Pensions disputes

DWP Consultation on the "Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes" February 2017

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This "green paper" has three important themes in relation to DB pensions. The DWP is seeking views from the pensions community to see how these three aims can be met in order to secure the retirement incomes of current and future pensioners. More …

Public sector focus - an analysis of the decision of the Supreme Court in the Brewster case.

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The case centres around use of nomination forms in the context of unmarried partners – the issue was whether the nomination form requirement (which did not apply to spouses or civil partners) could be objectively justified. More …

Changes to the tax rules

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At the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced sweeping changes to the tax rules applying when an individual decides to access money purchase pension savings. More …

Surplus Refunds: Trustee action required to preserve ongoing surplus powers

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Many UK registered defined benefit pension schemes ("DB Schemes") contain powers allowing trustees to make payments to employers where the fund is in surplus and the scheme is ongoing. More …

Assessing and monitoring the employer covenant – the Pension Regulator's new guidance and its implications

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Following on from the new Code of Practice 3 on Funding Defined Benefit Scheme the Pensions Regulator has now issued much more extensive guidance on how to assess and monitor the employer covenant. More …

Government's July 2015 budget: reform of pensions tax relief

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The Chancellor announced yet more tax changes which will impact on the amount of tax relievable pensions savings for "high earners". Here, we've outlined the proposals. More …

Abolition of short service refunds

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The Pensions Act 2014 introduced new requirements for members who leave an occupational (i.e. trust-based) Defined Contribution (DC) scheme with between 30 days and 2 years qualifying service. Under the new provisions, trustees will no longer be able to pay short service refunds to leavers with 30 or more days pensionable service. The change will take effect for members joining DC occupational pension schemes on or after 1 October 2015. More …

Pensions - employee benefits

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We can make sure all aspects of your pay and benefit arrangements, including your employment contracts, director's service contracts, handbooks and policies are accurate and meet all legal requirements, which in turn means that you can help your employees understand fully their pay and benefits and the terms and conditions of them. More …

Changes to the Disclosure of Information Regulations

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The Department for Work and Pensions ("DWP") has been consulting on the draft of The Occupational and Personal Pensions (Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2013 ("the Disclosure Regs"). DWP has now published its response to the consultation, and its final proposals. More …