Monday, March 30, 2009

Writing evidence-based reports without evidence

The Government has warned small employers not to abuse a law which allows them to abuse employ new employees on a 90-day trial.

Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson said the Government will monitor how employers use the new law. Perhaps they’ll monitor it a bit like they monitored the smacking law and the prostitution law. Just like they say that there are less prostitutes on the streets and the smacking law is "working well" they’ll say that nobody has been fired under this law – with absolutely no evidence at all.

That’s because the word "monitor" is a bit like "consultation". Just as you arrange consultation to ensure all reasons staff bring up about why they should not lose their jobs are formally ignored, you monitor a law so you can do a report saying that there is no evidence of anything untoward happening after making sure no evidence is collected.




Blogger Steve Withers said...

WRT to the other two laws you mention, they do monitor them through the cases referred to social agencies and the police.

In each case, a small number of people have really big problems and usually serve to demonstrate they are the exceptions that prove the rule.

But in the case of the 90-day sacking law, there are no analogous referrals to be measured. So the comparison you're trying to make seems to not be a good one, though your primary point about lack of evidence WRT to the 90-day law does seem able to stand on its own.

March 30, 2009 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Swimming said...

No, the cases monitored, particularly with regard to the smacking law, relate to actions that are undertaken outside the initial law. In other words they are and always have been unlawful child abuse. the rest, if any, should not have been charged, therefore should not have been a case to start with and if there are such cases that will indicate the law is not working the way it was designed to. So lets not talk about those cases, instead we`ll change the reporting criteria and and everything will be OK because then our reports will ensure that nothing untoward is happening.

Which is what my blog post said.

March 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

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