This week’s news in brief

Workplace thefts on rise

Theft in the workplace is at an all-time high, with 80% of employers admitting they have experienced incidents in the past 12 months. A survey of 529 UK employers by law firm Peninsula found that 87% said they had a problem with theft during the past year – a 10% increase on the previous year. Almost nine in 10 (88%) believe that employees were responsible for theft, but less than half have put measures in place to try to prevent stealing.

New NHS union launched

A new trade union for NHS managers and directors formally launched last week after four years in development. Managers in Partnership – a joint venture between Unison and the First Division Association – said it would provide support for managers who “face relentless pressures, including re-defined or under-defined roles, over-riding targets and greater accountability and blame”.

Smoke ban ‘too slow

Most people believe that the government is acting too slowly to reduce smoking in public places, according to research from the British Medical Association. More than half (54%) of the 2,000 respondents to a Mori poll said that the government needed to do more to stamp out smoking in public places, including workplaces.

Older workforce advice

Conciliation service Acas has launched a new advisory leaflet to help employers make the most of the older workforce. Employing Older Workers addresses some of the stereotypes, and gives advice on what to consider when recruit-ing and managing older workers. The move comes ahead of age discrimination legislation which is due to come into force in 2006.

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