Editor's message: Health benefits are a common feature of benefits packages, and 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.
The provision of health benefits often forms part of an organisation's absence management programme. A comprehensive range of health benefits can help both to prevent employees taking time off sick, and, where time off is necessary, to reduce this time through fast access to healthcare treatment. This can therefore reduce the often significant cost of sickness absence to the organisation. A strong health benefit offering can also help to demonstrate the organisation's commitment to its people and their wellbeing, thereby aiding recruitment and retention.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
Health and wellbeing continue to feature prominently in employers' benefits packages, as our survey shows.
We discuss the implications for employers of the recent EAT decision in Awan v ICTS UK Ltd, which illustrates the risks for employers of dismissing an employee who is in receipt of permanent health insurance payments.
In Awan v ICTS UK Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that an implied term of the contract of employment prohibited the employer from dismissing the employee for medical capability while he was entitled to receive long-term disability benefits.
Schemes such as free fruit in offices, bicycle loans, support for ill employees and counselling should be the new norm in the UK workplace according to health secretary Matt Hancock.
Benefits consultancy Mercer has announced it will offer a suite of trans benefits as part of its private medical scheme for employees.
Good practice guidance on health benefits, including the business case for investing in employee health benefits, which benefits are available, and what employers need to consider when providing the most common benefits to employees.
Health and wellbeing remain common features of many organisations' benefits packages, XpertHR's latest survey finds.
Almost all organisations offer at least one health or wellbeing perk in their benefits package, our latest survey reveals.
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HR and legal information and guidance relating to health benefits.