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Member wire #118 – Stuck in an HR rut? Should I fire fighting employees?


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 118
27 September 2005

1. From HR to training and development
2. News in Brief: The week in HR – HR interim market thrives
3. What’s the answer? Drugs and alcohol testing
4. The Couch?! takes a sickie
5. Any Answers: dismissal for fighting, consultation bodies

Editor’s note
Getting stuck in an HR rut can be tiresome and it is even more
frustrating when you’re looking to change direction but
employers refuse to tap into untested talents. Lesley Keenan,
an HR professional with seven years advisory experience would
like to make the quantum leap to training and development. Have
you any pointers on how she can get there?


Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

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

KPMG; Norwich Citizens Advice Bureau; IDS; Argos Limited;
Camelot Group plc; Charles Russell LLP; Department for
International Development; CIMA; Royal Academy of Music;
Unilever; Robson Brown; Browne Jacobson; Daughton HR Solutions;
Cable & Wireless; Capgemini UK Plc; Standard Life Investments

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

Consultation bodies
Helen Stoker gets advice on how to set up a consultation group.

Reasonable adjustments
Iain Young and Peter Stanway offer their tips on interpreting
the obligations to make reasonable adjustments for disabled

Harassment by a volunteer
Helen Corpe gathers your thoughts on whether her charity has
acted appropriately in dismissing the volunteer.

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Share your views
Catch-up with the latest questions being asked by the community
and add your answers at:

Stephen White is looking for some case studies that illustrate
the benefits of teamwork.

Can you help Carol Harrison get to grips with improving cross
functional communications within her organisation?

Should Michelle dismiss two employees for fighting?

Read all the latest questions and add your own:

Members’ corner
What’s the answer? Drugs and alcohol testing
“If someone fails a pre-employment alcohol test, do we have a
duty to provide transport home for them?” Find out at:

News in Brief: The week in HR – HR interim market thrives
See our at-a-glance news round up including the HR interim
market that is thriving, the skills crisis that is sparking
recruitment fears and why bogus sickies are causing havoc.

The Couch?! takes a sickie
We have collated a top 10 list of sickie excuses which are all
derived from real experiences. Share your fibs at:

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