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The Pensions (2015 Act) (Abolition of Contracting-out for Salary Related Pension Schemes) (Consequential Amendments and Savings) Order (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Amendment of the Occupational Pension Schemes (Preservation of Benefit) Regulations

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2.—(1) The Occupational Pension Schemes (Preservation of Benefit) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 12 (transfer of member’s accrued rights without consent)—

(a)for paragraph (2)(b)(ii)(2) substitute—

(ii)the employers are companies or partnerships bearing a relationship to each other in one of the ways described in paragraph (2A).;

(b)after paragraph (2) insert—

(2A) The relationships between the employers referred to in paragraph (2)(b)(ii) are—

(a)the employers are members of a group of companies consisting of a holding company and one or more subsidiaries within the meaning of section 1159(1) of the Companies Act 2006(3);

(b)the employers are—

(i)an employer who is the principal employer for the purposes of the scheme in accordance with the scheme rules, or who is the employer who has power to act on behalf of all employers in the scheme in relation to the scheme rules, and

(ii)an employer subject to the rules of the scheme, or

(c)the employers are partnerships having at least half of their partners in common..

(3) In regulation 24 (schemes funded by level annual premiums) after paragraph (3)(4) insert—

(3A) For the purposes of paragraph (3)(a), any alteration of the scheme which arises solely from the abolition of contracting-out for salary related schemes under the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015(5) does not constitute a material alteration..

(1)

S.R. 1991 No. 37; relevant amending Regulations are S.R. 1992 No. 304, S.R. 1996 No. 620 and S.R. 2013 No.72

(2)

Paragraph (2) was substituted by regulation 35 of S.R. 1992 No. 304 and sub-paragraph (b)(ii) was amended by regulation 2(7)(a) of S.R. 1996 No. 620 and regulation 2(4) of S.R. 2013 No. 72

(4)

Paragraph (3) was amended by regulation 2(14) of S.R. 1996 No. 620

(5)

See Schedule 13 to the Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

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