GDPR are you ready?

Posted Posted in HCB News, Opinion

Like many businesses in the UK & Ireland we are sorting out our policies, procedures and staff awareness ahead of 25 May 2018 when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. Some people have said its like Y2K all over again, probably meaning that its a whole lot of noise and come 26 […]

Employee Consent – A thorny issue?

Posted Posted in HCB News, HCB Newsletters, Opinion, Sickness Absence

Employee Consent and Health Information When managing the health of an employee, one of the biggest areas of possible contention is that of Consent. There can be a real issue around gaining the consent of the employee to share the contents of a report with either HR or with their Line Manager. The Nursing and […]

Health trends in Ireland – Do they affect your business?

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB Ireland, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence

In 2013 the Irish Government published a 60 page document entitled Health Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health & Wellbeing. Although this report was published 4 years ago, we know that little has changed and some of the statistics are truly frightening.  In common with many developed countries there are significant challenges for society, […]

Healthcare Trusts – Not just for IPT savings

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A recent article by Kevin Gude from law firm Gowling WLG, talking about why employers have chosen to use healthcare trusts raises some interesting points.  In his article Kevin, quite rightly questions if employers have put healthcare master trusts in place in order to improve medical benefits to staff, or simply to take advantage of […]

HCB Ireland – Work related sickness

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1st issue of the HCB Ireland Newsletter published today. Did you know that Ireland loses 790,000 days a year in work-related sickness? Eoin Byrne (our Ireland Director) and Karen Gamble (Head of Client Relations) have penned an article about the hidden cost of workplace sickness in Ireland, it makes interesting reading.

Will Brexit affect the health and wellbeing of the UK workforce?

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Well, everyone else is going to put out their take on what the Brexit vote means so we at HCB thought we would add some thoughts of our own. You can catch up in the mainstream media and online about what Brexit will mean for politics, the economy and currency.  What we at Health Claims […]

Procurement – Pulling the plug on new ideas?

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Does procurement kill enterprise? I really must stop travelling by train on my own, as it gives me time to think and yes, sometimes even fume.  My latest, and I will let you decide if it’s a rant or a reasoned argument is how procurement or to be more precise the process of procurement appears […]

Pension Scheme – at the heart of BHS woes

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An article on the BBC News website about the BHS pension scheme “Pension scheme at heart of BHS woes” states amongst other things that only 851 of the current 11,000 BHS employees are members of the Pension Scheme. There are, apparently, 12,837 ex-employees below the age of 60 (BHS scheme retirement age) and 6,774 members […]

Vocational Rehabilitation – THE BENEFITS

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence

IT WORKS! My apologies for shouting out loud in the subject title to this article, but having just seen an extremely interesting piece by Emily Perryman on healthinsurancedaily.com about Unum’s experience when people use their vocational rehabilitation service, I thought it needed repeating even if it does mean raising my voice. Emily’s article outlined Unum’s findings that 7 […]

What are the Benefits of Sunlight?

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Sunshine, what is it good for? (anyone that wants to hum the Edwin Starr classic please feel free).  It must be getting closer to summer as over the Easter weekend the clocks leapt forward an hour and Cambridge overcame Oxford, in what had become the annual light blue humiliation that is the University Boat Race (see notes).  […]