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HR Zone Briefing #308 – Benefits: What’s the alternative?


HR Briefing Issue 308 – 10 August 2006

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Editor’s Note
From Honda’s race-finishing position bonus to HSA’s save to buy
property scheme, employers are becoming ever more inventive in
the rewards they offer to employees. And according to the CIPD
the trend towards more varied benefits looks set to expand with
voluntary and flexible benefits becoming more mainstream. This
year alone the numbers offering childcare vouchers and bicycles
will increase by 69%. In our feature of the week, I look at the
range of ‘alternative’ benefits being offered to employees –
simply scroll below to see this article.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

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Benefits: What’s the alternative?
Annie Hayes, HR Zone Editor reports on the range of
‘alternative’ schemes on offer in UK plc.

HR Practitioner’s Diary: Feeling the heat
HR consultant, Sue Kingston shares her latest HR antics
including dress-code battles during the heatwave, ways to
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Are your employee benefits cost effective?
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EU signals way forward for discrimination against smokers
The EU might be known for its keenness to pass anti-
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Employers fail to take bullying at work seriously
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