…in brief

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. …in briefOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s news in briefAge diversity drive Pensions Minister Ian McCartney has launched a website to provide practicalhelp for employers and staff on ending age discrimination at work. TheDepartment for Work and Pensions has also published an evaluation of thevoluntary code of practice on age diversity in the run up to new laws in 2006.  www.agepositive.gov.ukYouth training target The Government has called on employers to help increase the number of youngpeople on Modern Apprenticeship schemes. It is working with the Learning and Skills Council to deliver a range ofrecommendations by the Modern Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, aimed atencouraging more than a quarter of young people to enter apprenticeships beforethey are 22 by 2004.  www.dfes.gov.uk/modapp/E-policies trend Nearly two-thirds of HR departments have introduced policies on e-mail andInternet use in the past four years, research claims. The IRS Employment Reviewalso reveals that almost all employers have a formal HR policy on employeediscipline and grievances and are least likely to have policies on work-lifebalance. www.irseclipse.co.ukHSE prosecutions The Health and Safety Executive’s second annual Offences and PenaltiesReport shows there were 1,500 separate health and safety offences by public,private and voluntary organisations and individuals during 2000/2001. In thisperiod the HSE prosecuted 2,077 offences, successfully gaining convictions for70 per cent. www.hse-databases.co.uk/prosecutionsRail staff in ballot South West Trains staff could vote to strike over Christmas followingdisputes over pay and conditions and the way the company operates itsdisciplinary procedures. RMT will ballot its 2,100 South West Trains membersthis week on pay and conditions, although only 660 train guards and driverswill vote on the dispute over disciplinary procedures. last_img

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