Policy paper

Automatic enrolment: General exceptions to the employer duty

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Proposals to create exemptions to the employer duty to automatically enrol employees into a workplace pension scheme.


There is growing evidence of some specific circumstances in which the benefits of being automatically enrolled are outweighed by either the practical, financial or legal consequences. This background paper sets out the main issues, the evidence so far and the government’s intention to hold a further formal consultation on draft proposals in the autumn of 2013.