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first_img Comments are closed. … in briefOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article This month’s news in briefDRC calls for an end to legal loophole The Disability Rights Commission is demanding a change in the law, after theHome Office used a legal loophole to refuse a blind man a job interview. Atribunal upheld the Home Office’s view that the job fell outside the DisabilityDiscrimination Act 1995 because it was seen as a “statutory” office,rather than a position of employment. The DRC says that exploiting the smallprint of legislation goes against current good practice of recruiting disabledpeople. Public authorities must plan for the future Public authorities should begin planning now for their future freedom ofinformation responsibilities, according to the information commissionerElizabeth France (previously data protection commissioner). Although theFreedom of Information Act 2000 will not be brought into full force until 2005,France advises public authorities to start the process of adapting to therequirements of the Act as soon as possible. Equality advice on-line Employment and equal opportunities minister, Margaret Hodge has launched atelephone service offering employers advice on equal opportunities. EqualityDirect is designed to help employers resolve management issues, offerinformation and advice on good practice and the law and provide information oneffective equal opportunities strategies. Call 0845 600 3444 or access thewebsite at www.equalitydirect.org.ukTUC welcomes legal learning rights Union reps will have the legal right to take time off for training,according to proposals in the recent white paper on Enterprise, Skills andInnovation. Until now, reps have relied on being able to get time off work bytheir employers. IT industry will suffer under agency reform Regulations aimed to make it easier for temporary workers to becomepermanent staff will lead to problems in the IT industry, claims theAssociation of Technology Staffing Companies. The regulations, warns the ATSC,will lead to predatory tactics in a sector already with staff shortages. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Call for language strategy to help refugees to work

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Call for language strategy to help refugees to workOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today The Government needs to create a coherent strategy to provide better qualityEnglish teaching to refugees to help them find work. This is the view of the Employability Forum, an independent organisation setup to promote the employment of refugees in the UK. The forum is calling for a review of the rule that prevents refugees fromattending classes for more than 16 hours a week. It claims that language is the single most important factor in refugeesfinding employment and says that currently there are problems because employersare not aware of what training is available. There is also confusion among employers about who is eligible for fundingand support and concerns that there are not enough courses to match demand. Patrick Wintour, director of the Employability Forum, said: “Work iscrucial to any integration strategy. The Government has put forward interestingproposals about citizenship which place an emphasis on learning English andunderstanding life in the UK, but it is essential the Government puts in placeresources to match the rhetoric.” Weblink www.employabilityforum.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more