Redeployment rights for pregnant employees and maternity returners announced
Lewis Silkin – 25 July
During the final days of Theresa May’s government, redeployment rights for pregnant employees and maternity returners have been announced. Plans for reform have been published and extend existing rights to both maternity returners and adoption leave returners for six months following the end of the leave.
Employers urged to introduce flexible working patterns as temperatures soar
People Management – 24 July
Following the recent heatwave, including the one of the hottest days on record, the TUC has warned of the health and productivity risks associated with high temperatures. The TUC has called for a change to the legislation to restrict maximum indoor workplace temperatures to 30°C.
New report proposes radical whistleblowing reforms
Lewis Silkin – 19 July
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Whistleblowing (APPG) has published a report on whistleblowing, including a number of radical reform proposals on how to better protect whistleblowers. The proposals include introducing an Independent Office for the Whistleblower to act as a centre of expertise to provide free advice, investigations and training.
Advisers invited to join dashboard project
FT Adviser – 25 July
The Money and Pensions Service has started recruiting specialists in the pensions field to advise on the implementation of the pension dashboards. The team will have 12 members, and will set out a timetable, alongside ensuring people can access their pensions information securely and with ease.
Amber Rudd to remain work and pensions secretary
Professional Adviser – 25 July
New Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has put together his cabinet and kept Amber Rudd as the Work and Pensions Secretary. Rudd is the sixth person to take on the role since the 2015 general election, and there were many who thoughts she might lose the brief.
Pension transfers pass £60bn mark
Professional Pensions – 24 July
A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed that 390,000 people have accessed their defined benefit (DB) pots, with over £60 billion transferred. The ability to transfer money out of a DB pension scheme came into force in 2015, with around 210,000 transfers in 2018/19.