Monthly Archives: August 2011


The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel. From Taxi

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New EU job rights ‘will derail British recovery’

Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, has agreed to a controversial European directive to give agency workers the same rights as full-time employees of British companies. An analysis of the new laws by the Department for Business discloses that … Continue reading

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Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.  Voltaire

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Future-proofing recruitment strategy: why recruit at all?

I love challenging conventional wisdom. So while this may sound paradoxical for a recruiter, I want to question the value of employing staff. Is there a perhaps a natural bias or knee-jerk tendency to think that employing someone to do … Continue reading

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Line management matters – Good HR improves profit

The thing about clichés like ‘our people are our greatest asset’ and ‘people management is a critical part of the line manager’s role’ is that there is an underlying truth to them. When CIPD commissioned research from Bath University in … Continue reading

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Line managers need guidance so they can effectively communicate with employees

There were some interesting nuggets in among the expected in the latest CIPD survey on pay. A desire to increase pay and benefits has become the main reason that employees want to change jobs, the CIPD revealed. Pay overtook ‘improving … Continue reading

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UK and EC courts say business can be held responsible for third-party racial harassment

While previously the law did not hold employers liable for third-party harassment, G Norouzi successfully argued that as a public sector employer the council was bound by the EU Race Directive, which conferred liability on employers that know of a … Continue reading

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Almost half of HR professionals enter career ‘by chance’

Almost half (45%) of HR practitioners entered the profession “by chance”, according to early findings from XpertHR’s 2011 research into HR careers. The interim findings from the research, which is still underway, also highlight the fact that more than four … Continue reading

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Employee Benefits Workplace Savings and Pensions Research 2011: Legislation

Employers are focusing on the effects of next year’s pension reforms, including how to mitigate any increased costs from compliance. With the Pensions Act 2008 due to begin taking effect next year, employers must increasingly consider the impact it will … Continue reading

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Employee Benefits Workplace Savings and Pensions Research 2011: Key Findings

Employee Benefit’s survey, which was carried out in June 2011 among readers of Employee Benefits magazine and users of, received 261 responses KEY FINDINGS • 74% say complying with the 2012 pension reforms will increase costs. • 38% intend to review future … Continue reading

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