Trustees and employers should review their pension scheme rules following a landmark Supreme Court ruling that pension schemes cannot lawfully provide lower pension benefits for surviving civil partners and same sex spouses of scheme members, compared to male and female spouses.
Marriage and civil partnership discrimination
Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated on the basis of whether they are married or in a civil partnership or not. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.
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Case law: Lower pension benefits for members' surviving civil partners and same-gender spouses are lawful
Trustees and employers will welcome a Court of Appeal ruling that pension schemes can lawfully provide lower pension benefits for surviving civil partners and same-gender spouses of scheme members.
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These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.
Acas guidanceAdvice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.
Acas factsheet looking at myths surrounding marriage and civil partnership discrimination
Acas key guide offering an insight into how marriage and civil partnership discrimination can occur in the workplace and how it can be dealt with.
Guidance from EHRC, including types of marriage and civil partnership discrimination and circumstances when being treated differently due to being married or in a civil partnership is lawful.
Guidance on addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace from the CIPD. Includes factsheets, Q&As and case law. This guidance also covers some aspects of marriage and civil partnership discrimination. Registration required to access content.
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