first_imgRemote working wins loyaltyOn 10 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Mobile working practices can reduce costs and cut down on staff absenteeism,a new study has shown. The research by computer firm Compaq reveals that 38 per cent of businessmanagers believe that providing staff with the technology to work away fromtheir desks reduces overheads and almost a quarter of managers think it reducestime taken off sick. A third of managers surveyed would trust all their employees to workproductively while away from their normal workplace and a third would trustsome but not all of their employees to do so. A similar proportion of managers said they did not mind where their teamsworked as long as the work got done. Simon Nelson, head of wireless and mobile solutions at Compaq, said,”The message is clear – mobile working should not be viewed as a perk forthe privileged few but as a pivotal tool for business productivity. “UK businesses need to understand the benefits of investing in wirelesssolutions to create a more loyal and productive workforce.” The research was carried out by Mori and surveyed 300 office workers and 142managers. www.compaq.presscentre.co.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article A lack of attention to rehabilitating stressed staff is costing businessesthousands of pounds every year, according to a report produced for the Healthand Safety Executive (HSE) by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for the return of employees towork after long-term illness, and over the past six years, there has been arapid increase in the numbers of people who report they are experiencingstress. The report, Best Practice in Rehabilitating Employees Following Absence Dueto Work-Related Stress, highlights how a range of methods are now being used byorganisations in the UK to rehabilitate staff. Efforts to deal with long-term absence were undermined by the use of ‘stress’as a catch-all term. “The key to being able to intervene effectively is understanding thespecific nature of the stress problem,” said report co-author, Jo Rick ofthe IES. “A GP will write ‘stress’ on a sick note because it is their dutyto decide whether or not a person is fit for work. Yet, stress is used todescribe a very wide range of conditions.” Examples of best practice include how to train managers to recognise theearly signs of problems in employees, risk assessments, coaching for managersin dealing with an employee once they are off work, the use of cognitivebehavioural therapy and the offer of phased returns to work, reduced hours andtemporary reassignments. The report is one of two being published by the HSE ahead of new guidance formanagers, which is due this autumn. The second report, Beacons of excellence in stress prevention, outlinescriteria for best practice in stress prevention. The reports, which cost £20 each, are available from HSE Books, tel 01787881165, or through the website.  www.hsebooks.co.uk Lack of rehab for stress is costing UK plcOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgThe Fates Of 4 EPD Officers Will Be Decided Another DayNOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The fates of four Evansville police officers will be decided another day. The Evansville merit commission once again tabled the decision.The officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending results of an Indiana State Police investigation. Officers Mark Decamps, Marcus Craig, Nick Henderson, and Sergeant Kyle Kassel were suspended for 21 days on November 9th after body cam video showed the using excessive force during the arrest of Mark Healy in late October.ISP investigators will meet with Vanderburgh County prosecutors Friday, December 2nd to discuss the findings of the investigation.Officers Mark Decamps, Marcus Craig, and Nick Henderson could be fired. Sergeant Kyle Kassel could be demoted.Ivy Tech President Discusses Career Exploration With StudentsNOVEMBER 28TH, 2016 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA A group of students at Ivy Tech were taught by a special guest instructor Monday. Ivy Tech President Sue Ellspermann discussed career exploration in a student success class.Students got a chance to ask Ellspermann questions and voice their concerns about the school. Many students are also parents, and they feel Ivy Tech could do better offering child support services.Sue Ellspermann says, “We know that two-thirds of our students are part time. That means many of them are working adults and working parents at the same time. And we realize that it’s not just about coming here for class, it’s about creating the wrap-around services that will help those students be successful.”Staff at Ivy Tech say they have started preliminary talks about starting a partnership with local daycares to help parents out.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgGb Plange is helping craft bakers overcome the challenges of producing Tiger bread and rolls with an innovative new product.Its Tiger Paste has been developed to give breads a crusty flavour, aroma and attractive shiny appearance. Users only need to add water to the mix.General manager Marie Parnell said: “Tiger Bread has proved to be a bit of a headache for our industry; historically a fat-based liquid product or a powder-based concentrate was used to top the bread, but the fat-based products don’t give a good crust and can be expensive to use, while the powder-based products can be rather lacking in flavour. We hope this innovative new product will enable more bakers to produce this style of speciality bread, which presents a premium profit opportunity.”Tiger Paste is available in 12kg bags and has a shelf-life of eight months.last_img read more

first_imgNOTES TO EDITORS: It is appalling that in the twenty-first century there is still a big difference between the average earnings of men and women. While I am encouraged that over 10,000 employers have published their data, these figures set out in real terms for the first time some of the challenges and the scale of this issue. We need to take action to ensure businesses know how they can make use of their best talent and make their gender pay gaps a thing of the past. Building on the work by the Government Equalities Office, our enforcement approach has proved to be successful, resulting in full compliance by all those considered to be in scope. We have been clear that it is not only the right thing to do but that we would use all our enforcement powers where employers failed to report. They have taken our warnings seriously and avoided costly court action. We will now be turning our attention to the accuracy of reporting. For the first time ever 100% of UK employers identified as being in scope of gender pay gap regulations have published their data.The UK is one of the few countries in the world to require employers to publish such comprehensive gender pay gap data.Under new regulations that came into force in April 2017, all employers with over 250 employees are required to report their gender pay gap data. All 10,000 UK employers that the Government has identified as having over 250 workers have now published their data.The data has shown that more than three out of four in scope UK companies pay their male staff more on average than their female staff, more than half give higher bonuses to men, on average, than women, and over 80% have more women in their lowest paid positions than in their highest paid positions.The Government Equalities Office has also published today [Wednesday 1 August] a new ‘What Works’ guidance for companies to help them improve the recruitment and progression of women and close their gender pay gap.Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, said: Fiona Dawson, Global President of Mars Food, also said: Delighted to see the launch of the Government Equalities Office, ‘What Works’ guidance and to see that the evidence based recommendations within it echo so many of those made by the Women’s Business Council particularly in relation to the importance of flexible, agile and dynamic working. The gender pay gap regulations and first year of reporting has focused the attention of the businesses community and its leaders on understanding the causes behind their organisations, and sector’s, gender gaps and the importance of putting into place practical solutions and actions to tackle their causes. Supportive guidance such as this document and best practice case studies of what has worked are vital for organisations to now take the next step in ensuring their staff have the same access to opportunity regardless of their gender. Last year Mars partnered with the Women’s Business Council to create ‘The Pipeline Effect’, a toolkit enabling gender parity beyond middle management where the gender gaps within most sectors dramatically increase. In the toolkit we’ve identified three primary obstacles to women’s mid-career progression. The visibility of relatable role-models, the need for supportive line management and most importantly the access to flexible, dynamic and agile working patterns. In Mars we’ve embraced this by rolling out multi-level sponsorship and mentoring programmes to support more women into senior leadership positions. This is supported by our in depth line manager training which ensures our family friendly policies including parental leave and flexible working are applied consistently across the business and ensures all employees hold authentic conversations with their managers allowing our male and female associates to enjoy balanced lives with thriving families and careers. Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group, a global professional services provider with a focus on IT, said: At FDM diversity and equality have always been our core values and we are proud once again to report a zero per cent gender pay gap for the second year in a row. Achieving this required a huge effort at all levels of the organisation, including major initiatives such as our women returners and graduate recruitment programmes which help women train and enter the world of technology. We also had honest conversations about senior pay, job roles and increased opportunities for flexible working initiatives to ensure strong representation of women at the top of the company. Equality and Human Rights Commission Chief Executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said: The gender pay gap reporting process has been an incredibly positive initiative for UK companies, elevating a vital issue to the top of the boardroom agenda and forcing business leaders to face up to the extent of the problem. Whilst in some cases the reporting has shown major pay discrepancies in companies, it’s important to recognise that tackling this issue is no easy task. These businesses should be judged on the plans and promises they put in place to reduce the gap, and the willingness shown to make change happen. The ‘What Works’ advice to employers published by the Government Equalities Office today includes recommendations to: The ‘What Works’ guidance was produced in partnership with the Behavioural Insights Team. The guidance, including details of all of the research evidence, has been published on the gender pay gap website, https://gender-pay-gap.service.gov.uk/ For more information please contact the GEO press office on 0207 023 0600. Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group, also said: Assess candidates based on actual tasks they would be expected to perform in their role, and make interviews more structured to avoid unfair bias creeping in. Encourage salary negotiation by showing salary ranges, as women are currently less likely to negotiate their pay than men. Introduce transparency to pay, promotion and reward processes. 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first_img View Comments Can you handle the truth? NBC has confirmed the previously rumored live telecast of Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good Men. The Oscar winner is set to update the show for the project, which is scheduled to air in early 2017.This will be NBC’s first live drama after tackling The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live! and The Wiz Live! over the past few years. Hairspray Live! is set to air on the peacock network on December 7.A Few Good Men opened on Broadway in 1989 and was subsequently adapted into the Oscar-nominated 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. The story follows the court-martial case against two Marines accused of murdering another serviceman and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for Sorkin. He is also penning a new stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, set to premiere on Broadway next season. Tom Cruise in ‘A Few Good Men'(Photo: Kimberley French/Columbia TriStar)last_img read more

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Landscape software

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaLandscape professionals have to be good at what they do. But tosecure clients and get the best profit they can from their work,they really have to be good at job bidding.Estimating cost is a critical part of the process. And that’stough, especially for beginners, who have no experience to basetheir estimates on.To make that job much easier and faster, the University ofGeorgia has released two software packages, Hort Scape and Hort Management.Hort Scape is brand new. Hort Management has been out since the1980s but has been revised, updated and converted to Excel, soit’s new, too.Both programs are menu-driven, user-friendly software developedby UGA horticulture and agricultural economics faculty members as teaching tools for students and landscape pros. Each has a series of worksheets for estimating overhead, labor and equipment costs, as well as bid estimators and line-item contract proposals for presenting to clients.Hort Scape streamlines the bidding process for landscapeinstallation. Hort Management is more for estimating landscapemanagement costs.Both programs include extensive documentation and practicetutorials. They’re easily modified, too, to fit local costs andtime and task data supplied by the user.The programs take the guesswork out of bidding and help managersfeel more comfortable in competitive bid situations, knowingthey’ve accounted for all the costs while building in a profit.The software packages cost $100 each or $175 for both. Shippingcosts are included. To learn more about the software or get anorder form, check online at www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/hortmanage.html.last_img read more

first_img January 1, 2006 Regular News New MJP rules launched January 1 New MJP rules launched January 1center_img Three new rules that deal with multijuristictional practice in Florida became effective January 1.They include Rule 2.061 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and its counterpart, Rule 1-3.10 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and Bar Rule 1-3.11. The first two deal with out-of-state lawyers who wish to appear in a Florida case pro hac vice. Rule 1-3.11 deals with out-of-state lawyers who wish to appear in a Florida arbitration proceeding. All three are the result of recent amendments to Rule 4-5.5, regarding the multijurisdictional practice of law.The pro hac vice rules require the movant to send a copy of the motion filed with the appropriate court to The Florida Bar, along with a $250 fee, according to Lori Holcomb, the Bar’s UPL counsel. The rules also require the use of a form motion. The form motion is available on the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org. On the right hand side of the home page, click on “Member Tools,” then “Applications.” and look for the link: “see the forms needed to comply” for the form motion.Holcomb said Rule 1-3.11 requires an out-of-state lawyer wishing to appear in an arbitration proceeding in Florida to submit a verified statement and $250 fee to The Florida Bar. A form verified statement is available on the Bar’s Web site at the “Member Tools” application. There are exceptions to submitting the verified statement. Rules 1-3.11 and 4-5.5 should be consulted for the exceptions. Those rules are also available on the Web site.To better understand the rules, here are some common questions and answers. Q — When do the rules take effect? A — All rules except Rule 2.061 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and Bar Rules 1-3.10 and 1-3.11 took effect on September 14, 2005. Rule 2.061 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and Bar Rules 1-3.10 and 1-3.11 took effect January 1. Q – Rule 2.061 of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration and Bar Rule 1-3.10 allow an attorney to be granted permission to appear via a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice three times in a 365 day period. If attorney X had a motion granted in 2005, would that case count as one of the three cases? A – No, it would not. As the rules do not take effect until January 1, counting does not begin until that date. Q – What if attorney X has a motion granted in 1999 but the case is still pending? Would that count as one of the three? A – No, it would not. Q – What if attorney X had a motion granted in 2003, 2004, and 2005? All of those cases are still pending. Would attorney X be able to file a Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice in 2006? A – Yes, attorney X would be able to file the motion as the three prior motions were filed before January 1, 2006. Q – What if attorney X filed a motion on January 1, 2006, and the motion was denied? Would that count as one of the three? A – No, it would not. Only motions that are granted count for purposes of the rules. Q – Suppose a case was filed on December 29, 2005, and on January 4, the client retains an out-of-state lawyer to act as co-counsel in the case. Would the motion filed by the out-of-state lawyer count as one of the three? A – Yes, the case would count as one of the three. As the motion was filed after January 1 the rules would apply, so the attorney would have to send a copy of the motion and the fee to The Florida Bar. Q – What if the case was filed on December 29, 2005, and the attorney filed the motion on December 29, 2005, but the judge hasn’t ruled on it yet? Would the attorney have to send a copy to the Bar and would it count as one of the three? A – No, the attorney would not have to send a copy and it would not count as the motion was filed before January 1, 2006. Q – What if a case and motion was filed on January 3 and a hearing was held in that case on February 1, March 3, and April 21? Would the hearings count as part of the three? A – No, what is counted are the motions that are granted, not the number of times the attorney is in court on that case. Q – Do cases filed in federal court count? A – No. The rules only apply to cases filed in Florida state courts. Q – Rule 1-3.11 is similar to the pro hac vice rules but applies to certain arbitration proceedings. Would the answers to the above questions about the number of appearances be the same? A – Yes, the answers would be the same. Q – Let’s say the arbitration was filed in New York but was sent to Florida for the hearings, etc. Would rule 1-3.11 apply? A – Yes, it would apply as the arbitration proceeding is taking place in Florida. Q – What if a case has not been filed yet? May an out-of-state attorney engage in presuit negotiations on a case that would be filed in Florida? A – Yes, as long as the services are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction and the lawyer or a person the lawyer is assisting is authorized by law or order to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized. Q – Do presuit negotiations require the filing of a Motion to Appear and a fee to The Florida Bar? A – No, the motion and fee is required only if the attorney wishes to make an appearance in court. Q – I have a mediation scheduled for February 2, and an out-of-state attorney has said that he is going to be representing the opposing party in the mediation. Is this allowed? A – Yes, as long as the services are performed for a client who resides in or has an office in the lawyer’s home state or the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice. Q – If an attorney comes to Florida and engages in an authorized activity, can the attorney be subject to discipline? A – Yes, if the conduct relates to the authorized activity. Rule 3-4.1 states that “[e]very member of The Florida Bar and every attorney of another state or foreign country who provides or offers to provide any legal services in this state is within the jurisdiction and subject to the disciplinary authority of this court and its agencies under this rule and is charged with notice and held to know the provisions of this rule and the standards of ethical and professional conduct prescribed by this court. Jurisdiction over an attorney of another state who is not a member of The Florida Bar shall be limited to conduct as an attorney in relation to the business for which the attorney was permitted to practice in this state and the privilege in the future to practice law in the state of Florida.” Q – Where do I send the $250 pro hac vice fee? A– Send the check to The Florida Bar, PHV Admission, 651 E. Jefferson St. Tallahassee 32399-2333. Questions regarding the rules should be directed to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Department of The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, (850) 561-5840.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 84-year-old woman died after the vehicle she was a passenger in was involved in a crash in Westbury on Thursday morning.Nassau County police said an 86-year-old man driving a Nissan was making a left turn from Merrick Avenue northbound onto Old Country Road westbound when an eastbound Lexus hit his vehicle at 11:45 a.m. The Lexus then hit an Audi, police said.The female passenger in the Nissan was taken to Winthrop University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her identity wasn’t immediately released.The Nissan and Lexus drivers were also taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the Nissan and the Lexus but released the Audi to its owner.last_img read more

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