Companies under pressure to reduce health benefits costs

Almost half (49%) of companies are under pressure to reduce short-term costs on employee health benefits, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits.

Public sector wellbeing budgets being ‘decimated’, says Cooper

Health and wellbeing budgets have been ‘decimated’ throughout the public sector in recent years, one of the UK’s leading wellbeing experts has warned.

Self-employed workers need more support, warns Bevan

Self-employed workers are not able to access the support they need, particularly for health and wellbeing, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness Stephen Bevan has warned.

Living wage debate heats up

The living wage is a contentious issue in business and parliament. But why are SMEs reluctant to join the crowd?

Civil servants to receive equal parental pay

Both male and female civil servants will be entitled to equal parental leave pay from April 2015, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to announce in a speech later this week.

Egg freezing sends out wrong message on gender equality

Businesses that are serious about promoting gender equality should focus efforts on providing agile workforces and supportive managers rather than offering gimmicks that place the onus on women to...

NAPF calls for independent retirement savings commission

NAPF chief executive Joanne Segars has called for an independent, non-political body to be set up to regulate retirement savings.

A medical perspective on egg freezing

Egg freezing has hit the headlines this week with news that Facebook is already paying up to $20,000 for its female staff to have the procedure done, with Apple due to follow suit in January 2015.

‘Lack of clarity’ stalling pensions reforms

A lack of information on proposed pensions reform is preventing providers from making changes in time for the implementation date of April 2015, according to NAPF chairman Ruston Smith.

Employers urged 'not to panic' on shared parental leave

Employers shouldn't panic about the technicalities of shared parental leave. Instead they should see it as a positive benefit for their staff, according to Working Families chief executive Sarah...

Treasury to relax pension rules further

Measures expected to be announced by chancellor George Osborne later today will see savers able to take money from their pensions pots in more than one instalment, some of which is tax-free.

Transport and council workers call off strikes

The leaders of four unions, spanning transport and local government workers, have suspended planned strikes after making progress in their respective talks.