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Employment and Pensions Law (17 May – 31 May)

Employment News

Failing to enhance pay for shared parental leave is not sex discrimination

Lewis Silkin – 28 May

Lewis Silkin discuss two cases of sex discrimination in relation to shared parental leave. In the case of Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali, Mr Ali submitted a grievance alleging direct sex discrimination. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) overturned the Employment Tribunal (ET) ruling and concluded that it was not discriminatory to pay a father a basic salary on shared parental leave, when a mother would receive full salary on maternity leave.

New bill will outlaw redundancy for new mothers

People Management – 22 May

The introduction of a new Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill will prohibit employers from being able to make a woman redundant from the point that she notifies them she is pregnant until six months after the end of her maternity leave. The bill was introduced by the chair of the Women and Equalities Committee and is a result of studies that suggest maternity discrimination is rife in the UK.

Pensions News

Chancellor signals potential further increase to national living wage

People Management – 30 May

The number of low-paid workers is at its lowest in nearly 40 years, and the government have begun a consultation to eradicate low pay altogether. Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has discussed the success of the national living wage and hints to further increases in the future.

IFAs gun shy of DB transfers due to FCA rules research shows

Money Marketing – 30 May

Aegon research shows that seven out of ten advisers would think twice about advising on defined benefit (DB) transfers, due to the new complex FCA rules. The rules were published in October 2018, and detail how they ‘expects advisers to handle DB transfers such as providing a suitability report for a client regardless of outcome.'

A third plan to work past age 65 because their pension is not sufficient

Employee Benefits – 29 May

According to research by Canada Life Group Insurance, 32% of respondents plan to work past the age of 65 because they will not have sufficient pension savings to live off of. The survey was completed by 1002 full and part-time employees.

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