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At Aon, we need to keep up-to-date with everything that’s going on in employee benefits, so we can give you the best service and support. We’ll share the highlights here regularly, so you can keep abreast of changes affecting the sector.

Also, our experts are often approached by the employee benefits media when they need an experienced perspective, or fresh research into new and emerging issues in the market, as well as inviting them to comment on hot topics in the media. The resulting pieces are great food for thought, so we’ll include them here too.

Decline in living standards as inflation surges and welfare cuts start to bite

August 2017

Working families are struggling to make ends meet, a social policy research and development charity has warned.

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Ill-thought out remote working practices can damage staff health

August 2017

Badly managed remote working practices could harm staff health and wellbeing, a wellbeing specialist has warned.

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Why healthy snacks may actually be bad for you

August 2017

So-called healthy workplace snacks may not be as healthy as they otherwise appear if a recent study carried out by a nutritionist is anything to go by.

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Lightening up pension communications

August 2017

"Do you know what's boring? Emails from your pension scheme." This tweet, written by a millennial, did not come as a surprise to chartered financial planner, Mel Kenny, but it did make him ponder on the huge job ahead for advisers and those putting together pension communications. It's well known that millennials and consumers in general, are rather disengaged when it comes to pensions. The majority may now be signed up to a workplace pension scheme thanks to auto-enrolment, but many remain disengaged and even bored of pension-related communications.

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Office workers less active than 75-year-olds

August 2017

The traditional 9-5 is creating a new generation of sedentary male middle-aged workers who are less active than over 75-year-olds, research by Edinburgh University has revealed.

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Aon appoints Jerry Edmondson in new strategic communication and engagement role

August 2017

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has hired Jerry Edmondson in the new role of strategic communications and engagement proposition leader. Jerry joins the communications team with a specific focus on helping employers change employee behaviour through engagement.

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Employees would move jobs for better employee benefits

July 2017

New research suggests employees would change jobs if the employee benefits on offer were more relevant to their personal circumstances.

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Life milestones prompt employees to save for retirement

July 2017

Nearly half of employees are only prompted to save for their retirement due to a major life milestone such as getting married, turning a certain age or starting a family, new research has found.

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Aon says musculoskeletal issues dominate in UK health data

July 2017

In a study of reports from private medical insurers (PMI), Aon found that 31% of claims were for musculoskeletal concerns, while 15% were cancer related, 4% were for mental disorders and 4% for urology.

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Auto-enrolment first employee staging date

July 2017

Businesses employing staff for the first time on or after the 1st October 2017 will be required to comply with auto-enrolment on the day the first employee starts work, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has confirmed.

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My Story: What we do to people's pensions matters

July 2017

Pension freedoms: freedom and choice for the average person, that's the idea anyway. It means retirees now have the power to draw their pension when and how they want. It has given people choice and complete control over how they spend their money. It sounds ideal, what could possibly go wrong?

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The biggest risks to employee health - and how employers can help

July 2017

Keeping your employees healthy and happy is good for business. The workforce demographic is, and will continue to change, especially as more and more of us will need to work well into our 60s, 70s and beyond.

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Aon acquires Portus Consulting

June 2017

It has been announced today that Aon has acquired Portus Consulting, a highly-regarded, independent UK-based employee benefits firm. Portus has a leading position in the UK professional services market, particularly the legal sector and among SMEs with 50 to 750 employees.

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Significant differences between men and women's pension savings, report finds

June 2017

There's a "stark difference" in pension savings between men and women, a pension expert has warned, after a report reveals that men's pension income is three times bigger than women's.

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Employee wellbeing - making the connections

June 2017

There's plenty of buzz around employee wellbeing, with everything from fresh fruit and fitness challenges to mindfulness sessions and financial education being promoted as key to employee happiness. But, while any of these could lead to improvements in your employees' health and happiness, understanding the connection between physical, mental and financial wellbeing can help you achieve the best results.

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Financial wellbeing - is it an employer's responsibility?

June 2017

There's plenty of buzz around financial wellbeing, with everything from education and advice to loans and discounted goods being promoted as key to employee happiness. But, before bombarding your employees with the latest money must-haves, it's important to consider your role and responsibilities in their financial wellbeing.

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Making health and wellbeing work

June 2017

Awareness of the importance of employee health and wellbeing is at an all-time high, with more and more organisations looking to encourage employees to transform everything from their waistlines and stress levels to their exercise regimes. And it's hardly surprising. Healthy, happy employees tend to be more productive and motivated, take less time off sick and rack up fewer claims on their health insurance benefit plans.

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Presenteeism growing issue for UK businesses

June 2017

Presenteeism, where staff go to work despite illness, is becoming more of an issue for British businesses than absenteeism, it has been claimed.

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Boosting click through rates

June 2017

Creating high click through rates for employee benefit communications is never easy and naturally creates anxiety about whether we are using the right medium or the right messages. So, to then be told your methods are outmoded or sub-standard is doubly disappointing. A recent, admittedly small survey written up in HR Magazine may have confirmed some HR teams worst fears, by stating that one in five HR, benefit and reward specialists admitted their employees consider their benefits communications terrible.

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HR team members support up to 15 employees a year

June 2017

HR professionals are responsible for the wellbeing of up to 15 employees with a mental health condition each year, new research has found.

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Closing pensions triple lock would hurt young people the most

June 2017

Young people could have the most to lose if the pensions triple lock is scrapped, new research has revealed.

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What is the state of pension scheme membership in the UK?

June 2017

By next year, some seven million people will be saving into a pension scheme as auto enrolment reaches all employees. As a result, the Government calculates there has been a 37% increase in the numbers saving into a private sector pension scheme with a total of 16 million people now taking part.

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Wearable technology could improve productivity despite staff reservations

June 2017

Workplace wearables can help increase productivity and staff engagement, a third of employee respondents to a survey have claimed.

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Aon says employers need to comply with new OPRA regulations

June 2017

OPRA is the new term for salary sacrifice and with this change comes the concept of Type A and Type B arrangements.

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Working parents go for days without spending time with children

June 2017

Workplace pressure is causing parents to go days without interacting with their children, a leading charity has warned.

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How much should employees put aside for their retirement?

June 2017

All these percentages are bandied about as thresholds for good or acceptable pension saving levels. The first is the bare minimum that government has decreed is enough for auto-enrolment.

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Millennials fear they may never be able to retire

May 2017

Millennials fear they may never earn enough to retire completely, after research found that those currently earning £24,000 a year would need £1million to fund their retirement and maintain their standard of living.

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Helping your employees become healthier and wealthier

May 2017

With workplace wellbeing and pensions initiatives now commonplace, we should all be feeling a bit healthier and wealthier. But, while some of us may have got the exercise or pension bug, unfortunately our data suggests that, overall, there's been very little improvement in either of these factors in the UK.

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Aon health and wealth study identifies four ways employers can support employee wellbeing in a changing economic climate

May 2017

The new report, 'Wellbeing: Examining the correlation between employee health and financial wellbeing' examines and interprets data from various global and regional sources, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and Aon's own research and client base data. The result is a picture of what is changing in employee health and wealth and what that means for employers.

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Designing a wellbeing programme relevant to employees

May 2017

In Aon's latest whitepaper, Wellbeing: The correlation between employee health and financial wellbeing, it asks whether employers are doing enough to support employee wellbeing.

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The power of sharing experiences of mental health

May 2017

Brave individuals sharing their experiences is an incredibly effective way to get conversations started about mental health in the workplace. The more people talk about mental health, the more the level of literacy on the issue improves, the more stigma is overcome and problems dealt with.

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How can you help your employees access mental health care?

May 2017

We sat down with Charles Alberts, Senior Consultant at Aon Employee Benefits to explore the most common pathways for employees to access mental health care and some of the obstacles they may face in getting that care.

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Staff still reluctant to discuss mental health concerns with their boss

May 2017

The majority of employees are reluctant to discuss mental health problems with their line manager, research from mental health charity Mind has found.

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Mental health issues prevalent among disadvantaged backgrounds, Aon whitepaper finds

May 2017

There is a clear link between health and wealth, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds being more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, Aon has said.

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Pensions triple lock under governmental review

May 2017

The pensions triple-lock scheme which guarantees a minimum increase in state pension per year could be ditched in favour of a cheaper so-called 'double lock' option.

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New whitepaper highlights workplace mental health

May 2017

A new whitepaper investigating the correlation between employee health and financial wellbeing has been published by Aon which discusses the growing prevalence of mental health in the workplace.

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Important benefit changes to income protection

May 2017

Are you aware of how government cuts to benefits could leave employers liable for increased payments to claimants of group income protection (GIP) schemes?

A recent employer seminar Aon held found that only 1 in 10 were well briefed on the changes that came into force on 6 April, so if you were not fully informed you are in good company.

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The low-down on salary sacrifice changes

April 2017

As the government legislates for salary sacrifice changes, due to become law from 6 April 2017, Jeff Fox looks at what these changes are and how they’re likely to impact on employee benefits.

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Aon Benefits & Trends Survey says 55% of employers have seen an increase in stress and mental health related illnesses

April 2017

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says that its annual Benefits and Trends Survey showed 55% of employers saw an increase in the number of stress and mental health related illnesses.

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The no-nonsense guide to implementing a successful health and wellbeing scheme

March 2017

We know that employees with a strong wellbeing are significantly more likely to be engaged at work, not to mention being generally healthier. Indeed, 92 per cent of UK employers polled for our 2016 EMEA Health survey saw a clear correlation between health and employee performance.

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Aon warns Budget changes are likely to impact all employers in at least one way

March 2017

Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has said that the measures introduced in this year's Budget could create significant and costly changes for employers, unless they take urgent action.

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New retirees better off than working families

March 2017

A new generation of financially-secure retirees are driving income growth for a select few, new think tank analysis has revealed.

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    Archived Press

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

    February 2017

    Among the survey's key findings are that the main objectives for implementing online for flexible benefits are to increase employee engagement (85%), employee choice (76%) and retention (67%). However, Aon warns that one of the lowest-rated objectives - governance (11%) - makes it difficult for employers to understand whether a scheme is fit for purpose or whether objectives are met.

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    Financial stress linked to poor mental health

    February 2017

    There is a direct correlation between financial ill-health and mental health issues, the CIPD has said.

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

    February 2017

    Aon Employee Benefits is to partner with SmarterInvestment and Unum to offer workplace ISAs.

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    Scam guidance tool launched for consumers

    January 2017

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

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    Workplace affects health and wellbeing, say staff

    January 2017

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

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

    December 2016

    71% of delegates polled at our salary sacrifice seminar last week felt they would have to rethink benefit strategy as a result of the changes announced in the Autumn Statement. 71% percent also felt that the erosion of salary sacrifice would impact benefits negatively.

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

    November 2016

    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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    Line managers not trained to support staff with cancer

    November 2016

    The majority of line managers lack training to support staff who have been diagnosed with cancer and other long-term medical conditions, a new poll has revealed.

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    Denied flexible working requests force working mums to hand in notice

    October 2016

    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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    Aon warns employers to be ready for changes to state benefit

    October 2016

    Employers insuring Group Income Protection benefits need to be ready for upcoming changes to state provision.

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    Aon warns employers of immediate salary sacrifice challenges

    September 2016

    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.

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    Proposals unveiled for tax-free financial advice allowance

    September 2016

    Under new government proposals announced last month, Brits could be entitled to a £500 tax-free Pensions Advice Allowance which can be withdrawn from pensions to fund financial advice.

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    Aon warns the Insurance Act 2015 needs to be an employee benefits priority

    August 2016

    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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    Majority of employers have no policies in place to manage cancer diagnosis

    July 2016

    Nearly three-quarters of UK employers have no policies in place to manage cancer diagnosis among employees, research by Check4Cancer has revealed.

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    Discriminatory gender pricing could return in event of a Brexit

    June 2016

    Consumers could once again experience price variations for the same insurance products and annuities depending on their gender, if the UK votes for a Brexit in June, life insurance multinational Aegon has warned.

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    Increasing numbers of employers requesting auto enrolment help

    June 2016

    Growing numbers of small UK businesses are requesting auto enrolment support from the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) new figures have shown.

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    Aon clients win four top honours at the Employee Benefit Awards

    June 2016

    Aon Employee Benefits has supported four clients to win at the annual Employee Benefits Awards ceremony at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London.

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

    May 2016

    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.

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    Companies cutting employee benefits to fund National Living Wage should be 'named and shamed'

    April 2016

    Companies withdrawing employee benefits and reducing rates of pay in order to afford the newly-implemented National Living Wage should be 'publically shamed', Chancellor George Osborne has said.

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    Not enough staff holding critical illness policies to protect against illness

    April 2016

    Critical illness such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's Disease affects one in 7 Brits yet just 1 in 20 are actually critical illness policy holders, new research has revealed.

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    On Your Feet Britain day promotes active working

    April 2016

    A campaign to encourage UK employees to get more active in the workplace whilst raising awareness of the adverse effects of sedentary working, will take place at the end of April.

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    New pensioners at risk of receiving less than full pension rate

    April 2016

    Over half of new pensioners set to retire in the first year of the new state pension introduction will receive less than the full rate, a new report has revealed.

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    Budget - Aon EB

    April 2016

    Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget on 16 March. The government had promised that this would have included an announcement on the outcome of its consultation on pension tax relief, but it has published only a summary of the responses it received and suggested that the new Lifetime ISA will address some of the issues raised in the consultation.

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    Grandparent leave consultation to be launched in May

    March 2016

    The government are set to launch their first consultation into extending shared parental leave for grandparents, it was announced during last month's budget.

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    Women entitled to early pension access

    March 2016

    Women could be entitled to withdraw their pensions earlier than scheduled in return for lower payments, if government proposals go ahead.

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    Lost tax relief for low earners, pension minister warns

    March 2016

    Low earners could be cut out of auto enrolment into workplace pensions if pension contributions are calculated with net pay arrangements, pensions minister Ros Altmann has warned.

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    Pensions best retirement-saving method, says IFS

    March 2016

    Pensions remain the most effective way to save for retirement, the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

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    Budget 2016: 'benefits the next generation'

    March 2016

    Chancellor George Osborne has delivered his eighth budget which 'puts the next generation first'. A reduction in corporation tax, the introduction of a new lifetime ISA for those under 40 and an increase in the personal allowance threshold were among the key announcements of interest to businesses and their staff.

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    Aon to discuss gamification in pensions at Employee Benefits Connect

    March 2016

    LONDON (2 March, 2016) – Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), will discuss gamification as part of its examination of how to engage ‘Generation Z’ (Gen Z) in the workplace at Employee Benefits Connect.

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    Brits unaware of who to talk to about mental health issues

    February 2016

    A significant number of Brits do not know where to access support for mental health issues and who to ask for help, new research out this month has uncovered.

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

    February 2016

    LONDON (24 February, 2016) - 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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    Technology should be better utilised to manage employees' health and wealth on a global scale, say experts at Aon Employee Benefits

    February 2016

    LONDON (18 February, 2016) - Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), says technological developments are enabling employers to reach out to employees on a global basis, yet too many are still confining their benefits strategy by region, even though research has shown that there are global patterns to health and wealth risks. This is according to commercial director & head of software innovation Tobin Murphy-Coles and Matthew Lawrence, head of broking, health and risk proposition who are due to speak at Employee Benefits Connect in March.

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    Aon wins Firm of the Year and Best Use of Technology at Corporate Adviser Awards

    February 2016

    LONDON (12 February, 2016) – Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has won two awards at the Corporate Adviser awards ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London. It has been named Firm of the Year and received the award for Best Use of Technology by a Corporate Adviser.

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    Smaller employers could struggle with auto enrolment compliance

    February 2016

    Smaller employers have fewer resources to deal effectively with auto enrolment duties, a new report released by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has found.

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    Unhealthy work-life balance harms family life and productivity levels

    February 2016

    The majority of UK employees are lacking a healthy work-life balance, creating an adverse effect on productivity levels, a new report has revealed.

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    State pension age increase not 'viable' if public health doesn't improve

    February 2016

    Brits are not 'healthy enough' to work much beyond 60, a leading economist has warned, despite government plans to increase state pension age to 68.

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    Millennials 'most demanding' of their employers, study shows

    February 2016

    Millennials require more time and support from their line managers than other workplace generations, new research has revealed.

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    Employee Benefits should complement - not substitute - good remuneration packages

    February 2016

    Employee benefits should be used alongside good wages and bonuses rather than as a replacement, a recruitment expert has advised, following research which shows that the majority of UK staff would prefer a pay rise to workplace benefits.

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    Chancellor promises cap on early exit fees for pension savers

    February 2016

    Savers wanting to access their pension funds and take advantage of pension freedoms will no longer face extortionate exit fees, thanks to government plans to cap them.

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    Aon's Bigblue Touch is judged as 'value for money' by independent assessment

    February 2016

    LONDON, (1 February 2016) - Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has announced that the Governance Advisory Arrangement (GAA) for its Bigblue Touch contract-based defined contribution (DC) scheme has stated in the Chair's Annual Report that the scheme represents 'good value for money' . Bigblue Touch is one of 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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    Pension scheme members to enjoy additional £1bn in tax relief this year

    January 2016

    Brits are set to save an additional £1bn in tax relief during 2016 thanks to the increased take-up of workplace pension schemes via auto enrolment.

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    Global Medical Cost Increases in 2016 Expected to be 2.5 Times Higher Than General Inflation

    January 2016

    LONDON (14 January, 2016) - A new report from Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: 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. In the UK, the increase in the costs of employer-sponsored plans is expected to rise by 9.3 percent.

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    Financial concerns could be putting off savers from retiring

    December 2015

    A staggering one in ten Brits have said they 'never want to retire', whilst one in eight believe they will be between 71 and 80 years of age before they eventually retire. In addition, 8 per cent of young people aged between 18-24 years believe they will 'never' retire and nearly twenty per cent of those aged over 65 have admitted being 'reluctant' to give up work.

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    75% of employers believe they are responsible for influencing employee health, according to Aon Benefits and Trends Survey 2015

    December 2015

    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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    Think Auto-enrolment duties are over? Think again

    December 2015

    Pensions and auto-enrolment are rarely out of the headlines these days. Most prominent was the October launch of the Department for Work and Pensions' controversial awareness-raising campaign, Workie, featuring a large blue monster with the slogan, Don't Ignore the Workplace Pension. It may not have been to everyone's taste, but it certainly got a lot of people talking.

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    Younger workforce turning more to employers for financial advice than older generations

    December 2015

    Younger employees aged between 18-24 are twice as likely to seek financial advice from their employer than those in their 50s and 60s, new research has indicated.

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    Cycle to work schemes 'contribute' to workplace health and wellbeing

    December 2015

    Cycling to work can improve the health and wellbeing of employees whilst contributing to higher productivity levels, new research has found.

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    First of kind auto-enrolment fraud arrests

    December 2015

    Several people have been arrested on allegations of auto enrolment fraud, it has been announced.

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    Computerised CBT does not benefit those with depression

    December 2015

    Depression is not alleviated by computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) alone, new research has revealed.

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    Transitional pension protection information delayed

    November 2015

    HM Revenue and Customs has admitted it cannot provide transitional pension protection details to those affected by the reduction in the lifetime allowance.

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    Aon Benefits and Trends survey 2015 prompts eight recommendations for employers

    November 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has published its annual Benefits and Trends research which highlights issues faced by UK employers – along with common gaps in their management processes. Aon has set out eight recommendations to offset these challenges.

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    Shared parental leave to be extended to grandparents

    November 2015

    Working grandparents will soon be entitled to time off to help with childcare, the government has announced.

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    Small employers are failing to comply with auto enrolment, whilst the DWP’s Workie is met with industry criticism

    November 2015

    Increasing numbers of employees are concerned that their employers are failing to comply with auto-enrolment legislation, a new study suggests.

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    Most financial advisers expect further amendments to state pension over the next thirty years

    October 2015

    The majority of financial advisers believe there will be significant changes to the state pension in the future, including a move towards a means-tested model, a less generous package overall and an increase in state pension age, research from pensions provider Aegon has found.

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    Investors want detailed workforce metrics to assess business performance

    October 2015

    Human capital metrics, that is, metrics which provide measurable data about the workforce including sickness absence, workplace injury and health and wellness, are playing increasingly important roles for company investors.

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    Retirees not seeing the value in paying for independent financial advice

    October 2015

    New industry research has revealed a worrying new trend among retirees who believe they do not need to get pensions advice, despite new pension changes which came into force in April.

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    Middle management more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety

    October 2015

    Symptoms of depression and anxiety are more prevalent among staff in middle management than employees above or below them, new research has revealed.

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

    October 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), 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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    Aon Employee Benefits boosts its DC team with two new appointments

    September 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits has announced two new appointments to its Defined Contribution (DC) team.

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    Aon launches Bigblue Touch 4life

    September 2015

    The ‘At Retirement’ service that offers drawdown, annuities and financial aggregation tools in an easy to access service

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    New Aon study into generational segmentation casts doubt on current practice

    September 2015

    Aon employee Benefits says its latest study from Martha How, reward partner, suggests current practice into generational segmentation is too simplistic and not necessarily supportive of employee and employer needs.

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    Open salary policies would address gender pay gap

    September 2015

    Operating transparent pay policies will help address the gender pay gap, says retail recruitment specialist, Retail Human Resources.

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    Bogus self-employed denied vital statutory benefits

    September 2015

    UK workers who are incorrectly registered as self-employed are missing out on vital employee benefits, Citizens Advice has warned.

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    Businesses are continuing to fall foul of AE duties

    September 2015

    Despite increased communications and guidance around auto-enrolment from The Pensions Regulator (tPR) and industry specialists, many UK businesses are continuing to fall foul of their compliance duties either from incorrect assumptions about the legislation or misinformation.

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    Aon works with The Pensions Regulator to give video advice on auto-enrolment

    September 2015

    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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    Aon client ‘highly commended’ for pioneering flexible working scheme

    June 2015

    Media agency MEC have been highly commended at the Employee Benefits Awards for their pioneering flexible working scheme, Smarter Working.

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    Eldercare as a benefit

    June 2015

    Eldercare as an employee benefit is increasing in popularity among UK employees, research by travel insurance and assistance service provider Allianz Global Assistance has revealed.

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    Performance related pay - one of top priorities for reward departments

    February 2015

    Developing performance-related pay initiatives is one of the top priorities for reward professionals in 2015, new research has found.

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    Rising childcare costs

    February 2015

    The cost of raising a child from birth until 21 has risen to around £229,251 – a 63 per cent increase since 2003 - new industry research indicates. Experts say it has risen by almost twice the rate of annual inflation.

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    Shared parental leave legislation

    December 2014

    Shared parental leave regulations have come into force this month, despite over a fifth of HR Directors admitting they are not ready for the new legislation.

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    Supporting women back to work

    November 2014

    The government has announced a package of measures to encourage more women back to work following maternity leave.

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    Flex scheme gives staff 0.5% of salary plus NI savings to spend

    October 2014

    IDS is an independent research organisation providing information and analysis in key areas across the employment field, including HR, employment law, pay and executive compensation.

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    Offering flexible benefits via salary sacrifice is becoming increasingly popular among UK employers

    August 2014

    Nearly 60 per cent of UK employers now provide benefits funded by salary sacrifice schemes such as childcare vouchers, cycle-to-work schemes and additional pension contributions.

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    Employee engagement pay and reward

    January 2015

    Employee engagement can be improved by the use of fair and effective pay and reward strategies, Workplace Savings & Benefits reports.

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    Benefit communications - employers cutting corners

    December 2014

    Effective benefits communications can improve benefits take-up as well as staff motivation levels, says health and fitness coach Adam Strong.

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    The majority of UK employees say they value employer appreciation over a higher salary

    September 2014

    71 per cent of respondents to the research carried out by corporate gift voucher company One4all Rewards, claimed they would forgo a higher salary elsewhere in order to remain working for an employer who thanked them regularly.

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    Mental health getting worse research finds

    August 2015

    Staff mental health is ‘getting worse’ new research reveals, despite increased efforts to reduce stigma and implement workplace health initiatives.

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    UK businesses experiencing impact of dementia on workforce

    August 2015

    A growing number of UK businesses are experiencing a rise in employees suffering from dementia, new research has found.

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    Flexible working can improve candidate attraction and retention

    July 2015

    Flexible working can improve candidate attraction and retention, yet many employers are failing to make staff aware of their flexible working policy, says an industry expert.

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    Free absence management services underutilised

    June 2015

    UK businesses are failing to make use of value-added benefit add-ons, worth up to £100 per employee, multinational insurance company Aviva have said.

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    New online benchmarking tool from Aon provides sector insights and measurable data against competition

    June 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits has launched a new benchmarking database tool which provides UK organisations with market insights and measurable data compared with their competition. This online technology delivers quicker plan design benchmarking without manual collation.

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    Cancer screening HR backing

    June 2015

    HR professionals have backed regular workplace cancer screening following new figures by cancer charity Macmillan which show that more people are surviving cancer than ever before.

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    Improving employee resilience

    June 2015

    Improving employee resilience requires a strategic and sustained campaign rooted in the collective wellbeing needs of the workforce, says Charles Alberts, Senior Consultant at Aon Employee Benefits.

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    Tips for maintaining a healthy workforce

    June 2015

    Employee health is very much on the corporate agenda right now, and with good reason, says Matthew Lawrence Head of Broking and Proposition for Health and Risk at Aon Employee Benefits.

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    Midday mile

    May 2015

    Thousands of employees across the UK took part in the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile during May, as part of the first ever nationwide Workplace Health Week which ran from 18-22nd May.

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    Next government should do more for staff wellbeing

    April 2015

    The next government should do more to improve staff wellbeing, nearly a fifth of UK employers and employees have said, according to industry research.

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    Managers don't believe stress warrants time off

    April 2015

    Poor mental health, such as stress, anxiety and depression does not warrant time off work, say seven in ten UK employers.

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    New health Risk Forecaster from Aon helps manage corporate benefit costs

    March 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has developed a modelling tool which helps companies to understand potential future benefit expenditure and to put in place strategies to help control health risk costs.

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    23% of employees are not taking holiday entitlements

    November 2014

    Just under a quarter of UK employees are failing to take their full annual leave entitlements, research from Canada Life has shown.

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    HR not doing enough to tackle presenteeism

    November 2014

    Presenteeism and work-life balance are not being adequately addressed in the workplace, despite stress being one of the most prevalent health and wellbeing issues, an industry report finds.

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    Staff absence and productivity levels

    November 2014

    Growing numbers of UK employers are recognising the cost staff absence is having on their business, a UK health insurer has said, whilst a recent Aon survey has found that employers want to better understand staff health risks in order to reduce these costs as well as improving business performance.

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    Holiday pay ruling

    November 2014

    The Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) recent ruling that overtime should be included in holiday pay has resulted in a flurry of media headlines about the possible impact the ruling could have on British businesses.

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    Aon Employee Benefits encourages early detection of cancer

    October 2014

    ..with cancer incidence reaching a record high, employers are starting to respond to calls from the Department of Health to back the NHS’ fight against cancer and put services in place to encourage and ensure the early detection of cancer.

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    70 million working days lost to stress in 2013

    September 2014

    Mental health-related illnesses were one of the main causes of staff absence last year, with 70 million working days being lost in total, a new industry report has revealed.

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    Retirement income gap between two generations of retirees

    August 2015

    Two industry surveys have revealed a significant retirement income gap between those retiring this year and the next generation of retirees.

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    Pension scammers

    July 2015

    Pension scammers are targeting a significant number of retirees since the pension freedoms came into force in April.

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    Pension freedom consultation

    June 2015

    A consultation to ensure pension providers are adhering to new pension freedom rules will be launched next month, the government has announced.

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    Denplan appoints Aon Employee Benefits as its auto-enrolment
    provider

    June 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits, has been appointed by Denplan as its preferred supplier for an auto-enrolment solution – Aon’s Littleblue 2go.

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    Private pension age increase proposed

    June 2015

    The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has urged new pensions minister Ros Altmann to increase the private pension age to 60 by 2024.

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    First AE escalating fines issued

    May 2015

    The numbers of UK organisations receiving auto-enrolment fines have increased in 2015, data from the Pensions Regulator (TPR) has revealed.

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    Positive about pension reform but worry about risk amends

    April 2015

    The majority of UK employees hold conflicting views about pension reforms, with over 82 per cent feeling ‘positive’ about the new reforms whilst many are still concerned about the risks involved.

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    FCA ScamSmart campaign launch

    March 2015

    A campaign designed to raise awareness into the increased risk of pension scams has been launched by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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    Re-enrolment could pose further challenges for employers

    March 2015

    A significant number of employers are continuing to find auto-enrolment an administrative burden, with larger employers likely to find their on-going auto-enrolment duties particularly challenging.

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    Post election fears leave business reluctant to carry out pension related duties

    February 2015

    Fears that a new government will ‘tinker’ with pension legislation has made many UK businesses hesitant in communicating DC changes to staff as well as preparing for auto-enrolment.

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    Aon says the first re-enrolments are coming up fast

    February 2015

    Initial group of employers to auto-enrol need to review processes before key dates

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    A third planning retirement sooner

    February 2015

    New pension freedoms have motivated employees to plan for their retirement earlier than they otherwise would, industry research has revealed.

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    Employers burdened by AE admin

    February 2015

    Auto-enrolment administration is starting to have a significant impact on UK businesses, new research has indicated.

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    Surviving on a state pension research

    January 2015

    A significant proportion of the over 40s have said they could not survive on the new state pension alone, according to new research by Partnership.

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    TPR stepping up AE comms

    January 2015

    The Pensions Regulator is stepping up its auto-enrolment communications to employers of small businesses in a bid to reduce non-compliance.

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    Pension schemes unsustainable due to ageing workforce

    December 2014

    According to the OECD’s 2014 Pensions Outlook report, workplace pensions are facing several challenges which are creating solvency issues for defined benefit (DB) schemes in addition to putting defined contribution (DC) schemes into question.

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    New HR pension tension

    November 2014

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has found in its annual survey that there is a widespread lack of understanding among employees of the value of their reward package, while uptake of total reward statements is low.

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    9 out of 10 want AE delay

    November 2014

    The majority of small employers who have yet to reach their auto-enrolment staging dates want the process to be delayed until the latest pension reform changes have been implemented in full.

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    TPR issues first AE breaches

    November 2014

    The Pensions Regulator has begun issuing out auto-enrolment fines to businesses who have failed to comply with auto-enrolment legislation.

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    Aon Employee Benefits integrates Standard Life auto-enrolment solution with Littleblue 2go auto-enrolment online platform

    November 2014

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON) has announced that Standard Life’s ‘Good to Go’ auto-enrolment qualifying pension scheme has been integrated with the Aon Littleblue 2go auto-enrolment platform.

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    CAB and TPAS to give pensions advice

    November 2014

    The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) and Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are to give pension guidance to UK employees from April 2015, the government has announced.

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    Business fined for getting auto-enrolment wrong

    January 2014

    Dunelm Soft Furnishings Ltd forced to make good unpaid contributions by The Pensions Regulator for getting auto-enrolment wrong

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    Most financially prepared regions in the UK

    October 2014

    Scotland and the North of England are the most ‘financially prepared’ regions in the UK, according to a new analysis of the retirement savings scene.

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    Aon says employers must look to technology to help scheme members with new allowance changes

    July 2015

    Aon Employee Benefits, the UK health and benefits business of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), has said that yesterday’s Budget announcement of reductions in the Lifetime Allowance and Annual Allowance has added a new concern for more and more people. In addition to just worrying about whether they have saved enough, some will now have to start thinking about how they plan around these new limits.

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    Bigblue Touch and YouGov survey

    April 2015

    More than three quarters of those approaching retirement have failed to seek professional pension-related financial advice, a new YouGov survey has revealed.

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    Association for employee benefit and reward professionals launched

    August 2015

    A professional association for those working within the reward and employee benefits space has been set up by a former editor of an HR publication.

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    Osborne's Emergency Budget - the main pointers

    July 2015

    Austerity measures and tax rates were at the heart of the Emergency Budget this week, whilst salary sacrifice schemes remain untouched.

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    Budget commentary re Salary Sacrifice

    July 2015

    Rumours ahead of the Summer Budget 2015 that salary sacrifice schemes would be attacked failed to materialise, however the government explicitly called out that the growth of such arrangements and their financial impact is being monitored. Organisations looking to introduce salary sacrifice schemes, especially for pension contributions, should factor in the potential restriction or removal of these schemes in the short-term when deciding whether or not to implement.

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    Trend for global employers to centralise benefits is held back by operational realities, according to Aon’s global benefits research

    June 2015

    The research also shows that traditional multi-national pooling is on the wane, while captive funding for insured benefits and other financing initiatives are increasing.

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    GE2015 pensions and EBs impact

    May 2015

    Following a surprise majority win for the Conservatives after opinion polls failed to accurately predict the outcome of the 2015 general election, what impact will the new government’s policies have on workplace pensions and benefits?

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    Gender pay reporting bill amendment

    April 2015

    Businesses with more than 250 employees will be expected to reveal pay differences between their male and female employees, thanks to new legislation recently introduced in Parliament in the Equal Pay Transparency Bill 2015.

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    Aon wins two major awards at Workplace Savings and Benefits ceremony

    September 2014

    Aon have taken home the title of Benefits Innovation of the Year for its Bigblue platform and Auto-enrolment Innovation of the Year for its Littleblue 2go SME solution.

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    Employment law 2015

    January 2015

    Employers should be aware of several key legal areas which are likely to affect their businesses during 2015 and beyond, says employment law specialist Shoosmiths.

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