Employment and Pensions Law (15 October – 29 October)

Employment News

One in five employers ‘break the law when asking candidates about criminal records’

People Management – 25 October

According to research from Unlock, a charity for people with convictions, 22% of employers break the law when they ask potential candidates about criminal records. Lack of guidance and misleading questions potentially mean employers risk breaching the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Employers and the government ‘must do more’ to tackle mental ill-health

People Management – 18 October

A number of politicians have urged employers and the government to increase their efforts on supporting those with mental health issues and do more to tackle the problem. According to Paula Sherriff, the shadow minister for mental health, current government economic policies had a direct impact on mental health.

Four in 10 UK employees want a flexible reward package

Employee Benefits – 18 October

SD Worx, a payroll and HR service provider, has conducted research showing that 43% of UK workers want ‘a flexible reward package and the ability to control their benefits’. However, 28% would take a cut in benefits in favour of a higher salary. 83% of respondents stated that their employer had ‘complete control’ over their remuneration.

UK pay growth rises to 3.1%, the highest in almost a decade

The Guardian – 16 October

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that regular pay has increased by 3.1% in the quarter ending in August compared to that of the previous year. However, this growth in wages has still left people £11 worse off per week in real pay compared to wages before the financial crisis in 2008.

Pensions News

UK pension system gets C+ in global index

FT Adviser – 22 October

The UK pension system has received a C+ on the Mercer Melbourne Global Pension Index, a scale which ‘measures 34 pension systems on adequacy, sustainability and integrity’. Low levels of provision offered to the poorest pensioners and the self-employed was one of a number of major risks cited, and the UK ranked 15th place in total.

Re-enrolment key to ‘nudge’ UK into saving: survey

IPE – 22 October

The annual Pension and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) conference has revealed that re-enrolling staff automatically into workplace pensions is key to engaging staff. In a review of those who had initially chosen to opt out of the auto-enrolment scheme it was revealed that many workers had not been fully aware of the benefits.

Staff ditching pensions because employers don't explain them properly

People Management – 19 October

According to research launched at the 2018 Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Liverpool, many people have opted out of their workplace pensions because their employers did not explain them properly. The research demonstrates a need for companies to better communicate the schemes offered to their employees.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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