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Employment and Pensions Law (26 July – 9 August)

Employment News

UK employment slows ahead of Brexit finale

Consultancy – 9 August

With the Brexit deadline around the corner, the outlook employment has fallen to its lowest in more than a year. Consultancy discuss how Brexit and the potential for a No Deal might affect both small and large businesses in the UK.

Women and Equalities Committee proposes radical changes to enforcement of discrimination law

Lewis Silkin – 2 August

A recent report by the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has recommended radical changes to the way discrimination claims are brought about. The WEC has suggested that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission refocus its work and be bolder in using its unique enforcement powers, amongst other recommendations.

Autistic job seeker with 'hidden disability' awarded £18,400 compensation

Lexology – 31 July

Irwin Mitchell LLP discuss the case of Meier v BT, where a prospective BT employee with a hidden disability was awarded £18,400 in compensation. Mr Meier had Asperger's, dyslexia and dyspraxia – he stated on his online application that he was disabled and argued that he was not offered the job because of this.

Pensions News

Government comes up with fix for doctors' pensions, but experts warn against only sorting out 'bonkers' tax rules for one group of workers

This is Money – 9 August

The government has been criticised following plans to overhaul pension tax rules for doctors to combat a staffing crisis in the NHS. Financial experts have argued that the whole system should be reformed, not just for one group of workers.

Five million pension savers at risk of falling prey to scammers

Retirement Planner – 7 August

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have warned that five million pension savers could be putting their retirement pots at risk to scammers. A recent survey of 2,000 people raged 45-65 revealed that 42% of respondents could fall for tactics used by scammers.

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