Update on Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2017


Author: Philip Smith and Catherine Austin

The General Scheme of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2017 (the “Bill”) was published by the Department of Social Protection on 9 May 2017. The Bill follows three private members’ bills introduced to Dáil Éireann in early 2017, each of which contained provisions restricting the power of employers to terminate their liability to contribute to defined benefit occupational pension schemes. Currently, the provisions in the Bill will not be retrospective but will come into force on enactment. It is proposed that the Bill will be enacted before the Dáil’s summer recess.

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