News in brief

Barren outlook for women

One in four companies would prefer to break the law than risk hiring a pregnant woman or a woman of child-bearing age, according to research by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. Three-quarters of the 100 recruitment agencies that were questioned said companies had explicitly told them to avoid employing pregnant women or women of child-bearing age.

Wage rises backed by TUC

The TUC has urged the government to stand firm against employers whingeing over proposed increases to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). In its submission to the Low Pay Commission review, the TUC said the UK economy could well afford next year’s proposed 30p increase in the NMW – from 5.05 to 5.35, despite protests from employers in the retail sector. TUC general secretary, Brendan Barber, said millions of low-paid workers were reliant on “realistic” increases.

Seek out the surveys

Last week we published exclusive results of our survey into difficult employees, carried out in association with law firm Halliwells. To read a full report on the awkward squad in the workplace go to Now, Personnel Today, in association with HR consultancy Chiumento, is carrying out an online survey into poor performance and its underlying causes. Visit our website to have your say

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