This week’s news in brief

Discriminating employers

Employers are still discriminating against women with cancer, despite changes in the law aimed at protecting employees from unfair treatment. Figures from the Disability Rights Commission’s (DRC) helpline show that, thisyear, the DRC has taken an average of two calls a week from women with breast cancer complaining of being treated unfairly in the workplace.

Strategic HR in publishing

HR is becoming increasingly high-profile in the publishing industry, according to Rachel Stock, HR director at Random House Group. The function has historically been seen as administrative in publishing, and fairly unstructured and ad hoc as a result, Stock said. But companies are starting to take issues such as diversity, pay and talent management more seriously, and HR is becoming more strategic as a result.

NHS graduate assessment

The NHS has launched a graduate assessment process which aims to save hours of senior managers’ time. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme attracts more than 6,000 applications every year. The programme is open to postgraduate and mature students as well as those who are already working in the NHS. The new assessment process uses online situational judgement and motivational trait tests to select candidates.

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