The HR profession gets the chance to voice its opinion on headline news each week through our barometer at PersonnelToday.com.
Based on your votes over the first quarter of 2005, we take a look at whether you agreed with the news and leading opinion formers.
Business leaders have given a cautious welcome to Labour plans to introduce a new Bank Holiday in the autumn if elected for a third term.
Q Should there be an extra public holiday in the UK?
- Yes 91%
- No 9%
Our verdict: Despite the CBI saying it'll cost 1.5bn in lost productivity, you are all for another day off. Were you voting for improving staff work-life balance or your own?
Staff costs alone will mean the controversy surrounding government plans for 24-hour licensing will amount to nothing more than a storm in a pint glass.
Q Will 24-hour licensing affect productivity?
- Yes 57%
- No 43%
Our verdict: It is estimated that the absence caused by excessive drinking already costs business more than 2bn a year. Fortunately, only eight establishments across the UK have applied for late licenses so far.
The Conservatives have played down fears that their proposed immigration quotas will result in further skills shortages.
Q Do you agree with the Tories' immigration policies?
- Yes 44%
- No 56%
Our verdict: A close one. However, like it or lump it we need immigrants to fill recruitment vacancies - presently standing at about 620,000 across the UK.
More than four-fifths of UK HR professionals say their bosses automatically think twice before employing women of 'child-bearing' age.
Q Do you think your organisation discriminates against pregnant women?
- Yes 17%
- No 83%
Our verdict: The 17% who discriminate against pregnant women are clearly in an envious position and have no troubles with recruitment and no concerns about tribunals. Sadly for you, it's a fools paradise.
Prime minister Tony Blair recognises that workplace issues will be a key factor in the forthc