All items: Pay and benefits

  • Is it time to sweeten up your pensions communications?

    Date:
    24 November 2016

    With young people prioritising other financial commitments over pensions, employers need to rethink how they communicate the benefits of saving for retirement.

  • "Systemic barriers" are stopping women from achieving their career potential

    Date:
    11 October 2016

    So much has been written about why women earn less than men and miss out on key promotions. But, as we prepare for gender pay gap reporting, are we ignoring the real reasons for gender inequality at work, asks Catalyst Europe's Allyson Zimmermann?

  • National living wage: how to tighten payroll and enhance productivity

    Date:
    11 May 2016

    Despite it being in place for several weeks now, many employers are still getting to grips with the costs and administration associated with the new national living wage. Neil Pickering looks at some efficiency measures that could ease the transition.

  • National living wage: extra age band encourages discrimination

    Date:
    9 May 2016

    The national living wage encourages employers to recruit younger workers over older workers to cut costs in breach of age discrimination laws, Labour MP Holly Lynch has argued during a parliamentary debate.

  • Government reveals ideas to reinvigorate workplace pensions

    Date:
    1 January 2013

    Despite significant reform of the UK pensions system, the Government is concerned that people are still not saving enough towards their retirement. It has therefore issued a strategy paper considering how to reinvigorate workplace pensions and rebuild trust and confidence in pensions. We examine its main proposals.

  • Pensions auto-enrolment: compliance issues

    Date:
    1 December 2012

    This fourth and final article in our series on automatic enrolment looks at some of the finer detail. We consider how existing practices such as salary sacrifice and flexible benefits work alongside auto-enrolment, look at the new employer duties and discuss how to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

  • Pensions Ombudsman anticipates caseload rise

    Date:
    1 August 2012

    Influenced by the current spirit of austerity, the Pensions Ombudsman said in its 2011/12 business plan that it would set aside some of its larger aspirations in favour of getting the core work done with "the resources available". Reporting in the ombudsman's report and accounts, Tony King, the present incumbent, reports that his office has actually exceeded most of its goals, with higher output than the previous 12-month period, "remarkably", without using all of the resources available, and under-spending the ombudsman budget for the second year running.

  • Pensions auto-enrolment: how are employers preparing?

    Date:
    15 June 2012

    Statutory automatic enrolment for eligible workers into a qualifying pension scheme will be introduced from October 2012. Employers face what can appear to be a bewildering array of decisions to ensure that they comply with the law. We review the steps that organisations are taking to meet their legal obligations.

  • A changing landscape: 25 years of pensions

    Date:
    1 June 2012

    Occupational pensions was launched in June 1987. We look back at some of the developments in the past quarter of a century.

  • Pensions Regulator maintains stance on defined-benefits funding

    Date:
    1 June 2012

    In its first annual financial funding statement the pensions regulator sets out its views on the approaches to the valuation process that it considers acceptable in the current economic environment. We examine the regulator's statement together with first reactions to it.

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