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Financial Services Regulation 2022 - New Year briefing

The Alpha and Omega of Regulation (via Omicron)?

Having said goodbye to another year of headlines dominated by COVID-19, with a Christmas and New Year overshadowed by a mixture of good and bad news about Omicron, it's not yet clear what degree of optimism about the year ahead is justified. At the very least, it is to be hoped that the World Health Organisation will not find it has to exhaust the Greek alphabet in naming any future new variants of concern.

ICLG: Environmental, Social & Governance Law 2022

Derivatives & Structured Products Partner, Jonathan Gilmour, and Pensions Partner, Andy Lewis, have jointly contributed to the recently published International Comparative Legal Guide on Environmental, Social & Governance Law 2022. Their chapter outlines the key aspects of ESG law for occupational pension schemes and argue for a wider governance perspective, as well as a pure investment perspective, when approaching ESG.

Discrimination by association and hybrid working

Discrimination by association occurs where an employee is discriminated against, not because of a protected characteristic they have, but because of a characteristic of someone they associate with, for example a disabled spouse or child. This case shows how far the protection can potentially extend.

Pensions climate change regulations: bitesize video guide

New climate change regulations are coming to pensions. This consultation (running until 10 March 2021) sets out details of the Government's ambitious proposals for new pension scheme governance requirements around climate risks and opportunities. In our view, the regulations are far-reaching and will require a potentially significant commitment from many pension schemes, in some cases starting very soon (1 October 2021).

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

In December 2020, the BBC reported that black workers at Lloyds Bank earn a fifth less than other colleagues. According to the bank, the discrepancy is because they "are disproportionately under-represented at senior levels".

Gender fluidity discrimination

Taylor v Jaguar Landrover

The employee in this case had worked as an engineer for the employer for many years. Having previously identified as male, from 2017 onwards, the employee identified as gender fluid and non-binary, and generally dressed in female clothing.

ICLG: ESG and UK pension schemes - challenges and opportunities

Derivatives & Structured Products Partner, Jonathan Gilmour, and Pensions Partner, Andy Lewis, have jointly contributed to the recently published International Comparative Legal Guide on Environmental, Social & Governance Law 2021, with a chapter on the economic rationale behind ESG investment and the key challenges and opportunities which flow from ESG-related pensions law and regulation

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