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Are Employers Legally Obligated to Enrol their Employees into a Workplace Pension Scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/02/2024 There is speculation that the UK is risking a “retirement timebomb” if more people opt out of their pensions or lower their contributions to help offset the impact of the cost of living crisis in the UK. Almost half of large businesses have reported that some employees are opting out of a workplace...
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Pensions

Salary Increase Instead of Pension Contributions – Can an Employer do This?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2022 Can an employer increase salary instead of making pension contributions - where the employee requests that they do so? The risk that is run in this situation is whether a salary increase as a result of withdrawal from a pension scheme would be considered inducement under section 54 of the Pensions ...
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Contracts of Employment Pensions Pay

Do employment tribunals have jurisdiction to hear money claims made by a former employee for underpaid employer pension contributions?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/10/2021 The EAT in Somerset County Council v Chambers UKEAT/0417/12 confirmed that pension contributions are excluded from the definition of “wages”. Therefore, a claim for underpaid employer pension contributions would most likely be brought as a breach of contract claim. The claimant can choose to bring ...
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Pensions Tribunal Practice Procedures and Jurisdictional Issues

For new employees joining a company, can we wait until their probationary period of 6-months has been completed before auto-enrolling them in the pension scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/03/2017 Employers can postpone auto-enrolment for a period of up to 3 months to delay the enrolment of a new probationary employee. The maximum deferment is 3 months, and so it will not cover the whole of any extended probationary period. A new employee must therefore be auto-enrolled after the deferred pe...
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Pensions Probation Pay

We have recently employed someone who is subject to a 6 month probationary period. Can we wait until their probationary period of 6 months has elapsed before auto-enrolling them in our pension scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/09/2016 Employers can postpone auto-enrolment for a period of up to 3 months to delay the enrolment of a new probationary employee. The maximum deferment is 3 months, and so it will not cover the whole of any extended probationary period. A new employee must, therefore, be auto-enrolled after the deferred ...
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Pensions Probation

For new employees joining a company, can we wait until their probationary period of 6-months has been completed before auto-enrolling them in the pension scheme?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 05/08/2015 Employers can postpone auto-enrolment for a period of up to 3 months to delay the enrolment of a new probationary employee. The maximum deferment is 3 months, and so it will not cover the whole of any extended probationary period. A new employee must therefore be auto-enrolled after the deferred pe...
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Pensions Probation

Our pension age is 65. Can a business still maintain 65 as retirement age or not? If yes, are there any provisos?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/01/2012 The legislation which allowed the lawful retirement of employees who reached the default retirement age of 65 was repealed in April 2011. This doesn’t mean that employees can’t retire at 65 anymore - it just means that this has become an issue of choice for them, rather than compulsion. While conse...
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Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment Pensions