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


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 145
11 April 2006

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Editor’s note
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.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

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Key business solutions:
Catch up on the latest answers supplied by members at Any
Answers and have your say by posting your thoughts to:

Part-time work following maternity leave
Peter Stanway
Discusses the implications of turning down a request for
flexible working.

Consolidating payments into basic salary
Liz Cullen
Heeds caution.

Lisa Hodge
Mum of three is astonished by an employee request to access a
nursery webcam to watch her children while at work.

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Legal advice on HR Zone
What’s the answer? Notice periods
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.

News in Brief
News in Brief: Employment law triggered
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

Can you help solve these business issues?
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.

Managing diversity. Do you have a strategy?

Nicky Machin is looking for sources of advice on French
employment law.

Jobs of the Week
Provided by the
The specialist human resource and change management job board

American Express – HR Relationship Leader

Genworth – HR Director

The Spencer Group – Head of HR

Strategic Dimensions – HR & CH Director

Welcome new members
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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