We have listed below a roundup of what has been happening since the start of 2013.
The Learning and Performance Institute hosted the annual Learning Awards last Thursday, 7th February. he event was hosted by BBC presenter Susanna Reid at The Dorchester Hotel In London.
Categories included Learning Company of the Year which was won by The Mind Gym. The category for Learning Department of the Year, which was dominated by a host of household names including McDonald’s Restaurants, Legal & General and Ernst & Young, was won by First Data.
The UK’s largest female business community, everywoman, has announced the finalists in the 2013 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, the country’s flagship programme celebrating the successes of the women leading the way in the profession. Passion, drive and commitment are just a few of the attributes recognised in these talented women who are laying the foundations for future females to follow in their footsteps.
UK Employment on the up - Official figures released on the 23rd January by the Office for National Statistics showed that total unemployment has now dipped to 2.49 million - lower than the figure posted in spring 2010 - as the number of young people and individuals out of work long-term declined.
The Ken Blanchard Companies and Universal Consensus, LLC, have entered into a collaborative relationship in order to serve public sector clients more effectively. The organizations have utilized their world-renowned, research-backed strategies to create and deliver a specialized cross-cultural leadership training solution for the public sector in order for leaders to appropriately interact with their international counterparts.
National Training Awards - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have confirmed that from 2013 it will no longer hold a programme of National Training Awards (NTAs). The landscape of awards ceremonies has changed dramatically since the NTAs were launched in the late 1980s and many other organisations now host programmes and recognition events, giving employers the chance to illustrate the merit of investing in quality skills training for existing and new staff.
Eweida Ruling Implications for Diversity Policy - The decision made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the case of Ms Nadia Eweida could have serious implications for employers and policy makers when they are creating policies about what is deemed to be acceptable dress code in the workplace. After examining the case in more detail, it's possible to draw some conclusions about the impact the case will have for employers going forward. More at Diversitylink website
Changes to unfair dismissal pay-outs do not go far enough, says IoD (Institute of Directors) Commenting on the publication this morning of the Government’s response to the consultation, ‘Ending the Employment Relationship’, including changes to compensation for unfair dismissal claims, Alexander Ehmann, Head of Regulation at the Institute of Directors, said: “Business will welcome the 12 months’ pay cap for unfair dismissal claims as evidence of progress towards a more balanced system. But they will be disappointed that the Government has refused to reduce the overall cap from its current unnecessarily high level of £72,000. Two-thirds of businesses who responded to the consultation felt the cap was too high. Most successful claimants receive less than £5,000 in compensation, and leaving the cap so much bigger than this only helps to create unrealistic expectations, and encourage tribunal cases which could be sorted out more quickly and easily before that stage.”
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