The Pensions Regulator has recently raised a £42,000 penalty for failure to comply with the auto-enrolment rules.
The company in questions is Johnsons Shoe Company, and the excuse that it was “too busy” to comply with the auto-enrolment rules did not go down too well with the regulator.
The company was initially issued with a fixed penalty for £400 which they paid, thereafter beginning a dialogue with the regulator. When an agreement had failed to be reached and they were still non-compliant the company was informed that their fine would increase by £2,500 a day. A further £2,000 of Court costs were incurred.
The Pensions Regulator shows off about the case here. Let this be a warning!