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HR Zone Members Newswire #144 – Controlling the Office Gossip

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HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 144
4 April 2006
www.hrzone.co.uk
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Editor’s note
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Can a confidentiality agreement curb an office gossip? We asked
Helen Badger, employment law expert at Browne Jacobson and
Martin Brewer, a partner with the employment team of Mills &
Reeve to respond to Pauline Martin’s question about this. See
what they had to say:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/152941

Elsewhere, we’ve got a fascinating question from a member caught
up in last week’s 24-hour strike by the 1.5m council workers
over pensions – touted as the biggest stoppage in the UK since
the General Strike in 1926. Our member, who works for Neath
Port Talbot Council was prevented from working on the strike day
by an office closure. She was subsequently docked a day’s pay.
Can they do this?
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153196

Annie Hayes MCIPD
Editor
mailto:[email protected]


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Key business solutions:
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Catch up on the latest answers supplied by members at Any
Answers and have your say by posting your thoughts to:
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/anyanswers

Sickness – genuine or not?
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Peter Duckitt
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/whoswho/103571/703609
Offers some valuable advice on how to approach an employee under
suspicion for pulling a sickie.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153053

Alleged theft
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Karen Drury does some sleuthing.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153051

Requirement to tell police
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Peter Stanway
www.hrzone.co.uk/whoswho/49058/584790
Peter Stanway tells John Farrell that he should ignore police
request to pass on ‘intelligence’ from ex-offenders.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153114


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Legal advice on HR Zone
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What’s the answer? Confidentiality controlling the office gossip
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Pauline Martin gets legal guidance this week from Helen Badger,
employment law expert at Browne Jacobson and Martin Brewer, a
partner with the employment team of Mills & Reeve on how to stop
a gossip spreading the news.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/152941


News in Brief
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The week in HR: Motor-mouths lose out at interview
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Why employers are turned off by chatter boxes, reaction to the
government’s further education White Paper, PC industry leads
fight to save HCI and job cuts at Learning and Skills Council
sparks industrial unrest.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153149


Can you help solve these business issues?
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Catch up with the latest questions being asked by the community
and add your answers at:

“Must management provide the opportunity to work during a
strike?” Asks Alun Brookfield.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153196

Should Marie Smith move to a disciplinary?
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153000

“Can you force employees to share a hotel room for the duration
of a training course?”
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153049


Welcome new members
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This week, HR Zone welcomes members from the following
organisations, among others, to the site:

Clinton Cards PLC, Swindon Borough Council, Johnson & Johnson
Medical Ltd, Warwickshire County Council, British American
Tobacco, Oracle Corporation UK LTD, Frazer Jones, JPMorgan,
Transport for London, Royal Mail, Wiltshire County Council.


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