12 May / 2021

Challenging absence

first_img Comments are closed. Challenging absenceOn 2 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Derek Kemp of Human & Legal Resources outlines how to deal withpersistent absence in the workplaceDespite HR professionals being well acquainted with the costs associatedwith absence, they have to accept that organisations employ people, not robots;and people will call in sick from time to time. But what if an employee’sintermittent absence level becomes unacceptably high, or a long-term absentee’sjob needs filling on a permanent basis? Irrespective of whether we thinkemployees’ excuses are suspect or we have genuine sympathy for them, therecomes a time when action becomes necessary. The process to be followed depends upon the nature of the absence record –is it long-term or is it intermittent? Persistent short-term absences from work For a tribunal to recognise that an intermittent absence record isunacceptable, there should be: – A fair review by the employer of the attendance record and the reasons forabsence – An opportunity for the worker to make representations – Appropriate warnings of dismissal if things do not improve. Of course, if investigations suggest that there may be an underlying medicalcondition, the employer should seek proper medical opinion to determine theextent and likely duration of the condition. If it becomes clear that thenature of the condition is such that there is unlikely to be any improvement, thecase should then be regarded as one of long-term illness, and appropriate stepsshould be taken (see below). [Hint: We have all been tempted to question a GP over a sick note – don’tbother, it is not worth the trouble.] Although ‘warnings’ or ‘cautions’ may seem inappropriate in cases ofillness, they are a necessary measure. The following considerations have beentaken into account at both tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)levels: – Nature of any illness – Likelihood of reoccurrence – Length of absences/spacing of good health – How important the job is to the employer – Impact of the absences on the team – Adoption and the exercise of carrying out the organisation’s policy – The requirement to take into account the employee’s views – The employee’s awareness that the moment may be approaching when thedecision to dismiss may be made – The general effect on output or sale (particularly important in smallerorganisations where there is less possibility of arranging cover for work) – Special nature of employment, which may require a higher than usual levelof attendance or that employees be of robust health. This only applies wherethere is a particular clause within the contract of employment. The dismissalcan therefore be deemed to be a result not merely of ill health, but forfailing to meet an essential requirement of the contract. Assuming that the appropriate procedural steps (similar to your disciplinaryprocedure) have been taken, the fairness or otherwise of the decision to dismisswill boil down to the question of ‘whether, in all the circumstances, theemployer can be expected to wait any longer and, if so, how much longer’. Thisis done by balancing the interests of the employer with those of the employee.The employer must show that the sanction of dismissal is within the range ofresponses that a reasonable employer would make. The decision to dismiss is anemployment decision not a medical one, to be made by the employer in the lightof the available evidence. Other important factors to consider include: – Any recent improvement in the employee’s attendance record – The employee’s past and likely future service – The importance of the job and the feasibility of employing a temporaryreplacement – Where an employee is in a key position, a shortening of the procedure maybe justified. However, a ‘key’ employee is only likely to be one without whomthe employer’s business cannot properly function – The effect of continued absence or illness on other employees. Other employeesmay be affected – such as where they lose a team bonus, or where anindividual’s ill health causes frightening or violent behaviour. [HINT: If you have a generally high level of intermittent absences, we havefound it is possible to halve it by scrapping the self-certification form.Replace it with a requirement for the employee to write a note (on their ownpaper) to their manager for approval at the return-to-work interview. Peoplefind it far harder to lie about their absence on their own paper than on yourform.] Long-term sickness The key to a fair dismissal is a fair procedure. Such procedure consists oftwo elements: – Medical investigation – Consultation with the employee. Sufficient medical enquiries should be made to enable the employer to makean informed decision about the continued employment of the employee. The first step is to ascertain the seriousness of the illness and its likelylength and effect. Often, though not always, this will involve obtaining amedical opinion. It is essential for the employer to ascertain the precisenature of the illness or disability wherever possible and a predicted period ofabsence. However, it is critically important that the employers do not rely on amedical opinion alone. Employers must discuss medical information with theindividual concerned and should not set themselves up as medical experts – thedecision to dismiss is not a medical question, but an employment question to beanswered by the employer in the light of available medical advice. The firstmedical opinion sought should be that of the employee’s own doctor. The information normally requested is: – the nature of the illness – the expected period of absence – the type of work the employee would be capable of upon their return. [HINT: In some cases it is identified that the employee may be able toreturn to work on ‘lighter duties’ or on a phased part-time basis. This isoften beneficial to all concerned and helps you assess what they are capableof. However, it is worth setting regular reviews so the employee’s progress canbe monitored and the arrangements changed to reflect their recovery (orotherwise) from the illness/condition.] Extra care Extra care is necessary in all of the following cases. Pregnancy dismissals: These are automatically unfair if the reason or principle for the dismissalis that the employee is pregnant or there is any other reason connected withpregnancy. Disabled workers: An employer must consider an employee’s personal circumstances, includingany disability, when deciding when to dismiss. This means that the standard bywhich a disabled worker’s performance is measured must take into account his orher disability. If, after making such allowances, the employee’s performance isstill below par, then dismissal may be fair. Mental Illness: The EAT has stated that ‘incapacity on the grounds of mental health is anexceptionally delicate and sensitive field’. Therefore, while dismissals involvingmental health should be approached in a similar manner to other types ofillness, there must be even greater tolerance and support. Drink and Drugs: The difficulty in this area, for the employer, is to determine whether todeal with the issue as one of misconduct or ill health. If an employee’smisconduct or deterioration in performance is due to chronic alcoholism or drugaddiction then a disciplinary procedure is inappropriate – sickness proceduresshould be used and medical opinion sought. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Employers to get electro-magnetic wave guidelinesOn 11 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employersare to be given EU guidelines on the maximum levels of exposure toelectro-magnetic waves staff should face.Thenew European guidelines focus on employees who work with power lines, andmobile phone and radar antennae.Theproposals have been agreed in principle by the EU Council of Ministers, andwill force companies to carry out risk assessments of the dangers to theirstaff from radio, television and mobile phone masts.Thestipulations, which should enable employers to pre-empt concerns about exposurelimits, are set out in an EU directive.Ifapproved by the European Parliament, the directive, Safety and Health at Work:Exposure of Workers to Electromagnetic Fields, will become law next year.last_img read more

first_imgThe diet of two small burrow dwelling petrels, Dove prion, Pachyptila desolata and Blue petrel Halobaena caerulea, was studied at the subantarctic island of South Georgia by quantitative analysis of 246 food samples regurgitated by adults about to feed chicks. Crustaceans, and particularly krill Euphausia superba, predominate in both species’ diet but fish is considerably more important to the Blue petrel. Other dietary differences between the species chiefly involve the relative proportions of krill, copepods (nearly exclusive to Dove prion) and seven amphipod species taken. There is no overlap in the species’ chick feeding periods but food differences are likely to reflect prey selection rather than resource availability; differences in prey size are ascribed to use of different feeding techniques particularly relating to bill structure and function. Data on frequency of chick feeding, proportion of oil and presence of pumice in food samples are used to indicate that the Blue petrel feeds further away from the breeding colony than the Dove prion. The significance of the various adaptive differences is discussed.last_img read more

first_imgLimited knowledge of year-round seabird distributions hinders efforts to assess consequences of anthropogenic threats and climate-induced changes in the marine environment. In particular, there is urgent need to understand how populations from different breeding colonies share and partition ocean habitat. Using geolocators, we identified winter habitat use patterns of 115 adult murres Uria spp. from 7 colonies, spanning the eastern Canadian coast from the high Arctic to Newfoundland, during 2007 to 2010. Thick-billed murres U. lomvia dispersed throughout the region (Davis Strait, Labrador Sea, Orphan Basin, Grand Bank) with 0 to 45% overlap of core wintering areas (50% kernel home range) among breeding populations. Common murres U. aalge concentrated on the Grand Bank and Orphan Basin, with 50 to 67% overlap among breeding populations. For both species, most individuals (up to 70%) wintered offshore, in shelf (≤500 m deep) and oceanic zones (>500 m); fewer than one-third (30%) of individuals used nearshore zones (≤50 km to shore). Tracked common murres representing >80% of the eastern Canadian breeding population converged in winter in areas of high risk from hydrocarbon exploration and extraction activity. In contrast, tracked thick-billed murres, representing ~34% of the eastern Canadian population, dispersed over a larger area and displayed more variable wintering strategies. Thus population vulnerability to spatially constrained risks may be greater for common than thick-billed murres. Populations from several colonies of both species converged on the Grand Bank and Orphan Basin, with the implications for each breeding population depending on its particular dispersal pattern. We demonstrate the utility of tracking data for highlighting areas of risk, and improving the targeting of broad-scale marine conservation efforts.last_img read more

first_imgApril 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local University of Utah Athletics Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Wednesday, the University of Utah announced its athletics hall of fame class for 2020.These individuals will be honored September 11 at Rice-Eccles Stadium & Tower as part of the festivities as the Utes host FCS foe Montana State.This is the largest class in school history and consists of former quarterback Alex Smith and former center Andrew Bogut from the men’s basketball squad.Others include volleyball star Lori Baird, offensive lineman Anthony Brown, baseball outfielder/designated hitter Casey Child, softball second baseman Amy Timmel Hogue, tailback Eddie Johnson and women’s basketball point guard Leilani Mitchell.In 2005, Smith and Bogut each made history as Smith was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, going to the San Francisco 49ers and Bogut was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, selected by the Milwaukee Bucks.No other school has had two of their star athletes go No. 1 overall respectively in each of these drafts in the same season.During his career with the Utes, Smith completed 66.3 percent of his passes (389-587) for 5,203 yards, 47 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.Bogut, in two seasons at Utah, netted 16.6 points and 11.1 rebounds per game while also shooting 60.3 percent from the field for his career with the Utes.Johnson ran for 3,219 yards and 26 scores for Utah from 1984-1988 and added 95 receptions for 839 yards and 9 scores for the Utes. Tags: Utah athletics Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgOnTheMarket (OTM) reports that the level of traffic and unique visitors to the portal hit a record high in June.Based on Google Analytics data, the property website claims it recorded 4.4 million visits, with more than 2 million unique visitors.Ian Springett (left), Chief Executive of OTM, said, “We are continuing to see strong engagement from consumers in terms of pages viewed per visit and time on site and a high percentage of repeat visitors.“This reflects both the quality and range of agents and properties listed with us and the usability of the portal.“Our ongoing multi-million pound national TV, press and online advertising campaigns continue to work really hard at driving active property seekers to OTM.”With membership now at more than 5,000 offices and growing, and with around a quarter of member offices uploading their properties to OTM ahead of any other portal, Springett insists that OTM “is already a must-view website for the key audience of serious property-seekers”.Springett remains confident that OTM will replace Zoopla to become the number two portal by the end of January 2016 on their way to achieving their medium term objective of challenging the market leader, Rightmove. But for that to happen OTM will need to grow its audience significantly to get anywhere near the level of traffic being achieved by Zoopla and even more so when it comes to Rightmove.Ian Springett portal OnTheMarket OTM record traffic visits table July 8, 2015The 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 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » OnTheMarket posts record traffic previous nextMarketingOnTheMarket posts record trafficOnTheMarket claims record traffic and unique visitors in June, as the portal continues to grow.The Negotiator8th July 20150616 Viewslast_img read more

first_imgCOUNCILMichael J. AllegrettoCommittee: Allegretto for Council is chaired by Michael Allegretto, and he also serves as his own treasurer.Contributions: Allegretto contributed $1,000 to his own campaign.Expenses: Allegretto declared that his campaign expenses will not exceed $4,500.Keith HartzellCommittee: Hartzell for Council includes Joseph A. Somerville as treasurer.Contributions: Hartzell made a $1,000 contribution to himself.Expenses: ELEC had not posted a candidate statement on campaign expenses as of Monday morning.Michael HysonCommittee: Hyson for City Council is chaired by Bonnie Hyson. Hyson serves as his own treasurer.Contributions: Hyson contributed $500 to his own campaign. James Scanlon pitched in another $100.Expenses: Hyson declared that his campaign expenses will not exceed $4,500.Peter V. MaddenCommittee: Madden for Council At Large is chaired by Peter V. Madden. He also serves as his own treasurer.Contributions: Madden has received $7,955.58 in contributions. John Capek (HQ Investments of Ocean City) donated $1,000. Mike Croce (Pat Croce and Company) donated $500. Ken Wisnefski (Webimax of Mount Laurel) donated $1,000 (an in-kind contribution for an ad on OCNJ Daily). Madden donated $2,331.58 to his own campaign.Expenses: Madden spent $1,896.58 for yard signs from MC Signs. He paid for advertising in the Ocean City Sentinel and Gazette, and he $822.40 on a mailing.Eric SauderCommittee: Eric Sauder for Council At Large is chaired by W.D. Hartranft, who also serves as treasurer.Contributions: Sauder received a $500 donation from retired City Councilman Roy Wagner.Expenses: Sauder declared that his campaign expenses will not exceed $4,500.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook Mandatory reports on campaign finances for the May 13 municipal election in Ocean City were released to the public at 10 a.m. Monday (April 21), and the documents show an election that is largely self-funded and free of influence from interest groups.In the race for Ocean City mayor, incumbent Jay Gillian has accepted no outside donations and has the biggest war chest. He made a $25,000 donation to himself. His challenger, Ed Price, has collected $8,721 in contributions with more than $2,000 of it from himself.Gillian has outspent Price, $7,063 to $4,863, in relatively low-cost campaigns to date.Of the five candidates for three at-large seats on City Council, only one expects to spend more than $4,500 on the campaign. Pete Madden has received just under $8,000 in contributions.The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) 29-day pre-election reports were due last Monday (April 14) and released a week later.The reports give the public a glimpse of campaign contributors and campaign expenses. New Jersey’s ELEC was formed in 1973 to make elections more transparent.Several candidates declared that they intended to spend less than $4,500 on the campaign, which limits the reporting requirements. Candidates still must report when they receive a single contribution greater than $300, any cash contribution, or a collection of contributions from the same source greater than $1,400. They also must report when they spend more than $1,400 on any single expense.See detail on each candidate below.MAYORJay A. GillianCommittee: The Committee to Re-Elect Jay A. Gillian Mayor is chaired by Andrew J. Fasy. Janet D. Galante is treasurer.Contributions: Gillian made a $25,000 contribution to his own campaign.Expenses: He has spent $7,063.26. Gillian’s biggest expense is $4,499.35 for signs and magnets from MC Signs. He also has spent to advertise in OCNJ Daily and the Ocean City Sentinel.Ed PriceCommittee: Elect Ed Price Mayor is chaired by Edwin Sheppard. Donna Breeden is treasurer.Contributions: Price has received $8,721 in contributions. Contributors include: Edwin Sheppard (Home Care Specialists, Inc. of Ocean City), $1,000; and Neil Stackhouse (a Linwood attorney), $2,600. Price received a total of $2,923 in contributions of $300 or less. He received $2,198 in loans from himself.Expenses: He has spent $4,863. He paid Edmunds Direct Mail $2,565 for printing and mailing services. He also spent money on OCNJ Daily advertising and on signs.last_img read more

21 Apr / 2021

End of a decade

first_imgThat was the year that was. The deepest recession in history, unprecedented industry interference from the food regulator, a series of big name chains toppling like dominoes not to mention a glut of biscuit-related scandals (more of that later), and well, looking back, it could have been a lot worse. In fact, over the course of the year, the number of good news stories among bakery retailers and manufacturers far outweighed the bad, which goes to show it wasn’t all doom and gloom.British Baker firstsl Bakers’ Review joins BB (Jan) l We organise the first-ever National Craft Bakers’ Week alongside the NAMB (June)l BB launches National Cupcake Week, which takes off as a blogging sensation (Sep)l BB supports the new Café+ show (Mar)l Kevin Sibley of newcomer Mama’s Cakes wins the first ever BB National Cupcake-off with a Black Forest Cupcake (Aug)l The Baking Industry Awards, fronted by comedy legend and bakers’ son Ronnie Corbett, sells out in record time, with WC Rowe’s Alan Pearce scooping the top prize Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele (Sep) What recession? Still going strongl Cooplands (Doncaster) branches out into wholesale for the first time (16 Jan)l La Crème Patisserie expands wholesale and retail (16 Jan)l Jacksons eyes new wholesale with £1.2m bakery opening (30 Jan) l West Cornwall Pasty Co announces plans for 15 more shops (13 Feb)l 25-shop Esquires Coffee Houses has plans for eight more (13 Feb)l Kerrs Bakery opens £1m factory (27 Feb)l The Bread Factory doubles capacity (13 Mar)l PV France spends £1.2m on Anglesey bakery (13 Mar)l Wholesale giant Brakes launches bakery division La Boulangerie to target foodservice (27 Mar)l James Allen Bakers adds two new shops with sales up 30% (24 Apr)l Wenzels adds five new shops (8 May)l Country Style doubles artisan bread-making capacity with new plant (22 May)l Maison Blanc acquires new outlets as Raymond Blanc returns (22 May)l Pie firm Cappell’s Fine Foods eyes a quadrupling of turnover following its sale (5 Jun)l Giles Foods opens a sweet bakery plant with a £1.5m equipment investment (5 Jun)l Belgique plans to go from eight to 25 shops in three years (5 Jun)l Pasty Presto expands with £1.5m backing (3 Jul)l Nicholas & Harris buys Goswell’s Bakeries including the Vogel’s brand (3 Jul)l Baguette Express looks to grow from 55 to 300 outlets in three years (11 Jul)l Café-bakery chain Cinnabon wants to open 40 stores in five years (14 Aug)l EAT plans to double stores to 200 in three-five years (28 Aug)l Greggs doubles its annual store opening target to 50-60 (23 Oct)l Cooplands (Doncaster) aims to double in size within five years (6 Nov)l Milligans views five new stores (20 Nov)The future of skills brightensl Scottish Association of Master Bakers moves into England and Northern Ireland to offer training (27 Feb)l The National Skills Academy develops pilot modules for a new Professional Bakery course (17 Jul)l Bakery college enrolments soar by up to 160% (9 Oct)l The Skills Academy pilot course is launched (9 Oct)Down but not out, bakery retailers and producers survive administrationl The Bagel Group (30 Jan)l Baker & Spice (27 Feb)l O’Briens’ Irish arm (3 Jul)l Coombs Hampshires (17 Jul)l Coffee Republic (17 Jul)l BB’s Coffee & Muffinsl Firkins (4 Dec)Buzzwords come and buzzwords gol 2009 starts with news that ’natural’ features on two-fifths of UK bakery product launches (16 Jan)l ’Cupcakes’ is the fastest-growing recipe search on Google in the UK (16 Jan)l ’Corporate Social Responsibility’, or CSR, drops from third to 13th on food execs’ list of challenges ahead (16 Jan)l ’BOGOFs’ are tarnished by a report that suggests they contribute to 30% of all food waste (28 Aug)The Food Standards Agency (FSA) earns its keepl Bakery, coffee shop and sandwich chains are pushed to make healthy eating commitments (13 Mar)l FSA plans to introduce sat fat reduction targets; meanwhile, 18 retailers sign up to trial calorie labelling in store (May)l Industry is angered by a demand for calorie reduction as part of its consultation on sat fat reduction in sweet baked goods (14 Aug)l FSA opens consultation on front-of-pack labelling (14 Aug)l FSA issues guidance on whether it’s good or not to eat ham sarnies the answer is ’yes, but not too often’ (28 Aug)l An anti-salt poster campaign is launched featuring bread, which angers just about everybody (9 Oct)l FSA recommends folic acid fortification despite Ireland rejecting it (23 Oct)l A second wave of consultations on sat fats in savoury products is announced (6 Nov)l Independent bakery retailers say they would struggle to implement calorie labelling (4 Dec)but goes too far for some”By saying we don’t think we can meet the 2012 targets, we are being honest. It would be disingenuous to say we can meet them when we can’t” Federation of Bakers director Gordon Polson on FSA salt targets”Although the FSA has stayed away from calling its recommendations ’targets’, we believe they have taken an approach that is too prescriptive” Barbara Gallani of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate & Confectionery sector of the Food & Drink Federation on sat fat/calorie reduction”EU law on free trade prevents the UK from legislating for maximum salt in bread” Owen Warnock, law firm EvershedsA year in numbersl BB’s annual league table of bakery retailers shows Subway is the fastest-growing, adding 264 UK outlets in 2008 and catching up fast on leader Greggs. Coffee Republic doubles its outlets in a year (16 Jan)l UK bread prices drop down the world rankings from 70th to 83rd despite ingredients cost rises (30 Jan)l Food processors’ cost base goes up 16% in 2008, but producers of staples such as bread are hardest-hit when passing on costs to retailers, according to a Rabobank report (30 Jan)l Organic bread sales drop 21% (10 Apr)l 77% of ’industry decision-makers’ say coffee shops need to enhance their food offering, as opposed to 6% who disagree (5 Jun)l Cupcake sales rise 22% in the year prior to National Cupcake Week (19 Jun)l Exports of biscuits shoot up by 15.3% and cakes up by 12% (19 Jun)l Bakery retail price inflation runs at 5.6% half that of total food price inflation at 12% as retailers hold prices on staples (22 May)l 12% of retail units are now vacant (31 Jul)l A long-term declining trend of fewer bakery products consumed at breakfast was turned around, growing by 2.6% (25 Sep)l The number of bakery manufacturing businesses in the UK rises from 1,815 to 1,915 (9 Oct)l Multiple in-store bakeries see sales rise 4.8% (6 Nov)l Sales of gluten-free bread soar by 55% (4 Dec)Biscuitgate, parts 1-4l “Fruit was flown in from Paris daily, meat had to come all the way from Yorkes Butchers in Dundee, while the incorrect choice of biscuits for the executives’ afternoon tea was a disciplinary offence. The inclusion of pink wafers on one occasion led to a stern memo headlined ’Rogue Biscuits’” as if disgraced former RBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin didn’t have enough to worry about, an ex-employee of scandal-hit RBS blew the whistle in The Sunday Times on the ’Biscuitgate’ scandal (27 Mar)l “When I told her the posh chocolate biscuits had been listed in the press, she retorted ’Well, you don’t expect me to eat Family Circle under this kind of pressure do you?’ No, I don’t, because she has been bang on in her judgment and the way she has handled our office accounts” expenses scandal-hit Mid Beds MP Nadine Dorries attributed a taxpayer cost of £34.38 for two packs of luxury biscuits to her office administrator Pippa, “who does have one flaw biscuits”, after MPs expenses claims were made public (3 Jul)l “The chocolate HobNob and custard cream of late night telly” More controversial biscuit-related copy, as late-night political TV presenter Andrew Neil introduced co-hosts Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo with this ill-advised epithet (6 Nov)l “I missed the Mumsnet question about biscuits: the answer is absolutely anything with a bit of chocolate on it, but I am trying very hard to cut down” Prime Minister Gordon Brown finally caved in by issuing a statement on Twitter after failing to answer the burning question of our times, ’What is your favourite biscuit?’, posed on 12 separate occasions in an interview on Mumsnet.com (23 Oct)last_img read more

first_imgAs a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), Vermont has been recognized for leadership in reducing emissions responsible for global warming.   The EPA recognized the RGGI states for building a cap-and-trade program, which limits emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. The RGGI, created in September 2007, is composed of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic state.  Member states have capped power sector carbon dioxide emissions at current levels through 2014. The cap will then be reduced by 2.5 percent in each of the four years 2015 through 2018, for a total reduction of 10 percent.The Climate Protection Awards were presented at an annual awards ceremony held in Washington, DC. Vermont is the greenest state in the nation and was the first to sign onto RGGI, Governor Douglas said. I maintain that the course to economic prosperity is tied to our abundant natural resources and respect for a healthy working landscape. I call it the Vermont Way.The EPA recognized the RGGI states for their leadership in building a model cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Each participating state has implemented rules to cap emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Together, the RGGI states auction over 80 percent of allowances and dedicate the proceeds to consumer benefit programs. To date, the RGGI states have conducted three auctions that have generated over $262 million for energy efficiency, energy conservation, clean energy development, and other consumer benefit programs throughout the region.Winners of the awards were chosen on the basis of originality and public purpose; global perspective and implication; and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”EPA applauds the leadership of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in protecting our global environment,” said Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Director of EPA Climate Protection Partnerships Division. “You have set the bar high, and for that, we thank you.”To date, the EPA has presented over 150 awards to individuals, dedicated companies, forward-thinking organizations, and government institutions from eighteen countries, including Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. Last year, 15 individuals and organizations earned the award by advancing climate science, slashing energy consumption, inventing technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and inspiring others to take action. More information about past winner accomplishments is available online at www.epa.gov/cppd/climateawards(link is external).This year s ceremony was attended by over 200 high-ranking corporate officers, notable individuals, influential NGOs, and foreign dignitaries who are current or previous winners of the Climate Protection Awards.The Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency oversees the EPA Climate Protection Awards. This award program was established in 1998 to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the climate.About the Regional Greenhouse Gas InitiativeThe 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states participating in RGGI (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have designed the first market-based, mandatory cap-and-trade program in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Participating States have regulations in place to cap and then reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that power plants in their region are allowed to emit, limiting the region s total contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gas levels.A CO2 allowance represents a limited authorization to emit one ton of CO2, as issued by a respective participating state. A regulated power plant must hold CO2 allowances equal to its emissions to demonstrate compliance at the end of each compliance period. Because CO2 allowances issued by any participating state are usable across all state programs, the ten individual state CO2 Budget Trading Programs, in aggregate, form one regional compliance market for CO2 emissions. For more information about RGGI, turn to: www.rggi.org(link is external)About Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.RGGI, Inc. was created in September 2007 to provide technical and administrative services to the states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. RGGI, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. For more information please visit: www.rggi.org/rggi(link is external)Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers made eastern Long Island the first place in the nation to forbid 19 and 20 year olds from buying cigarettes and other tobacco products starting next year following an intense debate.The county legislature voted 10-8 late Tuesday night to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 19 to 21 within Suffolk, imposing $1,000 fines for retailers that violate the new law.“This is about preventing addiction,” said Suffolk Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai), one of the lawmakers who voted for the bill, referring to the hundreds of thousands who die each year from tobacco-related illnesses and the thousands within the 19- to 21-year-old age group who pick up the habit each day for the first time.The move comes after CVS recently announced is will phase out the sale of cigarettes at its pharmacies nationwide this year and New York officials encouraged other drug stores to follow suit.The new law, which now goes to County Executive Steve Bellone for signing, also bans the sale of cigars, rolling papers, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 19 and 20 year olds starting in 2015. A similar law has been proposed in Nassau.Opponents and advocates voiced their concerns throughout the afternoon and into the evening, encompassing everything from its potential effects on health and costs to discussion over curtailing freedoms, over-regulation and whether or not the new restrictions would actually be enforceable. Even those who voted against the bill made pointed statements in favor of increased education for youth and anti-smoking initiatives.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) joined Republican lawmakers in opposing the increase, echoing concerns of others that there existed several flaws in the legislation, one of which being, she said, the inability to effectively enforce it. She added that the onus would fall onto shop owners, who would be held responsible should a 19- to 21-year-old purchase cigarettes in their shop.Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) also crossed party lines to vote against the bill, asking: “How many other types of conduct are we going to now prohibit for adults?”“We send our young people off to go ahead to fight for us all over the world, we encourage our young people to be able to enter contract, we have our young people go ahead and be able to vote and yet this is an effort to tell them ‘you’re good enough for some things but not for this,” Minority Leader John M. Kennedy (R-Nesconset) said in explaining his vote. He suggested that the state should pass the law instead.Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (D-North Amityville), a military veteran, said that when he first heard of the idea to raise the age he harbored concerns about preventing those who could serve our country in times of war from smoking a cigarette, but decided in the end to vote on the side of potentially saving lives, “for the public good.”last_img read more