HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 27 August 2010

A round-up of HR-related stories in today’s newspapers.

One in four lap dancers has a degree, according to a study reported by the Independent. The first academic research project into lap dancing has found that, rather than being uneducated young women who have been coerced into the industry, one in four dancers has a degree and has been attracted by the money.

Thousands of London firefighters are to start voting on whether or not to take industrial action in a row over new contracts. The dispute centres on plans to scrap current working hours and force fire crews to sign new contracts, reports the BBC. The London Fire Brigade Union said it will ballot about 6,000 members in the capital on action short of a strike.

Stressed police officers are being sent on “emotional survival” courses where they are taught deep breathing techniques and told to visualise themselves relaxing on a beach, the Telegraph reports. One force has already made the five-hour course compulsory for its front-line police officers, control room staff and dog handlers.

The Pensions Regulator has been asked to decide on the funding of the main EMI pension scheme because the trustees and the company cannot agree. It will be the first time the regulator has decided how much extra cash should be pumped into a company scheme to clear its deficit, according to the BBC. The shortfall in the EMI fund is estimated at between £115 million and £217 million.

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