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Pensions regulator targets recruiters in first auto-enrolment check-ups

The Pensions Regulator has launched its first business sector visits aimed at making sure firms are ready to comply with auto-enrolment rules ahead of next year’s staging dates. 

The regulator’s automatic enrolment compliance and enforcement team has targeted recruitment firms because of specific issues around part-time, temporary and seasonal workers. 

TPR says the recruitment sector faces “significant compliance challenges” along with more than 1,000 recruitment companies launching between April and July next year. 

TPR says it will launch more sector-specific visits where it believes there are unique challenges, such as communicating with off-site workers. 

The visits seek to prevent and tackle possible auto-enrolment breaches, ensure compliance, learn lessons and share good practice.

TPR auto-enrolment executive director Charles Counsell says: “These visits were very positive and employers were willing to engage with us and tell us about their experiences. Engaging directly in this way helps us to get a good understanding of the issues faced by this sector and use what we learn to help others in the industry.

”Over the coming months we will be carrying out more visits to employers in other sectors where we have identified potential compliance challenges. We want to ensure any problems they face are addressed in good time and that they do not run the risk of non compliance – which can come at a cost.”

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