Employment and Pensions Law (3 September – 17 September)

Employment News

AI will give workers back two weeks a year, says research

People Management – 14 September

The Henley Business School has conducted research which claims that artificial intelligence (AI) assistants could free up 12 working days for British workers. The admin tasks that AI assistants would be able to perform could save the workforce 3.5 hours a week.

Bereaved parents given day-one right to two weeks’ leave

Employee Benefits – 13 September

The Parental Leave and Pay Bill has now received Royal Assent, which will now allow bereaved parents to receive the right to two weeks paid leave for a child under the age of 18 or a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. This is the first legal right of its kind in the UK and is expected to come into force in 2020.

Quarter of young women fear they would lose their job if they reported sexual harassment

People Management – 13 September

The Young Women’s Trust has conducted a recent survey of 4,000 people between 19 and 30 years of age. The survey deduced that 24% of young women would fear losing their jobs if they were to report sexual harassment. 15% of young women had been subject to sexual harassment at work and not reported it.

TUPE and the transfer of public administrative functions

Lewis Silkin – 6 September

Regulation 3(5) and regulation 4(1) of TUPE are two provisions that are rarely litigated. The recent case of Nicholls and others v London Borough of Croydon considered both of these regulations. Lewis Silkin discuss the case in more detail.

Pensions News

Regulator cracks down on large schemes

FT Adviser – 17 September

In October 2018, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will introduce a one-to-one supervision service for the 25 biggest defined contribution (DB), defined benefit (DB) and public service pension schemes. This is part of TPR’s wider plan to review the way it regulates and ‘honour its pledge of being clearer, quicker and tougher.’

EU upholds that employees are entitled to 50% of pension if employer is insolvent

Employee Benefits – 7 September

Employee Benefits discusses the case of Grenville Hampshire v The Board of the Pension Protection Fund, where the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld a ruling by its Advocate General. The CJEU upheld that all employees are entitled to 50% of their pension savings if their employer is insolvent.

Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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