Two thirds of employers do not have any processes in place to measure the effectiveness of their benefit spend.
The leaders of the Office of Tax Simplification's review of the employee benefits and expenses system believe their "radical" recommendations will clean-up the current "complex and burdensome" rules and processes.
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has suggested a "pragmatic" cut to National Insurance Contribution (NICs) rates.
Willis Group is restructuring its employee benefits consulting practice to combine all of its existing services in the market.
Private healthcare providers will be compelled to provide greater information on the quality and cost of treatments being offered to private patients and insurers.
The vast majority of HR managers at larger firms have no confidence in the government's new Health and Work Service (HWS) despite it not being formally launched, a survey finds.
A template allowing employers to detail the available workplace adaptations and modifications is being developed to support the fit note.
Employees who enter into a civil partnership with a partner of the same sex must be granted the same benefits upon their marriage as those granted to their colleagues, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
Further details about the government's new Health and Work Service (HWS) have been published along with a substantial report examining the potential value of using telephone services to provide health and return to work support.
The government has extended the £500 tax relief for employer funded return to work treatments to include all those arranged by employer occupational health services.
Legal & General has added a master trust option to its group life insurance product.
An NHS trust has reduced sickness absence and saved £250,000 by introducing a staff self-referral physiotherapy scheme.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that it expects the independent assessment service to be phased in gradually across the country from October 2014, with the service being available nationally by April 2015.
A global survey of employees reveals that the vast majority of workers do not find their jobs fulfilling without extra reward.
A third (37%) of employers expect to spend more than they do now on their benefits offering to improve engagement and lower absenteeism, according to a survey.
Employers can be required to fund private medical treatment as part of a reasonable adjustment to help staff return to work, a court has ruled.
Employers should keep in touch with their staff when they are off sick to support a quicker and easier return to work, experts say.
An employment tribunal has ruled that stopping the payment of sickness absence benefit once an employee turns 55 is age discrimination.
Ceridian has produced a mobile app version of its LifeWorks employee assistance programme (EAP) allowing staff to access the services on the move.
Professional staff are increasingly working more flexibly and remotely, according to poll of 4,000 businesses.
Staff at Health Shield are supporting their financial director's battle with bowel cancer by taking part in a triathlon to raise funds for charity.
Friends Life has released its consumer segmentation tool to businesses in a bid to help them better understand and target their employees when delivering corporate benefits packages.
An employment appeals tribunal (EAT) judge has outlined how employers could develop a strategy to accommodate employees with disabilities that interact with other illnesses.
Employers are failing to tackle staff health issues despite the rapid growth in the proportion of older workers, a survey finds.
The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has urged government to clarify its approach to salary sacrifice.
Childcare voucher providers have asked government to ensure employers are part of the new tax-free childcare scheme.
Employers could be on the hook for death-in-service claims if an employee has been unfairly dismissed and subsequently dies, a court has ruled.
An employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has capped the amount of holiday allowance that employees are able to automatically carry over while off on long term sick leave at four weeks.
More than a third of employers who currently offer childcare vouchers are considering scrapping their schemes before the government replacement is finalised.
Labour says that it may consider offering incentives for firms providing health and wellbeing benefits to staff and to those organisations paying a living wage were it to win the next general election.
CEOs find three key barriers to involving themselves in the employee engagement process, research from Engage for Success reveals.
Work is a "fantastic place" to help support public health issues and it is "ridiculous" for government to be expected to singularly tackle these problems, Dame Carol Black has said.
Legal and General is considering shortening its early notification period to just 10 days for group income protection customers.
Hargreaves Lansdown is launching a fully integrated corporate wrap and flexible benefits platform.
The Trade Union Congress has recognised the importance of employee health and wellbeing programmes in reducing absence and boosting productivity.
Cancer is having a major impact on many businesses across the UK and managers accept there are difficulties in dealing with it. Owain Thomas reviews the problems and solutions to supporting staff.
Group income protection premiums could soar by as much as 17% with minimum rises predicted to hit at least 7% this year, according to Capita Employee Benefits.
Ellipse is launching a business protection product allowing firms to cover their key employees and other critical staff.
The government has pledged to form a new state-funded service which will carry out an independent assessment of employees after four weeks of sickness absence.
Three quarters of workers are worried that work will spoil their Christmas, a survey has found.
People absent from work because of illness are more likely to report a mental health condition than those at work, according to DWP statistics.
Employers appear to be shunning the introduction of new technology for their benefits provision, according to research.
Employers must examine the risks they are attempting to mitigate with their benefits provision instead of just offering employees as many benefits as possible, Mercer believes.
Three quarters of employers would consider adding benefits instead of a negligible pay-rise for employees, a survey by Jelf finds.
Engage Mutual has extended availability of its one fund health cash plan to businesses with a minimum of five employees.
Ellipse has launched its second group income protection product - this time focusing on bonuses for absence reduction and early notifications.
Bupa's controversial open referral policy has provoked many of its corporate clients to leave the provider, rival Healix claims.
Cigna is launching an employee assistance programme to go alongside its occupational health, medical and dental plans.