First prosecution for business failing to implement pensions auto enrolment

UK Pensions Regulator has announced the first prosecution of an employer who failed to comply with the law on auto-enrolment. The rules on auto-enrolment require employers to automatically enrol workers in a pension scheme that meets certain minimum requirements. The Pensions Act 2008 states that it is an offence to fail to comply with the rules on auto-enrolment. The employer that is being prosecuted is a bus company and one of the directors has also been prosecuted. This is the first prosecution launched by the UK’s Pension Regulator for the offences under section 45 of the Act for which the maximum sentence is an unlimited fine.

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