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What happens if I fail to comply?

The employer duties are not optional. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will be responsible for ensuring that you comply with your employer duties.

Although their approach will be to educate and encourage compliance, you'll face substantial fines or even imprisonment if you don't comply.


TPR will impose penalties if you don’t comply with your employer duties, as shown below.

Compliance/unpaid contributions notice

Fixed penalty notice - £400

Escalating penalty notice

Other penalties

TPR can impose three other types of penalties if you’re found to be guilty of:

Wilful failure to comply


Prohibited recruitment conduct

Appealing against a penalty

You have a right to appeal against any penalties imposed by TPR and must do so in writing.

Published April 2014

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