Coalition should have given date to scrap the default retirement age

Of the many measures announced in last month’s Emergency Budget to concern employers, perhaps the least surprising was the confirmation the coalition government plans to scrap the default retirement age (DRA) of 65. The government revealed it would “quickly phase out” the DRA from April next year – although offering no timescale for this process [...]
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Does public sector HR have the steel to cut pay?

Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems. With the economy remaining in such a fragile state and deep and painful spending cuts looming large, should the UK follow Spain’s example and cut the pay of public sector staff? A measure that would have previously been inconceivable to public sector HR directors should now been [...]
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Public sector HR must brace itself

Now the political wrangling has subsided and the new coalition government is in place, HR professionals working in the public sector might be advised to adopt the brace position. Billions of pounds in spending cuts, the details of which will emerge fully in the coming weeks, are set to provide the toughest challenge for public [...]
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Volcano disruption: Asda will pay stranded staff

As the dust (or should that be ash?) finally settles on the huge travel disruption caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland, it’s good to see one of the UK’s largest employers adopting a policy that puts the concerns of its workforce centre stage. Asda is seemingly bucking the trend and pledging to pay staff [...]
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HR and social media: Time to get serious

The phrase ‘social media’ would previously had many in HR reaching for the employee handbook checking their organisation’s policy on internet use or Facebook activity was up to date. But all that is changing. Personnel Today’s Social Media Week – with content running in the magazine and on our website – is recognition of the [...]
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Equality Act | HR will reject positive action in recruitment

Employers’ bodies have welcomed the Equality Act, passed by parliament last week, for simplifying the UK’s over-complex law in this area, while acknowledging that the legislation will create work for employers, and particularly HR professionals. One of the more problematic ideas in the new law is positive action in recruitment.The option to select someone from [...]
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Budget 2010: HR must lead on public sector cuts

Whoever wins the General Election there will be a meltdown in public finances and the  £11bn cuts to public services announced in last week’s budget  is the tip of the iceberg. Public sector HR chiefs need to get to grips with this issue now, and that was the message at last week’s meeting up public [...]
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Religious discrimination | Vegans win Equality Bill protection

The government’s attempts to outlaw religious discrimination in the workplace turned into farce last week when a draft code of practice was published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.The code aims to help employers interpret the Equality Bill, but eyebrows were raised in the HR community at the revelation that not only will established [...]
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How will the World Cup 2010 affect your organisation?

With the Football World Cup less than 100 days away, what plans has your organisation put in place to allow employees follow their national team? Take part in our poll and it will link you to the latest IRS survey which investigates the steps that organisations can take to integrate this and other major sporting [...]
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CIPD must investigate behaviour of Christine Pratt

The long-term consequences to the anti-bullying movement of Christine Pratt’s decision to go public with claims that Downing Street staff had contacted the National Bullying Helpline will be hard to quantify. Pratt says she spoke out after denials by ministers that bullying took place, and that no employer should issue such a denial until investigating [...]
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