Ministers indulge in a spell of law-meddling

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first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s guruMinisters indulge in a spell of law-meddlingOK, it isn’t as bad as getting children to clean chimneys, but Guru wassurprised to hear that child labour laws were changed to ensure the HarryPotter film was filmed in the UK. Apparently, there was a danger that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stonewas going to be made in the US because the film’s young stars couldn’t worklong enough hours in the UK and it would have taken too long to film. Kids of 10 to 13 years of age were allowed to work no more than seven and ahalf hours per day from 9am to 5pm, and had to do three hours daily schooling.That has been extended to nine and a half hours between 7am and 7pm, and theactors don’t have to go to school every day. It left the stars, including 12-year-old Daniel “Harry Potter”Radcliffe, free to film the £80m blockbuster. With four Harry Potter books written and three more in the pipeline, thiscould result in film revenues of over £1bn. Faced with figures like that, it is not surprising that ministers decidedQuidditch is a useful and educational pastime for young actors. Beer ban could leave bitter taste Again Guru is glad to see that MPs are not wasting their time examining thefindings of the Work and Parents Taskforce. Last week, MPs were signing petitions over ice-cream, this week it is beer. North Wales member Martyn Jones has tabled a Parliamentary motion urging hiscolleagues to boycott Carlsberg-Tetley in the Commons’ bars. Carlsberg has pulled out of a micro-brewery development in Wrexham after 18months of negotiation. The firm closed a plant there in April. But Martyn had better find an alternative – word on the street is that MPsget through 210 barrels of the stuff a year. Council’s boob costs it £7,000 Lewd behaviour in the workplace can even affect sleepy parish councils. Talkof bottoms and breasts cost the council at Croxley Green, Herts, £7,000. Derek Fineberg, 74-year-old clerk to the council, regularly turned the airblue with his comments, an employment tribunal in Watford was told. His assistant Lesley Sanders, 52, eventually walked out and was initiallygranted leave of absence while her complaints were followed up, but lastDecember she was dismissed from her part-time post. The tribunal upheld her claim for unfair dismissal and sexualdiscrimination. Wrong trousers call for fashion police The French may have the shortestworking week in Europe, but they have to watch what they wear following arecent ruling.A French technician has lost a second appeal against beingsacked for wearing a pair of Bermuda shorts at work.Electronics firm Sagem dismissed 29-year-old Cedric Monribot inJune after he persisted in wearing the offending item.The Frenchman argued the firm had “violated a fundamentalfreedom of an employee”, but the court, which had also rejected his firstappeal against the dismissal when he claimed sexual discrimination, disagreed.According to Sagem’s lawyer, the court supported its claim thatCedric’s shorts could have had a “disruptive” impact on the office.Guru is intrigued – they must have been one loud pair ofBermudas. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Ministers indulge in a spell of law-meddlingOn 27 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more