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Airport worker dismissed over treatment of colleague who “unfriended” her on Facebook

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has overturned a tribunal decision that an employee was unfairly dismissed after placing an image of a witch as a screensaver on the computer of a colleague who “unfriended” her on Facebook. Stephen Simpson rounds up last week’s tribunal decisions. Dismissal of employee accused of putting image of witch on […]

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Carr Review into unions stalls over “politicised environment”

Bruce Carr, the QC leading the Carr Review into the conduct of unions, has revealed he will not be making any recommendations about changes to the law. Former employment lawyer Carr was appointed by the government to investigate the conduct of unions following an incident in Grangemouth. In November 2013, Unite members were accused of […]

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Ineffective data collecting costs HR departments, says Max Blumberg

Collecting data with no focus on its use is an expensive drain on HR departments’ resources, according to Goldsmiths, University of London research fellow Max Blumberg. Blumberg told HR magazine collecting analytics without first identifying a business need was the equivalent of “showing off to friends” when they visit your house. “If your house has […]

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Increased competition drives innovation in manufacturing

More than one-quarter (26%) of manufacturing companies cite concerns about falling behind competitors as a main driver for innovation in 2014, up from 19% in 2013, according to the EEF/Natwest Innovation Monitor 2014/15. The report is based on a survey of more than 200 manufacturing companies from across the UK. It also suggests businesses are […]

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Lawyers warn of “immediate impact” of obesity ruling on UK employers

The recent European Union Court of Justice announcement that suggests obesity should be treated as a disability will have an immediate impact on British employers, according to a leading employment lawyer. The court’s advocate general Niilo Jääskinen, its most influential legal adviser, recently announced that when obesity reaches the point where it “plainly hinders participation […]

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Professional body launches for CSR

The UK’s first professional body for people working in CSR and sustainability launched yesterday in London. The Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) aims to support and develop professionalism in the field of CSR by establishing standards, a code of conduct and creating L&D opportunities, provided by Ashridge Business School. Speaking at the launch, […]

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Employees in small enterprises less likely to face discrimination

Staff at businesses with fewer than 50 people are up to 10 times less likely to face discrimination than those working in larger companies, according to research by employment solicitors Doyle Clayton. The report, Age Over Beauty?, seen exclusively by HR magazine, is based on interviews with 1,000 employees and looks at discrimination faced due […]

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