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How to avoid pension scams

Part I – Administrators Helping protect your members from scams In the current conditions, the risk of scams is something that administrators need to be aware of. Savers might increasingly look to transfer their pension, prompted by the instability of their employer or the financial markets. This means they could be increasingly targeted by scammers […]

Integrated Risk Management

Have you implemented the Pension Regulators guidance on Integrated Risk Management? The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its guidance on Integrated Risk Management (IRM) in December 2015, and provided a five step guide to aid implementation. A quick integrated risk management guide for smaller schemes was published by the TPR in December 2016, aimed at trustees […]

Additional IHT Relief for passing on Family Home

For deaths on or after 6 April 2017 there is now an additional £100,000 inheritance tax (IHT) allowance where the family home is passed on to direct descendants. This was originally announced on 8 July 2015 and that date is relevant where the deceased has downsized to a lower value property. This additional relief increases […]

Cyber essentials, what are they – Part II?

The Essential measures In considering how your business currently meets the required standards, you should ask yourself the following questions. Do you understand the scope of your business technology that requires basic protection?Does this include all desktop PC’s, laptops, smartphones, tablets, homeworking PC’s, email and web application servers, boundary firewalls and routers? Have you changed […]

Cyber essentials, what are they – Part I?

Cyber security is recognised as one of the greatest threats to business around the world. The World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Risk Report estimated that the annual cost of crime in cyberspace is more than £350 billion annually. The 2016 Government Cyber Health Check and Cyber Security Breaches Survey found that 65% of large organisations […]

The General Data Protection Regulation

After four years of preparation and debate the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was finally approved by the EU Parliament on the 14th of April 2016. The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive 94/46/EC and has been designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizen’s data privacy […]

Why your firm needs a grievance procedure?

As an employer, you need to have reasonable procedures in place to resolve workplace disputes. Those procedures cover two areas – your complaints against an employee or where your employee has concerns, problems or complaints. Where one of your employees has concerns, problems or complaints about their working conditions or relationships with colleagues, these are […]

Happy holidays! How safe is your car?

Each day we see more products and services to make our life easier, simpler, faster and cheaper. One new service is the airport meet and greet service which allows you to park next to the airport and then walk into the airport terminal.  Whether you are travelling on business or a large family wanting to […]

New TLS email encryption service

Assure UK now offers TLS email encryption. Why? In a nutshell, your private email may not be so private. Unprotected messages and file attachments (documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, etc) may as well be printed on a postcard as they traverse the internet. The news is full of bad press where voicemails have been wrongfully intercepted. However, […]