people will be auto-enrolled - with around 6 to 9 million people saving for the first time. However, employees will be able to opt out of personal accounts.
"There will of course be the option to opt out of personal accounts and employees and employers will be provided with the information they need to make an informed decision about their pension," says Elliot.
The regulator is also aiming to ensure employers have "minimal additional administrative burden".
"We are planning to make the compliance process as simple and easy as possible."Professional Pensions
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