By Dawn Lewis, content editor at REBA 19 August 2021.
It’s more than two years since the government launched its Health is Everyone’s Business consultation. At the time, no one could have imagined just how timely and much needed this study was going to be, as we now emerge from a pandemic with a renewed focus on health and wellbeing.
The consultation considered how government and employers can take action to reduce ill health-related job loss, particularly for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions. It explored changes to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), Occupational Health (OH), information and advice, and employer guidance.
Central to the government’s response is the desire “to see employers creating healthier workplaces and offering the right support to their staff”.
Where does group risk insurance fit?
The consultation did not focus on the provision of employee benefits. As stated above, the main aims were around improving OH services and the guidance employers receive about health and wellbeing. However, the consultation received several responses about the importance of insurance products, such as group income protection (GIP), as another way of supporting employees’ health and wellbeing.
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