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POLISH WORKERS – WHAT GOES AROUND

The United Kingdom saw an influx of something like 600,000 Polish workers when its borders were opened up to new EU citizens a couple of years ago. Press articles and news comment then flourished on the subject of British workers being denied jobs as they were “stolen” from under their noses by Polish nationals willing to work for less money.

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I.T. SALARIES

THE average IT salary for the first quarter of 2008 was GBP34,217. CV Screen, monitored 11,000 advertised vacancies to come up with this statistic and tell us that IT salaries have risen by 4.1% in the past year.

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BANKING RECRUITMENT

UNSURPRISINGLY, recruitment in the banking and finance sector has slowed rapidly in the first quarter of the year. Online advertising firm Broadbean Technology report a steady decline in banking roles compared with 2006, when there were three times the number of finance jobs advertised.

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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE – APRIL 2008

Definition of harassment amended Statutory sick pay has increased Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay have increased Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 amended

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IS IT REDUNDANCY?

THE Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that where an employer terminates the contracts of its employees and subsequently offers them new contracts on different terms, the dismissals are not redundancy dismissals. (Martland and others v Co-operative Insurance Society Ltd.)

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JOB APPLICATIONS: IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES!

WHY are you the right person for that job? Is it obvious? Or is it only obvious to you? There are people out there who apply for virtually every job we handle and never get an interview. There are others who have only ever applied for one and got it.

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WHAT USE ARE TRAINEE LAWYERS?

Four legal secretaries are on the tube on a Monday morning. One asks the other three if they pulled at the weekend. The first one said, 'Oh yes, I pulled a partner, he was amazing, extremely confident, knew what he was doing but on the downside, he seemed to think 6 minutes lasted an hour.' ….

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MARKET COMMENTARY – MAY 2008

Last week I had the privilege of being a speaker at one of the most interesting shipping conferences I have been to in a long while. “Corporate Social Responsibility – the Maritime Supply Chain of Responsibility” was the first ever shipping CSR conference…

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HOW TO USE APOSTROPHES (ARTICLE THREE)

HERE we go again, on our soapbox, but cringing as we go. (Is that how you spell “cringing”? Is it a real word? You see, paranoia takes over when you preach to others.) Last month's Changing Course was not a rod for our own back. No-one wrote to tell us about our own grammatical or spelling mistakes. Unfortunately, Sue at Stena Line spotted an errant “it's” in place of what would have been an unobtrusive “its”….

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AGENCY WORKERS – EMPLOYMENT STATUS DECISION

Hilda worked for three years for a London council, which employed her through one agency then a second agency. She fell ill in 2004 and was absent from work. When she returned she found that her role had been filled by another worker from her agency…

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