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Is your auto-enrolment scheme compliant with TPR regulations?

Published by Rob Thomas on

Much of the emphasis with respect to auto-enrolment in recent times has been on ensuring that employers approaching auto-enrolment are fully prepared for their staging date.

Whilst this is important - the call to action from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) follows research published from the regulator on the 5 August showing almost two thirds of small and micro employers still do not know the exact date they need to start complying with automatic enrolment laws - it is important that employers who have been through the process can be sure that they are complying.

We understand that a growing proportion of the investigations into employers uncover breaches – which could of course result in prosecution by TPR.

A likely reason is a simple one – there are far more employers going through the process, a growing number of whom are doing so without guidance and support from a professional adviser. When teamed with other significant events at an employer – such as staff turnover in positions dealing with auto-enrolment, or perhaps other HR or finance projects getting in the way of the auto-enrolment project, you can see why the probability of unintentionally breaching the legislation increases.

“A growing proportion of the investigations into employers uncover breaches ”

The next question is a straightforward one – should an employer assume that the project has gone well, or consider carrying out an audit to be confident that the law is being followed? We can see this becoming a tick box on the list of areas to check before the sale of a business in the future too.

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  • Rob Thomas

    Rob has over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services primarily focused on defined contribution schemes and group risk arrangements. Rob is regulated and authorised by the FCA and is responsible for advising clients on the running of their DC pension schemes.

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