UK pensions regulator wins court case on peripatetic workers

first_imgThe UK High Court has ruled in favour of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the first judicial review of the latter’s approach in relation to automatic enrolment.The case concerned the position the TPR took in relation to peripatetic workers, such as seafarers and airline pilots.It was brought by Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) (FMSB), a company that employs seafarers who work on ships owned by Carnival, such as P&O Cruises and Cunard.In July 2014, TPR effectively ordered FMSB to auto-enrol qualifying employees, setting out its approach and guidance in a compliance notice to the company. FMSB challenged this with TPR, but, in September 2014, the regulator affirmed its decision, prompting the employer to seek a judicial review of the decision.FMSB argued that many of its UK staff were not covered by the Pensions Act 2008, as they worked in international waters and could not be said to “ordinarily work in the UK”. TPR argued that the location of the workers’ base was the primary consideration and not their contracts.Shortly before Christmas, the UK High Court ruled that the regulator’s approach on peripatetic workers was correct and concluded that the “base test” and not the “contract test” was the most appropriate test to apply when establishing where such a worker “ordinarily works”.TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb welcomed the judgment, also noting that the judge made clear that “decisions of the regulator based on the assessment of particular facts are not ordinarily suitable for judicial review”.The High Court ruled in favour of the company in relation to those workers who regularly begin and end tours of duty in non-UK ports.last_img read more

Peak Bids Eagles Farewell with Super Breakfast

first_imgPeak, the Official Milk of the Super Eagles, treated the team to their last breakfast in Asaba as they made to depart for Egypt to battle for honours in the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on June 21.All the 25 players in camp as at that time as well as their officials were at the breakfast session.Captain John Mikel Obi and his teammates could not hide their excitement at the gesture by the brand, which has stood behind the squad over the years. Coach Gernot Rohr said that with the support from Peak, the team would be inspired to conquer in Egypt as the Super Eagles chase a fourth African title after the successes of 1980, 1994 and 2013.Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa expressed his delight at the special bonding session and said that Peak had been his No 1 milk.“I am happy with Peak. I love Peak milk. And I am thrilled that the brand is supporting the Super Eagles,” the goalkeeper enthused.Since 1998 when it backed the Super Eagles to the FIFA World Cup in France, Peak Milk has been supporting the national football team.The brand was part of the success story of the Super Eagles as they went all the way in South Africa to lift the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.It is set to see the Super Eagles triumph again in Egypt 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Flying Eagles at training session in Poland.last_img read more