TPR embarks on AE spot checks in Glasgow

Victoria McKeever writes

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun to carry out spot checks on employers in Glasgow as part of a nationwide campaign to ensure they are complying with their automatic enrolment (AE) responsibilities.

TPR said inspectors are expected to visit “dozens” of businesses in the city over the coming weeks to check staff are being given the workplace pensions they are entitled to.

The move is part of a nationwide enforcement campaign that began in London in February and will be rolled out to major cities across the country in a bid to ensure employers are meeting their auto-enrolment duties correctly.

TPR already carried out inspections in Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Birmingham.

Up to 4,000 employers in Glasgow have so far met their workplace pension duties, enrolling about 78,000 staff. Between now and the end of the year a further 2,000 Glasgow employers are expected to enrol their staff.

However, TPR said the spot checks would be carried out on firms in both groups. They are intended to help it understand whether employers are facing any unnecessary challenges it can assist them with, for example helping to get auto-enrolment systems in place.

At the same time they are expected to highlight employers who have not taken the required steps to become or remain compliant, paving the way for enforcement action.

TPR auto-enrolment director Darren Ryder said: “The vast majority of employers become compliant ahead of their deadline but 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 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.”

According to TPR, more than eight million workers are now auto-enrolled and 640,000 employers are set up to carry out auto-enrolment duties.