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AWD Chase de Vere argues that changing the revaluation of deferred pensions and increases to pensions in payment for occupational pension schemes from RPI to CPI is grossly unfair. Param Basi, Technical Pensions Director, AWD Chase de Vere, said: It is grossly unfair to those who have contributed in good faith toward their retirement to…

Workplace environment business strategist Tim Oldman along with strategy consultant and researcher Annie Leeson have joined forces to launch the first unified and truly independent workplace effectiveness employee survey. The Leesman Index will create significant value for all involved in the brief development, design, delivery and management of workspace environments by providing a systemized approach…

A new 360 degree study of UK businesses and their employees suggests that the majority of UK employees (78%) would be prepared to jeopardise their long term health by returning to work from sickness absence before they’re 100% fit. By contrast, just 22% said they would never be prepared to sacrifice their health in order…

Sporty team building activities are unlikely to boost productivity in the workplace or make employees bond, the latest research has discovered. The study carried out by researchers from two north-west universities found that team sports are carried out more for a sense of tradition and do not see the players bonding. Dr Moira Lafferty, from…

An unregistered gas fitter who illegally carried out work on properties across Nottingham with falsely issued gas safety certificates has been given a 12-month community service order and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Paul Anthony Bailey (54) of Bridgnorth Drive, Nottingham, who traded as P…

New bribery laws, which could put workers behind bars and hit companies with unlimited fines, received Royal Assent last week (8 April 2010), and mark the start of a tough new era for corporate Britain, according to international law firm Eversheds. The laws will bring significant responsibility to company directors, and companies could face prosecution…

The globally-connected nature of trade, technology, capital, and regulation will necessitate a significant swell in the movement of employees between countries, leading to increased use of short-term and ‘commuter’ international assignments, according to new research by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC).  These factors – coupled with the rise of emerging markets, increased focus on new revenue streams…

A recent survey has revealed that public confidence in the power of the traditional paper CV is low. The results indicated that more than 80% of Britons believe employers do not take the time to read through every written CV they receive for a job application. The survey, which asked four thousand respondents their view…

Christian staff are routinely being unfairly discriminated against in the workplace, a group of senior bishops has said. Seven Church of England bishops have published a letter claiming Christian beliefs are being disrespected and sidelined by employers, while other faiths are treated more sensitively. They cited occasions where staff were banned from openly wearing crucifixes.…

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (“the Regulations”) were published in January 2010. With implementation delayed to 1 October 2011, it may feel like the pressure is off for now. However, whilst there may be time for reflection, it is not a time for inertia. As the cost of the Regulations is estimated to be 0.3…

Employers have been advised to pay more consideration to older female job applicants, as they have “talents to contribute” to the workplace, it has been claimed. Martina Devlin, in an article for the Irish Independent, says that despite this, such workers are frequently overlooked by society. “This is a short-sighted attitude, especially in an era…

The CIPD today welcomed support for the young unemployed and the introduction of measures to tackle public sector pension costs, contained within the Pre-Budget Report, but has called for: A jobs guarantee to be extended to older jobseekers The scrapping of the “tax on jobs” increase in employers’ National Insurance Contributions (NICs), particularly in the…

How HR directors can take the lead in creating value through HR technology   By Steve Foster, business consulting manager, NorthgateArinso UK Everyone knows technology can help reduce operational costs in HR, yet research has shown that many organisations struggle to get beyond the administrative benefits, and few fully exploit their investment in technology.  Participants…