Employer Perspectives

News and Views on Employment and Pensions Issues

Moses, so we are told, was 120 years old when he died, and “biz hundert un tsvantsik” – [may you live] until 120 – is an old blessing. The joke it gave rise to is probably just as old: Harry is fed up with his noisy neighbour, so he confronts him: “May you live to 119!” he says to his neighbour. “May you live to 120!” he says to his neighbour’s wife. “Why the difference?”…
In his latest podcast, Richard Goldstein looks at some legal developments and deadlines in the pensions industry that will occur, or are expected to occur, during the course of 2019. You can access the podcast here. Listen to or subscribe to our UK Pensions Law podcast series via iTunes here. Please note that subscribing using this link will only work on a device with iTunes installed. Alternatively, if you don’t have iTunes, you…
We will be featuring contributions from our global employment and benefits team on this blog, highlighting particular topics and issues of interest to UK employers with operations overseas. This post, the first in our series of “Spotlights”, provides you with links to recent commentary and guidance from our Employment & Benefits team in France: The recent reforms implemented by the Macron Administration demonstrate that France wants to move towards increased flexibility for employers without neglecting…
The qualifying earnings bands for the purposes of automatic enrolment are due to increase on 6 April 2019. For the tax year 2019/2020, the lower qualifying earnings threshold will be £6,136 (instead of £6,032) and the upper qualifying earnings threshold will be £50,000 (instead of £46,350). The old faithful earnings trigger will continue to remain stable at £10,000. Why is this important? Since October 2012, employers have had to make arrangements for certain workers in…
Mayer Brown launched A Global Guide to Employee Data Privacy recently, the latest in our series of global guides, covering 55 key countries in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. In case you missed it, the guide is a useful resource for employers with operations in more than one country who need to navigate the many challenges of handling employee data in different jurisdictions. It includes: Key FAQs – covering: the application of the GDPR alongside…
Employers and trustees who use a guarantee or charge to reduce their pension scheme’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy may need to re-execute that guarantee/charge in order for it to be taken into account in calculating the scheme’s 2019/20 PPF levy. The PPF provides protection for members of DB pension schemes whose sponsoring employer becomes insolvent. It is funded in part by an annual levy payable by DB pension schemes.…
We understand how difficult it can be to keep up to date with developments in employment and pensions law. For practical, on-the-go, commentary, you may wish to download our UK Employment Law and UK Pensions Law podcasts. Nick Robertson, head of our London Employment group, presents the fortnightly Employment Law podcasts and discusses three cases/developments which have a significant impact on employers. Special episodes involve Nick interviewing key speakers for their perspectives on relevant…
Welcome to our new blog, “Employer Perspectives”, which is designed to provide practical insights and commentary for UK employers on developments in the employment and pensions industries. Subjects for comment include legislative changes, case law, regulatory developments and wider industry trends that will have a direct impact on UK employers. The contributors are members of our London Employment and Pensions teams, all of whom have wide-ranging experience advising employers on employment and pensions issues. There…