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Member wire #112 – Maternity horror stories


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 112
16 August 2005

1. Exploding the maternity myths
2. HR Practitioner’s Diary: Ostriches and Tribunals
3. News in Brief: The week in HR – Boss’s indecent proposal
4. The Couch?! Interview revelations – from whoppers to fibs
5. Any Answers: HR access to payroll data, death in service

Editor’s note
A huge 440,000 women face discrimination on the grounds of their
pregnancy or motherhood each year while a further 30,000 lose
their jobs because of it. With this in mind, it’s only natural
to start questioning the effectiveness of the 25 years of
legislation that has governed this area.

We were shocked and appalled by some of the maternity horror
stories you sent in:

Please do keep them coming so we can shed further light on this
problem. Alternatively if you feel that employers have received
a bad press in relation to these issues then let us know.
Meanwhile Sandra Beale offers some great advice on how to get it
right by exploding those maternity myths:


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

Active Learning & Development; Ministry of Labour and
Employment; Stepstone Solutions; Macmillan Cancer Relief;
Northgate HR; North Yorkshire County Council; Blackband
Consulting Limited; Cornwall County Council; Sheffield Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Towry Law; Excel Airways; Mercer
HR Consulting; Reed Employment; Imperial Tobacco; Capital
Consulting; STA Training; Corporate Benefits UK LLP;
GlaxoSmithKline; North Yorkshire Police; The HR Tap Ltd; John
Lewis PLC; Cephalon UK Limited; Capgemini; CIBA Vision

Any Answers Answered
Catch up on the latest answers supplied by members at ‘Any
Answers’ and reflect on the issues at hand:

HR access to payroll data
Don’t miss out on some excellent advice regarding data
protection and payroll handling.

Pre-employment drugs and alcohol tests
Nik Kellingley gives some sound guidance on where to draw the
line when it comes to drugs and alcohol tests for candidates.

Death in service benefit
See members’ tips on managing a death in service benefit for
employees not in a company pension scheme.

Practical Strategies for HR Shared Services 2005
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Share your views
Catch-up with the latest questions being asked by the community
and add your answers at:

Harriet Kaushal invites members to share their common
recruitment problems at:

Share your thoughts on the critical skills needed to be a
successful HR Director.

Do you have a sub-contractors contract?

Read all the latest questions and add your own:

Members’ corner
HR Practitioner’s Diary: Ostriches and Tribunals
The grudge match with ‘Polar Bear’ is nearing but our HR
Consultant Sue has other issues on her mind; bogged down by the
red-tape burden she finds a lot can be learnt from our feathery

News in Brief: The week in HR
Catch up on the week in HR with our at-a-glance news round up
including HR’s failure to step up to the M&A challenge, why ACAS
management has been left red-faced, the wildcat strike grounding
BA passengers and how a boss’s indecent proposal cost him
150,000 pounds.

The Couch?! Interview revelations – from whoppers to fibs
The Couch?! Team are investigating what makes us fib when being
interviewed for a job we desperately want.

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