Employers will pay price for ignoring law

first_img Previous Article Next Article Employers will pay price for ignoring lawOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today More than 80 per cent of employers have no defence against equal pay claims,according to a survey by DLA MCG Consulting. A study of more than 200 organisations shows 83 per cent are not confidentthey pay women fairly and only a minority have managers trained in equal payissues. The results follow the recent passing of the Employment Act 2002, which willusher in equal pay questionnaires to encourage claims by helping staff tochallenge employers. The Government is also amending the Equal Pay Act 1970 to make it easier tobring multiple claims, and has streamlined the way equal pay claims are dealtwith at employment tribunals. If employees can establish a case, the burden of proof will be on theemployer to disprove discrimination. The survey shows most employers will beunable to do this. “By looking at pay systems and taking action to eliminate paydiscrimination, employers can be more confident about reducing the risk ofequal pay claims,” said chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission JulieMellor. Birmingham City Council is spending an estimated £15m on a job evaluationand regrading of its 35,000 workers. The council’s chief personnel officer Andy Albon, said: “It will makesure we have a more equitable remuneration structure, enabling us to muster adefence against claims.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Recent trends in numbers of wandering (Diomedea exulans), black-browed (Thalassarche melanophris) and grey-headed (T. chrysostoma) albatrosses breeding at South Georgia

first_imgSouth Georgia supports globally important populations of seabirds, including the wandering albatross Diomedea exulans, black-browed albatross Thalassarche melanophris and grey-headed albatross T. chrysostoma, currently classified by the world Conservation Union (IUCN) as vulnerable, near threatened and endangered, respectively. Surveys of these species at South Georgia were conducted during the incubation stage in November 2014 to January 2015, repeating previous surveys conducted in the 2003/2004 season. Numbers of wandering albatrosses breeding annually at South Georgia decreased by 18% (1.8% per year) from 1553 pairs in 2003/2004 to an estimated 1278 pairs in 2014/2015. Over the same period, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses decreased by 19% (1.9% per year) and 43% (5% per year), respectively. These represent a continuation of negative trends at South Georgia since the 1970s and are in contrast to some populations elsewhere, which have shown signs of recent recovery. Given the importance of South Georgia for these species, the ongoing population declines, and in the case of grey-headed albatrosses, an acceleration of the decline is of major conservation concern. Incidental fisheries mortality (bycatch) is currently considered to be the main threat. Although seabird bycatch has been reduced to negligible levels in the fisheries operating around South Georgia, wider implementation of effective seabird bycatch mitigation measures is required to improve the conservation status of the South Georgia populations of wandering, black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses. In addition, more research is required to investigate the respective roles of bycatch and climate change in driving these population trends.last_img read more

Picture of Labour-supporting baker used in government ads

first_imgA Labour-supporting baker, who has previously produced loaves carrying anti-Tory slogans, has appeared without his permission in a government campaign.Phil Clayton, of Haxby Bakehouse in Yorkshire, was shocked when fellow baker Wayne Caddy messaged while he was baking on Saturday morning to tell him he was a “centre spread” in The Guardian newspaper.A picture of Clayton, which he had agreed to have taken three years ago to promote Yorkshire tourism, has been used in a government coronavirus campaign, encouraging people to ‘enjoy summer safely’. The advert carries the slogan ‘Welcome back to freshly baked bread’.“Next minute, someone else messaged me saying I was in the Daily Mirror. Then, a few minutes later, I got one from another baker saying I was in the Daily Mail – and I thought ‘Oh God’,” said Clayton, adding he has also heard the picture has been used on billboards.“But then I thought about it and that I’d never agreed to this – particularly for a government I don’t support and whom I think haven’t handled things well. Clayton, who is open about his left-wing politics and has produced loaves with slogans such as ‘F*ck Boris’, said he initially found the situation funny. Clayton is open about his left-wing politics“And as for the line on the poster about ‘welcome back’ – we’ve never been anywhere, we’ve baked the whole way through. We have furloughed people, but we’ve carried on baking.”Like many bakery businesses, Haxby Bakehouse launched a local delivery service during lockdown to ensure the local community had access to bread.“No nipping off to Durham or to a Greek island for us,” he added.The business operates a shop in the town of Haxby and has just open a dedicated production unit nearby.Clayton said he hoped the government wouldn’t use the picture again. He also pointed out that he’s wearing a branded Haxby Bakehouse t-shirt in the picture, which would have made it easy for someone to contact him to ask permission, and for him to be identified.“I don’t want people to think I’m two-faced. Regardless of your political view, no-one wants to be seen as a turncoat.”Following the publication of the story, the government Cabinet Office said it would stop using the picture of Clayton. “The Enjoy Summer Safely campaign has worked with a number of partners to showcase local businesses from around the UK getting ready to welcome customers back safely to their highstreets,” said a spokesperson.“We recognise that this particular business does not wish to be featured and the image has been removed from the campaign.”last_img read more

Tool Announces Intimate Music Clinic Series On How The Band Wrote & Plays Their Songs

first_imgIn early March, Tool confirmed that they were in the studio working on their highly anticipated follow-up to 10,000 Days, the band’s last studio album, which was released in 2006. In the time since, the members of Tool have been teasing hints about the new album, posting photos and short videos to Instagram to preview what they’re working on.Since there’s no set date for the new album’s release, it seems like music fans might need to practice a little patience before the new album is finally revealed in full. However, fans who are really eager to learn more about the new album and the band’s creative process will have the chance to participate in intimate clinics with the Los Angeles-based rock quartet. Today, Tool has announced that around Tool’s upcoming festival appearances at Northern Invasion on May 13th and at Rock On The Range on May 20th, Tool guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey, and bassist Justin Chancellor will host a series of special music clinics in six different U.S. cities.While it seems that frontman Maynard James Keenan may be opting out of these special sessions, the series still offers fans a truly special experience. Per a press release, the trio will “walk attendees through a handful of the band’s songs, from the process of writing them to playing them live. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via an open discussion, as well as mingle with the band following the session.” The press release also notes that “ticket holders will receive commemorative merchandise, exclusive to the series of events and limited to the number of people in attendance. An accompanying, traveling exhibit will be on display at each event, featuring unique items from Tool’s history.”You can snag tickets for this special fan experience on Friday, April 13th, when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. (local). You can check out Tool’s upcoming music clinic and tour dates below.Tool 2018 Tour Dates:05/11 – St. Paul, MN @ The Myth *05/13 – Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion05/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic *05/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room *05/16 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *05/17 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *05/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre *05/20 – Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range* = Music Clinic with Adam Jones, Danny Carey, and Justin ChancellorView All Tour Dates[H/T Consequence Of Sound]last_img read more

Vaccine works on hard-to-treat leukemia

first_imgPatients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) often receive donor transplants that effectively “reboot” their own immune defenses, which then attack and potentially cure the hard-to-treat disease. However, these patients have a high rate of relapse, and the transplanted immune cells may also harm normal tissues, causing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).Now, scientists at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that they observed a strong and selective immune response in some patients who received, shortly after the transplant, several doses of a “personalized” tumor vaccine composed of their own inactivated leukemia cells combined with an immune stimulant, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF). Thus the vaccine boosted the power of the transplanted immune system’s ability to attack the cancer — known as the graft-versus-leukemia (GvL) effect.“Our studies suggest that autologous tumor cell vaccination is an effective strategy to advance long-term leukemia control” following transplants from donors, said senior author Catherine Wu,  a Harvard Medical School associate professsor of medicine. “Although this was a phase 1 study and not powered to look at questions of clinical efficacy, we did see promising clinical activity.”There are few treatment options for advanced CLL. Standard transplants, which involve powerful doses of pre-transplant chemotherapy to wipe out as much of the leukemia as possible, have proven too toxic for older patients and those with co-existing diseases. Over the past decade, researchers have developed reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) regimens, using lower chemotherapy doses that are more tolerable but rely entirely on the activity of the transplanted immune cells to battle the leukemia. Usually this is insufficient to keep the cancer at bay long-term and the disease progresses.Furthermore, research has shown that the identifying antigens on the surface of CLL cells in individual patients may differ — that is, they have “personal tumor antigens,” the scientists said. “Based on these principles, vaccination with autologous irradiated leukemia cells” — the patient’s own stored leukemia cells — “is an attractive approach to expand leukemia-reactive T cells, since this vaccine formulation reliably includes personal tumor antigens.”To make the vaccine, the researchers mixed the patients’ irradiated leukemia cells with cells that produce GM-CSF and then injected them back into the patient. The combination stirs up a strong response by immune T cells, and the distinctive antigens on the injected leukemia cells direct the T cells to attack similar leukemia cells wherever they are present in the body.In the phase 1 trial, the vaccine was administered between 30 and 100 days after the transplant, with some patients receiving as many as six vaccine doses. The study enrolled 22 patients with advanced, aggressive CLL. Thirteen of the patients had evidence of the leukemia in their bone marrow at the time of transplant.Four patients did not receive the vaccine because they developed GVHD following the transplant. The remaining 18 received at least one vaccine dose; seven patients stopped receiving the vaccine after they developed GVHD.When examined six months post-transplant, the majority of patients showed evidence of clinical response: 10 had complete remissions and six had partial remissions; an additional patient had an early complete response but then relapsed at four months. After a median follow-up of 2.9 years, 13 patients (72 percent) had remained in continuous complete remission, one patient had stable disease, three patients developed progressive disease, and two of those patients died.The results support the safety and biological activity of whole tumor-cell vaccination in hematological malignancies, said the authors, and giving the vaccine shortly after transplant may have been critical in its effectiveness. In addition, they said a key to the vaccine’s potency was the development by Dana-Farber scientists of GM-CSF-secreting “bystander” cells that can be used against lymphoid malignancies — which was not possible previously.However, the authors noted that further randomized studies in larger patient groups will be necessary to determine if this strategy “will translate into a true clinical benefit for patients with advanced CLL.”The first author of the report is Ute E. Burkhardt of Dana-Farber.last_img read more

Betty Buckley & Bryan Batt Visit Cats

first_imgBryan Batt, Betty Buckley & the cast of ‘Cats'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Absolutely meow-velous! On September 26, Cats alums Betty Buckley and Bryan Batt caught the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning tuner. A Broadway vet, Batt took over the role of Munkustrap; he snapped a sweet pic with current Munkustrap Andy Huntington Jones (see below). Buckley took home a Tony in 1983 for her performance as Grizabella; she struck a pose with current glamour cat Leona Lewis and Lewis’ soon-to-be replacement Mamie Parris, who is currently taking the stage in Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock as Patty. Take a look at our hot shots from this momentous visit and catch Cats at the Neil Simon Theatre! View Comments Catscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims continue to spike after Irene

first_imgThere were 1,076 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. While this is a decrease of 103 from the week before, this is still a very high level of claims as a result of the economic impact of tropical storm Irene. Two weeks previous saw a seasonal low of fewer than 500 claims. Altogether 6,800 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 69 from a week ago and 578 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,458 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 12 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 735 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 4 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate increased two-tenths in July to 5.7 percent. See story HERE.   Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted July  2011 June  2011 July  2010 June  2011 July  2010  Total Labor Force359,800361,400360,200-1,600-400  Employment339,300341,500338,300-2,2001,000  Unemployment20,50019,90021,900600-1,400  Rate5.7%5.5%6.1%0.2-0.4 Change to         July 2011 from   last_img read more

Cops: 2 Men Found Dead Inside SUV in Hempstead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Homicide Squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men found lifeless inside a vehicle in Hempstead early Saturday morning. Detective said Hempstead residents Jordan Lopez Juarez and Arliny Velasquez, both 22, were found on Elm Avenue sitting inside a running 1999 Toyota 4Runner. They were last seen alive six hours earlier. Both victims were pronounced dead at 8:15 a.m., police said.Relatives last saw the pair listening to music inside the vehicle at 1:40 a.m., police said. Police said they suspect no criminality at this time. The Nassau County medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.last_img read more

Home sells for $164k below its suburb median house price

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoWonderful spot for a cuppa. That backyard is perfect for pets to have a run. The bathroom could use some updating.The home had hit the market in early December looking for offers over $710,000 then dropped to $699,000 in early January, before the owner settled on $694,000.The house has a single bath and single garage on a 405sq m block, with character features having been retained across the three bed house including high ceilings, polished timber floors and original lead light windows.The property is located three houses up from a small cafe precinct on Bennetts Road and close to the Norman Park train station. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK French doors are a beautiful touch. Good space in the tidy kitchen. 16 Macrossan Avenue, Norman Park, Qld 4170A THREE bedroom home in a high demand city suburb made famous by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has sold for $164,000 less than its suburb median.The house at 16 Macrossan Avenue, Norman Park, sold for $694,000 on Monday, far below the median for the area of $860,000.It’s a rare find for an area that’s seen rapid gentrification in recent years, with one of the area’s more famous residents having been former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his multi-millionaire wife Therese Rein. BRISBANE VALUES SIT STEADY GONE IN 30 MINUTES: $2M IN BLINK OF AN EYE SURGE: 10 HOUSES, $30M A classic look with a unique window setting too.last_img read more

Wait until you see what $2m will do to this century old church

first_imgThis dilapidated church will be converted into a modern family home in Brisbane.A LOCAL builder is spending $2 million to resurrect a century-old timber church into a modern family home in the heart of Brisbane — and it will soon be for sale.The dilapidated church had been languishing in a holding yard after being decommissioned and discarded from its original site in the rural town of Nanango, about 200km northwest of Brisbane. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE With architectural vision — and perhaps some divine intervention — the church will next month be transported via police escort to the inner city suburb of Coorparoo. An artist’s impression of a church being converted into a home. Render: PTMA Architecture. This Nanango church will be converted into a modern family home in Brisbane.It will then be transformed into a modern masterpiece in one of the suburb’s best streets, with neighbours such as former cricketer Ian Healy.A local builder bought the original property — featuring a basic four-bedroom home — at 79 Buena Vista Avenue for $1.565 million in April last year. QLD’S RECORD-BREAKING MEGA PENTHOUSE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe original house on the site at 79 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo.Marketing agent Jacq Hackett of Place Cooparoo said the owner had always wanted to do a church conversion and planned to spend about $3 million on the build alone before offering it to the market.“We’ll advertise it for sale during the build, so if someone buys it off-the-plan, they can have bespoke features and tailor it to their requirements,” Ms Hackett said. WOULD YOU PAY $3M FOR THIS? The view from the property at 79 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo. An artist’s impression of a church being converted into a home. Render: PTMA Architecture.PTMA Architecture is behind the grand design, which incorporates the church as the main living area, the loft as the master bedroom and a lower level underneath the church, which encompasses a pool, spa, three-car garage and wine cellar, which can be viewed through the floor of the kitchen.A double height stained glass wall will be a statement feature, allowing the entire home to be connected and providing amazing city views. BRISBANE HOUSE PRICE TO HIT $2.2M Inside the dilapidated church, which will be converted into a modern family home.“There is absolutely nothing like this — the project is a new and a first on so many levels.”The historic features of the church will merge with modern architecture when the home comes together, with the original church at the core of the property, surrounded by pavilions, forming separate courtyards facing an indoor pool hidden by oversized stacking doors. An artist’s impression of a church being converted into a home. Render: PTMA Architecture.Other features include an internal lift and a remote-controlled stream that runs alongside the house into a pond.The property will be eco-friendly, using recycled materials and renewable energy.The home will be available for sale off-the-plan from July 26.last_img read more