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Maternity rights at a glance

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. TheEmployment Act 2002 has introduced some far-reaching changes to the law andstreamlined this complicated area, writes Emma GraceMaternitylegislation has recently undergone a fairly radical change. While the impetusfor this are the ‘family-friendly’ ideals of the Government, the good news isthey have taken the opportunity to streamline this complicated area of law.Allemployees who had a baby on or since 6 April 2003 will be affected by the newlaw. The previous law still covers women due before this date, so the two willwork in tandem for a period.Abrief outline of the entitlements that applied before 6 April will help toillustrate where the changes have come in.–A maximum of 40 weeks leave in total – 18 weeks ordinary maternity leave (OML),plus a maximum possible 29 weeks additional maternity leave (AML)–To qualify for AML, the employee had to have one year or more continuousemployment by the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth (EWC)–AML was calculated from the date of birth. –To qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) during her OML, a woman had tohave worked for her employer for 26 weeks prior to the 15th week before the EWCand paid sufficient National Insurance contributions–SMP was 90 per cent of her salary for the first six weeks, and then a flat rate(£75 a week gross) for the remaining 12 weeks.Thesystem had some problems. Notably:–There were too many different dates for calculation purposes–There were different qualifying periods for leave and pay–AML was based on an unknown date, the date of birth. When the employee left,the employer did not know for definite when she would be coming backThenew law is far more simple and dates are calculated, wherever possible, from afixed point, with the same date and calculation periods used. The idea is tomake it easier for everyone to understand.Ata glance, the new legislation provides: –Maternity leave lasting up to 52 weeks in total–OML of 26 weeks–AML of up to a further 26 weeks, starting on the day of the last day of OML–To qualify for AML, employees must have 26 weeks’ continuous employment priorto the 15th week before the EWC (the same test as for SMP qualification).Noticeperiods have also been affected by the new legislation. The current legislationprovides:–Twenty-one days’ notice from the employee to the employer for both leave andpay–No flexibility to change this date once given.Theproblem here is the lack of flexibility and short notice; 21 days givesemployers little chance to organise cover. The lack of flexibility discouragesemployees from giving longer notice to employers.Intentionto leaveAta glance, the legislation now provides:–The employee must give notice no later than the 15th week before the EWC, andmust inform her employer that she is pregnant, the date of her EWC and the dateshe intends to start her leave–For the first time, the employer must reply giving the date that leave willend. This must be done within 28 days from receiving notification from theemployee.Thisis a much better system for employers, providing far more notice of thepregnancy and leave, allowing employers much more time to plan their cover.Because it is more flexible, this encourages both parties to be up frontearlier about their plans, knowing they are under no obligation to keep tothem. Employeesthen have to give 28 days’ notice, rather than 21, if they wish to end theirmaternity leave earlier than planned.Asbefore, SMP will last for the OML period – and thus 26 weeks, rather than thecurrent 18. The first six weeks are still paid at 90 per cent of salary, andthe flat rate then applies for the remaining 20 – and this has gone up to £100per week.Oncean employee has qualified for SMP, she is entitled to be paid this regardlessof whether she is still employed and regardless of why she left youremployment. This corrects a slight anomaly of law in this area.Oneinteresting thing to bear in mind is that with 52 weeks’ maternity leavepossible, an employee could well become pregnant again during her leave, and itis quite possible she could start a new period of leave without ever returningto work. Theright to return to work remains, however. Employers can take small comfort inthe fact that, following a period of AML, the right to return becomes aslightly more limited right. Where a woman has been absent for a period ofyears, showing it was not reasonably practicable for her to return to herprevious job is more likely to be possible.EmmaGrace is head of employment law at Nelson & Co Previous Article Next Article Maternity rights at a glanceOn 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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A microbarograph for internal gravity wave studies in Antarctica

first_imgMeasurement of pressure fluctuations provides the best means of detecting atmospheric internal gravity waves at the Earth’s surface. We have developed an instrument which is sufficiently sensitive to detect the small pressure fluctuations associated with such waves yet robust enough for deployment in an Antarctic environment. The instrument incorporates several novel features, both in its design and in the method of deployment used. A prototype instrument has been successfully deployed at the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Station during 1989. The design of an experiment using an array of six improved instruments is briefly described.last_img

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NATO’s SNMCMG2 Ends Drill with Italian Navy

first_img View post tag: europe NATO’s SNMCMG2 Ends Drill with Italian Navy The aim of the exercise was to secure access to commercial ports through effective use of minesweepers and the use of mine hunting capabilities in an asymmetric threat scenario.Sixteen units from Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Turkey and United Kingdom participated in this exercise, conducted by the Italian Navy MCM Forces Command (COMFORDRAG). The participating units, organised in three naval groups, SNMCMG2, European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR) and Italian Navy COMFORDRAG, trained to operate together to defend sea routes from mine threats.NATO’s Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) also participated with the NATO research vessel NRV ALLIANCE and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) providing the capability for underwater inspections in support of MCM operations. During the exercise, ‘dummy mines’ were laid by the Italian Navy, and more than 20 of these were identified and countermined by the minehunters of SNMCMG2.As part of the scenario and during the mine hunting phases several simulated attacks were conducted by helicopters (simulating ‘low-slow flyers’) and speedboats (simulating ‘fast-inshore attack crafts). The flagship of SNMCMG2, FGS RHEIN, conducted firing exercises and helicopter/flight deck training while the minehunters were conducting countermining operations.“I am particularly pleased with the achievements of the vessels composing SNMCMG2, which have contributed significantly to the success of ITA-MINEX,” said Commander Matthias Seipel (DEU N), Commander SNMCMG2. “This exercise was an excellent example of NATO-EU cooperation.”[mappress]Press Release, June 11, 2014; Image: NATO June 11, 2014 View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: Ends Back to overview,Home naval-today NATO’s SNMCMG2 Ends Drill with Italian Navy View post tag: NATO View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: SNMCMG2 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: Drill NATO Standing Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) has wrapped up two weeks of participating in the Italian Navy hosted exercise ITA-MINEX 14.last_img read more

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Miss New Jersey Pageant Invites Participants to Boardwalk Parade

first_imgThe Miss New Jersey Foundation cordially invites you to participate in the annual Miss New Jersey Parade: “The Red Carpet on the Ocean City Boardwalk.”Join hundreds of well-wishers, our reigning Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum, and the 24 contestants vying for the title of Miss New Jersey 2014 on the Ocean City Boardwalk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. All high-school bands, marching groups (cheerleaders, pep squads, dance groups, scout troops, etc.), entertainers (jugglers, clowns stilt walkers, etc.), and business or civic organizations with floats are encouraged to apply for participation in the parade. There is no entry fee.For an entry form or further information, call or email Karen Mahar at 609-626-1176 or [email protected] All entry forms must be completed and returned by Friday, May 23.last_img read more

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Waitrose to ramp up convenience bakery offering

first_imgAn increasing number of Waitrose bakery products look set to hit the market as the supermarket announces plans to increase its presence in the UK convenience market.Through a development of new formats and channels, Waitrose aims to make its stores “accessible to more customers”. It plans to ramp up its convenience store openings, and has announced plans to trial smaller 2-4k sq ft convenience shops, with the potential for 300 outlets in total. So far it has opened two 5-7k sq ft branches, in Trinity Square, Nottingham and Clifton, Bristol, with two more planned to open this year.It also plans to open a further nine motorway service station sites as part of its franchise partnership with Welcome Break, following the successful trial of two outlets on the M40 at Oxford and the A1-M25 at South Mimms. Its convenience stores currently offer a range of bakery products and a patisserie counter which sells freshly made sandwiches and baguettes, for example. Its service station outlets do not have counter facilities but offer a range of sandwiches, said a spokesperson for the supermarket.Managing director Mark Price added that the supermarket has already broadened the appeal of its brand with innovations such as Essential Waitrose, the ‘Seriously’ range of indulgent cakes and desserts and Duchy Originals from Waitrose.last_img read more

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Nomad Foods to acquire Goodfella’s Pizza

first_imgNomad Foods is to buy Goodfellas pizza supplier Green Isle Foods from 2 Sisters Food Group.Birds Eye owner Nomad is to pay around €225m (£199.3m) for the frozen pizza business of Green Isle Foods, which includes brands Goodfella’s and San Marco, as well as ongoing supply of own-label frozen pizza contracts to UK and Irish retailers.Nomad will take on two frozen pizza-manufacturing facilities, which it said would provide a foundation for future expansion in the category. The company expects the acquisition to increase its revenue by around €150m (£132.8m) in two years.“With strong organic revenue growth momentum, the time is right to expand into new strategic categories such as pizza, which offer adjacent avenues for further growth and synergies,” said Nomad Foods co-chairman and founder Noam Gottesman.“The Goodfella’s Pizza brands and team broaden our product offering and customer reach, and solidify our market leadership within the UK and Ireland.”2 Sisters is to retain ownership of the frozen pastry, frozen vegetable and frozen fish parts of Green Isle Foods businesses, which include brands UpperCrust, Green Isle and Donegal Catch.2 Sisters Food Group chief executive Ranjit Singh said the company had received a number of approaches over the past few years for the pizza business, and had talked to several interested parties.“But a sale had to be at the right time, with the right buyer, and it had to be a deal that fitted with our long-term strategy,” he added. “This deal represents our first major step to transform 2 Sisters and build a better business.”“Nomad Foods is a fabulous new home and this deal will enable the business to continue to flourish with a new owner who are experts in the frozen category.”The transaction is expected complete in the first quarter of 2018, subject to conditions.last_img read more

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Protest To Patriotism: How “This Land Is Your Land” Evolved Over Time [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Lady Gaga kicked off her Half Time performance at Super Bowl LI with two songs about America from the same era. She started off her performance with the lines God bless, America, land that I love. Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above, from Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” She immediately transitioned into a segment of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” perhaps the most well-known lyrics from the song, This land is your land. This land is my land. This land was made for you and me.While there have been some that have praised Lady Gaga for her apolitical half-time show, such statements seem ignorant, rather willfully or not, of the deeply political history of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” Guthrie’s own well-noted radical beliefs, and the deeply entwined history of Berlin and Guthrie’s songs in the context of one another.“This Land Is Your Land” was written in the early 1940s after Guthrie moved from his childhood home of Oklahoma to New York City. It was written by Guthrie out of frustration to frequent air-time of Irving Berlin’s (and also Gaga’s opening song for her half-time performance) “God Bless America,” which Guthrie felt overlooked the prejudice and poverty he had seen firsthand throughout the country during his Depression-era travels.Originally titled “God Blessed America for Me” and with each verse ending with that line as a direct jab at Berlin’s song, Guthrie eventually settled on the name “This Land Is Your Land” after his irritation faded. However, make no mistake that the song in and of itself was always deeply rooted as a political protest song.Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”While frequently the lyrics that the common American conscious remember are conciliatory and inclusive in a fairly sanitized way, the final verse from the original lyrics that Guthrie penned were, This land is your land, but it once was my land, / Until we sold you Manhattan Island. / You pushed our Nations to the reservations, with the final lyrics to close out the song reading: This land was stole by you from me. Such direct criticism of the historical disenfranchisement of American Indians is seldom mentioned or remembered in elementary school classes when the song is taught.Furthermore, another verse within the middle of the song reads, One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple / by the relief office I saw my people. / As they stood hungry, / I stood there wondering if God blessed America for me, a fairly overt reference to the government at that time’s inability to take care of its citizens. Considering that “This Land Is Your Land” wasn’t officially released until 1951, more than ten years after its original writing, this verse was not included in the recording, most probably Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, believes that due to the anti-radical political sentiment raging during the start of the Cold War and the political oppression of communist groups during the McCarthy era of the 1950s.In modern times, “This Land Is Your Land” contains a message that seems almost directly pointed at Trump’s executive order to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border: There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me. / The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’ / But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing. / This land was made for you and me.However, such lyrics shouldn’t seem surprising from a man who was deeply committed to the Labor movement and whose initial curiosity with the Socialist movement at the time eventually developed into an enduring interest and relationship with the Communist party of the time (though he did not officially join the party, as he enjoyed the freedom on non-affiliation). As Hitler rose to power in WWII, and specifically after the invasion of the Soviet Union, causing Stalin to join the United States and the other Allied forces, the folk singer felt a renewed sense of patriotism. Guthrie’s message became staunchly anti-fascist, with him slapping his famous “This Machine Kills Fascists” sticker on his guitar and penning and performing songs that echoed that sentiment.Woody Guthrie performing with his guitar with the sticker “This Machine Kills Fascists.” [Photo via the Washington Post] “This Land Is Your Land” continues to function both as the subversive protest song initially imagined by Guthrie and as a patriotic anthem loved by all. In fact, at points, the well-known and inclusive nature of the song has allowed it to be used overtly in protest settings, as seen below in the video of protesters at JFK Airport opposing the recent travel ban by the Trump administration, courtesy of the Guardian.Protesters at JFK Airport sing Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”Regardless of what you feel about the political history of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and how that translates to when it is played today, below, you can take a gander at some of our favorite acts coming together to play this classic American tune in the past.Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings[Video courtesy Café Corsari]Los Lobos and Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, 7/2/1989[Video courtesy of Youtube user, palealien]Bruce Springsteen, 10/30/1985[Video courtesy of Youtube user, OberstKrautwaschl]Jim Page & Leftover Salmon, 12/31/2013[Video courtesy of Darin Ranes]Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, & More, Farm Aid, 1987[Video courtesy of Farm Aid]Avett Brother’s Performing “Pretty Girl From Annapolis” With “This Land Is Your Land” Interlude, 11/4/2016[Video courtesy of Youtube user, LifeOnBethRow]last_img read more

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GroundUP Music Festival Releases Daily Schedules For Immersive Weekend Event

first_imgThis coming weekend, from February 9th – 11th, GroundUp Music Festival will return to Miami Beach, FL for its second annual weekend event. Hosted by GRAMMY-winning, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy and their associated label, GroundUP Music, the festival will feature a special Snarky set each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international talents including The Wood Brothers, The Flecktones Trio feat. Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and Futureman, Robert Glasper, Knower, Roosevelt Collier, Joshua Redman, Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time, Banda Magda, and so many more.Snarky Puppy Hosts First Annual GroundUP Music Festival [Videos/Review]This week, the festival has released the daily schedules for the weekend’s various sets of music, special workshops, and educational programs led by the artists. You can check them out below:GroundUP Music Festival offers more than just great music. As Snarky Puppy bandleader and GroundUP Music founder Michael League explains, “Our focus is not to expand, but to build the most ideal experience for both artist and audience while continuing even farther down the road of musical diversity in our programming.” Fans have the opportunity to participate in intimate masterclasses and workshops including a conversation between bass heavyweights Victor Wooten and Michael League, a genre-bending lesson with Robert Glasper, songwriting with The Wood Brothers and a capella on the beach with members of KNOWER and Banda Magda. Attendees will also get the chance to rub elbows with the artists, who will be milling around all weekend long.along with personal interactions with the festival artists who stay all weekend long. And The best part? All of this is included in the price of your ticket! This is a weekend of warmth, music, and learning that you don’t want to miss.For more information, or to purchase your ticket to this weekend’s GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL, head to the event’s website.[Cover photo via GroundUP Music Festival Facebook page]Enter below to win two free weekend passes to the 2018 GroundUP Music Festival!last_img read more

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Zuckerberg part of $100M ‘California Black Freedom Fund’

first_imgMore than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund. It’s five-year $100 million initiative the group says will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state aiming to eradicate systemic racism. The 25 funders include the philanthropic groups of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs as well as JPMorgan Chase. The group says the fund aims to address the “history of underinvestment” in Black-led organizations. It currently has $32.4 million, with the rest of the money slated to be raised and given during the next five years.last_img

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Students and alumni named Yenching Scholars

first_imgThree Notre Dame students and alumni have been named Yenching Scholars and will be given the opportunity to pursue Master’s degrees at Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China, according to a University press release. The three students receiving the scholarship are Teresa Kennedy, class of 2016, an anthropology and peace studies major from Wilbraham, Massachusetts; senior Jenny Ng, a political science major from Sai Kung, Hong Kong; and Dominic Romeo, class of 2014, a political science and Chinese major from Turlock, California, according to the release. “I hope that this program will allow me to gain a more nuanced understanding of Chinese domestic politics, as well as my current area of study — China-Latin America relations,” Ng said in the release. “More importantly however, I’m most excited for the opportunity to build China connections for Education Bridge — an education project in South Sudan that I have been working on with Notre Dame classmates and professors.”The current group of Yenching Scholars comprises of 125 students attending 80 universities from 40 countries, according to the release. Tags: Alumni, China, Yenching Scholarslast_img read more

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