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HR Zone Members Newswire #165 – Should Holidays Be Compulsory?


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 165
22 August 2006

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Editor’s note
For many workers in the UK, taking a break is akin to career
suicide or so they believe – the statistics speak volumes –
almost a quarter fail to take their full entitlement which is
nothing to be proud of considering the UK’s average leave
allowance falls way below those in Europe who enjoy around ten
more days annually. So what’s the impact on stress,
productivity, workforce planning and legal compliance? Sarah
Fletcher quizzed HR Zone members to find out.

Annie Hayes MCIPD
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Feature of the week:
If we took a holiday …?
Sarah Fletcher asked HR Zone members for their thoughts on
whether swapping a desk for a giant Pina Colada is really a
business must.

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Key business solutions:
Catch up on the latest answers supplied by members at Any
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Combating drug addiction
Mike Morrison urges swift action.

References for an employee dismissed for gross misconduct
Keith Luxon says honesty is the best policy.

Notice periods
Emma Doherty gets advice on whether punitive measures are the
best way of effectively managing lateness.

Legal advice on HR Zone
What’s the answer? Redundancy selection – Is LIFO legal?
Pat Gray gets legal guidance this week from Browne Jacobson and
Mills & Reeve on whether the use of LIFO as a redundancy
selection tool can be classed as discrimination under the new
age regulations.

Any Answers: Motivating remote workers
Darren Ging recently asked the Any Answers forum for tips on
communicating with non-office based workers; in this article
Stephen Walker, Director of Motivation Matters shares his
methods for managing the communication gap.

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Can you help solve these business issues?
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Deborah Amiss is looking for some fun suggestions for a range of
diversity initiatives.

“Are there tests for ethical behaviour?” Asks Karen Drury.

Is it viable to cut an employee’s pay, using experience as the
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Glasgow City Council, Computershare Investor Services plc,
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