Law breaking employers targeted in new round of pension compliance checks

16 May 2019


In the coming weeks, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will be targeting its new wave of compliance checks at employers across the UK who are suspected to be non-compliant with their automatic enrolment duties.


Employers are being warned that if they are breaking the law, they may be inspected which could lead to financial penalty or court action. TPR’s Director of Automatic Enrolment, Darren Ryder, said:


“We know that most employers are doing the right thing for their staff, however, there are a small minority who persistently ignore their responsibilities. They can expect a knock at the door from us and enforcement action.”


The short-notice inspections started this week in Edinburgh and will continue over the summer across the UK, as part of an ongoing nationwide enforcement campaign to ensure that employers are meeting their workplace pension responsibilities correctly.


TPR is using data to pinpoint specific employers up and down the country who are suspected of breaking the law, including those who fail to put staff into a pension scheme or who make no, or incorrect, pension contributions.


It is mandatory for employers to take part in the inspections – obstruction of an inspector and failing to provide information when required to do so are criminal offences. Non-compliance could also result in fines or court action


If you have clients, it is important that you know exactly what they need to do to meet their ongoing duties, and that their records are kept up to date.


TPR has information and guidance on your ongoing duties to help you.