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Employment and Pensions Law (9 August – 23 August)

Employment News

Brexit: EU migration rules 'to end straight after no-deal'

BBC News – 19 August

If there is a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, the government has decided that free movement will end immediately. This goes against plans Theresa May had in place to extend free movement rules until January 2021. This will affect anyone wanting to work or study in the UK from November onwards.

Flexible working initiatives offered by 76% of organisations

Employee Benefits – 14 August

The Benefits research 2019 report surveyed 290 employees and revealed that flexible working initiatives are the most popular lifestyle benefit, with 76% of respondents stating were offered this benefit at their companies. Enhanced parental leave and retail leisure discounts are also being offered at more companies in 2019, compared to the 2018 report.

Holiday does not need to be prorated for term-time workers

Lewis Silkin – 12 August

The Court of Appeal has ruled that workers on permanent contracts should not be prorated, even if they only work ‘term times’ or part of the year. Lewis Silkin discuss the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust, in which a ‘term time’ music teacher ‘brought an unlawful deduction from wages claim on the basis that she was being underpaid for her holiday’.

Pensions News

Raising pension age to 75 would improve worker wellbeing, says think tank

People Management – 19 August

A recent think tank has suggested that increasing the state pension age to 75 would boost the UK economy by 9% (£182 billion) and improve the wellbeing of older employees. The proposal has come from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) but has caused some concern.

Major master trusts join pension switching initiative

FT Adviser – 19 August

A pension switching initiative called Star has been joined by three of the biggest master trusts: The People’s Pension, Now: Pensions and Smart Pension. The initiative is delivering the Transfers and Re-registration Industry Group framework, which ‘aims to improve the customer experience by encouraging good practice in the defined contribution space.’

High Court finds administrator liable for negligent misstatement

Osborne Clarke – 12 August

Osborne Clarke discuss the cases of Corsham and others v Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and others and Hazell and another v The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police and others, in which a pension scheme administrator was liable for negligent misstatement. Members who had a protected pension age were wrongly told that they would receive a tax-free retirement lump sum.

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