Member wire #114 - Harassment - drawing the line; problem managers

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HR Zone Members Newswire Issue 114
30 August 2005

1. Harassment - a mountain out of a molehill?
2. HR Practitioner's Diary: The calm before the storm
3. News in Brief: The week in HR - stress drains profits
4. The Couch?! Hanging on the telephone
5. Any Answers: lunch breaks, problem manager, DDA definitions

Editor's note
Turning a blind eye may be the easiest option but is it right?
Sam Swinstead is faced with a difficult situation this week. A
carer at the old peoples' home alleges a 92 year old has sexual
harassed her. Further investigation has brought the extent of
the problem to light and found it to be more common amongst the
residents than expected. But does a crude comment or a pat on
the bottom by an elderly tenant constitute harassment and is a
mountain being made of a molehill?


Annie Hayes MCIPD
mailto:[email protected]

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

Cornwall County Council; Renfrewshire Electronics Limited;
Swindon Borough Council; Lancashire County Council; Browne
Jacobson; The Diamond Trading Company; People Specific Ltd;
National Schools Institute; HR, Training and Development
Consultancy; Merrill Lynch; GE Healthcare; Mills & Reeve.

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

What constitutes a lunch break?
Joyce Bellwood gets advice on whether a lunch break should
consist of time away from the working area.

Good results - unhappy staff
Members offer some tips on how to deal with a problem manager.

DDA definitions
Can sickle cell be regarded as a disability?

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

Should paid, compassionate leave be based on working days or
calendar days?

What's the best course of action for dealing with a manager who
has been caught listening to secret tape recordings of office

How can you ensure that staff have received, read and understood
all the company policies and procedures?

Read all the latest questions and add your own:

Members' corner
HR Practitioner's Diary: The calm before the storm
Sue helps out with a damsel in distress this week and hopes her
'frog' will turn out to be a knight in shining armour and a dab
hand on the golf course.

News in Brief: The week in HR
Catch up on the week in HR with our at-a-glance news round up
including the rise in sickies, how stress drains profits and why
e-mail is the new tactic for bullies.

The Couch?! Hanging on the telephone
Phone rage is sweeping the nation, according to a new poll. The
Couch investigates.

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