All employees who meet certain age (over 22 and below State Pension Age) and earnings criteria (£10,000 per year) will have entitlement to a workplace pension by 2018 under the Pensions Act, auto-enrolment provisions. The full guidelines for employers can be found at: pensions regulator guide to automatic enrolment

There are various options for the type of pension that you can offer. One option is to offer a pension provided by the Church Workers Pension Fund, or through the government’s NEST scheme (National Employment Savings Trust) scheme, which was set up purposively for small employers with auto-enrolment obligations.


There will be times when there are disagreements between staff and their employer. By regular communication, listening support, many issues can be dealt with through normal processes of managing staff

However, where an employee has a grievance that cannot be resolved in this way, there must be a formal procedure in place. There is a template for a grievance procedure for parishes to adapt.

Health and Safety

As an employer, you have a duty of care towards your employees. Further information is available through the Parish Resources – Health and Safety guidance

Discipline and Dismissal

There may be times when employees do not adhere to the standards of behaviour and conduct that you would expect. Where these are less serious, these can often be dealt with informally, but for more serious matters, or repeated acts of misconduct, these will need to be dealt with more formally.

All employers must have a Disciplinary Procedure in place. There is a template of a procedure that can adapated for parish use.

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