- Corporate activity
- Automatic enrolment
- DB schemes
- DC schemes
- Finance & investment
- International pensions
- Pension Protection Fund
- Pension de-risking
- Pensions & investment litigation
- Public sector pensions
- State pension changes
- Scheme funding
- Scheme governance
- The Pensions Regulator
Anti-discrimination legislation applies to all types of pension scheme.
Trustees must ensure that a pension scheme is not operated in a way that directly or indirectly discriminates against a member or a prospective member because of a protected characteristic, such as someone’s sex or age. It may be possible to objectively justify indirect discrimination (or direct discrimination in the case of age discrimination alone) if it is a “proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”.
How we can help
- Analysis of benefits to ensure schemes equalised benefits effectively following the 1990 CJEU case of Barber
- Advice on the current state of play on GMP Equalisation
- Considering benefit design issues in light of age and disability discrimination legislation
- Advice on the impact of age and disability discrimination legislation on Pension Increase Exchange exercises
- Advice on the legal requirements for benefits for same sex couples
- Advice on the impact of family leave on pension benefits.
- Advice to schemes on the provision of pension benefits for civil partners following the case of Walker v Innospec and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
- Advice on provision of death in service benefits to those members with disabilities.