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Employment and Pensions Law (20 September – 4 October)

Employment News

Government pledges further hike to national living wage

People Management – 1 October

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has announced government plans to increase the national living wage (NLW) to two-thirds (66 per cent) of median earnings in the next five years. According to Javid, the government is hoping to ‘make the UK one of the first major economies in the world to end low pay altogether.’

Woman was unfairly dismissed after successful IVF treatment, tribunal rules

People Management – 1 October

The Birmingham Employment Tribunal has unanimously ruled that an administrative assistant who underwent IVF treatment was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against by her employer after she told her boss she was pregnant. The company in question was ordered to pay the claimant £21,081.14.

Pensions News

Pension discrimination case dismissed on all grounds

Law Gazette – 3 October

The High Court has ruled that women were not discriminated against when the pension age was raised from 60 to 66. The judges ruled there was no discrimination based on age and/or sex, and dismissed the claim on all grounds. The legislation under challenge was the Pensions Act 1995 which affected all women born on or after 6 April 1950.

Bosses behind £12m pension scam banned

FT Adviser – 3 October

The High Court has disqualified a trio of directors for a combined 34-years. The directors cheated more than 200 investors out of almost £12 million of their pension savings. The directors in question ran a ‘pension liberation’ scheme, and persuaded savers to access their pension funds before the age of 55.

More boys than girls have pensions at young age - HMRC data

Professional Adviser – 3 October

According to statistics from HM Revenue & Customs, 20,000 boys aged under 16 had money paid into a pension for them in 2016/17, compared to 13,000 girls. £2,880 per year can be paid into a pension on behalf of those who do not earn money, with a 20% tax relief.

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