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British Retail Consortium calls for minimum wage review

17 Aug 2006

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has called for a fundamental review of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) after claiming that last year's rise cost retailers £1bn, and this October's increase will add a further £1bn

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Immigration Service ignores recruiting firms’ reports about illegal workers

17 Aug 2006

Reports from recruiters about possible illegal workers are sometimes being ignored by the Immigration Service.

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Newcastle City Council denies diversity training imposes ban on use of hinny and pet

17 Aug 2006

Newcastle City Council has denied claims that it banned employees from using words like 'pet', 'hinny' and 'love' when talking to women.

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David Cameron’s new vision for the Conservatives has HR focus

17 Aug 2006

Conservative party leader David Cameron has unveiled a document outlining what he believes his party should stand for and there are a number of policies to interest HR professionals

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Land Securities invests £215,000 on SkillSoft e-learning package for 2,000 staff

16 Aug 2006

Investment in e-HR prompted by successful pilot scheme.

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Unions call for tougher policing of security firms

16 Aug 2006

Licence scheme fails to address issue of unchecked firms.

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Most workers in the UK change their accent in the workplace

16 Aug 2006

The UK is a nation of 'accent chameleons', with two-thirds of workers consciously changing their accents when doing business, research reveals

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Drunken haze inhibits UK productivity after lunchtime boozing leaves workers reeling

15 Aug 2006

Alcohol saps afternoon performance at UK plc.

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Police Service of Northern Ireland applicants to be asked their sexual orientation

14 Aug 2006

Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are, for the first time, to be asked their sexual orientation

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Hammersmith & Fulham is first London council to set up shared services centre

14 Aug 2006

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has signed a £120m, 10-year deal to set up London's first local government shared-services centre.

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Insurance firm Aon outsources its client operations division to Xchanging in 10-year deal

14 Aug 2006

More than 500 staff at insurance company Aon are to transfer to Xchanging after it signed a 10-year £230m business process outsourcing deal with the outsourcer.

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Temps are less tempting after CRB policy change

8 Aug 2006

The use of temporary staff by employers in the public and voluntary sectors could be dramatically reduced after the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) changed its policy on background checks for temps

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House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee to assess ability of Civil Service to fix itself

2 Aug 2006

MPs to investigate impact of reforms on Civil Service.

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Pirelli Tyres faces strike by workers over 2.2% pay offer

2 Aug 2006

Workers at Pirelli Tyres have voted in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay.

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Ex-Deutsche Bank employee wins £800,000 after claims that bullying led to nervous breakdown

1 Aug 2006

A former Deutsche Bank employee who claimed her ex-colleagues bullied her into a nervous breakdown has been awarded £800,000 in damages and lost earnings

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