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How to future proof a reward strategy in light of changing pay regulations

28 February 2017 - Employee Benefits

This year will see a raft of pay and benefits-related initiatives come into force or appear on the horizon, from the rise in the national living wage to the introduction of gender pay reporting, and the increase in auto-enrolment contributions due to take place in 2018.

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85% offer a flexible benefits platform to increase employee engagement

28 February 2017 - Employee Benefits

More than three quarters (85%) of employer respondents offer an online flexible benefits platform to increase employee engagement, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits.

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Employers to increase engagement in benefits without a communications strategy

28 February 2017 - Small Business

Aon Benefit & Trends survey shows 90 per cent of employers want to increase engagement in benefits, but only 36 per cent have a communications strategy.

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What should employers expect from today’s pension trustee board?

27 February 2017 - Employee Benefits

Trustees have long been used as a mechanism for delivering good-quality pensions that protect employees’ benefits; but in 2016, in part as a result of the advent of auto-enrolment and the need to make defined contribution (DC) pension schemes far more efficient, the standards expected of DC trustees have been raised and the role has become more challenging.

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Analysis: Workplace health

27 February 2017 - Health Insurance Daily

The winter solstice may technically have been more than two months ago (December 21) but, for most of us, it’s only really around this time of year – mid February – that we start to notice the mornings and evenings becoming lighter (or at least slightly less dark and miserable).

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Aon partners with SmarterInvestment and Unum to help employees invest in tax-efficient stocks & shares ISAs simply and wisely

24 February 2017 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), is to partner with SmarterInvestment and Unum to offer workplace ISAs. SmarterInvestment will be available in Aon Plus voluntary benefits, flexible benefit programmes, Aon’s Bigblue Touch Group Personal Pension, as well as the Aon MasterTrust shortly.

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Financial stress is linked to poor mental health

23 February 2017 - reba

An expert panel, brought together by the CIPD in response to their recent report which found that one in four employees said their performance was affected by financial worries, has called for HR to prioritise financial wellbeing in their workplace policies.

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2nd Rewards & Benefits Summit – 17-19 May 2017

22 February 2017 - HR Magazine

Looking for a time-effective way to review new services for your upcoming benefits strategies? Why not join us this May 17 to 19 at the Summit, along with 50 other UK heads of rewards and benefits. There’s no charge to attend: return flights, meals, and two nights' accommodation are all included.

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How can benefits be utilised to improve employee engagement?

21 February 2017 - Employee Benefits

UK unemployment fell to its lowest level for a decade in November 2016 of 1.6 million people, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), illustrating just what a competitive market the country is in right now when it comes to recruitment and retention.

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DC members with diverse needs

17 February 2017 - Professional Pensions

It might be stating the obvious, but every person is different, whether due to age, gender, salary or the way they like to receive information. You need to allow for this variety of expectations and needs. The Aon DC Survey 2016 gives some ideas about how scheme requirements may typically differ depending on the profile of your members.

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Can voluntary benefits be offered on a global basis?

8 February 2017 - employee benefits

Voluntary benefits are a key tool to aid employee engagement and offer staff the opportunity to tailor choices around the benefits they receive. But, can employers implement a single global voluntary benefits scheme for staff in all global locations?

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SmarterInvestment signs deal with Aon after Unum takes 50% stake

8 February 2017 - Health Insurance Daily

SmarterInvestment, a platform which offers stocks and shares ISAs through the workplace, is partnering with Aon to promote the solution to large employers and SMEs throughout the UK.

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New scam guidance tool should help prevent pension scams

7 February 2017 - reba

A new scam guidance tool to help consumers avoid pension scams has been launched by The Pensions Advisory Service.

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SmarterInvestment signs distribution deal with Aon, as Unum announces 50% stake in the workplace ISA business

6 February 2017 - unum

Today, SmarterInvestment, a platform which offers stocks and shares ISAs through the workplace, reveals it is partnering with Aon in order to promote the solution to large employers and SMEs throughout the UK.

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Supplier Profile: Aon Employee Benefits

31 January 2017 - Incentive and Motivation

Aon Employee Benefits is one of the UK’s most experienced and well-respected employee benefits consultancies, providing employee benefits advice, broking services, technology, and administration, to companies ranging from large corporates to SMEs.

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Workplace affects health and wellbeing, say staff

25 January 2017 - reba

Employers should focus on creating engaging and pleasant workspaces for staff to improve employee wellbeing, a new report has argued.

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How to help employees overcome the disconnect between their expected retirement savings and reality

18 January 2017 - Employee Benefits

First, some good news. Pensions auto-enrolment and, now, the cycle towards pensions auto-re-enrolment, does appear to be creating something of a step-change in terms of engagement with, and conversations around, retirement saving in the workplace.

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How to ensure a flexible benefits scheme is truly flexible

16 January 2017 - Employee Benefits

Today’s always-on consumerist economy means many people now expect to be able to have what they want, when they want it. Flexible benefits schemes were designed to enable employers to offer staff an element of choice around their benefits package, but in their traditional form, these may still come with limitations.

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Aon wants long term care and pensions under one umbrella

6 January 2017 - FT Adviser

Key figures at insurance and reinsurance brokerage Aon have called for long term care and pensions to be housed under one ministerial roof to ensure joined up thinking on the two issues.

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Fears grow over competing Lisa and pension

6 January 2017 - Corporate Adviser

A unified pension system with Isa features for younger savers should replace the current structure of pensions competing alongside the soon to be launched Lifetime Isa, says Aon.

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The dash towards retirement

December 2016 - Reward Guide

The whirlwind of changes in the pensions industry since the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012 has left everyone unsettled - not to mention the chain of pensions ministers responsible for the decision making..

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Analysis: Salary sacrifice changes

December 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

The way salary sacrifice schemes are taxed is changing - and there could be major implications for a range of health-related benefits. Regular HI Daily contributor Emily Perryman assesses which benefits will be most affected and asks the experts how businesses should prepare.

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Aon: 'salary sacrifice remains a powerful benefits mechanism for employee and employer savings'

December 2016 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), said 71% of delegates polled at its salary sacrifice seminar felt they would have to rethink benefit strategy as a result of the changes announced in the Autumn Statement. Seventy-one percent also felt that the erosion of salary sacrifice would impact benefits negatively..

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How can gamification be utilised in a benefits communication strategy?

December 2016 - Employee Benefits

Employers can use gaming to communicate with their employees, boosting their understanding and appreciation of their benefits packages. But gamification is not necessarily all about playing games. Pete Jenkins, an independent gamification consultant and entrepreneur in residence at the University of Brighton, says: “Gamification is the process of making activities more game-like, [for example] more engaging.”.

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Benefit strategy rethink needed following Autumn Statement changes

December 2016 - Cover Magazine

Almost three-quarters (71%) of delegates polled at Aon Employee Benefits' recent salary sacrifice seminar felt they would have to rethink benefit strategy as a result of the changes to salary sacrifice announced in the Autumn Statement..

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Aon: Salary sacrifice 'still powerful'

December 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Salary sacrifice remains a powerful benefits mechanism for employee and employer savings despite the Chancellor's Autumn Statement attack on the strategy says Aon Employee Benefits.

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Erosion of salary sacrifice would hurt employer benefit strategy

December 2016 - Small Business

Nearly three quarters, 71 per cent of delegates polled at its salary sacrifice seminar felt they would have to rethink benefit strategy as a result of the changes announced in the Autumn Statement, according to research from Aon Employee Benefits. Seventy-one percent also felt that the erosion of salary sacrifice would impact benefits negatively..

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Salary sacrifice still a powerful benefits mechanism, says Aon

December 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Salary sacrifice remains a powerful benefits delivery mechanism despite the autumn statement revealing that the tax and National Insurance (NI) advantages on a range of benefits are being removed..

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How can organisations future-proof their benefits technology?

December 2016 - Employee Benefits

According to Ofcom's Communications market report 2016, published in August 2016, 36% of UK internet users consider smartphones to be the most important device for going online, rising to 56% among both 16-24 and 25-34 year olds. In 2013, the number of internet users citing the smartphone as the most important device stood at just 15%, less than half the 2016 figure. The rate of change is significant, and sits within a wider landscape of continuing technological advancements that now, or will soon, form part of our daily lives..

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How technology can help improve employee health

December 2016 - Professional Pensions

In recent years, the issue of workplace health has been steadily rising up the agenda, with most employers now appreciating the link between healthy and productive staff, and between those who live unhealthy....

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Employee Perks Are Set to Cost More

December 2016 - IBB Law

Workers will pay hundreds of pounds more each year for perks including gym membership, health screening and mobile phones, under changes to salary sacrifice arrangements announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement. .

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Disadvantaged groups' would not benefit from state pension freedoms, experts warn

November 2016 - Reward Employee Benefits

So-called state pension freedoms, where early access to state pension may be granted to certain groups of people, may not benefit its target audience, industry experts have warned.

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Aon comments on Autumn Statement 2016

November 2016 - Bloomberg

LONDON - Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has commented on today's Autumn Statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer..

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Government limits tax-efficient salary sacrifice arrangements

November 2016 - Employee Benefits

Autumn Statement 2016: From April 2017, the government will significantly limit the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance (NI) advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement..

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Denied flexible working requests force working mums to hand in notice

November 2016 - Reward Employee Benefits

A significant number of working mothers are having to leave their jobs because of denied flexible working requests, a new survey has revealed..

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How to maximise the value of rehabilitation support

November 2016 - Employee Benefits

Traditionally bought for their financial benefits, group risk products are increasingly offering valuable rehabilitation services. But, while these can help reduce long-term absence and support employees with serious health conditions, it is important to raise awareness of these services to ensure they are used as effectively as possible..

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Being well is more than not being ill

November 2016 - Reward Guide

Research by Aon Employee Benefits in its 2016 EMEA Health Survey showed that just 37% of UK employers understand the impact of their employees' health issues. In addition to this, UK employers appeared less likely than others in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined health strategy (30% vs 40%)..

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Aon warns employers to be ready for changes to state benefit

November 2016 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says employers insuring Group Income Protection benefits need to be ready for upcoming changes to state provision..

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EMPLOYERS MUST BE READY FOR CHANGES TO STATE BENEFIT

November 2016 - The HR Director

Changes to long-term state benefit for ill or disabled employees potentially impact employer sponsored Group Income Protection Schemes/ Employers need to understand the changes and the financial consequences of inaction. Changing insurer stances complicate the matter..

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State benefit changes 'could lead to large GIP premium increases'

November 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Employers insuring group income protection (GIP) benefits need to be ready for upcoming changes to state provision, according to Aon Employee Benefits..

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Aon urges employers to review GIP as state benefit reductions bite

November 2016 - Cover Magazine

As part of the Government's continuing programme of Welfare Reform, the Budget in July 2015 announced a significant reduction to the state benefit paid to a certain group of ill or disabled claimants, effective from April 2017..

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The Changing Trends in Employee Benefits

October 2016 - Reed Global

The British workplace has undergone massive change over the last two decades. Industries once seen as the bedrock of the economy have been transformed or replaced by new sectors..

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Employers warned to be ready for state benefits change

October 2016 - Small Business

Employers insuring group income protection state benefits need to be ready for upcoming changes to state provision, according to Aon Employee Benefits..

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Be prepared for changes to state benefit paid to ill or disabled staff

October 2016 - Real Business

From 2017 we can expect a new tax-free childcare scheme, for tuition loans to be extended for students planning to do a second degree in STEM subjects and the government to change the way it funds apprenticeships. A much closer change employers need to be ready for, however, is the reduction of state benefit paid to ill or disabled staff..

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How to engage staff with long-term business growth

October 2016 - Employee Benefits

According to a study published by Globoforce's WorkHuman Research Institute and the IBM Smarter Workforce Institute in October 2016, The employee experience index: a new global measure of a human workplace and its impact, 44% of respondents do not feel that their senior leaders provide a clear direction about where the organisation is headed. If employees do not understand, or are not on board with the long-term aims of a business, then it begs the question as to how effectively organisations are going to achieve their goals.

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Aon warns employers: Be ready for changes to state benefits

October 2016 - Actuarial Post

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says employers insuring Group Income Protection benefits need to be ready for upcoming changes to state provision. As part of the Government's continuing programme of Welfare Reform, the Budget in July 2015 announced a significant reduction to the state benefit paid to a certain group of ill or disabled claimants, effective from April 2017. Unless specific action is taken, many employers will potentially be exposed to significant cost increases for their insured Group Income Protection policies.

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Buyer's guide to financial education

October 2016 - Employee Benefits

Employers' interest in financial education has rocketed in recent years as the changing legislation around pension freedoms and auto-enrolment has created a new landscape for retirement saving..

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How to create a workplace programme to incentivise healthy behaviour

October 2016 - Employee Benefits

Most of us know we should take more exercise, eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and get plenty of sleep. But, with few of us sticking to these rules, a health incentive programme could give individuals the extra push they need..

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Pensions bill boosts mastertrust governance

October 2016 - Pensions Expert

Mastertrusts will be subject to new restrictions on governance and financial stability, along with penalties for failure to supply adequate information, under rules set out in the pension schemes bill yesterday..

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Focus on 'free money' to get employees engaged with pensions

October 2016 - Professional Pensions

Defined contribution (DC) schemes can encourage members to save more into their pensions by highlighting the "free money" available to them, according to Aon Hewitt..

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What lessons can DC communications learn from the EU referendum?

October 2016 - Professional Pensions

Charlotte Moore believes the pensions industry can learn a lot about how to effectively communicate with members from the recent EU referendum..

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Four out of five defined contribution (DC) pension scheme members not saving enough

October 2016 - The Actuary

It said DC scheme members are overall saving £11.4bn less each year than they need to maintain living standards in retirement, the equivalent of £1,400 per year each..

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Just one in seven DC members are saving enough

October 2016 - Professional Pensions

Only 16% of defined contribution (DC) savers are saving enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement according to Aon Hewitt..

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Millennials need to save 18% into a pension to maintain standard of living

October 2016 - Money Observer

Only 16 per cent of people contributing into a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme save enough to maintain their standard of living in retirement, according to Aon's DC Member Survey 2016..

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MILLENNIALS NEED TO SAVE 18% INTO A PENSION TO MAINTAIN STANDARD OF LIVING

October 2016 - My Informs

On average, Aon calculates that DC members face a shortfall of £1,400 of annual savings into their pension pots. This represents an overall estimated £11.4 billion DC savings gap per year..

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Are you part of a failed final salary pension scheme? Your income could be about to rise

October 2016 - City A.M.

The Pension Protection Fund safeguards final salary schemes if employers fail and they cannot provide the money to employees they were promised. But anyone who is an early retiree, or who is not yet retired is subject to a cap if their payments exceed £37,000 at aged 65..

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How group risk is evolving

October 2016 - Professional Pensions

The group risk market is has evolved significantly over the past year. Nick Martindale looks at how providers are looking to demonstrate value and launch broader health and wellbeing initiatives.

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Analysis: The Insurance Act

October 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

With the Insurance Act 2015 coming into force in recent weeks, are you up to speed? Freelance journalist and regular HI Daily contributor Sam Barrett speaks to intermediaries and insurers to find out what it means for the health and protection market.

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Beware of the immediate salary sacrifice challenges

October 2016 - reba

With the Chancellor expected to announce changes to the treatment of certain salary sacrifice benefits during the government's Autumn Statement employers must act now.

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Aon warns employers of immediate salary sacrifice challenges

October 2016 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says employers need to communicate carefully the potential for changes to salary sacrifice legislation for all benefit annual enrolments that take place between now and December. It is believed that the Chancellor will announce changes to the treatment of certain salary sacrifice benefits during the Government's Autumn Statement..

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Industry Spotlight: The Ts and Cs of Employee Incentives

October 2016 - HR Summits

In a career spanning over 30 years, I have analysed many activated incentive plans; some very productive and impactful, but many have proved to be a waste of time and money. Here, I provide some suggestions on how to implement and design an effective strategy for your business - considering employee performance, communication and delivery..

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Is there a place for personalisation in a benefits strategy?

October 2016 - Employee Benefits

The initial personalisation of employee benefits can be traced back to the 1980s, when the term referred to employers offering staff a wide choice of benefits to take up, typically on a flexible or voluntary basis, in the hope that they would appeal to at least some of their workforce..

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Is There A Place For Personalisation In A Benefits Strategy?

October 2016 - Kamwell

The initial personalisation of employee benefits can be traced back to the 1980s, when the term referred to employers offering staff a wide choice of benefits to take up, typically on a flexible or voluntary basis, in the hope that they would appeal to at least some of their workforce..

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Make sure you communicate salary sacrifice legislation to your staff

October 2016 - Small Business

Employers need to communicate carefully the potential for changes to salary sacrifice legislation for all benefit annual enrolments that take place between now and December, an employee benefits provider advises..

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Aon warns employers of immediate salary sacrifice challenges

October 2016 - HR Network Jobs

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says employers need to communicate carefully the potential for changes to salary sacrifice legislation for all benefit annual enrolments that take place between now and December. It is believed that the Chancellor will announce changes to the treatment of certain salary sacrifice benefits during the Government's Autumn Statement..

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Chancellor set to change treatment of salary sacrifice benefits

October 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Employers need to communicate carefully the potential for changes to salary sacrifice legislation for all benefit annual enrolments that take place between now and December, Aon Employee Benefits has warned..

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Aon warns about salary sacrifice challenges

September 2016 - FT Adviser

Employers need to carefully communicate the potential changes to salary sacrifice or employees could claim they were made to make their benefit selections without knowing the full financial implications, Aon has warned..

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Employers Warned of Immediate Salary Sacrifice Challenges

September 2016 - The HR Director

It is believed that the Chancellor will announce changes to the treatment of certain salary sacrifice benefits during the Government's Autumn Statement..

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Make sure you communicate salary sacrifice legislation to your staff

September 2016 - Invest in UK

Employers need to communicate carefully the potential for changes to salary sacrifice legislation for all benefit annual enrolments that take place between now and December, an employee benefits provider advises..

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EXCLUSIVE: Easyjet to discuss communications for a mobile workforce at Employee Benefits Live

September 2016 - Employee Benefits

Ken Lawrie, head of reward at Easyjet, will present the session entitled 'Communication strategies for a mobile/dispersed workforce', which will open the communications conference stream on Tuesday 11 October..

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Buyer's guide to total reward statements

September 2016 - Employee Benefits

Total reward statements (TRS) are a simple and effective tool that employers can use to help staff appreciate the overall value of their employment package..

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Achieving real returns on wellbeing at work

September 2016 - Croneri

Wellbeing programmes at work such as those to encourage physical activity or healthier eating among staff, can be difficult to justify, particularly in challenging economic climates. Vicky Powell examines the returns on investment in workplace wellbeing programmes, looking at the evidence of such initiatives in terms of their impacts on organisations and employees..

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What is involved in a benefits feasibility study?

September 2016 - Employee Benefits

Any employer looking to introduce a new benefits package will need to build up a realistic picture of just what is involved. Ultimately, this will have to be collated by the business itself, but it will also require support from providers, advisers and consultants..

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IPT hike - A kick-start for healthcare trusts?

September 2016 - Corporate Adviser

The latest increase in ins­urance premium tax is scheduled for Oct­ober - taking the rate to 10 per cent from just 6 per cent a year ago - and many people think more rises will follow. As this tax pushes up the cost of providing medical insurance, the search for tax-efficient ways to deliver healthcare benefits has become much more pressing..

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Wellbeing programmes - show me the ROI

September 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Anyone who doubts that emp­loyee wellbeing is climbing the corporate agenda will find no shortage of statistical evidence to prove them wrong..

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75% of employers believe they are responsible for influencing employee health | Incentive & Motivation

September 2016 - Incentive and Motivation

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has found in its annual Benefits and Trends Survey that three-quarters of UK employers believe they are responsible for positively influencing employee health, yet many do not appear to be doing so in the most effective way..

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Mercer + Jelf: Planning for the future

September 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Just a few years ago many EBCs' approach to retirement planning was a select face-to-face advice proposition for those with big enough pots to merit it and an approved annuity supermarket bolted on for the rest.

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What will caring policies of the future look like?

September 2016 - Employee Benefits

Changing workplace cultures and employee demographics are having a significant effect on how caring policies will need to be formed in the future and what they should include..

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Aon expands DC team

September 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Aon is expanding its DC team with the appointment of Adam Hayes and Steven Leigh in response to increased demand from trustees..

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Insuring employee benefits? Be Act ready, Aon warns

10 September 2016 - CIR Magazine

Aon Employee Benefits says employers insuring employee benefits need to be ready for the Insurance Act 2015, which comes into effect on 12th August 2016. The Act replaces law that has been in place since 1906 and applies to all non-consumer insurance policies that incept, vary or renew on or after 12th August 2016.

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Aon survey shows two-thirds of UK employers don’t understand impact of employee health issues

30 August 2016 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that its 2016 EMEA Health Survey shows just 37% of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues. In addition, UK employers are less likely than others in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined health strategy (30% vs 40%).

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“Poorly Thought-Out Strategies” As Employers Favour Physical Wellbeing Over Mental

25 August 2016 - is4profit

UK employers are less likely than their Middle Eastern and African counterparts to have a defined employee health strategy.

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63% of employers say managing employee stress and mental health is top priority

24 August 2016 - xhilarate Office Massage

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of UK respondents say managing employee stress and mental health issues is their top priority, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits.

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Employee health issues misunderstood by businesses

23 August 2016 - Small Business

Just 37 per cent of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues, a study shows.

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UK employers less likely to have health strategy, according to report

23 August 2016 - Ashdown Group

A new study has revealed that UK employers are less likely than other firms in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined workplace health strategy, with just 37 per cent understanding the impact of their employees’ health issues.

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63% of employers say managing employee stress and mental health is top priority

22 August 2016 - Employee Benefits

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of UK respondents say managing employee stress and mental health issues is their top priority, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits.

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Do you understand the impact of your employees' health issues?

22 August 2016 - Change Board

UK companies are not implementing an effective health plan in the workplace. The solution? Look at the data.

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Majority of UK employers lack employee health strategy

22 August 2016 - CIR Magazine

Barely a third of employers in the UK fully understand the impact of their employee health issues. This is the conclusion of Aon's annual study of employee health across the EMEA region, which also claims that UK companies are less likely than their neighbours to have a defined health strategy.

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Two-thirds of employers don’t understand seriousness of health issues

22 August 2016 - Reward Guide

Research by Aon Employee Benefits in its 2016 EMEA Health Survey shows just 37% of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues. In addition, UK employers are less likely than others in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region to have a defined health strategy (30% vs 40%).

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UK employers lag on health strategy – Aon report

22 August 2016 - Corporate Adviser

UK employers are less likely to have a defined health strategy than their international peers and two-thirds do not understand the impact of employee health issues, according to new research.

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Two thirds of employers don’t understand impact of workplace health issues

22 August 2016 - Workplace Insight

A new study from Aon Employee Benefits claims that UK employers are less likely than other employers in the EMEA region to have a defined workplace health strategy with just 37 percent understanding the impact of their employees’ health issues.

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Only a third of businesses understand impact of employee health issues

22 August 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Just a third (37%) of UK employers understand the impact of their employee health issues, a survey suggests.

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Working to a ripe old age

9 August 2016 - Reward Guide

We are, as a population, living longer and retiring later. However, a greater number of older employees in the workplace brings its own set of challenges, as Sam Barrett reports.

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Businesses urged to prepare for the Insurance Act

2 August 2016 - Pay & Benefits Magazine

Employers insuring employee benefits need to get ready for changes to legislation, experts have advised.

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Aon warns that the new Insurance Act has big implications for employee benefits

2 August 2016 - HR Network Jobs

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says employers insuring employee benefits need to be ready for the Insurance Act 2015, which comes into effect from 12 August 2016. The Act replaces law that has been in place since 1906 and applies to all non-consumer insurance policies that incept, vary or renew on or after 12 August 2016.

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Insurance Act has big implications for employee benefits - Aon

2 August 2016 - Cover Magazine

Aon Employee Benefits has urged employers with employee benefits to be ready for the Insurance Act 2015, which comes into effect from 12 August 2016.

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Flexible & Online Benefits

WSB Awards 2016 - Shortlists published

17 June 2016 - Professional Pensions

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at London's Royal Garden Hotel on Thursday, 8th September 2016.

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The appeal of choice

14 June 2016 - Reward Guide

Staff overwhelmingly prefer to choose their own rewards from a range of offerings. Peter Crush looks at how the flexible benefit has now become the reward platform of choice.

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What is shaping employers’ flexible benefits strategies?

11 May 2016 - Employee Benefits

The information that can be used to inform a flexible benefits strategy is never a certain set of data and decisions. As the requirements of both employers and employees change over time, flex schemes must also evolve to meet these needs.

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Who says it's better to travel than arrive?

26 January 2016 - Reward

The average daily commute for Britons is now an hour and 38 minutes. Living further away from the office means the average cost of commuting is now £160 per month - or 21% of the average mortgage. "Despite all the talk about flexible working, employees feel like they're becoming more dependent on travel, and so with this is an increasing expectation that their employers should proactively help them with their travel costs," says Manesh Patel, senior consultant at AON Employee Benefits Centre of Excellence.

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What is driving employers' flexible benefits strategies?

9 December 2015 - Employee Benefits

In order to remain competitive in the battle for talent acquisition, many organisations review their employee benefits strategies to ensure they remain attractive to existing and prospective recruits, as well as fulfilling wider objectives around being seen as a responsible employer.

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What place does wearable technology have in workplace health strategies?

15 September 2015 - Employee Benefits

Wearable technologies have gained increasing traction in recent years, particularly with the much hyped launch of the Apple Watch in April. Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits shares his views.

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How to simplify your flexible benefits scheme

7 September 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Implementing or replacing a flexible benefits scheme is an intricate task. Aon Benefit Solutions commercial director Tobin Murphy-Coles shares his insights.

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Mortgages as an employee benefit

14 August 2015 - HR Magazine

In an active job market, employee benefits are attraction and retention battlegrounds. As firms compete to offer the most innovative schemes, there's a new kid on the benefits block. Martha How is a reward and benefits partner at Aon Employee Benefits. She likes the concept of mortgages as a benefit, and suggests it could be used in sectors such as technology and media, which have a high proportion of younger employees.

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How to build engagement with voluntary benefits

16 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Too often an employer will spend time and money implementing a voluntary benefits scheme only to treat it as a tick-box exercise and not pay it any more attention. Jenny Hard, senior communications manager at consultancy Aon, says: "It's all very well having these great discounts available, but if employees don't know about them then there's no point having them. It's about looking at the media channels [employers] can use."

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How to get buy-in from the finance director for flexible benefits

19 May 2015 - Employee Benefits

Flexible benefits can be perceived as costly schemes to implement, which is why HR and benefits professionals need to learn how to convince finance directors of the merits of such a strategy. Martha How, Reward Partner and Duncan Brown, Principle at Aon Employee Benefits give their advice.

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Employee Engagement: Captivated audience

30 June 2015 - Pay & Benefits

Engaging staff is a critical part of many corporate strategies. For Matt Duffy, Head of Online Consultancy at Aon, employee benefits are a critical part of the overall reward strategy.

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How to review your benefits programme

30 April 2015 - HR Magazine

Covering the key areas from offering choice and flexibility to eliciting feedback and measuring success, this is HR magazine's guide to creating an effective staff benefits scheme. Matt Duffy, head of online consultancy stresses the importance of measuring success.

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How effectively communicating cycle to work schemes can boost take-up

2 March 2015 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits senior benefit consultant Manesh Patel talks about our research into the impact having multiple windows - along with better communications - can have on take up of cycle to work schemes.

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How employers are using data to inform flexible benefits schemes

5 March 2015 - Employee Benefits

Manesh Patel, Senior Benefits Consultant at Aon Employee Benefits talks about how employers are using data to inform flexible benefits schemes.

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EB Connect to discuss global online benefits scheme surge

2 March 2015 - Employee Benefits

In a session at Employee Benefits Connect on 4 March entitled, 'Global online benefits: myth or reality?', Martha How, partner reward and benefits at Aon Consulting, will discuss their global prevalence and the different types of online benefits that work in different territories.

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UK employers underwhelmed by benefits communication

2 March 2015 - HR Grapevine

The findings from Aon Employee Benefits found that 65% of UK businesses are unhappy with the impact communication is having, while more than half (51%) plan to utilise online communication of benefits in the next year. Comments from Jon Bryant, Head of Online and Communication at Aon Employee Benefits.

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How to build a compelling business case for benefits

26 January 2015 - Employee Benefits

Many benefits professionals will be hoping that 2015 is the year in which they can successfully persuade their employers of the merits of implementing a new product or service to their organisation. Jon Bryant, area director for London at Aon Employee Benefits shares his advice.

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What will be hot in flex in 2015?

12 January 2015 - Employee Benefits

As another year begins, HR and employee reward teams will be reflecting on what has worked well in their flexible benefits schemes and looking ahead to what 2015 might bring to the broader flex arena. Jon Bryant, area director for London at Aon Employee Benefits shares his thoughts.

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Get prepared to choose-it-yourself

12 January 2015 - Rewards

Employers are constantly looking for ways to keep their staff motivated in the most cost-effective way and voluntary benefits have a crucial role to play. Matt Duffy, head of online benefits at Aon Employee Benefits gives his views.

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The metrics of rehab

December 2014 - Corporate Advisor

Demonstrating ROI on rehab services through standardised industry performance stats is complex - but it is a prize worth fighting for. Aon Employee Benefits head of group risk Matthew Lawrence gives his thoughts.

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63% say communication is key flex challenge

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Aon research: According to our Benefits and trends survey, 44% cite keeping flex plans fresh as a main challenge and just under two-thirds (63%) of respondents say that communicating with staff is also important when implementing effective flexible benefit schemes. Comments from Tobin Murphy-Coles, Commercial Director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Clear communication is biggest problem for flex schemes

November 2014 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Findings from Aon Employee Benefits report on Benefits and Trends with comments from Tobin Murphy-Coles, Commercial Director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Communication problems for implementing employee benefits

November 2014 - Cover Magazine

Employers are facing communication challenges when implementing flexible benefit schemes, a Benefits and Trends survey has found by Aon Employee Benefits. Comments from Tbin Murphy-Coles, Commercial Director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Top tips for choosing a flexible benefits provider

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Flexible benefits schemes have never been so popular, or so accessible. Matt Duffy, head of online consultancy at Aon Employee Benefits shares his tips for choosing a flexible benefits provider.

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Duncan Brown: Has flexible benefits had its day?

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Flex isn't dead, but it has been forced to evolve significantly. Duncan Brown, head of the UK performance, reward and talent consulting practice at Aon Employee Benefits writes exclusively in Employee Benefits magazine.

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Hyde Group to add new perks to flexible benefits

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

EXCLUSIVE: Aon Employee Benefits client The Hyde Group is to introduce a number of new flexible benefits during its next annual enrolment window to reflect staff preferences.

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Time-saving tips for benefits managers

September 2014 - Employee Benefits

Manesh Patel, senior benefit consultant at Aon Employee Benefits says employers can save time by opting for standard packages put together by consultancies using their own preferred suppliers.

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Total Reward Solutions

Pay and Benefits Reviews: A watchful eye

26 July 2016 - Pay & Benefits Magazine

Simon Kent examines how often pay and reward should be reviewed and advises that schemes should never be left unattended.

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Taking a top-down approach to pay

22 March 2016 - Reward Guide

As the gap between high earners and the low paid grows ever wider, Peter Crush looks at what strategies firms can adopt to ensure their entire workforce stays motivated.

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EY links global recognition programme to corporate values

23 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

EY has awarded its employees $1m through its global recognition programme, which connects its corporate values with the celebration of its workforce’s efforts and achievements. Martha How, reward partner at Aon Employee Benefits, said: “EY’s programme is a great example of recognition, rather than reward. It is business enhancing and so ticks a lot of boxes in my book.

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Evolution of occupational health part 4: employee wellbeing

20 February 2016 - Personnel Today

In the fourth and final part of our series on the evolution of occupational health, Nic Paton looks at the growth of employee wellbeing programmes and health benefits. Employers are now increasingly focused on prevention and intervention, rather than the costs of sickness absence and treatment.

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Infographic: What is included in employers' total reward statements?

13 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

An infographic outlining what is included in survey, November 2015) employers' total reward statements.(Source: Aon's Employee benefits and trends).

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Are employers returning to a paternalistic benefits approach?

30 November 2015 - Employee Benefits

This way of thinking is not relevant for today's workforces because it does not acknowledge two fundamental factors, says Martha How, reward partner at Aon Employee Benefits. "One is that people don't stay with the same employer for the whole of their lives and the old paternalism was predicated on defined benefit (DB) pension plans and healthcare plans. That disappeared in the 1970s.

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Analysis: Multigenerational workforces and employee benefits - time for a rethink?

29 November 2015 - Health Insurance Daily

A report earlier this year by Aon Employee Benefits' Martha How, Employee reward and benefits for multi-generation workforces: generalisations about generations, has argued that, while the principle of delivering benefits that work for each generation is sound enough, employers, insurers and benefit providers too often fall into the trap of assuming that what each generation "wants" or will be most interested in will be broadly the same.

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What's Driving Miss Daisy and The Need for Speed

8 November 2015 - HR Director

There are popular themes in current workforce planning thinking; the challenges of attracting, motivating and retaining "the millennials" and managing across generations, with the much-debated "widely-differing needs" forcing systematic stereotyping - the older employees, old fashioned, dodging change and resenting the use of social media, the younger workforce, glued to their mobiles; caring about fun, fitness and the environment; cash and career progression; hungry, instant, impatient and selfish. By Martha How, Reward Partner - Aon Employee Benefits

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How to strike the right balance between team and individual rewards

13 October 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Rewarding employees efficiently is a major hurdle for many corporations. Jackie Waller, principal reward consultant at Aon Employee Benefits recommends encouraging teams to work together rather than fostering competition.

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Defining and demystifying total reward

22 June 2015 - Employee Benefits

Martha How, partner, reward and benefits, at Aon Employee Benefits, believes education is the trick many employers are missing when it comes to communicating total reward to employees.

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Employer benefits: is this the end of total reward?

27 March 2015 - Personnel Today

Reward has reached a "critical fork in the road juncture" and companies need to move away from total reward towards smart reward, said the paper The Future of Reward Management by Duncan Brown and Martha How from consultancy firm Aon.

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Show me the money

2 January 2015 - People Management

Hard cash doesn't motivate us to work harder. Isn't it time we looked again at the way we reward people, whether that means greater democracy, less inequality or full salary transparency? Duncan Brown, principal, reward and talent at Aon Employee Benefits gives his views.

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How creative reward can drive innovation

3 February 2015 - People Management

If you want pioneering staff you need to rethink the way you incentivise them, says Duncan Brown, principle at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Is total reward dead?

December 2014 - Employee Benefits

Duncan Brown, head of the UK performance, reward and talent consulting practice and Martha How, reward partner at Aon Employee Benefits lead the discussions at Employee Benefits Live. How relevant is total reward for the current employee benefits landscape?

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Is benefits benchmarking still relevant?

December 2014 - Employee Benefits

The cost of doing so will be driven by factors such as the level of detail required. Martha How, reward partner at Aon Employee Benefits gives her views.

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The benefits of being a family-friendly employer

November 2014 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits reward partner Martha How talks to Workplace Savings and Benefits magazine about how employers can be more family friendly.

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How to reward those at the top of their game

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Our Employee Benefits/Aon 100 Club research shows that more than three-quarters of employers (76%) say pay helps to motivate staff. Reward must be different for expert employees to help keep them motivated.

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Talent wars: How to use reward effectively

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Benchmarking can help employers to differentiate themselves in competitive industries. As the UK economic recovery continues to pick up pace, so too are organisations' hiring intentions. Duncan Brown, principal at Aon Employee Benefits gives his view.

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Employee Benefits Live 2014 speaker slides

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Live 2014 speaker slides including Aon Employee Benefits session on the "demise of total reward".

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Motivation can drive productivity

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

Duncan Brown, a principal at Aon Employee Benefits says rewarding staff with bonuses has become more popular at all levels of organisations.

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HR needs to get back to its route purpose

October 2014 - People Management

Policy is trumping people all over the world, says Duncan Brown, head of the UK performance, reward and talent consulting practice at Aon Employee Benefits, and it's about time we practiced what we preach

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Total reward is dead

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

Total Reward is dead, according to Duncan Brown, head of the UK performance, reward and talent consulting practice at Aon, and Martha How, partner, reward and benefits at Aon. Speaking in a session on 'The demise of total reward' at Employee Benefits Live.

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Total reward is outdated

September 2014 - Employee Benefits

Martha How, partner at Aon Employee Benefits and Duncan Brown, head of the UK performance, reward and talent consulting practice at Aon Employee Benefits, will discuss why total reward is redundant as a philosophy, and the way forward for employers and employees globally at Employee Benefits Live on 24 September.

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Health, Risk & Wellbeing

How to determine which group risk benefits best suit an organisation

27 July 2016 - Employee Benefits

Group risk benefits continue to rise in popularity among employers. According to the Group watch 2016 report, published by Swiss Re in April 2016, 11.5 million people were members of group risk schemes at the end of 2015, a 3% increase in people covered from 2014. Offering group risk benefits to a workforce means employers play a key role in the protection of their employees and their families. But should employers offer their employees a more bespoke group risk provision, or is the one-size-fits-all approach best?

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David Walker: The relationship between health and employee performance

27 July 2016 - HR Review

Having recently attended REBA’s Employee Wellness conference, it became clear that the concept of ‘employee health in the workplace’ has become far more sophisticated in recent years. Future-thinking strategies are increasingly being implemented by businesses in order to improve both the physical and mental health of staff.

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Your Letters: Wearables can play a part in health strategies

26 July 2016 - Pay & Benefits Magazine

Corporates should take note of the enormous potential of wearable technology for the workplace, particularly for employee health.

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Local, global or regional – what’s best for overseas healthcare?

11 July 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Sourcing overseas healthcare cover locally can save on costs, while global plans are more straightforward to deliver. But employers are increasingly opting for regional plans, says Sam Barrett.

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What oral health can reveal about an employee’s health and wellbeing

27 June 2016 - Employee Benefits

Dental health is one of the things many people take for granted, only visiting the dentist when something has gone wrong. Yet, for employers, this attitude can be problematic because leaving the diagnosis of conditions too late can mean more appointments in the long run and potentially result in extended time off work.

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How to align financial, physical and emotional wellbeing

20 June 2016 - Employee Benefits

At some point most of us have struggled to make our salary last from one pay day to the next. But, for many employees, financial worries can have a significant effect on their health and wellbeing, with serious implications for employers.

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Let’s prepare for the worst

7 June 2016 - Reward Guide

Medical insurance policies are a perennially popular benefit offering, but are best placed as part of a broader strategy of promoting staff wellbeing, explains Nick Martindale.

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Aon says rising costs for PMI could make it an elite benefit

May 2016 - Personnel Today

Aon Employee Benefits, says rising costs associated with Private Medical Insurance (PMI) are creating pressure on HR and employers to find extra budget, without seeing any further advantages for staff. This raises the question of whether increases from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), medical inflation and the impact of high cost cancer treatment will make employers question the affordability of PMI arrangements altogether.

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Analysis: Group critical illness - back in the spotlight?

31 May 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Critical illness cover is an employee benefit that sometimes doesn't get the attention it deserves. But a new proposition on the market could put it back in the spotlight, as Sam Barrett reports.

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Smart tech: making employees safer and more productive

31 May 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Mobile apps and wearable technologies such as Apple Watch motivate employees, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

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Limited budgets greatest challenge to wellness programmes at work

25 May 2016 - Workplace Insight

Sixty-five per cent of respondents in a new survey across Europe, the Middle East and Africa claim that stress and mental health are the health and wellness issues they are most concerned about.

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It doesn’t have to cost the earth

24 May 2016 - Reward Guide

Healthier employees are happier and more productive. But, while it’s possible to spend thousands of pounds giving them access to everything from health screenings to mindfulness sessions, some of the most effective wellness initiatives can be incredibly low cost.

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93% recognise link between health and employee performance

24 May 2016 - Employee Benefits

The majority (93%) of employer-respondents across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) believe there is a correlation between health and employee performance, according to research by Aon.

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How can data from group risk products help form a strategy?

24 May 2016 - Employee Benefits

HR and benefits professionals are coming under increasing pressure to make better use of big data and analytics in order to make better decisions in areas such as talent, reward and engagement.

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How to build a 21st-century total reward strategy

23 May 2016 - Employee Benefits

An effective total reward strategy can encourage employees to stay loyal in a competitive jobs market. As Colin Miller, reward manager at Kent County Council, says: “The balance of power moves to the employer in a recession; people don’t feel they can up sticks and move on."

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Reward Live: Day two highlights

12 May 2016 - Reward Guide

Following a great first day, we had another amazing set of speakers. From award-winning strategies and financial education, to the gender pay gap and salary sacrifice – Reward Live 2016 covered it all!

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Shape shifting – From PMI broker to consultant

11 May 2016 - Corporate Adviser

A move from broking towards true consultancy can help grow your PMI business – and that, says Sam Barrett, will probably involve using a more diverse range of products and services.

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How employers are embracing a preventative approach to health and wellbeing

5 May 2016 - Professional Pensions

Employers are increasingly realising they have a responsibility to change employee behaviours around health and wellbeing. Nick Martindale looks at the steps they can take.

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Group life under threat from lifetime allowance

16 March 2016 - Corporate Adviser

April’s £1m pensions lifetime allowance poses serious questions about the tax efficiency of group life arrangements for high earners. This year’s Budget could make the situation even more uncertain, finds Edmund Tirbutt.

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Wellness strategies should be driven by data

4 March 2016 - Pay & Benefits Magazine

Almost 40% of employers do not use data to underpin health and wellbeing strategies, according to a survey from Aon Employee Benefits.

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Wellness initiatives hindered by lack of health analytics

3 March 2016 - BDaily

UK employers may want to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees by introducing wellness initiatives, but many of these will fail to deliver significant results because of a lack of health data about their employees, says Adrian Lewis, commercial director at Activ Absence.

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Wellness initiatives hindered due to lack of employee health analytics

3 March 2016 - HR Zone

UK employers may want to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees by introducing wellness initiatives, but many of these will fail to deliver significant results because of a lack of health data about their employees.

A new survey from Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc recently found that nearly 40 per cent of employers don’t use any data to drive corporate health and wellbeing strategies or target costs. This is in spite of increasing numbers of employers wanting to understand the health risks affecting their employees.

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Aon Benefits and Trends Survey shows nearly 40% of employers drive Health & Wellbeing strategy without a clear view

29 February 2016 - HR & Charity News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has found in its annual Benefits and Trends survey that nearly 40 percent of employers do not use any data to drive corporate health and wellbeing strategies or target costs. The survey also showed, however, that increasing numbers of employers want to understand health risks affecting their employee population.

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Nearly 40 percent of employers drive Health & Wellbeing strategy without a clear view

24 February 2016 - HRDirector

Aon Employee Benefits has found in its annual Benefits and Trends survey that nearly 40 percent of employers do not use any data to drive corporate health and wellbeing strategies or target costs. The survey also showed, however, that increasing numbers of employers want to understand health risks affecting their employee population.

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What is included in a global wellbeing strategy?

24 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

What is included in a global wellbeing strategy? Aon’s Global benefits survey 2015: a European perspective, published in June 2015, found that only 41% of European multinational employers have a documented global health and wellbeing strategy in place. Read more or download the report now.

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Employers failing to maximise potential of health and wellbeing data, survey shows

24 February 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Aon research suggests businesses could be missing a trick. Nearly 40% of UK employers do not use any data to drive corporate health and wellbeing strategies or target costs, according to a survey carried out by Aon Employee Benefits.

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Counting the cost of an unexpected tax

24 February 2016 - Reward

The increase in insurance premium tax (IPT) from 6% to 9.5%, announced in the July Budget, took the industry by surprise. Rachel Western, principal at Aon Employee Benefits, says this has been a particular issue when PMI is offered under a flexible benefits arrangement. “Many corporates are considering whether the increases are applied to individual premium (P11D) costs or absorbed at a corporate level,” she says.

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Where does responsibility lie for choosing the level of cover in death-in-service benefits?

23 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

This is the part of the life assurance equation that Matt Lawrence, head of broking, health and risk proposition at Aon Employee Benefits, believes should solely lay with employers. Organisations need to continually educate staff about complex benefits, particularly as employees’ personal circumstances and priorities change. “Employers need to keep communication going with staff to find out more about them and their needs to raise appreciation and engagement,” says Lawrence.

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Employers affect employee health but lack financial backing

27 January 2016 - Professional Pensions

Employers affect employee health but lack financial backing. Three-quarters (75%) of employers believe they are responsible for positively influencing employee health.. However, AonEmployeeBenefits annual Benefits and Trends Survey for 2015 revealed 72% lacked a specific employee health budget.

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Cost of employer-funded medical plans to rise by 9.1% this year

18 January 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Businesses urged to help employees understand their health risks. The average cost of employer-sponsored medical plans globally will rose by 9.1% in 2016, Aon Hewitt has projected. This is 5.5 percentage points higher than the global average projected inflation rate of 3.6%.The figures reflect the medical trend expectations of employer-sponsored medical plans in 90 countries.

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Global Medical Cost increases 2.5 times higher than inflation

15 January 2016 - HRDirector

A new report from Aon plc (NYSE: AON), estimates that the average cost increases for employer-sponsored medical plans globally will be 9.1% in 2016. This is 5.5%age points higher than the global average projected inflation rate of 3.6%. In the UK, the increase in the costs of employer-sponsored plans is expected to rise by 9.3%.

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How to build a solid health and wellbeing strategy

14 January 2016 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits principal Rachel Western believes they will need to offer employers a greater degree of personalisation, to help meet the needs of their specific workforce. "Bespoke, structured cash plans offer a more realistic option as far as health and wellbeing strategies are concerned than standard cash plans do," she says, adding that providers must also develop closer relationships with other health services.

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Global Medical Cost increases in 2016 expected to be 2.5 times higher than general inflation

14 January 2016 - Bloomberg Business

A new report from Aon estimates that the average cost increases for employer-sponsored medical plans globally will be 9.1 percent in 2016. This is 5.5 percentage points higher than the global average projected inflation rate of 3.6 percent.

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Global Medical Cost's may be 2.5 times higher than inflation

14 January 2016 - Actuarial Post

A new report from Aon, estimates that the average cost increases for employer-sponsored medical plans globally will be 9.1 percent in 2016. Carl Redondo, leader of Aon's Global Benefits practice in the UK, said: "The UK is one of the worst performing markets with higher medical inflation than the European and Global averages. The pressure on the UK's National Health Service is driving significant growth in the private healthcare sector. In particular the cost of employer sponsored medical plans continues to grow rapidly and is outstripping the medical inflation seen in other European economies."

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Cost of global employer-funded health plans to increase by 9.1%

14 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

Average cost increases for global employer-funded medical plans are expected to reach 9.1% this year, according to research by Aon. Carl Redondo, leader of Aon's global benefits practice in the UK, added: "In-depth analytics can inform an employer of its own particular risks versus the market in general. Trends in claim patterns can quickly allow employers to target the most effective mitigating actions."

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Infographic: What global wellness programmes do employers commonly provide?

11 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

An infographic on commonly provided global wellness programmes. (Source: Aon 2016 Global medical trend rates, November 2015).

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How to address local healthcare needs across a global workforce

11 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

Most international firms will have a global strategy but allow local regions to bespoke this, says Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and health and risk proposition at Aon Employee Benefits. "The key health and wellbeing issues - cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes and mental health - are the same everywhere but, when you come down to a country level, differences such as healthcare provision, regulation and culture will affect what an organisation can offer its employees," he explains.

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Global PMI cost increases forecast to be 2.5 x higher than inflation

8 January 2016 - Cover

The average cost increases for employer-sponsored private medical insurance plans globally will be 9.1 percent in 2016 - higher than the global average projected inflation rate of 3.6%, according to Aon.

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Smart group risk tech, smarter brokers

18 December 2015 - HR Grapevine

Aon Employee Benefits head of broking and proposition for health and risk Matthew Lawrence says: "The exciting part is there is so much more to come. Considering the developments in digital diagnostic tools, digital platforms to connect all stakeholders in the health chain, next-generation wearables or online support networks for coaching individuals with different needs, the opportunities to rethink the traditional model of health and wellbeing seem limitless."

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Guide to Employee Benefits

18 December 2015 - HR Grapevine

Aon Employee Benefits says its latest study from Martha How, Reward Partner, suggests current practice into generational segmentation is too simplistic and not necessarilt supportive of employee and employer needs.

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Benefits trends Survey 2015 summary

16 December 2015 - HR Director

A UK-wide Benefits and Trends Survey from Aon Employee Benefits shows that three-quarters of UK employers believe they are responsible for positively influencing employee health, yet many do not appear to be doing so in the most effective way. Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for Health and Risk at Aon Employee Benefits, said: "It has long been accepted that a healthy and engaged workforce is a more productive workforce. There are some positives in this year's survey outcomes, as well as elements we can learn from too. The fact that employers are increasingly recognising that good employee health is important and that they know they have a central role in positively influencing employee lifestyle and behavioural risks, is encouraging. We know too, that 19 percent of employers intend to introduce a specific budget to focus on health and wellbeing within the next three years."

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75% of employers take responsibility for staff health

16 December 2015 - HR Grapevine

Three quarters of UK companies believe that they are accountable for their workers' wellbeing, according to a new survey. Aon's Benefits and Trends Survey 2015 uncovered that whilst many employers feel responsible for influencing their staff body's health, many do not appear to be doing so in an effective way. 75% of businesses say that they believe themselves to be accountable, yet 72% of them do not currently have a specific budget allocated to wellbeing, and 38% do not use any data or analytics to inform their schemes.

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Employers 'responsible for influencing employee health'

16 December 2015 - Health Insurance Daily

Three-quarters (75%) of UK employers believe they are responsible for positively influencing employee health, yet many do not appear to be doing so in the most effective way. Aon Employee Benefits' annual Benefits and Trends Survey found 72% of employers do not currently have a specific budget for changing employees' health and wellbeing behaviours.

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If something happened to me…

15 December 2015 - Reward

Group life insurance is vitally important to an employee's family rather than the staff member themselves, which may be why it is often so unappreciated. With Christmas approaching fast, many employers might be thinking of buying gifts for their staff (and even their families), as a thank you for their hard work over the year. Yet plenty already provide a significant but often undervalued benefit in the form of group life cover, which protects a person's family should they die in service. According to Aon's benefits and trends survey, 88% of employers provide this type of cover for at least some of their staff, while GRiD estimates offering a basic level for all staff could cost as little as 0.5% of payroll.

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Employers affect employee health but lack financial backing

15 December 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Three-quarters (75%) of employers believe they are responsible for positively influencing employee health. However, Aon Employee Benefits annual Benefits and Trends Survey for 2015 revealed 72% lacked a specific employee health budget.

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Sickness absence - five essential factors

14 December 2015 - Reward

"Younger staff are growing up with the idea of the quantified self, wearable technology and the metrics of wellbeing. They come into the workforce with an expectation that this will be tracked in a place of work" Steve Hackett, Aon Employee Benefits.

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How to build a solid health and wellbeing strategy

10 December 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits principal Rachel Western believes they will need to offer employers a greater degree of personalisation, to help meet the needs of their specific workforce. "Bespoke, structured cash plans offer a more realistic option as far as health and wellbeing strategies are concerned than standard cash plans do," she says, adding that providers must also develop closer relationships with other health services.

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ROI from better benchmarks

6 October 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Aon Employee Benefits head of broking and proposition for health and risk Matthew Lawrence says: "The real innovation will come from the technology world and the support it offers individuals to live healthier lives and manage medical conditions when appropriate.

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Take the Cinderella perk to the ball

29 September 2015 - Reward

Critical illness cover is a crucial benefit, but many staff do not even realise they have it. "For many employers the current benefit programme is likely to have been borne out of evolution and circumstance rather than the result of a cohesive, informed strategy," says Mark Witte, principal of Aon Employee Benefits.

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Monitoring mental health in the workplace

4 September 2015 - HR Magazine

There is growing interest among businesses in monitoring employees' mental health. A study by Aon Employee Benefits put mental health as one of the four main risks affecting insurance claims, along with cancer, heart problems and musculoskeletal conditions.

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The cover you hope you'll never need

3 August 2015 - Reward

Group risk policies often fail to include critical illness protection, even though this can be a valuable, cost-effective benefit for staff that sets an employer apart from its competitors. Mark Witte, principal at Aon Employee Benefits comments.

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Are group risk benefits relevant to younger employees?

28 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Group risk benefits are often perceived as being better suited to certain age demographics, rather than an entire workforce. But the reality is, with state benefits being withdrawn and employees living and working longer, group risk benefits have never been more relevant to all staff. In particular, these issues make younger employees the most important age group to insure. Matthew Lawrence, head of broking at Aon Employee Benefits, says: "Communication needs to educate employees and raise awareness of what these benefits are and how they work in an event of something happening. It is really about showing to the workforce that, as an organisation, it cares about employees of all ages."

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Group risk in numbers

28 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Facts and figures relating to group risk benefits provision over the past year that highlight the issues and trends affecting employers and their workforces. 70%: the percentage of employers that would not be prepared to reduce benefits to maintain and reduce insurance premium costs (Source: Aon's Benefits and trends survey, October 2014)

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Where should group risk sit in a health and wellbeing strategy?

14 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Group risk benefits are a key piece of an employer's health and wellbeing package. But how should they be promoted to staff? With three-quarters (75%) of employers not being able to identify or manage known employee health risks, according to Aon's annual Benefits and trends survey, published in October 2014, it's clearly important for employers to do more to improve their own understanding of group risk, as well as employees' understanding.

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Monitoring mental health in the workplace

24 June 2015 - HR Magazine

There is growing interest among businesses in monitoring employees' mental health. But who is responsible for this? And how best to achieve it without intruding into personal lives? A study by Aon Employee Benefits put mental health as one of the four main risks affecting insurance claims.

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Group risk: In sickness…and in health

11 May 2015 - Reward

Managing sickness absence is key to a productive workforce, and yet many companies neglect their monitoring strategies. Matthew Lawrence, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits says "It is widely accepted that for certain conditions, such as mental health, early engagement is key."

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MEC UK improves employee wellbeing and motivation

11 June 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits clients, media advertising agency MEC UK has seen its staff health and wellbeing, productivity and motivation all improve in the first year of launching its 'Smarter Working' initiative. MEC were highly commended for Most motivational benefits at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015.

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How employers can boost employees' emotional resilience

30 April 2015 - Employee Benefits

Mental wellbeing is currently the talk of the corporate town, with mindfulness having become one of the latest tools with which employers are striving to help staff manage their stress levels. Charles Alberts, a senior consultant at Aon Employee Benefits, says: "The vital part is not only personal resilience, but also organisational culture.

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Managing cancer in the workplace

27 April 2015 - Personnel Today

Leading employers Hewlett Packard and Lend Lease are showing how organisations can take a proactive approach to managing cancer in the workplace. Stephen Hackett, Head of Health and Risk at Aon Employee Benefits discusses why this is necessary.

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Aon Employee Benefits boosts health risk modelling tool

13 March 2015 - Health Insurance Daily

Aon Employee Benefits has developed a modelling tool which it claims will help companies to understand potential future benefit expenditure and to put in place strategies to help control health risk costs. Comments from Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon launches health risk forecaster

12 March 2015 - Cover

The Risk Forecaster analyses and quantifies health data and premium trends then is able to project future premium costs as well as providing performance benchmarks. Comments from Matthew Lawrence, head of broking and proposition for health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits.

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More ways to cover

September 2014 - Corporate Adviser

Personal accident, key person cover and short-term sick pay solutions should all form part of the holistic risk adviser's toolkit argues Edmund Tirbutt, with contribution from Aon client director John Russell Smith.

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Put your best foot forward

31 March 2015 - Reward

Nowadays healthcare benefits for staff with wellbeing programmes that aim to prevent illness and improve productivity and motivation. Matthew Lawrence, head of broking at Aon Employee Benefits, says the most effective health and wellbeing strategies are usually bespoke to the workforce's health risks.

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Older workers come of age

19 January 2015 - Reward

People are living longer and choosing to retire later. Keeping their skills and experience is a boon for firms, but managing an ageing workforce brings challenges. John Puddephatt, principal at Aon Employee Benefits comments.

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The ABC of maternity leave

December 2014 - HR Grapevine

When an employee announces their pregnancy it can make for a period of uncertainty and worry. John Puddephatt, Principle at Aon Employee Benefits gives his advice on the arrangements, barriers and communications needed to ensure your business is not affected.

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Motivation versus enforcement: how to create a healthy workforce

December 2014 - Employee Benefits

Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits talks about how to create a healthy workforce

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App to the future for PMI tech

December 2014 - Corporate Adviser

Are health apps and smart technology about to revolutionise the PMI market. Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits thinks we're not quite there yet.

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Mental Health and Workplace Stress

November 2014 - Reward Guide

Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits says training line managers to recognise the warning signs of mental health and workplace stress is sensible.

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75% do not identify or manage staff health risks

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

Aon research: Three-quarters of respondents do not identify and manage known employee health risks, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits. Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits discusses the findings.

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Companies under pressure to reduce health benefits costs

October 2014 - HR Magazine

Almost half (49%) of companies are under pressure to reduce short-term costs on employee health benefits, according to Benefits and Trends research by Aon Employee Benefits. Comments from Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits

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Increase in companies offering employee-paid health benefits

October 2014 - Cover Magazine

The Aon Employee Benefits annual Benefits and Trends Survey found UK employers are not managing employee health risks. Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits gave his views.

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Healthcare packages make a comeback

November 2014 - Reward Guide

Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits, says companies need to analyse management information from every benefit, ranging from PMI and critical illness to occupational health provisions.

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Cancer in the workplace

October 2014 - Personnel Today

Cancer is one of the major health risks facing employers at the moment. Stephen Hackett, head of health and risk at Aon Employee Benefits, asks what employers can do to support the 560,000 people living with cancer in the workforce today.

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Adapting to the ageing workforce

September 2014 - Corporate Adviser

The UK's rapidly ageing workforce presents challenges and opportunities for health and wellbeing professionals. Aon Employee Benefits head of health and risk Stephen Hackett shares his views.

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Pension & Auto-enrolment

COMMUNICATIONS Need to know

24 May 2016 - Pensions World

Make sure your employees are aware of the value of their company pension scheme, says financial journalist Allison Plager.

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Secondary AE market: different drivers second time around – CA round table

9 May 2016 - Corporate Adviser

The end of commission has changed the GPP rebroking market forever. But that does not mean a secondary market will not persist and continue to evolve. JOHN LAPPIN reports.

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Lifetime Isa: Looking Osborne’s Trojan horse in the mouth – CA round table

9 May 2016 - Corporate Adviser

The Lifetime Isa is both a powerful tool for attracting younger employees and a significant challenge to existing pension offerings. JOHN LAPPIN sees interest and unease in equal measure in the Chancellor’s new model.

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Is Bristol is heading for a pension time-bomb?

8 March 2016 - Bristol Post

BRISTOL is heading for a pensions crisis with residents putting 50per cent less than the rest of the UK in to their retirement funds, new research claims.

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Ian McKenna: Why payroll is a natural route to employee communication

5 May 2016 - Corporate Adviser

From Airbnb to Uber, digital services continue to influence almost every aspect of our lives. So where will the challenges come from for corporate advisers and employee benefit consultants?

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UK Pensions Awards 2016 - Shortlists published

26 February 2016 - Professional Pensions

This year's UK Pensions Awards have been rigorously judged by a panel of 34 senior scheme managers, trustees and advisers.

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Pensions Age Awards 2016 - winners announced

26 February 2016 - Pensions Age

The winners of the annual Pensions Age Awards were announced last night at a gala ceremony in London.

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Pensions Age Awards 2016 - winners announced

26 February 2016 - Pension Age

Aon Employee Benefits wins At-retirement Solutions Provider of the Year Award for Bigblue Touch 4life.

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Entering the matrix: Taking pension tech to the next level

11 January 2016 - Pensions Expert

Any other business: Apple's string of acquisitions over recent months are pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence in the drive to get closer to consumers - but where does the pensions industry rank in the digital journey? Debbie Falvey, senior consultant at Aon Hewitt, said the dashboard "ought to work", but tools enabling more holistic oversight of their financial circumstances are more useful to savers. There is a drive for products… [that] aggregate assets onto a platform and enable a single view - of which pensions is just one part," she said.

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Delay to AE contribution rises could confuse SMEs

31 December 2015 - Pay & Benefits

The delay to auto-enrolment (AE) contribution increases could discourage small employers from preparing to stage, it has been claimed. Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits, said: "Many employers are already leaving things too late, so anything that discourages them from pressing on with the job in hand would not be helpful."

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Think auto-enrolment duties are over? Think again

23 December 2015 - Changeboard

Pensions and auto-enrolment are rarely out of the headlines these days. But why? By Clare Abrahams, head of auto enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Annuities are not dead they're just sleeping

8 December 2015 - Pensions Expert

Surveys indicate a significant majority of defined contribution members want steady income in retirement, but just never call it an annuity. So how will they achieve that? Source: Aon research with Cass Business School in 2014.

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Will recent equity market volatility have a positive effect on DGFs?

24 November 2015 - Pensions Expert

Aon's James Monk discusses how unpredictable equity markets will affect DGFs, in the first of a three-part roundtable series.

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How does the use of DGFs differ between DB and DC portfolios?

24 November 2015 - Pensions Expert

Aon's James Monk reviews how DB and DC schemes use DGFs in different ways, in the second part of this roundtable.

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What are the keys to selecting the right manager?

24 November 2015 - Pensions Expert

Aon's James Monk discusses the characteristics that combine to make a successful DGF manager, in the final part of this roundtable series.

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Why firms should take interest in their staff pensions

21 October 2015 - South West Business

Are you doing enough to make sure your staff will have a happy retirement? Gavin Thompson reports on what is the role of the employer in pensions today and in the future...

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The problems facing AVCs in a post-DB world

14 October 2015 - Professional Pensions

All trustees should be reviewing to prove they have something that is fit for purpose and offering their members good value for money. This is not an easy job, but The Pensions Regulator makes it clear that AVC offerings should also be reviewed by trustees. Aon EmployeeBenefits DC Proposition Lead Debbie Falvey comments.

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Is the Fit for Work service working for employers?

13 October 2015 - Employee Benefits

There are some concerns about the nature of the service being delivered. Mark Witte, principal at Aon Employee Benefits, points to the experience that some of his employer clients have had with independent occupational health providers.

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Auto enrolment - a happy third birthday?

8 October 2015 - Actuarial Post

Clare Abrahams, head of auto enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits, warns that auto-enrolment challenges remain, even while the Government will be celebrating success on its third birthday.

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Aon says challenges remain for auto-enrolment as it passed third birthday

8 October 2015 - Bloomberg

Clare Abrahams, head of auto enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits has warned that while there was much to celebrate as auto-enrolment passed its third birthday, challenges remain - notably the prospect of getting a further 10 million employees through the process.

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I auto enrolled and all I got was this lousy fiat

2 October 2015 - FT Adviser

Headlines generated by the sweeping changes of pension freedom have made many equate retirement savings pots with sports cars. Clare Abrahams, head of auto enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits points out that larger firms are in fact facing 'cyclical automatic re-enrolment'.

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Why pensions education is vital

2 October 2015 - HR Magazine

Even employers with contract-based schemes who do have the resources to focus on pension education can be easily put off by fears of being accused of giving personal financial planning advice, when they are only permitted to provide generic guidance. Debbie Falvey, defined contribution (DC) proposition leader at Aon Employee Benefits, says: "A lot of employers are so worried they take 10 steps back. They can give information but they must think about how they are giving it, and how they are controlling it, and whether they are giving risk warnings at the right time."

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Biggest challenges lie ahead in auto-enrolment

30 September 2015 - Business Post

MILLIONS more employees now have workplace pensions thanks to auto-enrolment, but as the countdown begins for many smaller firms the biggest challenges lay ahead. Martin Parish, Bristol-based area director of Aon Employee Benefits gives his input.

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Making pensions punchy

18 September 2015 - HR Magazine

Top technologies for amping up your pensions communications strategy. "Gamification done right is without doubt capturing employers' imaginations," says Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon launches online retirement platform

14 September 2015 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits has launched an online retirement platform, Bigblue Touch 4life, to give scheme members access to freedom and choice.

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Aon launches online retirement platform to deliver freedoms

14 September 2015 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits has launched an online retirement platform, Bigblue Touch 4life, to give scheme members access to freedom and choice.

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Three-in-one retirement products around the corner

7 September 2015 - Pensions Insight

Before the introduction of the freedom and choice legislation at-retirement provision for defined contribution schemes members was straightforward - providers simply needed to provide access to the best value annuity. But now members can choose how they use their pension pots, scheme providers now have to find a suitable alternative solution. Debbie Falvey, DC Proposition Lead shares her views.

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TPR teams up with Aon to target AE guidance at small firms

26 August 2015 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits has worked with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to produce a series of videos designed to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) understand their auto-enrolment obligations.

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TPR and Aon team up for video advice on AE

26 August 2015 - Pensions Age

The Pensions Regulator has worked with Aon Employee Benefits to produce a series of videos designed to give advice to SMEs on fulfilling their auto-enrolment duties.

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IGCs: A new frontier for governance

21 May 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Independent governance committees are now a reality. Ryan Taylor, senior DC investment consultant says IGCs may in fact help to champion the use of active management and other higher-cost investments where the rewards justify the charge.

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Good pensions start with contribution levels and communication standards

19 May 2015 - Reward

It was a healthy debate at last week's Reward Live, when the great and the good in pension were gathered to discuss 'what good looks like', with the consensus being that employers need to do a lot more to make their pensions better. Martin Parish, Area Director at Aon Employee Benefits was on the panel.

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Fines for auto-enrolment non-compliance set to surge

15 June 2015 - FT Adviser

Aon Employee Benefits has predicted a surge in escalating penalty notices from The Pensions Regulator to tackle auto-enrolment non-compliance. Head of auto-enrolment Clare Abrahams said that non-compliance comes with consequences and only now that is becoming clear to many employers.

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Mandate overview: 15 June

15 June 2015 - Pensions Age

Denplan has chosen to use Aon's auto-enrolment solution for its members - none of which have yet reached their auto-enrolment staging date. Aon's Littleblue 2go will help to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as micro-employers with a pension solution which can significantly ease the burden of complying with the auto-enrolment regulations.

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Dentists opt for Aon's Littleblue 2go

11 June 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Aon's Littleblue 2go auto-enrolment solution has been selected by Denplan as a preferred solution option for its 6,500 member dentists across the country.

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Dentist multi-employer specialist to auto-enrol with Aon's Littleblue 2go

10 June 2015 - Professional Pensions

The dental industry's multi-employer specialist Denplan has selected Aon Employee Benefit's Littleblue 2go solution for auto-enrolment (AE). The organisation, which has over 6,500 member dentists, will see the majority of its employers begin AE from January next year.

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REWARD LIVE 15: Pension problems and perspectives

24 April 2015 - Reward

Join Aon Employee Benefits Martin Parish, who will be discussing how employers should go about picking the right pension scheme for their workforce at Reward Live 2015.

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The future of pensions and savings: Q&A

10 April 2015 - Pensions Insight

Debbie Falvey, DC proposition leader at Aon Employee Benefits, answers some essential questions on the future of workplace savings

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Is independence always the best course?

9 April 2015 - Pensions Insight

Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) are tasked with representing members of contract-based schemes' best interests. They will play a vital role after April 2015 when they are expected to become law – protecting consumers who are not necessarily interested in pensions. Reward and Aon Employee Benefits have published a need-to-know guide to the pension freedoms - download the guide here

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The pensions party no one came to

9 April 2015 - Reward

The pensions freedoms came into force with a whimper rather than a bang, but the government still has work to do if it wants to keep people from making bad decisions. Reward has teamed up with Aon Employee Benefits to produce a complete need-to-know guide to all the recent pension changes.

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Independent Governance Committees

8 April 2015 - Reward

Set up as a result of an Office of Fair Trading report, IGCs are intended to improve contract pension scheme governance, but employers still have a role to play. Reward and Aon Employee Benefits have published a need-to-know guide to the pension freedoms - to find out more, and download the guide, click here.

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Charge cap – the other April story

7 April 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Ian McKenna talks about Bigblue Touch: "If you look at what Aon has done with Bigblue Touch, it has outsourced the investment and admin to BlackRock; it has a very impressive technology layer in it as well. It will have a product that will compare very well in the manufacturing space.

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Charge cap – the other April story

7 April 2015 - Money Marketing

Ian McKenna talks about Bigblue Touch: "If you look at what Aon has done with Bigblue Touch, it has outsourced the investment and admin to BlackRock; it has a very impressive technology layer in it as well. It will have a product that will compare very well in the manufacturing space.

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In-depth guide to retirement and pensions changes

5 March 2015 - Reward

Reward, in association with Aon Employee Benefits, has created a need-to-know guide to the forthcoming changes to pensions and retirement. This guide explains the key pension changes that will affect both HR directors and their employees over the coming months. Download now.

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TPR U-turn on pension signposting provokes concerns from industry

6 March 2015 - Pensions Age

The U-turn on pension signposting by the Pensions Regulator has been greeted by the industry as the 'right' decision to make, but at the expense of the success of auto-enrolment. Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits comments.

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Aon partners with Blackrock to launch new DC pension

4 March 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits has partnered with Blackrock to launch a new defined contribution (DC) pensions scheme. The product, Bigblue Touch, combines Aon's Bigblue technology with Blackrock's investment and administration services. Comments from Debbie Falvey, Head of DC Proposition at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon Hewitt launches DC scheme in partnership with Blackrock

4 March 2015 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits has partnered with Blackrock to launch a new defined contribution (DC) pensions scheme. The product, Bigblue Touch, combines Aon's Bigblue technology with Blackrock's investment and administration services. Comments from Debbie Falvey, Head of DC Proposition at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon launches Bigblue DC scheme with BlackRock

3 March 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Aon Employee Benefits has launched a DC pension scheme proposition that combines its Bigblue Touch financial aggregation tool with BlackRock's investment and administration services. Comments from Debbie Falvey, Head of DC Proposition at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon launch marks 'fundamental realignment' of DC pensions market

3 March 2015 - Money Marketing

Employee Benefits firm Aon has partnered with BlackRock to launch a contract-based defined contribution pension scheme for savers pre and post-retirement. The Bigblue Touch scheme can be used for building up a pension pot through auto-enrolment and as a post-retirement fund for customers who want to stay invested. Comments from Debbie Falvey, Head of DC Proposition at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon launches Bigblue DC scheme with BlackRock

3 March 2015 - Money Marketing

Aon Employee Benefits has launched a DC pension scheme proposition that combines its Bigblue Touch financial aggregation tool with BlackRock's investment and administration services. Comments from Debbie Falvey, Head of DC Proposition at Aon Employee Benefits.

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UK Pensions Awards 2015 – Shortlists published

19 February 2015 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits shortlisted for Technology Innovation of the Year at the UK Pension Awards 2015.

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Businesses urged to review AE options

23 February 2015 - Pay & Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits suggested that the anniversary, which requires businesses to re-enrol employees who initially opted out of AE, could be a good point to reassess their current procedures and providers. Comments from Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits.

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First re-enrolments are coming up fast

23 February 2015 - HR Director

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that many major employers will need to review their options as they approach the three-year anniversary of their auto-enrolment staging date and move through the re-enrolment process. Comments from Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Rigorous project management looms for firms entering auto re-enrolment – Aon

23 February 2015 - Pensions Age

Employers should be prepared for extensive project management as they enter the first 'cyclical automatic re-enrolment', Aon Employee Benefits has warned. Comments from Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Pensions: The truth behind the headlines

19 February 2015 - People Management

Boosting workplace saving ought to be a win-win scenario for businesses. But as People Management's calculations show, we've still got a long way to go. Comments from Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Franchises must act now on pensions auto-enrolment

12 January 2015 - Elite Business

Auto-enrolment pensions will soon roll out to all companies with between 30 and 50 staff. Franchises have much to consider to make sure they don't fall foul of the new regulation. Clare Abrahams, Head of Auto-enrolment at Aon Employee Benefits gives her advice.

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Pensions salary sacrifice: what employers need to know

November 2014 - Employee Benefits

Paul Nanon, partner at Aon Employee Benefits gives his advice on pension salary sacrifice.

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Why new flexible retirement options should lead to a revamp of HR and benefits strategies

October 2014 - Employee Benefits

Martha How, partner, reward and benefits, at Aon Employee Benefits talks about the findings from an Aon Hewitt report where just under three-quarters (72%) of respondents [pension professionals] say they were not fully prepared to deal with the consequences of the pension reforms.

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Financial Education

Infographic: How benefits choices differ across generations

13 April 2016 - Employee Benefits

An infographic looking at how benefits choices differ across generations.

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In-depth guide to financial education and advice

8 April 2016 - Reward Guide

Reward and Aon Employee Benefits launches a need-to-know guide to helping your employees through their retirement.

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Aviva’s Lawson tells advisers: Let us educate your clients

3 May 2016 - FT Adviser

John Lawson, head of policy for retirement solutions at Aviva, has said employee benefits consultants and advisers need to move on from acting as a “gatekeeper” and allow providers to step in and educate workers.

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What are the key areas of focus for financial education?

25 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

Chris McWilliam, principal consultant at Aon Employee Benefits, adds: "We are seeing a greater take-up of, and interest in, financial education. And I do think the pensions freedom changes have kick-started that.

"The benefit for the employer is twofold. First it helps it to promote its key benefits messages, so ensuring employees understand and are making full use of the benefits being provided to them.
"Second, it can lead to a more engaged, more financially savvy, less financially worried, workforce."

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How could gamification be used to support a financial education strategy?

18 January 2016 - Employee Benefits

Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director and head of software innovation at Aon Employee Benefits, says: "What the health products have done really well is ask people to measure where their fitness currently is, to set some goals and then get rewarded for hitting those goals, and that concept stands absolutely true for financial services."

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Financial education: what do you do?

9 December 2015 - Reward

Reward and Aon Employee Benefits want to know how you are helping your staff prepare for retirement. We want to hear your views, and discover what you are doing for your employees. To fill in our survey, Click Here.

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How can employers support staff in tackling big societal issues?

1 September 2015 - Employee Benefits

Life for today's employees is not quite as simple as it once was, when people could hope to find work with a local business that would offer a job for life and provide a generous defined benefit pension at the end of it. Employers are also becoming increasingly concerned about staff getting into debt, particularly on credit cards and through payday loans, says Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Buyer's guide to financial education

23 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Financial education is clearly becoming more of a priority for UK employers. The number of organisations either considering or currently introducing financial advice programmes has increased by a whopping 121% in the past year.

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See top speakers at Employee Benefits Connect

17 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

Speakers include Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Benefit Solutions, speaking on Financial wellbeing to suit a multi-generational workforce at Employee Benefits Connect at London's Lancaster Hotel on 4 March.

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How much should employers segment workplace savings benefits for staff?

10 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

Messages on workplace savings can be segmented for a number of different employee groups. But how far should this segmentation go? When it comes to promoting savings vehicles such as pensions, Isas and employee share schemes, 52% of the 54 respondents to Employee Benefits/Aon 100 Club research 2014, published in June 2014, believe new technologies can be used to engage generations Y and Z with workplace savings.

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A Code of Conduct?

November 2014 - Pay and Benefits

Simon Kent asks whether employee benefits are, or should be, governed by a moral code. Martha How, Reward Partner for Aon Employee Benefits believes employees need education and choice.

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Bigblue Benefits Technology

Pensions dashboard – competition needed: Ian McKenna

8 March 2016 - Corporate Adviser

The Government needs to set out mandatory data transfer standards and then leave it to the private sector to build pensions dashboards.

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Buyer’s guide to flexible benefits technology

23 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

This is a technology system, operating in-house or from cloud-based servers, that provides a platform to deliver a flexible benefits scheme. Increasingly, systems are designed to interface with other elements of benefits and reward, including pensions, and often have interactive and data-modelling tools that can be used by employees. The flexible benefits technology market continues to develop at pace; one of the key points of focus is currently on the integration of workplace savings technology and flexible benefits with more intuitive and customisable user interfaces. Examples include Aon’s Bigblue.

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Buyer’s guide to flexible benefits technology

23 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

What is flexible benefits technology?

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Aon's Bigblue passes VFM governance test

2 February 2016 - Corporate Adviser

The governance advisory arrangement (GAA) of Aon's Bigblue Touch has confirmed the contract-based DC scheme as 'good value for money' in its chair's annual report. Bigblue Touch is amongst the first schemes in the UK to have issued its annual report and the first to have assessed value for money at both accumulation and decumulation.

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How integrated to the workplace should an employee's finances be?

18 November 2015 - Employee Benefits

Jon Bryant, director of Aon Employee Benefits, adds that having this single view of all finances delivers a number of benefits to employees. "By giving employees an overview of where they are financially, these platforms can help them make much more informed decisions about their finances," he explains. "As an example, our platform, Bigblue, can analyse their income and spending data from credit cards and current accounts to provide them with 'safe-to-spend' and 'safe-to-save' limits."

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Nudging pensions with technology

1 November 2015 - The Sunday Times

Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director and Debbie Falvey, DC proposition lead tell us how the Bigblue Touch pension scheme and its technology platform can help guide employees through their journey of saving for retirement.

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Robo-advisers to have the last say?

1 November 2015 - The Sunday Times

Smart tech systems are increasingly breaking down barriers between retirees and advisers, helping pensioners find financial mobility

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How to get pensions off the books

1 November 2015 - The Sunday Times

Companies struggling under the strain of maintaining an expensive pension scheme have options which could ease the burden

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Profile: Aon Benefit Solutions director on his vision for pensions tech

26 June 2015 - Money Marketing

Money Marketing talk to our Commercial Director, Tobin Murphy-Coles about his career and his vision for pensions tech.

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Can EAPs go further?

29 April 2015 - Cover

F&TRC'S Jason Green argues the case for re-evaluating the use of Employee Assistance Programmes in financial wellbeing. Can we apply some of the new emerging technologies and thinking that we are seeing in the pension's world to the protection world? Pension providers such as Aon with 'Big Blue' are integrating Personal Financial.

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Centralising global benefits held back by operational realities

9 June 2015 - HR Review

An increasing trend for multinationals to centralise employee benefits decisions to Centres of Excellence (CoE) is having limited impact on operational realities, according Aon. The 2015 Aon Global Benefits Surveyshows that a lack of centrally held benefits information is blocking strategic priorities, while benefit administration is draining resources. In many areas of employee benefits management most organisations are adopting a 'just enough is good enough' attitude.

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Silver bullet coming out of the Blue

3 June 2015 - Corporate Adviser

The roll-out of Aon's Bigblue Touch offering demonstrates the power of aggregation in supporting financial capability, says F&TRC director Ian McKenna.

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Bigblue Touch: helping us to manage our finances

13 April 2015 - Reward

As the culture of workplace savings changes, technology has an increasingly important role to play in the changing culture of workplace savings, says Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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The Robo-adviser already stalking Britain's workplaces

7 April 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Automated advice already exists and is giving personalised recommendations on workplace pensions. This, says F&TRC director Ian McKenna, is only the beginning. Ian talks about Bigblue Touch and its Best Use of Technology award at the Corporate Adviser Awards 2015.

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The Robo-adviser already stalking Britain's workplaces

7 April 2015 - Money Marketing

Automated advice already exists and is giving personalised recommendations on workplace pensions. This, says F&TRC director Ian McKenna, is only the beginning. Ian talks about Bigblue Touch and its Best Use of Technology award at the Corporate Adviser Awards 2015.

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Aon Employee Benefits - Tobin Murphy-Coles

5 March 2015 - Reward

Tobin Murphy-Coles, commercial director at Aon, talks to Maggie Williams, editor and associate publisher at Reward about employees' financial planning needs in the approach to retirement in the wake of the new pensions freedom of choice.

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New pension challenges need a new solution

9 January 2015 - HR Director

The past few years have seen a vortex of change in workplace pensions. When we look back on the March 2014 Budget, it will be seen as a really pivotal moment for defined contribution (DC) pensions. The new freedoms it announced will have a fundamental impact on how members interact with their workplace pensions.

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Engaging users in financial fitness

November 2014 - Corporate Adviser

Aon's Bigblue benefits platform is a guiding light in the development of tools for promoting employees' financial fitness says F&TRC director Ian McKenna.

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Benefit Communications

How to create a benefits strategy for an ‘ageless’ workforce

13 April 2016 - Employee Benefits

Many workplaces are becoming ever more age-diverse as the working population ages, and employers face five generations working side by side as generation Z now joins the workforce. But is this generational melting pot changing people’s priorities around electing and choosing benefits?

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How do benefits impact an organisation’s reputation?

29 April 2016 - Employee Benefits

Research by Opinium and the Public Relations Consultants Association, published in June 2015, found that 20% of employee respondents are ashamed of their current or previous employer, 35% of whom say this is because the organisation treats its employees badly. Meanwhile, less than two-thirds (64%) of employee respondents consider the reputation of the organisation they work for as good, of which just 23% consider it to be very good.

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Best benefit comms done regularly and targeted

26 February 2016 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Around two thirds (65%) of UK businesses have rated employees’ understanding of their benefits as low or very low, a survey by Aon Employee Benefits has found. The overwhelming majority (86%) of the participating UK companies said they handled benefits communications internally. Aon's 2015 EMEA Employee Benefits Communication Survey questioned 1,149 companies in 28 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Global reward in numbers

24 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

  • 56% of multi-national employers do not yet have a global benefits database in place and see reviewing benefits in key countries as one of the top-ranking priorities for the next 12-24 months (Source: Aon Global Benefits)
  • 33% of employers with a multi-national pool are actively keeping the structure under review (Source: Aon Global Benefits)

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Global reward in numbers

24 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

A round-up of some of the latest facts and figures relating to global reward.

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Royal Mail runs survey as freedoms heighten need for engagement

15 February 2016 - Pensions Expert

The Royal Mail Pension Plan is running an online member survey to judge engagement and levels of understanding among its members as freedom and choice makes member decisions even more important. Anne Oliver, head of communications at consultancy Aon Employee Benefits, said Aon is looking to increase the use of online surveys.

She said: “We get some very rich information about whether the person has clicked on the email, whether they’ve looked at it. If they haven’t, we can reissue it or send a paper copy.”

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COMMUNICATIONS Once upon a time

1 June 2015 - Pensions World

Employers need to tell their employees the full story about the pension scheme to achieve a happy ending. Aon Employee Benefits' Senior Communication Consultant Anne Oliver said: "Members are always going to be interested when they hear they can take their pension benefits in cash. But the issue doesn't stop there – we have found that this has given rise to a need for a more general financial wellbeing communication strategy".

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Employee Benefits News

The REBA Wellness Conference was a success!

16 June 2016 - Reba Global

On Thursday 16th June 2016 over 200 HR Directors and other senior HR decision-makers met together at 155 Bishopsgate for the inaugural REBA Employee Wellness Conference.

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Aon survey shows less than 25% employers have assessed staff implications of latest pension legislation

10 June 2016 - Edinburgh Chamber

A leading adviser is warning employers to review the impact on death in service staff benefits following pension protection changes.

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Best Corporate Adviser: Aon

10 June 2016 - Money Marketing

It was not size that persuaded the judging panel to name Aon Best Corporate Adviser, but the way the firm had marshalled its many resources to deliver a first grade corporate benefits engagement package that delivers both for employers and employees.

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As private medical insurance costs soar, will it become an elite benefit?

9 June 2016 - HR News

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says rising costs associated with Private Medical Insurance (PMI) are creating pressure on HR and employers to find extra budget, without seeing any further advantages for staff. This raises the question of whether increases from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), medical inflation and the impact of high cost cancer treatment will make employers question the affordability of PMI arrangements altogether.

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Aon clients win four top honours at the Employee Benefit Awards

9 June 2016 - Personnel Today

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has supported four clients to win at the annual Employee Benefits Awards ceremony at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London. The wins were for wide-reaching employee benefits projects: Capgemini won Best global or expatriate benefits, easyJet won Best pension communications, Misys won Best DC pensions change and T-Systems won Best total reward statements.

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Provider shortlist for SME Awards 2016: HR provider

6 June 2016 - SME Web

This provider category for the upcoming SME Awards, sponsored by KPMG, acknowledges those companies that have offered a standout service to the UK’s SMEs throughout the year.

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Aon says rising costs associated to PMI could make it an elite benefit

3 June 2016 - Personnel Today

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says rising costs associated with Private Medical Insurance (PMI) are creating pressure on HR and employers to find extra budget, without seeing any further advantages for staff. This raises the question of whether increases from Insurance Premium Tax (IPT), medical inflation and the impact of high cost cancer treatment will make employers question the affordability of PMI arrangements altogether.

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Rising cost linked to PMI could make it an elite benefit

2 June 2016 - Reward Guide

Pressure is being placed on HR and employers to find extra funds because of the rising costs associated with Private Medical Insurance (PMI), according to a report by Aon. The added cost doesn’t see any further advantages for staff and therefore raises the question of whether employers will keep the benefit altogether.

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Aon: Rising costs ‘could make PMI an elite benefit’

2 June 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Rising costs associated with private medical insurance (PMI) are creating pressure on HR and employers to find extra budget, without seeing any further advantages for staff, according to Aon Employee Benefits.

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Aon warns of the financial implication for employers offering Private Medical Insurance

1 June 2016 - Angry Policy Holders

Pressure on businesses to find extra cash in budgets for private medical insurance for employees, without actually seeing any further advantages for staff.

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Aon Employee Benefits: Rising PMI costs could make it an 'elite' benefit

1 June 2016 - Cover Magazine

Aon Employee Benefits has warned that rising costs associated with Private Medical Insurance (PMI) are creating pressure on employers to find extra budget without seeing any further advantages for staff.

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Aon Health Survey shows 93% of EMEA employers see a correlation between health and employee performance

31 May 2016 - Personnel Today

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) says that its new Health Survey shows that 93% of employers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region see a correlation between health and employee performance.

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Aon Health Survey Shows 93% Of Emea Employers See A Correlation Between Health And Employee Performance

26 May 2016 - Global Banking & Finance

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) says that its new Health Survey shows that 93% of employers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region see a correlation between health and employee performance. However, just 13% of respondents measure outcomes of current employee health strategies and 69% say limited budgets are the biggest challenge to implementing health strategies.

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Aon: Nine in 10 employers see correlation between health and performance

25 May 2016 - Health Insurance Daily

Nine in 10 (93%) employers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region see a correlation between health and employee performance.

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Aon: 93% of EMEA employers see correlation between health & employee performance

24 May 2016 - HR News

Aon plc says that its new Health Survey shows that 93% of employers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region see a correlation between health and employee performance. However, just 13% of respondents measure outcomes of current employee health strategies and 69% say limited budgets are the biggest challenge to implementing health strategies.

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Link between employee health and performance

24 May 2016 - Pay & Benefits Magazine

More than nine in ten employers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region have identified a connection between the health and performance of their workforce.

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Aon says companies need to review death in service provision

19 May 2016 - HR Network Jobs

Aon plc has said that the latest changes to the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) and the availability of another round of pension protection should be the cue for employers to address the impact on death in service benefits. An Aon survey of 1,162 clients showed that, to date, just under half of employers with 100 or more employees have made an active assessment of the death in service implications of this latest legislation.

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Aon urges review of death in service provision

18 May 2016 - Professional Pensions

Employers must address the impact on death in service benefits following lifetime allowance (LTA) and pension protection changes according to Aon Employee Benefits.

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Death in service provision review needed – Aon

17 May 2016 - Pensions Age

The latest changes to the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) and the availability of another round of pension protection should be the cue for employers to address the impact on death in service benefits, according to Aon.

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Capital One and Easyjet shortlisted for best pensions communications

11 May 2016 - Employee Benefits

Capital One, Easyjet and Nationwide Building Society are among those shortlisted for the Best pensions communications award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.

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Infographic: How benefits choices differ across generations

13 April 2016 - Employee Benefits

An infographic looking at how benefits choices differ across generations (Source: Aon Employee Benefits’ Employee reward and benefits for multi-generational workforces report, September 2015). Read more about how to create a benefits strategy for an ‘ageless’ workforce.

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How to create a benefits strategy for an ‘ageless’ workforce

13 April 2016 - Employee Benefits

Need to know: Workplaces are becoming increasingly multi-generational. But this does not necessarily mean employee benefits should also become increasingly segmented and generation-specific.

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In-depth guide to financial education and advice

Reward and Aon Employee Benefits launches a need-to-know guide to helping your employees through their retirement

8 April 2016 - Reward

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How to engage employees with childcare support

23 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

Need to know: Line managers have a pivotal role in engaging working parents with childcare benefits by demonstrating their support and understanding.

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How to engage employees with childcare support

23 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

September 2016 will see the introduction of 30 hours of free childcare in pilot areas of the UK for three and four year olds, and, with childcare voucher schemes being replaced in early 2017 with the government’s tax-free childcare, the topic of childcare benefits is rarely out of the headlines.

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Budget 2016: The changing nature of advice

16 March 2016 - Pensions Insight

What do the budget announcements on advice and communications mean for the industry?

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Do pensions really need more competition with houses?

Will the new Lifetime ISA lead to more young people choosing buying a home over saving for a pension? Sara Benwell thinks so.

16 March 2016 - Pensions Insight

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BUDGET 2016: Govt to consult on Pension Advice Allowance introduction

The government is to consult on introducing a Pension Advice Allowance, permitting people before the age of 55 to withdraw up to £500 tax free from their defined contribution pension to redeem against the cost of financial advice.

16 March 2016 - Pensions Age

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Employee Benefits Connect 2016 speaker slides

15 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

Where speakers have given approval, we have uploaded the slides for the keynote and conference sessions at Employee Benefits Connect 2016, which took place on 9 March at the Lancaster London.

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How to Help Wellness Initiatives Work Better

10 March 2016 - HR News

UK employers may want to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees by introducing wellness initiatives, but these often don’t deliver the hoped-for results.

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Learn how to use gamification to engage generation Z at Employee Benefits Connect

8 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

Delegates attending Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can learn about utilising gamification techniques to engage generation Z during an interactive roundtable session led by Jon Bryant, director, online and communications at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Gain insight into using technology for global health and wealth strategies at Employee Benefits Connect

8 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2016 on Wednesday 9 March will be able to gain insight into how technology can be harnessed to support the health and financial wellbeing of global employees

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Learn how to use gamification to engage generation Z at Employee Benefits Connect

8 March 2016 - Employee Benefits

Delegates attending Employee Benefits Connect 2016 can learn about utilising gamification techniques to engage generation Z during an interactive roundtable session led by Jon Bryant, director, online and communications at Aon Employee Benefits.

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UK Pensions Awards 2016 – Shortlists published

26 February 2016 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits are shortlisted for three UK Pension Awards; Employee Benefits Consultancy of the Year, DC Pension Provider of the Year and Retirement Innovation of the Year.

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Winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2016 announced

12 February 2016 - Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits’ sister publication, Corporate Adviser, announced the winners of its annual awards last night (11 February) at the Lancaster London, hosted by comedian Danny Wallace. Aon Employee Benefits was named firm of the year at the ceremony, as well as being awarded for Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2016 announced

12 February 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Aon was named firm of the year at the ceremony, as well as being awarded for Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Corporate Adviser Awards – Book of the night

2 February 2016 - Corporate Adviser

Aon took the prizes for Firm of the Year 2016 and Best Use of Technology at the Corporate Adviser Awards last night.

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Aon offers eight tips to offset employee benefit challenges

13 November 2015 - Health Insurance Daily

It comes after its annual Benefits and Trends research highlighted the issues faced by UK employers - along with common gaps in their management processes. Download the full report now: http://insight.aon.com/UK_2015ARSFORM_BenefitsandTrendsSurvey2015

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Generational segmentation of employee benefits provision 'too simplistic', Aon warns

25 September 2015 - Health Insurance & Protection Daily

A new study by Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc, suggests current practice into generational segmentation is "too simplistic" and "not necessarily supportive" of employee and employer needs.

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Employee benefits generational segmentation 'unhelpful'

24 September 2015 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Generational segmentation in employee benefits is too simplistic and not necessarily meeting employers' and employee's needs, Aon's reward partner Martha How argues.

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Aon warns on employee benefits segmentation

23 September 2015 - Cover

Generational segmentation in employee benefits is too simplistic and not necessarily meeting employers' and employees needs, analysis from Martha How for Aon Employee Benefits has found.

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Benefits do not necessarily require generational segmentation

23 September 2015 - Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Live 2015: Martha How, partner at Aon Employee Benefits, warned against segmenting benefits for employees based on sweeping assumptions about generational attitudes.

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Network with industry experts at Employee Benefits Live

21 September 2015 - Employee Benefits

Alongside a packed conference programme, delegates at Employee Benefits Live 2015 will have the opportunity to network with more than 100 providers, advisers and consultants in the reward and benefits industry. Aon Employee Benefits is headline sponsor for this year's event.

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Paul Bloomfield joins Aon Employee Benefits

7 September 2015 - Aberdeen Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Reporting to Aon Employee Benefits UK CEO David Battle and working alongside sales director, John Russell-Smith, Bloomfield as newly appointed business development director, will further deliver Aon's 'Client Promise'.

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New hire at Aon Employee Benefits' exec team

16 September 2015 - Health Insurance & Protection Daily

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc, has hired Paul Bloomfield to join the executive team.

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Martha How to discuss benefits segmentation

14 September 2015 - Employee Benefits

Martha How, reward partner, Aon Employee Benefits will present new research on the generational segmentation of benefits at Employee Benefits Live 2015.

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WSB Awards 2015: The Winners

11 September 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits wins Benefits Innovation and Benefits Tech Provider of the year at the 2015 Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards 2015.

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Move of the week: Aon Employee Benefits boosts DC team

7 September 2015 - Pensions Insight

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc has announced two new appointments to its Defined Contribution (DC) team.

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Aon expands DC team with two hires

2 September 2015 - Pensions Insight

It is six months since the arrival of the pensions freedom and choice first promised in the 2014 Budget. Debbie Falvey, DC Pensions Lead at Aon Employee Benefits gives her view.

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Aon expands DC team with two hires

2 September 2015 - Professional Pensions

Aon Employee Benefits has boosted its defined contribution (DC) team with the appointments of James Monk as a senior investment consultant and Gisele de Werra as an investment consultant.

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Wednesday people roundup

2 September 2015 - Reuters

Aon - James Monk and Gisele de Werrahave joined the consultancy's DC investment team.

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MOVES-Aon Employee Benefits boosts UK pension team

2 September 2015 - Reuters

Insurance broker Aon Plc's UK health and benefits business appointed James Monk and Gisele de Werra to its defined contribution (DC) team.

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DC awards 2015 - the shortlist announced

31 July 2015 - Pensions Insight

Aon Employee Benefits shortlisted for the Pensions Insight DC Awards 2015 for Best financial education & GPP provider of the year.

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Aon wins employee benefits plaudits at #dofscars

31 July 2015 - Director of Finance

Aon Employee Benefits picked up the gong for HR and benefits solution of the year at the inaugural Director of Finance Awards.

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Aon to exhibit at Employee Benefits Live

29 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits are among the organisations that will be exhibiting at Employee Benefits Live 2015. Aon is the headline sponsor of the two-day event, which will take place at Olympia National, London, on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September 2015.

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Is too much focus on employee engagement becoming a burden?

10 July 2015 - Personnel Today

Employee engagement is a key performance metric for thousands of organisations. But could too high a focus on whether or not employees are happy mean that leaders are distracted from other growth drivers?Aon's most recent Trends in global employee engagement report revealed that although there has been a rise in the overall number of engaged employees, the proportion of workers intending to remain with their current employers has not changed.

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Hyde Group builds employee engagement with benefits strategy

7 July 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits client housing association The Hyde Group's (Hyde's) employee benefits strategy has established a strong link with employee engagement, building everything around the needs of its 1,300-strong workforce in order to resonate with, and help staff live, the organisation's business values.

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HR transformation: Putting the "expert" in centres of expertise

25 June 2015 - Personnel Today

Centres of expertise are a core tenet of the Ulrich HR model, but do they always deliver on their promises?Carl Redondo, leader of Aon's global benefits practice at Aon Hewitt, explains: "We have seen a big trend towards the centralisation of decision making, led primarily by US multinationals creating global centres of excellence which takes roles like compensation and talent management out of the HR business partner and puts them into these global centres. We certainly now see that as a trend coming through European multinationals, particularly in the UK."

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WSB Awards 2015: Shortlists unveiled

22 June 2015 - Workplace Savings & Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits shortlisted for four awards at the 2015 Workplace Savings & Benefits Awards including Benefits Innovation, Benefits Technology Provider, Flexible Benefits Provider and Employee Benefit Consultant.

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Global benefits centralisation 'being held back'

9 June 2015 - Corporate Adviser

The trend for global employers to centralise benefits is being held back by operational realities, according to Aon's 2015 global benefits survey.

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Global benefits centralisation 'being held back'

9 June 2015 - Corporate Adviser

The trend for global employers to centralise benefits is being held back by operational realities, according to Aon's 2015 global benefits survey.

Download the full Global Benefits Study here.

Global firms' employee benefits still localised

9 June 2015 - Cover

Centralisation at multinationals is not being reflected in their employee benefits offerings, with local stakeholders still dominating decision making, a survey for Aon has found.

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Centralising global benefits held back by operational realities

9 June 2015 - Employee Benefits

Multinational employers are building infrastructures to manage employee benefits globally by centralising benefits decision making but this is ahead of the operational realities, according to research by Aon Global Benefits.

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Evidera achieves cost-neutral flexible benefits scheme

5 June 2015 - Employee Benefits

Our client Evidera has achieved a cost-neutral flexible benefits scheme in the first 10 months of launch after £100,000 worth of investment. The scheme has been nominated for 'Best flexible benefits plan – small employer' at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015.

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MEC shortlisted for motivational benefits

4 June 2015 - Employee Benefits

Our clients MEC UK are among the employers shortlisted for the award 'Most motivational benefits' at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015.

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Shire shortlisted for global benefits

27 May 2015 - Employee Benefits

Our client Shire Pharmaceuticals are among the employers that have been shortlisted for the award 'Best international or expatriate benefits' at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015.

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New programme of training courses for HR & reward professionals

10 April 2015 - HR Grapevine

After a winter break Aon Academy is back with a fresh programme of training courses! For more information and to register for the courses please contact Zane Jakušenoka on 077 1490 1846.

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RSA and Universal Music shortlisted for alignment of benefits strategy

9 April 2015 - Employee Benefits

Our client RSA among the employers that have been shortlisted for the award 'Best alignment of benefits to business strategy' at the Employee Benefits Awards 2015.

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Employee Benefits Awards 2015 shortlist announced

30 March 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits shortlisted for five Employee Benefits Awards.

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Lovewell's logic: Could communication be more effective?

27 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

In the last couple of weeks, the issue of benefits communication has once again risen up the agenda as two separate pieces of research suggested that employees' understanding of benefits is not as good as employers may like, including Aon Employee Benefits 2015 EMEA Employee Benefits Communications survey.

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65% believe UK staff have low understanding of benefits

26 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

Around two-thirds (65%) of UK employers and 43% in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region believe that their employees' understanding of workplace benefits is low or very low, according to research by Aon Employee Benefits 2015 EMEA Employee Benefits Communications survey.

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Best benefit comms done regularly and targeted

26 February 2015 - Workplace Savings and Benefits

Around two thirds (65%) of UK businesses have rated employees' understanding of their benefits as low or very low, a survey by Aon Employee Benefits has found - 2015 EMEA Employee Benefits Communications survey.

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Two thirds of employees have low understanding of benefits

25 February 2015 - Cover

Around two thirds (65%) of UK businesses have rated employees' understanding of their benefits as low or very low, a survey by Aon Employee Benefits has found.

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Clare Bettelley: Benefits market consolidation is long overdue

25 January 2015 - Employee Benefits

A flurry of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) worked their way through the benefits market in 2014, with the most recent making the end of the business year uncharacteristically eventful. Reference to Employee Benefits/Aon 100 Club thinktank debate, which featured in a special supplement published with the June issue of Employee Benefits.

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Share ideas at Employee Benefits Connect roundtables

29 January 2015 - Employee Benefits

Aon Employee Benefits will host roundtables at Employee Benefits Connect next month. The roundtable sessions will enable delegates to share ideas and discuss solutions to potential issues they may be facing with peers and industry experts.

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Women should use EQ to drive career progression

2 February 2015 - HR Magazine

Women should make the most of emotional intelligence (EQ) to drive their career progression, a study by Bizas Coaching & Consulting has suggested. Comments from Julia Litchfield, talent leader EMEA at Aon Risk Solutions.

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Winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 announced

5 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits' sister publication, Corporate Adviser, announced the winners of its annual awards on 4 February at the Lancaster London Hotel. Aon Employee Benefits wins Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 announced

5 February 2015 - Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits' sister publication, Corporate Adviser, announced the winners of its annual awards on 4 February at the Lancaster London Hotel. Aon Employee Benefits wins Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 - All the winners and the highly commended

5 February 2015 - Corporate Adviser

Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 - Awards results in full including Aon Employee Benefits wins Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 - All the winners and the highly commended

5 February 2015 - Money Marketing

Corporate Adviser Awards 2015 - Awards results in full including Aon Employee Benefits wins Best use of technology by a corporate adviser.

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Benefits market consolidates

5 January 2015 - Employee Benefits

Consolidation took place in the intermediary market during 2014, with Aon completing its acquisition of Lorica Employee Benefits in June. Comments from Jon Bryant, London area director at Aon Employee Benefits.

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Employee Benefits Connect offers new insights

December 2014 - Employee Benefits

Event will be held on 4 March 2015. The fourth annual Employee Benefits Connect will give HR and benefits professionals the chance to meet and explore the latest industry innovations. Aon Employee Benefits are a sponsor of this event and will have an exhibition stand as well as conference sessions.

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Rewards & Benefits Summit 25 - 27 November 2015

21 November 2014 - HR Director

Are you a senior UK or European Rewards & Benefits professional? Why not consider joining us at the inaugural Rewards & Benefits Summit in Brussels. Aon Employee Benefits will be attending this event as a supplier. Register now.

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