Judges rule CRB checks ‘incompatible’ with the Human Rights Act

Judges at the Court of Appeal have ruled that CRB checks are ‘incompatible’ with the Human Rights Act: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21205198 The Government is to appeal this decision but it would appear to arise from what Liberty (the Human Rights campaigning group) describe as an “overzealous CRB system [that] has allowed old, minor and unreliable information to […]

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Lancashire manufacturing sees an upturn

With an upturn comes the risk of skills shortages. There are few truly unskilled jobs in current manufacturing and the process of learning takes time. Good supervisory and management skills are often in short supply. Therefore we suggest this upturn represents a good time to be thinking about future needs. With one in five young […]

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Social Networking – friend or rumour-mill?

The open-ness of social networking may help improve communication if used wisely. Contrary to expectations there is evidence that where social networking has been implemented in businesses, incidences of bad behaviour are remarkably low. Networking within an organisation, offers the opportunity for employers to communicate in ways that have not been known before. Implementing social […]

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It may be safer to show an employee is not capable than to hide it

A recent case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal http://bit.ly/WSGVe1  demonstrates the serious risk of using redundancy as a cover for a capability dismissal.  I suggest that this happens often. Lack of capability can be hard to prove and, if proven, leaves the employee with no more than notice pay and with a stain on their […]

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Christians must not discriminate in the course of their work.

The latest ruling from the European Court of Human Rights makes a crucial and interesting distinction. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21025332 Employees have the right to wear religious symbols at work and hence the BA Employee did have the right to wear her Christian Cross visibly. What employees (Christian or otherwise) do not have the right to do is […]

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Trade Union supports Golden Handshake for the boss.

It is encouraging that the golden handshake  for the Managing Director at British Gas is not resented by the Trade Union (GMB). British Gas customers (I am not one) may be dismayed but they have a choice: despite all the furore it is easier to switch your energy supplier than to change your employer. My […]

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Smartphones may change how we learn.

Smartphones may change the way in which we learn, you should find your own learning style here.   No longer are new gadgets or appliances provided with extensive “Don’t do” lists and instruction manuals are getting shorter, simpler and in some cases, non-existent. This benefits the fearless; those of us who pick up something new […]

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