More than one-sixth (17.5%) of employers in the private and voluntary sectors believe that the cost of pensions auto-enrolment will place limits on the pay awards that they offer to employees in the coming year. This is according to XpertHR's pay More...23 March 2012 11:15
Pensions auto-enrolment will add "another layer of red tape and bureaucracy" for employers, breaking the Government's promise to reduce the burden of red tape on businesses, an employment lawyer has claimed. Daniel Barnett, barrister at Outer Temple More...07 March 2012 11:51
Employment lawyer Sarah Ozanne looks at the implications of the new pensions auto-enrolment system.
The pensions auto-enrolment regime is scheduled to begin from 1 July 2012 and will ultimately apply to all employers. The regime is being phased More...27 February 2012 11:11
The Government today issued amendments to the timetable against which employers must enrol their staff in workplace pension schemes.
The Government says that the amendments have been made in order to allow smaller businesses more time to prepare for More...25 January 2012 15:41
Every year brings with it some important new employment legislation for the employer to negotiate. Whether related to unfair dismissal, pensions, employment tribunals or redundancy, 2012 presents new legislation relevant to all organisations, large or s More...20 December 2011 00:01
Public sector unions have lost their High Court battle over alterations to how pensions are calculated.
George Osborne announced in his emergency Budget in June 2010 that, with effect from April 2011, pensions would be uprated using the consume More...02 December 2011 16:21
Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will not have to auto-enrol staff into pension schemes until 2015, the Government has confirmed. Minister for pensions Steve Webb confirmed in Parliament today that auto-enrolment for small businesses will be d More...28 November 2011 16:43
The Government has been accused of using misleading figures in an attempt to manipulate public opinion in the debate over public sector pensions .
The accusation came from Britain's largest union, Unite, which said that Chief Secretary to the T More...08 November 2011 00:00
EXCLUSIVE The Unison ballot, in which members voted yes to a strike over public sector pensions, could be "fatally flawed", meaning that employers could put a stop to the planned "day of action" on 30 November. More...03 November 2011 15:58
HR managers are more interested in outsourcing pensions functions following the closure of defined benefit schemes, according to research published today.
A survey from Mercer and Chatham Partners was conducted among 87 private and public sector com More...24 October 2011 15:25
The UK's largest public sector unions will open up a legal front tomorrow in their continuing row with the Government over pensions reform. Six unions - Unison, Unite, Public and Commercial Services Union, the Fire Brigades Union, the Prison Off More...24 October 2011 10:54
Around one employee in three intends to opt out of the Government's plans to automatically enrol them into company pension schemes or the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), research by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) s More...20 October 2011 14:37
Pensions provider Axa has written to retired members of its own final-salary pension scheme offering them higher immediate payouts in exchange for lower amounts in the future.
The Telegraph says that it has seen copies of letters sent ou More...17 October 2011 14:54
The Local Government Group (LGG) has set out alternative proposals for public sector pension reforms, which it claims would minimise the impact on lower paid workers, while still delivering the Government's target of £900 million in savings.
A lette More...23 September 2011 16:04
A worker suffered age discrimination and was unfairly dismissed from his role in a leisure centre because his local authority employer wanted to avoid incurring his pension costs after he turned 50, an employment tribunal has found.
Christopher Wals More...09 September 2011 15:17
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has defended its pensions auto-enrolment plans following a report that suggests firms will cut workers' pensions when the new rules come into force next year.
A survey of firms by the Association of C More...01 September 2011 15:35
More than half (53%) of workers are "totally unaware" that they will be auto-enrolled into a pension plan as part of pension reforms due to come into force next year. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) quarterl More...31 August 2011 00:01
The Government's consultation on state pension reforms has received broad support for the introduction of a single-tier system but groups have warned the transition will need to be managed carefully. The consultation, "A State Pension for the 21st Ce More...28 July 2011 16:08
Exempting new businesses from the upcoming pension reforms would remove "one of the biggest barriers" to job creation, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.
The call comes as a survey by the BCC found that nearly one-third (32%) o More...05 July 2011 01:00
One aspect of the proposed pension reforms, the need for people to work longer, has long been recognised. People are living longer, with life expectancy 10 years higher than it was in the 1970s. Pension pots, whether part of a public sector defined More...27 June 2011 10:11