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HR Briefing Issue 282: Employment law – can you fire for personal reasons?


HR Briefing Issue 282 – 9 February 2006
Editor’s note
In a new series, getting to the heart of employment law we look
at the realities of what can and cannot be achieved within the
employment relationship. Kick-starting it off is Mark Hunt, head
of employment at Reed Smith who reports on the legalities of
giving an employee the boot for reasons other than performance.

We’re also delighted to welcome the latest member of the HR Zone
team, Sarah Fletcher who joins us as a reporter and journalist.
Don’t miss her exclusive Q&A with member Patti Whaley, Director
of Resources at the Forum for the Future, revealing all on life
in HR within the charity sector.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

Childcare Vouchers, can business ethics make a difference?
You are probably aware of the major business benefits that a
Childcare Voucher scheme can bring to both your employees and
your company, but are you aware of the benefits of running an
ethical childcare voucher scheme?

Regular features
Editor’s Comment: Is HR in need of some counselling?
HR’s own self-loathing has caught the imagination of other
professions and its critics alike; so what can be done?

What can HR learn from: The theatre?
Why simply delivering a message is not enough.

Off the record: Can I dismiss an employee no one gets on with?
Is bye, bye a reality?

Life Coach at Large: The graduate
Emma Ranson Bellamy reflects on what she has learnt in the
journey from ‘fledgling’ life coach to ‘graduate’ including
overcoming concerns about public speaking.

HR directors on interim management
Interims are usually employed to provide skills or experience an
organisation currently needs. Recently, interim work has become
a career choice for talented executives because of the lifestyle
and work-life balance it affords. BIE commissioned MORI to hold
a forum with HR directors from private and public sectors to
canvass their views on interim management. Read the results

Opinions & Comment
Comment: What do we need to change?
Peter Hunter, author of Breaking the Mould looks at the concept
of ownership and argues his case for why change the British
Airways way doesn’t always fly.

Emp law briefing: Rolled-up holiday pay
Read on for your employment law briefing on this point of law.

Briefing: Protecting against violence in the workplace
How to manage attacks and protect staff from avoidable

Time to take a fresh look at the people who matter most
Investors in People can help you to maintain that crucial
competitive edge over your rivals. They’ve come up with the
Investors in People Profile – a flexible framework designed to
help you achieve continued improvement through people. Find out

Payroll Tip: Childcare vouchers provided by the employer
What are the rules for tax and NICs relief on childcare

How Did I Get Here? Director of Resources, Forum for the Future
Patti Whaley reveals the subtle differences of life in HR within
the charity sector.

The Couch?! Asks: Is your boss a seagull?
Is your boss a nuisance? Is there a lot of flapping of wings and
squawking of orders?

Peugeot Case Study
The aim of creating an HCI scheme with Fujitsu Siemens Computers
was to increase our staff’s IT skills by being able to use a
computer at home whilst at the same time delivering substantial
savings for employers and employees. Read how here.

Jobs of the Week
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Leadership Development Consultants
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HR Consultant – Learning and Development
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Head of Employment Policy
Competitive salary + excellent benefits

Learning and Development Manager
60,000 – 70,000 GBP per annum + excellent bonus + benefits

Change Management Consultants
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