Health insurance

Where it was once a benefit restricted to senior management, access to private medical care has spread to the point where it is common practice in some industries to offer cover to all employees.

However, the cost of group health insurance is rising steadily.


Managing workers with terminal illness: a guide

4 Jul 2017

With growing numbers of employees set to work into older age, managing those with terminal illness will be a priority...

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Why Capita offers a health “MOT” to all employees

3 Jul 2017

Employers need to ensure wellbeing programmes and health screening at work are relevant to all employees, argues Lee Gruskin. The...

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Healthcare trusts: Watch out for tax rule changes

6 Jun 2017

Many employers use healthcare trusts and medical master trusts to deliver healthcare benefits to staff. But new rules on tax...

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Women more likely to take up eyecare benefits at work

30 May 2017

Women are more likely to take up eyecare benefits than men, employers believe, with older employees (aged over 40) again...

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Global mobility: Take a bespoke approach to employee wellbeing

3 May 2017

With global mobility increasing, research shows the need for employers to look at the individual needs of staff to ensure...

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Second medical opinion services can cut risks of employing older workers

2 Nov 2016

Second medical opinion services can help older workers return to work after sickness absence and reduce risks for employers, argues...

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Cancer is top cause of long-term sickness absence claims, report shows

8 Sep 2016

Cancer accounts for almost one-third of all long-term sickness absence claims paid through income protection in the last year, according...

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Mental health risk: employers and insurers need a joined-up approach

23 Aug 2016

Employers should address rising stress and mental health risk through collaboration between internal departments and insurance providers. A dedicated employee...

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TUPE transfers and long-term sick leave – appeal confirmed

14 Jun 2016

A senior judge has granted permission for the TUPE case BT Managed Services Ltd v Edwards and another to go...

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Why US firm Hallmark takes a long-term view on employee wellbeing

31 Oct 2015

Greetings card company Hallmark is one of a growing number of US companies adopting innovative approaches to wellbeing, in response...

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Seven ways US corporate wellbeing differs to the UK

30 Oct 2015

US companies are more advanced in delivering wellbeing programmes than their UK equivalents, but what are the key differences between...

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Netflix and Facebook offer gender reassignment as employee benefit

25 Sep 2015

Gender reassignment procedures are increasingly being offered as an employee benefit, it has been revealed.
Both Facebook and Netflix now...

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Insurer AXA acquires Simplyhealth’s PMI business

13 May 2015

Insurance company AXA announced today that it is to acquire health insurer Simplyhealth’s private medical insurance (PMI) business.
Simplyhealth has...

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Health benefits top list of employer-provided benefits

Healthcare tops list of employer-provided benefits

12 Aug 2014

Health-related benefits feature heavily in the most common benefits provided by employers, a survey of 327 organisations' benefits packages conducted by XpertHR has found.

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Tribunal watch: Age discrimination claims cost parking firm £700,000

23 Jun 2014

This week, we report on an award of more than £700,000 to 20 older drivers who were dismissed after their...

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