Pensions auto-enrolment… Avoiding the safeguards pitfalls from 1st July
As the pensions auto-enrolment safeguards come into force, employers need to understand how this will affect their organisations.
Following another successful employer seminar ran by White Horse Employment in partnership with Jones Hill Independent Financial Advisers and Accountants and Sylvester Mackett Solicitors, local employers should be aware of their obligations.
However if you were unable to attend, and would welcome either the chance to attend another session, or take part in a webinar, please email me at email@example.com.
In the meantime, make sure that as an employer you avoid these auto-enrolment pitfalls:
- Recruitment aimed at encouraging opting out of pensions auto-enrolment,
- Promotion aimed at encouraging opting out of pensions auto-enrolment,
- Withholding pay rises to offset cost of pensions auto-enrolment, and;
- One-off payments for opting out of pensions auto-enrolment.
Read more on how our Pensions Reform Employer Sessions seminar could assist local employers, click here to read our blog.
15% fall in tribunal claims, recent reports show
Figures released on the 28th June by the Ministry of Justice showed a fall in the number of employment tribunal claims made from April 2011 to March 2012.
The 2011/12 Tribunals Service annual report showed a total of 186,300 claims, a 15% fall compared with the previous year.
One area of employment law that has seen a significant rise in the number of claims is failure to inform and consult on a TUPE situation, with a 36.8% increase in the number of claims recorded.
The top three “nature of claims” to be received by employment tribunals (under each jurisdiction) this period were; claims regarding the Working Time Directive (29.4%), Unauthorised deduction of wages (15.9%)
To read the full report from via the Ministry of Justice website, click here.
Local business confidence high for 2012
A local business survey has reported an “optimistic view” of business growth in Wiltshire and Somerset throughout 2012.
White Horse Employment’s “2012 Business Outlook Survey” saw 54.4% of organisations predicting growth, and a 35% increase in staffing levels – a positive outlook for employers and employees alike.
Inviting organisations based in Wiltshire and Somerset to participate by sharing their thoughts regarding operating expectations over the next 12 months has resulted in a summary report serving as an invaluable market intelligence and future workforce planning tool.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the 2012 Business Outlook Survey report, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see further details, take a look at our monthly informational eshot – White Horse Employment – Issue 65 July 2012