Legal revolution leads to confusion

first_imgLegal revolution leads to confusionOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Employmentproblems abound across the whole of Europe, and Western European countries arealso wrestling with legislative change. Bo Jones reportsThereis little doubt that the downturn in the US economy is causing ripple effectson the other side of the Atlantic. Like their American counterparts, companiesacross Europe are announcing profit warnings and laying off staff.Butwhile people are moving out through one door, others are still coming inthrough the other. All across the region there is still a severe shortage ofspecialists in many disciplines – IT professionals, marketers and finance arestill in short supply. And firms are having to fight harder and harder toattract the talent they need.KasperEldam, editor of the Danish management consultancy EHR, has a sound piece ofadvice for European HR executives struggling to be the employer of choice.”It is extremely important to differentiate between candidates you want torecruit, and to adopt a suitable strategy,” he says. “Thereis a huge difference in recruiting different sorts of workers – generalmanagers, IT workers and so on – so it is critical that you are prepared tomeet the different demands, questions and ambitions of these types ofemployees, and that you do not employ the same recruitment procedure for all ofthem,” he adds.InDenmark, in particular, he sees “company morals and ethics as beingimportant for some candidates in terms of environment, firm policy, work and soon”. Asa result, the organisations in Denmark that are looking to attract new hiresare increasingly using “green balance sheets, social balance sheets andethical balance sheets”, he says.Butwhile the market in Western Europe may still be candidate-driven, the situationin Central and Eastern Europe has, to some extent, taken a dramatic turnfollowing the recent rouble crisis.”Untilthe crisis,” recalls Eric Ligtenbelt, managing director Ukraine, Balticsand Central Europe of executive search and selection consultancy CommonwealthResources, “it was very much a candidate-driven market, but that haschanged considerably. Now there are enough qualified people in theregion.” Butdespite the abundance of talent in CEE, companies are still very cautious aboutrecruiting new hires to fuel their business ambitions. In the Ukraine, forexample, explains Ligtenbelt, “a Soviet-type employment system stillexists, meaning that a company is seen as having to provide employment”. Hecontinues, “Once you’ve hired an individual, it is extremely difficult toget rid of them even if they are underperforming. Three formal written warningshave to be given within a set period of time. These warnings are often heavilydisputed by the employee and during that time you can miss the period in whichthey can be dismissed. Then, the whole process has to start again from thebeginning.”However,he admits, there is a new generation of employees – the 25- to 35-year-olds –who are looking to make a career for themselves. Although they are aware ofemployment laws and the ease with which they can stay with one firm, they tendto be much more flexible and willing to move from company to company if theyfind better prospects elsewhere.Hungary,too, has a stringent labour code. According to the Federation of EuropeanEmployers, the Hungarian government “specifies various conditions ofemployment, including termination procedures, severance pay, maternity leave,training, union consultation rights in the context of some management decisions,annual and sick leave entitlement, and labour conflict resolutionprocedures”.Thelabour laws of Western Europe are less strict in most countries. But despitetheir comparative leniency, they can be just as complex and open for discussion.InFrance, for example, employers are grappling with the introduction of the35-hour week, which was brought in by legislation last year. Introduced withthe aim of combating unemployment in the country (currently among the highestin the European Union), the 35-hour working week is expected to create 500,000jobs by 2003. Butdespite its good intentions it has thrown up a whole host of other staffingissues for firms, among them the definition of legal working time, overtime andcompensation, the issue of part-timers and distinction of different levels ofemployees.TheNetherlands also saw discussion about working hours last year with a new itemof employee-oriented working time flexibility legislation being introduced thatgives employees the right to request an extension or a shortening of theirworking hours.Thegovernment in Belgium is also encouraging social partners to discuss workingtime reduction and has agreed to reduce the maximum working week from thecurrent 39 hours to 38 hours by 2003. Spain has opened the debate over a35-hour week, although no formal decision has yet been made.InGermany, new laws mean that employees have the right to request a reduction inworking hours to become part-time employees and an employer cannot refuse themwithout a valid reason.Inthe UK, employment laws are currently more focused on discrimination thanworking time. In particular, age discrimination, with the government advocatinga code of practice on age diversity in employment.Andin Denmark, the political agenda is more geared towards the right totransparency in salary and the legal protection of part-time workers. As EHR’sEldam laments, “The legal problems always seem to evolve when employeesare sacked because of cutbacks and rationalisation, because the reasons have tobe impartial.” This is particularly true in the case of mergers andacquisitions, an ever more common event in today’s global world of business. “Theconditions of benefits, salary negotiations, insurance and the like must be inplace in formal contracts before the merger or takeover happens. In that wayconflicts over which company policy or rules are to be followed in the futurecan be eliminated,” he advises.But,he adds, “M&As often result in dismissals and in Denmark, these can bedifficult to justify in a legally acceptable way.”Toptips for hiring in Europe–Don’t oversell the job and the company culture to the candidate, it willbackfire on you.–Don’t expect the candidate to be loyal to your company – you cannot guaranteethem a job for life (and they probably wouldn’t want it anyway) so they shouldnot be expected to promise to stay with you forever.–Don’t ask if a potential female employee is pregnant or planning to becomepregnant. This still happens across the region and is a real”turn-off” for candidates.Furtherinformation…www.ehr.dk (EHR)www.euen.co.uk (Federation of EuropeanEmployers)www.eiro.eurofound.ie (EuropeanFoundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)www.newwork.com (Gary Johnson’s Brave NewWork World)www.germany-recruitment.com(DCO Consulting) Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HR salary survey reveals demand for quality

first_imgHRIS 47-62 HR salary survey reveals demand for qualityOn 17 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today 35-52 HR Specialists (base salaries only) Assistant 15-20 59-75 25-52 Administrator 50-60 HR Generalists (base salary only) 29-45 18-26 40-80 Officer Manager 14-20 Payroll South East 30-35 49-65 15-30 75-80 73-150 London 20-25 Comments are closed. Despite tightening trading conditions there is still ademand for – and a shortage of – good quality HR professionals, according torecruitment consultancy Beament Leslie Thomas (BLT).In July 2001 BLT published a survey of  HR salaries based on a questionnaire backedup by access to a database of registered client vacancies and candidateplacements. 20-25 30-35 Officer / advisor Manager Head of departmentcenter_img 17-22 18-36 25-30 25-37 Previous Article Next Article 45-50 Related posts:No related photos. Director 15-23 20-28 75-85 30-40 20-25 75-80 68-88 Midlands 15-21 Reward 22-32 25-30 30-80 Recruitment 40-45 40-44 65-100 HRD Scotland & North 25-50 Other key findings of the research include:An increase in the use of fixed term and temporary contractsA potential relaxing of recruitment freezeswww.blt.co.uk South West & Wales 23-28 55-66last_img read more

Toolson scores 22 to carry BYU over S. Utah 68-63

first_imgNovember 13, 2019 /Sports News – Local Toolson scores 22 to carry BYU over S. Utah 68-63 Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Jake Toolson/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJake Toolson had 22 points as Brigham Young narrowly defeated Southern Utah 68-63 on Wednesday night.Dalton Nixon had 13 points and seven rebounds for Brigham Young (2-1). TJ Haws added 10 points. Connor Harding had six rebounds for the home team.John Knight III had 22 points and six rebounds for the Thunderbirds (2-1). Andre Adams added 12 points. Harrison Butler had 11 points and nine rebounds.Dre Marin scored only 4 points despite heading into the contest as the Thunderbirds’ second leading scorer at 15.0 points per game. He was 0 of 5 from 3-point range.Brigham Young matches up against Houston on the road on Friday. Southern Utah takes on UCLA on the road on Monday. Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

Ski Trip Student Dies of Hypothermia

first_imgA Keble student has died of hypothermia on a skiing holiday after becoming lost trying to get back to his chalet.Jonathan Hard, 21, who was studying PPE, left a late-night party without an outdoor coat and took the wrong direction back to the chalet where he was staying.The alarm was raised the next morning after he was missed at breakfast. He was still alive when found, but died shortly after from hypothermia.Jonathan was on a ski trip organised by students at Keble, at St Sorlin d’Arves in France. He had been joined by about 100 other students.Jonathan’s father, David, told The Times that Jonathan had been at a “Rubik’s cube party”, where guests came dressed in six different colours and swapped clothes until by the end of the night they were dressed in a single colour.“[The party] came to an end at about 1am. [Jonathan] went back to the chalet and didn’t pick up his coat. He had obviously had a fair bit to drink, but he’s done it before. He didn’t have to be terribly drunk to do that. But he headed back in the wrong direction.“I’ve no idea what he was wearing. Knowing Jon, just a sweatshirt. He collapsed and cold overcame him,” he said.The warden of Keble College, Dame Averil Cameron, said, “Everyone in the college is shocked and totally stunned by Jon’s death. He was an intelligent and friendly student who was hoping to study in the US after obtaining his degree. “Our thoughts are with his family and his friends, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy.”last_img read more

Naan bread likely cause of UCB fire

first_imgA fire that destroyed part of United Central Bakeries’ (UCB) West Lothian factory last week is believed to have started in a naan oven.Police forensic teams are still investigating the blaze, which broke out at the Whitehill Industrial Estate during the night-shift. Eye-witnesses said that a clump of bread caught alight in the oven and this then ignited a spiral cording system.No-one was hurt and Dave Brooks, chairman of factory owner, Finsbury Food Group, said there was no reason to think it was anything other than an accident.The factory produces naans, bread, potato scones and gluten-free products for supermarkets. Brooks said he hoped everything would be outsourced by this week. Some of the group’s subsidiaries are helping while four local suppliers are lending equipment.”The gluten-free producing part of the factory wasn’t damaged and just needs cleaning up. We hope to have it up and running in the next couple of weeks,” said Brooks.”About 40% of the factory will have to be demolished and rebuilt, and it will be months before we will be fully operational. Staff have been supportive and some of them have been deployed to other factories. No-one is out of work.”.Finsbury Food Group owns Memory Lane Cakes, baker Nicolas & Harris, as well as California Cake and Campbells in Scotland.last_img read more

Nearly 2,000 more tests reported to ISDH in latest numbers

first_img WhatsApp Google+ By Carl Stutsman – March 30, 2020 0 384 Previous articleTrump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fastNext articleBerrien County officials announce first coronavirus death Carl Stutsman Facebook Nearly 2,000 more tests reported to ISDH in latest numbers Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter The latest numbers from the Indiana State Department of Health say there are now 1,786 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the Hoosier state. The total number of deaths rose to 35. Locally, numbers indicate that Elkhart and LaPorte Counties added no additional cases while St. Joseph County added 4 to jump to 36. Marshall County has 3 confirmed cases and Kosciusko County has 4. Marion county and Indianapolis added the majority of the new cases now up over 800.The ISDH also says that the latest numbers reflect almost 2,000 additional tests that have been reported.Below is the full release from ISDH:INDIANAPOLIS -The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) today announced that 273 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories. That brings to 1,786 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Thirty-five Hoosiers have died.To date, 11,658 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 9,830 on Sunday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 135, while Hamilton County had 20, Lake County had 12 and Madison County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov, which will be updated daily at 10 a.m. Cases are listed by county of residence. Private lab reporting may be delayed and will be reflected in the map and count when results are received at ISDH.The dashboard also has been updated to remove duplicate entries and correct county of residence based on updated information provided to ISDH.Additional updates on the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak may be provided later today. Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterestlast_img read more

As of today, we have the Ministry of Tourism and Sports

first_imgGovernment of the Republic of Croatia In the new mandate, the Government of the Republic of Croatia will have 16 ministries and a total of 18 members, while the Ministry of Tourism will also have sports, ie from now on it will be called the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. It is certainly good that the Ministry of Tourism remained separate, ie that it did not merge with any of the other ministries, because by doing so, knowing our social and political context, it would significantly lose its importance and influence. Although it is already “known” who will be the new Minister of Tourism, (it is never too late in politics for last minute changes), we are still waiting for the official announcement of new ministers in the Government of the Republic of Croatia, including the person who will lead the ministry. GDP. Next week, as announced by Andrej Plenković, there will be a constituent session of the new Parliament.center_img Ultimately, form is the least important, what we need is the efficiency and productivity of the entire country, including the Ministry of Tourism (Ministry of Tourism and Sports) and the CNTB. And it’s all down to people and politics. Less policy and more market development.last_img read more

Cases of recidivism raise concerns about early release policy

first_imgThe government plans to release 50,000 prisoners and juvenile inmates eligible for early release and parole to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in crowded correctional facilities under a policy announced by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly on March 30. The former inmates will be under the continued supervision of the Correctional Board (Bapas).Read also: Overcrowded regional prisons release inmates early to limit contagionRegarding the 12 recidivists, Rika said the reduction to their sentences would be revoked and that they had been returned to their respective cells to serve their remaining prison time. If found guilty of new crimes, their sentences will be extended.Rika was quick to deny that a lack of supervision had led to recidivism. After being released to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in the country’s overcrowded prisons, a dozen inmates have found themselves incarcerated again for reoffending, in a blow to the government’s controversial early release policy.By Wednesday, authorities had sent at least 12 of the 37,000 inmates granted early release or put on parole nationwide back to prison for various crimes, including drug dealing and theft, according to the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General.”These 12 inmates could give a bad name to the others granted early release. However, we will carry on with the policy [of granting early release],” the Corrections Directorate General’s spokesperson, Rika Aprianti, said. “We [through local Bapas] regularly monitor them via virtual meetings and video calls,” she said. “And if they are caught reoffending, we will take stern action against them.”The corrections authorities, she said, had exercised prudence in deciding which inmates were eligible for early release or parole.However, analysts have warned the government not to make hasty decisions in this time of crisis, arguing that reducing chronic prison overcrowding was not as simple as granting early releases or parole. A rigorous overhaul of Indonesia’s correctional system and codifications in the Criminal Code, the Criminal Law Procedures Code and other related laws like the 2009 Narcotics Law was pivotal to developing long-term solutions, experts have argued, demanding policymakers consider alternatives to imprisonment, like probation or rehabilitation.The arrests have fueled anger toward the early release policy among some segments of the public. On Twitter, netizens highlighted the case of two inmates who were arrested by the police after mugging a woman in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday. Both criminals were released from Lamongan prison in East Java roughly a week prior.Read also: One inmate killed, 20 alleged provocateurs arrested in North Sulawesi prison riotIqrak Sulhin, a criminologist at the University of Indonesia, said that the early release order had created an additional cause for concern for an already anxious public facing a rising number of COVID-19 infections.Many people have expressed concern that the simultaneous release of inmates across Indonesia could lead to an increase in crime or increase the spread of SARS-CoV-2, despite the fact no inmates have tested positive thus far.Yet, Iqrak cautioned the public not to overreact to news of the reoffenders, saying it was a common problem and that the recidivism rates in Indonesia were arguably quite low. He cited data from the law ministry that showed that the country’s recidivism rates for people convicted of property crimes was 21 percent, 13 percent for drug offenders and 4 percent for people convicted of petty crimes.“Looking at the data, it’s too early to say that the policy has been a failure,” Iqrak said. “People were worried about the policy because they are in panic mode over the pandemic, so they tend to overreact over everything.”Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowdingHowever, he warned that financial pressures caused by the pandemic, coupled with the lack of Bapas officers, could lead to some released inmates reoffending.The Corrections Directorate General employs 613 parole officers in 75 Bapas offices across the country, which Iqrak deemed insufficient to monitor the 37,000 released inmates.Gatot Goei from the Center for Detention Studies (CDS) called for stricter monitoring involving house visits not just video calls.“In normal circumstances, those granted parole are obliged to report to the Bapas office once every two weeks. But during the ongoing pandemic, Bapas officers need to be more active by checking in at their homes at random times,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months: WHO

first_imgYoung people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization said.An analysis by the WHO of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15% from 4.5%.Apart from the United States which leads a global tally with 4.8 million total cases, European countries including Spain, Germany and France, and Asian countries such as Japan, have said that many of the newly infected are young people. “Younger people tend to be less vigilant about masking and social distancing,” Neysa Ernst, nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s biocontainment unit in Baltimore, Maryland told Reuters in an email.”Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19,” she said, adding young people are more likely to go to work in the community, to a beach or the pub, or to buy groceries.The surge in new cases, a so-called second wave of infections, has prompted some countries to impose new curbs on travel even as companies race to find a vaccine for the fast-spreading virus that has claimed more than 680,000 lives and upended economies.Even countries such as Vietnam, widely praised for its mitigation efforts since the coronavirus appeared in late January, are battling new clusters of infection. Among those aged 5-14 years, about 4.6% were infected, up from 0.8%, between Feb. 24 and July 12, the WHO said, at a time when testing has risen and public health experts are concerned that reopening of schools may lead to a surge in cases.Anthony Fauci, the leading US expert on infectious diseases, urged young people last month to continue to socially distance, wear masks and avoid crowds, and cautioned that asymptomatic people could spread the virus, too.Indeed, health experts in several countries have urged similar measures as they report that infected youth show few symptoms.”We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing in Geneva last week.”Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others.”Last month, Tokyo officials said they would conduct coronavirus testing in the city’s nightlife districts, and instructed nightclubs to provide customers with enough space with good ventilation and to ask them to avoid speaking loudly.In France last month, authorities shut down a bar where people breached hygiene rules and caused an outbreak.Topics :last_img read more