Claims advice dayThe Sheffield branch of the Engineering Employers’ Federation has become soworried about sickness absence and unfair dismissal claims resulting frommismanagement that it is running a seminar for employers. The body, whichrepresents more than 400 engineering plants across South Yorkshire and theNorth Midlands, will hold a one-day event on 22 February to examine legislationand case law and to provide practical help. Contact: 0114 268 0671Ford to axe 1,350 jobsVolunteers for redundancy are being sought after Ford announced 1,350 joblosses at its Dagenham plant in Essex. The move comes after professional staffvoted to strike in protest at pay and pension arrangements. Ford of Europechairman Nick Scheele said the job losses were part of a “major Europeanrestructuring”.Lukewarm responseThe Government is only meeting “lukewarm” hostility from employerstowards changes introduced in the Employment Relations Act, research byMiddlesex University Business School has found. While a majority of employers”disapprove slightly” of most of the measures, a minority approve ofextending maternity leave and granting time off for family emergencies, despitethe likely negative impact on business. The survey of 487 employers foundmeasures that have met the most opposition are: the provision of three months’unpaid parental leave; reducing the qualifying period for unfair dismissal toone year; and trade union representation.Massive take-up rateAn IT recruitment agency that offered shares in the company to encouragecontractors to register with it has signed up 8,000 people in 24 days. SpringIT Personnel, which relaunched as Spring.com on 17 January, offered cut-priceshares to people joining before midnight on 9 February, in a bid to secure peoplewith valuable IT skills to work for its clients. To be eligible for the shares,contractors have to commit themselves to working for the agency for two of thenext three years. Business news in briefOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.