The Pensions Regulator confirms prosecution of children’s nursery in crackdown on non-compliance

24 October 2019

The Tiny Hearts Day Nursery, and its director, Christine Moore are facing prosecution for non-compliance with automatic-enrolment legislation.

 The prosecution relates to a crackdown to punish any businesses knowingly shirking their responsibilities in this area.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published a press release on the subject, which serves as a stark warning to companies who do not proceed in line with measures set out in the Pensions Act 2008. The accused have been summoned to Brighton Magistrates Court on 13 November for the false declaration that they had enrolled 13 staff into a pension scheme. This is deemed as knowingly providing false information to TPR which is classified as an offence.

TPR has recently confirmed that it will be focusing more on poor record-keeping and on non-compliance from businesses in relation to pension schemes. The prosecution of the nursery and its director reiterate the sentiment that there will be harsher punishments for employers who ‘do not take their pension responsibilities seriously’, as stated in the introduction of the Pensions Bill that was presented in the Queen’s Speech.

The maximum sentence attached to the charge is two years’ imprisonment and a potential unlimited fine.

CIPP Training Courses

 The CIPP offers a one-day training course, Automatic-enrolment and pensions for payroll, that informs attendees of the employer duties surrounding automatic-enrolment to avoid scenarios that arise from non-compliance. The next course is to be held on 6 November 2019 and will be located in Glasgow.


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