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September 2017

Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017 came in to force yesterday – Wednesday 13thSeptember 2017

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The Act disapplies certain provisions of Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) in relation to devolved Welsh authorities.  Specifically, the following no longer apply:

  • 40% support requirement in industrial action ballots in “important public services”
  • The requirement to publish information in relation to “facility time”
  • The restriction of deduction of union subscriptions from wages

Pensions – auto-enrolment

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Pensions – auto-enrolment

By February 2018 all employers will be covered by the auto-enrolment scheme which is governed by the Pensions Regulator.  The auto-enrolment scheme which has been being phased in since 2012 requires employers to enrol all eligible workers in to a qualifying pension scheme. The employer is also liable for minimum contributions to scheme for its workers.

Why take note?

This is a legal obligation and as the Pensions Regulator pursues its first prosecution of a company found to be in breach, we can only expect more naming and shaming in the coming months.  The Pensions Regulator has powers to issue fines, issue compliance notices and to carry out inspections.

If you are yet to engage with the requirements, please contact your advisor who can assist in getting you back on track

New Vento Bands

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As of 11th September 2017, new Vento bands will apply all claims issued on or after this date. Lower band: £800 to £8,400 – mid band: £8,400 to £25,200 – upper band: £25,200 to £42,000 – exceptional cases: over £42,000 these will be reviewed in March 2018.