Casual staff are not entitled to a written statement of terms and conditions of employment after a House of Lords ruling.
In Carmichael v National Power, the Lords overturned a Court of Appeal verdict that two guides recruited on a "casual, as-required" basis were employed under a contract of employment.
For more, see Employers Law, December 1999, p41.
Exult, the HR outsourcing provider which recently signed a £370m deal with BP Amoco, has bought Gunn Partners (GPI), a provider of service centre consulting services. GPI will become Exult's consulting arm. It will deal with benchmarking and the design, transition and transformation of HR processes.
Euro links demand
Demand for senior executives with pan-European responsibilities is growing dramatically, a survey by HR consultancy William Mercer has found. More than seven out of 10 firms said they intended hiring more "Euro-managers" in the next 18 months. Most have been recruited for sales and marketing positions. Two in five respondents said HR managers would be recruited for pan-European roles.
Union deals grow
There were 75 union recognition agreements in the 10 months between January and October 1999, TUC figures show. It is the highest number recorded for such a period. Four in 10 unions said the impending union recognition law had been influential in securing the deals. Half of the new agreements followed specific recruitment campaigns by unions. The vast majority of new deals are for collective bargaining, including pay and other terms and conditions.
Employers are wasting their money on recruitment advertising and should fix their hiring problems by investing in on-the-job training, the London Skills Forecasting Unit has advised. More than one in five of London's workforce swapped jobs last year and one in three vacancies in the capital are reported as "hard-to-fill", because the employer cannot find suitable skills.
A box on employers' duties to consult over redundancies on page eight of 14 December issue of Personnel Today stated that the consultation period must be 90 days. We would like to c