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Cover Magazine - Employer concerns over tax preventing family EAP access

At a time when government is encouraging employers to extend mental health support, potential tax liabilities around access for immediate families - and legal and financial support - are acting as a deterrent, says Generali UK.

Generali UK Employee Benefits is calling on corporate advisers to work in partnership with providers to help employers feel comfortable in extending EAPs to the families of employees. Right now, although such services are there for the taking - generally at no extra cost from a provider perspective - employer concerns over tax liabilities may be deterring many from even considering this option...

...Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD, commented: "We are constantly frustrated by the restrictions that apply to dependants as well as to financial and legal advice. It just prevents employers from doing the right thing. And it doesn't sit well with current government strategy to encourage employers to support their employees' mental health and then penalise them for doing so."

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