News in brief

IIP standard updated

Investors in People is about to relaunch its standard. On 17 November it will unveil a number of changes designed to provide a stronger emphasis on the importance of establishing a culture of employee involvement and evidence of good practice. Chief executive Ruth Spellman explains all on our website.

Oracle gets PeopleSoft

The European Commission has given software firm Oracle the green light to go ahead with its takeover of rival PeopleSoft. The move clears one of the last hurdles in Oracle’s $7.7bn (4.2bn) bid for PeopleSoft – a move that would create one of the largest providers of HR software in the world. The EU’s decision to let the deal proceed, without any conditions, comes after competition regulators in the US came to the same conclusion.

BBC HR jobs threat

HR staff at the BBC face an uncertain future after reports that the corporation is planning to cut up to a quarter of its 28,000 workforce in the biggest single reorganisation in its history.
About 6,000 jobs are reportedly under threat from next year, although the final number of redundancies is yet to be decided. BBC People, the corporation’s HR department, is thought to be first in the firing line.

Rethink on patenity pay

If the Government wants fathers to warm to the idea of paternity leave it will have to increase the financial incentives, according to a new survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and law firm Hammonds. Their survey shows new fathers are unwilling to take up their statutory entitlement to two weeks paternity leave at the current rate of 102.80 per week.


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