First employers fined by The Pensions Regulator for not meeting duties.

By Stephanie Wardle | 29th October 2014 | 2 min read


 The latest bulletin released yesterday from The Pensions Regulator [TPR] has revealed that the first fines were issued to businesses for non-compliance to auto enrolment legislation.

Medium-sized companies who staged earlier this year in April needed to have completed their declaration of compliance by the end of August. The declaration of compliance has to be submitted to the TPR confirming they have complied with all the necessary legislation. Companies have 3 months after their staging date to complete this compulsary requirement. 

Top 3 headline findings from the latest report included:

  1. 163 Compliance Notices were issued during the period
  2. The first employers were fined a fixed penalty of £400 for not meeting their duties
  3. Research into employer awareness and calls to the regulator’s contact centres have indicated that some small employers still do not realise the law applies to them

TPR emphasised the importance for small and micro employers to check when their staging dates are to ensure their businesses are prepared to manage these changes.

The Executive director for automatic enrolment, Charles Counsell stated “As we deal with smaller employers, we will see more who, despite our message to prepare early, leave it too late or do not comply at all. This type of non-compliance is not acceptable. We expect to see the number of times we need to use our powers increase.”

With over 1 million businesses still to complete their auto enrolment preparation and reach their staging date, TPR launched a new advertisement campaign “Act now, it’s the law” aimed at those small businesses with misconceptions around the legislation.

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