Pensions and benefits

Is the current approach on valuing pensions fit for mediation?

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There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". I normally emphasise that mediation is not a different process but just a different method of resolving matters. However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions. More …

Life assurance schemes – the top 10 compliance risks employers should avoid

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Life assurance schemes can be established either as tax registered schemes, or non-registered schemes where the underlying benefits will not count towards the member's lifetime allowance which is currently £1.25 million. More …

An insight into the Pension Regulator's views on auto enrolment

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The Regulator has given an insight into how it expects auto enrolment will affect employers, but it accepts this is a new area of law and we are yet to see exactly how it will run in practice. More …

Impact on life assurance following further drop in lifetime allowance

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Another reduction to the lifetime allowance (LTA) will take place next year from £1.5 million to £1.25 million. More …

The view of the Pension Regulator's views on auto enrolment

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The Pensions Regulator has run a series of seminars to update certain industries on how auto enrolment will affect them, including the construction, recruitment and entertainment industries. More …