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 on a Government consultation on corporate governance reform, which includes proposals on executive pay.
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 consultation will seek views on reforming sick pay, fit notes, and the Work Capability Assessment. It will also examine proposals including the introduction of a group committed to increasing employer engagement around disabled employment, and large-scale trials targeted at supporting disabled people and those with long-term health conditions back into work.
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.