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HR Zone Members Newswire #145 – How An HR Officer Dealt With Drugs At Work

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HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 145
11 April 2006
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Editor’s note
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Managing drug abuse or handling employees under suspicion of it
is tricky. Last week Jeannette McAlister was faced with this
dilemma and it’s an issue that comes up time and again in Any
Answers. And as part of our new series looking at how you’ve
handled HR situations we followed up on how Claire Fitzgerald
managed an employee whose drug-fuelled weekends were spilling
over into working hours.
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Annie Hayes MCIPD
Editor
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Employee absence remains a significant cost to 90% of UK
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absence cost the UK 12.4bn pounds through lost productivity. To
address this issue Medicash recently undertook a research
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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

Part-time work following maternity leave
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Peter Stanway
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/whoswho/49058/584790
Discusses the implications of turning down a request for
flexible working.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153378

Consolidating payments into basic salary
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Liz Cullen
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/whoswho/152743/780208
Heeds caution.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153231

Teletoddler
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Lisa Hodge
www.hrzone.co.uk/whoswho/126285/461979
Mum of three is astonished by an employee request to access a
nursery webcam to watch her children while at work.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153398


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Legal advice on HR Zone
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What’s the answer? Notice periods
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Karen Beardsley 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 the law
regarding notice periods.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153307


News in Brief
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News in Brief: Employment law triggered
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Catch up on the week in HR including first raft of new
employment legislation, last call for Pensions Commission, D-day
for A-day, CIPD move Harrogate conference, pay rises sink to
three year low and mums take an average six months maternity
leave.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153444


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:

“Does TUPE apply where there is less then 12 months service?”
Asks Chris Burgess.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153498

Managing diversity. Do you have a strategy?
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153481

Nicky Machin is looking for sources of advice on French
employment law.
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/153302


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

Towers Perrin, Fareham Borough Council, Watson Wyatt, Kirklees
Met Council, Energy Centre for Sustainable Communities, Perth &
Kinross Council, NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management
Service, The HR Talent Pool, GlaxoSmithKline, Cottrills.


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