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Blog: Employers

Embracing The Future, Learning From The Past...

Barnett Waddingham recently launched its UK Workplace Wellbeing Index survey looking at Corporate attitudes to 'Wellbeing'. A few weeks beforehand we launched Generation Why about how people look at their financial priorities.

Ensuring benefits technology works for all generations in your workforce

Thankfully, the days of implementing a blanket approach to benefits and communications are behind us. However, the concept of ‘flexible’ benefits has been around for years, but were they really that flexible?

General election announcement – how will pensions fare?

Most commentators are suggesting that the election will be dominated by Brexit and the future of the United Kingdom outside the European Union. But there are many other domestic issues that the election campaign will also throw into focus. Pensions are likely to feature in a number of different respects.

Hard times? Leaving the EU and the impact on pension schemes

The implications of Brexit are likely to affect almost every facet of the wider economy. Liam Mayne, associate at Barnett Waddingham, examines the potential issues that will arise for employers in relation to defined benefit (DB) pension obligations.

The three wise men pass judgement on auto-enrolment

Delegates at our recent Pensions Trustee conference had the opportunity to ask questions of three experts - Peter Askins, director at Independent Trustee Services, Robin Ellison, consultant at Pinsent Masons and our own senior consultant Malcolm McLean.

One bold step for DC trustees

Our Head of Workplace Health and Wealth Damian Stancombe discussed the enormous responsibility faced by trustees of defined contribution schemes - a job that often goes unappreciated. The decisions they make now will help determine the quality of retirement their members will have. Damian explores how research and engagement on short to medium term financial issues has got to be the starting point on that journey.

PPF levy triennium: a fairer distribution between pension schemes?

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has released a consultation setting out its proposals for the 2018/19-2020/21 levy triennium. Overall the PPF’s proposals are intended to result in a fairer distribution of the PPF levy between pension schemes.

Pension flexibilities: opportunities for final salary pension schemes

The decision to relax rules on the purchase of an annuity at retirement has revolutionised the DC landscape. Now, many non-pensioner members are exploring opportunities to transfer their final-salary benefits and avail of the flexibilities in a DC scheme.

Individual Protection 2014 – going, going . . .

The closing date to apply for IP14 of 5 April 2017 is fast approaching! We look at who can apply for IP14, what it protects, how to apply for it, how to calculate if you have sufficient benefits in order to apply for it, and if IP14 can ever be lost.

Money Purchase Annual Allowance reduction: more tinkering with pension tax rules

James Jones-Tinsley looks at the consultation on MPAA reduction and asks if the Chancellor is solving a problem that doesn’t exist – and creating real ones in the process.

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