Firms told to prepare for staff being called to fightOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Companies should be prepared to manage without skilled employees if the waragainst terrorism continues to escalate, the Engineering Employers Federationhas advised. The warning came as military reservists specialising in photo-reconnaissanceand languages were called up by the MoD to help in the attack on Afghanistan. Gordon Scott, director of the EEF Sheffield Association, urged companies tolook closely at their call-up commitments if they have members of staff who areTerritorial Army members or ex-military personnel on the reserve list. He said, “Businesses which are aware that they may stand to lose someof their employees, especially in areas such as communications and computers,may well have contingency plans in force. “If not, they should draw up such plans, as the international tensionshows no signs of easing in the short to medium term. “In some cases, companies may be totally unaware of their obligations –not because the employee was trying to play down his or her military links, butbecause they had simply never thought of telling their employer.” The call-out order just issued by the MoD, under the Reserve Forces Act of1996, entitles volunteers to payments helping to bridge the gap between servicepay and their normal salaries. It also entitles employers to payments helping them to find temporaryreplacements for those called up and re-training when they return. Members of the TA’s military intelligence battalion are among the first tobe called up and include barristers, solicitors and academics. Scott added, “This could be a longer and ultimately bigger campaignthan the one in the Balkans, so companies should look closely at their call-upor reserve commitments of key personnel.” EEF members will be able to talk with representatives of the armed forces atspecial meetings over the next few weeks. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.