Press Cuttings (August 2020)

Press cuttings 2020

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 some of our more important recent coverage.  

Topics we covered in August 2020 include;

Death in Service:  COVID-19 Payments

Company-sponsored Group Life Assurance arrangements are one of the most common Employee Benefit offerings in the United Kingdom, and this year they have more than demonstrated their worth with a huge number of payments to families bereaved through COVID-19. 

Publication:  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

The future of the Private Medical Insurance

NHS waiting lists are growing, employers and employees are demanding greater access to digital services, and there is a growing risk of increases to Insurance Premium Tax too.  So what does that mean for the future of Private Medical Insurance?  Howden’s Richard Gould adds informed comment.

Publication:  Employee Benefits Magazine

The health risks of home working 

Many employers are not expecting to return staff to the workplace until 2021, but far fewer have considered the associated health risks for home workers.  Cheryl Brennan looks in detail at this important and very relevant topic.

Publication:  Asinta Website

Financial and Mental Trauma

The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work’s recently published “Financial Wellbeing Guide” looks at several aspects of financial wellbeing and its associated impact on mental health. 

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog

RedArc Services

Sue Kinsella - of Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing’s sister company RedArc - talks in this podcast about the services that they provide and how they support patients going through difficult or traumatic situations.

Publication:  Practical Protection Podcast

Eye of the storm? 

Summer 2020 marks a moment of relative calm in a turbulent year, but Howden’s Steve Herbert thinks there may be more problems ahead for employers.

Publication:  Employer News

So what is Long Covid?

So what is Long Covid, and what are the potential challenges for employers of such a condition?  Steve Herbert explores this important new area of concern for employers and employees alike.

Publication:  Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog


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 the year.

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 Howden’s coronavirus hub.

(Published 15/09/20)

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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