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[F1(1)This section applies to a jobholder—

(a)who is aged at least 22,

(b)who has not reached pensionable age, and

(c)to whom earnings of more than [F2£8,105] are payable by the employer in the relevant pay reference period (see section 15).]

(2)The employer must make prescribed arrangements by which the jobholder becomes an active member of an automatic enrolment scheme with effect from the automatic enrolment date.

(3)Subsection (2) does not apply if the jobholder was an active member of a qualifying scheme on the automatic enrolment date.

(4)Subsection (2) does not apply if, within the prescribed period before the automatic enrolment date, the jobholder ceased to be an active member of a qualifying scheme because of any action or omission by the jobholder.

(5)For the purposes of arrangements under subsection (2) regulations may require information to be provided to any person by the employer or—

(a)where the arrangements relate to an occupational pension scheme, the trustees or managers of the scheme;

(b)where the arrangements relate to a personal pension scheme, the provider of the scheme.

(6)For the purposes of arrangements made under subsection (2) in relation to a personal pension scheme, regulations may deem an agreement to exist (subject to section 8) between the jobholder and the provider of the scheme for the jobholder to be an active member of the scheme on terms and conditions determined in accordance with the regulations.

[F3(6A)In this section “earnings” has the meaning given in section 13(3).

(6B)In the case of a pay reference period of less or more than 12 months, subsection (1) applies as if the amount in paragraph (c) were proportionately less or more.]

(7)The automatic enrolment date, in relation to any person, is the first day on which this section applies to the person as a jobholder of the employer. [F4This is subject to section 4.]

(8)In this Part as it applies in the case of any jobholder, references to an automatic enrolment scheme are references to a pension scheme which is an automatic enrolment scheme in relation to that jobholder (see section 17).

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F1S. 3(1) substituted (3.11.2011 for specified purposes otherwise 30.6.2012) by Pensions Act 2011 (c. 19), ss. 5(1), 38(1)(4); S.I. 2012/1681, art. 2(2)(a)

F3S. 3(6A)(6B) inserted (3.11.2011 for specified purposes otherwise 30.6.2012) by Pensions Act 2011 (c. 19), ss. 5(2), 38(1)(4); S.I. 2012/1681, art. 2(2)(a)

F4Words in s. 3(7) inserted (3.11.2011 for specified purposes otherwise 30.6.2012) by Pensions Act 2011 (c. 19), ss. 6(1), 38(1)(4); S.I. 2012/1681, art. 2(1)(b)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 3(2): Power to exclude conferred (3.11.2011) by Pensions Act 2004 (c. 35), s. 292A (as inserted by Pensions Act 2011 (c. 19), ss. 18, 38(1))

Commencement Information

I1S. 3 wholly in force at 30.6.2012; s. 3 in force for certain purposes at Royal Assent see s. 149(2)(k); s. 3 in force so far as not already in force at 30.6.2012 by S.I. 2012/1682, art. 2(1)(2)(a), Sch. 1

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