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Auto enrolment spot checks in the region

The Pensions Regulator has announced that it will be carrying out spot checks on firms in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to ensure they are complying with their automatic enrolment obligations.

Nearly one million employers across the UK have met their AE duties, with more than nine million workers given workplace pensions as a result.

Data to the end of December 2017 revealed 1,750 employers in Derby, 3,220 employers in Nottingham and 2,820 employers in Leicester have met their AE duties, resulting in 125,000 staff in those areas being put into a workplace pension.

Darren Ryder, TPR’s Director of Automatic Enrolment, said: “The vast majority of employers are compliant with the law, but these visits help us identify why some may be struggling so we can take action where we need to.

"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 that staff receive the pensions they are entitled to."

TPR, which has not said precisely when the spot checks will take place, has online information and guidance about ongoing duties to help employers understand what needs to be done.