Offering career breaks could land you in court

first_imgEmployersoffering career breaks could end up in court if company policies for gap yearsare not water tight, a legal expert has warned.Organisationsare increasingly offering employees career breaks, believing they are coveredby European legislation. But they are not, and organisations need to ensurethat they have clear-cut policies in place.Speakingto Personnel Today’s sister publication Employers’ Law, Patricia Leighton, theJean Monnet professor ofEuropean law at the University of Glamorgansaid: “There is no European legislation on career breaks and what it comesdown to is basic contract law,” she said.”Itmight be dressed up as flexible working, work-life balance and family-friendlypolicies and all the rest of it, but, at the end of the day, we are dealingwith basic employment contract law.”However,she warned that harmonisation, or developing standard procedures for careerbreak policies, may be a long way off -just as it took considerable time todevelop standards for maternity leave.”Nobodywas very clear about the legal status of that, and that’s taken 20 years tohammer down,” Leighton said – noting that it was the European Courts ofJustice had been instrumental in making the position of women on maternityleave “pretty water tight”.SimonJeffreys, a partner whospecialises in employment law at CMS Cameron McKenna, said employers must talkthrough the implications of the career breaks carefully with the individual sothe employee knows what to expect if and when they come return. Hesaid that if an employer did not do this, they ran the risk of having legalproblems later on.Increasingly,organisations are allowing staffbreaks of anything up to five years. The Metropolitan Police, for instance, currently has 226 officers on sabbatical leave. Companieslike Asda, meanwhile,continue to blaze a trail when it comes to innovative work-life balance policies,offering ‘Benidorm Leave’for the over 50s (up to three months, unpaid).Questions HR must ask –Does the break count as continuous service?–What is the effect on benefits?–What happens to that individual when they come back? ByDeeDee Doke Offering career breaks could land you in courtOn 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

College football crisis as conferences deliberate upcoming season

first_img Written by August 10, 2020 /Sports News – National College football crisis as conferences deliberate upcoming season FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailartisteer/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Power 5 conference officials gathered Sunday for an emergency meeting, ESPN reported. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether to cancel college football and fall sports altogether amid the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the report from ABC’s Good Morning America for more details:Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img

Utah Valley Meets Weber State Saturday

first_imgDecember 30, 2020 /Sports News – Local Utah Valley Meets Weber State Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Saturday, Utah Valley men’s basketball (2-4) faces Weber State (3-3, 1-1 in Big Sky Conference play) in a non-conference tilt at Dee Events Center.The Wolverines score 77.5 points per game, ranking UVU 93rd nationally in scoring offense.UVU surrenders 79.5 points per game, tying the Wolverines for 297th nationally with Detroit Mercy in scoring defense.Senior guard Jamison Overton (19.7 points per game) is UVU’s leading scorer on the season. Overton and junior guard Trey Woodbury are tied for the team lead in steals with 7 apiece.Other Wolverines who score in double figures on-average include Woodbury (17.5 points per game, a team-best 33 assists), graduate student forward Evan Cole (16.3 points per game), redshirt sophomore Canadian national center Fardaws Aimaq (15.5 points per game, a team-best 14.5 rebounds per game and a team-best 9 blocked shots) and sophomore guard Jordan Brinson (10.8 points per game).The Wolverines are coached by second-year head coach Mark Madsen who is 13-23 (.461) at UVU.Weber State scores 79.5 points per game, ranking the Wildcats 74th in scoring offense nationally.Defensively, the Wildcats surrender 71.7 points per game, ranking Weber State 205th nationally in scoring defense.The Wildcats’ leading scorer is senior guard Isiah Brown (19.7 points per game).Other Weber State double figures scorers on-average include junior guard/forward Zahir Porter (13.5 points per game) and senior forward/center Cody Carlson (13.3 points per game).Senior Czech national, forward Michal Kozak leads the Wildcats on the glass with 6.2 rebounds per game and in blocked shots, with 9.Spanish national, senior guard Seikou Sisoho Jawara leads Weber State with 21 assists and freshman forward Dillon Jones leads the squad with 14 steals.The Wildcats are coached by 15-year head coach Randy Rahe, who is 281-176 (.615) at Weber State.Weber State leads UVU 7-6 all-time and 6-1 all-time at Ogden. Tags: UVU Men’s Basketball/Weber State Men’s Basketball Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Manning Stainton acquires AR Estate Agents

first_imgManning Stainton has acquired AR Estate Agents, providing residential sales and lettings services in Crossgates, East Leeds and the surrounding areas.Mark Manning, Managing Director of Manning Stainton says, “We have been in discussion with AR Estate Agents about acquiring the business and are delighted that this has now been concluded.”Ann Riddington, Managing Director of AR Estate Agents adds, “My main priority when looking to sell the business was to ensure that the management of my clients was in the safest possible hands. Having received a number of approaches it was clear that Manning Stainton was the one who shared our customer service values along with having a reputation for excellence. I am also thrilled that my most trusted colleague, Lettings Manager Mandy Driver, is joining Manning Stainton to provide continuity for our clients.”Manning Stainton acquisition AR Estate Agents July 7, 2017The 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 » Agencies & People » Manning Stainton acquires AR Estate Agents previous nextAgencies & PeopleManning Stainton acquires AR Estate AgentsThe Negotiator7th July 20170914 Viewslast_img read more

Purplebricks told by ad watchdog not to repeat key claims about its fees

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks told by ad watchdog not to repeat key claims about its fees previous nextRegulation & LawPurplebricks told by ad watchdog not to repeat key claims about its feesDecision comes after company initially agreed to amend website in partnership with ASA following complaint by Hunters, which then appealed the original decision and won.Nigel Lewis27th June 201804,086 Views Purplebricks has been forced to alter its website after a landmark set of complaints against it were upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today.The adjudication comes after an initial decision earlier this year by the watchdog went in its favour but was appealed by the complainant, who is franchised estate agency group Hunters.In summary, the ASA has told Purplebricks that it must not repeat the claim that its service is comparable to traditional agents without making it clear it charges extra for viewings, and that its website must make it much clearer that its fees are paid upfront, not after the sale.“The complaint, which came from a rival estate agency, was resolved four months ago in partnership with the ASA, made public by them and mutually agreed minor changes made to our website,” says a Purplebricks spokesperson.Agreed position“We were surprised when, only a day after reaching this agreed position and announcing it publicly, the same rival estate agent appealed this decision and their demands were met by the ASA. We believe this is unprecedented and unfair. We will appeal the ruling.”The adjudication comes after Hunters originally complained in October 2017 to the ASA about three claims made on the Purplebricks website, which the hybrid agency agreed to amend.Despite this, Hunters appealed the decision, insisting it was misleading to claim vendors could instruct Purplebricks to sell their homes for £849 because it was not clear that viewings were extra.It also said an online Purplebricks calculator illustrating claimed savings for vendors who used the hybrid agent’s service was also misleading; and that an infographic did not make it clear that Purplebricks charges its fees up-front.Three complaintsHunters had originally said it was misleading to claim that vendors could instruct Purplebricks for £849 (and £1,119 in London) because these fees did not include the additional £300 one-off viewings fee that 40% of its vendors choose to pay.Purplebricks argued that its fee structure was clear on its website, unlike many traditional agents, and that 60% of its customers did not pay the extra fee.The ASA also upheld Hunters’ claims that the hybrid agent’s online savings calculator was misleading, despite Purplebricks again arguing that all the applicable fees were highlighted.Lastly, the ASA said it was misleading of Purplebricks not to make it clear within the infographic that its fees were upfront because consumers, without adequate explanation, would assume the company operated the same way as traditional agents.“We are extremely disappointed with this ruling change and the process adopted,” says the Purplebricks spokesperson.“At Purplebricks we strive to ensure industry-leading levels of transparency by offering customers certainty of what they will pay to sell their house before they go on the market and a choice around whether they pay for our viewings services or undertake the viewings themselves.“Our customers know their homes best and 60% of them choose to show potential buyers around themselves and save some money.“Those who are too busy, or who prefer to leave it to our experts, pay a one-off £300 viewing fee to cover unlimited viewings. Customer choice has been a clearly communicated mainstay of our proposition and will remain so in the future.” misleading advertising Hunters advertising standards authority purpbricks ASA June 27, 2018Nigel 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

Gregg Wants Review Of Vaping Law

first_imgKayleigh Colombo for www.theindianalwyer.comDemocratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg said, if elected, he would seek to change new laws governing the e-cigarette liquid industry, which some vaping retailers and manufacturers have called monopolistic and corrupt.Indiana Senate leaders are also looking at the issue and impact of the law, which takes effect July 1.IBJ reported last week that the state has essentially allowed a single private security company to decide who can manufacture e-cigarette liquids to be sold in Indiana.Everyone else will be shut out of the market as of June 30.Supporters say the law, which also bans e-liquid sales to minors and sets rules for ingredients, is meant to protect consumers. But critics say some parts of the law are so restrictive that even major national players in the vaping industry won’t be able to do business in Indiana.Gregg said a review of the law “is in order.”“Recent media reports about this apparent monopoly are more than a little disturbing,” Gregg told IBJ. “While everyone supports oversight and reasonable safeguards on the industry, the Legislature should re-evaluate this law and the system it created to ensure greater fairness, competition and transparency.”Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who is seeking a second term and signed the changes into law, is staying silent. The vaping rules are currently being challenged in state and federal court.“Given the pending litigation surrounding this issue, we will not be commenting,” Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks told IBJ in an email.But Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said through a spokesman that the chamber’s leaders are “looking into the issue with the intention of getting all the facts surrounding the legislation and its actual impact on the marketplace.”Long declined to be more specific about the Senate’s review.The law — first passed in 2015 and revised this year — requires manufacturers applying for a state permit to have first entered into a five-year contract with a security firm.Only one firm, Lafayette-based Mulhaupt’s, appears to meet the security qualifications, which include having employees that are certified by both the Door and Hardware Institute and the International Door Association, and the firms had to be in compliance by July 1, 2015, meaning that no other security firm can ever become eligible.Founder Doug Mulhaupt told IBJ previously that it’s not his fault that other security firms don’t meet the requirement.But the law doesn’t sit right with other security firms, including Bill Nelson, an officer for the Electronic Security Association of Indiana, who specifically took issue with the requirement that a security firm needed to have a certified rolling steel fire door technician on staff.“Almost any legitimate alarm company can do a proper job for an e-vapor facility,” said Nelson said. “A rolling door certification has absolutely nothing to do with installing a security system.”The law also caught off guard the associations that are in charge of the certifications.Todd Thomas, managing director of the International Door Association, said he was contacted in January by Mulhaupt about the certification issue, which the company lobbied to “clear up” in the Legislature this year.But Thomas said he didn’t realize the law had to do with vaping.Since then, the group’s certifying affiliate—the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation—has received several calls from companies asking how they can get certified to comply, Thomas said.“There is nothing we can do that would make them eligible to serve as a security company in light of the retroactive deadline for compliance,” Thomas said.Thomas said the market works better when there is a “flourishing population” of people who are qualified, not just one.“This legislation does nothing to encourage that,” he said. “As such, I am at a loss to explain any benefits to the citizens of Indiana that might result from a law that blocks the many professional door companies and qualified technicians from participating in this.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Congressmen Bucshon Made Mistake By Not Debating His Opponent

first_img Congressmen Bucshon Made Mistake By Not Debating His OpponentThe Republican voters of the 8th Congressional District are going to have quite a decision to make in the May 8th primary election. They will be choosing between the incumbent Congressman Dr. Larry Buschon and his fellow physician, political newcomer Dr. Richard Moss. Dr. Buschon survived a challenge from the Club For Growth’s funding and Christy Risk in 2014.This year, it appears that Dr. Buschon enjoys the backing of his party’s establishment. That should make for an easier re-election bid, but Dr. Moss is launching a strong effort to unseat him. Dr. Moss has challenged Dr. Buschon to a public debate, but the incumbent has refused to participate. We think that Dr. Buschon declined the challenge because of the conventional belief he has nothing to gain and everything to lose by debating. The power of the incumbency is on Buschon’s side. The voters know who he is and what his stances are. The challenger is not well know, especially in the more populous parts of the district. He lives and practices in Jasper, while Dr. Buschon practiced in Evansville and lives in Warrick County.Both candidates have a great deal in common, both personally and politically. They share a common profession and strong conservative ideals. A debate between the two would have been an effective way for Republicans to distinguish between them. We believe that Dr. Buschon’s refusal to debate may have made this into a referendum on just how strongly voters really feel about getting rid of the Washington “establishment.” We will see if the GOP electorate in this area truly wants to change Washington, as this is boiling down to a choice between the status quo candidate and a “fresh face” in the capitol. It may be that Dr. Buschon made a mistake by following the conventional wisdom of not debating in this most unconventional primary. Failing to set himself apart may well prove to be a mistake that is fatal to his political career. If Dr. Moss presents himself to the voters as a political outsider running against the “establishment” we expect that he will do well in the approaching pri.mary.We invite both candidates to tell us what sets them apart from their opponent. We will share their unedited replies with our readers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bakery shops top high street poll

first_imgBakery shops are the most popular of the specialist food retailers on the high street, according to new shopper research data from Harris International Marketing (HIM).The data, gathered in September 2006, suggests that eight million UK adults (or 17% of the UK adult population) visited a bakery in the past week, compared to seven million (15%) who visited a butcher’s and six million (13%) who visited a greengrocer.The data was gathered by market research company NOP on behalf of HIM. It also asked shoppers how often they visited market stalls and farmers’ markets, and its figures suggested that farmers’ markets are now used weekly by one in 10 adults.Fishmongers had been used by 5% of adults and delicatessens 3% in one week, when the data was gathered in September.HIM predicted that from now until 2010, the number of weekly visits made to specialist retailers will continue to grow, based on a growing focus on local sourcing and perceived quality advantages.According to HIM director Peter Segal, bakers should take advantage of this trend by building a marketing campaign on local issues. They should also seek to build a reputation of offering the best quality and service in the local area. And they should make sure they offer a full range of food-to-go including sandwiches, crisps and drinks, he told British Baker.HIM also advised that tastings and product samplings should be introduced. And ranges should be developed that embrace customer demand for both quality and convenience.last_img read more

Enzyme targets quality

first_imgNovozymes has launched a new fresh-keeping enzyme that aims to improve bread quality and extend shelf-life. Novamyl Pro, which follows on from Novozymes’ existing product Novamyl, is a new maltogenic amylase preparation, which claims to offer improved crumb softness, elasticity and moistness.”What is great about Novamyl Pro is that it works exceptionally well in lean recipes with a basic formulation,” commented Thomas Erik Nilsson, global launch manager at Novozymes. “This fits perfectly with consumers’ desire for clean-label bread.”In a consumer preference test, carried out by the firm, over 60% of the participants, who tested three different ’everyday’ toast-breads for a week demonstrated a clear preference for the loaf made with a high dosage of Novamyl Pro, it read more

Harvard, Yale Back Students in Patent Stance That Aids Poor

first_imgNov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Harvard University, Yale University and three other schools are pledging to encourage companies to give poor countries better access to drugs and medical products based on discoveries made on their campuses.Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Yale in New Haven, Connecticut; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and Boston University in Boston will release the statement today, which will guide how drugs developed by scientists at the schools are licensed to companies, said, a spokesman for Harvard…Read more here (Bloomberg)last_img