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Case round-up

first_imgCase round-upOn 20 May 2003 in Personnel Today This week’s case round-upPresent not past workers Inland Revenue Wales & Midlands v Bebb Travel Plc, CA, 16 April2003, All ER(D) 291 The Court of Appeal confirmed the power to issue enforcement notices toemployers for failing to pay at a rate at least equal to the national minimumwage is limited to present staff and not past staff. Bebb Travel paid certain staff an hourly rate that fell below the nationalminimum wage at that time. After the company ceased to employ thoseindividuals, the Inland Revenue issued an enforcement notice for the underpayment.Using its power under s.19 of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, the InlandRevenue required the company to pay to the former staff the difference betweenthe wages they had received, and the amount to which they were entitled inaccordance with the minimum wage. Bebb Travel appealed to an employment tribunal against the issue of theenforcement notice on the basis that one could only be served in respect ofexisting workers, not past ones, and the notice was rescinded. The Inland Revenue appealed unsuccessfully to the Employment AppealTribunal, and pursued the matter to the Court of Appeal. The appeal was unsuccessful. An enforcement notice can only be served inrespect of current or future pay periods and so applies only to existingworkers. Even though the notice could be used to remedy previous underpayments,this is subject to the worker still being employed. There was no power underthe Act to issue an enforcement notice in respect of past workers for past pay.(Note: the National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill is currentlyprogressing through Parliament. Once enacted, this will enable the InlandRevenue to issue enforcement notices in respect of former staff of a defaultingemployer.) Reduction in hours not redundancy situation Aylward and Others v Glamorgan Holiday Home Limited, EAT, 5 February2003, All ER(D)249 In this case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that areduction in an employee’s working hours constituted a change to their termsand conditions, and not a redundancy situation. Aylward and his colleagues were employed in a respite care centre. Onaccount of the nature of the services provided, the local authority required aminimum level of staffing to be maintained. Following significant losses, mainly due to poor use of the centre in themonths of January and February, a decision was made to close the centre forthese two months each year. The workers’ existing terms and conditions werechanged from a 52- to a 42-week year, with a consequential reduction in pay. Asmall number rejected this proposal and were dismissed and replaced. The redundant staff brought unfair dismissal claims. The tribunal dismissedthe claims, finding that it was not a redundancy situation. There was nodiminution of the company’s need for staff to carry out the work for which theywere employed, just a reduction in the number of weeks for which they wererequired. The workers’ appeal was unsuccessful. The EAT held that the tribunal was quite correct to focus on the requirementfor staff to do work of a particular kind, rather than on the amount of work tobe done. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Starbucks reveals growth strategy

first_imgStarbucks chairman, CEO and president Howard Schultz unveiled a raft of plans to support the coffee chain’s growth, at its latest annual general meeting.Schultz outlined the firm’s strategy for long-term growth and said he expected a record free cash flow of $500m in 2009, achieved through “structural expense reduction”.Troy Alstead, executive vice-president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer, outlined the firm’s two-pronged approach, focusing attention on increasing profits in existing stores, as well as making strategic investments in key initiatives, such as its entry into the instant coffee market earlier this month.last_img read more

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys doubles snack cake line

first_imgThe Fabulous Bakin’ Boys plans to invest £6m in a new fully automatic snack cake line, which will enable it to double capacity at its Oxfordshire bakery.The first stage of the investment has seen the firm recently sign off a £3m order for packaging equipment, including three Ulma flow-wrappers, a robotic palletiser and case packing equipment, which will be installed this year. The second part of the project will see mixing and production equipment installed next year for making a range of products, such as cupcakes and muffins. The line will also include technology to inject products, add icings and sprinkles and create different sizes and shapes.”We’ve reached capacity on our existing line, so this investment will give us a huge increase in capability and enable us to develop new products,” said Fabulous Bakin’ Boys MD Gary Frank. “We already supply most areas of the market from retail to foodservice, and there is potential to grow sales with all of them. We hope to increase turnover from £20m a year to £45m.”last_img read more

News story: Improving the Royal Navy’s underwater presence – Collaboration Event

first_imgUK Defence has an enduring requirement for an increased presence within the underwater battlespace.A £2.5 million funding competition has been launched by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) on behalf of the Royal Navy to develop understanding of the current capability and test future options.Research and innovation in unmanned underwater vehicles and autonomy is sought to help inform the future utility and concept of operations of Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles.Smaller, discrete autonomous systems cannot complete many of the operations currently undertaken by larger manned assets – so a fully autonomous system of the size and capability of current manned systems is being sought. Development and testing of such a system will permit greater exploration of the utility of autonomous systems for underwater battlespace operations in the future.This DASA competition anticipates that this could be achieved through re-fitting an existing large asset with an autonomous control system to develop a test-ready autonomous underwater vehicle.It is recognised that suppliers may not have both the autonomous system and the large manned asset to address this issue, and would therefore support collaborative bids. Should suppliers wish to be linked up to other potential bidders, email [email protected] support suppliers, DASA is holding: a dial-in event on 14 May 2019 (sign up by 1700 BST 09 May 2019). a collaboration event with one to one sessions on 21 May 2019 (sign up by 1700 BST 17 May 2019).last_img read more

SMC club raises money for orphans

first_imgOver 6,000 miles separate South Bend from Beijing, China, but members of Saint Mary’s China Care Club — which donates money to medically fragile Chinese orphans — prove they can go the distance to raise awareness about an underrepresented global cause.Sophomore Grace Haase, founder and president of China Care Club, said all funds raised from events go toward OneSky, a foundation that sponsors an orphanage in Beijing and aims to enhance children’s quality of life.“The money we send to OneSky provides caretakers for the children because they’re very understaffed,” Haase said. “Another thing it does is fund surgeries for clubfoot and cleft palate, which are deformities that can be fixed with a simple surgery, which really heightens a child’s chance of getting adopted.”According to Haase, joining this club can expand members’ worldviews while helping them gain new perspectives and avenues of understanding.“It’s a great opportunity to learn about China in and of itself,” Haase said. “Having service oriented causes … sort of teaches [students] that there’s more to life than the bubble they grew up in.”Gabby Kooi, junior club member, said she was adopted from China and feels compelled to give back to children who are not as fortunate.“There are other girls who are not so lucky and who have severe medical issues that are not treated properly,” Kooi said. “There are some cases of malnourishment and abuse depending on where they are.”According to Kooi, a high percentage of orphans in China are female, which should motivate Saint Mary’s students to fulfill the College’s mission and help other women.“It’s the idea of women empowering one another,” Kooi said. “Saint Mary’s key goal is to raise an independent woman to have values. What the OneSky organization does is try to bring equal rights to those girls who don’t have the ability to get them.”Kooi said China Care Club offers her the opportunity to bond with other students through organized events — such as teaching members hip hop dance and listening to Korean pop music — but her membership also reminds her of her roots.“To me, it gives me another connection to where I’m from,” she said. “Even though I’m not there, I’m trying to give them a way out. There’s an organization out there that wants to help.”According to sophomore member Riley Harber, belonging to China Care Club allows students to fight for a cause without engaging in intense activity.“If it’s more accessible, people will be more willing to do it, so I think this a really great way to … make a change in a way that people will be able to do at whatever level of commitment they can,” Harber said. “This is a really good way to get involved with something that doesn’t get a lot of awareness but is still a really important cause and is also a lot of fun.”China Care Club strengthens the College’s comprehensive mission to instill values of service and selfless love in its students.“As a Catholic women’s college, we’re very focused as an institution on helping other people,” Harber said. “If you’re a better person, you can go out and be good at helping other people.”According to Harber, several friendships have evolved among members of China Care Club, as it unites like-minded individuals.“I think this is a cause that people really want to get behind,” she said. “[The club] builds community not only in that we’re reaching out and helping people who need it, but also that we’re connecting Belles.”Kooi said witnessing the dedication of her peers to such a worthy cause reminds her how powerful women are.“Saint Mary’s women say ‘Even though we’re women, we’re not going to be held back,’” Kooi said. “We’re going to help others.”Tags: Beijing, China, China Care Club, womenlast_img read more

Alan Menken, David Zippel & Harvey Fierstein Team Up for Mrs. Doubtfire Musical

first_img View Comments Alan Menken & Harvey Fierstein(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Our favorite nanny is back…and she’s singing? Tony and Oscar winner Alan Menken has confirmed that he is at work on a musical adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire. The Aladdin composer will pen the score and collaborate with lyricist David Zippel and book writer Harvey Fierstein (who appeared in the 1993 film). It was recently announced that Menken is also attached to the 2016 Broadway-bound project Happy Trails.“It’s going very well,” Menken told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s in its early stages. We’re really enjoying working on it.” He and Tony winner Zippel (City of Angels) previously teamed up on the Disney animated film Hercules. Fierstein’s bookwriting credits include Menken’s Newsies, his Tony-winning work on La Cage aux Folles and Kinky Boots.Mrs. Doubtfire follows Daniel Hillard, an actor who, following his divorce from his wife Miranda, disguises himself as the titular, British female housekeeper in order to spend more time with his children, who are now in custody of his ex-wife. The film starred the late Robin Williams, in addition to Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Fierstein and Mara Wilson.last_img read more

CFPB debt collection hearing today; rulemaking outline expected

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU will monitor a CFPB public field hearing on debt collection in Sacramento, Calif., today, where the bureau is expected to outline a future proposed rulemaking on third-party debt collection.Before CFPB can issue a formal proposed rule, it must first submit its plans to a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel under the Dodd-Frank Act.Today’s hearing will feature remarks from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, consumer group and industry representatives, and questions and comments from members of the public.A survey by NAFCU’s research team this June on credit union debt collection practices found that 80 percent of respondents had waived late fees, interest or fines for delinquent accounts due to member hardship during the last year. The overall picture of credit union practices stood in stark contrast to the debt collection practices targeted by CFPB in recent reports. continue reading »last_img read more

The fellowship of uncertainty

first_img 124SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: https://www.brecofcu.com Details Ahhhh you can remember it now.  Your first day as a new leader, spent quietly gazing into your crystal ball, painting for you a roadmap to change.  Oh, if it were only that easy, but alas, life is never quite so simple.  If you’ve ever wondered how you were going to implement sustainable change in your teams…congratulations…you’re a life member of the fellowship of uncertainty.Though organizational change is uncertain, here are four ideas to help bring your crystal ball into focus!COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATEOpen and honest dialogue can be a catalyst for building relationships of trust between not only you and your team, but among team members as well.  This is especially true when dealing with a certain level of uncertainty for future endeavors as leaders attempt to guide employees through organizational change.  A lack of communication can lead to a culturally broken organization in which trust can nearly cease to exist, resulting in rampant negativity as employees dedicate more time to spreading gossip and rumor, than becoming active and productive in helping the organization achieve success.  Trust has to be the priority if your organization ever dreams of successfully implementing change, and trust can only be achieved through effective communication that promotes mutual understanding.  Create an open door policy and an environment of inclusion in which your team feels comfortable expressing their ideas, including dissenting viewpoints.  Trust promotes equity, empowerment, teamwork, and creativity; traits that are absolutely necessary to cultivate change leadership. PERSONAL AND INDIVIDUAL VISITS           Any great leader will personally visit with each employee in an effort to more fully understand individual perceptions and needs.  Each individual is unique, as we are all products of different environments and experiences, resulting in varying perceptions that effect how we each encode and decode information.  This deeper understanding of the individual is absolutely crucial to begin the process of breaking down barriers to communication and rebuilding a positive culture.  A lack of individual understanding can lead to resentment and animosity, resulting in a lack of feedback, poor relationships, defensiveness, and poor listening skills.  Take time now to actively listen and respond to your team.  SHARE AND INSPIRE VISION   No organization will ever thrive if leaders do not enhance employee relationships by sharing a common vision and mission.  Therefore one of the most difficult, yet rewarding challenges of leadership is creating and nurturing an organizational culture focused on a common goal. The fruit of this experience is that your organization will become a culture of one; a people of purpose and a culture of excellence.  In order to win, organizations must have a positive culture that inspires employees and helps them understand how their goals tie to the overall strategy of the organization.  We all need to feel that we belong and that we contribute to a greater cause.  We need our work to be meaningful and nothing feels better than to know that success came as a result of our efforts. We as leaders should clearly articulate how employees contribute to our success.  Organizations are becoming increasingly aware that positive cultures are critical for overall success and that the mission of the business must be linked to the objectives of its people.  Those who find meaning and purpose at work are happier, healthier, and more productive. INSTILL CONFIDENCEI believe that we miss out on some of life’s fullest opportunities because we do not believe in ourselves or what we can become.  As leaders, our words can have a powerful impact, exhibiting the ability to either create or destroy.  The foundation for success lies in our ability to build and inspire confidence in others.  As you focus on employee development, through transparent communication, a culture of innovation, encouragement, education, positivity, and family will develop.  We as leaders will be the most effective as we come to realize that our greatest success is measured in how well we have built relationships, and inspired our people to be the best they can be.last_img read more

New park will have a positive impact

first_imgIf voters approve the sale of this property for a central park, there will be a similar positive impact for residents. Parks add economic value to a community and improve the quality of life. There is an opportunity for synergy with the nearby Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, CAPTAIN, the Southern Saratoga YMCA and the school programs on the Shen Campus.And, like the Clifton Common, there would be little adverse impact to the adjacent land uses, as a park would actually serve as a buffer between the adjacent elementary schools and the commercial district.I urge the voters in the Shen district to vote yes on Proposition 1 for the sale of this land to the town. Future generations will also look back in 35 years and marvel at the foresight of the voters to keep the land in the public domain.Frank BerlinClifton ParkThe writer is president of Friends of Clifton Park Open Space.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Dec. 5, voters in the Shenendehowa School District have the opportunity to create a legacy for all of the residents of southern Saratoga County.Thanks to the work of many local residents and the overwhelming voter turnout last April, the town of Clifton Park and the Shen Board of Education reached agreement to keep 37 acres in the heart of our commercial area in the public domain for a park. The voters have the opportunity to ratify this agreement on Dec. 5.This vote can have the same civic impact as the creation of Clifton Common did almost 35 years ago, when Clifton Park made a decision to invest in 71 acres of land adjacent to the Town Hall. The town recognized the need for playing fields for youth sports, as well as the potential for other community facilities such as the Senior Center.It’s difficult to imagine Clifton Park today without the Common. It’s a hub for young athletes, cultural programs, activities for seniors and the region’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The Clifton Common is clearly an indispensable resource for the community and one that is unique within the Capital District.last_img read more

Heathrow industrial

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