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Pensions Act 2008

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Offences and monitoring

45Offences of failing to comply

(1)An offence is committed by an employer who wilfully fails to comply with—

(a)the duty under section 3(2) (automatic enrolment),

(b)the duty under section 5(2) (automatic re-enrolment), or

(c)the duty under section 7(3) (jobholder’s right to opt in).

(2)A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to a fine, or both;

(b)on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum.

46Offences by bodies corporate

(1)Subsection (2) applies where an offence under section 45 committed by a body corporate is proved—

(a)to have been committed with the consent or connivance of an officer of the body corporate, or

(b)to be attributable to any neglect on the part of an officer of the body corporate.

(2)The officer, as well as the body corporate, is guilty of the offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(3)“Officer” in this section means—

(a)a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer, or

(b)a person purporting to act in such a capacity.

(4)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, this section applies in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with the member’s functions of management as if the member were an officer of the body corporate.

47Offences by partnerships and unincorporated associations

(1)Proceedings for an offence under section 45 alleged to have been committed by a partnership or an unincorporated association may be brought in the name of the partnership or association.

(2)For the purposes of such proceedings—

(a)rules of court relating to the service of documents are to have effect as if the partnership or association were a body corporate;

(b)the following provisions apply in relation to the partnership or association as they apply in relation to a body corporate—

(i)section 33 of the Criminal Justice Act 1925 (c. 86) and Schedule 3 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43);

(ii)section 70 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46).

(3)A fine imposed on a partnership or association on its conviction of an offence under section 45 is to be paid out of the funds of the partnership or association.

(4)Subsection (5) applies where an offence under section 45 committed by a partnership is proved—

(a)to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a partner, or

(b)to be attributable to any neglect on the part of a partner.

(5)The partner, as well as the partnership, is guilty of the offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(6)Subsection (7) applies where an offence under section 45 committed by an unincorporated association is proved—

(a)to have been committed with the consent or connivance of an officer of the association, or

(b)to be attributable to any neglect on the part of an officer of the association.

(7)The officer, as well as the association, is guilty of the offence and is liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

(8)“Officer” in this section means—

(a)an officer of the association or a member of its governing body, or

(b)a person purporting to act in such capacity.

(9)“Partner” in this section includes a person purporting to act as a partner.

48Offences of providing false or misleading information

In section 80(1)(a) of the Pensions Act 2004 (c. 35) (offences of providing false or misleading information)—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (iv) insert or

“(v)regulations under section 11 of the Pensions Act 2008,;

(b)omit “or” at the end of sub-paragraph (iii).

49Monitoring of employers' payments to personal pension schemes

In section 111A of the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c. 48) (monitoring of employers' payments to personal pension schemes), at the end insert—

(18)In this section, “employee” includes a jobholder within the meaning of section 1 of the Pensions Act 2008 and “employer” is to be read accordingly.

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