War strategy needed for key staffOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Employers must have contingency plans in place in case key members of staffwho are members of the reserve armed forces are called up if the UK joins theUS in a war against Iraq. Norman Hodges, HR director at Rank Leisure Machine Services, who is aLieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, urged organisations to be preparedto act in the event that the UN weapons inspectors fail to fulfil their missionin Iraq. “Organisations need to know who is in the reserved armed forces, who islikely to be called up and who is key in these roles,” he said. “Itis similar to a maternity situation.” Hodges, a former paratrooper in the regular forces, said employers have theright to appeal against the call up of reservists under the Reserve Forces Act1996 if they can prove at a tribunal hearing that an individual is keyemployee. “The last time the appeals system was used in 1991, some 50 per cent ofappeals were successful,” said Hodges. Employers whose staff are called up under the RFA are eligible for financialcompensation from the Government.