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Startling Number of ‘Gig Workers’ Have No Financial Protection

Millions of Brits today are employed in what are known as “gig jobs”. This term is used to describe workers who are often independent contractors or freelancers, and are paid for each “gig” they do – instead of by the hour/day. It’s a setup that both employers and individuals like because of the flexibility it affords. However, many such workers …

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PMI Second-most Valued Employee Benefit, Finds Study

A survey of employees and employers in the UK has revealed what they believe are the most valuable employee benefits. The poll of 1,150 employees and 1,001 employers by group risk insurer Ellipse found that workplace pensions were considered to be the most valued benefit overall to employees, with 58% selecting it in their top three. Private Medical Insurance (PMI) …

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One in Seven Employees Suffering with a Mental Health Issue, Report Finds

The stigma associated with mental health and the challenges of addressing mental health issues in the workplace cost UK businesses between £33 billion and £42 billion each year, according to an independent, government-commissioned report. The report, Thriving at work: The Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers, was commissioned by Prime Minister Teresa May in January 2017. It found the …

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Upfront Charges to Curb NHS Medical Tourism ‘a Threat to Everyone’

NHS patients will now be asked to prove their eligibility to receive state-funded medical treatment under new plans designed to curb medical tourism and save the health service much needed funds. Going forward, medical staff will routinely ask patients for utility bills, bank statements and proof of employment in an attempt to identify who should be paying for treatment. Migrants …

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Stress in the Workplace Can Be Tackled by Training Managers, Report Finds

Managing stress in the workplace doesn’t need to be a major investment for businesses and one of the most effective ways to boost wellness it by training managers to spot rising stress issues before they become a business problem. That’s one of the key findings to come out of a new report by insurance provider MetLife Employee Benefits. According to …

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Uninsured Women Leaving Their Families Just Seven Months Away from Financial Hardship

Some women are leaving their families in potentially uncertain positions financially because of their lack of financial protection, new research has shown. According to the survey from Scottish Widows, more than three-quarters (76%) of women say their families would struggle to cope with everyday chores and household expenses if they fell ill or passed away. In fact, these women indicated …

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Over 2 Million Cohabiting Families in the UK Choosing to Live Without Life Insurance

Almost three quarters (73%) of cohabiting couples in the UK do not have life insurance, the recently released findings of a new poll suggest. According to the YouGov survey, which was commissioned by life insurance company Zurich, more than 2.4 million cohabiting families are currently leaving their relatives open to potential financial problems once they pass away. For the survey, …

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Almost 6 Million UK Workers Have Gone to Work Feeling Mentally Unwell

Almost six million UK workers have gone to work despite feeling mentally unwell, as the stigma surrounding mental health problems continues to affect individuals, research by Canada Life has revealed. The survey by the UK’s largest provider of Group Insurance, which polled 1,004 full- and part-time employees, found that almost a fifth (18%) – equivalent to 5.8 million UK employees …