Workplace Pensions and Benefits: Managing a modern workforce
“The impact of a ‘leave’ vote is much bigger than simply changing the political landscape of the UK. It stands to have a significant impact on the world of work and future planning within organisations.” - Peter Cheese, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
From turmoil over Brexit to the Government’s major wage and pension reforms, employers in the UK are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to managing their workforce. Automatic pension enrolment has put extra pressure on small and medium sized employers already struggling with the added cost of the “national living wage”. Meanwhile, the UK’s largest firms are facing their own crisis as the combined pension deficit of the FTSE 100 companies stands at £63 billion.
Join us at the Workplace Pensions and Benefits Conference where expert speakers will give unique insights into the major issues affecting human resources, working conditions, and finance in retirement.
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|Dr Ian Gregory-Smith||Senior Lecturer in Economics, The University of Sheffield.|
|Professor Paul Sweeting||Professor of Actuarial Science, The University of Kent|
|Paul Baker||Managing Director-Independent Financial Services/ Service Provider, Federation of Small Businesses.|
|Kevin LeGrand||President, Pensions Management Institute|
|Charles Cotton||Performance and Rewards Advisor, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development|
|Bob Holloway||Pensions Secratary, Local Government Association|
|Kevin Burge||Team Leader, The Pensions Advisory Service|
|Neil Latham||Principal- DC Consulting team, Aon|
|Andrew Leech||Managing Director, Fleet Evolution|
- Benefit from the very latest insights from experts in the fields of workplace pensions and benefits.
- Have the chance to put your questions directly to speakers with a wealth of knowledge in these complex areas and network with delegates who share your interests.
- Explore our exhibition space and connect with industry leaders in HR and pensions management. Learn how to increase the efficiency of your organisation, and forge lasting business partnerships.
- Fully prepare for the challenges ahead and understand what leaving the European Union will mean for the future of your workforce.
- Attend a variety of topical seminars, engaging interactive activities, and keynote panel discussions with pension and HR specialists.
By 2018, UK employers must provide a workplace pension scheme for all staff aged 22 and over earning at least £10,000 a year. A survey by the Federation of Small Businesses revealed that 45% of its members felt unprepared for automatic pension enrolment and almost a quarter feared their business would not be able to cope with the changes.
The high-profile cases of BHS and TATA Steel UK have shown that the country’s biggest employers are facing their own pension crisis. In August, the combined pension deficit of the FTSE 100 companies stood at £63bn as safer investments continue to yield low returns in a more cautious post-Brexit environment.
In addition to eroding returns on investments, the vote to leave the European Union has also raised concerns about the future of workplace conditions in the UK. The TUC has called for the Government to protect workplace benefits once Britain is outside the jurisdiction of EU directives. General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Britain's job market has proved to be a magnet for the wrong kind of bosses. There must be tougher rules to stop them using zero-hours contracts to keep the whip hand over workers, and to undercut decent employers.”
The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report into Sports Direct has shone a spotlight on workplace conditions in 21st Century Britain. The damming assessment saw the company’s headquarters in Shirebrook described as “a gulag, as Victorian, as a workhouse, not a warehouse”. The coverage has triggered a debate as to how employers can strike the right balance between maintaining ethical workplace practices while remaining economically competitive.
As the Government and the NHS place more emphasis on improving public health, employers are being encouraged to ensure that health and wellbeing form part of a package of workplace benefits. In 2015, 17 million working days were lost to conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression, costing the economy at least £2.4 billion. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has called for employers to ensure staff have a healthy work life balance in order to reduce the 27 million days lost to illnesses of all kinds every financial year. By investing in a healthier workforce now, companies can save much more in the long term.
- How can employers plan ahead to meet the added costs of making employee pension contributions and paying the national living wage?
- With the old system in crisis, how do we create a more sustainable pensions model?#
- Where can pension managers get a good return on their investments as Government bonds and other safe investments deliver lower yields after Brexit?
- What are the future of workplace benefits outside of European Union directives?
- What role to employers have to play in promoting good mental health and what steps can be taken to improve staff wellbeing?
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Ian Gregory-Smith- Senior Lecturer in Economics, The University of Sheffield.
Professor Paul Sweeting, Professor of Actuarial Science, The University of Kent.
Investments Strategy in a Low Yield World
Dr Ian Gregory-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Economics, The University of Sheffield.
Executive pensions and pay for performance.
Neil Latham, Principal- DC Consulting team, Aon
What members want from their workplace pension
Refreshments and Networking Break
Andrew Pennie, Marketing Director & Head of Pathways, Intelligent Pensions
Could you be doing more to help your members get the best retirement outcome?
Kevin LeGrand, President, Pensions Management Institute
"With the old system in crisis, how do we create a more sustainable pensions model?"
Seminar A) Damian Stancombe, Partner and Carl Chapman, Associate, Barnett Waddingham LLP
A Picture of Health
In a fast developing world what does a future workforce need? Barnett Waddingham will explore strategies that provide better financial and workplace wellbeing for all.
Analytics – creating a Snapshot of the wellbeing issues within your workforce
Seminar B) Suzanne Starkey, Market Director, UK and Ireland, VSP Vision Care
Seeing the future of your workplace ….
VSP Vision Care, the world’s largest vision care provider, invites you to learn why quality vision care is so important and how your colleagues can benefit from an eye health programme.
Come and join us as we discuss:
Seminar C) Yvonne Roberts, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, Unum
The importance of safeguarding mental health in the workplace
Lunch and Networking
Paul Baker, Partner, IFS Employee Benefits LLP
Workplace Pensions and SME’s The Story So Far.
Maiyuresh Rajah, Senior DC Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
New Choices, Big Decisions
Charles Cotton, Performance and Rewards Advisor, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
The implications for people management of DB and DC pensions challenges
Andrew Leech, Managing Director, Fleet Evolution
Employee Benefits in a post Autumn Statement world
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Bob Holloway, Pensions Secratary, Local Government Association
How do we create a more fair and sustainable pensions model?
What can be learnt from other countries in regards to their pension’s models which can be applied to the UK?
Chris Deeson, Chief Marketing Officer, Pensionsync
The AE capacity crunch is real in 2017, but the fear is misplaced
Kevin Burge, Team Leader, The Pensions Advisory Service
12 months in the life of The Pensions Advisory Service
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dr Ian Gregory-Smith- Senior Lecturer in Economics, The University of Sheffield.
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- Understand the full implications of workplace pension reforms.
- How to absorb the initial cost of pension contributions and the compulsory living wage.
- Understand the challenges and opportunities posed by the increase in the statutory living wage.
- Identify which workplace benefits and regulations are depended on EU directives and understand what the UK workforce will look like post Brexit.
- Appreciate the implications of pension deficits and how you can help your staff plan better for their retirement.
Who should attend?
Trustees, Scheme Managers, HR Managers/Directors, Chief Investment Officers/Investment Managers, Finance Managers/Directors, Directors of Finance and Treasury, Chief Executives, Professional Financial Advisers (IFAs), Accountants, Independent Actuaries, Independent Consultants, Pension Managers and Officers, Human Resources, Fund Managers, Account Managers, Treasurers, Audit Managers, Finance Officers and Directors and Corporate Services Managers.