The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced that it has begun carrying out auto enrolment spot checks on businesses across the South Wales region.
Inspection teams from TPR will visit businesses in areas including Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, the Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taf to ensure that employers are complying with auto enrolment legislation and are meeting their duties correctly. Checks have previously been carried out in other areas of the UK including Sheffield, Greater Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Edinburgh but it is the first time that there have been checks in Wales.
As well as highlighting those employers that are not complying with all the relevant auto enrolment legislation and taking any appropriate action, the checks are also designed to help The Pensions Regulator understand what issues and problems employers have with auto enrolment and work out how they as a regulator can help them, such as helping them improve their systems.
Across the UK, up to now, more than 690,000 employers have met their automatic enrolment duties and now more than eight million people have workplace pensions as a result, making it an undoubted success.
Darren Ryder, TPR's Director of Automatic Enrolment, said:
"he vast majority of employers are continuing to become compliant ahead of their deadline but these visits help us to identify why some have not, so we can take action where we need to."
"Every employer has workplace pension duties and we are determined that every worker gets the pension they are entitled to."
"Automatic enrolment is not an option, it's the law. Where we find employers are not complying with the law, we will use our powers to make them comply."
The Pensions Regulator will continue checks across other areas of the UK in the coming weeks.