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A blog of two halves (Part 3) – Rooney misses open goal

Reported this week on BBC Sport Online are the results of a study funded by Football Against Racism in Europe (“FARE”) into ethnic minority representation in professional football coaching hierarchies. It makes interesting, if faintly one-sided, reading. Taking the six most senior coaching staff at each of the 92 professional Clubs in the English Leagues … Continue Reading

A blog of two halves – can Rooney tackle discrimination in UK football management?

The issue of discrimination in professional football has again come to the fore through public statements by Fifa Vice President Jeffrey Webb in The Guardian newspaper that such discrimination is “overt”. This time attention turns to the under-representation of ethnic minority managers in the English football leagues. In particular, the talk has focussed on the … Continue Reading

Merit is blind

Following on from a series of seminars we delivered in June about how to manage recruitment effectively, I read an interesting piece by Gillian Tett in the FT last week – “A pride that still dare not speak its name in business” (FT, Comments & Analysis, 20 June 2014).  Tett highlights how executives still feel … Continue Reading

Good news for UK users of non-employed staff

Perhaps recognising a shift in the working world to more flexible models and away from the traditional model of master and servant and then employer and employee, the Tribunals have become increasingly willing not to infer employment contracts on top of notionally arm’s-length contractor arrangements.  Good news for users of agency and consultancy personnel.    Two … Continue Reading

A sigh of relief for UK staffing agencies with workers on long-term assignments; no AWR rights for those placed with clients indefinitely

This month the Employment Appeal Tribunal concluded that a number of agency workers employed by Ideal Cleaning Services Limited and supplied to Celanese Acetate Limited as cleaners for periods of 6 – 25 years did not have rights under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.     To qualify as an “agency worker” under the AWR an individual … Continue Reading

Keys to successful hiring – Part 2

In my post on this blog on 3 October, I explained what JAC Recruitment’s research had shown to be the most common reasons for new hires going wrong – poor performance, mismatch of expectations and relationship issues. In this second piece, I will consider some steps which hirers can take to reduce these risks.  Some … Continue Reading

Keys to Successful Hiring in the UK – Part 1

No recruiter wants “refund cases”, where the client is entitled to a partial refund due to an engagement ending prematurely. We know in the end we must somehow be responsible, even though in the great majority of cases the issues are out of our control.   JAC Recruitment has researched the causes behind early terminations of … Continue Reading

US Federal Contractors and Subcontractors Beware: Your Affirmative Action Obligations are About to Increase

Days ago, on August 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule which increases the affirmative action obligations of federal contractors and subcontractors, which have been in place for over 40 years, with regard to individuals with disabilities (IWD) and military veterans.  The Final Rule … Continue Reading

On September 1, 2013, Texas Employers Can Worry Less About Negligent Hiring and Supervision Lawsuits Thanks to House Bill 1188

Governor Rick Perry approved Texas H.B. 1188 which amends the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code [pdf] to prohibit most causes of action “against an employer, general contractor, premises owner, or other third party solely for negligently hiring or failing to adequately supervise an employee, based on evidence that the employee has been convicted of … Continue Reading

UK Recruitment Legislation Consultation Response: limited company contractors’ opt-out preserved

In the first quarter of 2013, 286 members of the recruitment sector provided their comments on the Government’s proposals to change the legislation currently regulating that sector, commonly known as the “Conduct Regs”. The Government has now released a document containing a summary of those comments and has confirmed its intentions going forward. By way … Continue Reading

Why you should recruit entitled narcissists

Why should you seriously consider recruiting overconfident, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, variously dubbed ‘Generation Y’ or the ‘New Millennials’?.   This is the generation of teens and twenty-somethings who have lived with new media from the start and have no fear of creating a near-celebrity persona online using YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.   … Continue Reading

Blog Post Feedback – MANY THANKS

I was very pleased to receive one of this blog’s first printable comments on our Penguin/Sombrero piece last week.  It is always reassuring to know that there are real readers out there!   Previous comments have included one ferociously racist in nature and a series of gently commendatory remarks which turned out to be spam for … Continue Reading

“A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say?”, and other interview questions

HereIsTheCitynews.com (HITCN) recently ran a piece on left-field recruitment interview questions, including the one in the title, “What kitchen utensil would you be?”, and the potentially lethal “On a scale from 1 to 10, rate me as an interviewer”.  Would you seriously want to tell the Employment Tribunal that your disputed selection decision between man … Continue Reading

Backing a new employee in restrictive covenant proceedings can be costly

Earlier this month, the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia ordered costs against an employer which funded an employee’s defence of restraint proceedings instigated by his former employer. HRX Pty Ltd v Scott is the latest in a series of legal spats involving human resourcing companies Talent2 and HRX. In this case, HRX employed … Continue Reading

Social Media: When Generation Z meets Real World

Oh dear, such good intentions but it lasted less than a week. 17-year-old Paris Brown resigned from her £15,000-a-year post as “adviser on youth” to Kent Police Commissioner Ann Barnes after the media discovered her various tweets about sex, drugs, alcohol and her online use of derogatory and discriminatory terms. Brown apologised for her “inappropriate” comments and noted … Continue Reading

Recruiting the youth of today – should you put away their childish things?

There are two thoughts about the recent furore surrounding young Paris Brown’s appointment, Twitter fiasco and embarrassing resignation as Youth Crime Commissioner. The first is a lesson about the recruitment process.  Stating the obvious, it pays to ensure there is a thorough assessment and selection of candidates for vacancies, particularly for high profile jobs.  One … Continue Reading

UK employers face confusion over criminal records

The Court of Appeal ruled in R (T & others) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester & others last week that forcing would-be employees to disclose all previous criminal convictions to prospective employers is an infringement of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, breaching the right to a private life.  The Rehabilitation … Continue Reading

Webinar: ‘Spotlight on Key Labour and Employment Issues – France ’

Squire Sanders presents a series of webinars focussing on the key labour and employment issues in various countries throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States. On 21 February 2013 at 4.00 pm CET (10.00am EST, 3pm GMT), the featured country is France.  Jean-Marc Sainsard and Pauline Pierce from Squire Sanders’ Paris office will focus … Continue Reading

@Candidates with Klout #NowHiring

Commentators on “social recruitment” (using social media technology to recruit) are tipping 2013 as a hot year for recruitment technology and HR tech companies are pushing a mindboggling range of products out into the market.  We are not (yet) aware of any Employment Tribunal claims arising from the use of social recruiting methods but if … Continue Reading

Training to rebut statistical inferences of discrimination

I came across an article published in The Guardian newspaper this week which discussed a study carried out in America in 2012, throwing up some revealing results in relation to the treatment of job applications from male and female candidates for work in the Science sector. The premise was simple: how would two prospective candidates … Continue Reading
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