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Pensions (No. 2) Act (Northern Ireland) 2008

Section 56: Enforcement of the right

Section 55 provides a statutory right for workers not to be subjected to any detriment on specified grounds. For example, this right would protect a worker who might be denied promotion or training opportunities because of their decision not to opt out of pension scheme membership.

Subsection (4) provides that if the detriment in question amounts to dismissal, this section does not apply (but see section 57).

Section 56 provides that workers have a right to bring claims that they have been subjected to a detriment to an industrial tribunal.  If the tribunal upholds a claim, it can make an award of compensation to be paid by the employer to the worker.

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