JROTC cadets work concessions at TCU football games Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store ReddIt printAfter a unanimous vote by the board of education Tuesday night, Dr. Kent Scribner has been named the official superintendent of Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD).“It was a little more than a month ago that I was named lone finalist,” Scribner said. “And it was a great opportunity to interact with board of trustees as well as the community. It feels very good and happy to have completed this process. I really want to get started and get to meet many of you all.”Scribner said he is eager to get started in FWISD on Oct. 15. He said the talented faculty, staff and board of trustees are the ingredients necessary to move FWISD to become the model for urban schools. He plans to begin his work in the district by listening to parents, students and teachers to assess the district’s needs.“In today’s world, top-down authoritative leadership is not a sustainable model, it’s not an effective model,” Scribner said. “We live in the information age, and as leaders we need to tap into that information to make the most informed decisions possible.”Scribner said he wants all students graduating from FWISD to be prepared for success in college, career and life. Scribner implemented his mission in his previous district, Phoenix Union High School District.Phoenix Union High School District has a 75 percent graduation rate with 27,000 students and did not meet annual measurable objectives for the 2013-2014 school year. In comparison, Fort Worth ISD has a 82 percent graduation rate for the same school year, but has roughly 84,000 students.“Our job as a school system is to provide the skills, the academic skills, the technical skills, the employability skills, but also the social and emotional skills so that young people can be successful in life in the workplace,” Scribner said.Parents in FWISD look forward to their new superintendent.Janie Ginn said she attends Board of Education meetings regularly because she is so invested with the kids at the schools.She said last January she asked the board to look for someone who could come in with fresh eyes and bring the district into the 21st century.“I read about him, and everything just lined up perfectly,” Ginn said. “He has had previous experience with elementary schools and high school. He is known as a game changer.” ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ + posts Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ Paschal High School gains new assistant principal Linkedin W.P. McLean 6th Grade Center updates health curriculum ereardonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ereardon/ Previous articleChildren’s Closet at University Christian Church to donate uniformsNext articleCampus Carry: What YOU need to know ereardon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin Fort Worth Independent School District establishes leadership academies Twitter Twitter Facebook ereardon
Facebook Twitter Facebook TCU students speak out on civil rights issues Bridging the divide: TCU promotes dialogue between Christianity and Islam Adam Kelley + posts Previous articleTCU students have a blast with Bo BurnhamNext articleVolleyball sweeps SDSU, falls to USD to end tournament Adam Kelley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TCU students react to an increase in drug violations Linkedin ReddIt Calls to the TCU Police Department drop this semester TCU implements new writing contest Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Adam is a senior writing major, journalism and religion double minor. He covers crime and public safety for TCU360. Alcohol violations on opening game day remain low TCU campus reopens Saturday, classes to resume Monday ReddIt Twitter Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ Adam Kelleyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/adam-kelley/ printIt’s been a few weeks into the new school year, and crime rates at TCU are lower than expected.A total of 25 crimes were logged by the TCU Police Department in August of 2015, ranging from public intoxication, to fighting, to stolen bicycles.This number is actually much lower than anticipated, given the increase in enrollment.“There normally tends to be more crime with a bigger population on campus,” said TCU Police Lt. Ramiro Abad.“We expect the rates will go up because we have a bigger influx of people,” Abad said. “Whenever you have that increase, the potential for certain things to happen increases drastically, and that’s with any populace.”The total number of crimes logged in the month of August were the lowest they’ve been since 2009, and 16 percent lower than the average from 2010 to 2014, according to the crime log.TCU has been growing steadily in student body size for the past couple of decades.In the fall of 2000, the Frogs set a new school record with a fall enrollment of 7,775, according to the TCU Office of Institutional Research.Ten years later, the enrollment number increased by more than a thousand, totaling 9,142, and since then it’s increased at an average of about 200 students per year.The fall 2014 enrollment is listed at 10,033, according to the Office of Institutional Research. But with that growth came an increase in student misconduct, as well as some notable drug arrests, according to TCU police.Enrollment for fall 2015 has not yet been released.
Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ printThe students sitting behind the front desk of Wright Hall on a wet and rainy October night are more than just ID numbers. There sits George Chumas, a senior accounting major who has an opportunity to play a positive role in people’s lives, despite the confines of the purple-walled lobby.Chumas said working as a residence assistant means more than just the check that comes along with the job. To him, it’s about truly making a hall a home and being the positive impact on his residents that his freshman year residence assistant was on him.“My freshman year residence assistant was so incredibly kind,” he said. “He got me plugged in immediately and I just felt like I was doing all the things I needed to be doing, so when I got the opportunity to apply for that role, you know, you take it and you run with it.”Chumas took the mindset of fostering a community and building strong relationships from his resident assistant position and carried it over into building the newest fraternity on TCU’s campus, Sigma Nu, from an idea to a fully chartered chapter his freshman year.“To have an opportunity to build something from the ground up and have not necessarily my opinion matter, but to take this gigantic vision and be the vehicle to make it happen – what a challenging thing to do,” he said. “I wanted a role.”Chumas added that the impact his fraternity can have for the greater good may not reach across to all fraternities on campus but can be a driving force for him and his fellow fraternity brothers.Saturdays are not just game days for Chumas either. As a horn player for the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band, Saturdays are the culmination of the six-hour rehearsal week he ensued with his fellow musicians and to him, it’s worth every second.“Everything boils down to the people – it sincerely does,” Chumas said. “I’ve met the best people on this campus and in the band.”Six hours of rehearsal a week prepares Chumas and his friends in the TCU Horned Frog Marching Band for the game day. (Photo courtesy of George Chumas).He said it comes to no surprise to him that TCU was ranked 2nd in student engagement by the Wall Street Journal last week. He credited the entire university from the administration down to the students for the all-around commitment to fostering personal growth and involvement throughout campus.“The way it works from the top down here, how could you not succeed when all the administration wants you to do well?” Chumas said. “How could you not succeed when all the organizational advisors want you to do well? How could you not succeed when everyone around you is pushing for you to personally grow?”Chumas credited the university for providing the opportunities for him to take advantage of.“I did take advantage of those opportunities,” he said. “I became a product of my environment. I got to take things I like and apply them at a really high level.” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt + posts Facebook Michael Rogers Six hours of rehearsal a week prepares Chumas and his friends in the TCU band for game day. Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Linkedin Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt Linkedin Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ Previous articleHoroscope: October 24, 2017Next articleTCU ‘can’t wait’ for top-25 football matchup at Iowa State Michael Rogers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Michael Rogershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michael-rogers/ ACT, SAT scores now optional for students applying to TCU in 2021 ‘Unchartered territory’ as Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate Former President Jimmy Carter hospitalized TCU, SMU students collaborate on app for students, businesses Welcome TCU Class of 2025
November 27, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica On journalist Eric Topona’s 100th day in detention and five days before his trial is due to start in N’Djamena, Reporters Without Borders is today launching a petition for his release and the release of fellow-journalist Moussaye Avenir de la Tchiré and the blogger Jean Etienne Laokolé. Sign the petition .“These three men, who are being held at Amsinene military camp in N’Djamena, are not conspirators,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are just independent or opposition news providers who offer critical coverage of the situation in Chad, and we therefore urge Chadian citizens and members of the international public to use this petition to say they think their detention has gone on for too long.”“We are not saying that these news providers cannot be prosecuted if they are accused of something, but we think that their detention is excessive and we think they should be released prior to being brought to trial.”A number of government critics were arrested arbitrarily during a three-month period that began in March. They included Laokolé, arrested on 22 March, Topona, arrested on 6 May and De La Tchiré, arrested on 7 May. When detaining several opposition parliamentarians around the same time as Topona and De La Tchiré, officials claimed that the arrests had foiled a conspiracy against the government. The authorities also accused Topona and Laokolé of being in contact with Makaila Nguebla, a blogger living abroad.Topona, who is general secretary of the Union of Chadian Journalists, was initially charged with “endangering constitutional order.” But the charge he will face when his trial opens on 19 August is “proposing to organize a conspiracy that did not materialize.”De la Tchiré, who is the publisher of the newspaper Abba Garde, is charged with “inciting hatred and inciting a popular uprising.” There has been no positive response to any of the provisional release requests presented by the three detainees’ lawyers.More information on this affair . October 7, 2020 Find out more August 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB launches petition for release of three N’Djamena detainees Reports Organisation Help by sharing this information ChadAfrica December 1, 2020 Find out more Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid Receive email alerts News to go further News Follow the news on Chad News RSF_en
More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News On January 29th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) agreed with Allysha Almada and Vicki Lin, two nurses who filed a complaint against their former employer, Huntington Hospital, claiming they were fired for their efforts to unionize. The decision by the NLRB means that Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena must now reach an agreement with the two nurses or the NLRB will file a formal complaint that could result in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who has met with the nurses and spoken out on their right to freely unionize, released the following statement calling for them to be reinstated:The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) decision is a victory for workers and the residents of the San Gabriel Valley who count on the nurses of Huntington Memorial Hospital to deliver quality health care. As a former educator whose job was saved by a union, I know just how important the right to unionize can be. That is why I have spoken out and stood up with Allysha Almada and Vicki Lin. Firing workers because they choose to exercise their collective bargaining rights is not only appalling, but, as the NLRB decision shows, is also an egregious violation of federal labor laws. These nurses, like other workers, should have the right to unionize without fear of losing their jobs and jeopardizing continuous care for their patients. I am thrilled with the NLRB’s decision to side with these hard-working healthcare providers. Now it is time for Huntington to reinstate these nurses and stop standing in the way of their right to organize. Our nurses take care of us and our loved ones, and it is time to ensure we take care of them as well.”Nurses Allysha Almada and Vicki Lin were fired by Huntington Memorial Hospital in August 2015. They were leaders in the pro-unionization movement in the hospital and strong advocates for a fair election process. In October 2015, Allysha took her fight to the national level when she was invited to Washington D.C. to participate in the White House Summit on Worker Voice. On January 29th, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board completed their investigation and ruled in favor of Almada and Lin. Make a comment Business News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Government Rep. Chu Calls on Huntington Hospital to Reinstate Nurses and Allow Unionization Following NLRB Decision Published on Friday, February 5, 2016 | 5:03 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website First Heatwave Expected Next Week
Could Eliminating Single-Family Housing be Good? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Could Eliminating Single-Family Housing be Good? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily A study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) states traditional housing zoning has been seen as a barrier to affordability, and that using policy to promote diversity in housing stick could accommodate a diverse population with varying incomes and needs. “A fresh round of research continues to point to strict zoning ordinances as impeding supply and affordability in the United States,” the NAHB study states. “Innovative policy shifts that increase the flexibility in land use and the tools available to construct varied housing should be good news for builders, developers, renters and home buyers.”The NAHB added that “diversifying housing options with smaller lots and smaller homes provides resources on code requirements and could provide examples of housing projects that break the traditional mold of housing. The report adds that opposition to policies, such as the elimination of single-family zoning, comes from “not in my backyard sentiments.” “Property value and neighborhood congruity are common arguments against altering single-family zoned areas,” the report said. “However, appropriate zoning and design considerations can be of use to qualm these concerns.”Oregon’s HB 2001 went into effect on August 8, and mandates that cities with a population of more than or equal to 25,000 to allow middle-housing types on lots previously earmarked for the development of detached single-family housing. The NAHB states, clarifying the legislation, that the policy does not “outright prohibit” single-family zoning or development in Oregon. “In fact, the bill should give builders and developers more flexibility and opportunities to build an expanded range of housing types in the state,” the NAHB said. The report states there are currently 11 case studies in the U.S. on innovative land-use policies, such as Oregon’s HB 2001.Those studies include: Meridian Court: Two single-family lots in Pasadena, California, were combined to create a house-scale condominium building comprising 10 townhouse units and improve site density to 26 units per acre.Mews Townhouse Units: The flexibility of this type of housing proved useful by turning an awkward lot configuration into a successful, small scale project in South Jordan, Utah, and similarly increased site density while providing two- and three-bedroom townhouses.“Oregon is in fact following a national trend in updating city codes that for years have led to a majority of land use being dedicated to single-family homes,” the report states. Tagged with: single-family housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Previous: Home Prices in Opportunity Zones Next: Improved Affordability and Falling Delinquencies Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 29, 2019 1,006 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago single-family housing 2019-08-29 Mike Albanese
Karol Sanchez, 16, was kidnapped on Dec. 16, 2019 while she was walking with her mom in the Bronx. Karol Sanchez, 16, was kidnapped on Dec. 16, 2019 while she was walking with her mom in the Bronx. – (New York Police Department)(NEW YORK) — A 16-year-old girl was kidnapped Monday night while she was walking with her mother in the Bronx, and police are now searching for four men believed to be involved.Karol Sanchez was walking along Eagle Avenue near East 156th Street at around 11:20 p.m. when two men stepped out of a vehicle, grabbed her and dragged her inside the car, according to the New York City Police Department.An Amber Alert was issued Tuesday in New York.Authorities fear she may be in “imminent danger of serious bodily harm and/or death,” according to the Amber Alert.Grainy surveillance video shows the apparent kidnapping and Sanchez’s mom can be seen in a struggle with one of the men before he pushes her to the ground.She was left at the scene and was not injured, according to police. Seeking Immediate Information in regards to a kidnapping last night in the vicinity of Eagle Ave and E 156th St. 16 year old Karol Sanchez was walking with her mother when 4 men in a beige sedan forced her into their vehicle and fled the scene. Any info PLEASE 1-800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/rgc8VWBgGv— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) December 17, 2019The car could be seen fleeing east bound on East 156th Street.Two other men were in the car at the time of the kidnapping, police said.Authorities described the vehicle as a beige-colored four-door sedan.Sanchez is described as approximately 5’5″ and 150 lbs with short black hair. She was last seen wearing a dark blue short jacket, white sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers, police said.Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Comments are closed. Round-up of news from the professional journalsTalk turns to action A major campaign aimed at avoiding another winter crisis in the NHS has beenlaunched by the RCN. Members across the UK are holding meetings this month todiscuss ideas. The campaign is known as the Turning Talk Into Action. Nursing Standard, 9 May A woman’s work…Researchers who want to find out about differences in mortality rates inwomen need to consider home lives as well as jobs. Working women in lessadvantaged households have a heavier burden of domestic labour. Health Service Journal 16 May Cocaine stroke link The growing pandemic of cocaine use in western society is providingincreasing evidence of its association with intra-cerebral haemorrhage. AndrewMcEvoy and colleagues warn doctors to be alert for drug misuse and anunderlying vascular cause in young patients with haemorrhagic stroke. British Medical Journal9 May Service opens wide Health authorities have been told to improve access to NHS dentistry. In aletter to health authorities, Mike Farrar, head of the DoH primary caredivision, said, “The Government is committed to restoring access to NHSdentistry for everyone, regardless of where they live, by September 2001.”Health Service Journal 16 May Related posts:No related photos. BriefingOn 1 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article
The employment law team at Pinsent Curtis Biddle answer questions onworkplace issuesStatement of terms and conditions Q: I have heard of a caserelating to the statement of terms and conditions of the employee. We use themto set out the contractual terms for our employees – should we? A: No. We advise clients thatthey should additionally use comprehensive contracts of employment issued atthe stage of offer and acceptance of the job. The case is Lovett v Wigan Metropolitan Council. The Court of Appeal heldthat the terms and conditions discussed during an employee’s interview andcovered in a subsequent letter formed a contract of employment. Contrary to theemployer’s arguments, the statutory written particulars and appended documentsthat were issued following commencement of the employment relationship wereheld to not form part of the contract. An employee has the right to receive a written statement of the substantiveterms and conditions from the employer within two months of starting work butthis is not intended to carry contractual force. In Lovett it was found thatthere was no evidence that the employee had it properly made clear to him thathis career progression depended on “he needs of the department”.Although this condition was contained in the statutory written particulars, itwas not in line with what had been agreed orally and confirmed in the offerletter and therefore could not form part of the contract. Lovett does not mean that there is new law for employers to grapple with,but it is a reminder of how the courts regard the statement of particulars – asa statutory obligation and not a contractual document. Christopher Booth Compromise Agreements Q: Is it true that it isgoing to be more difficult to rely on a compromise agreement in the future? A: In one sense, yes. Thedecision in BCCI (In compulsory liquidation) concerned the interpretation ofcompromise agreements signed by ex-staff of the bank, via Acas. Inconsideration for one month’s salary and after an interview with an Acasofficial, the employees signed an agreement stating that the payment was: “…in full and final settlement of all or any claims whether understatute, common law or in equity of whatsoever nature that exist or may existand in particular, all or any claims, rights or applications of whatsoevernature that the applicant has or may have or has made or could make in or tothe industrial tribunal, except the applicant’s rights under the respondent’spension scheme”. The House of Lords held that this wording did not preclude the employeesfrom proceeding with claims for “stigma” damages arising from the collapseof the bank and their dismissal. The court did not intend to frustrate the parties’ intentions but in theabsence of clear language, it will be “very slow to infer that a partyintended to surrender rights and claims of which he was unaware and could nothave been aware”. Lord Nicholls described the signing of a compromise agreement as an”informal release” and this would seem to be at odds with the factthat it is a legally binding agreement under statute. He also stated that thewording of the agreement would probably not be sufficient to have compromised aclaim for underpayment of wages. Martin Brewer Race and “national origin” Q: What is the latestposition on “national origin” under the Race Relations Act? A: In BBC Scotland v Sousterit was held that the Race Relations Act covers discrimination against anindividual on the basis that he or she is English. Under the Act’s definitionof national origin, the Scots and English are separate racial groups. The situation arose in this case because Souster was English and had beenemployed as a presenter of a Scottish television programme. His contract wasnot renewed and a Scottish woman was appointed in his place and he argued thathe had been discriminated against on racial grounds. The Court of Session said that the Act was applicable in this situation bydeciding that the issue of “national origin” should not be restrictedby the nationality test, which would not serve to distinguish between theScots, Welsh, English or Northern Irish. The employment tribunal to which thecase has been returned will now decide Souster’s case. Geoff Tyler Holiday entitlement Q: Are employees going to beable to claim their holiday entitlement under the Working Time directive fromDay One of their employment? A: Many are aware that UKworkers do not acquire the right to four weeks of annual paid leave until theyhave been working for thirteen weeks. However, the Advocate General of theEuropean Court maintained in Bectu v UK that the 13-week qualification periodis unlawful. The right to paid leave is “an automatic and unconditionalright granted to every worker” and there is no provision within thedirective that makes it subject to the 13-week period. The Advocate General even went so far as to say that the Working Timedirective “precludes” national legislation from making the rightsubject to a qualifying period. It remains to be seen whether the EuropeanCourt will follow this. Ashley Norman Transfer of Undertakings Q: What is the latestEuropean Court case law on transfer of undertakings? A: The European Court case ofAyse Suzen in 1997 indicated that there must be, for a transfer, a transfer ofsignificant tangible or intangible assets or, alternatively, in alabour-intensive function, a taking over by the new employer of a major part ofthe workforce in terms of numbers and skills. British courts have given many recent decisions flying in the face of theseconditions finding a transfer without either condition being satisfied. But thelatest ECJ case in Oy Liikenne Ab v Liskojarvi and Juntunen (Case C-172/99, 25January 2001) indicates that the European Court is still proceeding with itshard line. In this case, there was a transfer of bus operators operating bus routes inHelsinki. Most of the staff were taken on but not the majority of buses. TheEuropean Court held that this was an asset reliant undertaking and the merefact of taking over of a major part of the workforce was not a conclusivefactor and therefore, since the buses were not (in the main) transferred, therewas no transfer of an undertaking. This indicates the very stark contrast between the more liberal approach totransfers in Britain and the tests laid down by the European Court. New Tuperegulations due later this year are urgently needed to clarify the confusion. Dr John McMullen National Head of Employment Law Pension rights and part-time workersQ: We employ many part-timersand are concerned about the situation with regard to pension rights. Can youexplain what the position is?A: Many employers areconcerned about the position of part-time workers’ pensions following thedecision by the House of Lords in Preston. There are three key elements to the decision: the six-month limitationperiod, the position of employees on fixed-term contracts and the two-yearrestriction on backdating claims. The six-month limitation period is set out in the Equal Pay Act and was opento challenge if the House of Lords found that it was less favourable thansimilar domestic limitation periods. The House of Lords found that theprocedural rules under the Equal Pay Act were not overall less favourable thanthose governing breach of contracts claims which are subject to a six-yearlimitation period. This means that claims presented more than six months afterthe termination of the applicant’s employment will be statute barred.Where there are successive fixed-term contracts concluded at regularintervals in respect of the same employment to which the same pension schemeapplied, resulting in a stable employment relationship then the limitationperiod will only start to run from the end of the employment relationship. Ifthis stable employment relationship cannot be shown, then the limitation periodwill run from the end of each separate contract.Employers cannot rely on the Equal Pay Act to defeat a claim for periodsprior to the two years being taken into account. Successful applicants willtherefore have the right to their future pension benefits calculated byreference to periods of service subsequent to 8 April 1976 (the date when theECJ first held that Article 141 could be relied on directly by individuals). Thiswill be subject to the employee paying contributions he or she owed for therelevant period. This will be important in contributory schemes, particularlywhere the contributions are relatively high. This will not be a deterrent foremployees in non-contributory schemes or where the contributions are low. Itmay still be possible – even if indirect discrimination is made out inprinciple – that the discrimination is justified on grounds other than sex. Men who work part-time may also be entitled to retroactive membership ofpension schemes if their female colleagues are found to be indirectlydiscriminated against. Robert Mecrate-Butcher Questions and answersOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Comments are closed. Amendment to code removes need for policeOn 16 Jul 2002 in Police, Personnel Today Companies will no longer have to involve the police if they want to covertlymonitor employees, under the latest data protection draft monitoring codepublished last week. The Information Commission’s previous draft stated that employers would needto involve police in all covert monitoring, but its latest version of the codepublished on its website gives organisations much more freedom on the issue. Under the new draft organisations only have to inform the police whencovertly monitoring staff in areas they have “a high expectation ofprivacy”, such as toilets or individuals’ offices. The commission has also introduced a requirement for employers to carry outan ‘impact assessment’ before any staff monitoring to determine if it isnecessary and how it should be carried out. The CBI believes the code still does not give employers enough rights whencovert monitoring. Legal adviser at the CBI Susannah Haan said: “Is a glass wall a privateoffice? Even a private office is part of the business.” David Smith, assistant commissioner at the Information Commission, said thechanges to the draft followed concerns highlighted by employers on the issue. “Members at the consultation said even for serious criminal offencesthey may want to deal with them internally,” he said. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.