In Gort District Court on Thursday 22 March 2012, Judge Durcan convicted and imposed fines totalling €5,000 on a director of a Construction Company for failing to remit employee pension contributions to the trustee of the Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS) within the statutory time limit. The company had also failed to reply to a statutory request issued by The Pensions Board.
The Company had deducted pension contributions from the wages and salaries of its employees in the months of January 2009, February 2009, March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009 and August 2009 for remittance to the trustee of CWPS but had failed to remit the contributions to the trustee within the statutory time frame. These offences were committed with the consent, connivance or were attributable to the neglect on the part of the director of the company.
Also in Gort District Court on Thursday 22 March 2012, Judge Durcan convicted and imposed a fine of €2,500 each two company Directors for failing to comply with a statutory request made by The Pensions Board pursuant to Section 18 of the Pensions Act 1990, to furnish certain information and documentation detailing deductions made from employees wages for pension scheme contributions to The Pensions Board within a specified timeframe.
Commenting on the convictions in these cases, the Chief Executive of The Pensions Board, Mr. Brendan Kennedy, said, “These convictions should act as a warning to all employers and company directors that where they fail to engage with the Board or the CWPS the Board treats such failures very seriously.”