… in brief

This week’s news in brief

Proposals lack focus

Government proposals on financial reporting lack focus on people, according
to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The latest
proposals leave reporting to the discretion of the "directors of the
company to review and identify the relevant factors in their particular
case", or omit them altogether if they see fit.  www.cipd.co.uk

Part-time judiciary

All judges below High Court level will soon be able to work part-time under
new government plans. As part of its drive to increase judicial diversity, the
Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced that from 1 April 2005,
all new and existing salaried appointments below High Court level will be
suitable for part-time sitting unless the nature of the office or business
needs dictate otherwise.  www.dca.gov.uk/

Royal Mail prize draw

The Royal Mail is offering its staff the chance to win cars and holiday
vouchers in a scheme designed to cut high rates of absenteeism. Workers who do
not take a single day off sick between now and 31 January 2005 will be entered
into a prize draw and could win one of 34 Ford Focus cars or holiday vouchers.  www.royalmail.com

HR Strategy conference

Directors keen to develop an HR strategy in line with organisational goals
should attend the HR Strategy conference organised by IRS, in association with
Personnel Today, on 18-19 November. The first day includes practical advice,
case studies and debate on shifting from best practice to business imperative
HR strategies and tactics, and the second day offers delegates a workshop on
measuring human capital and how to integrate it with your HR strategy. 
Booking hotline 020 7347 3500

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