This week’s news in brief

£1m pay-out package

A former high-flying City banker has agreed a compensation package, believed
to be worth up to £1m, after winning an unfair dismissal claim earlier this

Kay Swinburne resigned her £300,000-a-year job at Deutsche Bank after she
was falsely accused of sleeping with a client. She also complained of offensive
comments made by a manager.

Disability law block

Poor knowledge of the Disability Discrimination Act among employers is
keeping disabled people out of work, research by the British Psychological
Society shows. A survey of 77 organisations found that 63 per cent rated their
knowledge of the DDA as fair or poor, while a minority had never heard of it.

Store gains standard

The Nottingham branch of Allders department store is the first in the group
to be recognised as an Investor in People. Sue White, director at the store,
which employs 320 people, said, "The biggest benefit has been the focus on
morale it has brought everybody." She added that she expected to see a
knock-on effect on customer care.

Unison guidance call

Public-sector union Unison launched a motion at the TUC women’s conference
last week to lobby the Government for a statutory code of practice to accompany
the Part-Time work regulations, due out on 7 April. Unison, along with GMB and
NATFHE, has threatened to take the Government to the European court of Justice,
as it believes the proposed regulations do not fulfil the requirements of the
European directive.

New Deal figures

Local authorities have provided more places on New Deal options than jobs
through the scheme, research by the Local Government Improvement and
Development Agency found. Since the scheme started 786 young people have found
jobs, while 1,369 have joined the environmental task force option. Nearly 600
have taken part in voluntary work or full-time education and training organised
by a local authority.

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