Comments are closed. This week’s news in brief.Sack for failing testB&Q has defendedits recruitment process after an employee was appointed and then sacked afterhe failed a psychometric test. Matthew Brearley, director of retail HR atB&Q, said the Bournemouth store that employed 18-year-old Carl Filer hadnot followed the firm’s recruitment procedures and had taken him on before hehad taken the test, which he subsequently failed. www.diy.comWeb firms ignore HRWeb-based companiesare not paying enough attention to important HR issues such as recruitment,training and people management, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.Realism not pessimism – addressing the challenges of e-markets states there isa widespread lack of commitment to key HR issues among e-businesses,potentially leading to serious failures in operating efficiency. www.pwcglobal.comWorking Time opt-outNearly a quarter ofworkers have opted out of the Working Time regulations, illustrating a lack ofcommitment to the initiative at Government level, a new study claims. Thereport by Blick UK criticises the Government for including the opt-out clausein the legislation. www.blick.co.ukIT firm cuts 3,000 jobsComputer giantHewlett-Packard is to cut 3,000 jobs due to the US consumer and commercialdownturn. The firm warned its profits would be between 2 and 4 per cent lowerthan expected in the three months to 30 April.Intel gets flexibleA three-month pilotscheme at IT company Intel to introduce flexible working practices found thatemployees experienced increased job satisfaction and improved their ability tomeet deadlines. The scheme, which involved 70 employees in the IT department,was introduced in October 2000 to monitor the effectiveness of flexible workingpractices. … in briefOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.