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Pensions Act 2008

Section 54: Inducements

132.Section 54 introduces a prohibition on employers attempting to induce their workers to opt out from, or cease, membership of a qualifying workplace pension scheme and gives the Regulator the power to take compliance action against a contravention. An employer contravenes this prohibition if they take any action for the sole or main purpose of inducing a worker or jobholder to give up membership of a relevant scheme, without becoming an active member of another relevant scheme within the prescribed period under section 2(3).

133.The section also provides a power for a time limit, within which (i) a complaint to the Regulator must be made about a contravention of the provision or (ii) the Regulator must inform the employer of an investigation of a contravention. This time limit will be set out in regulations.

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