Personnel Today presses for change

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Personnel Today presses for changeOn 18 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Pushing for progress in HR, Personnel Today has taken a stand on issues thatwill make a difference to business and lobbied MPs for government actionTribunals Ground-breaking research by Personnel Today showed that human resourcesdepartments are increasingly under pressure because of a surge in employmentdisputes. Nearly half of respondents said they are more likely to settle out of courtsince the compensation limit was raised from £12,000 to £50,000 in 1999. The sum spent by the 137 companies surveyed on defending cases in tribunalswas at least £1.8m. Firms taking part in the research also paid out anestimated £700,000 on settling cases before they reached employment tribunals. In November, the Government set out new measures to try and reduce theburden on the tribunal system. The new Employment Bill – due to become law nextyear – includes the requirement for employers and staff to use internalgrievance procedures before going to tribunal. The Government also introduced afixed period of consultation and tough penalties for either party if they don’ttry conciliation first. Equal pay Personnel Today strongly supported the Equal Pay Task Force’s recommendationthat employers perform mandatory pay audits. We called for senior staff, linemanagers and employees to embrace the case for fair pay. The Government outlined proposals to streamline the tribunal system forequal pay claims, but claimed it wanted to adopt a voluntary approach tofurther measures to tackle the divide. It appointed the CompetitionCommission’s Denise Kingsmill to undertake a review of employers’ attitudes, toreport in December. This month the Government unveiled new proposals to cut the pay gapfollowing the review. They included the right for women to know what malecolleagues of the same level were earning and called for the publication of paydiversity in annual reports. More radical proposals were ignored, however, such as the overhaul of theInvestors in People kitemark to include sex inequality, a research centre forwomen in employment and public sector board pay being linked to diversitytargets. The CIPD warned that if employers don’t adopt a transparent approachvoluntarily then legislation could follow. Consultation The internal communication of heavy job losses at steel giant Corus and carmanufacturer Vauxhall earlier in the year received widespread criticism for anunsympathetic approach. Former Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers announced a review ofemployers’ obligations to inform and consult staff over business restructuringin the UK. Personnel Today sent an open letter to the DTI to ensure that the views ofHR professionals would be included in the review. The profession was concernedthat the Government wanted a political quick-fix after bad publicity DTI minister Alan Johnson responded and promised a “thorough andwide-ranging review”. But the review was overtaken by events in Europe. In June, the UK Government was left isolated in its resistance to Brussels’Information and Consultation directive and it was eventually agreed that itwould become law. It will ensure that employers with more than 50 staff consult theirworkforce in detail about redundancies and mergers much earlier than is normalpractice in the UK or face harsh penalties. In October, MEPs pushed to make the directive’s implementation and penaltiesless flexible. It is due to be agreed this week. RefugeesPersonnel Today launched a campaign to help refugees andasylum-seekers into employment. Many organisations still face skills shortagesin key areas, and we felt it was in the interest of employers to be able torecruit staff from the widest possible pool. Despite refugees and many asylum-seekers having permission towork in the UK, they face barriers to finding work. Our campaign is aimed atpersuading the Government to do its part in removing those barriers. We set about finding examples of employers which have eitherfaced difficulties in recruiting refugees or are helping refugees into work.Personnel Today’s exclusive story on Oxford Bus Company’s inability to employtwo asylum-seekers because of DVLA red tape has since become a definitive casestudy.In November, the magazine published joint research with theRefugee Council that shows nine out of 10 employers want to take on refugeesand asylum-seekers to meet skills shortages. But many of the 255 employers areput off by red tape and legal fears. Over 60 per cent of the 153 refugees surveyed by PersonnelToday and the Refugee Council have been unemployed in the UK for more than ayear, despite many being well qualified and having work experience.Personnel Today has addressed leading conferences on itscampaign, and has been invited to make a presentation to the All PartyCommittee on Refugees in the House of Commons. We hope the Government will takeon board the campaign aims over the next year, starting with the White Paper onrefugees and asylum-seekers due to be published in January 2002.  Personnel Today is asking theGovernment to:– Introduce a standard permission-to-work document for refugeesand asylum-seekers– Commit to cutting red tape for employers who want to employrefugees and asylum-seekers– Develop a skills database of immigrants in the UK– Produce concrete plans to co-ordinate the employment ofrefugees and asylum-seekers last_img read more

Case round-up

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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s case roundupCan the same facts give rise to claims for both direct and indirectdiscrimination? Jaffrey v Department of Environment, Transport and Regions, EAT [2002]IRLR 688 Jaffrey was employed by the department as an administrative officer subjectto an annual appraisal which dictated his rate of pay. Following one such appraisal, he commenced a claim of direct discriminationagainst his line manager (who was white) in respect of how the appraisal wasconducted. He also sought, to challenge the department’s appraisal schemeitself as indirectly discriminatory against ethnic minority employees. Thetribunal agreed Jaffrey’s annual appraisal had been conducted in adiscriminatory fashion and had resulted in a loss of performance-related pay.He was accordingly made an award for that loss of pay, for loss of promotionand £7,500 for injury to feelings. His claim that the appraisal process wasindirectly discriminatory failed, as the court held that the poor performancearose from the direct discrimination of the line manager who operated thesystem unfairly, not from the system itself. Jaffrey’s appeal was alsounsuccessful. Determining jurisdiction is not easy Rogers v Markel Corporation, High Court, [2002] EWHC 1138 This month, the High Court was called upon to clarify the UK’s legaljurisdiction in respect of a tricky, but by no means unusual arrangement. Rogers was employed on an American contract by a subsidiary of a US companybased in the UK. He was British and had always worked here. When his employmentcame to an end however, he wanted to claim additional payments he believed weredue to him. Since his contract arose in the US, did he have to get leave of theUS court to issue proceedings in the UK? The Court concluded that any claim could be heard in the UK. Relevantfactors included that UK lawyers had been involved over many months, interimpayments were not available to Rogers in the US and his costs in bringing aclaim in Virginia, US, even were he to win, would be prohibitive. Related posts:No related photos. Case round-upOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Behaviour of harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) pups in Dundrum Bay, north-east Ireland, during transition from filial dependency to weaning.

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first_imgThe behavioural transition from filial dependence to weaning in harbour seal pups is poorly understood. Here we trace progressive changes in pup behaviour with the mother at two pupping sites in Dundrum Bay, north-east Ireland, and describe the behaviour of ‘lone pups’ in their mothers’ absence. We found that pups engaged in progressively fewer nosing contacts with their mother, but mother-pup body contact and suckling frequency did not decline, and mothers did not reject their pup’s nursing solicitations. From around two weeks of age ‘lone’ pups were observed while unattended by their mother. Lone pups approached the haul-out site singly, in dyads or threesomes, interacted with one another in the water, and tended to rest onshore beside one another. Mothers and lone pups often reunited at a specific area within one of the sites. Pups of an estimated 3.5-7 weeks of age were often seen giving a wide open-mouth gape shortly after hauling out, suggestive of preliminary digestion of fish. We discuss these behaviours of pups in Dundrum Bay in the context of other harbour seal populations and conclude that behaviour at weaning is flexible within the species, allowing behaviour to adapt to local habitat conditions and prey availability.last_img read more

Source: BYU To Give Freshman QB Zach Wilson The Start On Saturday

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first_img Written by October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Source: BYU To Give Freshman QB Zach Wilson The Start On Saturday Tags: BYU Cougars/Football/Tanner Mangum/Zach WIlson FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Provo, UT)  —  BYU hopes a change of pace under center will turn their season around this Saturday.According to the Salt Lake Tribune the Cougars will give freshman quarterback Zach Wilson his first college start when they host Hawaii this weekend.  Wilson takes the place of senior signal-caller Tanner Mangum, who started in all of BYU’s first six games.BYU is hoping to get back on track after losing two straight games, including a humiliating 45-20 loss last week against rival Utah State.Saturday’s home game against Hawaii can be heard on KSVC 980 AM & 100.5 FM or online at Robert Lovelllast_img read more

Rent controls in London…?

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first_imgThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will develop a new blueprint for stabilising or controlling private rents in the Capital, as “part of his ongoing work to help London’s 2.4 million renters”.John Goodall, CEO and co-founder of Landbay, who believes rent controls will lead to a shortage of high quality rental accommodation in the capital, said, “Rent controls are likely to lead to a reduced investment into the rental sector and thus a further shortage of high quality rental accommodation. That will not lead to a positive outcome for London’s renters as they will find it harder to find decent properties.“The Mayor should be looking to find ways to encourage investment rather than political grandstanding that will end up harming those that he claims that he is trying to help.”Rent controls are a thing of the past in the UK, but further measures to reverse this trend will be laid out in Khan’s ‘London Model’, which is set to be published in spring 2019 – so any time now.legislation rent controls in London private rents Mayor of London Sadiq Khan February 7, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Rent controls in London…? previous nextRegulation & LawRent controls in London…?The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that he will develop a new blueprint for rent controls in the Capital.The Negotiator7th February 20190983 Viewslast_img read more

Breaking: Your Move parent company LSL reveals CEO stepped down yesterday

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first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Breaking: Your Move parent company LSL reveals CEO stepped down yesterday previous nextCOVID-19 newsBreaking: Your Move parent company LSL reveals CEO stepped down yesterdayIan Crabb is to leave the role with immediate effect and is being replaced by a non-exec director on the company’s board, David Stewart.Nigel Lewis1st May 202003,684 Views LSL Group Chief Executive Ian Crabb has stepped down from the company in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic and has made way for a former building society chief.Crabb (left) has been replaced by David Stewart (above), who joined the board of LSL as a non-exec director five years ago and is well regarded for steering the Coventry Building Society through the 2007/8 financial crisis.Until now he has headed up LSL’s Audit and Risk Committee.The sudden announcement is not business as usual for a large PLC of LSL’s size; most have succession planning timetables in place when Group CEOs like Crabb exit the business.In its statement to the City LSL says the company has performed well under Crabb’s leadership and claims to have outperformed its principal competitors.“David is an experienced Chief Executive, with a track record of success both in growing businesses and in managing during periods of uncertainty,” says Simon Embley, Non Executive Chair of LSL.“His detailed knowledge of financial services will be invaluable as we seek to continue to build our capability in this sector, whilst maximising the potential of our estate agency and surveying operations.“Having worked closely with him, I am confident he is the right person to take the Group forward.“I also want to place on record the Board’s thanks and my personal appreciation for the part Ian Crabb has played in the Group’s development since he joined us in 2013, Ian has always acted with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, and I wish him every future success.”coronavirus ian crabb LSL May 1, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Oxford to re-visit Turin Shroud

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first_imgAn Oxford Laboratory has been persuaded to revisit the dating of the shroud of Turin by a physicis professor.The shroud is the reported burial shroud of Jesus Christ.The professor, John Jackson, has argued that carbon monoxide could have contaminated the shroud and distorted its radio-carbon dating results by more than a thousand years.last_img

Oxford Chancellor Patten votes against government Brexit bill

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first_imgThe government suffered defeat in the Lords yesterday on the issue of staying in a UK-EU customs union after Brexit.Peers, including Oxford Chancellor and ex-EU Commissioner Lord Patten, voted by 348 to 225 in favour of a plan that would require ministers to report on steps to negotiate a continued union.Defying the Conservative party whip, Lord Patten said the UK would be worse off outside the EU unless current arrangements continued.“There are times in one’s political career where what is alleged to be party loyalty comes way behind trying to stand up for the national interest,” he argued.A total of 24 Conservative peers voted against the government on the customs union amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill.Remaining in the customs union would prevent the UK from signing third-party trade agreements with other countries, Downing Street says.Lord Patten was criticised by former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson, who said that Patten was putting forward “a political argument dressed up as a trade argument”, amounting to a “wrecking amendment”.To remain in a customs union while leaving the European Union would leave the UK in a “quasi-colonial” status, he argued.Will Dry, Oxford undergraduate and co-founder of anti-Brexit campaign group Our Future; Our Choice, said: “Oxford should be proud it has a Chancellor willing to put his country before the party he was once part of.“Lord Patten is taking a courageous and bold stance, as is, as a matter of fact, Layla Moran. Perhaps the pair could offer Anneliese Dodds some lessons in boldness in the coming weeks.”Conservative MP and Remain supporter Anna Soubry said in a tweet that the Lords had “put their country first.”The Lords have put their country first and rebel Conservative peers have been particularly brave. I know many Conservative MPs privately share their support for a customs union/arrangement. I hope they will not vote to remove this wholly sensible & responsible amendment.— Anna Soubry (@Anna_Soubry) April 18, 2018Oxford University and Lord Patten have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Warburtons makes brand debut in pitta breads

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first_imgSource: Warburtons“We researched what consumers felt about current pittas and found that currently, pitta breads are seen as the least tasty of the sandwich alternatives,” a spokesperson told British Baker.“There is a clear opportunity to address this. When you look at consumer feedback on pittas this is proven out with the issues around being viewed as ‘dry’, ‘break/tear easily’ and ‘difficult to open’ and these are the areas we have really tried to address and turn into our key benefits so that we have a unique and strong proposition in pittas.”Made at Warburtons’ site in Burnley, the soft pittas are designed to fit a number of mealtime occasions at home or on the go, the brand added.“We’re delighted to introduce the new Easy To Fill range of White and Wholemeal Soft Pittas into our portfolio,” said Darren Littler, innovation director at Warburtons.“The new product is practical for quick and tasty lunches at home or on the go, thanks to a soft texture that opens without falling apart.”The brand continues to invest in NPD and production outside of wrapped bread. Earlier this year, it announced a multi-million-pound investment to build a new facility dedicated to the production of thin bagels. Source: WarburtonsWarburtons has unveiled its latest piece of NPD – a duo of pitta breads.Available in white and wholemeal variants, the soft pittas are rolling out across several major retailers with an rsp of £1 for a pack of five.The brand said pitta is the third largest segment in the sandwich alternatives category but has limited branded presence or growth through NPD. It added that pitta breads deliver well against ‘health and practicality’ needs for consumers, but ‘under index on enjoyment’. As such, it believes there is a ‘clear opportunity to address this with a quality, tasty product’.last_img read more

Pure//Accelerate 2019 – After 10 Years, Still a lot of Questions

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first_img 2019 finished last week. I hope you had a great time in Austin and had a chance to enjoy downtown riding on the Dell Technologies sponsored pedicabs. This event marked the 10th Anniversary of Pure Storage, and there was a lot of hype and anticipation created by Pure around “big” product innovation announcements. Well, I would hardly consider the announcements made as “earth shattering”–they actually left me with even more questions to ask Pure.Let’s take a look at a few key takeaways from the event, as well as several announcements made during the conference.New SLOWER FlashArray//C Optimized for QLC flash…but shipping with TLC first.Clearly Pure is trying to extend the appeal of their FlashArray//X line by adding a new lower-end cost-conscious version announced as the FlashArray//C, which is targeted at addressing the Tier 2 workload use cases.FlashArray//X with SCM as Read-Only Cache…but not as persistent storagePure announced optional support for Intel’s Optane SCM (Storage Class Memory) drives in their FlashArray//X, models //X70 and //X90 only, but only as a read-only cache extension and not as a persistent storage tier. Also, something different with Pure’s approach is that it requires the customer to swap out persistent storage capacity to add DirectMemory modules.Questions – Why would Pure go through the effort of supporting the Intel Optane SCM drives and then not use them for persistent storage? Leveraging them as read-only cache, at the expense of persistent storage capacity, will bring a slight performance benefit to read-intensive applications, likely at a cost premium, but why not use them for actual persistent storage? (Hint: we believe this is related to the reason they introduced the FlashArray//C, with QLC flash, as separate array – NO Persistent STORAGE TIERING in FlashArray. If they had mixed SCM and NVMe flash modules together, as one big pool without tiering, the SCM would have been severely bottlenecked by the slower NVMe flash.)Quick commercial for Dell EMC storage – We have been doing storage tiering for years across all our arrays! A recent example, shows how PowerMax can now mix SCM with NVMe AND provide intelligent and automated storage tiering to get the most out your storage investments.FlashBlade Gets Bigger…but still does not support CIFS/SMB 3.0Pure announced only one substantial new feature for its FlashBlade product – it can now scale to 150 blades instead of only 75.Question – How does this help address some glaring gaps like the lack of support for CIFS/SMB 3.0 protocol? Moreover, if NAS capabilities are added to the FlashArray next year, as mentioned at Accelerate leveraging Compuverde, does this mean the end of FlashBlade?Re-branding of ES2Pure also announced their intent to offer “everything-as-a-service”, a similar promise made by other vendors in the market. In my opinion this announcement adds little differentiation to their portfolio. Pure talked about a unified contract for on-prem and cloud, but little details were available.Question – Will cloud and on-prem subscriptions cost the same? It is unclear how this will look in practice so we will see.Cloud Block Store for AWS is GA…Finally!At last, Pure has launched a Cloud based offering, joining the ranks of storage vendors that already had options to offer replication and DR to the cloud, as well as software defined storage array running on AWS.Question – How will Cloud Block Store make it easy for customer to migrate workloads to and from the cloud? How expensive will it be for a customer to subscribe to Cloud Block Store? Will they get two bills – from Pure and from AWS? Moving applications to the public cloud can be really expensive depending on the service, I encourage customers to look at pricing and TCO models very carefully.What about FlashStack and AIRI….and still no HCI?Not much to say with regards to FlashStack and AIRI and no announcements around HCI, which is quite interesting. How can a Storage company call themselves innovators when they don’t participate a segment that is growing at double digits and enables customers to have “cloud-like” experiences on premises? Your guess is as good as mine.We will have more opportunities to connect in the future and will continue to discuss further developments on these and any new announcements. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about our portfolio and how we compete vs. Pure please check out this link.Talk to you soon!last_img read more