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A new code of practice concerning discipline and grievance procedures has been released for public consultation. Developed by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), the code is intended to encourage firms to resolve disputes internally and thereby make the process more efficient. Commenting on the proposed guidelines, Pat McFadden, minister for employment relations, said:…

A trade union organisation has slammed research suggesting many bosses still see pregnant employees as an "inconvenience." The Trade Union Council (TUC) criticised employers after a survey said more than half of managers assess someone’s chances of falling pregnant before employing them. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "This research paints a shocking picture of…

Many employers in the UK are not prepared to hire female job candidates if they know they intend to start a family, according to new research. Figures produced by the Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS) reveal that 76 per cent of bosses admitted that they would not take on a new recruit if they were…

Workers who operate from home can miss out on certain rights when they are employed on an informal basis, an expert has said. Commenting on the issue, Nesta Holden, campaigns and policy worker for the National Group on Homeworking (NGH), stated that the fact that some organisations opt to engage homeworkers more informally can lead…

An upcoming conference to be hosted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) on diversity will discuss the subject that the organisation has criticised the government for not simplifying. The CIPD has previously called on the government to simplify discrimination legislation, with the law and best practice both up for debate and aiming…

The new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act will mean that company directors and senior managers will be facing increased scrutiny in the event of a work-related death. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), work-related deaths that are the result of gross corporate failures will be subject to criminal law,…

Businesses in the UK are unprepared for the implementation of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bills which are due to come into force on April 6th, it has been suggested. Under the new laws, companies will face action when a serious breach in health and safety management procedures mean that the duty of care…

The majority of bosses choose attractive candidates when recruiting staff, according to new research. Figures produced by law firm Peninsula suggest that 88 per cent of managers admitted to having given jobs to the best looking interviewees. Meanwhile, 92 per cent of respondents who were involved in interviews stated that appearance at the job interview…

Millions of pounds may be wasted if human resources (HR) staff do not effectively check employees’ contracts, it has been claimed. Legal experts in the UK have revealed that up to £100 million was spent last year on payments to failed executives or those who did not impact positively on the company. Tom Flanagan, employment…

Companies have been advised to be vigilant over so-called "homophobic banter" in the workplace. The warning follows a legal case in which it was ruled that an employee who was not gay but who was the subject of such comments was not covered under current sexual orientation regulations. About the case, Jean Sapeta, head of…