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Employee Assistance Programmes Should Cover ALL of Your Workforce

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

A recent piece in Health Insurance Daily outlines some proposed changes to Unum’s employee assistance program (EAP). However whilst these changes are designed to tackle wellbeing issues across the workforce and are a step in the right direction for many, they will inevitably fall short of the mark unless they benefit ALL employees. Many organisations recognise the need to implement …

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Ministers ‘considering cuts to Employment and Support Allowance’

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

If cuts to the main Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sickness benefit come to fruition then new claimants of the government’s ESA benefit could stand to receive just 50p more than people on Job Seekers Allowance. Furthermore, it seems that the benefit has a significant backlog and the government has had to employ extra staff just to cope. But it …

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IP Vital in Reforming ‘broken’ Welfare System – Abi Report

In In The Press, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has suggested that the government needs to overhaul the UK welfare system and support families in establishing a safety net with the help of income protection. In its Welfare Reform for the 21st Century paper the ABI has set out the case for income protection to play a more fundamental role in the workplace. …

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Claire Ginnelly Explains Why Dental Benefits Are Becoming an Increasingly Important Perk

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

With just one per cent of the population holding private dental care insurance there is a huge opportunity for employers to fill the gap. Furthermore, it’s a win-win situation for both employer and employee, as the former will inevitably benefit from lower sickness absence and the latter will be able to take advantage of the welfare that dental care insurance …

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Ways to reduce workplace stress: Do you give your work smartphone a holiday when you go on your holiday?

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

In the past when we went on holiday we were able to take a complete break from work and come back feeling refreshed. Now it seems many of us have become slaves to our smartphone. With 70% of smartphone users reporting that they have taken business calls during holidays from work (Ofcom) and 24% admitting to doing so regularly (Ofcom), …

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PCH Consultant Q&A August 2014 – Caroline Robinson

In In The Press, Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

This month we have the pleasure of chatting with Caroline Robinson one of our outstanding corporate employee benefits consultants, based in Leicestershire. Caroline talks about her time in the industry, what expertise she anticipates people needing as they plan for the future and where she sees the industry going as a result of recent trends… Hi Caroline, great to chat with …

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What Would You Do If Ill Health Meant You Could Not Work?

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

It’s every family’s worst nightmare: the main breadwinner being unable to work and the worry of paying the bills. Mortgage or rent payments become increasingly difficult to meet and the family could be at risk of ending up homeless. There are state benefits in place which are designed to assist in situations like this and act as a safety net …

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How Reviewing your Benefits Portfolio can Bring Cost Effective Solutions for your Business

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

As an employer, it is important that you provide your employees with attractive and genuinely valuable benefits packages. After all, your staff are the backbone of the business and if they are absent through sickness or not fully engaged in their work, it is your bottom line that will inevitably suffer. That’s why benefits packages that offer tangible value are …

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How a Clear Strategy to Managing Stress in the Workplace Brings Huge Benefits

In In The Press, Industry News by PCH Staff

Today, stress is unfortunately becoming a ubiquitous part of life for many people and it can have a detrimental effect on not just their personal lives but also their performance at work. But while cases of stress are on the increase and instances of long-term sickness due to mental health issues are now more frequent, many businesses still fall short …