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BBC Resignations - The Employment Law Issues

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2012 | (13:04)

George Entwistle's resignation as director general of the BBC after less than eight unhappy weeks at the helm highlights a number of issues about employment, management and leadership.

Employment first. The consensus seems to be that Entwistle is a decent and honourable man, with a career of loyal service....

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The Pietersen Saga: How Do You Keep A Star Employee In Check?

(1) Comments | Posted 23 August 2012 | (00:12)

Kevin Pietersen's omission from England's squad for the World Twenty20 tournament is his latest punishment for sending allegedly disloyal texts about his own side to South African opponents. But is another charismatic and controversial cricketer, Australian Shane Warne, right to tell the BBC: "It shouldn't have got to this...There are...

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The Mythology of Employment Law

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2012 | (15:18)

For a branch of law intended, at the time of its creation less than half a century ago, to be simple, accessible and non-legalistic, employment law has become shrouded by an extraordinary number of myths and misconceptions. Employers, trade unions, free market warriors and socially responsible campaigners alike succumb all...

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Employment Law - Is it Time to Think the Unthinkable?

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2012 | (17:06)

Is it time to think the unthinkable about the way we employ people in Britain? The question is prompted by the leaking of Adrian Beecroft's controversial report to the government, which recommends sweeping changes to aspects of UK employment law. The proposals have been fiercely criticised, not least by Vince...

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Enforcing Retirement - Is It Still A Grey Area For Employers?

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (18:26)

People are living longer, and age need not be a barrier to coping with high pressure and high profile appointments. Think of Roy Hodgson and Harry Redknapp's recent rivalry for the England manager job, or even the choice of Engelbert Humperdinck to sing for Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest....

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Should We Tackle Bad Capitalism, With Good Capitalism?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 April 2012 | (14:42)

"It was bad capitalism that got us into this mess - good capitalism that will get us out" was the theme of a fascinating lecture that Will Hutton gave at Liverpool University last week. This, the latest in a series of lectures on Burning Issues facing us today, provided everyone...

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Businesses Should Plan for Success with Succession Planning

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (16:14)

Who will succeed David Cameron as Conservative leader, Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager or - to take a name almost at random - Professor Les Ebdon as the Director of the Office of Fair Access to Universities? Nobody expects any one of that trio to step down from...

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Managing the Manager

(1) Comments | Posted 5 March 2012 | (12:30)

So it's goodbye to AVB. The latest Chelsea FC manager to be pushed through the exit door, Andreas Villas Boas, had only been in post since June. Yet a deafening silence on the part of the club's hierarchy when questions were asked about his future after a string of poor...

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Football: A Modern Morality Tale

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2012 | (19:54)

The dramatic resignation of Fabio Capello as England manager illustrates that leadership and management are complex issues and can be combustible if people at the top of an organisation have different priorities.

The catalyst for Capello's resignation was the decision of the FA to strip John Terry of the England...

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Could Clark Saga be Borderline Constructive Dismissal?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2011 | (20:16)

Brodie Clark's dramatic suspension as head of the UK Border Force Mr Clark was suspended after claims he eased passport checks at UK borders.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today that, with hindsight, he should have checked "more thoroughly" what Mrs May knew, but disputes ignoring government policy. In addition...

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How do you Manage a Sporting Superstar?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2011 | (00:00)

Have top sports stars become impossible to manage? When Carlos Tevez, one of the world's highest-paid footballers, allegedly refused to play for his club Manchester City in a crucial European Champions League match in Munich, his manager, Roberto Mancini, was clearly outraged. But how do you manage strong characters who...

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