Another crazy EU idea

Another crazy EU ideaOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today If all things were equal, it would not be such a crazy idea to considerleaner redundancy rules for those employers investing heavily in training (seepage 1). The thinking is that businesses committed to lifelong continuous trainingproduce employees who find it easier to get new jobs, and therefore should beliable to pay less in redundancy compensation. If only life were that simple. This latest rumour to emerge from the EC isjust another example of EU bureaucrats doomed to failure. The stark culturaland regulatory differences between European countries alone are enough to stopthis idea in its tracks. Germany, for instance, has far tighter employment practices than the UK, andits employers face extortionate redundancy bills. The UK, by contrast, getsaway with lighter redundancy costs even though it rarely feels like it at thetime. The recording and reporting of investment in learning and development iswoefully inadequate, so how could you measure it meaningfully and identifythose employers who champion it? Nevertheless, it’s no bad thing that the EU has the confidence to considerthe unthinkable and stimulate a debate. Challenging the status quo is somethingall businesses need to do more often. Want to be in the premier division? Lloyds TSB earns widespread acclaim this week for being the top performer inthe Race for Opportunity league table. This represents a network of 180 UKorganisations working on race and diversity as a business agenda. The achievements of all the organisations in this network highlights theever-widening gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ on race. The staremployers for Race for Opportunity understand that diversity is aboutcompetitiveness, not just equal opportunities and compliance. But as PersonnelToday and DLA’s research recently showed, there are hundreds of others who havenot bought into the message at all. Join Race for Opportunity now, and start tracking your progress. Thisorganisation will help you monitor, measure, share and learn. See www.raceforopportunity.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.

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