Monthly Archives: October 2011

Unions launch pensions legal challenge

Public-sector unions will today open up a new front in their battle with the Government over pension reform with a legal challenge to recently introduced rules over the way annual increases are calculated.   Six unions are taking action in … Continue reading

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Aviva set to make 1,000 redundant

The insurance company Aviva is cut almost 1,000 job in the Republic, the company announced on Wednesday. Aviva, which employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland, had invited staff to meetings in Dublin, Cork and Galway. The redundancies could take … Continue reading

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Watchdog warns of difficulty over challenging state decisions

The government is making it more difficult for the public to challenge decisions made by the state, the official watchdog for complaints has warned. Richard Thomas, the chair of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC), cites the introduction of … Continue reading

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Leaders plugged into health and wellbeing agenda

Two-thirds of HR professionals feel their board make health a business priority The health and wellbeing of staff is a priority for the majority of business leaders, according to the latest People Management mini-survey of HR professionals. Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) … Continue reading

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Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. Socrates

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Research shows that, quite apart from ‘fairness’, having more females on boards boosts productivity. That’s why we need fixed quotas – and quickly

The more I listen to people like Baroness Sheila Noakes talking about gender in the boardroom, the more persuaded I am that immediate compulsory quotas are the only way forward for women in business.   The Baroness, a non-executive director … Continue reading

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Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.  John Wayne

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What does the extension of the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims mean for employers?

The Government has committed itself to reforming employment law as part of its bigger ‘Plan for Growth’ which aims to boost business confidence and growth in spite of the UK’s troubled economic climate. In January 2011, the Government commissioned its … Continue reading

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Retirement: post DRA, the performance management of older staff will come to the fore

Charlie Mullins, CEO, Pimlico Plumbers, the UK’s largest independent plumbing company, has become something of a flag-waver when it comes to employing older workers. About 20% of his staff are aged 55 years plus and 6% are over 65, including … Continue reading

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Quotations, Andre Gide

The most decisive actions of our life – I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered.  Andre Gide

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