Editor's message: Health-related benefits are a common feature of employers' benefits packages, and can range from life assurance and private medical insurance through to benefits designed to help employees stay well, such as subsidised gym membership and health screening.
As well as being popular with employees, the provision of health-related benefits can form part of an organisation’s absence management programme.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
Updated to include information about changes to the rules on time limits for making good on benefits-in-kind, effective from tax year 2017/18 onwards.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Updated to include the new statutory sick pay rate and lower earnings limit in force from April 2017.
The Government has published the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2017.
Updated to include the proposed rate of statutory sick pay and earnings threshold for 2017/18.
Updated to include the rate of the lower earnings limit for 2017/18.
The Government has announced plans to overhaul the GP fit note and statutory sick pay, as well as reform the way that disabled people on sick leave are assessed for fitness for work.
Health and wellbeing benefits continue to be a key component of employers' benefits packages, XpertHR's survey finds.
David Malamatenios is a partner at Colman Coyle Solicitors. He rounds up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to health-related benefits.