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The Chinese Premier’s visit to the UK last week provided an opportunity to celebrate the growing trade links between our two countries, but it also inevitably reignited the debate about the very different ways our governments and societies function.
The Pensions Act 2008 established new duties that mean you need to provide your workers with access to a workplace pension scheme that meets certain minimum standards, here Caroline Castle, Senior Employee Benefits Consultant at Torquil Clark, takes a brief look at the key steps employers will need to consider.
Caroline Castle, from Torquil Clark, discusses Auto Enrolment and the requirements of you as an employer. With just the first half of the 2014/ 2015 tax year requiring 27,400* employers to auto enrol their employees into a workplace pension scheme, the new pension regime that the Government introduced from October 2012 is now reaching its momentum. It is now affecting the smaller employer with April 2014 to April 2015 heralding its arrival for companies with between 50 – 249 employees.
My father taught me early on that the most important person in a business can be the chap who unblocks the toilets – if he stops coming, so will your staff. Meanwhile, the CEO can be absent for weeks and nobody will notice. The truly great leaders that I have met always value people at every level of the organisation. They have talent, a great work ethic and a sharp intellect, but they do not expect to be revered, although their politeness and charm means that they often are.
Late last month, the Pensions Regulator issued a “Registration Report” for the first time, which it will issue on a monthly basis going forward.
Now that the dust is starting to settle on last week’s momentous budget announcements, we can start assembling the pieces where unintended consequences seem likely, where promises made can’t in all probability be kept, or where the assessment of the likelihood of a situation obtaining seems just plain wrong.