Reeves and Co uses flex to manage acquisition

Reeves and Co is using its flexible benefits scheme to manage the transfer of employees after a merger with accountancy firm CLB Gatwick on 2 December.

CLB Gatwick staff are to join the accountancy firm under a Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Tupe) arrangement.

The new employees will be able to start selecting benefits through an additional enrolment window, which will open in January 2014.

The online flexible benefits scheme includes private medical insurance, a pension scheme, a health cash plan, annual health checks and holiday trading.

Reeves and Co has also used the scheme to send out targeted communications to inform new employees about their benefits packages, as well as their terms and conditions of employment.

The flexible benefits scheme, provided by Benefex, was launched in March 2013.

Sharron Swann, HR director at Reeves and Co, said: “Employees will be able to get straight onto the online system, look at the benefits they are entitled to and make adjustments to their package if they want to.

“Sometimes mergers can be problematic, but this one has been much easier because of the flexible benefits system. Everything is in one place and we now have a very well-defined set of benefits.

“The flex scheme has played a really important role in making the new employees feel connected with the organisation and creating a sense of inclusion.”