Nearly half of employees with mental health problems have felt suicidal at work

___   Experts call on employers to recognise wellbeing as an ‘asset’, as research estimates workers with mental health issues contribute £226bn to UK economy Almost half (49 per cent) of employees who have experienced mental health problems in the last five years have gone to work while experiencing suicidal thoughts, according to a new… Continue reading

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Government makes U-turn on pension annuities

___   Concern over lack of consumer protection leads Treasury to abandon scheme The government is to scrap plans to allow pensioners to cash in their pension annuities in exchange for a lump sum, saying they could not guarantee sufficient consumer protection, the Treasury has announced. The plans, revealed in the March 2015 budget by… Continue reading

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Campaign for paid compassionate leave for bereaved parents

__   Will employees gain an entitlement to take two weeks off? A private member’s bill, entitling all employees to two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under 18, has been introduced in parliament. A second reading of the bill is due on 28 October. Unlike Europe, UK employees do not currently have… Continue reading

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