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The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Due date for the purposes of section 37(3)

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50.—(1) This regulation defines “due date” for the purposes of section 37 (unpaid contributions notices).

(2) Subject to paragraphs (3) to (6), “due date” means the 19th day of the month following the month during which either—

(a)relevant contributions payable to—

(i)the trustees or managers of an occupational pension scheme, or

(ii)the provider of a personal pension scheme,

were deducted by an employer (whether or not under section 33), or

(b)relevant contributions payable to—

(i)an occupational pension scheme under a payment schedule, or

(ii)a personal pension scheme under direct payment arrangements,

were due but not made by an employer.

(3) Where a jobholder becomes an active member of an occupational pension scheme or a personal pension scheme in accordance with regulation 6, 13, 18, 28, or 29, paragraph (2) does not apply in respect of contributions—

(a)deducted from the relevant date to the end of the opt out period, or

(b)due but not made from the relevant date to the end of the opt out period,

in which case paragraph (4) applies.

(4) Where this paragraph applies, “due date” means the last day of the second month after the month which includes the relevant date.

(5) Paragraphs (2) and (3) do not apply where an employer uses either—

(a)a defined benefits scheme, or

(b)a hybrid scheme,

to comply with sections 2 to 9, in which case paragraph (6) applies.

(6) Where a scheme used by an employer to comply with sections 2 to 9—

(a)is a defined benefits scheme, “due date” means the due dates of relevant contributions payable by or on behalf of—

(i)active members of a scheme, and

(ii)an employer,

under a schedule of contributions, or

(b)is a hybrid scheme, “due date” in respect of any part of that scheme providing—

(i)defined benefits, has the same meaning as in sub-paragraph (a), or

(ii)money purchase benefits, has the same meaning as in paragraph (2), except where a jobholder becomes an active member of an occupational pension scheme or a personal pension scheme in accordance with regulation 6, 13, 18, 28 or 29, in which case it has the same meaning as in paragraph (4).

(7) For the purposes of this regulation—

“direct payment arrangements” has the meaning given in section 107A of the 1993 Act;

“payment schedule” has the meaning given in Article 85 of the 1995 Order;

“relevant date” means the automatic enrolment date, the automatic re-enrolment date or the enrolment date, as the case may be, or for a jobholder to whom regulation 28 or 29 applies, the day or date mentioned in regulation 6 as modified by regulation 28 or 29, as the case may be;

“schedule of contributions” has the meaning given in Article 206(2) of the Pensions (Northern Ireland) Order 2005.

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