What happens to your pension during your maternity leave

If you’re planning to take time out of work to have a baby, chances are your pension isn’t high on your list of immediate priorities. Ensuring your finances are in order is as essential as preparing for being a new parent and the sleepless nights. In addition to your maternity pay, it’s important to think […]

Cash back for essential healthcare

Now, more than ever, we need to be putting focus on our health. I think we can all agree that we are very lucky to have the NHS who we can rely on for free healthcare when we need it. However, there are certain healthcare elements which we don’t have free access to, dental treatment […]

Flintoff, Little Mix, The Rock

Freddie Flintoff recently publicised his struggle with bulimia. Jesy Nelson from Little Mix has been open about dealing with poor mental health. ‘The Rock’ Dwayne Johnson has talked about his feelings of isolation when dealing with depression. When such public figures talk about how poor mental health has affected them, it demonstrates that no-one is […]

How to combat a sedentary lifestyle in lockdown

Lockdown is challenging in so many ways but it really has made me realise how important it is to keep active. We sit when we work, we sit when we drive a car, we sit when we get on public transport, we sit when we watch tv, the list goes on. I listened to a […]

COVID 19 – Impact on Private Medical Insurance

Undoubtedly, the coronavirus pandemic has caused real disruption to the Private Healthcare industry. Back in March/April there was concern that the NHS could be overwhelmed by the number of COVID-19 related hospital admissions. In order to prepare for the huge strain on health services, the government needed to maximise the number of beds that can […]

Group Income Protection – An important benefit for all age groups

You’d be forgiven for assuming that income protection is a benefit people need later in life when age-related illnesses and conditions become more common. However, this really is a benefit which should also be valued by younger members of your workforce. More and more people in their 30s are making claims for Income Protection benefits. […]

Employers, have you got your finger on the pulse?

Throughout my time in the Employee Benefits industry, I have been asked to carry out countless reviews on the structure of some Group Risk policies (typically Group Life Assurance and Group Income Protection) with a view to providing feedback on potential issues or risks that may exist for the Employer. On the whole, I can […]

Solutions for Employers to support mental health

The theme of World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health in the workplace. While a lot of progress is being made to remove the stigma surrounding mental ill health, employers can be at a loss as to what to do next. Many may be aware of the support that is available via traditional routes, […]

Group Life and Bereavement Support changes

Group Life Assurance pays out without the need for probate and provides bereavement counselling, says GRiD, following the bereavement benefit changes From 6 April this year, the new Bereavement Support Payment replaced the current suite of State bereavement benefits (Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parent’s Allowance). On the face of it, the changes appear to be […]