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For your business to be successful, you must manage your employees and their benefits as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions. Employers with occupational pension schemes also need to work with scheme trustees to manage liabilities, risk and member expectations.

Employment and pension law in the UK is complex, and our team of award-winning employment and pensions specialists can help you navigate the maze of regulations, new law, policy documents, pension fund structures and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

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Employee Incentives
CMS has the largest number of partners dedicated to employee share plans in a City law firm, with over forty years’ combined experience as partners in
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Employment
No business can succeed without an effectively managed workforce. However, handling executive contracts, workplace grievances and disputes, reorganisa
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Pensions
Our award-winning pensions team is experienced in advising trustees, employers, consultants and insurers on all aspects of pensions law. As well as da
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08/09/2021
FCA con­sulta­tion on new Di­versity and In­clu­sion List­ing Rules
Over the sum­mer, the FCA an­nounced a con­sulta­tion on its pro­pos­al to in­tro­duce a new con­tinu­ing ob­lig­a­tion in the List­ing Rules that would re­quire UK and over­seas com­pan­ies with a UK premi­um or stand­ard...
08/09/2021
DC Con­sol­id­a­tion: A deep dive in­to the new "Value for Mem­bers" an­nu­al re­view...
The DWP has is­sued guid­ance on the new “Value for Mem­bers” as­sess­ment re­quire­ments un­der the Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Pen­sion Scheme (Ad­min­is­tra­tion, In­vest­ment, Charges and Gov­ernance) (Amend­ment) Reg­u­la­tions...
07/09/2021
Gender pay: What’s needed to make equal­ity a real­ity?
A CMS We­bin­ar on Tues­day 21 Septem­ber will ex­plore what so­ci­ety and busi­nesses need to do to close the on­go­ing dis­par­ity in men and wo­men’s pay. Did you know that 18 Septem­ber 2021 is UN Equal Pay Day?...
02/09/2021
Buy in of the Fujitsu Gen­er­al (U.K.) Co. Lim­ited Pen­sion and Life As­sur­ance...
The Trust­ee of the Fujitsu Gen­er­al (U.K) Co. Lim­ited Pen­sion and Life As­sur­ance Plan (the Plan) has entered in­to a full buy-in trans­ac­tion with Aviva. The buy-in se­cures defined be­ne­fit li­ab­il­it­ies of...
08/2021
CMS Pen­sions Law­Cast
Wel­come to the Pen­sions pod­cast and video series, 'CMS Pen­sions Law­Cast'. Hos­ted by CMS Pen­sions ex­perts, this series looks ahead to the key is­sues de­vel­op­ing in the pen­sions sec­tor, with a spe­cif­ic...
23/09/2021
Di­versity and In­clu­sion in Con­struc­tion: Ex­tend­ing the Con­ver­sa­tion
The busi­ness case for hav­ing a di­verse work­force is made out. Yet, many em­ploy­ers in the con­struc­tion sec­tor re­main in the early stages of their di­versity jour­ney. The need for ac­tion is put in­to sharp...
20/08/2021
Re­mu­ner­a­tion: New MI­FID­PRU Re­mu­ner­a­tion Code
The FCA has now pub­lished its near fi­nal rules for the single re­mu­ner­a­tion code for MI­FID in­vest­ment firms. The new code will re­place the ex­ist­ing BI­PRU and IF­PRU Re­mu­ner­a­tion Codes and will be known...
09/09/2021
Di­versity and in­clu­sion in the fin­an­cial sec­tor - a reg­u­lat­ory pri­or­ity
Last month the FCA, the PRA and the Bank of Eng­land (the “Reg­u­lat­ors”) is­sued a dis­cus­sion pa­per “Di­versity and In­clu­sion in the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor – work­ing to­geth­er to drive change”.  The dis­cus­sion...
12/08/2021
Im­port­ant con­sulta­tion on clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
Over­view Un­til 15 Novem­ber 2021 the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) is con­sult­ing on pro­posed re­vi­sions to Reg­u­la­tion (EC) 1272/2008 on the clas­si­fic­a­tion, la­belling and pack­aging of sub­stances...
05/08/2021
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date - May-Ju­ly 2021
Trust­ees of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes have a stat­utory duty to en­sure that they have an ad­equate know­ledge and un­der­stand­ing of the leg­al is­sues rel­ev­ant to their scheme.  They must also en­sure that...
30/07/2021
Changes to food al­ler­gen la­belling re­quire­ments: are you ready?
With the eas­ing of a na­tion­wide lock­down, cafes, bars and res­taur­ants are serving a grow­ing num­ber of con­sumers again. However, for many food and drink out­lets, the pan­dem­ic has meant pivot­ing the busi­ness...
29/07/2021
Prac­tic­al steps to sup­port trans em­ploy­ees in the work­place
In the third and fi­nal law-now in our series about sup­port­ing trans em­ploy­ees we dis­cuss the prac­tic­al steps em­ploy­ers can take to ad­apt their policies and pro­cesses and train staff. In our pre­vi­ous Law-Nows...