On numerous occasions we have reported that The Pensions Regulator has prosecuted businesses for non-compliance with Auto Enrolment. They are serious and will take action. In this case the TPR was alerted by a whistle-blower, which led to an investigation and conviction.
The nursery had failed to enrol 13 staff into a pension scheme and made a false declaration to the regulator claiming that they had. A pension scheme had been set up, but no staff had been placed into it.
This scenario could be avoided if more businesses outsourced their payroll and Auto Enrolment administration. At Payroll Masters our payroll management solution can include the administration of your Auto Enrolment Pension Scheme. We can manage your employees opting-out and in. We enrol your employees into the pension scheme. We make periodic pension contribution payments calculations and prepare pension contribution reports and upload them onto the regulator’s interface. We also deal with pension related queries from your employees and the regulator. We would also notice if 13 of your employees had not been enrolled into the pension scheme!