HR Zone Briefing #245 - Equality in danger?

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HR Briefing Issue 245
12 May 2005
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1. Payroll Tip: Pay and jury service
2. CSR and beyond: Doing 'good' with HR
3. Employee satisfaction v more profit: do you have to choose?
4. Case Study: Tuning into e-learning
5. Any Answers: drugs, apprenticeships, HR & payroll software
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Editor's note
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Spirited by a welcome croissant and warming coffee I felt inwardly
confident to take Cherie Booth, QC head on at yesterday's JSB
Employment law conference.

Paid maternity leave will soon be extended from six to nine months by
2007 with plans to take it to a full year by the end of the next
Parliament, nothing new here, but as Cherie continued to bang the
drum of equality I couldn't help feeling a wee bit sorry for the poor
businesses managing this all. Will this do women any favours and
could it all just possibly back-fire as more businesses squirm their
way out of hiring women of a certain age?

Cherie was out the door before she noticed my fervent hand waving but
JSB have kindly emailed her on my behalf - so while I await her reply
I thought we could have our own discussion - just in case, that is
she finds something else better to do ...
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/140965

Regards

Annie Hayes
Editor
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Payroll Tip: Pay and jury service
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"Should the financial loss allowance paid for jury service be made up
to gross or net pay?"
http://www.hrzone.co.uk/item/140781

CSR and beyond: Doing 'good' with HR
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Leo Martin, director and founder of the GoodCorporation looks at how
to introduce corporate social responsibility into HR practice.
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Employee satisfaction v more profit: do you have to choose?
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Balancing employee satisfaction with increased profitability is a
difficult task, particularly within a busy call centre environment.
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Case Study: Tuning into e-learning
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Cable operator ntl required an e-learning solution that was simple to
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EoR: BT's approach to employment of older Workers
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