Category: Analysis

Catherine Trombley: Global re”wire”ment

Retirement, (sigh), retirement. Everywhere you look these days from advertisements, newspapers, social protests, and even television sitcoms “retirement” has become an inescapable buzzword. It is no coincidence that this increased focus comes at a time when the first batch of Baby Boomers worldwide will turn 65 years old. In the US alone this means 7,000…

David Ogilvy: “To go to court is a very expensive sport” – an age old problem

Miriam O’Reilly will certainly be celebrating her recent victory, having won her case against the BBC for unfair dismissal on the grounds of age. The damages which she is likely to be awarded of around £100,000 (according to media sources) will however more than likely be completely consumed by the legal fees incurred in winning…

Lucinda Bromfield: It’s a depressing situation – stress at work claims

Yet another survey has shown that employers don’t seem to take complaints of stress and depression seriously. Apart from the employee health, productivity and morale implications, there are good legal reasons why employers need to consider complaints of stress and depression sympathetically. If sufficiently severe, stress and depression can be disabilities under the Equality Act…

Chris Leeson: Mixing qualifications with work experience

An announcement was made this week that could shake up higher education and recruitment models in the UK. Big Four firm KPMG revealed it will work with Durham University and the ICAEW on a groundbreaking scheme to sponsor school leavers to achieve university degrees and full accountancy qualifications. Students will receive a salary throughout the…

Iain McMath: The clock is ticking

Childcare vouchers are a long-established government-led employee benefit for all sizes of company – but adoption of these vouchers is not yet universal in British companies. These vouchers have been vital for many working parents by saving money and helping them juggle their work-life commitments. However HMRC has announced projected changes in April 2011 which…