Monday, June 27, 2005

USA - Fashion at Work

Fashion at Work

Two-thirds of women say designer brand names are not important at work, according to a Fashion at Work survey. But that doesn't stop women from buying them.

Australia - HR events

HRIS & Employee Self Service Performance Measurement Course
September 29th & 30th, Sydney, Australia


November 23rd & 24th, Melbourne, Australia

More information at: HR Conferences and Events

Thursday, June 23, 2005

UK - Managing Diversity

Armed Forces sexual harassment to be addressed

Secretary of State for Defence John Reid has signed an agreement with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to address sexual harassment in Britain's Armed Forces.

Monday, June 20, 2005

UK - Higher education

Academics and students abuse non-teaching staff, say UNISON

Support staff in Higher Education are treated with very little respect for the services they provide to academics and students according to a UNISON survey.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Australia - Industrial relations

Unions launch advertising campaign

The ACTU and Australian unions have launched an $8 million advertising campaign attacking the Howard Government's industrial relations changes.

Friday, June 17, 2005

USA - Health care

Employees negative about health care options

Fear and anxiety drive purchasing decisions, according to a Towers Perrin study.

Women and leadership

Trafficking in Trust: The Art and Science of Human Knowledge Networks

"I've come to realize that the only way to inspire change, stir activity, or get anything done at all is to explore the hidden world of social networks-"grey arkets" of rights, riddles, and rituals", says Karen Stephenson. This is a three part article exploring the issues of women, leadership and social networks.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Canada (Ontario) - Employment law updates

Three new Ontario employment law articles:

Amendments to Labour Relations Act Receives Royal Assent

Bill 144 was passed on the last day of the Parliamentary session, and was the focus of harsh criticism from the labour movement.

Legislation to Ban Mandatory Retirement Introduced

When enacted, the legislation will reverse workplace policies and collective agreements that allow businesses and unions to discriminate against older employees and force them to leave their jobs when they turn 65.

Province Wide Smoking Ban Adopted

The new legislation establishes a province-wide smoking ban in all enclosed public places in Ontario, including workplaces.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

HR People

Sara Lacombe appointed senior HR VP at FTI Consulting

She will lead FTI's human resources department, partnering with senior management to identify and recruit the best professional talent, address organizational opportunities and augment FTI's professional development program.


Communication gulf between HR and Marketing

58% of marketers do not feel that HR understands what the Marketing department does on a daily basis.

Monday, June 13, 2005

UK - Check your applications

Check your applications
A quarter of British employers withdrew one or more job offers in the last year because of lies or misrepresentations on applications, according to the CIPD's annual Recruitment and Retention Survey.

UK - flexibility

TUC attacks long hours culture
The TUC's submission to the UK Government's consultation on flexible working says that the country's long hours culture is damaging employees's personal lives and reinforcing the gender pay gap.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

HRM Books

The human resource management book selection has been revised to include some newly published HR books. See:

Human Resource Management Books (International site)

Human Resource Management Books (UK site)

Friday, June 10, 2005

UK - Learning survey

Learning survey

A quarter of British office workers blame their 'David Brent' style bosses for holding back their development, according to recent research conducted for the online learning specialist, SkillSoft.

eHR and Web-based HR Systems

This article has been modified.

"What an exciting time to be in HR!" says Patricia A. K. Fletcher in her introduction to Chapter 1 of The Brave New World of eHR: Human Resources in the Digital Age (Pfeiffer/Wiley, 2005). HR has moved from an administrative, support function to the heart of strategic management. And the use of technology is the key to that transformation.

Learn more at:

eHR and Web-based HR Systems

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

HRM Guide UK

The main index page for the UK site at:
has been simplified by moving articles for Quarter 4 (Oct-Dec) 2004 to a new page at:
Q4 Human Resource Articles.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Learning and rewards

Learning pays

Education and experience have increasing value in the knowledge-based economy. What is a degree worth?

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Enlightened power

What marks Enlightened Power? It is a focus on the willingness and ability to shift to new contexts in a fast-changing world. . . its recognition of paradoxes and polarities that must be reckoned with. . .its assessment of the ways inclusive organizations and their leaders are redefining the workplace. . . and its emphasis on linking productive work outcomes with positive and sustainable change to benefit all stakeholders.

More at The Community Practicing "Enlightened Power"

Friday, June 03, 2005

HR People

Patricia Newman appointed HR Director at Bigfoot Interactive

Bigfoot Interactive, an e-mail marketing provider has appointed Patricia Newman as human resources director.

Dan Ginsberg Named Senior VP of Human Resources at Rock of Ages

Senior HR job with a focus on expansion.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement

New Canada-Saskatchewan Immigration Agreement
Canada and Saskatchewan have signed a new immigration agreement, replacing the original Canada-Saskatchewan Agreement of March 16, 1998.

USA - Staffing companies

98 Staffing Companies Top $100 million a Year
Last year saw a 12% increase in the number of public and private U.S. staffing companies with revenues of $100 million or more.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Australia - Workplace relations poll

Workplace relations poll

The ACTU has released a national survey showing that public opinion is against the Federal Government’s plans for radical changes to workplace relations.