This week’s news in brief

PeopleSoft lives on

Oracle has been quick to quash rumours that it will stop the development of PeopleSoft products, forcing HR departments to buy Oracle software instead. At a conference in California, Oracle affirmed its commitment to continue to support PeopleSoft product lines until 2013 and release PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0. Oracle confirmed that it had re-tained 90 per cent of PeopleSoft’s development and support team.

Tories offer cash for cuts

Thousands of civil servants would be offered tax-free pay-offs worth double their annual salaries if they opted for voluntary redun-dancy, under proposals to cut £35bn from public expenditure announced by the Conservatives last week. A study of Whitehall waste by City troubleshooter, David James, also identified more than 230,000 job cuts, many of which would come from ‘back office’ functions such as HR.

Religion law victory

A worker has won the first victory in a case of religious discrimina-tion under legislation which came into force in December 2003. A Leeds tribunal has ruled in favour of T&G union member Mohammed Sajwal Khan, who was sacked after he took extended leave to make a religious pilgrimage to Mecca. The tribunal found in KhanÕs favour and awarded him £10,000 in compensation.

VIP treatment for HR

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