Many employers are still failing to pay pension contributions on time according latest figures from occupational pensions watchdog Opra.
The regulator says that almost two thirds of the cases it has dealt with over the summer involved employers failing to hand over contributions deducted from employees pay.
Despite these failures which have led to some employers being fined and even a first imprisonment, Opra says most do not lead to prosecution.
It says where an employer and trustees can show they are doing everything possible to prevent one-off problems from happening again, and it has not been to the detriment of the scheme member Opra concentrates on ensuring they have learnt their lesson.
Opra chairman says: "The proposal in the current welfare reform and pensions bill will make the most common regulatory failures that Opra deals with civil offences rather than criminal ones.
"We envisage this will involve the Opra board considering more cases in a year than currently reach the courts."