We study how the flu virus spreads between people. While we strongly encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine, the findings from our study on the stability of flu viruses in the air can provide useful information for parents, teachers and health care officials to limit the spread of flu in the community.
Cross Border Benefits Alliance Paris Seminar on Cross-Border and Pan-European Pensions – The French Perspective
Cross Border Benefits Alliance Europe was launched on 6 December 2017 in Brussels, and advocates and lobbies for easing cross border pensions and benefits across EU borders. They hold an annual plenary conference in Brussels each year and hold local seminars and meetings such as this one, in different cities in the European Union.
We are ten years on from the Financial Crisis and I’m sure many readers of this article will think of the television pictures of the Lehman Brothers‘ bankers clearing their desks into cardboard boxes and leaving their building on 14 September 2008. That was one of the immediate physical manifestations of the crisis that had started in 2007 and whose root cause were the losses in the US sub-prime crisis (see “The Big Short” movie for a full explanation of it). But what exactly is the legacy of the Financial Crisis? It is tempting to answer, like others have done to past revolutions, that it’s too early to tell…
The mandatory pension plan in Mexico is, as of today, a Defined Contribution (DC) type. This plan was formally introduced in 1997; before this, the mandatory pension plan was a Defined Benefit (DB) type on a PAY-AS-YOU-GO basis. Workers who entered this mandatory pension plan after July 1, 1997 had to join the new plan. On the other hand, workers who were already in the labour market before that date could choose between either of the plans to retire.
For over a century, we have relied on a simplistic measure to determine if someone is a “healthy” weight or not. This is the body mass index (BMI) – the ratio of a person’s weight to the square of their height. The limits of this ratio are clearly demonstrated by professional rugby players; most of whom would be classified as “overweight”, despite having less than 10% body fat.
In the early 20th century, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. Epidemics erupted with little warning, seemingly out of the blue. When the “Great Influenza” struck in 1918, it killed thousands of people a week in American cities and spread like wildfire around the globe. My great aunt, still a teenager, and living in the San Francisco area, was one of its estimated 50 to 100 million victims worldwide.
During my second year of graduate school, I moved in with my sister’s family to save money. “You must get the flu shot if you are going to live here,” my sister declared. Both of my nieces were under the age of 5, putting them at a high risk of flu complications; therefore, it was critical that I do my part in, first, getting vaccinated to minimize my risk of getting the flu, and second, not passing the flu to a vulnerable population. A key part of this was, and still is, washing my hands regularly.
If you do nothing else the next few days, get a flu shot. The best time to get a flu shot is by the end of October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises. Considering the severity of last year’s flu, it is especially important for everyone over age six months to be vaccinated. This includes pregnant women.
In the November 2018 issue The Financial Crisis – A Decade Later – Lessons Learned? – Peter Devlin Unraveling Public Pensions in Mexico, The Example of Universities – Denise Gomez CBBA Academic Conference, Paris – A Report Stop Measuring Obesity with a Ruler – Tim Spector The Best Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep – Sophie Medlin Flu Lasts for More Than an Hour in Air and on Surfaces – Seema Lakdawala, Linsey Marr Get A Flu Shot Now – Patricia Schnabel Ruppert Influenza’s Wild Origins in Animals – Jonathan Runstadler Why Washing Your Hands Well Is So Important to Protect from The Flu – Michelle Sconce Massaquoi
In the November 2018 issue The Financial Crisis – A Decade Later – Lessons Learned? Peter Devlin Unraveling Public Pensions in Mexico – The Example of Universities Denise Gomez CBBA Academic Conference, Paris – A Report Stop Measuring Obesity with a Ruler Tim Spector The Best Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep Sophie Medlin Flu Lasts for More Than an Hour in Air and on Surfaces Seema Lakdawala, Linsey
The Pooling Market in 2018, A Position Paper, by Ludovic Bayard, Roland de Crombrugghe, Mauro Dugulin, Michael Hansen, Wendy Liu, Morten Unneberg, Peter de Vries Pensions – A Multi-Faceted View from Ireland, by Brian McGarry, Conor Murray, Padhraic Kelly, Orla Ormsby, Brid McDonnell, John Lucey, Andy Kelly Brexit Timeline The New Data Protection Scheme in Germany – What HR Departments Must Know – GDPR4HR, by Tobias Neufeld Who Wants to Join a Union? by Thomas Kochan, Duanyi Yang, Erin L. Kelly, Will Kimball Medical Myth: The Need for Eight Hours of Sleep Each Night, by Leon Lack New Book, ‘The Mind of the Leader’ – an Interview with Authors Jacqueline Carter and Rasmus Hougaard Employee Benefits Captive Integration – Chris Burns, Brian Quinn, Marc Reinhardt
In the October 2018 issue The Pooling Market in 2018, A Position Paper Ludovic Bayard, Roland de Crombrugghe, Mauro Dugulin, Michael Hansen, Wendy Liu, Morten Unneberg, Peter de Vries Pensions – A Multi-Faceted View from Ireland Brian McGarry, Conor Murray, Padhraic Kelly, Orla Ormsby, Brid McDonnell, John Lucey, Andy Kelly Brexit Timeline The New Data Protection Scheme in Germany – What HR Departments Must Know – GDPR4HR Tobias Neufeld
GBV: Thank you all for agreeing to this interview. Can we start with a history of captives in general and of the use of captives for employee benefits over the past 25 years?
Invesco Director Brian McGarry starts off by reminding us that a pension plan not only constitutes tax-advantaged deferred compensation, but that a well-thought out and well-communicated plan has a distinct, positive impact on employee retention. Experienced Personal Financial Advisors Conor Murray and Padhraic Kelly continue by explaining the importance of striking the right balance between our human and financial capital.
Of the European countries, Germany has always had the strictest data protection rules. This includes the legal framework that governs employer’s rights to process personal information of their employees, e.g. to do their payroll, or establish benefit schemes, during recruitment or in workforce investigations. The statutory rules applicable in Germany until May 24, 2018, the Old Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG-old), were based on the European data protection directive and provided for a comprehensive and restrictive scheme for the processing and transfer of personal data, including employees’ data in the workplace. On May 25, 2018, these rules were replaced by the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is binding in all EU member states.
We’re often told by the popular press and well-meaning family and friends that, for good health, we should fall asleep quickly and sleep solidly for about eight hours – otherwise we’re at risk of physical and psychological ill health.
Chief executives of the multinational pooling networks meet from time to time to discuss general industry trends, and recent discussions focused on the future of multinational pooling and how to grow the market for global solutions offered by the multinational networks. While the structure and focus areas vary between the networks, there was consensus on a number of issues relating to the current state of the market.
Researchers Jacqueline Carter and Rasmus Hougaard stopped in Brussels on 19 September 2018 to present the findings of their new book, The Mind of the Leader, Harvard Business Press. During an interesting evening, co-hosted by Generali Employee Benefits, Harvard Business Review and McKinsey GBV sat down with the authors to delve deeper into some aspects of their findings.
In the September 2018 issue GBV at Three The Data Privacy Act of the Philippines and GDPR Nico Lacson, Cesar Ruperto P. Ong Quick Take on InsurTech: Reto Toscan, SwissRe UK Group Risk Market Update Paul Avis Creating a Top-Tier Benefits Package James Reid Health Coaching Might Help in Reaching Old Age Ayse Cinar The Latest Blood Pressure Guidelines John Warner Is Cancer Just a Question of Bad Luck?
GBV at Three The Data Privacy Act of the Philippines and GDPR: Nico Lacson, Cesar Ruperto P. Ong Quick Take on InsurTech: Reto Toscan, SwissRe UK Group Risk Market Update: Paul Avis Creating a Top-Tier Benefits Package: James Reid Health Coaching Might Help in Reaching Old Age: Ayse Cinar The Latest Blood Pressure Guidelines: John Warner Is Cancer Just a Question of Bad Luck? – Yvane Wiart Opioid Epidemic – The Global Spread Has Begun: Blair Smith Interview with Enrique Acevedo, Correcol – the WBN member in Colombia
Two US researchers recently sparked controversy with their work on the role of “luck” in cancer. Their latest article was published in the March issue of the prestigious journal Science. The researchers, Christian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, showed that the disease is less dependent on hereditary (a genetic predisposition) and environmental risks (such as smoking, or asbestos exposure) than on random mutations (such as DNA replication errors) arising spontaneously in cells as they divide and reproduce over the course of our lifetimes.
Health coaching is one of the most powerful ways of changing people’s mindsets for the long term. Practitioners are rapidly taking their place alongside executive coaches, life coaches and personal trainers as another means of making us better people through one-to-one improvement sessions.
We live in a digitized era. Our professional and personal lives go by the dictum that data should drive our actions and reactions. In the course of doing business, companies receive and handle a significant volume of data, and in many instances, this data will include critical—and sensitive—personal data about individuals, be they customers or even employees. Data is increasingly seen as essential to be competitive and is, in its own way, a currency. However, being a data handler also comes with responsibilities and significant risk. In the Philippines, an archipelago composed of 7,107 islands and a population of over 100 million, legislators realized that legislation needed to catch up with this new digital reality.
In today’s landscape, employee benefits need to become the hot topic of conversation. There are many factors driving this since the demographics surrounding today’s workforce are constantly changing. With evolving employee demands and expectations, and new ways of working (think gig economy), employers need to play the employee benefits card to entice potential and current talent to stay put.