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Partnership with finance: the holy grail for HR 

Look at any news site and you can see these issues outlined and debated, in great detail. But what doesn’t make the headlines is the impact of this tumultuous environment on the workforce and how it must adapt. To find out what the biggest people challenges facing organisations in this context are.

Article by: Rupert Morrison | Published: 10 April 2019

Five key takeaways from the 2019 Pensions statement 

For the first time, TPR explicitly sets out their expectation that trustees, and sponsors should set a Long Term Funding Target and, importantly, the need to evidence how shorter-term investment and funding strategies are aligned with the LTFT

Article by: Marian Elliott | Published: 21 March 2019

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Pension withdrawal and misinterpreted tax implications

It’s clear that employees and members need to understand the tax implications around accessing their retirement savings. For example, do they know that typically only the first 25 percent of a defined contribution pension is tax free and that the remaining 75 percent is taxed as earned income? 

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 10 March 2019

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Top tips when it comes to completing your self-assessment tax return

The majority of the working population have their tax deducted at source from the company that they work for, however, anyone that is self-employed has to complete a self-assessment tax return in order to be taxed appropriately on their earnings by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). 

Article by: James Foster | Published: 2 February 2019

The building blocks of an effective financial wellbeing strategy 

A big part of the solution is helping employees become more familiar with the basics of money management. Getting them to think about how they spend money on everyday items such as utility bills and insurance is essential.

Article by: Jonathan Watts-Lay | Published: 10 January 2019

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Financial problems at work – the hidden epidemic

The impact of financial problems on workplace wellness is a “hidden epidemic” with serious risks for employers from lost productivity and relationships with customers, MetLife’s Rethinking Employee Financial Wellbeing Symposium was told. Contributor Adrian Matthews, Employee Benefits Director -  MetLife UK.

Article by: Adrian Matthews | Published: 26 November 2018

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Autumn Budget comments roundup

“There’s no doubt that office-to-residential conversions have had a positive impact on the number of new homes being built so any simplification of this process is to be welcomed. Empty commercial deadwood is helping to regenerate local neighbourhoods around the UK and it’s a trend that needs to continue."

Article by: Various | Published: 30 October 2018

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Europe – Remove the right to opt-out

It is clear that governments across Europe are looking to address concerns over the lack of retirement readiness of the working population. The concern is well founded with projections[1] showing an ageing population where the ratio of the working age population (those aged 15-64) to the retired population (those aged over 65) is expected to drop from 4:1 to 2:1 by 2060. Contributor Mark Sullivan, Head of International Benefits Consulting.

Article by: Mark Sullivan, Fidelity Investments - Head of International Benefits Consulting | Published: 10 October 2018

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Can Cryptocurrencies ever be tamed?

In September, the UK Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee published a unanimously-agreed report on crypto-assets for its Digital Currencies inquiry. The report concluded that “the UK Government and financial services regulators appear to be deciding whether they will allow the current ‘wild west’ situation to continue, or whether they are going to introduce regulation.

Article by: Michael Mainelli | Published: 28 September 2018