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Member wire #76 – HRZone meets the new CIPD President


HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 76
30 November 2004

1. HRZone meets the new CIPD President
2. Q&A learndirect Chairman, John Weston talks to HRZone
3. HR Tip: Making rules work
4. The Couch?! Gets dunking
5. Any Answers: overtime pay, searching workers, medical survey

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Editor’s note
HR must get rid of its ‘woolly and cuddly’ image the new CIPD
President, Lord Wilson of Dinton told me in an exclusive
interview. Find out his views on what HR strategy going forward
should be and what the challenges of the future may hold.

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

4 Law; Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Lynx
Technology; Morse Group Limited; Flagship Training Ltd; Bold
Recruitment Ltd; Learning Tree International; CRG Consultancy
Services Ltd; UKI Partnerships; Personnel Decisions
International; Telegraph Group Ltd; Brodies LLP; Clyde & Co;
Black Mountain Group; Nelson Bostock; Cornwall County Council;
CB Richard Ellis; The Christie NHS; Jones Lang LaSalle;
RewardWorks; Champion Employment Limited; Office of Government
Commerce; Electrical Employers Association; Bank of Ireland

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HRZone meets the new CIPD President
In a frank interview the new CIPD President talks openly about
the ongoing challenges for the HR function and explains why it
must shake off its ‘woolly and cuddly’ image.

Q&A learndirect Chairman, John Weston talks to HRZone
John Weston of learndirect tells HRZone about the ongoing
challenges his organisation faces, what he believes is the
importance of the HR function and his thoughts on what the
overall people strategy should be for UK Plc.

HR Tip: Making rules work
HRD & Payroll Solutions continues to bring HR Zone members a
range of HR and payroll tips. This week’s tip looks at making
rules work.

The Couch?! Gets dunking
Tell us your favourite biscuit and share the secrets of making
the perfect cup of tea.

Graduates face NHS online testing
NHS hopefuls will be required to undertake a new online
numerical reasoning test as part of its graduate assessments.

Builders top pay charts
Construction bosses are the most generous; according to latest
findings from pay analysts IRS Employment Review.

UK employee engagement levels at rock bottom
A new survey reveals that workers in the UK are the least
emotionally attached to their companies and most likely to move
on when compared to staff in other countries.

A quarter of workers plan to quit in 2005
One in four British workers are planning on quitting their jobs
in the New Year.

Party pooper bosses would rather abstain
One in four bosses admit they would rather not be hassled with
throwing a Christmas party for workers.

Any Answers answered: Discipline for prolonged sickness
Q – We have a member of staff that has been off since 26
October. They had originally said they had been signed off by
their doctor until 10 November – we haven’t received any
supporting documents. Where do we stand with dismissing this
employee if they continue to fail to follow procedures?

Stu Emerson

A – Write to the employee enclosing a copy of their contract and
policy highlighting where it states their responsibilities when
sick. You need to ask the employee to get in touch and give a
deadline date for action. Alternatively you could do a home
visit to find out what is going on – contact the employee first
to warn them. If this happens take notes of your meeting.
If the employee does not cooperate and you have heard nothing by
the New Year you should write to them to advise that you are
instigating the disciplinary procedure (send a copy of the
policy with the letter).

Sandra Beale

If you have a question – or can offer an answer – go to

Any Answers
Any Answers is the place to go to share your professional
experiences with others. A selection of new Any Answers
questions posted this week:

Douglas King needs advice on overtime pay. Can you help?

Is it legal to ‘search’ employees? Asks Mandy Whitehead.

Quentin Colborn says: “Can anyone recommend organisations that
can supply and then review medical questionnaires for use in

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