EOC calls for contract rights when taking career breaks

first_img Previous Article Next Article The Equal Opportunities Commission has criticised employers that requirewomen to resign when taking a career break to have children, following anemployment tribunal ruling. In the ruling a former Barclays employee, who took a two-year career break,was told she could not bring a case of unfair dismissal against the bankbecause she did not have continuity of service. Jane Unwin from Shaftsbury, Dorset had worked for Barclays for 20 yearsbefore taking a two-year career break in 1998 to care for her daughter, nowaged three. She returned to work in November last year but resigned within months in adispute over her new job. The employment tribunal disregarded her previous service with the bank andruled that she could not bring a case for unfair dismissal because she had notbeen in work for the minimum 12 months required to make a claim. An EOC spokeswoman said employers should allow staff to maintain theiremployment contracts while taking career breaks as best practice. She said, “We are concerned that women who take career breaks to havechildren are being forced to resign and lose their employment rights. We havehad complaints about this. “We would like to see women given the guaranteed right to work on thesame basis as before the career break.” But Caroline Rouse, a spokeswoman for Barclays, said it was standardpractice for employers to ask their staff to resign when taking career breaks. She added, “Our benchmarking of our maternity and career breakarrangement against other industries leads us to believe our family-friendlypolices are among the best.” Unwin is still claiming breach of contract and sex discrimination, whichdon’t require a year’s service before a claim can be made. www.eoc.org.ukBy Ben Willmott Comments are closed. EOC calls for contract rights when taking career breaksOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Letters

first_imgThis week’s lettersWhy is HR constantly left holding the baby?It is interesting to note that HR directors are being asked by the CBI toplay a major role in changing the public perception of UK business when itappears that the leaders of these businesses believe HR professionals lack thecommercial acumen to make strategic decisions or sit on the board. Marc Hommel’s article ‘Stepping up to the mark’ (Strategy, 10 June) waslittered with patronising terms which owed more to a lesson in classroombehaviour than serious business issues. It typifies the narrow minded,finance-centric approach often used when referring to HR practice and wasironically summed up by the adapted ‘baby on board’ sign. Perhaps it would be more helpful to try to explore new approaches tobusiness thinking which enables HR to bring a fresh perspective to strategydevelopment on the board rather than hammer home the same tired old messages. Karen Roberts HR & training manager, Molecular Products Old-fashioned views deter best candidate The views of John Spartan (letters, 17 June) frankly beggars belief. I amstunned that someone who is a ‘head of HR’ is naive enough to think this way. Let’s take his question: “Are women not able to promote themselves inthe workplace by their education, skills, aptitudes, experience andmerits?” Well, clearly not if one looks at the statistics. The fact thatthere are so few women (or ethnic minorities for that matter) in the top ranksof just about any organisation you care to name, is surely a testimony to theexistence of gender (and race) bias. Does he not agree with the concept that to compete equally, those from aposition of disadvantage need extra encouragement and help? I don’t know what kind of outfit JBMS is, but if its head of HR limits theavailable pool of talent he recruits from with this kind of institutionaliseddiscrimination, then any advantages which come from a diverse workforce willsurely be lost and the best person for the job may be continually passed overin favour of a white male. Also what message about JBMS’s values do these viewssend to its customers? Ian Henly FCIPD Service centre manager, Crown Prosecution Service Has he never read equality research? I am somewhat surprised to find someone supposedly head of HR in a largeorganisation not only suggesting the maternity regulations cause problems foremployers but also that women do not need equality legislation these days. DoesJohn Spartan (letters, 17 June) also believe we do not need disability and racerelations legislation or is he just anti-women? It appears he does not believe there is such a thing as the ‘glass ceiling’or ‘old boys’ network’ which gives all advantages to men while preventing womenfrom entering, surviving and flourishing in the workplace. Does he not read the research on this subject that shows the manager isnormally a man even in areas where there are a lot of women employed? Even withthe Equal Pay Act, women are still paid less than men in like positions. If dealt with in the correct way, women returning to work after maternityleave are soon back up to speed, especially where the organisation has a robustmaternity leave policy that enables women to be kept up to date with changes inthe workplace. I admit managing maternity leave and getting the right calibre of maternityleave cover can sometimes be difficult, but the benefits far outweigh theproblems, especially when most industries now have difficulty with recruitmentand retention. The equality legislation is not about advantaging one gender over another oreven one section of the population over another, it is about trying to providea level playing field; it is about educating employers to realise that everyonehas something to offer and that the ‘white, male, middle class’ worker is notalways the best person for the job. Sorry, John, but I think you sound a little bitter in your letter and havenot really looked at the situation with an impartial eye. Denise Carter Senior HR adviser, Company name withheld HR must polish up its internal image firstI was interested to read Scott Beagrie’s feature on what HR needs to do toboost its image, ‘What are HR directors worth?’ (Personnel Today,17 June).Progress on this issue must surely involve improvements in how employees regardthe HR function and the role it plays in the organisation’s development. Employees are not only HR’s business, they also shape external views throughtheir advocacy (or otherwise) for their employer. HR must build from the ‘inside out’ if it is to enhance its reputation (andso the reward) for the service which it delivers. Nick Wright Director,  Fishburn Hedges LettersOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Advancing science and technology

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding grants to create three new science and technology centers this year, and it is no accident that two of them will be based in Cambridge.Harvard University will lead a new project called the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and, as announced earlier this month, will play a prominent role in a second project, the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines. The two multi-institutional grants total $45 million over five years.The NSF’s Science and Technology Centers (STCs) program supports integrative partnerships that require large-scale, long-term funding to produce research and education of the highest quality. Existing STCs study a wide range of complex scientific topics, such as multiscale atmospheric modeling, life beneath the seafloor, energy-efficient electronics, and biophotonics.The two new centers promise to advance the science and engineering of quantum information technology and intelligent machines, in new directions that have yet to be explored.Center for Integrated Quantum MaterialsThe Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, based at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), will receive up to $20 million over five years to fund research and education programs that explore the unique electronic behavior of quantum materials, including graphene, topological insulators, and nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center diamond, with the goal of achieving new breakthroughs in electronics, photonics, and computing.“As we move into a post-silicon age, quantum materials are an emerging technology with enormous promise for science and engineering, and for our country’s overall economy in the form of new products and business opportunities,” says Robert M. Westervelt, Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics at Harvard, who will lead this center. “The scientists collaborating on this project have a vision of future quantum materials and quantum devices — new devices and systems that were not conceived to be possible 10 years ago. This line of research promises an impressive trajectory over the coming decades.”Drawing on expertise in materials synthesis, nanofabrication, characterization, and device physics, Harvard’s new initiative will be a center for collaboration across diverse disciplines and institutions, including Howard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Science, Boston. The center will also encourage young students to pursue careers in science and engineering through an affiliated college network including Bunker Hill Community College, Gallaudet University, Mount Holyoke College, Olin College, Prince George’s Community College, and Wellesley College.The center will integrate three areas of research. The first will involve synthesizing new materials based on graphene, the one-atom-thick carbon material that has proven extremely well suited for carrying electrons coherently and rapidly. The researchers hope to use these materials to fabricate new types of ultra-high-speed, atomic-scale devices.The second area of research will explore a class of materials called topological insulators — materials that conduct only at their surface. Topological insulators preserve the direction of an electron spin as it travels along the surface, allowing a spin to carry bits of information in a future quantum network.The third area of research involves the use of a single atom to store a bit of information. When a nitrogen atom replaces a carbon atom in the crystal structure of diamond, it creates a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center, which can store information that is written and read out using light. The Center for Integrated Quantum Materials aims to integrate NV center diamond storage sites with the atomic-layer devices and topological insulator data channels to create transformative new devices and systems for storing, manipulating, and transmitting information.“Research in integrated quantum materials crosses traditional disciplines and is precisely the type of science that a consortium like this can excel at,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard SEAS, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and professor of physics. “Like other nascent technologies that have benefited from government support in the past, the work of the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials has the potential to be industry-shaping in ways we cannot predict.”Center for Brains, Minds, and MachinesThe NSF also announced this month that a new, multi-institutional science and technology center will be based at MIT with Harvard faculty member L. Mahadevan as associate director.The Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, established by a five-year grant of up to $25 million, will investigate how intelligent beings interact with, and learn from, their environments. The lines of scientific inquiry will range from vision, language, and child development to neural circuitry and social intelligence.Mahadevan is the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard SEAS, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and professor of physics. He is also a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and a member of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology, which is based at SEAS. Leslie Valiant, T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at SEAS will also contribute to the center’s work, along with Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology, Ken Nakayama, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, and Kenneth I Blum, executive director of the Harvard Center for Brain Science.“Our quest for the basis of intelligence is an ancient one, bolstered in recent years by our ability to create machines that have extraordinary abilities, but in narrow domains,” says Mahadevan, citing as examples IBM’s Watson, Apple’s Siri, and self-driving cars. “We are still some way from understanding the broad basis for human intelligence, which has a remarkable ability to learn from a few examples, while generalizing, adapting, and creating solutions to all manner of problems. This new center will refocus our collective efforts at trying to solve this question from multiple perspectives.”The tremendous complementary strengths at Harvard and MIT in psychology, artificial intelligence, vision science, computational and statistical learning theory, and brain imaging will provide the center with an unprecedented ability to delve into the roots of intelligence and apply that new understanding to engineered systems.“The selection of Harvard as a leader of these new multi-institutional centers will leverage the University’s broad expertise in emerging, vitally important new fields,” says Richard McCullough, vice provost for research at Harvard University and professor of materials science and engineering at SEAS. “In addition to advancing the state of science, the science and technology centers will serve an equally important purpose: to encourage a broad cross-section of students at various types of institutions to explore careers in science, engineering, and technology.”last_img read more

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont files application to be Medicare prescription drug plan sponsor

first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT FILES JOINT APPLICATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITBerlin, VT, Together with several of its sister Blue Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has filed an application to become a Medicare prescription drug plan sponsor. The Plan will co-sponsor the program with other Blue plans in the region designated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve Vermont. Region 2 includes Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in addition to Vermont, so BCBSVT has teamed with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI). The organizations expect to hear from CMS by June of this year if the application is approved, and will announce the details of the plan when CMS completes its review.Through their arrangement Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and its sister plans will provide Part D prescription drug coverage, which will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2006 as provided by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Unlike this years prescription drug discount cards, Part D will offer prescription drug insurance coverage. Additionally, government subsidies will be available to eligible Medicare beneficiaries who meet certain income requirements.As independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the Plans have extensive collective experience with the Medicare population. Each of the four Blues plans has served the Medicare population since the inception of the Medicare program in 1966. Today, nearly 450,000 Medicare beneficiaries across Region 2 have selected the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand by enrolling in either a Medicare supplemental or Medicare Advantage plan. The plans see the new prescription drug benefit as a logical extension of the health plans they currently offer to meet the needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is committed to expanding access and options to all Vermont seniors, said Leigh Tofferi, BCBSVTs Director of Public Relations. We look forward to bringing this valuable coverage to Vermonters and, through our sister Blue Plans in Region 2, to other eligible Medicare beneficiaries in Region 2.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

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Baltimore riots close MECU offices

first_imgby: Peter StrozniakMaryland’s largest credit union, the $1.2 billion Municipal Employees Credit Union, closed two of its branches and a call center in Baltimore Monday afternoon after demonstrations over the death of a black man in police custody turned violent.On its website, MECU announced the 4 p.m. closing of its Elmer Bernhardt Headquarters Branch located at 7 E. Redwood Street, which is also the location listed as its headquarters on the NCUA website. It was unclear if the entire headquarters building was closed, or just a branch located in the building. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The Jetsons house of tomorrow, here today

first_img‘Dome house’ which is finished with ROCKCOTE render.Welcome to the future.While it may look like something straight from The Jetsons, it’s not an artist’s impression. This house is right here, right now and was doable thanks to a Sunshine Coast-based national company’s product and their highly trained tradespeople.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.Rockcote, based in Yandina, worked in conjunction with renderers and fully qualified Rockcote master artisans Render X’s Matt Jamieson and Gold Coast Render Technologies’ Chris Porpep.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK< read more

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Take up your cross

first_img Share 36 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Take up your cross by: – June 27, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: rockrunner.blogs.comJesus says that every disciple must take up his or her cross daily and follow him. How this has been understood, however, has always been a cause of some confusion. The cross has been equated with all and every kind of suffering, with the implication that it all has to be “taken up.” The simplicity, however, is won at too great a price, because forms of suffering are not all the same.   You have, first of all, voluntary suffering, the highest form of which is martyrdom. This is the  story of countless men and women of all ages and cultures who have followed Jesus at the cost of their lives. They have said in a variety of voices and ways that their obedience was more important than life, and that taking up the cross was a cost they were glad to bear.Then there’s involuntary suffering, the sort of suffering implied in child and domestic abuse, for instance. You can’t speak of this as a cross that victims must take up. This is suffering that destroys, that must therefore be fought against. We must remember that the same Lord who said we must take up our cross also said ‘I have come that that they may have life and have it to the full.’In an imperfect world with imperfect people, however, there will always be room for cross-bearing. Anyone who works to not only to alleviate suffering but to improve and better less than human situations encounters disappointment, or feels discouraged at how difficult it is to change anything,  and how intractable obstacles often seem.We don’t have to pretend to be unaffected by this. By definition a cross is not lightweight; it’s  something one struggles under. Jesus fell three times under the weight of his.  Simon Tugwell, the Dominican spiritual writer, once remarked that the grace we receive to bear our crosses is the grace to bear them weakly.Another thing to think about is that a cross need not be an external or an exterior burden. The cross we may have to bear most routinely is ourselves. How so?  It’s when we see how deeply ingrained some of our habits are, how slow we are to become better, how progress often seems only to amount to contending with the same dreary faults and sins. At such times, bearing the cross simply means bearing with ourselves, and doing so courageously and without self-pity.Finally we don’t have to carry our crosses alone.  Bearing the cross is not a matter of independence and stoic endurance. It involves consenting to be helped, and being thankful for the encouragement and gestures of solidarity we receive from others. Our crosses also put us in solidarity with all suffering Christians throughout the world. It is an essential part of our eucharistic communion, part too of our solidarity in the communion of saints.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

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ROBERT B. BRADLEY age 89

first_imgRobert Byron Bradley, age 89 of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, Indiana.Born March 6, 1928 in Whitewater Township, Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Reas & Caroline (Mueller) Bradley. On April 22, 1946 he and the former Harriett R. Flack were united in marriage and she preceded him in death on September 16, 2014.As a young man he became interested in airplanes & aviation, and acquired his private Pilot’s License before his drivers license. In high school he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and also worked at the Hamilton Airport until which time he joined the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. After his Honorable Discharge he returned home and began a 33 year career at General Electric in Evendale where he was manager of the jet engine instrumentation lab. He was also a graduate of Watchmakers School and a Certified Master Watchmaker. Upon retirement from GE he and his wife purchased Ritzi Jewelers in Brookville and operated it until 2012.He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church; the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion; the Disabled American Veterans; as well as being an active member of the American Watchmakers Institute. He was a founding Board Member of the Franklin County Water Association. He was able to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC., for the WWII Veterans. The things he treasured most in life were his family and flying.Survivors include three sons & daughters-in-law, Robert J. (Joyce) Bradley and Howard A. (Colleen) Bradley all of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Donald H. (Kathleen) Bradley of Seymour, Indiana; a sister Marlene Skeoch of Dunkirk, Indiana; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Harriett, he was preceded in death by a sister Kathryn Thalheimer.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officicate the Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:30 A.M., at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michaels Blvd., Brookville. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Brookville Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Bradley family. To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Andersen scores big win at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (July 9) – Shelly Andersen was the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod winner dur­ing the Freedom Fest program Saturday at Eagle Raceway.This is Andersen’s first season back in the car after taking two years off to give birth to her daugh­ter Lexi.“The car felt really good tonight. Roger Sluka and Bruce Haskell do wonders with it. My cousin Jessie passed away Tuesday and I talked to my aunt on the way out to the races tonight,” she said. “This win is dedicated to Jessie and my family.”Jack Dover made a fantastic run in the RaceSaver IMCA EMI Sprint Car main after coming through the B and moving from his 16th starting spot to take the checkers. Dover’s only previous Racesaver Sprint Car victory came two years previous when he took the crown for the Sprint Nation­als.Rik Gropp raced to his first Kaplan University IMCA Modified victory since he took home the tro­phy in the 2008 Icebreaker Challenge.Travis Albracht made his first visit to the winner’s circle at Eagle following the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature while Cole Krichau raced from 11th starting to win the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compact main event.last_img read more

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Why we signed Aruna Quadri – German Club

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports The management of German Club, TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda, has said they signed up Aruna Quadri following his exploits across the globe, particularly with his performance against German sports hero, Timo Boll, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. In a related development on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has hailed Quadri’s movement to Germany. “We celebrate Aruna Quadri, Africa’s number one tennis player on the signing with German Bundesliga Table Tennis league from next season. We congratulate him. All the Way,” declared Dare on his Twitter handle. Writing on its website on Wednesday after the unveiling of the Nigerian, the club said: “When looking for a suitable candidate to compensate for the departure of service provider Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, the TTC has now found what it is looking for: Quadri Aruna (born August 9, 1988 in Oyo, Nigeria) will strengthen the TTC from next season!. “The 31-year-old Nigerian has repeatedly caused a sensation in the table tennis world in recent years that at the 2016 Olympic Games, he threw the world rankings seventh Chuang Chih-Yuan and Timo Boll out of the competition. Last year he beat top Japanese player Jun Mizutani at the Bulgarian Open. Aruna Quadri, who is currently playing for the Portuguese first division club “Sporting Lisbon”, also knows the Bundesliga players well. “He recently won against top Bundesliga players Kirill Gerassimenko (Bremen), Ricardo Walther (Düsseldorf) and Darko Jorgic (Saarbrücken) and scored in 2018 twice in the Champions League match against Borussia Düsseldorf. In future, the TTC will be ideally equipped to survive in the Bundesliga.” With an option of extending the contract, the club said: “Aruna Quadri receives a one-year contract with an option for the TTC to add another year. Incidentally, Aruna’s most important sporting goal is this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.” Quadri will team up with German international, Ruwen Filus, who is one of the best defender in the world, as the German has extended his contract by two years with the Central Germany-based club.Tags: aruna quadriBundesligaSunday DareTomislav PucarTTC RhonSprudel Maberzell Fuldalast_img read more

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