Pensions Regulator publishes details of first enforcement action for auto-enrolment non-compliance

The Pensions Regulator has published its first section 89 report relating to breaches of the automatic enrolment legislation. The report details enforcement action taken against Dunelm Soft Furnishings after Dunelm failed to enrol some members of its staff on time and committed other breaches of the legislation. The regulator inspected Dunelm’s head office, met with its senior teams and ultimately ordered the company to pay around £100,000 in unpaid pension contributions.

This reinforces the need for employers — small and large alike — to take automatic enrolment seriously. For those who are yet to stage, the regulator has put down a marker that it expects proper and full compliance; those employers who have already staged should consider some kind of after-the-event audit of their arrangements in the light of experience over the past 18 months…

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