Press Cuttings (February 2021)



08 March 2021

There is a lot of news for HR professionals about at the moment, and the Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing experts seem to have some opinions and insights on quite a lot of it!

We therefore present a useful summary of just some of our more important recent coverage.  Topics we covered in February 2021 include;

The Spring 2021 Budget

So what does Rishi Sunak’s second Budget statement mean for the world of Employee Benefits?  Matthew Gregson and Steve Herbert review and comment on the changes.

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Global Mobility & Health Insurance

Since Covid-19 hit there has been a significant shift in attitudes regarding employee benefits and
wellbeing provision, and in particular healthcare insurance.  Howden’s Adam Harding looks at this issue, and how employers should react to the changing needs of their workforce.

Publication:  REBA

Disruption to cancer services

Cheryl Brennan highlights that the latest lockdown is generating further disruption to NHS cancer services, leading more employers to consider Private Medical Insurance

Publication:  HR Director

The prevalence of Long Covid

So how common is Long Covid, and what action should employers be taking to better manage this condition within their workforce? 

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The benefits of home working

Steve Herbert revisits his March 2020 prediction that the pandemic would lead to more flexible working practices – and highlights the benefits for both employers and employees of such an approach.

Publication:  Employer News

Bringing order to the chaos

Matthew Gregson, Head of Corporate at Howden, takes an in-depth look at how employers can successfully integrate flexible benefits and wellbeing strategies.  Important insights to a topic that often causes problems for employers.

Publication:  REBA

Increases to the Normal Minimum Pensions Age (NMPA)

Will the early access age for pensions be moved to 57, and if so what does this mean for savers, workplace pensions, and their sponsoring employers too? 

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

Beyond Covid-secure

Steve Herbert looks at the historical evidence of past pandemics and suggests that employers should now be planning for a world that is more than just Covid-secure.

Publication:  Personnel Today

Extend core protections to all workers

Howden’s latest survey highlights that the majority of employers are not yet providing a strong foundation of workplace benefits.  So what are the four core protections that all good employers should aim to provide?

Publication:  HRD Pathfinder Club

Supporting employees with asthma

A new report looks at the financial cost of long-term disability and illness as a result of asthma.  Steve Herbert shares his thoughts on how and why employers should be aware of this issue.

Publication:  HR News

We hope the above summary is of use.  We will of course continue to update our followers on important media stories in the Employee Benefits and Human Resources space throughout 2021.

For more information on any of the above topics, please speak to your usual Howden Consultant in the first instance, or visit our website for other contact options. For the latest details on COVID-19 & Employee Benefits provision please visit our coronavirus hub.

(Published 08/03/21)

Steve Herbert

Steve is Head of Benefits Strategy, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing, and is an award-winning thought leader on Pensions, Employee Benefits, and Human Resources issues. He is occasionally accused of making Employee Benefits interesting.

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