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WorkLife adds health protection benefits to online platform

6 January 2021

OpenMoney’s employee benefits portal WorkLife has joined forces with insurance provider Unum to add a range of health protection benefits to its online platform. 

WorkLife customers will be to access group life insurance, dental plans and critical illness for their employees with no medical questions or underwriting required and solutions available from a range of set cover levels.

Recent research by WorkLife revealed that health and insurance products are among the most sought-after benefits for SMEs, with over a fifth (22%) of employers wanting to offer them over the next six months.

Rob Marshall, managing director, WorkLife, said: “Like us, Unum is dedicated to serving the SME market – this shared aim and understanding of the challenges faced by smaller businesses made them the perfect partner for us in the group protection space.

“At a time when many people’s salaries are having to stretch even further, benefits such as life, critical illness or dental cover can offer vital peace of mind when unexpected health concerns arise. The fact that Unum puts such focus on making these valuable, but seemingly complex, products easy to access and understand was hugely important to us, and we look forward to working with them on helping more SMEs provide a greater level of security to their workers as we move through this uncertain period.”

Glenn Thompson, customer solutions director, Unum, adds: “It’s more important than ever to make valuable employee benefits accessible to small businesses and partnering with WorkLife means we can do just that. Our simple benefits take out the complexity so employers can put in-demand benefits in place quickly – with little administration and no underwriting – which might have felt unattainable in the past.”

This latest venture follows WorkLife’s partnership with pension provider Smart Pension in September to make workplace pensions simpler and more efficient for SME employers and employees. As part of its mission, WorkLife has scrapped its £2 fee per employee for the rest of 2020.

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