Get HR news, comment and jobs daily by email. Sign up at www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/daily This week in HR A round-up of the top HR and management stories Week ending Friday 4 March 2011 Follow us on… …and SlideShareGovernment clears upconfusion over DRA LINKS The government has amended Draft regulations move goalposts on DRA abolition controversial draft regulations People Management bit.ly/eSIgTA governing the end of the default retirement age (DRA), after employers and legal experts had voiced concerns about its impact. The initial draft regulations laid before Parliament last month said that only people who would turn 65 between 6 April and 30 September of this yearcould be forcibly retired, suggesting that those aged 65 or over before 6April were already protected. However, the draft has now been revised toconfirm that employers can lawfully retire any employee who is already 65or will turn 65 on or before 30 September 2011.Read the full story at bit.ly/hVKYdlReport calls for shake-up of vocational education Review of vocational education - The Wolf ReportRead the full story at bit.ly/fiZBPe bit.ly/exi1MFThe government should give more funding to employer-led apprenticeshipsand training and take it away from vocational qualifications that offer nothingto the employability of young people, a report has recommended. The WolfReport criticised the system of vocational education for having “perverseincentives” which steer colleges and learners into qualifications that “havelittle or no value”.Police to face pay cuts, warns home secretary Police pay reviewRead the full story at bit.ly/g325EZ www.police-information.co.uk/policepay.htmCuts to police pay are “unavoidable” if further job losses in the country’s forcesare to be averted, according to the home secretary, Theresa May. In order toprotect front-line services but give taxpayers a “fair deal”, the policing billmust be reduced, she told a meeting of chief constables. Three-quarters of thepolice budget – £11 billion – is spent on pay, and the government is planning tocut its funding for forces by 20 per cent by 2015.Civil service recruitment freeze extended Sir Gus O’Donnell: Job applicants swamp civil serviceRead the full story at bit.ly/eqwOWt BBC http://bbc.in/eiOqR3The government has announced an extension to the temporary recruitmentfreeze for the civil service that was put in place last May. Restrictions on fillingempty posts, originally set to end with the 2010/11 financial year, will nowcontinue subject to an ongoing review, potentially lasting until the end of thespending review period in 2015. Extending the block on hiring is part ofbroader efforts to curb spending and save an additional £3 billion by the end ofthis financial year, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said.ECJ decision on insurance hits pension annuities Equality Act 2010 - what it means for HRRead the full story at bit.ly/hSkwJH People Management bit.ly/igAx1YA European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision on gender discrimination in thepricing of insurance will be detrimental to people’s pension income inretirement, experts say. The insurance industry has traditionally used theassumption that women live longer than men to inform the size of annuitythat people can buy with their pension savings when they retire. But thispractice has been ruled discriminatory by the court, which also rejected the ☛ MORE NEWS ON NEXT PAGEpractice of pricing car insurance according to gender risk factors.