August 10 2007 - A recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has found that nearly 40 per cent of human resource (HR) professionals have experienced problems with implementation of the Family and Medical Leave Act 1993 (FMLA).
US Unemployment at 4.5%
August 3 2007 - Payroll employment rose by 92,000 in July, and the unemployment rate rose marginally to 4.6 percent.
Management Consultants - What Do They Do?
August 1 2007 - Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) challenges the notion that management consultants play a vital role as expert outsiders in disseminating new approaches within organizations.
August 1 2007 - A study by Katerina Rüdiger for The Work Foundation suggests that perceived threats to UK employment from offshoring to developing countries such as India have been exaggerated.
Working Life Under Labour
August 1 2007 - A recent report from The Work Foundation suggests that the Labour government merits "7 out of 10" for its impact on working life during the last 10 years.
Global - International Call Centre Study
July 25 2007 - A recent international study of nearly 2500 call centres has challenged many assumptions about management and employment practices in this sector.
Gender Stereotyping A Key Barrier
July 25 2007 - A new survey has found that gender stereotyping continues to be a key barrier to the advancement of women in corporate leadership and leaves women leaders with limited and conflicting options.
July 18 2007 - Unemployment fell to 5.4% and a record 29.08 million people were in work in the period March to May according to the labour force survey (LFS).
July 16 2007 - Online recruitment has the virtue of being available to candidates and employers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year. It is always on and easily adjustable to meet changing requirements.
Unemployment at 4.2%
July 12 2007 - Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment also rose by 2,500 to 10,459,800 in June.
Unemployment Remains at 6.1%
July 6 2007 - Statistics Canada reports that the unemployment rate remained at the 31-year low of 6.1% in June for the fifth consecutive month.
Employee Benefit Survey
June 29 2007 - The Society for Human Resources Management's annual benefit survey found little difference between the employee benefits on offer in 2007 and the previous year with only a slight reduction in the percentage of organizations offering some financial and compensation benefits.
Vacation Entitlement Survey
June 29 2007 - The summer vacation season is here and a new survey shows that there has been little change in the number of vacation days offered to exempt employees since 2005.
Migrants Boost Labour Market
June 19 2007 - A newly published TUC study concludes that the massive inflow of migrants to the UK is a significant benefit to the UK economy citing Treasury estimates that migrant workers are responsible for around 10% of economic growth.
Annual Leave Extended to Bank Holidays
June 14 2007 - The Government has announced that companies will no longer be able to deduct public (bank) holidays from their workers' annual leave entitlements.
June 11 2007 Enews
* Without prejudice, but with limits
* Disability discrimination - using expert evidence to disprove a physical impairment
* Agency Workers held to be employees of the agency
May 29 2007 Enews
* Adjustments were not enough
* Returning from maternity leave - what is the "same job"?
* New consultation on additional paternity leave
Surveying Employee Opinions
May 19 2007 - A recent survey found that only 51% of American businesses formally ask employees about their perception of the workplace.
* Equal pay and victimisation
* Extending probationary periods
* Age discrimination during recruitment
April 21 2007 - A recent survey finds that 75 per cent of 180 organizations responding either use or plan to use psychological assessment for executive selection and development. Over half (58.3 per cent) currently use such methods, a further 16.7 per cent are considering their implementation.
Geoff Armstrong to stand down as Director General of the CIPD in June 2008
April 16 2007 - Geoff Armstrong will have held the post for 16 years, having seen membership more than double to almost 130,000 members including 47,000 fully chartered members.
April 2 2007 Enews
* DTI consults over disputes in the workplace
* Inventions made in the course of employment
* Legislative changes taking effect in April 2007
Do you have a mentally and physically healthy workplace?
April 2 2007 - The Workplace Health Promotion Network's next meeting, 25th May 2007, focuses on promoting health in the workplace.
Ontario Minimum Wage Increases
March 31 2007 - Labour Minister Steve Peters has announced that Ontario's general minimum wage will increase by 75 cents per hour annually to reach $10.25 on March 31, 2010.
March 19 2007 Enews
* Whistleblowers gain greater protection
* Agency workers and implied contracts of employment
* National minimum wage rates announced
UK Facing Skills Crisis
March 14 2007 - 55% of employers in a new survey are finding it more difficult to recruit skilled workers now compared to five years ago.
March 5 2007 Enews
* Disability Discrimination - duty to make reasonable adjustments
* Compromise Agreements
* Grievance letters - under the Modified Grievance Procedures
Hiring and Orientation Programs Neglected
February 25 2007 - A study of human resources practices at 50 large US companies by Watson Wyatt Worldwide has found that the importance of hiring and orientation programs is often neglected in the achievement of corporate goals and employee motivation.
More UK Jobs Created Than Destroyed
February 25 2007 - New research from the Globalisation and Economic Policy Centre at The University of Nottingham has found that 1 in 7 private sector jobs are lost in the UK each year but more are created than destroyed.
'Bad Apples' at Work
February 25 2007 - How negative behaviour by one person in an organization can impact on teams and groups.
February 19 2007 Enews
* Stress claims and counselling services
* Sick pay for disabled employees
* Cancer in the workplace: new guidance
* Breakfast Briefing: Dealing with Personal Disasters at Work - 8 March 2007
HR Systems Still Disappointing
February 14 2007 - A survey by PMP Research commissioned by the Evaluation Centre found that one-third of companies feel that their HR and payroll IT systems either do not meet their requirements adequately or fail to do so completely.
Intranet Policy Management Could Lead to Litigation
February 14 2007 - Research by NETconsent has found that nearly 50 per cent of UK organizations could be vulnerable to litigation by primarily using the intranet to manage corporate policies.
Alarming Performance Gap at Middle Management Level
February 14 2007 - A survey by management consultancy Hay Group has concluded that underperforming middle managers are costing British business £220 billion a year in lost productivity.
Paid Leave Comparisons
February 12 2007 - A comparison of public policies for working families in 173 countries shows that while the US performs well in protecting individual employees from workplace discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, and disability it is less effective in supporting family life.
February 12 2007 - New research finds that affirmative action is still a highly contentious issue in American society with people typically opposing it either because they regard it as inherently unfair or simply because they are racist.
Outsourcing About More Than Cost
February 12 2007 - A report from IT services company Unisys predicts that the predominant trend in outsourcing for 2007 will be the expectation that service providers can deliver more than improved processes and cost limitation.
More Women Studying Engineering - But Not For Career
February 9 2007 - Although the number of women studying engineering has increased, many use it as a route to other careers.
Asia-Pacific Talent Retention Crisis
February 9 2007 - A survey by ISR, a global employee research and consultancy firm, has found that organizations across Asia-Pacific risk losing their most talented people.
Manage Workers Individually
February 9 2007 - A recent study from The Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations (CCHRA) argues against categorizing employees by age stereotypes while acknowledging the need for different HR approaches to managing Boomers and Gen Xers in some areas.
Leadership and Assertiveness
February 7 2007 - Being perceived as having too much or too little assertiveness may be the most common weakness in aspiring business leaders, resulting in them appearing less effective than those with an optimal mid-range level.
Managing Time Off
February 7 2007 - US companies are potentially losing millions of dollars in payroll expenses and productivity because they fail to effectively manage employees' time off.
New Zealand Leads on Incentive-Based Pay
February 6 2007 - A survey by global recruitment firm Robert Half International has found that New Zealand employers are leading the way in incentive-based pay for finance professionals.
Women Missing From Top Jobs
February 6 2007 - Sex and Power: Who Runs Britain? 2007 is the last annual survey of senior women in the public and private sectors before the EOC is disbanded in autumn 2007 after 30 years.
Recruitment in 2007
February 6 2007 - A report from specialist recruiter Hays anticipates that the 2007 New Zealand recruitment market will be characterized by tighter conditions, customization of careers to suit individual employees and a more positive attitude towards mature candidates.
Skilled Migrant Policy 'Isn't Working'
February 6 2007 - A report from the New Zealand Association for Migration & Investment (NZAMI) argues that increasing skill shortages reinforce the need to revise work-to-residence rules applied to some skilled migrants. NZAMI has about 170 legal, financial and business members across New Zealand and is calling for an increase in the amount of time given to prospective migrants to find jobs and an easing of restrictions on the types of approved employment.
Equal Pay Case
February 6 2007 - Bridget Bodman, a former accountant at manufacturing company API Group received £25 000 compensation in November 2006 in an equal pay case supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
E-mail: Way to Gossip and Waste Time
February 5 2007 - A survey by MessageGate, Inc. has found that e-mail continues to be the most popular corporate workflow tool but that employees exercise poor judgment in its use, increasing costs and business or legal risks.
February 5 2007 Enews
* The best of both worlds
* Procedural defects in redundancy selections
* Increased statutory payments
* Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2006 Briefing
'Provocation Paper' Argues Against More Employment Legislation
January 31 2007 - Effective enforcement of employment legislation is less important than encouraging employers to see the organizational benefits of promoting a just workplace.
Management Resistance a Major Barrier for Teleworkers
January 31 2007 - A survey of 214 Federal managers found that only 35 per cent of managers felt their agencies supported telework.
EOC Advocates More Flexibility
January 30 2007 - A recent report from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has found that half the working population would like more flexibility at work.
ADA Does Not Protect Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities
January 27 2007 - A new study finds that sixteen years after enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with psychiatric disabilities have less favourable outcomes in claims of employment discrimination than those with physical disabilities.
The Carrot Principle
January 25 2007 - In 'The Carrot Principle - How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance' management consultants Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton explain how organizations and managers can use praise and recognition to motivate their workforces.
Poor Leadership Affecting Business Performance
January 25 2007 - A new survey indicates that UK bosses' lack of leadership skills in setting objectives, motivating employees and dealing with poor performers is having an adverse effect on business performance.
Work-life Balance and the Public Sector
January 25 2007 - Public sector employers may 'talk the talk' on work-life balance, but in practice have limited commitment to changing standard working patterns.
Performance Management - Key Practices
January 25 2007 - Survey indicates that there is significant scope for improvement in the performance management systems of many companies.
Directors' Average Pay Nearly CDN$120,000
January 24 2007 - Survey finds average Canadian director compensation was CDN$118 026 in 2006 - an increase of 15 per cent. Equity accounted for 87 per cent of that growth.
Boardroom Pay and the Risk Myth
January 24 2007 - FTSE 100 CEOs have little more risk of being fired or made redundant than the average employee. However, they tend to live longer and have the advantage of large pensions and sizeable pay offs.
Pensions: Widening Gap Between Public and Private
January 23 2007 - New research by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) shows a widening gap between the public and private sector in terms of retirement trends and pension plans.
Utility Salaries Standing Still
January 23 2007 - The Compensation Data 2006 survey of more than 5300 employers reveals that salaries within utilities have largely stood still over the last three years.
January 22 2007 Enews
* The dangers of mixing business with pleasure
* Frustration of contract or dismissal?
* DTI confirms timetable for additional statutory holiday
* Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2006 Briefing
Finding Talent Increasingly Difficult
January 21 2007 - The 2007 Talent Outlook Survey of over 100 HR and recruiting professionals with US-based corporations conducted by Cytiva Software Inc. suggests they found it harder to recruit good candidates in 2006 and expect the situation to get worse in 2007. Over 50 per cent of respondents were from companies with 500-10 000 employees.
Age and City Law Firms
January 21 2007 - Recent research considers the impact on senior and managing partners in leading UK law firms of the Age Discrimination Act which came into force on October 1, 2006.
Growing Poverty Casts Shadow
January 21 2007 - A recent report by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) shows that a growing number of Canadians are trapped in jobs that don't earn enough to cover the cost of rent and food. More Canadians are employed and some are paid a little more than last year, but the number working for poverty wages has also increased.
The Changing Pattern of Benefits
January 21 2007 - Watson Wyatt's Benefit Provider Research Report 2006 looks at changing patterns of benefits offered by 142 UK employers.
Hong Kong Lacking Fundamental Employee Rights
January 21 2007 - A recent report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is critical of Hong Kong's continuing failure to ensure fundamental employment rights. It highlights lack of legal recognition for trade unions, absence of collective bargaining, and insufficient protection against various forms of discrimination.
HR Ripe for Outsourcing
January 19 2007 - A recent survey has found that organizations are ripe for HR outsourcing as they increasingly seek standardization as part of a re-emphasis on strategic business initiatives.
Trainers Conflict With Senior Management
January 17 2007 - A recent survey survey of in-house training professionals by The Ken Blanchard Companies finds that senior managers are undermining the training programmes they have asked for
Managers Prefer Long Weekends Over Vacations
January 12 2007 - A recent survey found that workers below management grade are more likely to make full use of their holiday entitlement compared to executive and middle-level employees, who tend to take long weekend vacations. While employees value time away many feel obliged to work and stay in touch with their organizations on their days off.
January 8 2007 Enews
* When is the duty to make reasonable adjustments triggered?
* Agency workers and implied contracts of employment
* Flexible working for carers
* Top 10 Employment Law Developments of 2006 Briefing
50 Best Employers in Canada
January 7 2007 - The 2007 survey by Hewitt Associates of the 50 Best Employers in Canada found that the Best Employers have lower turnover, receive more applications and experience better business results.
Sick Day Entitlement Survey
January 3 2006 - Focusing on sick day entitlement, the latest annual Compensation Data survey found that exempt employees had an average of 8.4 sick days a year and non-exempt had 7.6 days.