Saturday, July 31, 2010

USA - Whistle-blowing

Corporate directors responsible for internal whistle-blowing systems often take no action regarding anonymous allegations, even when they involve grave accounting breaches.

Anonymous Whistle-Blowing Allegations Often Ignored

Saturday, July 17, 2010

UK - Long Hours Bad For The Heart

Research led by University College, London and published in the European Heart Journal found that working overtime is bad for the heart.

Long Hours Bad For The Heart

UK - Different Pay Rates For Nurses?

Skilled nurses in regions where private sector pay is better tend to leave NHS hospitals to work in unregulated sectors such as nursing homes.

Different Pay Rates For Nurses?

Friday, July 16, 2010

USA - Senates Unemployment Benefits Fail US

Over the last week there have been countless stories covering the filibustering on the unemployment extension legislation. The Senate's fourth attempt this month to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits failed a closure vote. The standalone bill would have extended benefits for six months. But how do HR departments deal with the concerns over the influx of applications or roles and employee concerns? (News Release)

Senates Unemployment Benefits Fail US

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Canada - No Promotion Thanks

Most Quebec employees do not envy their bosses and over half would not trade places if given the opportunity.

Employees Don't Want Promotion Because Of Longer Hours

Canada - Performance Reviews Still Valuable

A recent survey of human resource managers found that performance reviews are still considered a valuable element in staff assessment.

Performance Reviews Still Valuable

Canada - Ongoing Competition for Talent

A survey of 167 Canadian human resources leaders found that organizations are facing an increased "flight risk" with employees considering new opportunities as the economy recovers.

Ongoing Competition for Talent

Canada - Stress and Creative Work

Research from the University of Toronto published in Social Science Research found that stress associated with creative work has a particular impact on the interface with family life.

Stress and Creative Work

Monday, July 05, 2010

UK - Biometric Workforce Management System

MSite Civil is the new edition of MSite - the UK’s leading biometric access and workforce management solution for the construction industry. (News release)

Human Recognition Systems Launches the First Biometric Workforce Management Solution for the Civil Environment

Friday, July 02, 2010

USA - Time Off Programs

All U.S. employers in a recent survey conducted by WorldatWork offer paid time off work and three-quarters of respondents find it necessary to offer paid time off programs in order to compete in the labor market and have 'traditional' and non-traditional ways of doing so.

Time Off Programs

South Africa - Employee Communications

Ever noticed how often employees hear about important business decisions in their companies from office rumours rather than directly from their managers? Failure to communicate regularly and effectively with your employees has the potential to create an environment of communications quicksand - people don't connect and concepts and expectations are not clearly communicated or understood. In the long run, all the
communications efforts are not focused in a manner that intentionally moves the business forward. (News release)

Excellent Employee Communications a Trademark of Successful Businesses

Thursday, July 01, 2010

USA - Affirmative Action

Speediware Corporation, developers of SpeedEEO, the original Web-based software solution for generating OFCCP-compliant Affirmative Action Plans (AAP), announced today the addition of an Organizational Chart Builder as a new standard feature in SpeedEEO. This great new feature will be available later this summer for no additional fee to all customers using the SpeedEEO product for their affirmative action needs.
(News release)

Build an OrgChart as you create an affirmative action plan for your organization

Australia - New ACTU President

New ACTU President Gerardine (Ged) Kearney takes office today.

Ms Kearney replaces Sharan Burrow, who last week was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. (News release)

New ACTU President Ged Kearney

NZ - Closing the Gender Gap

Green Party Women's Affairs Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said that Pansy Wong, Minister of Women's Affairs had effectively conceded that the Government had taken no new steps in the last year to reduce the pay gap between men and women.

Closing the Gender Gap