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John Read explains the important points for employers in Warby v Wunda Group plc
April 20, 2012 02:19 AM PDT
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Stephen Simpson explains how the law defines discrimination arising from disability
April 19, 2012 07:58 AM PDT
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Stephen Simpson, senior employment law editor at XpertHR, explains how the law defines discrimination arising from disability.

David MacLeod on the engagement task force
Clean
March 12, 2012 09:37 AM PDT
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Nita Clarke on employee engagement
Clean
March 12, 2012 08:17 AM PDT
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163
February 09, 2012 08:48 AM PST
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162
February 09, 2012 08:42 AM PST
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Woolworths case explained
February 03, 2012 02:52 AM PST
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ConnectingHR Unconference - May 2011
May 20, 2011 04:45 AM PDT
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The Personnel Today Friday podcast
July 02, 2010 03:53 AM PDT
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We are no longer recording this podcast - but please keep checking in for new audio content. Thanks for listening.

The Personnel Today podcast team.

Friday podcast: 25 June 2010
June 25, 2010 07:34 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

- The HR implications of the emergency budget
- Personnel Today’s migration to an online platform

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Dan Thomas and Rob Moss.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast, 11 June 2010: HR news and analysis
June 11, 2010 06:52 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including
• The potential for an increase in sickness absence, post-recession
• The HR response to the proposed public sector pay cuts

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Noel O’Reilly and Dan Thomas.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: HR news and analysis
June 04, 2010 06:21 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

- Positive action in the light of the coalition government and the Equality Act

- Reactions to the government’s drive for greater transparency around public sector pay

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Dan Thomas.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: welfare policy reform, HR and social media, BA strike latest
May 28, 2010 05:56 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• The government’s welfare policy overhaul
• BA strike update
• HR’s failure to capitalise on social media
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Dan Thomas.
Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: staff turnover, court injunctions and the public sector
May 21, 2010 05:03 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

• Staff turnover – the latest trends, and what employers are doing to tackle it
• The potential impact of court injunctions on the public sector

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Dan Thomas.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - May 7 2010
May 07, 2010 06:48 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• The general election result and the potential impact on employers and the workforce
• British Airways cabin crew and new strike plans
• Tesco’s plans for helping staff enjoy the World Cup

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 30 April: immigration policies and workplace stress
April 30, 2010 08:45 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• The main political parties’ immigration policies, and the potential implications for employers
• The growing problem of workplace stress and what employers need to do to tackle it.
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Noel O’Reilly.
Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: 23 April 2010
April 23, 2010 08:57 AM PDT
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HR news and views including:

- How HR coped with staff absence as thousands of employees were trapped abroad due to the volcanic ash fallout
- Workforce planning trends: How firms are planning to downsize their permanent workforce and re-hire people as hire sub-contractors to do the same work - saving on building and pension costs. IT giant IBM told Personnel Today it was considering doing this on a huge scale, which could be the start of a trend, according to outsourcing experts.

Presenter Rob Moss is joined by Louisa Peacock.
Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast 16 April 2010
April 16, 2010 08:27 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

- A new Work Foundation investigation into the problem of sickness absence
- News of Personnel Today's first social media week
- Strike threats at BT

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Noel O'Reilly and Rob Moss.

Produced and edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 9 April 2010
April 09, 2010 02:08 AM PDT
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HR news and views including:
- The Equality Bill, its implications for employers and what HR should be doing to meet its terms
- How employers are using social media and online technologies to help improve their employees’ health

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Dan Thomas.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 26 March 2010: budget, spending cuts and strikes
March 26, 2010 07:03 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
- 2010 budget breakdown: implications for employers and HR
- public sector cuts
- strikes: potential impact on the economy and the workforce

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock and Richard Staines.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: 19 March 2010.
March 19, 2010 08:16 AM PDT
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HR news and views including:
- Clare Chapman on the NHS response to its latest staff survey
- Xpert HR on HR salaries, budgets and priorities
- The Jedi faith and the rise of discrimination claims

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday Podcast - 12 March 2010: HR news including interview with McDonald's HR chief on McGCSE work experience and the Equality Bill
Clean
March 12, 2010 08:35 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- McDonalds’ decision to offer work experience leading to a GCSE equivalent qualification
- A new EHRC code of conduct implies that the Equality Bill will protect the rights of vegans, atheists and believers in Feng Shui.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock and Noel O’Reilly.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 5 March 2010
March 05, 2010 06:10 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- Graduate recruitment: are recruiters beginning to see beyond the 2i degree?
- The HR response to the government’s new ’10 point plan’ for helping councils create efficiencies

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Dan Thomas.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 26th February: Christine Pratt and 'Bullygate', fit notes and GPs
February 26, 2010 08:30 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- Bullygate: what started as news of bullying at Number 10 has developed into a scandal around the National Bullying Helpline. Chief executive Christine Pratt speaks to Louisa Peacock.
- Procter and Gamble’s associate medical director Paul Nicholson describes his misgivings over the new fit note and GPs’ involvement.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 19 Feb 2010: sickness while on holiday guidance; part-time unemployment; and HR blogging
February 19, 2010 09:03 AM PST
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HR news and analysis including:

  • the latest advice on whether holiday leave can be carried over to following year when the employee falls sick
  • we analyse the latest UK unemployment figure and in particular the rise in part-time work
  • and, Laurie Ruettimann of PunkRockHR.com talks about the benefits of HR blogging.

Presented by Rob Moss, with Kat Baker and Louisa Peacock. Additional recording by Martin Couzins.

Friday podcast 12 February, including Dame Carol Black and David Freud on fit notes
February 12, 2010 05:48 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- Comment on the new fit note from Dame Carol Black and shadow welfare reform minister David Freud
- The latest developments in the Default Retirement Age saga

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Mike Berry.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast, 5 February 2010.
February 05, 2010 06:22 AM PST
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HR news and views including:

- The latest developments in the case of Network Rail HR director Peter Bennett, who is facing accusations of discrimination
- The new fit note strategy and whether the HR community expects it to work
- The threat to police recruitment branding posed by delays in the placing of new recruits

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Noel O’Reilly.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 29 January: HR news and views including the default retirement age, and sickness absence
January 29, 2010 07:54 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- The best ways to manage sickness absence, as the UK marks ‘National Sickie Day’ on 1 February
- The collapse of the latest bid to scrap enforced retirement at 65.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Noel O’Reilly.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: HR news and views including pre-employment health questionnaires and the policing of the 2012 Olympics
January 22, 2010 07:30 AM PST
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HR news and views including:

- The banning of pre-employment health questionnaires under a new clause in the Equality Bill
- Tim Miller, Standard Chartered Bank’s HR chief and Personnel Today’s 2009 top HR power player, discusses the impact of the recession on the banking sector
- The Met Police’s plans for the London Olympics in 2012

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Louisa Peacock.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Personnel Today Friday podcast: 15 January 2010.
January 15, 2010 07:45 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- What happens next regarding the Working Time Directive? If the opt-out is scrapped for good, as is looking likely after the European Parliament vote to do so, what will that mean for employers? How long can employees work for on average under the new rules?
- A new tribunal ruling on TUPE means companies going into administration using a 'pre-pack agreement' will not need to follow TUPE rules and can change staff's terms and conditions.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Helen Williams and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast: HR news, views and analysis
January 08, 2010 08:06 AM PST
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The HR and employment law implications of extreme weather:
- Health and safety implications
- Absent employees’ rights to pay
- Working conditions
- Dealing with staff with emergency childcare issues.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Susie Munro.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast 18 December: swine flu, bonuses, strikes, recession, Guru
December 18, 2009 09:23 AM PST
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HR news and views including a look back at the big stories of 2009 – swine flu and bonuses – and predictions of what 2010 will mean for the HR community.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock and Rob Moss.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 11 Dec 09: Mental health and the workplace; Civil service compensation scheme
December 11, 2009 07:22 AM PST
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HR news and analysis, including:

  • We talk to Lord McKenzie about the government’s mental health employment strategy
  • And we discuss union reaction to proposed cutbacks in the civil service compensation scheme.

Our news digest includes:

  • A black factory worker at a playing card manufacturer wins her racial discrimination case
  • City HR departments can expect to be inundated with enquiries from bankers who want to avoid bonus taxes
  • And the work experience student who made thousands from insider trading.

Presented by Rob Moss, with Noel O'Reilly and Kat Baker.

 

Friday podcast - 4 December: Walker Review, Bribery Bill and musculoskeletal health
December 04, 2009 02:00 AM PST
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HR news and analysis, including:
- The HR implications of the Walker Review on corporate governance in the financial sector
- Business in the Community’s new Working Joints and Muscles toolkit, aimed at improving musculoskeletal health in the workplace
- The Bribery Bill and its potential impact on UK businesses

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Noel O’Reilly and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: November 27th - equal opportunities, Boorman report
November 27, 2009 06:10 AM PST
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HR news and analysis, including:
• The implications of the Boorman Report on NHS health and wellbeing
• RBS, change management and employee engagement
• Employment law: equal opportunities case
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by John Charlton and Noel O’Reilly.
Produced and edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 20 November: HR news and analysis, including HR salaries, CIPD and BBC
November 20, 2009 07:12 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- 2010 salary prospects for HR
- The CIPD’s annual report and accounts.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Mike Berry.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 13 November: graduate recruitment, Train to Gain
November 13, 2009 07:24 AM PST
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HR news and views including:
- The Conservative party’s plans to scrap Train to Gain if they win the general election
- Key findings from IRS’ 20th annual graduate recruitment survey
- The Civil Services’ plans to introduce an HR business partner development programme

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 6 November. DDA, mental health at work
November 06, 2009 08:43 AM PST
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HR news and views including:

Poor mental health at work: are employers doing enough? Should they have to take responsibility for non work-related mental health issues?

A new EAT ruling says that volunteers are not covered by the disability discrimination act, and considers the implications of further legal challenges.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Noel O’Reilly and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast: 30 October. TUPE and appenticeships
October 30, 2009 07:23 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• Why fewer under 25s are applying for apprenticeships
• TUPE: what happens to staff when insolvent businesses are rescued
Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and John Charlton.
Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 23 Oct 09: IoD want pension age to be 70, IRS pay prospects survey 2010, and CIPD buys Bridge
October 23, 2009 07:02 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • We discuss the Institute of Directors’ call for state pension age to rise to 70
  • What are the likely pay deals in 2010? We look at the latest IRS pay prospects survey, published on XpertHR today
  • And we discuss the fallout of the CIPD’s announcement to buy the Bridge Partnership consultancy.

Rob Moss is joined by John Charlton, Mark Crail and Mike Berry.

Friday podcast - 16 Oct 09: huge NHS stress payout; age audits; and the Agency Workers Directive is delayed
October 16, 2009 07:30 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis including:

  • A retired senior NHS workers wins £370,000 and £24,000 per year for life for stress-related injuries

  • We discuss the prospect of mandatory age audits as part of the Equality Bill

  • And we look at this week’s announcement to delay the introduction of the Agency Workers Directive.

Rob Moss is joined by Kat Baker, Mike Berry and John Charlton.

Friday podcast - 9 Oct: Conservative party conference, pensions
October 09, 2009 08:33 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• Round-up from the Conservative Party Conference, including train to gain and the equality bill
• HR’s role in the run up to the implementation of personal accounts

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 9 October: Gen Y, absenteeism, CIPD bonuses
October 02, 2009 07:24 AM PDT
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HR news and views including:
- The impact of the recession on Generation Y
- The HR community takes exception to the Jackie
Orme’s bonus
- Cary Cooper predicts a fall in the level
of sickness absenteeism

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 25th September: Heyday decision and employment law changes
September 25, 2009 08:06 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:
• The decision in the Heyday case against the default retirement age
• The latest law employment changes and their implications for employers

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Rob Moss and John Charlton.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday Podcast - 18Sep09
September 18, 2009 07:20 AM PDT

HR news and analysis, including:


  • Exclusive interview with M&S executive chair Sir Stuart Rose

  • Government rules on work experience could undermine youth employment plans


Presenter Mike Berry is joined this week by Rob Moss

Friday podcast - 11 September: Microsoft, fat cat pensions
September 11, 2009 07:49 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

  • Microsoft's plans for introducing 3,000 apprenticeships in the UK
  • the findings from the TUC's annual Pension Watch survey

Presenter Tara Craig is joined this week by John Charlton.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 4 Sep 2009: Bypassing the agency workers directive
September 04, 2009 09:09 AM PDT

HR news and analysis:

  • Some HR professionals are planning to bypass the Agency Workers Directive

  • And we look at how Tower Hamlets council in London aims to save £1m per year transforming its HR function

Rob Moss is joined by Mike Berry and Louisa Peacock.

The Personnel Today Friday Podcast - 28 August
August 27, 2009 09:24 AM PDT

The Personnel Today Friday podcast will be back next week (4 September) packed with HR news and expert comment on the latest issues.

Until then the Podcast team are on their holidays. All the best.

The podcast team.

Episode 119
August 21, 2009 07:04 AM PDT
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HR news and views including:

- How a significant increase in vacancies within the NHS has prompted accusations of poor workforce management

- What employers should be doing during Ramadan, and how the Muslim religious festival serves as a timely reminder of the 2011 Equality Bill

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker.

Edited and produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 14 August: TUPE, youth unemployment
August 14, 2009 07:21 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

  • Latest youth unemployment figures and what employers are doing to remedy the situation
  • Court of appeal ruling on the status of TUPE in pre-pack administration
  • Depersonalisation of CVs

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by John Charlton.

Produced by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 7 August: swine flu and absenteeism, civil service redundancy payments
August 07, 2009 07:05 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including

  • Younger workers more likely to be off sick with swine flu
  • Union reaction to proposed changes to civil service redundancy payments

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Kat Baker and Rob Moss.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 31st July: AWD, legal representation at disciplinary meetings
July 31, 2009 06:54 AM PDT
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HR news and analysis, including:

  • Latest developments in the Agency Workers Directive debate
  • The fight for legal representation at disciplinary meetings
  • Employees' preference for small businesses

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock and John Charlton.

Edited by Kellie Cantelo, Tara Craig and Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast - 24 July: latest HR news
July 27, 2009 01:16 AM PDT
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Latest HR news and comment on the Gate Gourmet tribunal and the Agency Workers' Directive.

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Rob Moss and John Charlton.

Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 17 Jul 2009: Swine flu and vulnerable workers
July 17, 2009 08:17 AM PDT

Noel O'Reilly and John Charlton join Rob Moss to discuss news that the details of whistleblowing incidents heard in employment tribunals could be forwarded to the relevant regulatory authorities. And is HR doing enough to protect vulnerable workers from swine flu?

Other HR news and analysis includes:

  • The MacLeod Review of employee engagement

  • Heyday retirement age case begins at High Court

  • 500,000 new jobs in renewable energy by 2020

  • Unemployment is now 2.38 million, a record increase of 281,000

  • And a former prison officer claims she was bullied at work because of her good looks.

Friday Podcast - 10 July: swine flu - workers allowed up to 2 weeks off; blacklisting in the construction industry
July 10, 2009 09:07 AM PDT

HR news and views, including:
- Swine flu - workers allowed up to 2 weeks off
- Blacklisting in the construction industry

Presenter Tara Craig is joined by Louisa Peacock and John Charlton.
Edited by Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 3 July 2009
July 03, 2009 09:06 AM PDT

HR news and views including:

- the Equality Bill amendment to allow dual discrimination cases;
- how regulating no-win no-fee lawyers would impact on HR; and
- we ask you for your suggestions on how should make it onto the Personnel Today Power Players list.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Helen Williams and John Charlton.

Edited by Louisa Peacock and Tara Craig.

Friday podcast - 26 June 2009
June 26, 2009 09:03 AM PDT

HR news and views including:

- Lobby groups want the Home Office to crack down on intra-company transfers as they say they are an abuse of immigration legislation
- The Heyday age discrimination day court case date is set and the Personnel Today campaign on scrapping the default retirement age
- Business psychologist Binna Kandola tells Personnel Today all humans are prejudiced and this translates into the workplace.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by John Charlton and Rob Moss.

Co-edited by Louisa Peacock and Rob Moss.

Friday Podcast 19 June: Video games HR teams face staff sharing headache, exclusive interview with Tesco HRD Therese Procter, and a Muslim waitress wins tribunal over tight-fitting red dress
June 19, 2009 06:26 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • possible headaches for videogame HR teams as a pioneering staff-sharing scheme is announced;
  • an exclusive interview with Tesco’s HR director,
  • and a Muslim waitress’s tribunal win following a dispute over a tight-fitting red dress.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Kat Baker, Noel O'Reilly and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 12 June: HR in trouble after Lords' ruling on holiday pay; Growing confidence in career prospects; and a looming decision over childcare vouchers
June 12, 2009 06:58 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR professionals warn they may have to sack staff to avoid paying backdated holiday pay, but could face more employment tribunals
  • a growing confidence in career prospects for HR despite the impact of the recession
  • and a decision looms over maternity benefits and childcare vouchers this summer

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Kat Baker, Helen Williams and John Charlton.

Friday Podcast - 29 May: New fit note unveiled, justice minister Jack Straw cracks down on 'no-win no-fee' lawyers, and 'monumental' ruling to reduce tribunal claims
May 29, 2009 06:45 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • The new fitnote is unveiled to cut down on long-term sickness absence,
  • Justice secretary Jack Straw vows to crack down on no-win no-fee lawyers,
  • and the numbers of tribunal claim are set to decrease following a ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Noel O'Reilly and John Charlton.

Friday Podcast - 22 May: Government plans for bailiffs to force employers to pay tribunal awards, an exclusive interview with skills secretary David Willetts, and the HR profession dominated by 'bad guys'
May 22, 2009 06:29 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • New government proposals to force employers to pay tribunal awards more quickly by encouraging the use of bailiff-style enforcement officers,
  • an exclusive interview with the shadow skills secretary David Willetts on the failure of the government’s skills agenda,
  • and HR directors warn that the profession is dominated by 'bad guys'

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by John Charlton and Kat Baker.

Personnel Today Podcast SPECIAL EDITION: Employers and reservists undertake arctic warfare training in the Arctic Circle
May 19, 2009 05:19 AM PDT

The training undertaken by Armed Forces reservists helps bring valuable skills into the workplace back home. Guy Logan and a group of employers joined a team on exercise in the Arctic Circle to find out more.

For the feature, go to: http://www.personneltoday.com/articles/2009/05/12/50637/employing-reservists-war-for-talent.html

Friday Podcast - 15 May: Police backlash over workforce modernisation plans, HR slams 'nameless CV' proposal for Equality Bill, and legal update on age discrimination in Rolls Royce redundancies
May 15, 2009 07:57 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Police HR face a backlash from front line officers for attempting to modernise the workforce,
  • HR directors slam a potential clause in the Equality Bill to force job applications to be nameless to avoid discrimination,
  • and Rolls Royce loses a key age discrimination appeal over taking long service into consideration for job cuts

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Louisa Peacock and John Charlton.

Personnel Today Friday Podcast - 8 May: HR warns against jumping on the ‘green shoots’ bandwagon, employers turn to incapacity benefits to fill ranks, and lewd fireman wins employment tribunal
May 08, 2009 06:34 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR warns against jumping on the ‘green shoots’ bandwagon
  • employers turn to incapacity benefits to fill ranks
  • and a lewd fireman wins £45,000 in an employment tribunal claiming unfair dismissal

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Noel O'Reilly and John Charlton.

Friday podcast - 1 May 2009
April 29, 2009 10:42 AM PDT

HR news and views including:

- Swine flu: should employers really pay attention to the media hype and should HR be preparing now for a pandemic? Includes an interview with the editor at Personnel Today's sister publication, Occupational Health, Noel O'Reilly
- Equality Bill: The long-awaited Bill to eradicate the gender pay gap has finally been published, but with the Conservatives possibly coming into power next year how much of it will employers necessarily need to take note of?

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Noel O'Reilly and Kat Baker.

Edited by Louisa Peacock.

Friday Podcast - 24 April: Recap of Budget 2009, unions reject local pay deal and lukewarm welcome by HR of new CIPD professional standards
April 24, 2009 07:14 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • what the biggest parts of Alistair Darling's 2009 Budget mean for HR;
  • the rejection of the local pay deal and its impact on councils,
  • and the new CIPD benchmarks are met with a lukewarm welcome from the profession.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Rob Moss and Kat Baker.

Friday Podcast - 17 April: Fury of ex CIPD staff over redundancies, 2009 Budget wishlist, and potential raft of legal claims for illegal job cuts
April 17, 2009 07:06 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • angry CIPD staff have attacked CEO Jackie Orme over the handling of redundancies
  • employer representative bodies announce wish lists for next week’s Budget,
  • and research finds thousands of companies are failing to follow proper redundancy procedures.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Mike Berry, John Charlton and Helen Williams.

Friday podcast - 10 April 2009
April 09, 2009 04:52 AM PDT

HR news and views including:
- should overweight nurses be told to lose weight?
- will unions accept the 0.5% pay deal for council workers?
- how will a spate of equal pay cases affect the public and private sector?

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Kat Baker and John Charlton.

Edited by Louisa Peacock.

Friday Podcast - 4 April: Equality Bill takes on discrimination of carers, and top HR directors issue stern warnings on HR visibility
April 03, 2009 07:26 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • the forthcoming Equality Bill looks set to eliminate discrimination against carers
  • and leading HR directors warn HR not to hide away during the recession at the latest HR director's club meeting

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Kat Baker and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 27 March: Police diversity survey, McDonalds denies end of war for talent, and new guidelines for sickness absence
March 27, 2009 07:57 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • the National Police Improvement Agency announces a new diversity survey at Race and Faith Inquiry;
  • we speak to HR director of the year David Fairhurst, VP at McDonalds, about Local Employment Partnerships,
  • and we reveal new guidelines for employers on handling staff returning to work following illness or injury.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Louisa Peacock, Kat Baker and Noel O'Reilly

Friday podcast - 20 Mar 09: Acas chairman Ed Sweeney, climate change "belief" discrimination, and legal representation at internal disciplinaries
March 20, 2009 10:31 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • We hear from Acas chairman Ed Sweeney about next month's introduction of a new disciplinary and greivance code of practice

  • A sacked executive is given permission to sue for unfair dismissal alleging he was discriminated because he believed in climate change

  • And the High Court has judged that in some circumstances, an employee can be allowed legal representation in an internal disciplinary matter

Presented by Rob Moss, with Tara Craig and John Charlton.

Friday Podcast - 13 March: Fire diversity targets in trouble, Baroness Greengross discusses the default retirement age, and an employment tribunal following controversial IVF treatment
March 13, 2009 08:42 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • experts warn of ineffective equality targets in emergency services;
  • an exclusive interview with Baroness Sally Greengross on the default retirement age
  • and a UK border agency employee has been suspended from work for taking too much time off for fertility treatment

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Kat Baker, Rob Moss and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 6 March: Tribunal ruling requires new employers to honour old pay deals; employers face legal action for buying secret data on contractors; and the future of HR outsourcing
March 06, 2009 05:40 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • An employment tribunal ruling on collective pay rises means new employers must honour old pay deals;
  • nearly 40 companies face legal action after allegedly buying secret personal data about thousands of workers to vet prior to employment, and
  • HR directors discuss the future of HR business partnering

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by John Charlton and Tara Craig.

Friday Podcast - 27 February: Government slammed over job advertising restrictions, future-CEOs advised to do time in HR, and age discrimination at the airport
February 27, 2009 06:49 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR directors slam government plans to force employers to advertise skilled jobs locally first;
  • experts recommend diverting high-potential staff via HR departments on their way to becoming CEOs and senior managers,
  • and the automatic computer rejection of a job application for an air traffic warden is ruled as age discrimination.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Louisa Peacock and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 20 February: Agency workers and the threat to HR's reputation; unions vow to fight a public sector pay freeze; and a tribunal ruling on indirect race discrimination.
February 23, 2009 03:02 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR experts have warned of damage to reputation and following redundancies at BMW
  • failure by the government to rule out a public sector pay freeze may lead to worsening industrial relations, and
  • a tribunal ruling that will see employers at risk of indirect race discrimination for not hiring some European workers.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Lindsay Clark and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 13 February 2009
February 13, 2009 07:30 AM PST

HR news and views including:
- Financial services HR chiefs fear that scrutinising bonuses too much will damage their business;
- CIPD chief executive Jackie Orme tells Personnel Today that HR must lead the bonus culture change, and challenge bosses who do not think about long-term packages;
- we debate the latest legal case involving bonus pool payouts, where a worker may be denied £92,000; and
- one in four people who are ill struggle into work regardless: is 'sickness Britain' just a myth?

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by John Charlton and Noel O'Reilly.

Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast - 6 Feb 09: BMI pay dispute, Rewards and Twitter
February 06, 2009 10:44 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • Pilots union BALPA criticises BMI after pay was taken back from employees' account and then returned minus a pay rise

  • Benefits under threat as employers cope with recession

  • And Twitter. What is it and how could it help employers?

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by John Charlton and Rob Moss.

Friday Podcast - 30 January: Protests over lack of jobs for British workers, and HR's reputation
January 30, 2009 06:31 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • demonstrators protest over the use of foreign workers and failure of Gordon Brown to fulfill his "British jobs for British workers" promise, and
  • in the second part of our series from the European HR directors business summit in Birmingham, HR professionals believe their reputation can only improve during the recession.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Louisa Peacock and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 23 January:
January 23, 2009 06:50 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR directors fight back against the recession by focusing on training and development;
  • and a legal ruling by the Information Commissioner that may pave the way for job candidates to see other applicant’s interviews.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Rob Moss and John Charlton

Friday Podcast - 16 Jan: MPs review Leitch skills targets, and HR profession under fire
January 16, 2009 05:57 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • MPs condemn the Leitch Review skills targets, labelling them "unrealistic and unachievable", and
  • leading HR practitioners reject the results of a survey of line managers that claims HR is neither particularly timely nor relevant.

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Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Greg Pitcher and John Charlton.

Friday podcast - 9 January 2009
January 09, 2009 06:58 AM PST

HR news and views including:

- As the government steps up efforts to urge employers to offer apprenticeships, HR practitioners are concerned how this may come across as yet more job cuts are on the cards
- M&S whistleblower Tony Goode talks to Personnel Today's sister publication Computer Weekly on his imminent trial, why he blew the whistle on a measure to cut redundancy pay, why there is a "culture of surveillance" at M£S, and why he thinks he was unfairly dismissed. See the full video footage online at
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/01/08/234114/marks-and-spencer-whistleblower-speaks-about-consumer-data.htm
- Two discrimination cases at HBOS involving a muslim woman, and the Met Police.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan and John Charlton.

Co-edited by Louisa Peacock and Guy Logan.

Friday podcat - 19 December 2008
December 19, 2008 04:46 AM PST

Join Personnel Today for the last podcast of the year.

HR news and views including:
- What happens next regarding the Working Time Directive? If the opt-out is scrapped for good, as is looking likely after the European Parliament vote to do so, what will that mean for employers? How long can employees work for on average under the new rules?
- A new tribunal ruling on TUPE means companies going into administration using a 'pre-pack agreement' will not need to follow TUPE rules and can change staff's terms and conditions.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Helen Williams and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

The next Personnel Today podcast will go live on podomatic.com on 9 January 2009. Until then Merry Christmas from the Personnel Today podcast team.

Friday podcast - 12 December 2008
December 12, 2008 05:02 AM PST

HR news and views including:
- Why the UK is likely to lose its current exemption rights from the Working Time Directive, forcing employees to stop working more than 48 hours a week. We debate the latest thinking from MEPs in Brussels.
- Whether making pay cuts instead of job cuts will actually cause problems for employees further down the line when they come to taking pensions, or indeed, if and when they get made redundant. Plus: Is the move to reduce workers' salaries just stalling the inevitable?
- How HR can minimise the sick days called in after office Christmas parties. Experts talk about what the role of HR is and what the role of the line manager is.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher and John Charlton.

Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

Friday Podcast: Personnel Today Awards VIDEO special
December 05, 2008 05:13 AM PST

This week's Friday podcast is a video of winners' reactions from the Personnel Today Awards 2008.

Nadia Williams presents. Filming and editing by Trevor Williams.

Friday podcast - 28 November 2008
November 28, 2008 08:19 AM PST

HR news and analysis, including:
- Find out who was the overall winner at Personnel Today’s glittering awards ceremony on 27 November – and listen to why they thought they won the coveted trophy
- We discuss how recent developments in the Sharon Coleman case will pave the way for new rights for carers, and make discrimination by association a reality for employers
- And we ask how the new ‘fit note’ to replace sick-note Britain culture will help HR to reduce sickness absence – find out what Dame Carol Black had to say.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by John Charlton and Noel O’Reilly.
Edited and produced by Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast - 21 November 2008: Interview with employment minister Tony McNulty and what HR can do to impress bosses during the downturn
November 21, 2008 07:54 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

- advise from a senior HR director about the function's role during the economic downturn
- how a hotel chain is preparing for the UK losing its opt out to the Working Time Directive next month, meaning employees will not be able to work more than 48 hours a week
- an interview with employment minister Tony McNulty on unemployment and how Job Centre Plus has challenging times ahead, and
- whether employers that stipulate that a job needs a degree candidate is classed as age discrimination.

Friday podcast - 14 November 2008
November 14, 2008 07:01 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

- as the consultation on whether to extend the right to request flexible working to parents with kids aged 16 or under closes, employers' groups have called for clarity on what exactly will change;
- a legal expert tells employers that if they have to make redundancies, they should do so Christmas Eve rather than next year; and
- Orange HR chief Helen Chamberlain tells Personnel Today that line managers should attend employment tribunals involving their staff to understand why disputes erupt in the first place.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan and Rob Moss.

Co-edited and co-produced by Louisa Peacock, Guy Logan and Rob Moss.

Friday Podcast - 7 November: Working Time Directive, reforming employment tribunals and Carlsberg redundancies
November 07, 2008 06:47 AM PST

HR news and analysis including:

  • HR directors slam the vote against an opt-out in the Working Time Directive by MEPs;
  • shadow business secretary Alan Duncan calls for employment tribunals and legislation to be reformed;
  • and we discuss the decision to hold a company-wide training day just weeks before making all employees redundant.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Mike Berry, Louisa Peacock, and John Charlton.

Produced by Guy Logan

Friday podcast - 31 Oct 2008: Abbey's record race discrimination ruling; and HR and the recession
October 31, 2008 09:04 AM PDT

HR news and analysis featuring:

  • Race discrimination. High street bank Abbey has said it is considering taking a Employment appeal tribunal decision to the Court of Appeal after a former investment banker was awarded £2.8m compensation for racial discrimination.

  • And we have a report from Guy Logan looking at what HR can be doing to help employers and employees through the impending recession.

Rob Moss is joined by John Charlton, with a special report from Guy Logan.

Friday Podcast - 24 October: Stress-related illness in the workplace, and the gender pay gap
October 24, 2008 06:46 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Employers could be responsible for huge damages if they don't manage stress-related illness among employees adequately;
  • Government research into what causes stress at work;
  • and a report that says to stop making such a "song and dance" about the gender pay gap

Presenter Rob Moss is joined this week by John Charlton, Noel O'Reilly, and Guy Logan. Produced by Guy Logan.

Friday podcast - 17 Oct: redundant men; HR and the banking crisis; and ditch the retirement age
October 17, 2008 07:46 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • 98% of those losing their jobs in the three months to August are men;
  • Is HR partly to blame for some of the banks' troubles?
  • And Personnel Today launches a new campaign to ditch the default retirement age.

Rob Moss is joined by Guy Logan, Greg Pitcher and Mike Berry.

Friday Podcast - 10 October: Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary blasts health and safety regulations
October 10, 2008 06:41 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • shadow work and pensions secretary of state Chris Grayling speaks exclusively to Personnel Today about cutting health and safety red tape, and solving skills shortages with the 'Jeremy Kyle' generation, and
  • the winners of the Great Place to Work in HR awards share their secrets of success in employee engagement, leadership and management.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined this week by Guy Logan.

Friday podcast - 3 Oct: Jackie Orme on the future of the CIPD, and the return of the jelly baby racism story
October 03, 2008 07:09 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development chief executive Jackie Orme talks exclusively to Personnel Today about her vision for HR
  • and we bring you news on the Tube worker who is suing his employers after being scared by the victim of the 2006 jelly baby racism case.

Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan and John Charlton.

Friday podcast - 26 Sep 08: HR's gender pay gap; the Heyday retirement age challenge; and religious equality
September 26, 2008 06:39 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • a survey of 5,000 HR professional shows men earn 20% more than their female colleagues
  • we look at what the European Court of Justice advocate general's decision means for the Heyday legal challenge to the UK's mandatory retirement age
  • and Muslim MP Sadiq Khan calls for "Islamophobia in the workplace" to be tackled.

Guy Logan is joined by Rob Moss, Greg Pitcher and John Charlton.

Friday podcast 19 Sep 08 - Jackie Orme impresses Harrogate delegates
September 24, 2008 09:01 AM PDT

This week's regular podcast is a special programme on the CIPD's annual conference in Harrogate. Technical difficulties with Pod-o-matic meant that the programme could not uploaded until now - apologies.

Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan and Greg Pitcher.

Friday podcast - 12 September 2008: Unions warn HR to 'prepare for war'; prison staff details go missing; and an age discrimination tribunal
September 12, 2008 07:45 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • union boss Derek Simpson warns HR should "prepare for war" as strike action continues because of pay cuts;
  • prison staff details go missing in the latest data loss saga,
  • and we debate a strange tribunal case involving a 16-year-old boy and age discrimination: he alleged he was not given a job because the employer told him he was too young to operate a floor buffer.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Guy Logan and John Charlton.

Produced by Louisa Peacock. Co-edited by Louisa Peacock and Guy Logan.

Friday Podcast - 5 September 2008
September 05, 2008 06:07 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • what HR directors said about a new health programme by Weight Watchers is assessed by HR directors, and
  • a proposal by a former union general secretary to change the TUC’s name, and merge it with the CBI

Presenter Guy Logan is joined by Louisa Peacock and Mike Berry.

Friday podcast - 29 August 2008: Jeremy Paxman and BBC discrimination; is CIPD failing modern HR leaders; and Unison union boss Dave Prentis talks to Personnel Today
August 29, 2008 06:13 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • two thirds of respondents to an online Personnel Today poll think the CIPD is no longer relevant to HR leaders;
  • we delve into the mind of one of the biggest union leaders Dave Prentis to find out what makes him tick and his thoughts on current employment law for HR professionals;
  • and we discuss whether middle-class white men are being discriminated against at the BBC as newsreader Jeremy Paxman claimed.


Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Guy Logan and Rob Moss.

Produced by Louisa Peacock. Co-edited by Louisa Peacock, Guy Logan and Rob Moss.

Email any comments or feedback about the Personnel Today podcast to louisa.peacock@rbi.co.uk

Friday podcast - 22 August 2008: BP axes nine-day fortnight rule - is it the end of flexible working?; Tesco employee prepares to sue a customer; and why HR should prepare for Generation Y
August 22, 2008 05:55 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • whether flexible working will become a casualty of the credit crunch after BP announced it would axe its nine-day fortnight
  • a Tesco employee is due to sue a customer after injuring himself delivering groceries – but are there legal implications for employers? and
  • HR director at catering giant Elior, Paul Reynolds, tells Personnel Today how he has upped his game in catering for Generation Y- those aged typically between 16 and 24.


Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Mike Berry and John Charlton.

Produced by Louisa Peacock. Co-edited by Guy Logan and Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast - 15 Aug 08: equal pay claims and TUPE, CIPD, BBC HR and social care HR
August 15, 2008 07:30 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • employment lawyers warn firms could risk equal pay claims after a TUPE merger
  • a CIPD figure has called for a radical overhaul of the professional HR body
  • BBC HR director Stephen Kelly provides interesting insight into what it’s like to work at the broadcasting giant, and
  • Social care HR director Moira Brown, at care services provider Care South, warns the government needs to cough up more cash to allow care workers to train further and reach their fullest potential.


Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Rob Moss, Mike Berry and Greg Pitcher.

Produced by Louisa Peacock. Co-edited by Guy Logan and Louisa Peacock.

Friday podcast - 8 Aug 08: Police and McDonald's recruitment, and UBS poaching case
August 08, 2008 09:23 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • chief people officer Angela O’Connor tells Personnel Today how the Police Service should copy the Armed Forces in advertising better for the range of career paths it has on offer, to attract the best graduates
  • we debate the news that McDonalds will hire thousands more people to cope with demand
  • and we discuss the court case that ruled in favour of Swiss bank UBS, when it complained former staff had left the company to set up a direct rival and were still poaching UBS employees.
Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher and John Charlton. Produced by Louisa Peacock, edited by Louisa Peacock and Rob Moss.

Friday podcast - 1 Aug 2008: unions warn against redundancies, future Labour policies emerge, and workplace health scheme stalls
August 01, 2008 04:46 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Unions legal experts warn organisations not to use the economic downturn as a justification for redundancies


  • We hear about potential new plans to emerge from Labour’s National Policy Forum


  • And an update on a £300m workplace health strategy announced by the Government in January.


Presented by Rob Moss with Guy Logan, Greg Pitcher and Louisa Peacock.

Produced by Rob Moss and Guy Logan.

Friday Podcast - 25 July: Councils steal rival execs, employer rewarded for delaying proceedings, and a website to rate your boss
July 25, 2008 03:49 AM PDT

HR News and analysis including:

  • news that councils are increasingly poaching chief executives from rival local authorities, avoiding having to promote from within or train private sector converts
  • how an employer was found not to breach unfair dismissal rules simply because he delayed proceedings by months
  • and we bring you business reaction to news that employees can now rate how good their employer is on a website.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, John Charlton and Guy Logan
Produced by Lauren Mills, Louisa Peacock and Guy Logan.

Friday podcast - 18 July 2008: public sector contract HR requirements, REC boss Kevin Green on recruitment agencies, and the Sharon Coleman case - discrimination by association
July 18, 2008 05:34 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • why some employers are disillusioned by the latest duties imposed on them when bidding for government contracts, including that they must publish diversity stats and enable staff the right to training
  • new boss of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation Kevin Green urges HR to get the most out of the recruitment agencies they work with;
  • and we discuss the landmark Sharon Coleman case which has paved the way for thousands of discrimination by association claims.


Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Mike Berry and John Charlton.

Co-produced by Louisa Peacock and Jack Stephenson.

Friday podcast - 11 July 2008: religious discrimination, the slump, Generation Y, and the Maasai
July 11, 2008 05:56 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • the Christian registrar who has won her employment tribunal against Islington council after she refused to officiate over same-sex civil partnership ceremonies

  • how the current economic gloom is affecting human resources departments

  • We report on a London Business School event this week on Generation Y and leadership

  • And finally why Maasai warriors are flying into London to teach our executives a thing or two.


This week's show is presented by Rob Moss, with John Charlton, Greg Pitcher and Tara Craig.

It was co-produced by Rob Moss, Guy Logan and Jack Stephenson.

Friday podcast - 4 July 2008: How employers can help tackle violent street crime including stabbing by preparing inner city youths for employment; a new HR tool to link illness at work with money lost; Boots HR director suggests tax breaks should be given
July 04, 2008 06:42 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • what employers can do to help tackle violent crime and street crime including stabbings and shootings - inclduing helping inner city youths find employment
  • how a new tool for HR directors can show how much money illness is costing the workplace
  • Boots HR director Alex Gourlay has suggested that employers should receive tax breaks for promoting diversity in the workplace, such as when they favour hiring under-represented groups of people equally qualified to over-represented groups, as suggested in the draft Equalities Bill in June.
  • why the latest training budget cuts made by companies across the UK will affect business in the long-term.


Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Guy Logan and John Charlton. Co-produced by Louisa Peacock and Guy Logan.

Friday Podcast - 27 June 2008
June 27, 2008 07:42 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Unions have voted for a two day strike next month over a low pay offer, and local government officials have criticised the action. Jim Savege, the lead on pay for the Public Sector People Managers’ Association, and Phil White, the head of negotiations at Local Government Employers, spoke to Mike Berry.
  • The government calls on employers and unions to help trade union representatives increase equality and diversity, after complaints that they were receiving unfair treatment from both sides. Harriet Harman and Jonathan Rees comment.
  • We discuss the controversial Equalities Bill, and a new guide for employers about the use of prayer rooms in the company workplace.

Presenter Guy Logan is joined this week by Mike Berry, Greg Pitcher and John Charlton.

Friday Podcast - 20 Jun: 20 Jun: Private sector firms bidding for government contracts must publish diversity policies under proposals in the Equality Bill; Nestle's recruitment strategies help save money and lower agency reliance; we debate employment ap
June 20, 2008 08:46 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Private sector firms bidding for government contracts will now have to publish details of their diversity policies under plans unveiled in the Equalities Bill due to be read in Parliament on Wednesday 25th June
  • Head of recruitment at food giant Nestle, Fiona White, reveals the secret behind the firm’s successful recruitment strategy - keeping potential employees 'warm' for up to a year until suitable jobs come up.
  • We debate what the consequences are for the hospitality industry now that tips cannot count towards the national minimum wage.

Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan, John Charlton and Mike Berry.

Friday podcast - 13 June: Organisations must monitor disabled people as part of diversity awarness; a major government campaign launches to increase carers' awareness of their right to request flexible working and the Chartered Management Institute advise
June 13, 2008 06:00 AM PDT

HR news and analysis including:

  • Equalities experts tell Personnel Today that diversity cannot be truly measured in organisations unless people come forward with disabilities they have – disabled people need to be confidentially monitored;
  • We bring you the latest on a major government campaign to boost awareness among carers of the right to request flexible working, and
  • the Chartered Management Institute advise managers and HR professionals how to manage the young generation of managers coming from Generation Y

    Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Mike Berry, Guy Logan and Rob Moss.

    Friday podcast - 6 June: Employers are warned to prepare now for the outcome of the Heyday case which is challenging the compulsory retirement age of 65; employers must improve their leadership training following shocking CIPD survey results; and HR direc
    June 06, 2008 05:49 AM PDT

    HR news and analysis including:

    • The Heyday case on the compulsory retirement age will be heard on 2 July - employers are warned to prepare now for its outcome as they could be liable for age discrimination;
    • Leadership consultancy DDI and HR director Angela O'Connor at the National Policing Improvement Agency talk exclusively to Personnel Today on how to improve leadership training following shocking CIPD survey results; and
    • O'Connor warns employers to promote diversity in the workplace without exploiting minority workers.

      Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Guy Logan.

      Friday Podcast - 30 May 2008
      May 30, 2008 06:11 AM PDT

      HR news and analysis including:

      • Exclusive interviews with senior HR figures at Vodafone, Unilever, Royal Mail and Taylor and Francis on how HR can help their business leaders go through today's rapid pace of change;
      • An exclusive interview with Google HR director Liane Hornsey on how organisations can inspire staff through office culture - learn tips and advice on how you could change your office culture for the better
      • Singer Liza Minelli was almost refused entry into the UK at Heathrow aiport after her visa application had been delayed at the Border Agency UK. Find out what this means for employers trying to recruit migrant workers.

      Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Guy Logan and John Charlton.

      Friday podcast - 23 May: agency workers' rights, HR in the police, sex dicrimination and flexible working
      May 23, 2008 07:46 AM PDT

      HR news and analysis including:

      • The agency workers deal which will give temporary and agency workers equal rights to permanent staff from just 12 weeks of employment;
      • Home secretary Jacqui Smith says she does not fear police officers will ever strike as a result of her “betraying” the Police Service out of their full pay deal, and Police Federation chair Jan Berry attacks HR’s ability to deal with officers’ demotivation during the pay deal saga
      • A woman that had to wear an "I’m simple" badge won her employment tribunal case under the Sex Discrimination Act
      • Equalities figures voice their concerns over the flexible working debate which centres on women, not men.

        Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, John Charlton and Rob Moss.

        Friday podcast - 16 May: Friday podcast - 16 May: Imelda Walsh talks exclusively to Personnel Today on the flexible working review to extend the right to request flexbile working to parents of children aged 16 and under; we bring you employers' reactions
        May 16, 2008 08:42 AM PDT

        HR news and analysis including:

        • Imelda Walsh talks exclusively to Personnel Today on the flexible working review to extend the right to request flexbile working to parents of children aged 16 and under (see http://www.personneltoday.com/45866.article);
        • HR directors from Topps Tiles and Monarch Airlines tell us their thoughts on the flexible working review changes: we bring you employers' reactions to the changes - will an extended right to request result in more employment tribunals or extra paperwork for HR?
        • A round up of what legislative changes will affect HR from announcements made in the draft Queen's Speech by Gordon Brown
        • and fresh views on the debate on business partnering and whether it works in organisations - is HR capable of training staff to meet the business partnering requirement? (See http://www.personneltoday.com/45340.article)

          Louisa Peacock is joined by Mike Berry, John Charlton and Rob Moss.

          Friday podcast - 9 May: NHS executive pay, employee engagement, risk taking and bra entrepreneur Michelle Mone
          May 12, 2008 02:43 AM PDT

          This week's special programme was recorded at the Human Resources Forum on board the Oriana cruiseliner.

          • One NHS head of HR responds to Sir Gerry Robinson opening address about efficiencies in the organisation and in particular, executive pay
          • Jonathan Austin, founder and CEO of Best Companies, explains why employees don't leave companies but their managers
          • Personal development trainer Ross Page talks about getting employees to take calculated risks
          • and bra entrepreneur and Apprentice pundit Michelle Mone on people management

          This week's show is presented by Rob Moss, online editor of personneltoday.com

          Apologies for the late posting of this episode - this was due to poor communications facilties on board the ship.

          Friday podcast – 2 May: Flexible working in practice, Public sector HR dinosaurs, and corporate responsibility to the unemployed
          May 02, 2008 06:49 AM PDT

          HR news and analysis including:

          • equalities groups warn that employees are not taking up their right to request flexible working for fear it will damage their careers
          • public sector HR has been accused of being archaic by the chief of the PPMA
          • and Jo Robbins, group HR director at consultancy VT group explains why it is important for employers to help the long-term unemployed back into work.

          Louisa Peacock hosts this week's show with contributions from Mike Berry, Greg Pitcher and Rob Moss.

          Friday podcast - 25 April: PwC report threatens future of HR, police figures warn workload has increased since alcohol licensing laws came into effect, why Suffolk County Council can justify spending £350 a day on bullying and harrassment consultants and
          April 25, 2008 07:11 AM PDT

          HR news and analysis including:

          • PwC report threatens future of HR - we bring you HR's reaction
          • Senior police figures warn officers' workload has increased since alcohol licensing laws came into effect, because pubs and clubs are open longer into the night. Find out why HR plays a crucial role in dealing with increased incidents
          • Why Suffolk County Council can justify spending £350 a day on bullying and harrassment consultants - shouldn't inhouse HR already provide this service?
          • and whether employers should pay for migrant workers' English lessons

          Also listen out for an exclusive interview with head of HR Jane Watkinson at Home Retail Group, which owns Argos and Homebase, on HR's role - strategic vs. transactional - and whether Homebase has been hit by the credit crunch.

          Louisa Peacock is joined this week by Greg Pitcher, Gareth Vorster and John Charlton.

          Friday Podcast - 18 Apr: Maternity leave pension liability, Metropolitan Police prepare for 2012 Olympics, and HRD 2008
          April 18, 2008 07:31 AM PDT

          HR news and analysis including:

          • legal experts warn that maternity law changes made this month will cost employers huge amounts of money
          • Metropolitan Police HR director Martin Tiplady discusses the need to ramp up policing for London 2012
          • we catch up with delegates at HRD 2008 in London
          • and new CIPD chief Jackie Orme talks to Personnel Today... nearly.

            Louisa Peacock is joined by Rob Moss, Greg Pitcher and John Charlton.

            Friday Podcast - 11 Apr: Highly Skilled Migrant Programme high court ruling, exclusive interview with employment minister Stephen Timms, NHS staff survey and violence against staff, training providers going bust
            April 11, 2008 07:38 AM PDT

            HR news and analysis including:

            • An exclusive interview with Amit Kapadia, executive director of HSMP Forum, outside the High Court in London - on the landmark ruling which stated the government acted unlawfully in changing rules to the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
            • The NHS staff survey - staff reported yet more violence against them but has little progress been made by NHS employers in addressing this?
            • With the recent flurry of training providers being taken over, what does this mean for HR who are amid purchasing new training contracts like e-learning?
            • An exclusive interview with employment minister Stephen Timms on what employers need to do to maximise recruitment opportunities, including a look at why Local Employment Partnerships may help.

            Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Mike Berry, John Charlton and Rob Moss.

            Friday Podcast - 4 Apr: skills secretary John Denham, Dragons' Den dragon James Caan and making chocolate for team-building
            April 04, 2008 08:36 AM PDT

            HR news and analysis including:

            • an exclusive interview with skills secretary John Denham
            • Dragons' Den entrepreneur James Caan's thoughts on HR
            • employee engagement in governement departments
            • and what is an acceptable kind of away-day when using public money? Making chocolate, apparently, is of questionable value to the taxpayer.

              Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Tara Craig and John Charlton.

              Friday podcast - 28 Mar: Newcastle College buys Carter & Carter; the EC looks at UK Information & Consultation law; and is positive discrimination okay?
              March 28, 2008 06:57 AM PDT

              HR news and analysis including:

              • Newcastle College buys a major part of Carter & Carter from administrators
              • the European Council reviews UK information and consultation regulations
              • and following Harriet Harman's refusal to rule out positive discrimination in the forthcoming Single Equality Bill, we discuss whether it's acceptable.

              Rob Moss hosts this week's programme and is joined by John Charlton, Mike Berry and Tony Pettengell.

              No Friday podcast this week - back to normal on 28 March
              March 20, 2008 02:30 AM PDT

               

              Friday Podcast - 14 Mar: Maternity benefit changes, welfare reform criticisms, Carter and Carter, and training accreditation
              March 14, 2008 06:16 AM PDT

              HR news and analysis including

              • Welfare reform criticisms – why minister James Purnell’s new rules may disadvantage the disabled.
              • Carter & Carter training provider: why did it go into administration and will if affect the skills sector? Includes talk of the Machinery of Government consultation and the future of the Learning and Skills Council.
              • Paternity leave: what does the latest gender pay gap statistics mean for paternity leave?
              • Maternity leave legal changes: Mothers will be able to receive benefits such as mobile phones and company cars throughout additional maternity leave as well as ordinary maternity leave. What does HR need to do now to prepare for changes in maternity law coming into effect this year?

              Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Greg Pitcher, Rob Moss and John Charlton. Louisa interviews Stephen Ross, a solicitor at law firm Withers to find out what the changes to maternity leave benefits are, how this will affect HR and what HR needs to do, including informing all staff and updating policies.

              Corporate manslaughter audio guide
              March 10, 2008 02:32 AM PDT

              Practical legal advice on what HR can do to minimise the risk of corporate manslaughter claims under the new Act, including:

              • What is changing in the law? (41secs in)
              • What penalties do companies face? Includes news on fines company can face, and a warning to employers that issue company cars (5minutes 15seconds in)
              • What can HR do to follow the new law? Includes practical steps on identifying and training senior managers, altering employment contracts and how HR can lead work in this area (7minutes 43seconds in)
              • Does the new law go far enough to make companies change their behaviour in the light of health and safety? (14minutes 44seconds in)

              Presenter Louisa Peacock talks to employment partners Tom Flanagan at Pinsent Masons and David Leckie at Muclay, Murray & Spens to find out exactly what HR needs to be concerned about with the new law and practical steps they can do in the workplace right now to be prepared for changes in corporate manslaughter law.

              For more information on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2008, coming into effect on 6 April, visit www.personneltoday.com/41798.article

              Friday podcast - 7 Mar: TUPE and private equity, International Women's Day, and B&Q's female focus
              March 07, 2008 06:56 AM PST

              Friday podcast - 7 Mar: TUPE and private equity, International Women's Day, and B&Q's female focus

              HR news and analysis including:

              • Could TUPE law be about to change with respect to private equity takeovers?
              • Tomorrow is International Women's Day so we look at the scale of the gender pay gap in the UK
              • and B&Q has been training its staff to shift its focus from male to female

              Rob Moss hosts this week's programme and is joined by Tara Craig, Louisa Peacock and Gareth Vorster.

              Friday Podcast - 29 Feb: BBC diversity plan, talent management, coaching standards and illegal workers
              Explicit
              February 29, 2008 07:58 AM PST

              HR news and analysis including:

              • Features editor Jo Faragher interviews HR directors on the future of talent management, how it can be measured and where its future lies
              • A breakdown of the new illegal working and Highly Skilled Migrants points system legislation
              • News on the BBC trying to recruit more black and minority ethnic (BME) staff and
              • whether the coaching profession should be standardised.

              Presenter Louisa Peacock is joined by Gareth Vorster, Rob Moss and John Charlton, with a special report from Jo Faragher.

              Friday podcast - 22 Feb: Birmingham City Council cuts salaries and Personnel Today turns 20
              February 22, 2008 09:17 AM PST

              Hr news and analysis including:

              • Birmingham City Council's decision to cut some employees' salaries
              • what people want to do on 29 February
              • 20 years of Personnel Today
              • and what the strange joint honours degrees from UK universities... Dance and Movement Studies and HR Management. It's true!

              Louisa Peacock is joined by Gareth Vorster and John Charlton

              Friday Podcast - 15 Feb 2008: Agency workers
              February 15, 2008 06:11 AM PST

              Latest HR news and analysis including:

              • next week sees the second reading in the House of Commons of a private members bill to gain equal rights for agency and temporary workers
              • and we discuss whether migrant workers should receive Health and Safety advice in their native tongue.

              Lousia Peacock is joined by Mike Berry, Rob Moss and John Charlton.

              Interview: Katherine Tulpa of the Association for Coaching
              February 15, 2008 03:19 AM PST

              March sees one of the biggest events in the coaching calendar - the bi-annual Association for Coaching conference which will attract about 600 delegates.

              Katherine Tulpa, chair of the Association for Coaching and an executive coach in her own right, tells John Charlton why she's looking forward to the event and selects one session that stands out for her.

              She also explains how the Association is addressing the pressing issue of coach accreditation.Katherine also advises buyers of the key question they should ask of coaches before hiring them.

              Friday Podcast - 8 Feb: including Illegal Workers audio guide
              February 08, 2008 06:39 AM PST

              This week's HR news and analysis programme includes a special guide to new illegal worker legislation.

              Louisa Peacock interviews Richard Port, partner and head of employment at Clarion Solicitors, about the introduction on 29 February of fines and possible prison terms for employers found with illegal employees on their books.

              Other items include:

              • the decision by the Court of Appeal not to recognise a unfair dismissal claim from an agency worker
              • a wish from the CIPD for tax relief for SMEs offering apprenticeships
              • and internet giant Yahoo's plans for performance related pay (they wouldn't talk about Microsoft).

              This week's programme is presented by Rob Moss, with John Charlton, Mike Berry and Greg Pitcher.

              Learning Technologies 2008 - a look at e-learning
              February 04, 2008 04:47 AM PST

              John Charlton visits the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition at London Olympia and talks to delegates about the effect new technologies are having on their training provision.

              Friday Podcast - 1 Feb 2008: McQualifications Special
              February 01, 2008 07:12 AM PST

              This week's Friday Podcast is a special edition on the news story that broke at the beginning of the week regarding McDonald's, Network Rail and Flybe getting their employee training accredited to A-level standard.

              Louisa Peacock interviews McDonald's chief people officer David Fairhurst and talks to other HR directors about whether employers should be providing this type of education to young people.

              Friday Podcast - 25 Jan 2008
              January 25, 2008 05:09 AM PST

              News and analysis in the human resources sector including:

              • if there is going to be a recession, how will it affect HR?
              • KPMG merges its UK, Swiss and German operations - the start of a new trend?
              • the NHS hands MP3 players out to staff in a mobile learning exercise
              • and an ex-MP teaches senior staff at the FSA how to deal with MPs.

              This week's programme is presented by Rob Moss, with Greg Pitcher, Gareth Vorster and John Charlton.

              Occupational Health interviews Prof Coggon
              January 23, 2008 02:32 AM PST

              Prof Coggon, president of Faculty of Occupational Medicine, explains why occupational health practitioners need to be concerned with employees' ill health which is not caused by work

              Friday Podcast - 18 Jan 2008
              January 18, 2008 06:40 AM PST

              News and analysis in the human resources sector including:

              • alarming news on news EU proposals for health and safety
              • the potential for shared HR services in the higher education sector
              • the decision of the employment tribunal brought by a CBeebies In the Night Garden actor who claimed unfair dismissal from his role as a Tombliboo with Ragdoll Productions
              • and HR professionals have four months to plan for this year's National Learning at Work Day organised by the Campaign for Learning.

              This week's programme is presented by Louisa Peacock, with Greg Pitcher, Rob Moss and John Charlton.

              Friday Podcast - 11 Jan 2008
              January 11, 2008 06:33 AM PST

              News and analysis in the human resources sector including:

              • a look at the possible establishment of a new diversity association
              • shocking statistics on the number of equal pay claims lodged
              • and brain training and how it should - or perhaps should not - be used for your staff.

              This week's programme is presented by Louisa Peacock, John Charlton and Gareth Vorster.

              Friday Podcast - 4 Jan 2008
              January 04, 2008 05:17 AM PST

              News and analysis in the human resources sector including:

              • a look at what 2008 has in prospect for employers
              • the first major tribunal outcome of the year where a heterosexual employee has won damages regarding her sexual orientation
              • a new government campaign on illegal workers
              • and the Roman Catholic church launches a new training course for exorcists.

              This week's programme is presented by Mike Berry, who is joined by Rob Moss, John Charlton and Gareth Vorster.