Automatic Enrolment: Pitfalls, Penalties and Payments - 17 July 2020

Freeths and Punter Southall Aspire invite you to a pensions webinar covering automatic enrolment and how your pension scheme can help your business in tough times. Kim Jones from Freeths and Caroline Gaines from Punter Southall Aspire will discuss:

Automatic enrolment: how to avoid the pitfalls and rectify breaches

Prudent employers are already live to the fact that meeting their automatic enrolment obligations can be trickier than the term automatic would suggest. We are also seeing a rise in firms being whistle-blown to the Pensions Regulator and Pensions Ombudsman for breaches.Prevention is better than a cure, so please join us as we discuss how to avoid the common pitfalls of automatic enrolment and also consider how to solve problems before they get out of hand.This first section of the webinar will cover:

  • Common pitfalls
  • Employer obligations following acquisitions/restructuring
  • Rectifying breaches
  • Example case studies
  • Top Tips

Secondly, Freeths and Mark Bowen from Punter Southall Aspire will discuss changes to your pension scheme to help your business in tough times

With all businesses keen to preserve cash, cutting back on pension benefits could be seen as an easy cost-saving measure. Getting it wrong can lead to fines from the Pensions Regulator, aggrieved employees and employment tribunal claims but doing it the right way could result in cost savings while retaining employee loyalty.This section of the webinar will cover:

  • The Pensions Regulator's position
  • Steps for employers to avoid - inducement activity and furlough problems
  • Contribution structures more generous than statutory requirements
  • Salary sacrifice arrangements and certification


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