Tuesday, July 31, 2012

UK - Can Partners in Professional Partnerships claim Employment Status?

For businesses operating as a partnership, promotion and ownership of the business can be controlled by means of operating different levels of partnership, for example a salaried partner, fixed term partner or equity partner.

Can Partners in Professional Partnerships claim Employment Status?

UK - Sickness during annual leave - it's not as bad as it seems!

In a timely case - given that the holiday season is upon us - the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in ANGED v FASGA and others has decided that workers who fall sick during their annual leave must be permitted to reschedule the time affected by illness. What does this case mean for employers faced with workers returning from their holiday, claiming they were affected by sickness, and how much impact is the case likely to have in reality?

Sickness during annual leave - it's not as bad as it seems!

Monday, July 23, 2012

USA - Work and Sleep

Research from the University of Iowa has shown that police officers sleeping less than six hours per night are more susceptible to chronic fatigue and health problems.

Work And Sleep

UK - Corporate Scandals Eroding Trust

A survey of more than 2000 UK employees commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that only 36 per cent of employees trust senior managers.

Employees and Employers: corporate scandals eroding trust

Saturday, July 21, 2012

UK - Employability and Student Choice

As students we are not only studying for a degree - we are also developing our own personal brands and turning ourselves into marketable products.

Employability and Student Choice

Thursday, July 19, 2012

UK - Employee Performance and the Law

The abolition of the default retirement age in April 2011 and the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes have focused attention on the issue of performance management. These recent developments highlight the increasing importance of having proper performance management processes in place.

The importance of managing employee performance before problems arise

USA/UK - Personal Branding

Anyone trying to find a job in today's climate knows how hard it is to get your CV noticed amongst the piles stacked on HR directors' desks. For many seeking to enter fast-paced fields, the simple CV is no longer enough. You need to stand out, to prove your mettle.

How One Job-Seeker Turned His Personal Brand Into Fame and Opportunity

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Australia/NZ - Accountants heading abroad

No fewer than six in ten Australia and New Zealand accountants will be job hunting within the next 6 to 12 months, according to global research.

Australian and New Zealand accountants heading abroad

Thursday, July 12, 2012

NZ - Strong Growth in New Zealand Employment

An analysis of 42,000 jobs listed in the last quarter on Trade Me Jobs shows that the New Zealand job market remains positive, with listings up by 8.2 per cent on the same period in 2011.

Strong Growth in New Zealand Employment

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

UK - Protected Conversations

The idea of the 'protected conversation' is that employers can talk to their employees about possible termination deals or severance packages without having to worry about those conversations being referred to in subsequent Employment Tribunal cases if the discussions come to nothing and the employees then say they have been unfairly dismissed.

Protected Conversations: an exciting new initiative or counter-productive for employers?

UK - Letting a banker go - pitfalls for the unwary

One might be forgiven for wondering whether a number of bankers may soon be "let go" by their employers as the banks' trials and tribulations following the LIBOR fixing scandal unfold. Given the rates of remuneration they tend to enjoy, making most of
us appear by comparison to be journeyman labourers, this could be an expensive time.

Letting a banker go - pitfalls for the unwary

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Canada - Dealing with tough interview questions

Good preparation is the key to answering the toughest interview questions with confidence according to staffing, recruitment and HR Services company Randstad Canada.

Prepare for work: dealing with tough interview questions

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Canada - Healthy Workplaces

Six key elements of extraordinary organizations around the world were identified recently by the The Health Work & Wellness Group.

Healthy Workplaces

Anger at work

What makes people angry at work and what they do about it?

Anger at work

Men and women react differently to stress.

Men and women react differently to stress.

Danger of the desk

Monday, July 02, 2012

UK - Technology extends the working day

Replying to emails and answering work calls at home means that the average UK employee is putting in an extra three weeks a year in overtime.

Technology extends the working day

USA - E-mail: the Way to Gossip

It has been estimated that the average corporate email user sends 112 messages a day - and one in seven of those messages can be described as gossip.

E-mail: the Way to Gossip