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The Employers’ Duties (Registration and Compliance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

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Requirement to keep records

5.—(1) The persons in paragraph (2) must—

(a)keep the records listed within the regulation applicable to them;

(b)preserve the records for a period in accordance with regulation 8, and

(c)provide those records, on request, to the Regulator.

(2) The persons are, subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), any person who is—

(a)an employer;

(b)a trustee or manager of an occupational pension scheme, or

(c)a provider of a personal pension scheme.

(3) Regulation 6 applies in respect of a person falling within paragraph (2)(a).

(4) Regulation 7 applies in respect of a person falling within paragraph (2)(b) or (c).

(5) Where a person does not fall within paragraph (2), that person may keep, preserve or provide the records listed in regulations 6 and 7 on behalf of a person falling within paragraph (2) but only where a person falling within paragraph (2) authorises the other person to do so.

(6) A person who has ceased to act as a person falling within paragraph (2) shall not be required to keep records, where that person has transferred all the records to another person who has succeeded that person in that capacity.

(7) All records must be kept in such form and manner so that they are—

(a)capable of being arranged according to the corresponding employer pension scheme reference, and

(b)legible or can be provided to the Regulator in a legible form.

Records: employers

6.—(1) A person falling within regulation 5(2)(a) must keep the following records in relation to an occupational or personal pension scheme used by that person to comply with the employers’ duties—

(a)where that scheme—

(i)is an occupational pension scheme, its name and address;

(ii)is a personal pension scheme, the name and address of the provider of that scheme, or

(iii)does not have its main administration in the United Kingdom, the address of that scheme and the name of any authority which exercises functions corresponding to the functions of the Regulator in the country or territory outside the United Kingdom where that scheme is situated;

(b)the employer pension scheme reference;

(c)where section 21 (quality requirement: UK defined benefits schemes) applies, a copy of the certificate issued in respect of a jobholder under section 3(1)(1) of the Pension Schemes Act (issue of contracting-out certificates);

(d)where section 22 (test scheme standard) applies, any evidence which shows that a scheme satisfies the test scheme standard within the meaning of that section, given in accordance with any regulations made under subsection (4) of that section;

(e)the name, national insurance number (where one exists) and date of birth of—

(i)every jobholder of an employer who became an active member of an automatic enrolment scheme pursuant to arrangements made under section 3;

(ii)every jobholder of an employer who was not an active member of a qualifying scheme but who by notice required the employer to arrange for the jobholder to become an active member of an automatic enrolment scheme pursuant to arrangements made under section 7 (jobholder’s right to opt in), and

(iii)every worker who by notice required an employer to arrange for the worker to become an active member of a pension scheme pursuant to arrangements made under section 9 (workers without qualifying earnings);

(f)every jobholder’s automatic enrolment date, and the date with effect from which every worker became an active member of a pension scheme that satisfies the requirements of section 9, pursuant to arrangements made under that section;

(g)an opt in notice in respect of every jobholder who gave notice under section 7(3);

(h)a joining notice in respect of every worker who gave notice under section 9(2), and

(i)an opt out notice in respect of every jobholder who gives notice under section 8.

(2) A person falling within regulation 5(2)(a) must also keep the following records in respect of every jobholder or worker falling within paragraph (1)(e) where contributions fall to be deducted by an employer under section 33 and regulations made under that section—

(a)their gross earnings in any relevant pay reference period;

(b)evidence of the contributions that the jobholder’s employer must pay in respect of the jobholder, in order to satisfy the quality requirement for the pension scheme used by the employer to comply with the employers’ duties;

(c)the contributions payable by an employer during each relevant pay reference period and, if different, the contributions paid, and

(d)the date on which the contributions payable by an employer were paid to the pension scheme used by the employer to comply with the employers’ duties.

(3) In this regulation—

“earnings” has the meaning given by section 13(3) (qualifying earnings);

“relevant pay reference period” means—

(a)

a period of one week, or

(b)

in the case of a person who is paid a regular wage or salary by reference to a period longer than a week, that period.

Records: trustees, managers and providers

7.—(1) A person falling within regulation 5(2)(b) or (c) must keep the following records—

(a)the employer pension scheme reference;

(b)(i)the date on which every jobholder became an active member of a pension scheme, by virtue of arrangements made under section 3 (automatic enrolment), and

(ii)the date with effect from which every worker became an active member of a pension scheme that satisfies the requirements of section 9 (workers without qualifying earnings), by virtue of arrangements made under that section;

(c)where—

(i)a jobholder gives an opt out notice to an employer, and

(ii)any regulations under section 8(5)(e) (jobholder’s right to opt out) require that employer to inform a pension scheme that such a notice has been received by it,

the name of the jobholder mentioned in the opt out notice and the date on which that scheme was informed by virtue of that requirement, and

(d)where a jobholder had been an active member of a qualifying scheme, the date on which the jobholder ceased active membership of that scheme.

(2) A person falling within regulation 5(2)(b) or (c) must also keep the following records in relation to all persons who are members of a qualifying scheme—

(a)their full name, date of birth, gender and national insurance number (as received by the trustee or manager of an occupational pension scheme or provider of a personal pension scheme);

(b)(i)their postal residential address, and

(ii)where that address is in the United Kingdom, the postcode,

last known by or notified to that scheme or employer, and

(c)whether—

(i)a member is an active member of a scheme, or

(ii)a member is no longer an active member of a scheme.

Period of preservation of records

8.—(1) Except where paragraph (2) applies, a record listed in regulations 6 and 7 must be preserved for a period of 6 years, starting on the day on which the record must first be kept.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to any record which is kept under regulation 6(1)(i) or 7(1)(c), in which case the record must be preserved for 4 years, starting on the day on which the record must first be kept.

(1)

Section 3(1) is substituted by paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 4 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 (c. 1 (N.I.))

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