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Charges and governance in pension schemes and particularly in workplace pension schemes have been the subject of debate and scrutiny in recent years.
The Pension Schemes Act 2015 amends the statutory rights to transfers from occupational pension schemes so that members will have a statutory right to a partial transfer value.
In the 2014 Budget it was announced that members with defined contribution pension savings would no longer be required to buy an annuity on retirement.
The National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 come into force on 6 April 2015 and will consolidate and replace the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999.
A recent employment tribunal decision has highlighted how important it is for employers to include the use of e-cigarettes in their smoking policy.
The government has confirmed the measures it intends to take to tackle any attempts by employers to flout the forthcoming ban on exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts.
An industrial tribunal in Northern Ireland has handed down a decision recognising a claimant as disabled as a result of his morbid obesity and upholding his claim for harassment.
Linking bonuses to attendance may fall foul of disability discrimination law, a recent decision shows.
New limits for awards for compensation for unfair dismissal, and statutory redundancy pay, will apply where the dismissal takes place on or after 6 April 2015.
While the judgment of the ECJ is still needed in the ‘Woolworths’ case’, Shoosmiths look at what might be in store for employers as a result of the AG’s opinion.
New rates for statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental and sick pay will come into effect on 5 and 6 April 2015.
Shoosmiths considers the legal framework for employers to help them avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of an older workforce.
Workers who are unable to take holiday are entitled to carry over that untaken holiday into the next holiday year. A recent case has explored how this legal principle might be extended further.
Buyer beware! Business purchases present numerous traps for the unwary particularly in terms of the employment liabilities that may be transferred.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has recently confirmed that obesity can be a disability. Shoosmiths considers the practical implications of this decision for employers.
ACAS has published an updated draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, which amends earlier guidance relating to a worker’s right to be accompanied.
The Department for Work and Pensions has published guidance for employers using the Fit for Work service.
This update looks at employer insolvency risk, last-man-standing schemes and contingent assets, following the publication of the Pension Protection Fund’s Levy Estimate for the 2015–16 levy year.
Employment rights for parents in a surrogacy arrangement are currently limited. Changes are, however, afoot from April.
The season to be jolly is once more upon us, but employers should be mindful of the legal issues that can arise over the festive period.