£42,000 fine for failing to comply with auto-enrolment duties

Monday, 08 May 2017

The Pensions Regulator is stamping down! A high street footwear firm has stepped out of line, and turned a £400 fixed penalty notice into a bill for more than £40,000 after claiming it was too busy to meet its pension responsibilities...


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The company had been required to check whether its staff qualified to be put into a workplace pension scheme and to confirm to TPR that it had done so. Although the company paid the £400 fine it still did not become compliant. Despite repeated reminders – and being warned that it would face a new fine that would increase by £2,500 per day if it did not meet its responsibilities.

The fine reached £40,000 before the company finally became compliant. At that point, they refused to pay the fine – forcing TPR to take the business to court to secure payment.

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Charles Counsell, TPR’s Executive Director of Automatic Enrolment, said: “The failure by Johnsons to act, despite our repeated warnings, left it with a completely unnecessary bill that was more than 100 times the amount it was originally fined.

“Our message is clear: fail to comply with the law and you may be fined. Fail to pay your fine and we may take you to court.”


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The case has prompted a fresh warning to employers by TPR not to ignore their automatic enrolment duties.


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