Don’t let end of life software wreak havoc on your organisation
Microsoft, a top software provider for both individuals and businesses, recently announced plans to discontinue support to several of their major products as part of an effort to invest in newer technologies and services.
Elevated falls are fatal: How to protect employees while working from height
It’s no surprise that working from height comes with elevated risks. However, recent HSE data revealed that UK employers across industry lines are failing to implement the necessary safety measures to protect their employees during such operations.
We are all tired of waiting for this to conclude, whatever the outcome! 31st March 2019, 31st October 2019 now 31st January 2020 – who knows? Whether a General Election makes a difference remains to be seen.
A manufacturing company has been fined after an employee suffered multiple injuries due to a 'fall from height' incident. The worker was unloading a lorry at the manufacturing site when he fell from the lorry bed.
According to the HSE, stress accounted for over 40 per cent of all work-related ill health cases and more than 50 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health over the last year. Read this guide for 7 strategies to reducing workplace stress.
Here’s why fire safety needs to be a top priority in your workplace
Although summer has come and gone, there are still some burning-hot risks hiding in your workplace. Indeed, regardless of the temperature outside, an on-site fire could wreak havoc within your organisation at any time.
Data reveals compliance is a top risk for companies: use this guidance
It's no secret that SMEs face unique risks when compared to the average business, given their size and financial limitations. However, recent research revealed that the biggest concern facing SMEs has nothing to do with managing costs, but rather following the law.
Would your business survive the loss of a key person?
‘52% of businesses would cease trading in under a year if a key person died or became critically ill’ reports Legal & General’s ‘State of the Nation’ SME research. Although small and medium enterprises are more vulnerable, losing a key person can be detrimental to businesses of any size.
Sex discrimination claims are on the rise: here’s what you can do
Although it has been nearly two years since the historic hashtag made its debut, recent data revealed that organisations throughout the UK are continuing to experience a significant rise in sex discrimination claims as a result of the #MeToo movement.
As a result of increased economic uncertainty for UK markets over the last couple of years, leading UK pension providers have been changing their default fund investment strategies to increase returns for investors.
Impact of no-deal Brexit on EU citizens living in the UK
Brexit has been an elephant in the room for the past three years, however, with the Government committed to the 31st October deadline, now is the time for employers to be very clear about the possible implications of employing EU citizens.
Revealed: Data finds employers aren’t taking staff risks seriously
While your organisation is likely to have measures in place to protect your employees from common workplace risks, such as slips and trips or asbestos exposure, a recent survey discovered that many firms are failing to account for far more prevalent staff risks.
Following a serious accident on-site, many employers respond by re-evaluating their workplace risks and controls to determine what went wrong and how they can reduce the likelihood of future incidents.
Why it’s important to prioritise mental health in the workplace
It's vital for your employees to feel comfortable and supported in sharing any worries or concerns they have regarding their health at work. Nevertheless, recent research found that this is rarely the case for UK workers - especially in the realm of mental health.
Intangible threats are the top culprits for Business Interruption
Today’s evolving risk landscape contains a wide range of intangible threats—cyber-attacks, broken supply chains and the mental health of your employees, to name a few — that all have the potential to cause noticeable business interruption within your organisation.
Here’s how organisations are handling their cyber-security risks
Every year, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport releases their annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey. This year’s data allows organisations to take a closer look at top cyber-threats, analyse the impacts of disruptive breaches and understand the importance of managing cyber-security.
Seeing the road ahead – Fleet Managers’ duty on employee vision
It is general knowledge that it’s illegal to drive a vehicle without necessary corrective eye-wear and drivers who break the law can be fined, have points on their licence or even be jailed in extreme cases.
How Employee Benefits can help promote workforce productivity, engagement, and satisfaction
Sometimes convincing senior management of the benefits of spending money on Employee Benefits (EB) can be a challenge. HR requests for additional budget will be assessed against other business requirements and often EB spend is moved to the category of 'nice to have but non essential'.
Lat month yet another substantial, seemingly unshakeable company had collapsed into liquidation. The compulsory liquidation puts 5,000 jobs at risk, as well as endangering 20,000 more in the supply chain, according to the BBC.
Finch’s online flexible benefits solution, Connect – helping you to attract, reward and retain your employees
Our online benefits solution, Connect, continues to grow in popularity with our clients, who are looking at better ways of delivering their benefits to employees whilst at the same time, streamlining HR and Payroll administration.
How a no deal Brexit will change driving in the EU
Whether you plan to take your family on a continental road trip in the coming months or work for a transport organisation that frequently enters the EU, the results of Brexit may alter your current travelling agenda.
Finch’s Medical and Healthcare specialist, Emma Thornton, joined representatives from over 60 healthcare and life science companies for the Department for International Trade’s (DIT’s) Northern Powerhouse: Mission to Arab Health 2019.
Employer announcement – is your business ready for April’s pension contributions increases?
Pension auto enrolment legislation came into force in October 2012, making it compulsory for all UK employers to have a pension scheme in place for their employees, enrol their employees in the scheme and pay pension contributions for them.
Finch were delighted to sponsor the ‘International Company of the Year (£50m + turnover)’ award at Insider’s prestigious North West International Trade Awards which took place at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester last week.
A fascinating conference! It was great to immerse ourselves in another industry, get a better understanding of the issues they face and improve our understanding of our clients' and prospective clients' challenges. We had a great day, met some interesting people and learnt a huge amount.
Finch joins key Hospitality industry body, UKHospitality
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Hospitality sector, we are delighted to announce our membership of BKHospitality, a new trade body formed by the merger of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (the ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (the BHA).
The Government has announced an extension to the deadline for joining the Childcare Voucher Scheme for a further six months. The Scheme was set to close to new entrants at the start of April, but the Government has now agreed to allow employees until at least October 2018.
Following years of speculation as to whether or not the Government will abandon the current childcare voucher scheme, Finch's Head of Employee Benefits, Mark Pugh, looks at how it will be phased out, and its replacement - Tax-Free Childcare.
What did hospitality businesses learn from the 2017 terror attacks? John O’Hara, Account Director, Finch
2017 took the world by surprise with its unprecedented number of devastating terror related attacks. Whilst we are all aware of the ever-increasing threat of terrorism, few would have predicted the extent of damage and destruction we saw last year.
Manchester businesses among the first to be targeted by the Pensions Regulator
The Pensions Regulator announced earlier this year that they were undertaking spot checks (in the form of short notice inspections) to ensure employers, regardless of size, name or industry, are complying with their auto-enrolment duties, with Manchester being one of the first target areas.
Finch’s parent company, Verlingue, continues expansion in Europe
The parent of corporate broker Finch Insurance, based in Manchester, has taken a majority stake in leading Swiss commercial insurance & Employee benefits firm S&P Insurance Group, which is headquartered in Luzern.
Increase in liability insurance costs on the horizon – Ged Smith
For the last 12-15 years, buying liability insurance has been like sailing on calm seas with a following wind on a warm, quiet Saturday afternoon. Yes, there have been exceptions (the waste industry for instance) but for most businesses, the market has been very straightforward.
5 things you need to know before investing in coloured gemstones
As physical objects gemstones have an intrinsic value, but they are increasingly viewed as a lucrative investment opportunity too. Here Finch Private Client specialist Karen Waugh explains some of the things to look out for if you’re thinking of making an investment.
Cyber-attack: your legal responsibilities as a company director
It’s easy to assume that cyber-crime only happens to high profile organisations because those are the ones that make the news – like Equifax, Barclays and the NHS. But the reality is that all businesses have to take the threat of cyber-attack seriously.
Well, if you believe the doom mongers, some fleet premiums could be about to soar following the recent Government changes to the Ogden tables and I can’t imagine anyone being happy about paying higher premiums.
Will all fleet premiums rise? Probably not, but those businesses with poor claims records
How are class actions a danger to Medical Device Manufacturers?
In a recent legal case, over 800 women have launched legal action against the NHS and the manufacturer of a vaginal mesh implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse after childbirth, alleging that the devices ruined their lives, leaving them in debilitating and lifelong pain.
Finch is delighted to announce the launch of a 3 year strategic partnership with Medilink (in the North West, North East and Yorkshire &Humber) as its exclusive Insurance and Employee Benefits partner.