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Occupational Pensions

What are Occupational Pensions?

Occupational pensions are, broadly speaking, pensions established by an employer for employees (as distinct from ones provided by the State through the social security system).

They are not covered by the Employment Equality Act 1998-2011, and are covered instead by Part VII of the Pensions Act 1990 as amended by the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004,

With effect from 5th April 2004, it is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly in relation to occupational pensions on any of the nine protected grounds as listed below.

GenderCivil statusFamily status
Sexual orientationReligious beliefAge
DisabilityRace, colour, nationality, ethnic or national originsMembership of the Traveller community

All claims of discrimination in occupational pensions are dealt with by the Workplace Relations Commission, which may refer to the Pensions Authority if it so wishes for technical advice on pension matters.