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HR Zone Briefing #218 – Win champagne!


HR Briefing Issue 218
25 November 2004

1. The New HR Charter: What real HR strategy looks like
2. Measuring the business benefits of apprenticeships
3. Public sector hiring buoyant
4. Reference guidance – see Lewis Silkin’s TUPE guide
5. Any Answers – assessment centres, Working Time Directive

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Editor’s note
Plans to introduce a corporate manslaughter bill to tighten the
rules clamping down on companies that fail to protect workers
and members of the public were uncovered as part of the Queen’s
speech. The news was met with caution from many employers’
associations but does not go far enough according to one union.

A single equalities commission will also be created, said the
Queen replacing the Equal Opportunities Commission, the
Disability Rights Commission and the Commission for Racial
Equality. Scroll below to read these stories in full.

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News and Features

A selection of newsworthy items from the site this week:

The New HR Charter: Part 13 – What real HR strategy looks like
Controversial HR critic Paul Kearns starts identifying the
elements of a real HR strategy.

Public sector hiring buoyant
Hiring looks to be up in the public sector with the balance of
employers looking to take on more staff at +17% compared to a UK
average of +18%.

Unions secure redundancy avoidance deal with DWP
A joint agreement has been reached between the Department for
Work and Pensions (DWP) and its National Trade Unions which
seeks to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Corporate killing ‘does not go far enough’
The draft corporate manslaughter bill introduced in the Queen’s
Speech has been cautiously welcomed by employers’ associations –
but does not go far enough, according to a major union.

Single body to represent equality and human rights
Announced yesterday during the Queen’s speech was the news that
a single equalities commission will be created.

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Reference guides
Lewis Silkin presents their Guide to TUPE:

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CIPD Annual Psychology at Work Conference
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Apprenticeships. A Great Idea for any business
Did you know that over the next 5 years, 50% of British Gas
recruits will be apprentices? And one in four of BT’s Retail
Leadership team started as apprentices? Right now, across the
country, employers and employees are discovering just how good
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Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. See the latest questions here:

Can you share your company sickness, diversity and bullying
policies with Karen James?

Philip Bould is putting together an assessment centre – have you
any content tips?

Katie is looking at how to improve productivity while complying
with the Working Time Directive – what are your experiences?

Read all the latest questions and add your own:

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