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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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LDALL-POLLS 2 LAST

first_imgEarlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC Earlier in the morning, a clash between BJP and TMC workers left eight persons injured in Dumrut village of Birbhum at around 6 AM before polling began, an EC report said. Three persons were later arrested.TMC candidate from Siliguri Assembly constituency Bhaichung Bhutia alleged bogus votes were being cast at Sriguru Vidyapith booth and a complaint was registered with EC.Though there were no poll violence-related deaths, a polling officer identified as Gopi Chakravarty died of heart attack in Alipurduar constituency.Controversial TMC leader Anubrata Mandal, who was put under round-the-clock surveillance by the Election Commission, which also imposed restrictions on his movement, faced the ire of the poll panel for not following its instructions.Two FIRs were being lodged against him for venturing out of his constituency despite warning and for going to cast vote sporting TMCs election symbol on his kurta.Over 1.2 crore electorate will decide the fate of 383 candidates, including 33 women, in the second phase.Siliguri seat witnessed a high-profile contest with the city mayor and former CPI-M Minister Ashok Bhattacharya crossing swords with TMCs Bhaichung Bhutia. The electoral fate of state ministers Gautam Deb, Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury and Sabitri Mitra will also be decided in this phase.Soumitra Ray, singer of popular Bengali band Bhoomi, actors Joy Banerjee and Locket Chatterjee and singer Suman Banerjee are also trying their luck in the electoral arena. PTI NIK CORR MD SK SKlast_img read more

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A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THREE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1  WA teams’ first training day for 2007 Barbarians CupThe Western Australian (WA) Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open State teams came together on Sunday 20 May. The training session was the first step in preparation for the 2007 Barbarians Cup in Darwin. Players from various WA affiliates went through their paces at the Northern Districts Touch Club. A follow-up session is scheduled for Sunday 27 May from 9am at the same venue.WA players will compete against the Northern Territory at the Barbarians Cup on 13- 14 July 2007. Last year Perth hosted the inaugural Barbarians Cup, which was won by WA. The 2007 Cup is also the selection tournament for the Barbarians team to contest the 2008 National Touch League, to be played in Coffs Harbour.Other Events: North West Championships and North West Junior Development Camp in Broome next weekend, 2-3 June 2007.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.comNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #2                                                                                                               Dennis Coffey conducts Level 1 Coaching Course in Darwin National Coaching Director and World Cup Coach Dennis Coffey conducted a Level One Coaching course in Darwin from 18- 20 May 2007. Participants attending the course explored aspects such as general principles of Touch, basic rules, and Grids and Drills. During the course Dennis also assessed some of the coaches’ presentation skills in order to allow the Northern Territory to become self-sufficient and conduct their own courses in the future. All participants enjoyed the course and are very keen to put their new skills into practice.Other Events: Level One Coaching Course to be conducted by Dennis Coffey in Alice Springs this weekend.The Touch Football Northern Territory Web-site: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLANDPlay: # 3Delfin Junior Tri-Series Tournament – Round OneThe first tournament in the 2007 Queensland Junior Tri-Series was held at Redlands Touch on Sunday 20 May 2007. The Arthur Davis Memorial Junior Carnival attracted 70 affiliated teams from South Queensland and Border Districts, the South West Queensland Region, and the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA). Boys and girls competed in under-10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.SWQ and SQBD teams are competing for the Delfin Tri Series Trophy in all age divisions. The champion affiliate will be crowned at the completion of the third leg of the Series with the trophy being awarded to the affiliate who performs best across the three tournaments in all divisions.Overall Divisional winners will be awarded a set of Delfin Tri-Series Champion Team commemorative t-shirts to mark their victory.Winners in each division contested at Redlands were:10 Years Girls: Gold Coast10 Years Boys: BMTA12 Years Girls: Gold Coast12 Years Boys: Gold Coast14 Years Girls: BMTA14 Years Boys: Redlands16 Years Girls: Toowoomba16 Years Boys: Redlands18 Years Girls: First Contact18 Years Boys: BMTAThe second tournament in the tri-series will be held in Toowoomba on the 10 June 2007. The Toowoomba tournament will be open to teams from the same regions as the Redlands Tournament. The final event will be held on the Gold Coast on the 24 June 2007. The Gold Coast tournament shapes as the biggest in the series, with between 70-100 teams expected to compete. The Tri-series, in its second year in existence, will be used by teams as a warm up and selection process for the inaugural Queensland Junior State Championships on the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend, and the  Queensland Junior State Cup from 5-8 July 2007. Other events: SQBD Junior Development Camp at Tallebudgera Recreation Camp this weekend.The Touch Football Queensland website: www.qldtouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)                                                         Play: # 4ACT Touch Contingent heads for Dubbo this weekendACT Touch will send four teams away to the NSWTA Country Championships in Dubbo this weekend. Several ACT based referees will also attend the event under the capable coordination of newly elected ACT Referees Association President, Michael Camplin. This year’s tournament is the first time that non-NSW teams have the opportunity to win the championships. Last year interstate teams were invited but played off in an interstate challenge instead of progressing through the main draw. ACT players are excited about the opportunity to take on the best from NSW. ACT Touch would like to thank NWSTA for the opportunity to play and participate fully in the tournament.Other events:The Inaugural ACT Touch junior winter competition starts at Deakin this Monday night.The Boys High Schools Gala Day will be held on 25 May 2007. This event will take place a week before the Girls High Schools Gala Day on 1 June 2007. ACT Touch is pleased to announce that its strong relationship with ACT Health continues for 2007/08, with ACT Touch receiving continued funding under the Health Promotion Grants scheme. ACT Touch is running a two-part Level 1 Selectors course in June. ACT Head Selector Sandra Hughes will deliver the course. Further details can be obtained by contacting Chris Tarlinton on telephone 6212 2880 or e-mail [email protected] The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auVICTORIA:Play: # 5TFA-Victoria awarded $40,000 Grassroots Sports Grant from Victorian Sport and RecreationThe Victorian Government has awarded Touch Football Australia – Victoria a Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years. The grant will assist TFA-Victoria development officers promoting grassroots Touch Football in the target areas of outer metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. The grant is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football by the Victorian Government as a great game for all ages, especially juniors.TFA-Victoria is confident that several more key project grants will be awarded over the coming weeks from the Victorian Sport and Recreation Department.TFA-Victoria State Manager David Brady, commended Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich for her initiative and work helping the sport to secure Grassroots Sport grants.  “Carly’s work has been tremendous in this area, and we will look to use the grant to increase our affliated membership base,” Mr. Brady said.Other events:Touch Football Australia Acting CEO Colm Maguire visited the brand new Touch Football Australia – Victoria offices at Sport House in Melbourne. Colm was provided a tour of the facility, the current offices and the new offices that will become the home business base of Touch Football in Victoria.Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA: # 6Play:Mitchell Cup High Performance WeekendThe Mitchell Cup High Performance Weekend will take place this weekend from the 25 – 27 May at City Touch Clubrooms Park, 17 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, Adelaide. The weekend is the major selection event for the South Australian Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams to compete at the Canberra Cup in November. 59 players have been accepted for the High Performance Camp. 2007 Australian World Cup Representative stars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Gary Sonda and Amy Fong will attend to mentor players.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, and 2007 World Cup Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach and current 20 Years Mixed National Coach Karley Banks will also be attending to run the rule over South Australia’s best players and coaches and help them develop key aspects of their High Performance Program.Other events:Touch SA’s Special General Meeting, a part of the dissolution process, will be held on the 22 May – 7.30pm at Office B, 20 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA.Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auThat’s it for the third edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to check the affiliated State web-sites for further information and all the latest news in Touch Football this week.last_img read more

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Sale Knockout Results

first_imgSale held its annual knockout on the weekend with 51 teams and some of Australia’s best players including Sam Brisby, Dylan Thompson and Leah Percy in attendance. The men’s and women’s sections were played on Saturday with the following results:-Women’s “A” – Synergise 10 to Latrobe University Imperial Eagles 2.Women’s “B” – ENUF 4 to Ballarat Dolls 3 in extra time.Men’s “A” – Tune Squad 5 to Maori Saiyanz 3Men’s “B”  – Ballarat 6 to Monash University Shredders 1In the mixed competition played on Sunday the results were:-Mixed “A” Division – Falcons 5 to Mixed Grill 3Mixed Social – Monash University Pinky and the Brain 6 defeated Ballarat 1The Laurie Smyth Perpetual Award for the player showing true sportsman ship in the Mixed Social Division was won by Rachel Davine from Melbourne.The 2014 Sale Knockout is scheduled for the 12th & 13th April at Stephenson Park.Information taken from the Sale Touch website – www.sale.mytouchfooty.com Related LinksMen’s “A” Winners – Tune Squadlast_img read more

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25 days agoSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddison

first_imgSolskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddisonby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on adding Maddison to his United roster.But, if United are to sign the England international, it is highly unlikely to happen in January, with next summer the target.Maddison signed for the Foxes from Norwich City in July 2018 for £23million.He’s featured in six of Leicester’s Premier League matches this season, recording two assists. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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13 hours agoTierney insists Vitoria win proved fight and desire within Arsenal squad

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tierney insists Vitoria win proved fight and desire in Arsenal squadby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney says the 3-2 comeback win over Vitoria on Thursday shows Arenal have “fight and desire”.The Gunners looked destined to lose their second consecutive match until substitute Nicolas Pepe stepped up to score a free-kick.The Ivorian repeated that feat in the final minutes to clinch the victory for Unai Emery’s side.Tierney said: “It showed the other side of our game. The Standard Liege game was different, we scored four goals and it was comfortable. It shows we’ve got fight and desire.”When teams come here the pressure is on us, so it gives them more freedom, the expectation is on us, but we got the three points and that’s the main thing.” last_img read more

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Predicting College Football’s Next 9 National Champions

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Who’s going to win college football’s national championship this upcoming season? What about in 2017? 2018? 2019? Etc.  Nick Saban AlabamaWill Saban win another one?We’re attempting to figure that out. We’re predicting the next nine national champions in college football. Using logic and some very creatively imagined scenarios, we’ve predicted who’s going to win it all until 2024. Surely, you won’t disagree with most of them (maybe any of them) but it’s a fun read. Here they are. Start With: 2016, Clemson >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10last_img read more

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The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending January 6, 2019:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.2. Minecraft, Mojang3. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.4. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations5. Bloons TD 6, Ninja Kiwi6. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB7. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB8. NBA 2K19, 2K9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. The Game of Life, Marmalade Game StudioTop Free iPhone Apps:1. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games2. Polysphere, Playgendary3. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.4. Words Story, ZHOU JIAPING5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.7. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.8. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.9. Bitmoji, Bitstrips10. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.Top Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate, Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Notability, Ginger Labs4. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited5. Bendy and the Ink Machine, Joey Drew Studios Inc.6. Amazing Frog?, FAYJU7. Toca Hair Salon 3, Toca Boca AB8. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.9. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB10. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish LimitedTop Free iPad Apps:1. Kick the Buddy: Forever, Playgendary2. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.3. Tomb of the Mask, Playgendary4. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC5. Paper.io 2, Voodoo6. Color Bump 3D, Good Job Games7. Wordscapes, PeopleFun, Inc.8. Amazon Prime Video, AMZN Mobile LLC9. Roblox, Roblox Corporation10. Magic Tiles 3: Piano Game, Amanotes Pte. Ltd.__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Green leader criticizes new LNG tax credit

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government’s proposals to rewrite tax laws for LNG developments are getting a thumbs down from environmental groups.Green Leader Andrew Weaver says amendments to tax laws introduced yesterday show the government’s hypocrisy because they lead the province away from its Clean-BC plan to reduce carbon pollution.Peter McCartney of the Wilderness Committee also criticized the legislation for not aligning with the Clean-BC plan. He says people are being asked to cut carbon pollution while the government is giving six-billion dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to construct the LNG facility.Finance Minister Carole James says the legislation will help attract LNG investment and protect the environment.Under the changes, the government would amend the Income Tax Act to implement a tax credit to eligible corporations for LNG development.The Business Council of British Columbia backed the government’s approach, saying the changes will allow the province to compete in LNG markets around the world.Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman says the government’s tax changes will help bring more LNG investment to the province at a time when B-C continues to need oil and gas to fuel the economy.last_img read more

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