Editor's message: With the ageing population and concerns that many people will have insufficient funds for their retirement, the subject of pensions and pensions saving has gained prominence recently. While workplace pensions have long been the main-stay of the employee benefits package, employers that offer generous pension packages can use them to help attract and retain staff.
Even if your organisation did not, historically, offer a workplace pension, it is likely that your employees are now members of a scheme as a result of pensions auto-enrolment.
There is an ongoing shift from defined-benefit towards defined-contribution schemes. The size of the pension that an employee can expect to receive on retirement is much harder to predict with a defined-contribution scheme.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
Updated to include a reference to the Government's announcement of a new timetable for the rise in state pension age to 68.
Updated to include information on Walker v Innospec Ltd and others, in which the Supreme Court considered entitlement to pension benefits for same-sex partners.
We analyse the types of pension schemes employers offer, as well as contribution rates and pension scheme membership.
The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal's decision and held that civil partners and same-sex spouses are entitled to pension benefits accrued before the introduction of civil partnerships on 5 December 2005.
The Government consults on draft regulations that make changes to the advice requirement for pension scheme members before accessing pension flexibilities.
Updated to include references to the FCA consultation on advising on pension transfers and the Government's responses to its consultations on a cap on early exit charges and member-borne commission charges, and a single body for financial guidance.
Women retiring this year will be £6,400 a year worse off than men, according to new research from Prudential.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
Theresa May launched the Conservative Party's 2017 election manifesto, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises. Having already laid out her plans on workers' rights earlier this week, and with many policies announced over the past year, there is not much we didn't already know. But, as is likely in any 88-page document, there are a few items of interest that may not already be on your radar.
Updated to reflect the state pension entitlement in force from 10 April 2017.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pensions.