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Whistleblowers need more protection, say MPs

Whistleblowers should be offered legal and counselling services and “swift sanctions” should be imposed on staff who victimise them, a group of MPs has said today. The Public Accounts Committee…

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Personnel Today Awards 2014 shortlist unveiled

The shortlist for the Personnel Today Awards 2014 is revealed today, with a record number of organisations securing their place at the annual ceremony later this year…


Absence rates continue to fall

Employers’ efforts to reduce absence are paying off, according to ongoing research by XpertHR. Successive XpertHR surveys on absence rates show a gradual decline in the number of days taken as sick leave by employees. In 2007, the median was 7.4 a year per employee but latest figures record a drop to 5.2 in 2013 …

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Employment tribunal fees “severely limit” workers’ access to justice

The introduction of employment tribunal fees has “severely limited access to justice for workers”, with worrying consequences for the future of employment law, according to new research. Employment tribunal claims have fallen dramatically since fees were introduced, with 79% fewer claims in the period from October to December 2013 than in the same period in 2012, […]

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A novel approach to leadership coaching

Poor leadership is often at the heart of business failure. So how do you train managers to become inspirational leaders? Leadership coach David Ferrers explains his story. If management is mainly concerned with the design and implementation of process, and leadership is about getting the best out of the people who will implement the process, […]

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Test yourself: Which non-religious beliefs have been protected by discrimination laws?

We round up an eclectic list of beliefs that claimants have argued constitute “philosophical beliefs” under equality legislation before employment tribunals…

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A minute with… Elanie Kruger, Africa HR director at G4S

How did you get into HR? I studied economics at the University of Stellenbosch and was determined to become an economist. However, in my third year, I had to do an assignment on career psychology and I found it extremely interesting. With industrial psychology as a major, I decided to continue my postgraduate studies in […]


Funding pressures force wage growth to remain subdued

Pay awards continue to stagnate at an average of just 2%, according to analysis from XpertHR. The figures for the…

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Contractor announced for new national sickness absence service

The Government has announced the company that will run a new national service aimed at cutting long-term sickness absence by offering employees health assessments and return-to-work plans. The Health and Work Service (HWS) in England and Wales will be delivered by occupational health (OH) provider Health Management, which is owned by the multinational government service […]


Tribunal watch: Sharon Shoesmith receives £680,000 payout over dismissal

Reports suggest that Sharon Shoesmith, former director of children’s services for the London Borough of Haringey, has been awarded more than £600,000 following her successful judicial review over the procedural unfairness of her dismissal. Sharon Shoesmith judicial review: XpertHR resources Dismissal of Sharon Shoesmith following death of “Baby P” was void and unlawful Podcast: Sharon […]

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