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first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. … in briefOn 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today This week’s news in brief2003 highlights What were the key moments of 2003 and what are your hopes or fears for nextyear? We want to hear about the defining HR moments of 2003 and what they havemeant to you and your job. We’d also like to know your favourite PersonnelToday articles and what you’d like to see more of.  E-mail: [email protected] buoyant The UK has the most buoy-ant economic outlook since 1996, according to 68per cent of senior decision-makers in the latest annual pan-European UPS EuropeBusiness Monitor. But they have also predicted that companies could face afat-cat cull if profits fall.  www.personneltoday.com/newsDisability rights Staff suffering from HIV, cancer and MS could soon have the same rights asdisabled workers under new legislation announced by ministers. The DraftDisability Discrimination Bill will also extend the rights of disabled peopleat work.  www.dwp.gov.ukChristmas post threat The Communication Workers Union has authorised strike ballots in 120 keypostal offices across London, putting Christmas mail deliveries in doubt. Unionleaders are threatening industrial action on 20 December in a dispute overovertime pay. There are already strikes planned for 19 and 22 Decemberregarding London Weighting allowances.  www.cwu.org.ukHigh cost of Xmas UK staff will cost employers £769m in lost working hours this Christmas asthey prepare themselves for the festive season. The survey of 4,346 people byrecruitment website reed.co.uk claims more than half of all employees willspend time organising their seasonal festivities when they should be working.  www.reed.co.uklast_img

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