First Automatic Enrolment Prosecution Oct 2, 2017Views: 818
For the first time ever, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is launching a prosecution over allegations that a bus company and its managing director deliberately avoided enrolling staff into a workplace pension scheme.
The UK’s workplace pensions watchdog is accusing bus company Stotts Tours (Oldham) Limited of failing to comply with its legal obligations in relation to enrolling 36 members of staff in a pension scheme. This case will take place at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 4 October 2017.
The Pensions Regulator has drawn up its compliance and enforcement strategy for pensions auto-enrolment. This sets out how it will enforce the auto-enrolment regime, using a system of statutory notices, fixed penalties and escalating fines.
Employers that intentionally fail to comply with key auto-enrolment or automatic re-enrolment duties or decline to enable staff to opt in to pension membership may be convicted of a criminal offence and subject to a fine and/or up to two years’ imprisonment.
Automatic enrolment legislation requires employers to provide eligible jobholders with a qualifying pension scheme, automatically enrol them into the scheme and make minimum levels of contributions to the workers’ pensions.
By February 2018, all employers will be covered by the requirement to automatically enrol workers in pension schemes.
For more information on penalties and late compliance see the following:
Written by Niamh Shortall | BrightPay Payroll Software
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