… in brief

This week’s news in brief

PT goes for glory

Personnel Today has been nominated in two categories in the prestigious
Periodical Publishers Association Awards for editorial and publishing
excellence. Our Refugees in Employment Campaign has been shortlisted in the
Editorial Campaign of the Year category. Personnel today.com will also be going
for glory after being shortlisted for Interactive Business Magazine of the
Year.  www.ppa.co.uk

ULR rights delayed

Union learning representatives (ULRs) will have to wait at
least another month before gaining the same statutory rights as other union
officials. The DTI is changing draft guidance that will clarify the remit of
ULRs, which is due to go before Parliament later this month.  www.dti.gov.uk

Strike compensation

The Strategic Rail Authority plans to compensate nine train
operators affected by last weekend’s guard strikes by staff. Millions of pounds
earmarked for rail network improvements will be used to cover company loses
incurred by the two 24-hour walkouts by train guards over safety.  www.sra.gov.uk

CRB under scrutiny

The National Audit Office (NAO) is to investigate the Criminal
Records Bureau (CRB) over delays employers have faced in checking the
back-grounds of prospective staff. The CRB, set up in March 2002, has faced
criticism over its failure to cope with the volume of applications.  www.nao.gov.uk

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