Pensions and benefits

Group Life Newsflash:- excepted schemes

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A lot of employers are being advised to consider unregistered group life schemes for their staff for the provision of lump sum death in service benefits. More …

Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes

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Following its Green Paper on Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes in February last year the DWP has now published its white paper under the above heading. More …

Are you ready for higher automatic enrolment contributions from 6 April?

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As many employers will know, on 6 April 2018, and then again on 6 April 2019, the minimum contributions to a pension scheme for the purposes of the automatic enrolment regime will increase. More …

TPAS shifts pension complaints function to The Pensions Ombudsmen

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The dispute resolution function of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is to be absorbed by The Pensions Ombudsmen and will become the single point of contact for all pension dispute resolutions. More …

How to discuss flexible retirement options

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Our employment experts discuss the benefits for employers of flexible retirement, and how to handle potential discussions of this nature with staff in a non-discriminatory way. More …

Court of Appeal overturns High Court ruling on IBM's "Project Waltz" pension changes in 2010

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IBM made pension changes in 2010 which were called "Project Waltz" and took place after two other scheme restructuring exercises. Our expert explains the Court of Appeal's recent decision. More …

Defined Benefit Schemes and Struggling Businesses- the elephant in the room

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Throughout 2016 and so far in 2017, defined benefit pension schemes have made headline news for all the wrong reasons. More …

Trustees (and employers) – are you ready for GDPR?

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The Government has now announced its intention to bring in a new Data protection Act which will enshrine GDPR into UK law so that it remains in force after Brexit. More …

Recent British Airways Court case did not take off but appeal will fly

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Do the rules of your pension scheme ensure that the Trustees have to seek your consent before making changes to the rules? Our pensions expert explains. More …

Walker v Innospec Ltd [2017] - Same-sex marriage and inequality in pensions – Schemes must now provide survivor benefits to same-sex spouses and civil partners on the same basis as opposite sex spouses

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In the recent case, the Supreme Court ruled that a pension scheme must provide benefits for a surviving spouse in a same-sex marriage on the basis that it provides benefits for the surviving spouse in an opposite sex marriage. Our expert explains the impact this will have, More …