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HR Briefing #6


HR Briefing - Issue 6 - 14 August 2000

A free newswire brought to you by HR Zone focussing on employment,
legislation, personnel and human resource issues.


1. Industrial Society: Advisers are the key to New Deal success
2. Equal Opportunities Review: Race bias awards up 65%
3. Everything you want to know about workplace rights
4. TrainingZONE seeks representatives in other countries
5. What the job adverts really mean!



View from the HR Zone

This week I was going to call at the Softworld Annual Forum in
Warwickshire on the way to the office in Bristol. I haven't been
able to make the Softworld visit due to the fuel crisis. So, I'm
sorry I cannot report how good the Forum was this time round,
nor what developments in HR and payroll systems have been made,
or how helpful all the exhibitors were.

Now I don't like to pay a high petrol price, and I wish it was
lower. But, I would take a different approach to that seen this
week. I certainly wouldn't claim that I represented anybody else
if I didn't, nor would I obstruct other people in their lawful
business. If I don't agree with what the government does, then
I vote against that government at the next election. The same
principle applies with the leadership of trade unions and
professional bodies.

It appears however, that if you own a haulage business or a farm,
you can do what you like. You don't have to represent anyone, all
you have to do is vent your frustrations on anyone around you and
then blame the government.

Jon Seaton
Editor, HR Zone
mailto:[email protected]

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Latest HR News
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headlines and stories, updated every day at

Industrial Society: Advisers are the key to New Deal success
The Industrial Society disagrees with the Institute of Directors.
The IS say New Deal needs good advisers, the IoD says New Deal
needs money passing to business to train people properly.

Equal Opportunities Review: Race bias awards up 65%
We see regular reports about this and tribunal award.
Compensation figures appear to be rising. But which cases pay out
the most.

Everything you want to know about workplace rights
(but were afraid to ask huh?). Whilst the TUC make whoopee in
Glasgow this week, I would rather draw attention to something
that is likely to become the definitive guide to worker rights.

TrainingZONE seeks representatives in other countries
As the TrainingZONE online community grows Sift puts out the call
for companies and individuals with overseas contacts and networks
to consider the opportunities

What the job adverts really mean!
The first in a limited series, this tongue in cheek article gives
the alternative meanings of those job advert phrases.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's annual
flagship event, the National Conference and Exhibition takes place
again this year in Harrogate and runs from 25 to 27 October.
Advance information, full programme details and an online booking
form are available at the Conference website

Download a free guide to the Finance Act 2000
Download a free in-depth guide to Finance Act 2000, written by tax
expert Nigel Eastaway of WJB Chiltern, known as "the accountant's
accountant". (Show them you're not just a pretty face!)

Bad Backs 3
No, not a post-apocalyptic movie from Australia, but the tale of
how businesses, unions and back-care agencies work to prevent back
strain in the workplace. Know a 'bad back' person? read this now!

IT Professionals need to develop Business Skills
Research has highlighted the need for IT Managers to acquire
People Skills especially as 80% of projects fail because of poor
people skills.

Publish your own news today at

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Watching HR on the Web
HR Zone is the fastest growing Human Resource site on the internet
for UK-based HR practitioners. In each HR Briefing newswire, we
plan to review at least one other HR website. If you want your
site reviewed send me the URL and tell me why you think it's
a useful site. mailto:[email protected]

This weeks reviewed site -

The internet, and the web in particular, is fast filling up with
sites in the human resource field. It surprises me just how many,
because there will be a shake out and many will go by the wayside
but some will survive, and some will prosper. Many of the new
entrants enter because they have a related product or service.

This is the case with hr-now. The site itself is operated by GEE
publishing. GEE Publishing is one of the UK's leading providers
of high quality business information. The company is part of the
Thomson Corporation, a leading global e-information and solutions
company in the business and professional marketplace.

Unsuprisingly therefore, the site has seriously useful content.
But..and it's a big but, you can only access it after registering,
and more worrying is that some of those details will be accessible.
See the contributions into the discussion area to see what I mean.
Gee are not the only player in their field, and other providers
of specialist HR materials and facts are already playing. More
still will enter. Gee's hard line therefore on both registration
and on a subscription service is brave, and possibly risky.

>From design and functional perspectives the site is OK. Design can
be a personal thing and there are things that I would change. The
web is a tool for making links between different documents and
different parts of different documents. I think they could have
been used better in some of the site construction here. But
whilst talking of personalisation I can see that Gee are working
toward personalising the presentation for each user.
The site is going to be worth watching.

Community Features

Online Workshops
Every Tuesday lunchtime at 13:00 BST we run on online learning
workshop. Next Tuesday's topic is Managing Poor Performance -
This workshop presents an opportunity for managers and HR
practitioners and others to discuss issues related to poor
performance. Join in for free at :

Tenders for freelance consultancy work
Every week, companies publish their tendering opportunities at
Here are some of the recent ones you can respond to directly,
It could be an income stream that you hadn't considered before!

** Occassional 1 day trainers required in IT, Electronics, and
Project Management
** update database of accociate IT trainers

You can also publish your job vacancies, and set up personal
alerts for new vacancies at

We also carry the Tenders Electronic Daily - invitations to tender
for public supply and public works for over 80 countries. All
excellent sources of major contract work.

Get answers to HR Questions
You can tap the knowledge of thousands of other HR professionals
by posting your question to the Any Answers page. This week's
questions include: Tony Dimech asking about 'Syndicate Training';
Phil Nicholas searching for advice on 'Employee Directorships';
and Claire Fisher asking where she can find online assessment
resources. Can you help? Check the questions, or add your own at

Looking for HR resources online? Check out the 20 specialist
shops for HR professionals. Search for resources and products
across all the suppliers. If you supply this sector, why not
create your own free branded shop in the Mall?

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