Pension providers and their advisers should start by considering the following question:
However, as the formation, management and administration of trusts (and the provision of advice in relation to the formation, management and administration of trusts) by way of business in or from within the Bailiwick of Guernsey is already regulated under the Fiduciaries Law, we would expect that most (if not all) trustees and administrators of pension schemes who are required to hold a fiduciary licence will already do so.
Existing governance and internal controls procedures should be reviewed and, if necessary updated or replaced. (Where a licensee is a company, compliance is the responsibility of the board of the company.)
We expect that some changes will need to be made to scheme documentation to ensure compliance with the Pension Rules, particularly older documents which may not have been updated for some time.
Technically, only licensed trustees and other pension service providers will be directly affected by the new Pension Rules – there is no obligation on employers under the Pension Rules to comply or to ensure compliance.
However, employers would be well advised to ask the above questions of the pension providers running their schemes and to ensure that they are satisfied that their providers (who they will be paying to manage and administer a scheme which complies with applicable law and regulation, and is fit for purpose) are taking steps to review and update their policies and procedures and, where necessary, the scheme documents, to comply with the new regime.
Employers may also have contractual obligations to employees in respect of their pension schemes. They should check their obligations under employment contracts to ensure that their pension schemes and providers comply with all any such obligations.