Beware the pitfalls

first_img It has been a year since the statutory disciplinary, grievance and dismissal procedures took effect, and case law is now trickling through. Taking these latest cases into consideration, Speechly Bircham’s Emma Bartlett outlines the pitfalls to watch out for (www.personneltoday.com/33114.article).On the subject of case law, our analysis of the recent case, Hardys v Hanson, looks at justifying an indirect sex discrimination claim (www.personneltoday.com/33110.article). This is particularly important in light of the Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005, which came into force on 1 October.Following on from our overview of the age discrimination draft regulations in September’s issue, we delve deeper into what steps employers are taking to comply with the new proposals, with practical advice from heads of HR at UnumProvident and Eden Brown on areas they have identified for change and conducting age audits (www.personneltoday.com/33113.article). And if, like many employers, you are concerned about falling foul of age legislation when it comes to providing benefits and need guidance on how to proceed, read our barometer and lawyer’s viewpoint (www.personneltoday.com/33062.article).Don’t forget that the government’s consultation on the age regulations closes later this month, so if you want to air your concerns and haven’t already responded, you had better hurry.As the new editor of Employers’ Law and legal editor for the Personnel Today portfolio, I look forward to hearing your news, views and employment law issues. Dawn [email protected] Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Beware the pitfallsOn 1 Jan 2006 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Tenney, Brindisi square off over Spectrum solution

first_img“I would break up the monopoly, go to the FCC, ask the FCC to re-look into this monopoly, give us a choice, and allow a lot of the other players in the market who would like to provide the service at a lower cost price,” Tenney told 12 News Wednesday. Additionally, Tenney claimed Brindisi voted to allow Spectrum to form a ‘monopoly’ when he was a state assemblyman, a part of the state budget she said she voted against. Tenney is running for her former NY-22 congressional seat against Rep. Anthony Brindisi, who she said has failed to live up to his campaign promises to hold Spectrum accountable. She said the internet provider has raised rates six times since Brindisi took office. Tenney said if elected, she would push the federal government to intervene on behalf on constituents. In response, Congressman Brindisi’s re-election campaign sent a statement to 12 News, which you can read in its entirety below:center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — On Wednesday, former congresswoman Claudia Tenney reignited a debate over the future of broadband internet in Upstate NY. Currently, Frontier also provides broadband service to parts of the NY-22 congressional district. “Claudia come lately is at it again. After giving Spectrum a $9 billion tax cut, cashing their campaign checks, and staying silent during her tenure in Congress she is trying to join Anthony’s fight against Spectrum. NY-22 voters remember her record of cutting Spectrum’s taxes while they raised rates and they won’t be fooled–no matter how much dark money her Washington allies spend.”last_img read more

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Transmission won’t stop unless 80 percent of Jakartans stay at home: Epidemiologists

first_imgJakarta, Indonesia’s capital and its COVID-19 epicenter, needs greater popular effort and targeted local containment to stop contagion, experts have said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until June 4 in an effort to completely stop transmission after studies found that the COVID-19 reproductive ratio in the capital had been dropping since restriction policies were applied in mid-March. The ratio refers to the expected number of people one person with the disease will directly infect in a population susceptible to the disease.A study by researchers from the University of Indonesia’s School of Public Health found that the reproductive ratio in Jakarta had decreased from 4 in mid-March to 1.11 on May 17. “The coronavirus will not go away. But if we can reduce the ratio to less than one, it will spread much slower. We must make greater efforts to achieve that,” said Pandu Riono, a UI epidemiologist who was involved in the study, on Wednesday.Roughly a month before PSBB was enacted on April 10, the city administration closed down schools and public facilities and called on people to stay at home.The restriction policies caused nearly 60 percent of Jakarta’s residents to stay at home, according to the UI team, which analyzed data from Google’s COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which tracks changes in the travel behavior of Android users.New cases, however, began rising again during Ramadan as people spent more time outside their homes during the afternoon and evening, the study found. “[COVID-19 transmission] will not stop unless at least 80 percent of the population stays at home,” Pandu said.He found that people’s mobility in certain regions, including in densely populated areas in Petamburan in Central Jakarta and Sunter Agung in North Jakarta, was higher than that of others. Petamburan and North Sunter are the two subdistricts with the most cases in the capital.“The Jakarta administration needs to focus on regions [with poor compliance with the stay-at-home instructions] in the days ahead,” Pandu said.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta extends PSBB until June 4 as Jokowi seeks to ease restrictionsThe findings concur with a separate study by the Tarumanegara University Center for Metropolitan Studies, which mapped the spatial patterns of the spread of the disease.“We suggest the administration use an emergency response. Areas with the highest number of cases should have different handling procedures,” said Suryono Herlambang, one of the researchers.As of Thursday, Jakarta had reported 6,301 confirmed cases. Sunter Agung had recorded the highest number of cases at 142, followed by Petamburan with 126 cases and West Pademangan in North Jakarta with 117 cases. The other regions of Jakarta have recorded less than 100 cases each.At least 30 confirmed cases in Sunter Agung were linked to members of Islamic missionary movement Jamaat Tabligh who stopped in Al-Muttaqien Mosque in Sunter Agung, North Jakarta, Health Agency head Yudi Dimyati said.A spike of cases also occurred in Sunter Agung’s densely populated community unit (RW) 01, located about 500 meters away from the mosque.To prevent new transmissions, local authorities have isolated the mosque and reduced access to RW 01, Sunter Agung subdistrict head Danang Wijanarko said.In Petamburan, subdistrict head Setiyanto said no new clusters had been recorded after a cluster of 72 infections was found in the dormitories of the Bethel Indonesia School of Theology.As the virus has begun to infect residents of the city’s most densely populated areas, the Jakarta health agency has been conducting rapid antibody tests over the past few weeks to head off new infection clusters.Read also: COVID-19 creeps into Jakarta’s kampungsThe agency’s public health department head Fify Mulyani said it had performed rapid tests on 110,090 people and had collected swabs from 4,135 people who provisionally tested positive for the virus to conduct the more accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.Anies, meanwhile, was aware that there were many people violating PSBB, even after he issued a decree on May 11 that permitted sanctioning violators of PSBB or of the social distancing policy imposed in the capital. The decree stipulates punishments ranging from community service to fines.By Wednesday, the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) had recorded 8,436 PSBB violators – both individuals and businesses. Of the number, 446 businesses were forced to cease operations, 1,564 individuals were ordered to perform community service and 327 individuals and businesses were fined. The combined total of fines has reached nearly Rp 300 million (US$20,378).Anies said the 14 days after the PSBB extension would be a defining moment for the capital in the effort to reduce cases. He urged all Jakartans to avoid going outside their homes, even during the upcoming Idul Fitri holiday, expected to fall on Sunday.“We’ve progressed much in the last two months, but this isn’t over yet. We will not ease [PSBB],” he said. “For those who are not yet staying at home, please join our cause.”Topics :last_img read more

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