Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers
Jun20

Warning over poor driver eyesight prosecutions for employers

It is generally understood that as an ‘at work’ activity, driving for work purposes comes within an employer’s responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In its latest ‘fit to drive’ campaign, road-safety charity Brake has highlighted that the organisation may be prosecuted if a crash is proven to have resulted from lack of fitness to drive and the organisation is judged to have been negligent in preventing it. Specsavers...

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Are work perks the secret to workplace success? Study reveals a third (36%) of Brits feel happier in the workplace when receiving perks
Jun19

Are work perks the secret to workplace success? Study reveals a third (36%) of Brits feel happier in the workplace when receiving perks

40% of Brits feel they are getting a better deal when offered a ‘perk’ Private healthcare is the most sought after work perk (45%) 18 – 24 year olds expect jobs to come with work perks Work perks are revolutionising the way the British workforce views the workplace, according to new research by BankingRefunds.co.uk (1)  The packaged bank account claims specialist polled over 1,500(1) Brits on their attitudes towards perks and...

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RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads
Jun16

RedArc calls for improved workplace support for stressed-out Dads

Men are less likely to seek medical help for mental health problems and also less likely to disclose mental health problems to friends and family, despite a third of fathers saying they regularly felt burnt out, and so this Father’s Day, RedArc is calling for employers to do more to support dads in the workplace. RedArc knows that alongside the excitement of becoming a new parent, the responsibility can lay heavily on the shoulders of...

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European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn
Jun16

European countries putting the UK’s paternity leave to shame – Swedish fathers get an extra 80 days with their newborn

Ahead of Father’s Day, here’s a few facts about parental leave for British Dads: Just 1% of dads in the UK take advantage of shared parental leave “Two weeks is not enough time off for new fathers in Britain and paid leave for dads specifically should be increased!” A total of 28 countries have better paternity leave and pay schemes than the UK Swedish fathers get a huge 80 additional days with their new-born compared to...

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Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017
Jun15

Changes to salary sacrifice part of new Finance Act 2017

  Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that employers who were hoping for a reprieve from the changes to Optional Remuneration Arrangements (OPRA) will be disappointed and must take action to comply. The Finance Bill 2017 has now received Royal Assent, making it the Finance Act 2017 and while many original clauses were cut, the OPRA elements have remained largely intact. Aon...

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Company cars remain a popular benefit, according to new research
Jun14

Company cars remain a popular benefit, according to new research

XpertHR‘s 2017 company cars and car allowance survey[i] published this week has found that 71.3% of organisations have company cars, although they are usually only offered to a minority of employees – just 8.2% are given this option. 85.1% of organisations offer car allowances – but only to 6.1% of staff When it comes to car allowances they are offered at an overwhelming 85.1% of organisations, but they are given to only...

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61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD
Jun12

61% of employers claim caring responsibilities are a leading cause of absence, reports GRiD

Employer research conducted by group risk industry body GRiD shows that caring issues are becoming a major cause of workforce absence. Home and family issues (which are often related to caring issues or the breakdown of care arrangements), plus more specific issues with providing elder and child care are resulting in absence from work and lost productivity. For 61% of employers these issues are a main cause of short-term absence (less...

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One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact
Jun12

One off perks don’t make staff happier at work – but a nicer commute seems to have an impact

Employers are using quick-fix perks in an attempt to boost employee morale as a result of political and economic uncertainty, a new study reveals. The study shows that more one-off benefits—such as early finishes, company drinks or team lunches—have been offered by employers in the past year. Yet for 43% of those surveyed that had received these perks they are not having a sustained impact on their happiness, prompting a call for...

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How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan
Jun08

How employers can support staff when pregnancies don’t go to plan

Whilst there is often much discussion about maternity and paternity rights at work, in contrast, pregnancies not going to plan is almost a ‘taboo’ subject – but very much worth discussing.  Christine Husbands, managing director, RedArc Nurses, discusses how employers can best support employees through this traumatic and difficult situation. The news that a new baby is expected can be one of the most joyful things in...

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Money for nothing – why performance related pay doesn’t always work
Jun08

Money for nothing – why performance related pay doesn’t always work

Guest feature from Norman Blissett, Director of Gallanach From sky high payments for senior executives to the annual bonus spending spree of more junior staff, bonuses are entrenched in the corporate world. A quick look at the news reveals some recent headlines on performance related pay: AstraZeneca Chief Enjoys Leap In Pay Packet As Bonuses Pay Off Porsche Awards 21,000 Staff With Bonus Of Up To €9,111 RBS Set To Pay Out £340m In...

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People are the weakest link, but only 22% of businesses reviewed their people-factor cyber risk in the last 12 months
Jun07

People are the weakest link, but only 22% of businesses reviewed their people-factor cyber risk in the last 12 months

A recent survey has chillingly revealed that only 22% of businesses have reviewed their cyber risk in the last 12 months.  Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits is urging HR departments to get involved by ensuring that the “people factor” in cyber risk is managed more effectively. The recent global ransomware attack that caused chaos across almost 100 countries worldwide and majorly disrupted the UK’s...

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No ‘Sunday Dread’ for UK staff as 64% love or ‘really like’ their job
Jun07

No ‘Sunday Dread’ for UK staff as 64% love or ‘really like’ their job

Sunday night dread does not exist for more than half of British workers, as 64% claim to either ‘love’ or ‘really like’ their jobs. A survey of 1,220 workers, commissioned to mark the launch of the One4all Spotlight Awards, has revealed almost 1 in 3 (30%) enjoy their job so much that they plan to be with the company they are currently working for “for the foreseeable future.” And a small portion – 13% – like...

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Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused
May31

Paid paternity leave firmly on the agenda – but shared parental leave remains unspoken and unused

Annelise Tracy Phillips, a senior associate in the Employment Law team at Burges Salmon LLP discusses why British Fathers are not taking up shared parental leave and why increasing paid paternity leave is likely to have more uptake. In their Election 2017 manifesto the Liberal Democrats have promised to double paid paternity leave entitlements for working fathers. Labour promises a similar increase in the length of paid paternity...

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The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks
May31

The deceptively simple approach that managers are overlooking: simply saying thanks

A new study from Reward Gateway, an employee engagement company, has revealed the disconnect between what employees really want and what their employers think they want. 59% of Brits would rather work for a business with a culture where they received recognition over a higher salary job where they didn’t get any recognition. Nearly half (49%) of employees would leave a company if they didn’t receive recognition. Over 40% of senior...

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90% of employers find benefits communication ‘a challenge’
May31

90% of employers find benefits communication ‘a challenge’

According to research conducted by the online employee benefits communication portal Mybenefitsatwork , a staggering 9 out of 10 HR leaders state they face challenges when communicating their benefits package to employees. This backs up previous research carried out by group risk body GRiD and interviews with industry benefits professionals by Lemonade Reward, leading to David Pugh, managing partner commenting. “Industry professionals...

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