HR news round-up: HR stories making the headlines 26 July 2010

A round-up of HR-related stories in today’s newspapers.

BP is planning to announce the departure of chief executive Tony Hayward alongside its half-year financial results on Tuesday, reports the Guardian. The BP boss will be replaced by Bob Dudley, who is currently overseeing the oil spill operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

BBC executives are topping-up their pensions from a secret fund despite asking staff to accept cuts in their own retirement packages, according to the Telegraph. It comes after almost 20,000 BBC staff were asked to accept a 1% cap on their pensionable salaries.

Nuclear plant Sellafield is facing allegations that it used “bribery and blackmail” to coerce workers into settling a pay dispute, reports the Telegraph. GMB and Unite unions are set to bring the case against the nuclear reprocessing plant tomorrow at an employment tribunal in Carlisle.

A director of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service has been disciplined after criticising the NHS on the social networking website Facebook, according to the BBC. David Forster reportedly said the NHS employed “too many who are lazy, unproductive, obstinate, militant, aggressive at every turn”.

Police authorities that currently hold the 43 forces in England and Wales to account are set to be abolished. A government Green Paper will outline plans for elections for police and crime commissioners in May 2012. These positions will replace the existing authorities, and will have powers to set police force budgets and hire and fire chief constables, reports the BBC.

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