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first_img Previous Article Next Article Legalquestions and answersQOur company is restructuring to cope with the recent economic downturn. Weneed to make certain changes to how our work is organised and this may have aneffect on the employment prospects of some of our staff. A number of employeeshave suggested that we have to consult with them over such key issues. Is thistrue?AA new EC Directive will, progressively over the next seven years, requireemployers with more than 50 employees based in the UK to inform and consultemployee representatives on certain key issues. Thewording of the Directive has now been finalised by the Council and the EuropeanParliament and it was expected to be formally adopted by the end of March 2002.Employerswill be required to consult with employees on key issues, for example: thefinancial condition of the business; employment prospects; and proposed changesin work organisation or contractual relations (including redundancies andrestructures).Theconsultation will have to be undertaken with a view to reaching agreement, withemployee representatives having the right to a reasoned response on any pointsthey make.Thepenalties for failing to meet these requirements will be determined by thenational government, but must be sufficient to be ‘effective, proportionate anddissuasive’.TheUK has three years to adopt legislation to implement this directive. And theindications are that initially thereafter (2005), it will apply only to thoseemployers with more than 150 employees. However, after two years in 2007, itwill also apply to businesses with 100 or more employees and one year later, tothose with 50 or more.Inpractice, the new directive is likely to have a profound effect on the wayemployers take decisions which are likely to have an impact on employment.‘Management’s right to manage’ is going to be heavily qualified in the future.QWe are finding it increasingly difficult to understand the rules andregulations surrounding data protection. Particularly, over the issue ofworkplace monitoring. Will the Employment Practices Data Protection Codeclarify this or is it simply another list of regulations?AThis Code is designed to assist employers to comply with the Data ProtectionAct 1998. The first part of the Code has just been released. It deals withrecruitment and selection. The remaining parts, covering employment records,monitoring at work and medical information, will be released over the next fewmonths.Thecode should prove invaluable to employers: by adhering to it, employers arelikely to be able to prevent challenges to their data protection practices; thecode may also help employers to comply with other legislation, such as theHuman Rights Act 1998 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; and byfollowing the code, employers may improve their housekeeping practices,disposing of out-of-date information and improving access to filing systems. Q&AOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Award for Rwandan President protested

first_imgA student has organised a campaign to oppose President Paul Kagame of Rwanda being given an award by the Said Business School.Salvator Cusimano, a postgraduate student at St Antony’s College, has started a petition against the visit on 18 May. The letter, which has been signed by tutors including the founder of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, states that Kagame should not be invited due to his allegedly undemocratic record.Kagame is visiting Oxford to receive the “the inaugural Distinction of Honor for African Growth Award”, an award organised by students at the school. Having been President since 2000, he was central to the reconstruction of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. However, critics argue that his regime has been a poor human rights record.The petition, which was launched on 7 May, states, “The Oxford Business Network for Africa should cancel their engagement with Mr. Kagame immediately, based on his well-documented record of serious and ongoing human rights abuses within Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Inviting Mr. Kagame to accept an award suggests that the Oxford Business Network for Africa, the Saïd Business School, and the University of Oxford condone Mr. Kagame’s actions, and sends the wrong message about the University’s commitment to peace, development, and human rights.It continues, “Bestowing any honour upon Mr. Kagame at a time when he and his government are becoming increasingly isolated in the face of mounting evidence of their gross human rights violations represents a serious error of judgment.”As of 9 May, the petition has 712 signatures, with a goal of 1000.Professor Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean at Saïd Business School, told Cherwell, “The Oxford Africa Business Conference is a student-led event, held by the Oxford Business Network for Africa, a student organisation.”“We prize open discussion and in line with the University’s Freedom of Speech policy we have not sought to prevent the students from extending this invitation. President Kagame’s presence in the Saïd Business School does not imply any endorsement by the School or the University of his views or actions. We are aware that President Kagame is considered by some to be a controversial figure and there will be the opportunity for those present to challenge him as appropriate.”The award is being given by students, not the Said Business School.Cusimano told Cherwell, “I’m organizing the campaign not because I oppose Mr. Kagame’s visit; I think that it could have provided a platform for an excellent discussion if framed appropriately. I started the campaign because the event was not only happening without any apparent critical discussion, but was lauding him at a time when the extent of his government’s abuses are becoming ever more apparent.” He continued, “I set out with the hope that the Conference organizers might reverse their decision to reward Mr. Kagame, but more broadly to ensure that the Oxford community was aware of both sides of the story.” According to Amnesty International, “opposition figures and journalists remain in danger of arbitrary and impartial prosecution” and Freedom House has said that Rwanda is “not free”.Carina Tertsakian, a researcher of Rwanda for Human Rights Watch, told Cherwell, “We’re certainly concerned this kind of event gives the impression that everything is alright in Rwanda, and downplays the government’s continuing human rights abuses.”Yet Kagame’s regime has been praised by some commentators, with Bill Clinton describing him as “one of the greatest leaders of our time.” Rwanda was the first country which wasn’t formerly a British Commonwealth to join the Commonwealth in 2009. Until last year, the UK contributed £21m in development aid to Rwanda annually, and Tony Blair remains an unpaid government advisor.last_img read more

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7th Circuit Reverses Unwarranted Gun Sentence Enhancement

first_imgKatie Stancombe for www.theindianalawyer.com FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The fact that drugs and guns were in the same place at the same time wasn’t enough to prove a man should have received a sentence enhancement for his convictions, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, finding no connection between his felony cocaine possession and firearms.During a parole visit at Alandous Briggs’ home, Briggs was arrested after admitting that there were more than 10 ounces of marijuana, 0.45 grams of cocaine and three loaded firearms in his bedroom, where police found a measuring scale.When Briggs petitioned to enter a plea of guilty for being a felon in possession of a firearm, he objected to the addition of a four-level enhancement under U.S. Sentencing Commission Guidelines § 2K2.1(b)(6)(B). That enhancement said he had committed a felony drug offense in connection with the firearm possession, but Briggs argued that the drugs had no connection to the firearm possession.Southern District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt held that the enhancement applied, however, and ultimately sentenced Briggs to seven years in prison. But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with that conclusion in the USA v. Alandous Briggs, 18-1415, finding issue with the fact that the district court never made any findings of how Briggs’ felony cocaine possession was connected to his firearms.“It simply assumed that because the firearms were probably connected to drug trafficking (because of the combination of the cocaine, marijuana, and digital scale), they were probably connected to his mere possession of the cocaine. But that logic doesn’t hold up,” Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett wrote. “Analyzing whether firearms are connected to drug trafficking is different from analyzing whether they are connected to possessing a small number of drugs.”The 7th Circuit also noted that neither that the drug scale nor the amount of marijuana found in Briggs’ home bore directly on his cocaine possession.“Instead, they go to whether he might have been dealing drugs. And the court’s vague suggestion that the guns might have been there ‘to protect something’ — apparently made in the context of drug trafficking — wouldn’t be enough to connect the guns to felony possession of cocaine even if that had been what the court was referring to,” Coney continued. “In short, the mere fact that guns and drugs are found near each other doesn’t establish a nexus between them. A court must say more to connect the two.”Therefore, the 7th Circuit concluded the district court clearly erred in applying the § 2K2.1(b)(6) enhancement as its findings did not support a conclusion that Briggs’ firearms were connected to his possession of less than half a gram of cocaine. It subsequently vacated his sentence and remanded for resentencing.last_img read more

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The Groove Orient Shares Exclusive Summer Tour Footage & Announces Fall Tour Dates

first_imgThe full tour schedule can be seen below, and more information is available on the band’s website.The Groove Orient Fall Tour Dates9/3 ­ Dunedin Brewery ­ Dunedin, FL9/9 ­ Tanquerays ­ Orlando, FL9/10 ­ Ruby’s Elixer ­ St. Petersburg, FL9/17 ­ One Stop ­ Asheville, NC ­ (WSP After Party)9/18 ­ Arts in The Heart Festival ­ Augusta, GA9/23 ­ Planet Sarbez ­ St. Augustine, FL (WSP After Party)9/24 + 9/25 ­ Pass The Good Music Festival ­ Vertex Springs in Ponce De Leon, FL9/27 + 9/28 ­ Preservation Pub ­ Knoxville, TN9/29 ­ Martin’s Downtown ­ Roanoke, VA9/30 ­ Blue Side ­ Frederick, MD10/1 ­ Meeting of the MINDS Music & Camping Festival­ Schuylkill Haven, PA10/6 ­ The Social ­ Orlando, FL (TGO ft. Kaleigh Baker supporting The Main Squeeze)10/7 ­ Crowbar ­ Ybor City, FL (TGO ft. Kaleigh Baker supporting The Main Squeeze)10/8 ­ 1904 Music Hall ­ Jacksonville, FL (TGO ft. Kaleigh Baker supporting The Main Squeeze)10/27 ­ 10/30 ­ Suwannee Hulaween ­ Live Oak, FL (Kaleigh Baker w/ The Groove Orient)[Photo by Arielle D’Ornellas, poster art by Jimmy Rector] Closing out their first ever national tour with a sold out show in their hometown, versatile Orlando rock ‘n’ roll outfit The Groove Orient shows no signs of slowing down! The band has just released their first wave of Fall Tour dates, including Widespread Panic after parties, festival appearances at Pass The Good, Meeting of the MINDS, and Suwannee Hulaween, where they will be performing with stand­out vocalist Kaleigh Baker!  And to top it off, TGO & Baker will be joining Post Funk powerhouse, The Main Squeeze, in early October for a string of shows throughout the Sunshine State of Florida.To get you ready for the groove, the band has shared two exclusive videos with us. Watch them perform “Sammy A” and “Stingray Shuffle” from their summer tour, below.last_img read more

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Watch Will Forte’s Hilarious Parody Of Gregg Allman on “The Tonight Show” With Jimmy Fallon

first_imgJimmy Fallon is known for his musical parodies. Whether he’s making fun of Neil Young or Bob Dylan, Barry Gibb or Mick Jagger, Fallon loves a good parody of a music legend. Well, Fallon got a taste of his own medicine last night, as Saturday Night Live veteran and current star of The Last Man On Earth Will Forte stopped by The Tonight Show last night to poke a little fun at Gregg Allman.Portrayed as a special guest of The Roots, Forte fashioned himself as “Gregg Almond” from the “Almond Brothers”. Forte’s character claimed that the Allman Brothers are just a rip-off version of his Almond Brothers band and at one point he performs a joke-song with help from the band. There are a lot of almond/nut jokes and…well, I’ll let Forte and Fallon take it from here.See below for to watch Forte’s appearance as “Gregg Almond” on The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon.last_img read more

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Widespread Panic Drops Chronological Career-Spanning Set On First Night At Bridgestone Arena

first_imgAfter performing their annual Tunes For Tots benefit show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night, Widespread Panic made the short trip to Bridgestone Arena on Friday, where they will close out their 3-night New Years run in Music City, U.S.A.The band had a special trip down memory lane in store for their first night at Bridgestone, performing selections from their studio albums in chronological order. The Athens outfit opened the show with “Porch Song” (which bassist Dave Schools used to test drive his new axe, a custom 6-string Alembic bass named “Moontimes”) and “Space Wrangler” off of their debut 1988 album Space Wrangler.Next, the band moved on to their 1991 self-titled LP with “The Last Straw” and “Rock”, followed by “Postcard” and “Diner” to represent 1993 release Everyday. Finally, Panic closed set 1 with “Blackout Blues”, “Junior”, and “Fishwater” off 1994’s Ain’t Life Grand.The band continued the trend in set two, opening with Bombs & Butterflies‘ “Greta”, which led into an extended improv jam. 1999’s Till The Medicine Take was next on the list of albums, as “Bears Gone Fishin’”, “Surprise Valley”, and “Climb To Safety” followed. Panic then skipped ahead a few years, resuming the tour of their studio work with “Good People” from 2006’s Earth To America and “North” and “St. Ex” from 2010’s Dirty Side Down. To finish things off, the band tore through “Cease Fire”, “Steven’s Cat” and “Sell Sell” from their latest LP, 2015’s Street Dogs.  A pair of covers comprised the show’s final licks, as the band encored with Vic Chesnutt‘s “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” and Bloodkin‘s “End Of The Show”.Widespread Panic will finish off their two-night stand at Bridgestone Arena with a New Year’s Eve blowout this evening.Setlist | 12/30/16 | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN (via PanicStream)[Porch Song, Space Wrangler,] [The Last Straw > Jam > Rock,] [Postcard, Diner,] [Blackout Blues, Junior, Fishwater] (82 min)[Greta > Jam] > [Bear’s Gone Fishin’ > Surprise Valley > Climb To Safety,] [Good People,] [North,] [Saint Ex > Drums > Cease Fire > Steven’s Cat, Sell Sell] (88 mins)Protein Drink / Sewing Machine, End of the Show* (17 mins)last_img read more

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Author discusses “golden worlds”

first_imgAuthor Daniel McInerny gave a talk titled “Children’s Literature and the Golden World” at the first installment of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall 2013 Catholic Literature Series on Tuesday. McInerny, CEO of Trojan Tub Entertainment and author of the “Kingdom of Patria” series, said children’s literature takes place in a different world. “Children’s literature is about adventure into a ‘golden world,’ in which innocence is fought for and achieved,” McInerny said. McInerny said the idea of a “golden world” derives from the biblical idea of a Paradise, and an idealized or fantasy world is featured in many children’s books such as “The Secret Garden,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Bridge to Terabithia.” “Children’s literature has an essential connection to a Catholic understanding of moral formation,” he said. “Even if many, if not most of the practitioners aren’t Catholic at all, the very genre is a dream of Eden.” McInerny said the “golden worlds” featured in books are not necessarily perfect images of Eden, for they can be filled with conflict, danger and evil.   “I still call them ‘golden worlds’ because it is in those worlds that characters undertake the work of restoring innocence,” he said. McInerny said this idea of innocence is not about sheltering children from evil. “I mean innocence as … the opposite of being sheltered, of adventuring out into the world of death and finding one’s virtuous way through it,” he said. A common objection to the idea of “golden worlds” is that it only applies to “fantasy” literature, in which the narrator takes the reader into a secondary universe, he said. “The ‘golden world’ as I described it is also found in the revolutionary Boston of ‘Johnny Tremain,’ or the Connecticut colony of Elizabeth George Speare’s ‘The Witch of Blackbird Pond,’” he said. “These are historical places, but the adventures that the child protagonists undertake in those stories also can be described as ‘golden worlds.’ It doesn’t have to be a fantasy secondary world.” McInerny said the genre of children’s literature as it is known today did not emerge until the 19th century, and it flourished as a result of Romanticism and its reverence towards childhood. “This treasuring of childhood gave an increasingly secular culture a way of connecting to purity and innocence, to wonder and to other worlds,” McInerny said. “It encouraged it to favor the imagination, as opposed to reason and scientific mode. “I would argue that the Romantic sense of childhood, and the children’s literature that flowed from it, was one way of trying to re-create the ‘golden world’ of the terrestrial paradise.” Though children’s literature is largely secular in inspiration, McInerny said, its deepest inclinations of yearning for a terrestrial paradise can be uniquely appreciated by the Catholic literary mind. “The Catholic can deeply appreciate much of what good children’s literature is trying to do, even while it resists making idols out of childhood innocence and the child’s imagination.” Junior Frances Kelsey said she has been following the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Literature Series since her freshman year and came to McInerny’s talk becuase of her previous positive experiences. “I thought it was really interesting [McInerny’s idea] that a ‘golden world’ could be found in books that are not strictly fantasy,” she said. The Catholic Literature Series continues with Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture titled “Harry Potter and King’s Cross,” on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall.last_img read more

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Accounting students help community

first_imgAccounting majors from Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame are helping members of the South Bend community this tax season—for free.In 1972, a new accountancy professor interested in helping people claim their earned income tax credit founded the Tax Assistance Program (TAP). That professor, Ken Milani, now mentors undergraduate students 42 years later as they continue assisting members of the South Bend community.John Cergnul, a former student of Milani’s and TAP volunteer in 1975 and 1976, is now an assistant professor of accounting at Saint Mary’s College. The Notre Dame alumnus said he advises his students to participate in the program for various reasons.Junior Taylor Etzell said the experience with real tax returns takes students far beyond the classroom.“The classroom can give you basic scenarios of what you may encounter when preparing someone’s tax return but the Tax Assistance Program is far superior,” Etzell said. “We are looking at real employees’ W-2s and 1099s and have to pull the correct numbers from the forms and place them where they belong on the federal and state tax returns. It’s all so real life and so exciting.”Cergnul said the earned income tax credit is comparable to a negative tax.“So when you file your tax return you’re getting a refund, you’re just getting your own money back, right? A negative tax is the government giving you money,” Cergnul said.Acquiring the credit is a difficult process, Cergnul said. This is where the student volunteers come in.“The problem is that it’s very complicated just to see who qualifies and then to make the calculations as to how much the credit is and how much you’re entitled to,” Cergnul said. “That was the genesis of the program and it remains so today.”The tax assistance the program offers is completely free for participants, Cergnul said.“We’re doing tax returns for people and we don’t charge them,” he said. “That’s the best part of the program. The second best part of the program is what the students learn.”STEPH WULZ | The Observer Cergnul said the practical application makes the lessons in accounting classrooms tangible and the weight of responsibility becomes more real.“The third big benefit from this is the students’ poise and confidence. They’re sitting across the table from real people with real dollars, real taxes,” Cergnul said. “In class it’s hypothetical. Take a look at Problem 35, oh heck I got it wrong.”Etzell said the professors running the program have given her both confidence and the necessary skills.“My professors — Cergnul, in particular — have instilled in me a confidence that must be used when preparing a return,” Etzell said. “Milani has taught me how to look at the correct information and extract meaning from simple interview questions we direct toward the taxpayers. Because of his direction, I know what exactly I’m looking for and how I am going to go about finding that information.”Cergnul said students are invariably anxious when they start out, but gain confidence over time.“By the end of the filing season, they’ve grown in poise and their ability to communicate with other people — professional communication — is enhanced,” Cergnul said.This poise ultimately helps students as they interview for jobs, he said.“I mean they’ve actually sat across the table with a real client and did a real transaction and people who don’t go through this program haven’t done that,” Cergnul said. “Those communication skills translate very well in interviews.”Etzell said the work can be difficult given the sheer number of clients students are required to assist.“Professor Milani, along with Professor Cergnul, have taught me how to be perform under pressure,” she said. “We have lines of people waiting for us to prepare their returns so it is of utmost importance that we move efficiently, yet effectively, through everyone’s paperwork and return forms.”Etzell said as challenging as the work is, it is rewarding to help out members of the local community.“I have been given the necessary tools to perform well in this program, and now my duty is to help the community,” Etzell said. “Detecting when people have earned certain deductions or credits is a task in and of itself, but again, the reward of helping others makes all the work so worth it.“My favorite part is seeing the people come in looking rather flustered and then them leaving a little while later with a sense of relief on their faces.”Junior Grace Harvey said TAP has helped hone her knowledge of tax practices and concepts.“Even though my internship this summer with Grant Thorton is more focused on corporate tax rather than personal income tax, [TAP is] an awesome opportunity,” Harvey said.The two credit hours contribute toward the 150 credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam, Harvey said.Harvey said that participating students will help file tax returns in various locations throughout South Bend  with tax filings due April 15.Tags: Ken Milani, TAP, Tax Assistance Program, taxeslast_img read more

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Oom-Pah-Pah! Tony Winner Jerry Mitchell Working on Gender-Bending, Oliver! High School Musical

first_img Mitchell recently helmed a workshop of But I’m A Cheerleader in London. He won Tonys for his choreography of Kinky Boots and La Cage aux Folles and has received additional Tony nominations for Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance and The Full Monty. He made his Broadway directorial debut with Legally Blonde in 2007 and also choreographed Catch Me If You Can. “I’m actually working on a new show,” Mitchell said. “I’ve got the rights to a British book I read on the plane called Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald.” The novel tells the story of David Starr, who plays Nancy in his school’s production of Oliver. When rehearsals start he falls for Maxie Boswell, who plays Bill Sikes and is captain of the school football team. “It’s an amazing, amazing story about accepting people for who they really are and also about how the adults work around these two children. I’m really looking forward to developing it into a full musical!” No timeline was revealed on bringing the Becoming Nancy musical to the stage. View Commentscenter_img As long as he needs me! Tony winner Jerry Mitchell is working on a musical version of Terry Ronald’s novel Becoming Nancy. The Kinky Boots director and choreographer, currently occupied with the London premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, shared the news about the upcoming project to West End Frame.last_img read more

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Innnntroducing…Rent-a-Brain!

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kent Dicken Kent is CEO / Founder of iDiz, a full-service agency focused on Branding, Websites, and Big Ideas for credit unions that want to grow. He is also one of the authors … Web: cuidiz.com Details Are you responsible for too many initiatives, an overabundance of priorities, an excess of tasks at hand with way too few fingers to get it done? Are you a slam-packed, schedule-smacked, shell-shocked, docket-pocked shell of your former self, trying your best to appease particularly pesky purveyors of arbitrarily outrageous deadlines?In short, has the fun gone out of your job?You aren’t alone. Credit Union marketers say their biggest problems are too few staff and being pulled in too many directions, often as a result of having no strategic plan as a guideline.WELL, do I have a solution for you! Innnnn-tro-du-cing…RENT-A-BRAIN!Rent-a-Brain is a revolutionary new concept that has frazzled Marketers around the world muttering to themselves “Why didn’t I think of this sooner?”For a nominal cost, you can hand off those pesky strategic plans, all of the continuous loan marketing campaigns, that so-ugly-I-can’t-stand-it-any-longer web site, and especially that long-ago-petrified branding, and ACTUALLY GO HOME AND SLEEP AT NIGHT, knowing that an expert team of designers and writers and strategists and programmers are going to produce something that makes you look A-MA-ZING to your peers, boss, and Board!And the incredible part is that renting the talents of marketing experts when you need them actually costs a lot less than hiring more staff. Even the tightest-fisted CFO can appreciate that!Still want to get your hands dirty? No problem! You can take care of the fun stuff and let Rent-a-Brain experts do the heavy lifting — although you may want to pick up all those inevitable marketing awards yourself. It’s a WIN-WIN-YOU WIN!So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and call! Rent-a-Brain operators are standing by.last_img read more

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