This Week in HR People Management (to 13 May)


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Tupe; Wolf Review; BA; Hillary Clinton and body language; NHS; rail workers; sickness absence; HSE; Bribery Act; Jobcentres

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This Week in HR People Management (to 13 May)

  1. 1.  Get HR news, comment and jobs daily by email. Sign up at This week in HR A round-up of the top HR and management stories Week ending 13 May 2011PEOPLE MANAGEMENT Follow us on… …and SlideShareTupe to be reviewed aspart of law shake-up LINKS Read the full stoRy at  Good planning holds the key to successful Tupe transfers The government has announced plans to People Management review Tupe regulations, as well as collective redundancy and discrimination compensation, as part of its efforts to reduce the burden of red tape. The three newly-targeted areas were highlighted by Ed Davey (pictured), minister for employment relations, in a speech to the Institute for Economic Affairs. Davey saidthat Tupe (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) regulations, whichprotect employees’ pay and conditions when an organisation is transferred fromone owner to another, were being reviewed because some businesses think theserights are “goldplated” and overly bureaucratic.Government accepts Wolf Review recommendations  Wolf review: on courseRead the full stoRy at People Management government has announced an overhaul of vocational education that willremove funding incentives which favour easier courses. It will require 16-18year old students to continue studying English and maths until they achieve aqualification in those subjects. In the official response to the Wolf Review,ministers accepted all of the recommendations of Professor Alison Wolf andgave her a formal role in government to help implement them.BA reaches agreement with union  Unite unionRead the full stoRy at unitetheunion.orgThe British Airways cabin crew dispute looks to have been finally settled after talksbetween management and union leaders concluded with an agreement. BA hasagreed to reinstate the staff travel perks that became a bitter issue in the long-running dispute, and to pay top-up payments to some low-paid staff. The dispute,which was initially about cost-cutting measures and staffing on long-haul flights, ledto 22 days of strike action in 18 months and is estimated to have cost BA around£150 million.Comment: Was that a gasp or a sneeze?  Hillary Clinton explains Osama Bin Laden raid photoRead the full stoRy at ABC news blog body language shown by White House officials during the killing of OsamaBin Laden is revealing, but could also be misleading, writes Peter Honey.Comment: From kitchen porter to presidentRead the full stoRy at Ho Chi Minh can make it from kitchen porter to being the first president ofVietnam, writes Iain Mackinnon, shouldn’t we also try to be aware of how muchtalent lies overlooked in basic grade staff?Report urges US approach to welfare  Welfare to Work in the 21st CenturyRead the full stoRy at government should adapt its welfare-to-work provider programme totake in more elements of the American model, a new report has urged.Job-seeking assistance should be offered as soon as workers are put at risk ofredundancy and such providers should also have access to job centres,according to the Welfare to Work in the 21st Century report, co-authored bythe University of Portsmouth and accountancy firm PKF. ☛ MORE NEWS ON NEXT PAGE
  2. 2. ☛ PEOPLE MANAGEMENT ‘THIS WEEK IN HR’ CONTINUED... LINKSNHS chief executives ‘not exercising pay restraint’  Incomes Data ServicesRead the full stoRy at executives of NHS trusts saw their pay rise three times as fast as thegovernment guidance last year, suggesting they are not exercising pay restraint,according to Incomes Data Services (IDS). Non-medical chief executives inEngland received an average pay rise of 4.5 per cent in 2009-10, taking their medianpay to £158,800, found IDS’s Boardroom Pay report.‘Groundbreaking’ pay deal for rail workers Read the full stoRy at Rail unions have secured a “groundbreaking” pay deal for workers, which includes an Olympics- linked bonus and a no-sacking clause during London 2012. The deal, agreed by RMT and other unions, means that Network Rail workers will receive a 5.2 per cent pay rise this year, backdated to January, plus a further rise of RPI inflation plus 0.5 per cent from nextJanuary. They will also get a £500 bonus for working during the Olympics.Sickness absence rises despite fit note  Download the surveyRead the full stoRy at employee sickness absence rose from 6.4 days in 2009 to 6.5 days in2010, despite the introduction of the government’s new fit note in April 2010, asurvey has found. The CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health survey of 223employers suggested that the fit note has yet to have a positive impact onsickness absence.Most HSE accident reporting to move to the web  Legislative timetable – what’s new in the lawRead the full stoRy at People Management statutory reporting of accidents and injuries is to move to an online-only system, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed. FromSeptember, only fatal and major accidents will be reported by phone, whileall other reportable incidents under Riddor (Reporting of Injuries, Diseasesand Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) will be carried out through webforms available on the HSE’s website.Bribery Act to hit oil and gas hardest, finds research  Bribery Act 2010 – what it means for HRRead the full stoRy at People Management oil and gas industry has topped a list of sectors expected to be hit hardestby the Bribery Act, research from Ernst & Young has shown. The consultancyfirm ranked the top 10 sectors most at risk of investigation under the BriberyAct based on analysis of bribery convictions by the US Foreign CorruptPractices Act.Fifth of Jobcentre roles to be cutRead the full stoRy at government plans to cut up to a fifth of posts at UK Jobcentre Plus, it hasbeen reported. Job losses could be as high as 2,400 posts in the next 12 monthsand include the closure of 17 benefit processing centres and five contact centres,according to leaked plans seen by a national newspaper. Use our classified guide People Management is Check out the latest to identify suppliers of the official magazine of vacancies, sign-up for job HR goods and services the Chartered Institute of details by email, upload your Personnel and Development CV and get careers advice © People Management is published on behalf of the CIPD by Personnel Publications Ltd, 17-18 Britton Street, London EC1M 5TP subscriptions Magazine 020 8950 9117 CIPD members 020 8612 6208 editorial General 020 7324 2729 News 020 7324 2729 PM Online 020 7324 2733 Email