The top 10 most read stories: December 2016-January 2017


The top 10 most-read stories on between 1 December 2016 and 16 January 2017 were:

  1. Government publishes draft legislation on limitations of salary sacrifice tax advantages

The draft legislation details the limitations of tax and employer national insurance contribution advantages where benefits are offered through salary sacrifice arrangements, or where employees are provided with a choice between a benefit in kind and cash allowance.

2. Mercer to acquire Thomsons Online Benefits

Consulting and broking organisation Mercer is to acquire global employee benefits and employee engagement software provider Thomsons Online Benefits.

3. Government publishes final draft regulations on gender pay gap reporting

The final draft regulations published by the government confirm the information organisations with over 250 employees will have to provide when they undertake gender pay gap reporting from April 2017. This will include mean and median hourly rates of pay, as well as mean and median bonus pay.

4. EXCLUSIVE: Virgin Atlantic holds wellbeing event for staff

Airline organisation Virgin Atlantic hosted a health and wellbeing event for approximately 300 staff based at its Crawley site in November 2016, offering employees information, resources and activities, such as a spin bike challenge and vision screening facility.

5. Reward Gateway acquires LogBuy UK

Employee engagement organisation Reward Gateway has acquired the UK business of voluntary benefits provider LogBuy.

6. Tribunal rules CitySprint courier is entitled to workers’ rights

The London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a bicycle courier is a worker during the hours that she provides services for logistics organisation CitySprint, and is therefore entitled to holiday pay.

7. Expedia named best place to work in the UK 2017

Expedia has been named the best place to work in the UK at Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017 Employees’ Choice Awards for the second year running. ARM Holdings, HomeServe UK, Mott MacDonald, and Hays make up the top five organisations in the 2017 rankings.

8. Slaughter and May revamps pay and benefits package

Law firm Slaughter and May has revamped its pay and benefits package for its 1,139 employees following an internal consultation process in 2016. New benefits include paid sabbaticals, an on-site doctor, and the opportunity to work from home one day a week.

9. Government to launch review into mental health practices in the workplace

Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer CBE will lead a review into mental health practices in the workplace as part of a wider package of reforms around mental health support, announced by prime minister Theresa May.

10. 44% of staff looking for a new job are unhappy with their benefits package

Canada Life Group Insurance’s survey of 1,002 employees also found that 74% of respondents who are unhappy with their current benefits provision agree that this plays a role in their decision to look for a new job.