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Employee Assistance

Confidential Support & Advice for Life’s Challenges...
Introducing Gemelli's Employee Assistance Programme. It’s an understatement to say that modern life can be complicated. Work, family, relationships, finances, health and much more besides, there’s a lot to juggle. Even when everything is going well, balancing all of these areas can be demanding, and it doesn’t take much to upset the equilibrium; a problem at home or at work can cause worry and stress, and can escalate quickly if not addressed. At some time or another, we’ve probably all been guilty of ignoring a problem, pasting on a false smile and telling people everything is fine, when really it’s not. Taking this approach only serves to prolong things and make them worse – either in reality, or in our perception. 

Whether an issue is work-related or personal, a good part of the solution will usually involve talking it through with someone who can offer advice and support. Depending on the nature of the problem however, finding someone who is knowledgeable and impartial may not always be easy. Gemelli’s Employee Assistance Programme ensures that access to professional, confidential support and advice on a wide range of practical and emotional issues is only ever a phone call away.

How the Scheme Works
Gemelli’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a company-paid benefit that employers can provide free of charge to staff. It enables employees – and their immediate family, to access impartial advice and counselling on work and non-work related issues in strictest confidence. 

A 24/7 telephone support line manned by highly qualified professionals provides expertise on many topics. These are just some of the areas covered – employees can contact their EAP for support on anything that matters to them. As well as helping employees, an EAP can also supplement an organisation’s HR function by highlighting prevalent trends or issues, areas of concern, and training needs.

Personal

Emotional well-being
Stress, anxiety & depression
Disability & illness
Substance & alcohol misuse
Addictions & behaviours
Personal development

Work

Work-life balance
Bullying & harassment
Workplace pressure
Managing change
Workplace relationships
Careers

Family & Relationships

Childcare
Education
Elder care
Juggling work & family
Caring for others
Domestic abuse

Daily Living

Consumer rights
Health & wellness
Debt & money
management
Relocation
Community resources

Life Events

Pregnancy & new baby
Adoption
Marriage & cohabitation
Separation & divorce
Bereavement & loss
Retirement

 

Benefits to Employees
Supports emotional wellbeing
Provides practical, legal & financial advice on a wide range of issues
Helps prevent work related stress
Access to confidential telephone counselling 24/7​

Benefits to Employers
Low premiums
No minimum numbers required
Demonstrates a commitment to employee wellbeing
Contributes to a healthier, happier workplace
Reduces absenteeism & increases productivity
Highlights trends, issues & overall stress levels within a company

Address the Stress – Call us Today...
A stress-free team is a happy and productive team. Get in touch with us today on 01280 851113 to discuss the Gemelli Employee Assistance Programme in more detail with one of our experts, or email us.

Save on Home Tech & Mobiles

Switch On & Save...Tech & Mobile Salary Exchange Scheme
From smartphones and tablets to TVs and tumble dryers, we’re surrounded by technology designed to help make our lives easier, more fun – or both.  Accessing the very latest gadget or appliance can be expensive though, often necessitating a long wait while money is saved up, having to jump through credit checks and pay even more in interest charges, settling for a lower spec model or an inferior brand name. Gemelli’s Technology & Mobile Salary Exchange Scheme takes all the hassle out of buying technology. The scheme enables anyone to get the cutting edge device, home tech equipment or white goods unit they want right away from their manufacturer of choice, with no wait, no checks and no compromises. It even saves them money!


How the Scheme Works
The scheme gives employees the option to exchange a portion of their salary for the technology they want, allowing them to spread costs over 2 years and take advantage of savings in the form of discounts and reduced National Insurance payments. The process is simple. Registered employees are given access to a dedicated website where they can browse thousands of products by category, get detailed information on the savings they’ll make, and see how their take home pay will be affected. Once an order has been placed and approved by the employer, the product will be delivered to the employees’ home address, and at the end of the arrangement, the employee has the option to trade in their product for cashback, get a discount on a new item purchased through the scheme, or simply keep their product.


What Kind of Products Are Available?
The scheme covers tech and mobile products from leading brands such as Apple, HP, Samsung, Sony, Asus, Microsoft, L G and many others. There’s a huge range of technology to choose from including:

  • Home Technology (Including PCs - Laptops - Tablets - Smart TVs - Games Consoles - Audio Equipment - Cameras)
  • Large and Small Appliances (Including Tumble Dryers - Dish washers - Coffee machines - Fridges/Freezers)
  • And Mobile Phones

Saving Example Here’s a typical saving example based on buying an Apple iPad Pro over 2 years

IPad Pro
Product Cost: £549
Monthly Salary Exchange: £22.48
Saving (12%): £66
Monthly Take Home Reduction: £20.13
Cost after savings:  £483


Benefits to Employees

  • Access the latest technology for less
  • Save money through product discounts & reduced NI
  • Spread costs over 2 years
  • No credit check or deposit required
  • Access to a dedicated customer support helpline

Benefits to Employers

  • Help your staff make their money go further
  • Increase workforce engagement & loyalty without increasing payroll
  • Easy to implement & fully managed
  • Full protection - GAP Insurance included as standard

Contact Us Today
Introduce Gemelli’s Technology & Mobile Salary Exchange Scheme into your organisation, and help your employees get their hands on the technology they want right away and for less. Get in touch with us today on 01280 851113 to discuss this scheme in more detail with one of our experts, or email us.

Gym Membership

Gemelli Gym Membership Scheme: The Next Best Thing to a Gym in the Workplace...
Taking regular exercise is central to a healthy, happy life, and the effects go much further than just improving physical fitness. As part of a consistent regime, exercise can have a positive impact on general wellbeing, helping to boost the immune system, reduce stress levels, and contribute to better mental health. By far the most convenient way for most of us to get a regular fitness fix is to join a gym. We all need a little motivational nudge when it comes to keeping fit, and a gym offers a fun, encouraging environment where we can work out with other people, join in with organised classes and get professional instruction tailored to our individual needs. In short, you’re far more likely to get the results you want by joining a gym than by going it alone.

Our Gym Membership scheme is one of our most popular benefits. Simple and easy for businesses of any size to implement, the scheme enables employers to give their staff access to discounts of up to 20% on membership at thousands of gyms and health clubs right across the UK.

How the Scheme Works
It really couldn’t be easier, and there’s no administration for employers. The business pays a small monthly fee in order for staff to be able to access a dedicated website where they can search thousands of gyms and health clubs – including national brands such as Fitness First, LA Fitness and DW Sports. Once they’ve found their preferred gym, employees use a unique code to download a voucher which entitles them to membership at the best corporate discount available. Savings can be as much as 20% at some gyms; discounts apply even if the employee is already a member, and can also be taken up by family members. What’s more, in the unlikely event that an employee’s preferred gym is not currently participating in the scheme, we’ll contact the club and invite them to register as soon as possible.

Benefits to Employees

  • Stay fit & healthy for less
  • Save up to 20% on membership at thousands of gyms & health clubs
  • Choose from local authority & independent gyms to national chains
  • Discounts also apply to immediate family
  • 24 hour customer services helpline

Benefits to Employers

  • Promotes a healthier, happier workforce
  • Helps increase productivity & reduce sickness
  • A simple, flexible scheme with broad appeal that’s easy to introduce & requires no administration
  • Positions you as a caring employer who values their staff
  • Assists in the recruitment, retention & motivation of staff
  • Requires no minimum employee numbers to operate

Ready to Witness the Fitness?
Give your employees a benefit they’ll genuinely appreciate, and get a healthier, happier, more motivated workforce. Get in touch with us today on 01280 851113 to discuss this scheme in more detail with one of our experts, or email us.

Car Benefit Scheme

Gemelli Car Benefits Scheme
What’s Shiny, Green & Guaranteed to Make Everyone Happy? A Brand New Car through Gemelli’s Car Benefit Scheme... Car ownership brings independence and convenience; the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want to, and it’s something most of us consider to be important – even essential. Motoring comes at a price though, and variable expenses like servicing and maintenance can make it difficult to budget – with unexpected bills seemingly guaranteed to arrive at exactly the time they’re least welcome.

But there is a way you can take all the uncertainty out of car ownership, enjoying worry-free driving and substantial savings - while knowing that you’re also helping the environment. Gemelli’s Car Benefit scheme lets you drive a brand new car for a fixed monthly payment that includes all your motoring outgoings apart from fuel. 

How the Scheme Works
Gemelli’s Car Benefit Scheme has a very low cost for employers to implement, and can be introduced into companies that have just one employee, or thousands. Under the scheme, which operates on a Salary Exchange basis, employees can agree to exchange a portion of their salary for a brand new car. As well as an all-inclusive package that includes insurance, maintenance and servicing, breakdown cover and replacement tyres, drivers on the scheme also benefit from manufacturer discounts and corporate finance rates – while those opting for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) with CO2 emissions of 75 and below are able to take advantage of tax and NI savings. 

As well as being a great way to help employees drive new cars, Gemelli’s Car Benefit Scheme can help a business meet its environmental objectives. All cars on the scheme have their carbon offset to make them carbon neutral, and additionally, employers can select to introduce a CO2 emissions limit for cars in their fleet, so that at the same time as providing a highly valued employee benefit, a company can reduce its carbon footprint.

How Employees Benefit

  • An affordable way to drive a new car
  • Fixed monthly price covers all your motoring costs – just add fuel
  • Tax & NI savings for drivers choosing ULEVs
  • No credit check or deposit required

How Employers Benefit

  • No minimum employee numbers required
  • Scheme is fully outsourced & easy to implement
  • NIC savings on ULEVs
  • Helps to attract, engage, retain & motivate staff
  • No financial risk or liability – protection against staff going on maternity or sick leave, leaving their job or being made redundant
  • Supports your company’s environmental credentials by promoting the use of low emission cars & allowing you to set your own CO2 cap

Example Costs and Savings

Audi A3 Sportback
SE 1.6 TDI Manual
Gemelli
Scheme
Personal
Contract 
Mileage 10,000 10,000
Term 36 36
Deposit/Initial Payment £0 £3000
APR% 0% 6.3%
Net Monthly Cost £362.89 £248.88
Net Monthly Amount
including deposit
£362.89 £332.21
Insurance/ month Included £41.58
Road Tax/ month Included £15.00
Depreciation n/a n/a
Breakdown Cover/ month Included £4.17
Tyres Included £11.42
Service (parts & labour)/ month Included £36.17
End of Agreement Optional price
to purchase
£11,461.75
Net monthly amount £362.89 £440.55

 

Put Yourself in the Driving Seat
If you’d like to give your staff the option to drive a brand new car and save money on their motoring costs, create a happier, more motivated workforce, and reduce your company’s carbon footprint – all at no extra cost to your business – contact us today on 01280 851113 to discuss this scheme in more detail with one of our experts, or email us.

My Staff Shop

Gemelli Retail Discounts Scheme
My Staff Shop Makes Money Go Further. With inflation hitting 2.3% in February, and even the Bank of England predicting it will reach 2.8% next year, many ordinary people are feeling squeezed as they see their real spending power reduced. Of course, one option is simply to cut back on spending or even do without some less essential items, but there is another solution which doesn’t require any such sacrifices and actually makes money go further. My Staff Shop is a retail discount scheme which makes it possible for employers to give their staff access to exclusive benefits and money-saving deals on a huge range of household and leisure expenditure, including high street and online shopping, holidays, dining, family days out, gym membership, cinema tickets, motoring, insurance, childcare, and loads more – all for just a small monthly fee per person.

One Website, a World of Savings
At the heart of this scheme is the My Staff Shop website, giving members information on a world of exclusive savings. The website – which can be branded to reflect the corporate identity of the participating business, is updated daily with all the latest deals, and is packed with ways to save, making it the first place for staff to visit ahead of any kind of purchase.

3 Ways My Staff Shop Helps Beat the Squeeze

Save on Shopping: 

  • My Staff Shop gives members no less than 5 ways to save on shopping.
  • Discount card: Saves members 7% on everything they spend in over 50 top high street retailers. Plus there are exclusive, member-only special offers uploaded to the My Staff Shop website every day.
  • Online Savings: On a range of lifestyle brands including APH, Thorntons, Virgin Media and Alton Towers Resort.
  • Reloadable Shopping Cards: From many of the UK’s leading brands and supermarkets including Pizza Express, Argos, Top Shop, B&Q, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Morrison’s, Waitrose,  Sainsbury’s, PC World and ToysRus. Cards can be topped up at a discounted rate and used like cash to save money.
  • Cashback: Online rewards and money back offers at over 500 retailers. Each time a purchase is made, a percentage of the value is credited to the members personal web account for them to save or spend.
  • Telephone Shopping: Call suppliers direct or use a central number to access offers from suppliers including Haven, Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND and Warwick Castle.

Save on Gym Membership
As well as discounts on a wide range of health-related products and services including eye care and health screening, My Staff Shop members and their partners can get discounted membership at thousands of national and local gyms and fitness clubs across the UK. They simply login to the My Health & Fitness area on the website to locate their closest gym and download a voucher entitling them to the lowest corporate discount.

FREE Employee Assistance Programme
Life can be complicated, but with My Staff Shop, expert help is only ever a phone call away. Members and their immediate family have free, 24 /7 access to My Assistance Programme, a telephone service providing professional advice. Members receive  support from a qualified consultant or counsellor and a full clinical assessment where necessary, before being offered the most appropriate form of support, including counselling, information, guidance and resource referrals.

  • Emotional well-being, managing stress, anxiety, depression, disability & illness.
  • Work-life balance, bullying & harassment, workplace pressure, managing change, workplace relationships & careers.
  • Childcare, education, elder care, juggling work & family life, caring for others, domestic abuse & probate.
  • Consumer rights, health, wellness, debt & money management, relocation & immigration.
  • Pregnancy, new baby, adoption, marriage & cohabitation, separation & divorce, moving home, bereavement & retirement.

Benefits to Employers

  • Enhances employees’ pay at minimal cost.
  • Strengthens workforce engagement & loyalty.
  • Helps recruit, motivate & retain staff.
  • Employee Assistance Programme demonstrates you care about staff & their families & helps ensure a stress-free workforce.
  • Requires no minimum numbers & no administration.
  • Can be branded to your company.

Benefits to Employees

  • 7% savings at a wide range of retailers with discount card.
  • Exclusive member-only deals every day.
  • Big savings on eating out, days out, holidays, gym membership & more.
  • Online cash back.
  • Free access to Employee Assistance Programme for all the family.

Make My Staff Shop YOUR Staff Shop

Arrange a Demonstration Today. To arrange a demonstration of My Staff Shop, find out more about how this highly cost-effective employee benefit can be tailored to your business, and how it can help your staff make their money go further, call us now on 01280 851113, or email us.

Funeral Care

My Benefits Base

MyBenefitsBase - A Bespoke Online Solution for All Your Employee Benefits and Rewards

Employee benefit schemes are an integral part of most job packages, helping employers to recruit, motivate and retain the best staff, and in the case of salary exchange schemes, helping businesses to significantly reduce their payroll costs.With many companies offering their employees a diverse range of benefits – often supplied by different providers, keeping details of schemes up to date and communicating them effectively to staff can sometimes present a challenge for employers.

The solution? MyBenefitsBase from Gemelli...

What is MyBenefitsBase?

MyBenefitsBase is your own bespoke online solution, a space where you can host details of all the employee benefits you offer your staff, providing them with a single information point linked to your website or intranet. Your MyBenefitsBase solution will be exclusive to your organisation and branded to match your corporate identity – all for a very affordable set up cost and a small monthly fee.

Gemelli My Benefits Base

How MyBenefits Base Will Benefit Your Business

  • Brings all your benefit schemes from different providers together in just one place
  • Reduces internal communications and administration by making all information and forms available online
  • Supports new staff induction process
  • Quick and cost-effective way to keep staff updated with any changes to benefit packages
  • Helps to engender workforce engagement and increase uptake of benefits
  • No need to invest in creating your own expensive software solution

How MyBenefitsBase Will Benefit Your Staff

  • Lets your staff access employee benefit information easily and conveniently whenever they want on any digital device
  • Benefit details are presented clearly in easy to digest format with FAQ’s, links and help line information
  • Makes employee benefit information easily accessible to all staff including remote or mobile workers

MyBenefitsBase will help reduce the time you spend managing, administrating and communicating your employee benefit schemes – while increasing their uptake and effectiveness.

Get a Quote or Arrange a Demonstration

Call us now on 01280 851113, or email us. Read more about MyBenefitsBase.

Salary Exchange Changes

Rule Changes to Salary Exchange Schemes, Your Questions Answered.

In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the government’s intention to make changes to rules on the way that some salary exchange schemes are taxed. Salary exchange schemes (also known as salary sacrifice schemes) provide companies with a way to enhance staff remuneration and lifestyle, improve morale, and create a real workplace differential without impacting on payroll. With rising inflation set to put pressure on both business and household budgets, many employers will be keen to understand the new rules coming into effect on 6th April 2017. A consultation process is ongoing, and final details are still to be confirmed, but we already know much of the important information.

To help employers and employees understand the impact of the new rules, our short Q&A provides answers to some key questions:

Q Will the rule changes affect all existing schemes?

A No. It’s important to recognise that not all schemes will be affected by the new rules. A number of key schemes will remain, continuing to offer tax and NI savings for employees and reducing employers’ NIC payments for the foreseeable future. They are:

  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work
  • Holiday Exchange
  • Ultra-Low Emission Cars (75 co2 and below)
  • Pensions & Pensions Advice

Q Which existing schemes will be subject to the new rules?

Some salary exchange schemes will no longer attract employee tax savings and employers NIC if they’re taken up after 5th April 2017. They are:

  • Health Screening          
  • Parking at Work
  • Professional Fees & Subs
  • Save as you Learn
  • Mobiles & Home Tech.

Q What will happen to existing arrangements on schemes subject to the new rules?

A  All existing arrangements on schemes subject to the new rules which are entered into before 6th April 2017 will continue until 5th April 2018 – with the exception of car contracts which will continue until 5th April 2021 - with the full tax and N I savings maintained until these dates.

Q Can employees still register for affected schemes ahead of the deadline?

A Yes. Up until 5th April 2017, employees can still register onto any scheme and take full advantage of the employee tax and NI savings which will apply up to 5th April 2018. Employers NIC savings will also apply up to this date. Important note: Although employees must enter into an arrangement before the April 2017 deadline to qualify for savings, salary deductions do not have to start immediately, so long as a start date is pre-determined.

Q Will the affected schemes still offer any benefits once the new rules apply?

Yes, although affected schemes will no longer attract tax savings once the new rules are applied, salary exchange schemes will continue to offer many benefits to employees. In particular:

  • Savings on National Insurance
  • Ability to spread costs without having to pay any interest
  • Convenience of making regular, predictable payments
  • No up-front costs, credit, insurance or reference checks
  • Access to corporate discounts in some instances

Are You Operating a Gemelli Salary Exchange Scheme Which Will be Subject to the New Rules?

If you’re an employer and you are currently running a Gemelli salary exchange scheme which is going to be affected by the new rules, we’ll be contacting you soon to discuss the options open to you and your employees. If you are concerned the changes may adversely affect staff morale, we can look at the possibility of continuing to operate schemes in a different format, or we can advise you on our range of voluntary and company-paid employee benefits. In the meanwhile, make sure that you and your employees don’t miss out on tax and Employers NIC savings. Contact us now to register onto a scheme before the 5th April 2017 deadline. Call now on 01280 851113, or email us.

Voluntary Benefits for 2017

Cut the Cost Of Living In 2017 With Gemelli Voluntary Benefits

We’re living through a period of economic uncertainty, and with inflation predicted to rise in 2017, household budgets – and business budgets too – are set to come under more pressure than ever. But it’s not all one-way; Gemelli has a range of voluntary employee benefit schemes which businesses can offer to staff, giving them access to specially negotiated discounts on a diverse selection of products and services.Voluntary benefits help employees save money, and help businesses demonstrate how much they value their staff. In many cases there is no cost to the employer, and because there are no minimum numbers, voluntary benefits can be implemented by companies of any size. 

We’ve chosen four of our most popular schemes to highlight here:

Gym Membership

A healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and Gemelli’s Gym Membership scheme can help employees get fit for less in 2017. For a small annual fee, employers can give staff access to discounts of up to 30% on membership at thousands of gyms, from low cost clubs run by local authorities to national brands such as Fitness First, LA Fitness and DW Sports. Using a unique passcode, staff log in to a dedicated website where they can find their preferred gym, and download a voucher giving them the best corporate discount available. Discounts apply even to existing members and their families – and if an employee wants to join a local gym that’s not currently part of the scheme, we’ll endeavour to register the club as soon as possible.

Health Cash Plans

The cost of health cover puts it out of reach to many people, but Gemelli offers a range of simple, affordable plans to meet every day healthcare expenses, starting from just £1.20 a week for basic cover. Employees pay a monthly fee that suits their budget, and depending on the level of cover, they can claim back part or all of the cost of their treatment. No medical or GP referral is required, and plans cover consultation and basic fees for registered dentists, opticians, chiropractors and physiotherapists, as well as specialist consultations and hospital bills. Dependent children aged up to 21 and in full-time education are covered free.

Home Utilities

The cost of essentials like gas, electricity, broadband, home and mobile phone make up a significant part of total outgoings for all households. Gemelli has teamed up with The Utility Warehouse to bring savings on a wide range of utility services. Operated by Telecom Plus PLC, The Utility Warehouse is recommended by the consumer publication Which?, and already provides savings to more than 375,000 UK customers. The flexible scheme lets staff opt to take one or more services – the more they take, the more they save, they’ll also get a cashback card giving extra savings off their utilities bill by earning cashback on their everyday shopping.

Wills & Estate Planning

Gemelli works with members of the Society of Will Writers to give employees access to discounted, fixed-price advice on wills, power of attorney, funeral plans, trusts and probate from independent professionals. More than two thirds of UK adults put off making a will until it’s too late, often with disastrous consequences for those left behind, but through this scheme, employees can get a properly drafted will in place to protect dependents and provide peace of mind. There’s even the option to have appointments over Skype or telephone for optimum convenience.

Contact Us Now & Cut Costs In 2017

Start the New Year by cutting the cost of living in 2017. Call us now on 01280 851113, or email us to find out more about our range of voluntary employee benefits .

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