Recruitment agency and MD prosecuted over pension avoidance

A Hertfordshire-based recruitment agency and its managing director are to be prosecuted by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) on suspicion of trying to avoid providing their staff with a workplace pension.

According to a statement from the regulator released last week, care staffing specialist SKL Professional Recruitment Agency Ltd and MD Linus (Lee) Kadzere are accused of wilfully failing to comply with their automatic enrolment duties under section 45 and 46 of the Pensions Act 2008.

The defendants are also accused of falsely claiming they had enrolled 22 staff into a workplace pension scheme. Knowingly providing false information to the regulator is an offence under section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.

Kadzere has been summoned to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 4 September 2019.

The defendants each face three charges of wilfully failing to comply with their automatic enrolment duties and one charge of knowingly or recklessly providing false and misleading information to the regulator.

Recruiter contacted SKL and Kadzere for comment – this story will be updated upon receipt of their reply.

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