June 9th, 2017.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published its latest compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin which includes, for the first time, the details of every organisation that it has secured a court order against after employers failed to meet their automatic enrolment responsibilities.

In each case the employer had been issued with an escalating penalty notice (EPN) by TPR for non-compliance but had failed to pay it. Separately, TPR has published the details of every employer that continues to ignore its automatic enrolment responsibilities despite having been issued with – and having paid – an EPN. For those employers who remain non-compliant with their automatic enrolment duties, TPR may consider taking additional enforcement action against them.

The compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin also reveals a large increase in the number of inspections of business premises carried out by TPR staff to check for compliance – part of TPR’s commitment to taking swifter and more effective action against those committing pension law offences. A total of 224 inspections were carried out in the quarter, compared to the 57 in the whole of 2016.

TPR issued more than 14,502 fixed penalty notices (FPN) of £400 for automatic enrolment non-compliance to employers in the first three months of 2017, up from 2,919 FPNs the previous quarter – the largest total issued to date.