This week’s news in brief

Investing in people has played a major role in the success of train operator
GNER, according to the firm’s HR director Mike Gooddie. Speaking at a
conference last week, Gooddie said that the HR function had been restructured
as part of a company-wide programme allowing more time to be spent helping
managers manage staff. He added that motivating employees was another key
factor.

The spirit of IIP

Dumbarton-based spirits producer Allied Distillers has been awarded the
Investors In People standard, becoming the largest Scottish Whisky company to
be granted the standard so far. ADL managing director Ian Gourlay said,
"Higher priority has been given to training and development and overall we
now work together better as a company."

Rebus pay-roll deal

Rebus Human Resource Services has signed a five-year £350,000-plus deal to
provide pay-roll for British American Tobacco. The contract is for multi-site,
multi-currency pay-roll for over 2,000 employees, with the possibility of
future growth. The service will go live in May.

Jobless tell of illness

One in three unemployed people claims to suffer from a long-standing illness
that limits their activity, according to the Living In Britain household
survey. The Stationery Office study found that of those aged over 45 the
proportion rose to more than half.

Perk correction

Cost could lead to health perks cut, Personnel Today, February 22.

The cost of medical insurance will rise in April as a result of national
insurance contributions, and not income tax, as incorrectly stated in this
story. We would like to point out that Towers Perrin accurately informed us of
the change.

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