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News in 2015
29 Dec 2015 76% of employees unhappy with current benefits package

Are you happy with the benefits package you receive from work? If the answer´s no, you´re not alone. According to new research by Benenden, just one in four employees are content with their staff benefits package. The survey, conducted by the healthcare services provider, re...

21 Dec 2015 Thousands of Morrisons staff seeking payout over data leak

Thousands of staff working for Morrisons supermarket have taken legal action against their employer for not taking sufficient measures to protect their personal data, This is Money reports. In what is said to be the UK´s largest ever data security claim, nearly 4,000 employees hav...

14 Dec 2015 Cycle to Work schemes proving hugely beneficial

A new study has revealed that the Cycle to Work scheme is having a major positive impact on the health and wellbeing of employees across the UK, the Training Journal reports. According to a survey conducted by the Cycle to Work Alliance - a group made up of leading companies that provid...

07 Dec 2015 Gender pay reporting requirements expanded

The government has decided to expand the reporting requirements of gender pay gaps within UK companies to include large-scale public sector organisations and information about bonuses, the Employee Benefits website reports. The article notes that these adjustments to the regulations mea...

30 Nov 2015 How the Autumn Statement will affect employee benefits

Chancellor George Osborne recently announced details of the government´s 2015 Autumn Statement and Spending Review. The Employee Benefits website decided to look in more detail at how the key changes would impact employee benefits when they come into force. Firstly, in regards to ...

23 Nov 2015 UK employees earning less than they were over a decade ago

A new survey has revealed the shocking fact that the average employee in the UK is currently earning less than they were over ten years ago, The Independent reports. According to an annual survey of hours and earnings in the UK, conducted by the Office of National Statistics, a typical ...

16 Nov 2015 Five legal issues surrounding remote working

With more employees working remotely than ever, employers must bear in mind the legalities of managing a flexible workforce, writes Personnel Today. Employment lawyers Cerys Williams and Hilary O´Connor suggested the five basic precautions that businesses should consider when allo...

09 Nov 2015 Majority of UK workers lacking energy and motivation

A new piece of research has highlighted a growing concern about the energy and motivation levels of the UK workforce, writes Talk Business Magazine. According to a recent study conducted by Eden Springs, more than half of the country´s employees lack motivation in their current ro...

26 Oct 2015 One fifth of UK workers aren´t using their full holiday entitlement

New research has revealed that more than a fifth of the UK workforce failed to take all of their holiday leave entitlement in 2014, the Director of Finance website reports. According to a new report published by Canada Life Group Insurance, the number of UK employees who did not take th...

12 Oct 2015 Employers need to double pension contributions, research finds

A new piece of research has raised concerns that employers and savers aren´t putting enough money into defined contribution (DC) schemes, the Workplace Savings and Benefits (WSB) website reports. According to a study commissioned by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, the typical c...

05 Oct 2015 Starbucks UK to provide housing loan scheme for employees

International coffee chain Starbucks has just announced that it will implement a loan scheme to help UK employees with the costs of renting in the private sector, the Sustainable Brands website reports. In a move that is said to go over and above the government´s advice on paying ...

28 Sep 2015 Total reward long-term solution for staff retention, says Novartis

As companies struggle to attract and retain the best talent, one long-term solution could be creating a more collaborative working environment through total reward, the Employee Benefits website reports. Speaking at the Employee Benefits Live 2015 conference, Marie-Noelle Gagnon – HR ...

21 Sep 2015 Lidl announces it will pay British staff the Living Wage

Global discount supermarket Lidl will become the first supermarket in the UK to pays its employees the Living Wage, The Telegraph reports. As of October 1 this year, every member of Lidl staff in the UK will receive a minimum of £8.20 per hour; those working in London will be paid £9....

14 Sep 2015 EU rules workers must be paid for travelling

The European Court of Justice has ruled that workers without a fixed office should be paid for the time spent travelling between appointments, BBC News reports. Until now, firms that employed staff in roles such as plumbing, gas fitting and care work did not consider time spent travelli...

07 Sep 2015 Mortgages: the next employee benefit?

As the job market becomes increasingly competitive and house prices continue to rise, professional services firm KPMG has advised that one solution could be for employers to facilitate mortgages for their staff, HR Magazine reports. Most of today´s employers are looking for new wa...

17 Aug 2015 Law firms offer many employee benefits, but less flexibility

The Employee Benefits website has teamed up with The Lawyer to determine the top employee benefits offered by law firms in the UK. Around 70 firms took part in the survey and it was determined that while law firms do offer a wide range of employee benefits, there is less flexibility and innovat...

03 Aug 2015 Accenture encouraging employees to take shared parental leave

Management consulting services company Accenture is encouraging uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) among its staff by following the journeys of some of its first male employees to take advantage of the new legislation, HR Magazine reports. Working Families, a charity that promotes a ...

20 Jul 2015 New measures introduced to tackle gender pay gap

Companies with more than 250 employees will soon have to publish details of the average salaries of male and female workers, as part of David Cameron´s efforts to abolish the gender pay gap, BBC News reports. Consultations on the proposals are now under way, and so far the move ha...

13 Jul 2015 Employment law opt-out to form part of Cameron´s EU negotiations

Prime Minister David Cameron plans to include an opt-out employment law clause as part of the UK´s negotiations with the European Union, The Guardian reports. In what the publication refers to as a “high-risk political move,” The Guardian writes that Britain could request the ...

15 Jun 2015 Majority Of Employers Unable To Identify Mental Health Issues

A new study has revealed that the majority (83%) of businesses in the UK feel they aren´t able to identify when a member of staff is struggling with mental health issues, Health Insurance Daily reports. According to a Health Assured survey, which questioned 1,023 employers and lea...

08 Jun 2015 Auto Enrolment Now Extended To Firms With Less Than 30 Employees

The Government´s automatic enrolment scheme for companies paying into their employees´ pensions has now been extended to small family businesses and even people with a single employee – such as a nanny or carer – This Is Money reports. Auto enrolment was first launched i...

04 Jun 2015 Over Two-Thirds Of Companies Do Not Monitor Employees´ Physical Health, Study Shows

A recent study conducted by Unum has found that more than two-thirds (69%) of employers do not have an efficient procedure in place to enable them to monitor the physical health of their employees. The study, cited in an article on the Employee Benefits website, includes responses from ...

28 May 2015 Age UK Reveals Health And Wellbeing Benefits To Support Its Older Employees

Age UK has launched a new programme for its 2,800 employees, with a focus on enabling as many of their staff as possible to enjoy their later life. The age-friendly programme highlights benefits that are likely to be of interest to employees, as well as support them if they choose to co...

04 May 2015 Bosses Could Use Wearable Tech To Monitor Employees´ Health

Experts are advising that with the general election imminent and the NHS being one of the key political weapons, employee health and wellbeing will become a more prominent issue for employers - whether they like it or not. According to HR Magazine, John Dean - managing director of PSHPC...

27 Apr 2015 Total Reward Is Evolving, Not Dying, Say Experts

Despite headlines declaring the death of total reward, a recent article on Personnel Today suggests that it is, in fact, simply evolving to become smarter, simpler and more flexible. According to Duncan Brown and Martha How - authors of The Future of Reward Management - reward managemen...

20 Apr 2015 Employee Benefits Valued Differently According To Age And Gender

New research suggests that it might be beneficial for employers to tailor their benefit offerings according to their workers´ age and gender, according to a press release on the PwC website. In its recent study of 2,400 UK employees, PwC found a stark difference in benefits prefer...

13 Apr 2015 Number Of Employees Protected By Group Risk Schemes On The Up

A new study has revealed that the number of UK workers to be protected by group risk insurance rose significantly last year, Employee Benefits reports. According to the ‘Group Watch 2015´ report conducted by Swiss Re, 200,000 more employees were covered by such schemes in 2014 a...

30 Mar 2015 Benefits Packages Should Be Employee Led, Says Leading HR Expert

A leading human resources professional has stated that wellbeing should be “at the heart” of any employee benefits strategy, and that staff should be able to pick the benefits that are right for them, HR Magazine reports. Speaking at the recent HR Tech Europe, Tess Smille – vice p...

02 Mar 2015 Businesses Warned To Prepare For New Parental Leave Rules

Company owners and managers are being advised to prepare for an expected influx of shared parental leave requests when new legislation comes into force this April, This Is Money reports. It is predicted that 285,000 working couples will be eligible for shared parental leave each year, a...

23 Feb 2015 Employers Over-Estimating Employee Happiness, Study Shows

New research has brought to light a discrepancy between how highly employers rate their staff´s happiness levels and the views of employees themselves, the Workplace Savings and Benefits website reports. According to MetLife´s Employee Benefit Trends Study, which questioned ...

16 Feb 2015 The Importance Of Group Income Protection

With studies showing that one in ten UK employees will, at some point in their career, suffer from an accident or injury that makes them unable to work for more than six months, it´s now more essential than ever for companies to introduce a group income protection policy, the FT Adviser w...

09 Feb 2015 Labour Government Would Double Paid Paternity Leave, Says Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband has revealed that a possible Labour government would offer fathers twice the amount of paid paternity leave than they receive currently, BBC News reports. Not only would the paid paternity period rise from two to four weeks, he noted, but statutory paternity pa...

02 Feb 2015 UK Employees´ Total Pay Sees Year-On-Year Increase Of 1.7%

Newly-released figures from the Office For National Statistics (ONS) reveal that UK employees have earned 1.7% more in total pay than they did a year ago, the Employee Benefits website reports. According to the statistics from the UK Labour Market, January 2015 report, regular ...

19 Jan 2015 BBC Must Improve Opportunities For Female Workers, Say Lords

A committee at the House of Lords has stated that broadcasters such as the BBC must do more to allow women to progress within the industry, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) website reports. After a number of recent age and gender discrimination cases, as well ...

12 Jan 2015 What Does 2015 Hold In Store For Employment Law?

Last year was relatively quiet in terms of employment law; but as a recent article on HR Magazine explained, 2015 will see a number of changes come into force. Firstly, a Fit For Work service will be gradually phased in from the start of the year. With added responsibility for encouragi...

05 Jan 2015 Businesses Should Face Auto-Enrolment Head On In 2015

With more auto-enrolment staging dates due to take hold in 2015, experts feel that now is the time for small- and medium-sized businesses to prepare themselves for the legislation, Fresh Business Thinking reports. According to the article, research conducted by Creative Auto Enrolment s...

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