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Fit for Work – Has the Government Gone Far Enough with Its New Initiative to Tackle Employee Absenteeism?

In Industry News, Protection by PCH Staff

The government’s radical new Fit for Work scheme has been implemented recently in an attempt to tackle the ‘sick-note’ culture that has emerged in the UK and costs the economy billions of pounds every year. Under the new government initiative, anyone who is sick for more than four weeks will be referred by their GP to a company that will …

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At Last! Good News Re Sickness Absence Rates

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

According to a new survey, 40% of UK employers have seen their sickness absence rates improve over the last year. This figure represents a six percent increase over last year and is in complete contrast to the 15 % of employers who said their sickness absence rates had worsened. The survey, conducted by Group Risk Development (GRiD), interviewed 500 UK …

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NHS Budget Faces Funding Gap Which Could Affect Cancer Patients

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

The UK government’s plans to reduce the country’s deficit have meant that many public services have seen their budgets slashed or frozen over the last 12 months. One area where this is particularly evident is the NHS, whose budget for 2015 has been set at around £100 billion – protected from cuts but increased only by the rate of inflation. …

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Mental Health Disorders – Now the Most Common Work-related Health Issues

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

A new study has found that more than half of all work-related ill health issues reported by occupational health physicians nowadays are due to mental health disorders. Furthermore, mental health disorders in the workplace now surpass musculoskeletal problems. Employers should sit up and take note of this shift Employers are now being urged to invest more in workplace health and …

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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’

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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), …