This week’s news in brief: CAC law guidance

The Central Arbitration Committee has released guidance to help employers unravel the complex union recognition laws.

The CAC will act as a mediator if there are disputes between workforces and employers under the Employment Relations Act, which came into force on 6 June. Recognition is imposed on an employer where a union can demonstrate a certain level of support and will enhance rights for the union. If an employer objects to union recognition, a lengthy negotiation process begins until the situation is resolved.

CAC: 020-7257 9747

Call centre research

Research highlighting shortfalls in the training received by call centre team leaders (Personnel Today, 20 June) will be outlined at a London forum next week. Vicki Belt, of Newcastle University’s Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, will present the research findings at a conference being organised by independent research analyst IRS Eclipse on 4 July. Contact: 020-7354 5858.

Tec control switch

The TEC National Council last week said it was disappointed the Government has amended the Learning and Skills Bill giving the Secretary of State for Education control over the assets and reserves of Training and Enterprise Councils. David Blunkett has admitted Tecs will use their assets responsibly, but the TEC National Council said the Government has included the measure as a last resort in case of abuse of the system.

Disability law source

Employers must review their existing discrimination policies and practice or face expensive and damaging court action, the IPD has warned. A new guide from the IPD will ensure personnel practitioners are up to date on current disability discrimination legislation and fully understand how the law translates into practice. Disability Discrimination presents information on the history and scope of the Disability and Discrimination Act (DDA). Contact IPD books on 020-8263 3387.

Pension shift advice

Advice on how switching from local government to private employment will affect pensions has been published. Produced by the local government pension committee, the advice has been endorsed by local government employers, the TUC, the CBI and the Business Services Association. The 143-page guide shows how participation in the local government pension scheme can operate in practice. Its advice includes a sample admission agreement and information for local authorities employees and contractors.

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