Editor's message: Occupational pensions have long been the main-stay of the employee benefits package, and now many employees are members of a pension scheme as a result of pensions auto-enrolment (see Auto-enrolment for further information).
The type of pensions that employers provide has been going through a process of change for many years - the shift from defined-benefit to defined-contribution schemes continues in the private sector, while career-average schemes are common for public-sector employees.
Sheila Attwood, managing editor, pay and HR practice
Updated to include information on the Government's response to its consultation on reforms to public-sector exit payments.
Updated to include information on the Advocate General's opinion in Parris v Trinity College Dublin and others, concerning a same-sex partner's entitlement to a survivor's pension.
Updated to include details of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee inquiry into defined-benefit pension funds.
Updated to include information on Regulations that will align the timing of the increase in minimum pensions auto-enrolment contribution levels with the beginning of the tax year.
Updated to take account of changes that align the increase in minimum pensions auto-enrolment contribution levels with the beginning of the tax year.
We continue the coverage of our annual benefits and allowances survey, taking a closer look at pension provision, travel and subsistence benefits and other benefits including location payment, childcare benefits and long-service awards.
We look at the pension schemes offered by employers, contribution rates and pension scheme membership.
The Government consults on draft regulations to improve the operation of the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to pensions.