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Highly commended

Personnel Today and online information resource XpertHR – part of the Personnel Today portfolio – have been highly commended in the interactive business and professional category in the PPA awards for editorial and publishing excellence 2005. The awards, the magazine industry’s top accolade, are organised by the Periodical Publishers Association. Last year’s winner in this category was

Ex-Aslef boss pulls pints

Shaun Brady, who was sacked for gross misconduct from his role as general secretary of the train drivers union Aslef, has started a new career as a publican. Brady’s dismissal related to his failure to co-operate with an independent investigation into alleged financial irregularities. Brady said he had tried to return to his old job as a train driver, but he “was unemploy-able in the railway industry”. Instead he has become landlord of the Castle Inn in Southampton.

Docs limited by childcare

Six in 10 doctors do not or did not have adequate access to affordable childcare – forcing many to put their careers on hold, according to a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA). The Doctors Decide poll found that four in 10 doctors felt access to childcare provision had an effect on their career progression.

Crucial vote on opt-out

The European Parliament will take a crucial vote this week on whether or not the UK should retain its opt-out from the Euro-pean Working Time Directive. The employment committee of the parliament has already voted to remove the clause, and the rest of the MEPs will vote today (Tuesday) or tomorrow on the right for UK staff to voluntarily work more than 48-hours a week. UK employers groups are lobbying hard to be allowed to keep the opt-out.

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