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Court hits firm with £200k fine for auto-enrolment abuse

A national recruitment agency, its directors and senior staff have been ordered to pay more than £280,000 for plotting to illegally opt workers out of their auto-enrolment pension scheme.

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Senior staff plead guilty to illegal workplace pension opt-outs

Senior staff at a national recruitment agency tried to save money by impersonating their temporary workers to opt them out of their workplace pension scheme.

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Directors face court over pension opt-out charges

Defendants are due to appear in court today accused of illegally opting employees out of workplace pensions.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has brought the prosecution against national recruitment firm Workchain Ltd (formerly known as Smart Recruitment UK Ltd), its directors and some senior staff.

They will appear at Derby Magistrates Court this afternoon.

The firm and staff are accused of logging into its workplace pension scheme’s online system and using employees’ personal details to terminate their membership of the scheme.

The alleged activity was contrary to the terms of use of the system, which requires employees to opt out themselves.

If convicted those accused could face up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.

In a first for TPR, those charged with unauthorised access to a computer programme, contrary to section 1(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 are:

• Workchain Ltd, which has its head office in Stephensons Way, Derby, Derbyshire
• Director Phil Tong, 40, of Spend Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
• Director Adam Hinkley, 39, of Shardlow Road, Alvaston, Derbyshire
• Hannah Armson, 34, of Heath Lane, Findern, Derbyshire
• Lisa Coy, 33, of Marylebone Crescent, Mackworth, Derbyshire
• Martin West, 31, of Jackson Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
• Robert Tomlinson, 38, of Crosby Close, Forest Town, Nottinghamshire
• Andrew Thorpe, 33, of Thorpe Street, Burntwood, Staffordshire

The case continues.

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Firm prosecuted for ‘illegal' pensions opt-outs

The Pensions Regulator is to prosecute a national recruitment firm, its directors and some of its senior staff, on the suspicion that they illegally opted employees out of their pension scheme.

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