This week’s news in brief

Call for pensions get-out

Employers should be given a chance to go back on pensions promises made to staff, according to a leading pensions expert. Watson Wyatt consultant Alan Pickering, who is on the board of the Pensions Regulator and author of a 2002 government report on pensions, said there should be “a one-off opportunity for employers to renegotiate
the past”.
www.personneltoday.com/34449.article

Security registration chaos

An estimated 75,000 private security guards will be operating illegally after the introduction of new legislation this week. From 20 March, it became illegal to work as a security guard without a licence from the Security Industry Authority. A last-minute rush for licences has created a massive backlog. Employers who take on unlicensed security staff could be jailed for up to five years.
www.personneltoday.com/54450.article

Sex-for-visas scandal

The Home Office has admitted three immigration officials had sex with visa applicants wanting to extend their stay in the UK. Officials offered applicants visas for sex, but failed to provide the papers afterwards. One was dismissed, a second resigned and the third is the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings.
www.personneltoday.com/34440.article

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