Press Cuttings (March 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 March include;

COVID-19 & Employee Benefits

Howden suggest that employers think very carefully before cancelling their Employee Benefits provision during the coronavirus crisis.   

Publication:  HR News

Employers encouraged to adopt 3-stage worker support plan during coronavirus shutdown

The arrival of COVID-19 in the UK has led to many employees being instructed to work from home or being placed on "furlough".  Howden identify some simple steps that employers could and should be taking to support their workers during this difficult period.

Publication:  The HR Director

Government push for proactive employee wellbeing begins

The introduction of a new written statement of employment particulars in April represents an opportunity for employers to play a more proactive role in preventing and managing employee absence.  Howden's Paul White comments on this important topic.

Publication:  HR Grapevine

John Lewis Bonus Level 

Retailer John Lewis has cut employee bonus levels to the lowest in decades.  Steve Herbert comments on why bonus alone is not always a good way to reward effort.

Publication:  HR Magazine

Business as usual?

Coronavirus is a crisis like few in the UK workplace have faced before.  But what might it mean in the medium and long-term for Human Resources professionals?

Publication:  Employer News

The Value of Everyone

Frightening as it is, coronavirus might make employers stop and think about how valuable each and every employee is to the success of their organisation.  Steve Herbert provides some topical thoughts.

Publication:  Employer News

Pensions:  March 2020 Budget Changes

Rishi Sunak's first Budget Statement included some important changes for the world of pensions.  The Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing Blog looks at the Chancellor's proposals.   

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.

Finally, we would like to mention that we have now launched the Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing coronavirus hub for the latest information regarding COVID-19 & Employee Benefits provision.

For more information on any of the topics covered, please contact your usual Howden Consultant, or visit our website for further details and contact options.

(Published 07/04/20)

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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