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Workplace pensions and parental leave

October 6, 2016

Employees taking parental leave – that’s maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave or shared parental leave, continue to build up pension benefits while on leave. Any sort of parental leave will form part of qualifying earnings for workplace pension contributions. … Continue reading

Opting in to a workplace pension scheme

August 3, 2016

You don’t need to enrol every employee into your workplace pension scheme. Only eligible employees have to be enrolled. But as part of your duties you’ll have to write to the staff who aren’t eligible for automatic enrolment and tell … Continue reading

Opting out of a workplace pension

August 3, 2016

Employees who’ve been automatically enrolled or have opted into your workplace pension scheme have the right to opt out. The decision to opt out must be freely taken by employees – ie you cannot ask them to opt out. When … Continue reading

Choosing a workplace pension scheme

August 2, 2016

The responsibility of choosing a suitable workplace pension is one that weighs heavily on the minds of many a small business owner. After all, most employers running their own business are experts in their field of business and not in … Continue reading

Tax relief and workplace pensions

August 2, 2016

When an employee contributes to a pension scheme they get a contribution from the Government in the form of tax relief. There are two ways that tax relief is applied; at source or through net pay. Net pay arrangement With … Continue reading

You’re not the boss of me

February 25, 2016

Duncan Reeves, Employee Benefits Specialist at Sanlam Wealth Planning, explains how Government arm-twisting over workplace pensions is leading to a reluctance for many SMEs to prepare. I spend a great deal of time working with the SME community and two … Continue reading

Employed or self-employed?

February 15, 2016

If you employ freelancers or contractors you may have to enrol them into a Workplace Pension scheme, explains Steve Brice, Business Development Manager for LP Auto Enrolment Services. The law on workplace pensions has changed.  Every employer with at least … Continue reading