HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 71
26 October 2004
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1. Editor’s Comment: Campaigners fired up for UK smoking ban
2. Feature: Getting online with the Home Computing Initiative
3. HR Tip: Holiday pay
4. HR & Payroll free qualifications up for grabs!
5. Any Answers: breastfeeding, data protection, HR ratios
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The TUC have made fresh calls to roll-out a total workplace
smoking ban in the UK. Editor’s Comment examines the arguments
and looks at the ethical balance between the right to clean air
and the right to smoke. Scroll below to read the full story. If
this is an issue you feel strongly about then share your views
with other members by ‘posting a comment’ at the end of the
Many of you will be preparing to leave for the annual CIPD
conference this week being held between 27-29 October but if you
have to stay behind in the office then don’t worry – HRZone and
TrainingZone will be reporting live from the event to give you
the conference at-a-glance, latest updates and news as it
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most pressing HR topics:
Editor’s Comment: Campaigners fired up for UK smoking ban
Anti-smoking sentiment is growing in the UK as bans roll-out
across the EU and cries to protect workers health gathers more
support; Editor’s Comment looks at the arguments and assesses
the potential impact for employers.
Feature: Getting online with the Home Computing Initiative
In 1999, the government launched new guidelines to improve
levels of computer literacy in the UK in a drive to get the
whole nation online through the Home Computing Initiative (HCI);
Sue Harley argues that every organisation in the UK regardless
of size should consider implementing an HCI scheme.
HR Tip: Holiday pay
HRD & Payroll Solutions continues to bring HR Zone members a
range of HR tips. This week’s tip looks at recovering holiday
pay on termination of contract.
HR & Payroll free qualifications up for grabs!
HRZone together with HRD & Payroll solutions bring you the
chance to win a 14 week HR or Payroll qualification. The entry
forms are available at the CIPD conference in Harrogate.
Software buyers must consider e-filing requirements
Speaking to payroll staff at the Softworld event in Birmingham’s
NEC, Inland Revenue business adviser Marie Gibbs warned of the
looming online filing deadline and told employers to ensure
software can deliver.
Civil servants vote to strike on Guy Fawkes night
Remember, remember, the 5th of November but not perhaps this
time for the foiled plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament;
members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) have
voted by two to one for a one-day national civil service strike
over government plans to axe over 100,000 jobs.
TUC makes fresh call for autumn bank holiday
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is urging the government to make
this Monday one of three new bank holidays. The TUC say the
government should bring the number of bank holidays into line
with the rest of Europe who have an average 11 compared to the
Retailers warn of job slash if NMW goes up
Further National Minimum Wage (NMW) raises could hit retailers
so severely that they would be forced to axe as many as 20,000
Workers go the extra mile in hope of promotion
Promotion prospects are the key reason why employees put in
extra effort at work; reveals a new survey. Recruitment giant
Manpower surveyed 1,113 people as part of their search for
‘Britain’s Most Valued Employee.’
Any Answers answered: Job evaluation
Q – We have anecdotal evidence that doing job evaluation of most
or all the workforce can be seriously demotivating for
individuals and depress morale for an extended period. Also we
are told that it is often a rather mechanical process which does
not truly reflect the value of the employee to the organisation.
Is there evidence to support this view and if so should we avoid
doing job evaluation?
A – How you do it is really key to the process. Job evaluation
can be an immensely rewarding process which ultimately benefits
every individual within the business.
But the approach you take is key to how it will be received. If
it is truly consultative and everyone affected by the process is
involved in some way, you’ll probably find that though the
process will be more time consuming it is ultimately very beneficial.
If you just take a management and consultancy team and instruct
them to make the decisions you may well find that morale drops
substantially but the process will be much faster.
We’ve conducted our own evaluations recently and generally we’ve
found that morale is improving because of it.
If you have a question – or can offer an answer – go to
Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. A selection of new Any Answers
questions posted this week:
Alison Simcox asks: “I have an employee returning from maternity
leave who wants to know if she is entitled to be paid for the
time she takes off to go and breastfeed her baby in our creche?”
Data protection policies: Judith Barker is looking for some
examples that include the usage of CCTV – if you have worked on
a similar project then share your knowledge by clicking here:
Alison Snow is looking for some stats to highlight average HR to
workforce ratios. Can you help her?
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