Automatic enrolment (AE) is now business as usual for most employers. As outlined in the Pension Regulators latest compliance and enforcement bulletin, the level of enforcement work they carry out has increased along with the number of employers who have AE duties to comply with.
In the last quarter alone the Regulator conducted approximately 25% of all AE enforcement activity they have ever taken.
Their enforcement strategy varies, from issuing compliance notices when an employer fails to declare their compliance on time, to spot checks from the enforcement team on targeted investigations.
Pension providers help the Regulator to identify non-compliance – if an employer sets up a scheme but never pays into it, the Regulator can be notified. Each case is examined, and if they find enforcement action is warranted, they WILL act – Unpaid Contribution Notices (UCNs) can be sent, requiring all backdated contributions to be paid within 28 days.
This last quarter, the Regulator issued 753 UCNs – showing they take enforcement action where necessary.
For more information on the Regulators stance on non compliance click here
Taken from the Pension Regulator New By Email (Nov issue)
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