… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Winning ways

Personnel Today reader Peter Fonseca, organisation development manager at
Stanley Europe in Sheffield, is the lucky winner of a trip to Seville and a
place at the MCE Global HR Management Conference – Europe’s largest HR event.
The theme for this year’s event, which takes place on 21-23 April, is the
‘Future of Work’.  www.mce.be/hr2004

Mock tribunals

Recruitment consultancy Huntress and law firm CKFT are running a series of
mock employment tribunals, targeted at increasing the knowledge of HR
professionals. Attendance is free and there is specific reference to current
legislation on data protection, employee working status, e-mail monitoring and
discrimination. To book e-mail: allison.upton@huntress.co.uk

Directors in hiding

The number of company directors receiving special treatment from the DTI
because they are ‘under threat of violence or intimidation’ has doubled in the
past year. Normally directors must file a ‘usual residential address’ at
Companies House, but those claiming they need to hide their details for
security reasons has risen to 3,549 – up from 1,800.  www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Retailers fear worst

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned that the Government’s
decision to increase the adult national minimum wage to £4.85 could lead to
recruitment problems and job losses in the sector. BRC director of retail
services Amanda Miller said: "We are only relieved that the wage did not
rise above the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations."  www.brc.org.uk

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