The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a warning about fake exemption certificates of Auto Enrolment workplace pension duties. They have advised they are investigating a number of instances of employers being approached by companies offering to sell them ‘Certificates of Auto Enrolment Exemption’ in relation to workplace pension duties.
These employers have been convinced to purchase documents which the scammers claim exempt the holders from workplace pension duties. Whilst the charge is small (stated as being £58) for the certificates, they are in fact worthless. The TPR do not produce nor accept any such documents in respect of automatic enrolment exemption.
Every employer or organisation with at least one employee has automatic enrolment duties. Duties will range from simply informing the TPR that they do not have any staff that qualify for automatic enrolment up to employers having to enrol some or all of their staff in a workplace pension and make regular contributions.
Whilst there is currently no suggestion from the TPR that employers are buying the fake documents with the intention of committing any offences, they advised that employers who have failed to comply with their duties because they believed the documents purchased would give them an exemption leave themselves open to being fined, and may be committing an offence.
The TPR advise that if you or your company are offered the chance to buy a certificate of exemption or any similar sounding document please decline the offer and advise The Pensions Regulator (TPR).
If you’re unsure of your duties as an employer please visit the TPR’s Duties Checker where they will advise you if your requirements.
To read the full article by Pensions Regulator please visit their site here.