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Work-life balance boost for Dixons

first_imgWork-life balance boost for DixonsOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Electrical retailer Dixons is launching a package of work-life balanceinitiatives to help improve staff motivation and productivity. The group’s HR director for central operations, Liz Purdy, hopes its onlinejob-share register and voluntary work in the community scheme will improve itsstaff’s working lives. “If staff have a good balance between their professional and personallife they are a lot more motivated and productive, which we want toencourage,” she said. Other initiatives to improve employee work-life balance, trialled at thefirm’s head office last week, included talks on time management and access toan online shopping service. Staff also benefited from reflexology sessions and Indian head massagesduring the trial which coincided with work-life balance week. Dixons has recently introduced a new focus on HR as a core strand of itsbusiness and is hoping that improving work life balance will have an impact onits ability to attract talent. “We must focus on people strategy to help us attract and retain thebest people. Work-life balance is a big part of that,” said Purdy. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Sicknote debate highlights shortfalls in new proposals

first_imgSicknote debate highlights shortfalls in new proposalsOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. ‘Fitness for work statements – whose job is it anyway?’ was the subject of adebate on government proposals to take the responsibility for writing sicknotesaway from GPs, and pass it on to other health professionals – including OH. It was chaired by Gail Cotton, head of OH and safety services forLeicestershire Fire and Rescue, and past president of the AOHNP, and involvedthree speakers. Dr Philip Sawney, principal medical adviser at the Department for Work andPensions, explained some of the thinking behind the proposals. He said manyhealth professionals give advice to patients on their fitness for work, butonly GPs can certify them. The new set-up would create a new role for healthprofessionals to inform the decision that should be made by both staff andtheir employers. He said a joint study is currently underway on the future responsibility forsicknotes, but no-one in Government has made a decision yet. OH manager Cathy Harrison, who is currently on secondment to the NHS Plusteam at the Department of Health, said a series of pilots are taking placelooking at fitness for work. She said that OH has always advised on fitness forwork, but questioned how it would manage the role of determining sicknoteprovision. “Is it appropriate for us to become gatekeepers?” sheasked. Violet Chidombwe, an OHA for Leicester Prison Service, who also works as alocum practice nurse in a GP’s surgery, put a different slant on the debate.”Are we trying to shift the balance onto OH practitioners?” sheasked. “If so, we can only face that challenge if we’ve got the rightresources.” During the interactive debate that followed, delegates queried how such aventure would be resourced, and how it would work for employers without accessto OH. They voted overwhelmingly against moving fitness for work statements over toOH, but were in favour of involvement with the pilot schemes. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Royal IHC secures contract to supply equipment for Anna Nery FPSO

first_imgRoyal IHC will supply a tandem mooring and offloading system and a riser pull-in system for the Anna Nery FPSO Royal IHC secures contract to supply FPSO equipment for Anna Nery vessel. (Credit: Royal IHC) Royal IHC has been awarded a contract to supply floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) equipment for Yinson.Under the contract, the company will be responsible for the supply of a tandem mooring and offloading system and a riser pull-in system for the Anna Nery FPSO.The vessel will be installed at the Marlim 2 oil field, at approximately 150km offshore for the Brazilian coast, in a water depth of 930 meters.The company said that Anna Nery FPSO will be capable to producing 70,000 barrels per day of oil and 4 million cubic metres per day of gas.The production is scheduled to commence between 2022 and 2023 and the vessel will be operated and chartered for a period of 25 years.Royal IHC to deliver the equipment in 2021Royal IHC Offshore executive director Andre Merlino said: “We are proud to have been awarded this contract by Yinson for this significant project.“This contract provides further evidence that IHC is firmly established as a reputable partner for the design and development of advanced equipment for the floating production market, we look forward to building what we hope will be a long-term partnership with Yinson by working collaboratively on this important project.”The company said that the design of the offloading and riser pull-in system reduces the space required on board for storage.Additionally, the firm is expected to deliver the equipment in 2021.Last month, Swiss electrical equipment manufacturer ABB has signed an agreement with Yinson for electrical, control and telecommunication equipment and services for the Anna Nery FPSO vessel.last_img read more

Agents given 11 extra weeks to comply with new Welsh holding deposits law

first_imgHome » News » Agents given 11 extra weeks to comply with new Welsh holding deposits law previous nextRegulation & LawAgents given 11 extra weeks to comply with new Welsh holding deposits lawThe decision by the Housing Minister Julie James follows meeting a with representatives of ARLA Propertymark, including its Chief Executive and Welsh board member.Nigel Lewis10th December 20190636 Views Letting agents in Wales have been given an extra 11 weeks to implement changes to the way holding deposits can be taken after a meeting between the Welsh Housing Minister Julie James and ARLA Propertymark.During the meeting representatives from ARLA told James that the original deadline of 13th December would have made extraordinary demands on agents.This is because, ARLA argued, giving agents just 19 worksing days’ notice to comply was not enough time for IT systems to be amended, staff to be retrained and new procedures to be drawn up.“The Minister fully appreciated our points and stated unequivocally that she wanted to work with professional agents and had no intention of putting our members in the difficult position of not having enough time to properly prepare for new laws before they are implemented,” says the ARLA Board Member for Wales, Angela Davey (left).Letting agents in Wales now have until 28th February to comply with the new legislation.The new legislation within the Renting Homes (Fees, etc) (Wales) Act 2019 requires agents to provide tenants with a lengthy list of information about the holding deposit before it can be collected.This includes the amount, which address it is for, details of any reference checks and the address and contact details of either the landlord or letting agent, depending on who is managing the property.“Last month ARLA Propertymark members were provided with a Fact Sheet and an editable template form in order to help you comply,” says ARLA Chief Executive David Cox. “We will be amending these to reflect today’s announcements and will re-issue updated versions shortly.”Fees ban wales Angela Davey ARLA Propertymark David Cox December 10, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Polish Navy Participates in BALTOPS Exercise

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Polish Training & Education Polish Navy Participates in BALTOPS Exercise June 17, 2013 View post tag: Participates The region comes to a crisis and United Nations Security Council is adopting a resolution legitimizing the international group of ships to come into the region and stabilize the situation. This is the basic assumption for the scenario of this year’s BALTOPS exercise.Eight Polish Navy ships, two helicopters and one patrol aircraft are taking part in BALTOPS 2013 exercise on the Baltic. The Partnership for Peace exercise will last until June 22.BALTOPS 2013 is the multinational exercise of cooperation between ships, airplanes and helicopters of 10 countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, and the USA. Polish Navy operates with six minesweepers: ORP ‘Goplo’, ORP ‘Mamry’, ORP ‘Wdzydze’, ORP ‘Gardno’, ORP ‘Bukowo’ and ORP ‘Hancza’, submarine ORP ‘Orzel’, two Mi-14 PL anti-submarine helicopters and patrol-reconnaissance airplane Bryza. Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One – SNMCMG1 under Polish command with the flagship ORP ‘Czernicki’ is also a part of this exercise.Polish forces participating in the exercise BALTOPS 2013 will mainly perform tasks related to the safety of maritime transportation routes. Mi-14 PL helicopter will cooperate with other units to protect maritime forces against the submarines. Minesweepers will be responsible mainly for protecting the main forces and sea lanes of communication against the sea mines. BALTOPS is an annual, international sea exercise designed to enhance interoperability of naval forces of the Partnership for Peace in the Baltic Sea region.[mappress]Press Release, June 17, 2013; Image: Polish Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Polish Navy Participates in BALTOPS Exercise View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BALTOPS Share this articlelast_img read more

Keble asbestos not a threat

first_imgKeble College has today confirmed that its vacation storage units are safe for students and staff to use, after conducting an asbestos survey earlier this week.Keble College Bursar, Roger Boden, has emphasised that the dangerous building material was properly managed at all times and never posed any risk to students. Use of the units for storage purposes will now continue as normal.Speaking to Cherwell, Mr Boden said, “As a routine part of this risk management we have commissioned surveys for the presence of asbestos of the units that are used for vacation storage. I am entirely satisfied that these areas are safe, both for our students and our staff. Managing the asbestos risk in buildings is a major long-term task that most owners of buildings face. There are comprehensive rules as to how the risk is to be managed.”A Freedom of Information request submitted this week by Cherwell has also revealed that at least four other colleges have asbestos or asbestos containing materials (ACMs) on site, at no risk to staff or students. These include Exeter, St Johns and St Edmund Hall, who confirmed that they have 31, 23 and 130 student rooms containing asbestos respectively. Queen’s College also said that they were aware of low risk asbestos sheeting within college property. All other colleges either confirmed that they have no asbestos on-site, or have yet to respond to the request.Like many 20th century buildings, asbestos was used in the construction of the storage space as a fireproofing and insulation material. Asbestos related risks on University and College property are managed by the Estates Service, which develops individual Asbestos Management Plans for individual colleges, as required by law. The University Administration and Services department also keeps a comprehensive asbestos register for all asbestos and asbestos containing materials (ACM).According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, “Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibres become airborne, which happens when materials are damaged.” Most colleges carry out annual surveys of asbestos in consultation with specialist companies who provide expert asbestos removal services. Students moving into rooms containing asbestos must be legally be informed of this fact in writing. Since undisturbed asbestos poses no health risk, the presence of the material cannot be used by students as grounds to request new accommodation.One second-year Keble student, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “It isn’t really a problem that I worry about. Builders and workmen are the ones most at risk. It’s a case of out of sight, out of mind.”last_img read more


first_imgPUBLIC LAW MONITOR BY JOSHUA CLAYBOURN -ATTY WITH JACKSON-KELLY LAW FIRM 2017 Municipal Legislation Update With the conclusion of the 2017 Indiana legislative session, Jackson Kelly PLLC has compiled a comprehensive summary of enacted legislation impacting municipalities. Email [email protected] for a copy of the summary. Joshua ClaybournJoshua is Counsel in Jackson Kelly’s Evansville office. He advises clients in matters of business and corporate law, governmental services, and public finance. Learn more here. In defense of Hoosier home ruleThe Indianapolis Star, Evansville Courier & Press, and several other Indiana publications carried an op-ed by me recently relating to Indiana’s home rule principle. Indiana’s Home Rule Act first passed in 1980 and generally grants municipalities the power to govern themselves as they see fit. Now state legislation places those ideals under greater attack than at any time since Hoosier home rule began. Click here to read the op-ed in full. Commissioners withdraw proposed Vigo County jail siteResidents of Terre Haute recently faced the possibility of a new county jail on prime riverfront property mere feet from parks and a children’s aquatic center. Jackson Kelly PLLC represented residents opposed to the proposed location. County Commissioners subsequently stopped the proposed rezoning and variance, helping preserve the riverfront for superior economic development opportunities. Click here for more from the Trib Star. Bloomington challenges constitutionality of state lawOn Wednesday the City of Bloomington filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly purporting to terminate Bloomington’s annexation efforts and prohibit further annexation activities until 2022. The provision was dropped into the state budget bill just hours before the end of the legislative session. The language was designed to affect only Bloomington and the annexation effort underway there.The lawsuit, which names Governor Holcomb as the defendant, claims the legislation is unconstitutional for two reasons. First, it targets Bloomington and only Bloomington. Article IV, Section 23 of Indiana’s Constitution prohibits so-called “special legislation” that singles out individual communities for regulation. Second, the provision was inserted into the state’s budget bill, which addresses state funding and administration. Article IV, Section 19 of Indiana’s Constitution requires that legislation cover a single subject, while the provision on one community’s annexation is unrelated to state funding or administration. The City is seeking a declaratory judgment on the constitutionality of the legislation and an injunction against enforcement. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

National Doughnut Week confirmed for 2021

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesNational Doughnut Week has been confirmed for 2021.The week-long celebration of doughnuts, sponsored by CSM Bakery Solutions, is to take place from 8-16 May 2021. It will help to raise vital funds for The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.During the week, bakers from across the country are expected to take part by donating a portion of their doughnut sales to the cause. Birds Bakery, which hosted its own Doughnut Week this year, is one of the first to sign up. The registration date will be announced in 2021.National Doughnut Week was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been running for 29 years, after being launched in 1991 by Christopher Freeman, owner of Dunn’s Bakery.In 2019, it raised more than £32,000 for the charity. And, since launch, it has raised a total of £972,256 for charitable causes, including £437,187 for The Children’s Trust.“The one and only National Doughnut Week will be taking place 8-16 May 2021 and we hope that bakers from around the country sign up and help us raise much needed funds for The Children’s Trust. It’s been a tough year for charities, and we hope that the week can go ahead next year with even more bakers joining in,” said Ivor McKane, sales director FT UK & Ireland, West, at CSM Bakery Solutions.last_img read more

Cotton Workshop.

first_imgThe 1.66 million bales of cotton produced on Georgia farms last year were enough to make a pair of jeans and two T-shirts for every man, woman and child in the United States and Canada.To help sustain that kind of effort, the ninth annual Georgia Cotton Production Workshop will offer a wealth of information for cotton growers, dealers and other agribusinesses Dec. 11-12 in Tifton, Ga.Each morning will begin with 90-minute workshops. Topics will include: General sessions will cover: Panel discussions each day will explore conservation tillage and skip-row cotton.The workshop will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Tifton Rural Development Center. It will end at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. A $30 fee ($20 before Nov. 30) covers instruction, materials and refreshment breaks.Get a registration form on the Web, or contact your county office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. Or call the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center at (229) 386-3416 (or e-mail Verna Kea). Cotton weeds, insects, physiology, markets and new varieties.Fertilizer and soil management.A cotton industry update. New cotton developments.The farm bill.Water issues.Many other topics.last_img read more

Annie’s Naturals Merges with Napa Valley company, to leave Vermont

first_imgNovember 16, 2005North Calais-based Annies Naturals Merges with Napa ValleyNatural Foods Consortium/center>North Calais, VTAfter 21 years of operation in a farmhouse at the top of Foster Hill Road in North Calais, Annies Naturals, natural foods leading brand of salad dressings and condiments, announced today that it will merge its Vermont business with Napa, Calif.-based Homegrown Naturals, a consortium of leading natural foods companies that includes natural mac and cheese maker Annies Homegrown, Consorzio, and Fantastic Foods. The merger will result in all Vermont operations and jobs moving to California over the next six months.Annies Naturals co-owners Annie Christopher and Peter Backman will retain minority stakes in Homegrown Naturals. Solera Capital, a NY private equity firm, owns a majority interest in Homegrown Naturals. In the early 1980s, while in culinary school, Christopher operated a summer BBQ stand on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Central Vermont, before turning her attention to selling her barbecue sauce full time in 1984. Her products quickly attracted a following, with her Goddess Dressing growing to become the best-selling salad dressing in the natural foods marketplace. For more than 20 years, weve worked very hard to build a company that is successful, a leader in natural foods, and dedicated to certain social and local causes, said Backman. We have the same historical roots and customer base as Homegrown Naturals subsidiaries, which makes us a natural fit. Our new relationship with Homegrown Naturals gives us a broader platform to work from, giving us more flexibility and greater access to new markets. I especially want to thank the Vermont Department of Agriculture, who under the Kunin administration during the early years of my business, supported me and invited me to a New York food show in 1984 where I was discovered by Bloomingdales, said Christopher. And a big thank you to Dick Agney, now theexecutive vice president of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation, who truly was the only person who would give me a loan back then.Annies Naturals, which employs thirteen people in North Calais and three regional sales managers elsewhere in the US, will be phasing its office, marketing, and sales operations to Napa, Calif., over the next six months. Among the merger agreement terms is a bonus to be distributed among Annies Naturals employees. Annies Naturals will also be providing employment counseling and financial advising services for employees not relocating. All the employees here have made invaluable contributions to the companys overall growth and success, said Backman. The bonus were distributing to employees is a reward for their dedication and hard work here. We determined the bonus amounts based on employees years of employment with us and their positions in the company. Christopher and Backman are also establishing a charitable fund that will be administered by the Vermont Community Foundation to support non-profit organizations committed to promoting the arts, health-related causes, nutrition education, sustainable agriculture and education programs related to these causes. Christopher and Backman will remain with the company for at least one year to oversee product development, brand management, sales and marketing, and to help ensure a smooth transition and continued success of Annies Naturals. Specifically, Christopher will be contributing to further product development of Annies Naturals as well as to Homegrown Naturals other subsidiary brands, retaining each brands individual identity.Were excited about working with Homegrown Naturals and sharing our knowledge and experience with them, said Backman. Annies Naturals and Annies Homegrown have been mistaken for each other for years.Now the two shall be one, said Christopher.Founded by Christopher in North Calais in 1984, Annies Naturals began in the 1813 farmhouse kitchen where Backmans family has lived amid 200 acres of family farmland for seven generations. Annies Naturals is now the best-selling brand of salad dressings and condiments in the natural foods marketplace and distributes its products in supermarkets, natural food stores, mainstream supermarkets, and specialty stores throughout the US, Canada, and in several countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. /x-tad-smaller>/fontfamily>###/x-tad-smaller>/fontfamily>/center>last_img read more