Spot checks on businesses in the UK by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will continue in February with inspectors visiting dozens of businesses in the Leicester, Nottingham and Derby areas. Inspector will check that qualifying staff are being given the workplace pensions that they are entitled to.
Although it's the first time that inspectors have visited the East Midlands region, the checks are part of a nationwide campaign being undertaken by The Pensions Regulator that saw inspections begin in London in April. Spot checks have also occurred in Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey, Kent, Birmingham, Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Glasgow and South Wales.
The checks are designed to help The Pensions Regulator understand whether employers are facing any unnecessary challenges that they can be helped with. However, they will also highlight those employers that are not taking the required steps to become compliant and giving qualifying employees the pensions they are entitled to under the law. According to figures from The Pensions Regulator, whilst the vast majority of employers are compliant with the law, there are those who are struggling and some who are simply refusing to act.
Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, argued that "the vast majority of employers are compliant with the law," but these visits will help to identify why some may be struggling so the regulator can take action.
He said: "Automatic enrolment is not an option, it's the law. Where we find employers are not complying, we will use our powers to ensure they comply so staff receive the pensions they are entitled to."