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Human Rights and HR – handcuffs are not the answer!


Human Resource managers and consultants are waiting advice on the implications of the forthcoming Human Rights Act that comes into force this autumn. Whilst the Act may affect HR practitioners, for example by changing policies on dress codes, spare a thought for the way it may affect other job roles. The Times newspaper is reporting the following concern.

Comment being given by the Magistrates' Court Service Inspectorate suggests that "handcuffing" prisoners or passing handcuffed prisoners through public areas of the courts' complex may breach Article 3 of the Act. Keeping prisoners displayed in a "dock" or behind a secure area such as a metal grill or bars may also breach the Act.

If you're having a bad HR day remember that it could be worse! How would you control prisoners at court if you couldn't use handcuffs or keep them behind bars?


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