The new Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill had its second reading in parliament recently. Anyone who is thinking of launching an employment tribunal claim will have to go to ACAS before doing so, with a view to resolving the issue without recourse to proceedings.
When times get tough, and when they don't.
The thought of the panic buying of petrol returning to UK forecourts is not a pleasant prospect. Today will determine if the Tanker Drivers are prepared to accept the proposals drawn up between the Fuel Distributors and UNITE, courtsey of the shuffling, shuttle diplomacy of ACAS, our national Conciliation service.
Hearthrob - the case for mediation on Valentine's Day
If I'm not careful, I'll start going down the same route as the BBC newspage and talk to you about all the gloomy stuff that's going on at the moment. January is always a harsh month, with five weeks 'til payday and some fairly greyish weather, so adding to gloom is never a good plan. But today's sunshine did much to change the way I, and (I very much hope), the way you feel about things right now. Curious how the light can make us change perspective: a bit like standing up when taking a phone call, suddenly things seem different. And it's a good way to stave off the downward January spiral into gloom and despondency. After all it's the little things in life that make the biggest difference, like the sun shining for you on the way to work....