Subject: Free Pint No.62 - Employment Law, GIS and Intelligence Free Pint "Helping 28,000 people use the Web for their work" http://www.freepint.co.uk/ ISSN 1460-7239 11th May 2000 No.62 > = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = IN THIS ISSUE EDITORIAL MY FAVOURITE TIPPLES from Sue Bishop TIPS AND TECHNIQUES "Idiots' guide to UK employment law sites on the Internet" By David Ogden BOOKSHELF "Millennium Intelligence: Understanding and Conducting Competitive Intelligence in the Digital Age" Reviewed by Arthur Weiss FEATURE ARTICLE "Gimme a G for Global, a G for Geography" By Micky Allen FREE PINT BAR by Simon Collery FREE PINT GOLD FORTHCOMING EVENTS FREE PINT FORTHCOMING ARTICLES CONTACT INFORMATION ONLINE VERSION WITH ACTIVATED HYPERLINKS http://www.freepint.co.uk/issues/110500.htm > = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = MEET YOUR MATCH Got an inspired e-commerce idea? 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Find out how you can sponsor the newsletter and Web site http://www.freepint.co.uk/advert.htm > = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = TIPS AND TECHNIQUES http://www.freepint.co.uk/issues/110500.htm#tips "Idiots' guide to UK employment law sites on the Internet" By David Ogden Employment law is a part of our everyday working life as recent cases on stress, working hours, part time work and race discrimination cases have shown. It frequently impacts on other areas of legal work. Employment lawyers benefit from an immense quantity of online information resources. Many of these are costly subscription services but there is an equal amount of free legal information in this field to reward online searchers. BEST LINKS PAGE A good starting point for all research is the "British Employment Law super portal" PRIMARY SOURCES 1. Subscription Services New Law Online is an excellent way to keep up to speed with cases of interest and it is particularly useful for employment cases ranging from the Employment Appeal Tribunal to the European Court of Justice. In addition to scanning the daily digest of new cases, one can search for a specific subject. For example a search for "unfair dismissal and 2000" retrieves all relevant cases on the subject since my looseleaf textbook was updated. That's Harvey on Industrial Relations & Employment Law, available from Butterworths on CD-ROM and shortly to be available on the net. The personal alert service can ensure that employment case summaries are emailed to you, usually the day following judgment. 2. Free Services Legislation: CCH offer "Employment Law Legislation Tracker" which summarises in- force and upcoming employment legislation. Take "Channels", then "HR and Personnel" and then the oblong button at the bottom. There is a timetable of recent and forthcoming employment legislation and the likely operative dates. There is also a drop-down contents list of topics: Acquired Rights Directive, Age Discrimination, Burden of Proof Directive and so on. All statutes, statutory instruments and draft statutory instruments since 1996 can be found at the HMSO site. For example see the Employment Rights Act 1999 at and the Act's explanatory notes at Public Bills currently in progress in Parliament. Regarding government sites, the Department of Transport & Industry's web site at is a vital source. See the "Employment Relations Contact Points" at for the relevant DTI expert on your topic of interest. The regulatory guidance provided is useful, a good example being the guide to the working time regulations at . DTI press releases are very useful to keep up to date with policy changes - see . Law Reports: Court Service web site Employment Appeal Tribunal Judgments are available in full text at This site provides judgments in full text, indexed by type of case (sex discrimination, TUPE etc ), appellant, respondent or judge. These are available in HTML format. Smith Bernal's Casebase site at offers many court judgments but a subscription is required to access cases from 1999 onwards. House of Lords cases:/other government department sites: Department for Education and Employment Employment Service Equal Opportunities Commission Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Health & Safety Executive. European Union: A vast range of resources are available on the European Union web site. Legislation, the Official Journal, treaties etc. are available here. Directorate General which deals with Employment and Social Affairs is DG5. SECONDARY SOURCES 1. Subscription Services CCH Employment Law Service is a news and legislation current awareness service updated every Monday. It includes a full case reporting service covering all employment law cases from the EAT, Court of Appeal, House of Lords, High Court and European Court of Justice since 1 October 1997. Tel. 01869 872336. British Employment Law : an indexed and annotated copy of the Employment Rights Act 1996 as amended at 1st January 2000, including amendments made by the Employment Relations Act 1999, is included on the professional area of this web site. DiscLaw Publishing Ltd provides e-LOAD (employment Law on a Disc). The subscription service includes CD-ROMS updated every six months plus a password to their Internet site, updated every three weeks with the latest employment law developments. Prices start at 95 pounds plus VAT for a subscription and there is also a 5 pounds "24 hour" access. The site also contains lots of free information based on an earlier issue of the CD. Institute of Personnel and Development is the professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people. The members / subscription service is a valuable library resource and even the free information available on employment issues is worth looking at. Employment Lawyers Association has recently launched a site - their regular meetings in London are essential for lawyers. 2. Free Services Barrister Neil Addison and Solicitor-Advocate Timothy Lawson- Cruttenden specialise in harassment. Whether it is racial or sexual harassment, stalking, bullying at work or neighbours from hell, harassment is clearly an important legal and social topic. Their site includes a copy of the 1997 Protection from Harassment Act. Daniel Barnett , a barrister practising from 2 Gray's Inn Square Chambers and author of the recently published "Avoiding Unfair Dismissal Claims" (John Wiley), runs the employment law mail law list, a valuable updating service. Select "Employment Law Mail List". Alternatively, you can join by sending a blank e-mail (no heading or message) to You can access back issues of the Employment Law Newsletter and the Personnel Management News under the CCH Employment Law Manual link. Discrimination Law Association Federation of European employers European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO): EIROnline contains up-to-date information and analysis on the most important events and issues in industrial relations in the 15 EU Member States and Norway, and at the overall European level. 4-5 Gray's Inn Square provides a substantial article on The Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Comparators by Martin Chamberlain. Incomes Data Services provides information on a wide range of employment law issues. Their web site includes an index to the twice monthly journal, IDS Brief. The Institute for Employment Research is one of Europe's leading centres for research in the labour market field. International Labour Organisation (ILO) : ILILEX is the ILO's searchable database on International Labour Standards. NATLEX is the ILO's database of national laws on labour, social security and related human rights. 11 Kings Bench Walk chambers - it publishes a regular newsletter containing articles on cases of particular interest which may be sent by email. Lawrite is a company devoted to supplying "employment law solutions for business". There is a newsletter and a number of fact sheets available free on the site as well as the ability to buy a CD ROM of advice, guidance and forms in this area. The legal input to the company is provided by solicitor Martin Phillips. National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux gives legal advice on a wide range of topics including employment law. Swarbrick & Co are a Yorkshire firm of solicitors who offer law- bytes on many employment topics, updated regularly, including transfer of undertakings, employee or self-employed and e-mail at work. Thompson's Labour & European Law Review is an online employment journal - it provides comment and discussion of rulings under both UK and European law affecting trade unions and their members . Trades Union Congress - I find their Research & Briefing page particularly helpful. CONCLUSION All the major online sources such as Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw and Lawtel cover employment law very well too and it is worth checking these sources regularly to keep up to date in what is a fast changing area of law. Legal journals and law reports could be the subject of a separate article but CCH's "Employment Lawyer" is worthy of a mention. This relative newcomer is produced every two weeks and can be subscribed to as part of the Employment Law Service mentioned earlier. Leading series of law reports is the Industrial Relations Law Reports, published by Industrial Relations Services. This article could not have been written without inspiration from the Delia Venables legal portal or the Lawlinks (Sarah Carter)portal at Finally, if you are aware of any useful sources I have missed, please get in touch with me at ! > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - David Ogden is Director of Library & Information Services at Sinclair Roche & Temperley, , a major law firm specialising in international trade and transportation. Sinclair Roche & Temperley's Employment Unit handles both contentious and non- contentious aspects of employment. The firm has extensive experience in drafting and revising contracts of employment, wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, redundancy, sex and race discrimination, transfer of undertakings and enforcement of restrictive covenants and garden leave clauses. 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Unfortunately, the problem with any book written by a committee (even one that calls itself a Business Intelligence Brainstrust) is that it becomes a hotchpotch of different styles and quality. Some of Millennium Intelligence is excellent and well worth reading; other chapters, however, are too academic for the average business reader while a few sections are too basic except for novices to the subject. This may be intentional as in the Introduction, Jerry Miller the book's editor, states "I don't presume that you'll read the entire book. I've organised the material so you can poke through it, reading the sections that are of most concern to you". Nevertheless, I found the inconsistencies in both style and depth of content irritating. For example, some chapters conclude with a summary of the major points covered others just stop. Then, there are chapters that go into tremendous detail citing several research studies, while others only scratched the surface of their subject or gave, in my view, inadequate explanation of key techniques. Additionally, there is a strong US bias most examples and case studies focus on American companies. The book's subtitle implies that its focus will be on aspects of competitive intelligence that are applicable for a wired world. Indeed, about a third of the book covers such areas in depth with sections on information technology for CI, knowledge management and information resources. These, and related areas, are also mentioned elsewhere in the book as relevant. The remainder, however, correctly covers traditional approaches starting with an analysis of the structural, cultural and educational requirements for successful CI. Other sections look at legal and ethical considerations, analysis techniques, counter intelligence and small business intelligence. 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Make the most of this invaluable and free resource by visiting http://www.freepint.co.uk/news > = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = FEATURE ARTICLE http://www.freepint.co.uk/issues/110500.htm#feature "Gimme a G for Global, a G for Geography" By Micky Allen Twinkle twinkle electric sheep How I wonder when you'll sleep Like Iridium in the sky Soon it will be time to die Although these words were never said by Harrison Ford in the film "Bladerunner" (based on the Novel "Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep"), the imminent demise of the Iridium Satellite System has helped concentrate the mind on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in general, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in particular. The Iridium system was set up 10 years ago as a global mobile phone system. After spending $7 billion to put 66 satellites into orbit, it went bankrupt and was finally switched off this year having only managed to acquire 55,000 subscribers. Current plans (unless a new backer appears) are to de-orbit the satellites and have them burn-up as they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. This first generation mobile phone system was supplanted by newer technology in the form of GSM phones from the likes of Ericsson and Nokia . GSM phones work by knowing their geographical position and transferring the phone call from one transmitter cell to another as the user moves. Once GSM phones are WAP enabled (Wireless Application Protocol) they will know that you are passing through Central London and will be able to inform you that there is a last minute cheap offer on tickets for the show "Cats" . GPS (Global Positioning System) uses a network of 24 US military satellites to work out your location by a process of triangulation. The first GPS receiver in 1983 cost $150,000 however now they have become consumer devices and are on sale for less than 100 pounds . Location information derived from a GPS can be used within a GIS (Geographical Information System), which according to the Association for Geographical Information is: "A system for capturing, storing, checking, integrating, manipulating, analysing and displaying data which are spatially referenced to Earth. This is normally considered to involve a spatially referenced computer database and appropriate application software" Then again if you were to ask an Estate Agent what a GIS was, you would initially get a blank look, and then be told that anyway it was all about "Location, Location, Location", as all you really wanted to know was, what were the schools like in your area . The range of applications that one can use a GIS for is very diverse, but essentially covers six basic questions. Location: Where is the nearest Bank ATM? Condition: Will heavy rain cause flooding in the Southwest of England? Routing: What is the shortest road distance from Edinburgh to London? Trend: What was the percentage swing from Conservative to Labour in the last elections? Pattern: Is there a link between Landfill sites and the incidence of Cancer? Modelling: If Ken Livingstone does well in Islington, what can we expect to happen in Richmond? . A GIS consists of 3 basic components: 1) Data (always the most expensive part, but getting slightly cheaper) 2) Software/hardware (used to be very expensive, but is now very cheap) 3) Staff (highly trained therefore expensive). Ten years ago a GIS would have run on a Mainframe computer, and cost millions of pounds, with the Military, Forestry companies and Utilities being the main users. Nowadays they run off a PC and can be accessed by anyone browsing on the Internet. With the increase in computing power, traditional GIS vendors such as Intergraph and ESRI were joined by companies such as MapInfo , Earth Resource Mapping , IDRISI and AutoCad . Finally last year even Microsoft got into the act with a primitive GIS which basically just draws maps. However the true cost of a GIS still remains the data. It is estimated that up to 85% of all information in circulation is geographically referenced and hence has coordinates that require digitisation and thus some sort of human input. Data (which comes in two forms (a) Vector - points and lines and (b) Raster - bitmaps) was traditionally supplied by Government Mapping Agencies such as the Ordnance Survey and the United States Geological Survey . In the US, data is seen as a public good (having been paid for by taxes) and is fairly cheap. In the UK the issue of cost recovery ensures that data is expensive. Third party demographic data is also available as well as air photography and Spy satellite imagery . The last major hurdle to mainstream take-up of GIS was the lack of trained staff, with on the job training and specialised University courses such as Kingston University and the UNIGIS consortium supplying this need. However with the advent of the Internet the key word that enabled mass adoption of GIS was "display", hence now by using a simple browser, millions of people are able to use maps to simplify complex data to reveal trends and patterns that might otherwise go unseen. The Open Source movement's counterpart in the GIS world is the Open GIS Consortium's Web Mapping Testbed Project . This plans to make geospatial data and processing resources available through a Web browser, and will develop a spatial search engine. A variety of other Geospatial portals exist including Sylvan's Geographical Inforation Systems Site , the Michigan Electronic Library , University of California Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms in Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, and Remote Sensing and last but not least the GIS Dictionary and Resource list at the University of Edinburgh . Although it is hard to see where all this may end, a forthcoming scheme in Japan to attach a transmitter to elderly senile people and locate and monitor them over the Internet would no doubt have been of considerable use to Harrison Ford in his efforts to track down the escaped Androids in Bladerunner. > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Micky Allen runs a website that deals with the issues surrounding Contaminated Land , and has talked at several conferences about GIS and the Internet . 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There are well filled shelves on the pharmaceutical industry (3063), there are good resources for disabled people (3188), there's insurance (3105), law (3164), reference materials (3072), dead people (3186), museums and galleries (3119) and a wealth of stuff on searching the Web. When you think how much data there is on the Web, it's not surprising that there are numerous ways of searching it. We get quite a lot of queries about searching in general (3178) and we have recently served up several Tipples about search facilities (3085, 3108, 3136, 3149, 3181). By search facilities, I mean engines, directories, meta search engines and that sort of thing. We at Free Pint are, if you like, sommeliers of the Web. On the other hand, some questions posted at the Bar are quite recalcitrant, and reflect the unevenness of the Web, and sometimes the tastes of the tippler. So while there are plenty of statistics sites, finding the number of deaths among elderly people in the UK caused by falling in hospitals (3142) can resist even thorough searching. Such information may not be available, which is a difficult thing to confirm, but we hope there are Free Pinters with some relevant knowledge who will help out. Finding successful online diaries is also difficult (3183), as is finding evaluations of the cost effectiveness of having a Web site (3113). And while there are education resources aplenty, there are so many criteria to take into account that the right course can be hard to find (3081, 3093). A number of questions over the past couple of weeks have been about the information business, and I hope we, as a community of information professionals, are well qualified to answer these. One was about analyzing search results from databases (3060), another was on market research (3073) while a third was about getting in touch with company information specialists (3079). Quite a few Free Pinters must fall into this category. Somebody who is setting up an inhouse research centre is interested in best practices (3153), while another imbiber wants to get the gossip for the IT and telecommunications sector (3167). That should comprise a hell of a lot of gossip! If you are a freelance report writer/research analyst, do get in touch (3175). And if you know of good Middle East business resource (3200) or transportation news services, some people are interested in that sort of thing, so don't keep it under your hat. Technical and tool queries have been raised about FrontPage (3077), browsers (3096), knowledge and document management software (3104, 3109), sending emails to fax machines (3147) and footnote managers (3154). And there is a one stop shop for bookmark managers if anyone is interested (3157). Also, a librarian is interested in self service facilities for renewing borrowed books (3071). Trade in the Bar is not just questions and answers. Sometimes people get in touch to highlight something they feel others may find interesting or useful. An example is a tippler who drew our attention to the removal of restrictions to Global Positioning System information in the US (3115). Another example is the posting about the virus that caused trouble for many last week (3145). And a third is about privacy issues and using the Internet for reporting crime (3179). So if you would like to raise anything that concerns you, make haste to the Bar and tell all. Simon Collery, Business Development, Free Pint Remember, to read this summary with activated hyperlinks visit ... > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Bar: Do you have a research question or Web-related comment? 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The Global Internet Summit will tackle the technical and the commercial in Europe, while the Advances in Digital Libraries event in the States is considering access to intellectual resources. Still in the States, the ISPCON conference gets underway, catering for the service and access providers of the world. Those Internet users interested in Wireless Application Protocol can get the whole nine yards in London, at the Internet World conference, which includes the Wireless Internet World event. The first Online Information for the City this year will take place at the end of this month, and there will be another in the Autumn. Our very own William Hann will be talking about the Free Pint community at an evening event associated with this exhibition being organised by the City Information Group. 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