White Horse Employment and Professional Resources

Issue 65, July 2012

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 emma.roberts@wh-employment.co.uk.

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.

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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.

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