Introduction to Newsletter 30.09.09Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
The High Court decision this past week in what is commonly called the Heyday case has hit the headlines. All of the original parties to this case, which tackles the issue of whether the UK’s “designated retirement age” of 65 discriminates against people who want to work longer, have changed their names, and the claimant in the case is now the charity Age UK. There are entrenched views on the issue but, having read the High Court judge’s ruling in detail, it is difficult to relate his decision with the public statements of the interested parties. Is it a disaster for those pressing to have a fixed retirement age scrapped? Far from it – the judge clearly agreed with their arguments. Is it a victory for common sense? Not for long, if the Government, in its review of the legislation next year, heeds the judge’s analysis.
The major news item this week, as least in terms of the size of our article, comes from the latest consultation document from BIS on the coming extension to paternity leave and pay. The draft Regulations provide a fairly clear picture of how the scheme is going to work, so we are providing a detailed overview of the rules and procedures. Consultation runs until November so, if you have any views on the scheme, let BIS know what they are.
The Department for Work and Pensions has also just published a detailed consultation document, setting out detailed and unexpected transitional arrangements for the new workplace pension reforms that are planned for 2010 and beyond. We will be looking at the proposals in detail next week.
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