This week’s news in brief

CBI shrugs off diversity call


Diversity tsar Trevor Phillips’ bid for positive discrimination to be legalised has been dismissed by the CBI. Susan Anderson, director of HR policy, said business did not want the powers. She added: “It may be needed in exceptional circumstances, such as the police or security services, but we would not want it extended to mainstream business.”


Tribunal system overhaul


The government has announced a root-and-branch review of the employment tribunal system. Michael Gibbons will lead a review of the options for simplifying and improving all aspects of dispute resolution, to make the system work better for employers and employees. Gibbons is a member of the DTI’s Ministerial Challenge Panel, and the Better Regulation Commission.


Sector skills special issue


Personnel Today will be publishing a special issue on 2 January, sponsored by Skills for Business, the Sector Skills Development Agency. The issue will look at all aspects of the Leitch Review and what it means for employers. You can keep up to speed with the latest HR news over the festive season by logging on to our award-winning website.




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