Civil Partnerships and Pensions

An important Judgment was handed down this week by the EAT. Despite the Equality Act protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, because pensions are treated as deferred pay, then changes in the law do not have retrospective effect. So, an employer cannot be liable for discrimination during periods of employment prior to the coming into force of relevant legislation. Section 1 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5 December 2005. (Innospec Limited v. Walker). This case has huge and far needing implications in terms of pension savings to employers. For further information please contact Holly Dobson at holly.dobson@wake-smith.com or on 0114266 6660.

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