in brief

in brief

first_imgThis month’s news in briefLawsuits piling up for supermarket giant Global retail giant Wal-Mart is facing lawsuits in 28 US states forallegedly forcing staff to work unpaid overtime. The Times reported that staffwere locked inside stores until work was completed and hours were deleted formtimesheets to keep them under 40 hours per week. Wal-Mart owns theUKsupermarket Asda. Transexual wins discrimination case A transexual dismissed by Isle of Wight firm Structural Polymer Systemsafter complaining of discrimination and harassment is to receive £22,000 incompensation. The claimant said she was treated in an abusive manner by herteam leader, was subjected to comments about her transexuality, and wasdismissed after raising her concerns with the md and head of HR. Staff security breaches on rise as IT use soars The number of employee-related IT security incidents is growing as staff gete-mail and internet access, while some companies face computer fraud andsabotage by disgruntled workers, says a report backed by the Department ofTrade and Industry. The PricewaterhouseCoopers Information Security BreachesSurvey 2002 says the number of companies suffering a security breach as aresult of premeditated or malicious intent rose from 24 per cent in 2000 to 44per cent by the beginning of this year. EU set to legislate on corporate responsibility HR professionals could be forced to report on how their organisations impacton society and the environment if new proposals from the European Commissionbecome law. Fast-track scheme helps immigrants fill skills gap More than 300 immigrants have been given approval to work in the UK in thepast five months under a new fast-track work permit system for highly-skilledpeople. Of 953 applicants up to 13 June, 338 were successful, includingdoctors, scientists and computer specialists. Immigration minister BeverleyHughes said they “contribute a great deal to our society” andinsisted the Government was keen to attract people who could help the economygrow. Haulage firms fight working time limits Employers in the road haulage industry are urging the Government to fightthe EU on its proposed Working Time Directive for Mobile Workers, which willlimit lorry drivers to a 48-hour week by 2005. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article in briefOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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