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Retirement, Pensions & Auto Enrolment in Ireland

Retirement, Pensions & Auto Enrolment in Ireland

"Automatic Enrolment (or AE) is perhaps the most fundamental policy reform in a generation in terms of retirement savings provision." Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty T.D., August 2018.

This seminar focuses on two issues likely to dominate the workplace for many years to come - retirement and auto enrolment in pensions. There are currently around 5 persons of working age for each person aged 65 and over; by 2050, the equivalent figure will be just over 2.

In relation to retirement, it is not unlawful to compulsorily retire employees without objective justification. Employers are faced with the thorny problem of justifying a forced retirement under a normal retirement age policy or removing a mandatory retirement clause in contracts and dealing with ageing employees on a case-by-case basis, as the employee's capabilities wane. Either way, some difficult conversations will be necessary.

Why is this event important for you?

Minister Doherty launched the Consultation Process for an Automatic Enrolment (AE) Retirement Savings System in August 2018, along with a 'Strawman' proposal, which is high-level draft designed to prompt and generate discussion and improve ideas. This proposal followed on from the Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018 – 2023, which had been published in February. So, we know where the government is going on workplace pensions and its likely form. This seminar will enable you to start early planning and consultation with pension providers, employees and their representatives. Pensions are only one part of an overall rewards package and we will also consider how to use AE to your advantage as a recruitment and retention tool.

It is intended that those saving in the Auto Enrolment system will be supported by both employer and State contributions.  Whilst workers will have the freedom to opt-out should they so choose, experience in other countries indicates that once automatically enrolled workers tend to remain within the system.

The Strawman proposal is based on experience from the UK and elsewhere. One of our speakers has advised over 180 UK employers on their auto enrolment schemes. This is your chance to learn from their experience, rather than from your mistakes.

Every employer currently needs to objectively justify forced retirement. Very soon, every employer will be expected to auto enrol every employee into a pension scheme. And every pension scheme must meet the required and regulated standards. Act now to ensure you meet your legal requirements in relation to retirement and provide a pension scheme fit for purpose.

After attending you will:

  • Have heard from some of Ireland's and the UK's leading experts on changes and employer responsibilities in relation to retirement, auto enrolment and reward packages.
  • Have a detailed insight into how to handle retirement of employees in Ireland's workplaces, without falling foul of employment equality laws
  • Have a detailed insight into the practical dos and don'ts based on experience from over 180 UK employers
  • Have received notes and top tips on the best way forward from these experts.
  • Have had an opportunity to question and network with experts and peers.
  • Understand the different likely options available to employers and be able to plan a route forward.

More value from this event

As well as detailed notes, top inside tips, panel discussions and more, delegates will be able to ask questions live in our post-event webinar to help embed learning.

Course overview/outline programme

  • The Law on Retirement from Employment in Ireland
  • Difficult Conversations with Older Workers
  • Auto-enrolment in Pensions – Lessons from the UK
  • Reward and Benefit Packages
  • Plenary Panel Discussion

Who should attend?

This seminar is for every employer concerned about the issues of retirement and pensions and who needs advice on how to best proceed with a mandatory retirement policy and auto enrolment pension schemes. It would suit CEOs, Finance Directors, Pension Scheme Trustees and others with responsibilities for workplace pensions. HR professionals, who will doubtless be required to communicate changes within the workplace and who will have to deal with various retirement issues would also greatly benefit from attendance.

When and where?

9:20am - 2:00pm on Tuesday 26th March 2019
Spencer Hotel, Dublin

Standard Price: €395
Early Bird Price: €345 (deadline 5 pm on Friday 22nd February 2019)

Charity/Small Company Price*: €345
Charity/Small Company Early Bird Price*: €295 (deadline 5 pm on Friday 22nd February 2019)

Save an additional €20 if you pay online when booking.

*All organisations with fewer than 50 employees or charities qualify for our Charity/Small company rate. The number of employees includes all branches, subsidiary/parent companies, boards, trusts and federated organisations.

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Event details


9:20am - 2:00pm


26 March 2019


Spencer Hotel, Dublin


Standard Price: €395
Early Bird Price: €345 (deadline 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2019)

Charity/Small Company Price*: €345
Charity/Small Company Early Bird Price*: €295 (deadline 5pm on Friday 22nd February 2019)

Save an additional €20 if you pay online when booking.