09 May 2017
Retailer fined after auto-enrolment failure
A high street footwear retailer has been hit with a heavy fine for failing to comply with automatic enrolment pension rules.
A fixed penalty notice of £400 was initially given to Johnsons Shoes Company, after the firm failed to meet all of its auto-enrolment duties.
But the fine then rose to £40,000, the Pensions Regulator has revealed, as the company continued to flout the rules. This means it faced a bill of 100 times the original financial penalty.
Charles Counsell, the regulator's executive director of automatic enrolment, said the bill was "completely unnecessary".
He added: " Our message is clear - fail to comply with the law and you may be fined. Fail to pay your fine and we may take you to court."
Johnsons said in a regulatory intervention report that "pressures of work" had prevented it from meeting its auto-enrolment duties. But the regulator said it did not believe that was a reasonable excuse.