Compensation and Benefits Global Insights

Government consultation on transposing the fifth EU money laundering directive into UK law is under way. Do pension trustees need to worry about it?  Probably not. Most of the shocks came in 2017, when the fourth money laundering directive was adopted in the UK. At the same time that many pension trustees were implementing a policy of “data minimisation” for GDPR compliance purposes, HMRC asked schemes to start storing additional personal data in relation to…
From asset pooling and actuarial valuations to administration and data, local government pension schemes have a lot to think about this year – meaning good governance is more important than ever. In this podcast episode recorded for Pensions Expert, Kirsty Bartlett, partner in our Pensions team, and Ian Colvin, head of LGPS Benefits and Governance at Hymans Robertson, discuss potential conflicts of interest, pressure on fund resources and the importance of focusing on administration.…
Brexit insolvency issues for trustees of pension schemes with overseas sponsors You might remember that before 2016, in the world before the EU referendum (which did exist!), it was effectively not possible for the insolvency of an overseas sponsor of a UK pension scheme to trigger entry into the PPF unless the overseas sponsor had a branch or office (an “establishment”) in the UK (for legal geeks you might remember this was the issue discussed…
Are you a professional trustee of an occupational pension scheme? If so, you will soon be expected to apply for accreditation and demonstrate that you meet a new set of standards. The Professional Trustee Standards Working Group recently published details of a proposed accreditation framework for professional trustees. This follows on from a consultation which concluded in March 2018.…
Does your DC scheme have less than £10m in assets or fewer than 1,000 members? If so, you may have to consolidate into another arrangement – or explain why you should not. The encouragement of DC consolidation is one of the proposals in the DWP’s consultation “Investment Innovation and Future Consolidation”, which runs until 1 April 2019. The consultation focuses on two objectives for trust-based DC schemes in the UK: (1) enabling them to…
We may be approaching Valentine’s Day, but the new “Declaration of Intent” to be made by employers to their pension trustees is unlikely to be romantic…. A lot can happen in a year. We’ve had two Royal weddings, a Royal baby, Facebook has been under fire for misuse of personal data, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un held a summit in Singapore, France won the World Cup and the DWP has been busy considering how…
We are delighted to announce that our award winning HR legal portal “Global Edge” now contains a new special feature on UK pensions law. Global Edge gives instant access (via mobile device or desktop) to a vast array of employment law topics and the latest legal developments in 37 countries plus the EU. If, for example, you want to know what your employment law obligations would be when purchasing a company that operates in Spain,…
Are GMPs getting you down? ‘Tis the season for a lighthearted view of a serious issue. We have set the history of GMPs to verse in our “GMPs Rock” poem, and invite you to reminisce with us. All the best from the Squire Patton Boggs Pensions Team. GMPs Rock! It all began way back in time, in Nineteen Seventy Five The passing of a pensions act brought GMPs alive. And in the world of pop music there was…
On August 31, 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Labor (DOL) and Treasury Department to take action to “promote retirement security for America’s workers” by, among other things, expanding access to Multiple Employer Plans (MEPs).  Specifically, within 180 days of the issuance of the Executive Order, DOL must “consider…whether to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking, other guidance, or both, that would clarify when a group or association of employers…
The Investment Association has published its annual letter to Remuneration Committee chairs and updated Principles of Remuneration (“Principles”) for the next AGM season. Most of the changes reflect the new UK Corporate Governance Code and the Investment Association (“IA”) has updated the Principles to make them “clearer and sharper”. That certainly describes the tone taken in the annual letter. The IA makes it clear that companies which fail to respond to shareholder views, or do…