A London firm has been publicly named on a list of employers penalised over workplace pension non-compliance.
Rider Support Solicitors, a motorcycle claims specialist based in Putney, was fined £5,000 after failing to meet its automatic enrolment responsibilities.
The firm appeared on a list of businesses hit with an escalating penalty notice for continuing non-compliance with regulations implemented through the Pensions Act 2008.
For the first time, the Pensions Regulator has published the details of every organisation that continues to ignore its automatic enrolment responsibilities despite having been issued with – and paying – a penalty notice.
The regulator said it may consider additional enforcement action, including prosecution, against any organisation continuing to breach pensions rules.
It is hoped that publishing the list will highlight to all employers the importance of meeting their obligations.
Charles Counsell, the Pensions Regulator’s executive director of automatic enforcement, said: ‘Employers who wilfully refuse to become compliant should be in no doubt that we will take enforcement action against them, as these lists show. Automatic enrolment is not an option, it is the law.’
The publication, which also includes a list of employers subject to a court order, names 33 organisations that have collectively been fined £280,000.
More than 500,000 employers have met their workplace pension requirements since 2012, with eight million more workers now saving for their retirement because of automatic enrolment.
If employers fail to be compliant they can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400, which increases for as long as they fail to act.
The Gazette has attempted to contact Rider Support Solicitors but has yet to receive any comment.