Monthly Archives March 2015

Have you received a letter from the Pensions Regulator and wondering what to do now?

77% of SME businesses aren’t prepared for auto enrolment – are you?  The letter you’ve received from the Pensions Regulator shows when your auto enrolment duties come into effect.  Now’s the time to make sure you’re ready to comply with the new regulations.  Join our free auto enrolment insight webinar Auto enrolment isn’t just about pensions; it’s about business planning. By joining our free webinar we’ll show you the real impact of the new legislation and: What it means for your business The key decisions you’ll need to make How to comply and engage with the regulations How to avoid
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Pensions Auto Enrolment: Round up from the Pensions Regulator

Pensions Auto Enrolment: Round up from the Pensions Regulator The Pensions Regulator has provided an update of recent developments and as expected, it’s been a busy start to 2015. The Pensions Regulator has begun sealing the envelopes and posting the first of its ‘all employer’ mail out letters. They’ve refreshed their website, introducing information targeted directly at the many hundreds of thousands of small and micro employers due to automatically enrol staff in the next two years. While they have a new audience every month – as automatic enrolment rolls out to new employers – their core messages remain the
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Budget Round-Up

Chancellor George Osborne announced the last Budget before the general election on 18 March 2015. Here is a round up of all the key announcements impacting employee benefits: The personal tax allowance will be increased to £10,800 from April 2016, and to £11,000 from April 2017. The allowance, which is the amount employees can earn before they have to start paying tax, will enable the average taxpayer to save £905 a year by 2017-2018. Company car tax rates for ultra-low emission cars will increase more slowly from 2019/20. In addition, rates for other cars will increase by three percentage points at the same. For example, the benefit
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Are you ready for the new Family Leave rules?

Are you ready for the new Family Leave rules? The pivotal ‘due date’ for the shared parental leave rules is 5 April 2015, which means the parents of babies born in the next weeks will be the first to benefit from the new arrangements, provided both parents qualify. The government says around 285,000 couples are expected to be eligible, but the government predicts a take-up of only 5,700 couples in the scheme’s first year. Law firm Irwin Mitchell believes these estimates are too low. In a survey which it carried out of 2,000 working couples, it found that 66% of
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Engage your employees through Auto Re-enrolment

Engage your employees through Auto Re-enrolment Auto-re-enrolment provides a great opportunity for employers to review their pension scheme setup, to help re-engage with staff.  Organisations should consider, for example, whether they have appointed the right provider with which to auto-enrol. Has the provider offered the employer the necessary or expected level of support for both the organisation and its employees? Has the provider’s technology coped with employee volumes and opt-out requests? If not, how can the employer address these issues as part of its re-enrolment project, assuming that it has a project under way, or at least in the pipeline? Has the provider
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Do you have clearly defined social media policies in place?

Do you have clearly defined social media policies in place? The use of social media in the workplace is fast-expanding so it’s no surprise to see the first social media case involving the use of Twitter to reach the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The case is Game Retail Ltd v Laws involving an employee who was dismissed after posting offensive, non-work related tweets outside of work time. The EAT overturned an employment tribunal’s decision that a dismissal for posting the abusive tweets was unfair. The case is useful because it highlights an important difference between Twitter and Facebook – a difference
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