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Pensions regulator investigates 89 firms over auto-enrolment non-compliance

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The Pensions Regulator has begun 89 inquries into employers over suspected automatic enrolment non-compliance.

Auto-enrolment was launched for the UK’s largest employers in October 2012. 

The reforms, which will roll out to small and medium-sized firms between now and 2018, require companies to set up a pension scheme for their employees in line with rules laid out by the Government.

The Pensions Regulator, which is responsible for monitoring workplace pensions, says 1,153 employers have registered an auto-enrolment scheme so far, with 8 per cent facing scrutiny over possible non-compliance with their legal duties.

TPR says: “Despite our emphasis on supporting and eliciting compliance, we will take proportionate enforcement action where it is appropriate to do so. As of 31 March 2013, we had opened a total of 89 investigations into possible non-compliance by large employers.

“These investigations focused on employer readiness  (for example, communication with job-holders) in relation to their duties and helping employers to become compliant.

“We have not yet needed to use our powers to compel compliance.” 

Syndaxi Chartered Financial Planners managing director Robert Reid says: “I am not surprised that a significant number of firms are struggling because the communication around auto-enrolment has not been good enough.

“We will see more and more instances of non-compliance as smaller firms reach their staging dates.”

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