Retirement laws needed to stem tide of tribunals

first_imgRetirement laws needed to stem tide of tribunalsOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today TheGovernment would be wise to speed up the introduction of age discriminationlegislation to put an end to the uncertainty TheGovernment would be wise to speed up the introduction of age discriminationlegislation to remove uncertainty and reduce the ever-growing number oftribunals.Itcomes as no surprise that the recent employment tribunal ruling allowingemployees over the age of 65 to bring claims for unfair dismissal and statutoryredundancy is to be appealed.TheGovernment clearly believes that, despite what the Labour Force Statisticssuggest, the upper age limit for employment claims is not discriminatory. However,some may have been surprised to read these words from a Governmentspokesperson: “Some issues are already clear. We must erode the presentcliff edge at the end of working life – where on Friday someone is a valuedmember of the workforce, but by Monday they are shunted into retirement. Thiswill mean extending choice and removing financial penalties that stand in people’sway. And it will mean legislating to end age discrimination at work.”Thesewere the words of the Work and Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith at the LabourParty Conference – but the subject matter was not compulsory retirement age,rather separate legislation concerning pension reforms.InlandRevenue regulations are to be reformed, opening up the possibility of easierretention when an employee has reached retirement age. Easier, that is, for theemployer to persuade staff to stay on. Thecurrent Inland Revenue regulations prevent employees from taking a pension andsalary from the same employer unless a completely different job is taken. Asa result, employees find they are unable to wind down to part-time work andstay with the same company purely because of financial difficulties. Thechanges to the pension restrictions will remove these financial barriers. Thiswill clearly benefit employers who wish to retain older workers who have keyroles in the company, and might otherwise be lost to competitors. Thismight be misinterpreted as the Government’s first step in introducinglegislation giving older workers more rights. However, whether the employee isinvited to stay on after retirement age is the employer’s choice. An employeedoesn’t have the right to complain if they are not retained. But legislationintroducing real rights for older workers is definitely in the pipeline.Implementationof the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations must take place before December2006. Although the first draft has not yet been published, it appears likely itwill be unlawful for an employer to stipulate a compulsory retirement age thatcannot be justified by the needs of the particular job.Inthe current situation, the Stratford Employment Tribunal’s decision is persuasive,but it does not change the law. Lawbooks still state that an employee over 65 years old or at normal retirementage, will not be able to bring a claim against their employer. Yet employeesare bringing claims on the back of this decision and these claims are beingstayed pending the appeal being heard. Everytime an employee is retired, there is a risk that they may present a complaintof unfair dismissal. Employers either have to follow a full dismissal procedureand identify a fair reason for dismissal, or bite the bullet and see whetherthey submit a claim. Thisuncertainty could be quickly addressed by the introduction of new legislation.Everybody knows that age discrimination laws must come into force. Delay nowmeans that employers are left in limbo and the tribunals lists are gettinglonger. Yes,there are practical difficulties in introducing age discrimination regulations.But there must also have been difficulties introducing similar legislationoutlawing race, sex and disability discrimination. Itwill take time for employers to become accustomed to age discriminationlegislation, and it is likely that for many, an inability to recognise it as aserious issue will result in costly claims and potentially large compensationawards. However,the benefit will be a return to certainty – which has got to be in everybody’sbest interests.ByMichael Ball, Employment partner, Halliwell Landau Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Popes John Paul II, John XXIII canonized in Vatican City

first_imgOn Sunday, the legacies of four popes combined in St. Peter’s Square when John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized by Pope Francis in a Mass attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.Vatican Radio estimated that around 800,000 people flocked to the St. Peter’s Square area Sunday, making it the largest event in Vatican City since Pope Francis’s 2013 election.Timothy O’Malley, director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, said because the canonization of popes is a rare occassion, the celebration of two in a single ceremony was unique.“There’s a special joy in this ceremony of John Paul II being canonized, because he canonized the greatest number of saints by far, more than anyone else before him,” O’Malley said. “He had a very deep commitment to the lives of the saints, and so it’s fitting that he’ll be canonized now and join their ranks.”O’Malley said John XXIII’s canonization was prompted by the whole Church asking for him to be recognized as a saint and to celebrate his feast day.“John XXIII has been Blessed for a long time … but when you’re beatified, you’re not put automatically on the universal calendar of the Church,” he said. “Dioceses asked to celebrate his feast, showing that John XXIII has become universally important, and thus his canonization is a recognition that the whole Church already perceives him as a saint.”The dual papal canonization took place on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day very important to John Paul II’s spirituality — but while the Polish pontiff had more connections to the specific date, O’Malley said the decision to canonize the two together is significant.“John XXIII was someone who set forth the Second Vatican Council, and John Paul II had such a force on implementing it in the way that he did,” O’Malley said. “There’s a way in which both popes are taken up into this [date].” Photo courtesy of Michael Kane Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on April 20. The pontiff led a dual papal canonization ceremony in the Vatican on Sunday, recognizing the sainthood of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.John XXIII led the Church from 1958-1963, succeeded by Paul VI and John Paul I. John Paul II was pope from 1978-2005, then Benedict XVI led from 2005 until February 2013, and Francis was installed March 13, 2013. O’Malley said all four popes were interested in the relationship of the Church to the modern world and sought particular ways to deal with that. “You can see John XXIII’s calling of the Second Vatican Council as a promulgation of the Church’s openness to the world,” he said. “And with Pope John Paul II, in some ways he was responsible for the fall of communism in Poland. When he went to Poland in the earliest days of his papacy, it changed the world.”He said as a scholar, Benedict has used his writing and explanations of the faith “to engage seriously with the world,” even writing a letter “as a very serious response … in a spirit of love and charity” to an atheist who critiqued his book “Introduction to Christianity.” O’Malley said Francis also has sought to actively engage the world with Catholicism.“I think you can say that they all have different understandings of the world … but all of them are serious about the Church’s engagement in the world,” he said.O’Malley said he had no doubt that the legacies of John XXIII and John Paul II have shaped Notre Dame and its mission.“John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council, and perhaps nothing has done more to shape the University’s mission and identity than its understanding of its relationship to the world,” he said. “As far as John Paul II goes … it’s a remarkable thing to think that basically from the late 70s to the year 2005, every student who came to Notre Dame knew John Paul II as Pope, the only Pope they’d had.“So that means a great deal of religious life, religious philosophy, the things that we study in the classroom, Catholic Social Teaching — it was shaped by John Paul II. Which means that a great deal of the religious intellectual life here on campus has been formed by that pope.“Notre Dame is different because these two popes existed, just as the whole Church is.”Tags: canonization, Catholic, John Paul II, John XXIII, Pope, saint, Vaticanlast_img read more

Most Americans are one paycheck away from the street

first_imgby: Quentin FottrellAmericans are feeling better about their job security and the economy, but most are theoretically only one paycheck away from the street.Approximately 62% of Americans have no emergency savings for things such as a $1,000 emergency room visit or a $500 car repair, according to a new survey of 1,000 adults by personal finance website Faced with an emergency, they say they would raise the money by reducing spending elsewhere (26%), borrowing from family and/or friends (16%) or using credit cards (12%).“Emergency savings are not just critical for weathering an emergency, they’re also important for successful homeownership and retirement saving,” says Signe-Mary McKernan, senior fellow and economist at the Urban Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on social and economic policy.The findings are strikingly similar to a U.S. Federal Reserve survey of more than 4,000 adults released last year. “Savings are depleted for many households after the recession,” it found. Among those who had savings prior to 2008, 57% said they’d used up some or all of their savings in the Great Recession and its aftermath. What’s more, only 39% of respondents reported having a “rainy day” fund adequate to cover three months of expenses and only 48% of respondents said that they would completely cover a hypothetical emergency expense costing $400 without selling something or borrowing money. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The 11 worst money mistakes to make in your 30s

first_imgby: Kathleen ElkinsAfter a decade of experimenting, failing, and learning from those failures, most of us have figured out how to navigate, or avoid, the most common money mistakes by the time we hit 30.However, then we face a whole new group of challenges.We consulted the experts and found out that money mistakes still run rampant after the roaring 20s, especially as major life changes are coming around, such as raising kids and purchasing a home.Here are 11 of the worst:1. Saving too much in the wrong places.Investing is important, but oftentimes people in their 30s have placed too much emphasis on the 401(k) or other types of retirement plans, and have neglected to save for other big purchases, explains Brandon Moss, certified financial planner and VP of wealth adviser management at United Capital. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What SETI Guru Wants to Know

first_imgSeth Shostak, a SETI advocate, has two key questions for aliens.A frequent spokesperson for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), Shostak was recently invited to be a science consultant for Hollywood’s latest cosmic battle epic, Battleship.  His interview for ended with the following: what would he ask the aliens?First, Shostak clarified whether the question meant getting an answer back or not.  Assuming it could be a two-way conversation, he did not care so much to learn about alien science or technology.  Instead, surprisingly, he would ask something very different.   He said,But if it ever got to a point where you could get into a conversation and ask questions, my two have always been: do you have music and do you have religion?I wouldn’t ask about physics because we could eventually figure that out, but those two questions are things only they would know.As for whether aliens would be friendly or hostile, Shostak shrugged and said it’s basically too late to worry, because our messages are already out there.Yes, they have both music and religion.  Angels serve the living God and sing for joy in His presence.Next question?Shostak would never ask such things if he did not realize deep in his soul that music and religion make no sense in a Darwinian universe.  Somebody send him Handel’s Messiah for contemplation as he ponders the conundrum of whether aliens would send signals by intelligent design or not (12/03/2005). (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How the transformation of the automotive industry is IoT-driven

first_imgRelated Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#autonomus cars#driverless cars#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving Of all the industries that the Internet of Things (IoT) has influenced, the automotive industry — with its connected car — seems to remain particularly successful at capturing the interest of consumers. From predictive maintenance of vehicles to smart cars that can offer you advice regarding parking reservations, today’s connected car comes equipped with a number of technologies that were once considered impossible.While the entire automotive industry is undergoing a technological transformation, there are a few manufacturers that are ahead of the others when it comes to innovation. The recent Mobile World Congress that was organized in Barcelona was attended by many of these manufacturers that are doing noticeable work to accelerate the arrival of the car of the future through unique combination of technologies, expertise, and partnerships. One of the most developments was SAP’s partnership with Hertz, Nokia, and Concur Technologies.Here’s a quick review of how the new partnerships will expedite the process of innovation and offer car users with an intelligent, automated, and personalized driving experience.Mojio — A Solution for Scalable Deployment of Connected Car ServicesMojio is an innovative platform that allows a seamless collaboration between the automotive, insurance, and telecom industries to create an ecosystem that features advanced data collection and analytical capabilities. It collects three types of data — contextual, behavioral, and diagnostic to offer a personalized experience to the users while improving asset availability and performance.Built on SAP Vehicles Network, Mojio is working with Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to offer an improved experience to the users. Here is a couple of future possibilities of how Mojio’s partnership with tech giants will add to the comfort and convenience of the users.Amazon/UPS/DHL/FedEx will use the geolocation data of users to deliver an order directly to the boot of the car while the owner’s having their lunch in a restaurant or attending a meeting.IFTTT and Mojio will work collaboratively to update your calendar automatically based on travel habits and track new trips in a Google spreadsheet. Ronald van Loon Hertz to Explore the Potential of In-Car Personalisation with IoTHertz joined the SAP Vehicles Network to become the first rental company to leverage the IoT for offering personalised experience to its customers. The partnership will allow Hertz to integrate in-car personalisation with travel and itinerary planning to offer its customers just what they need. Apart from this, Hertz will also use Concur Technologies’ TripLink to allow customers to generate an all-inclusive expense report at a single click. This, in turn, will save time and improve user convenience.Nokia to Add Multi-Layer Security to Connected CarsNokia has designed a new solution called Intelligent Management Platform for All Connected Things (IMPACT). IMPACT offers advanced data collection, analytics, and business application development capabilities, allowing service providers to offer a number of value-added services to their customers, such as:Getting real-time updates on traffic flowPersonalisation of driver settingsMonitoring and alerts regarding fuel levels, speed, and various other metricsNTT and SAP Collaboration to Improve the Safety of Public TransportIn addition, to offer customers an improved experience, SAP has also partnered with NTT to devise a one of its kind solution that will improve the safety of public transform. Known as Live Transportation Monitoring, the solution has three main components — SAP’s connected transportation safety portal, NTT’s IoT analytics platform, and a unique fabric called “Hitoe.” The fabric is coated with a polymer that will collect and conduct data regarding the driving behavior and key health parameters of drivers to help service providers improve the safety of their passengers, as well as drivers.The fabric is coated with a polymer that will collect and conduct data regarding the driving behavior and key health parameters of drivers to help service providers improve the safety of their passengers, as well as drivers.Combines, all these technologies are likely to accelerate the development of a connected car and help the automotive industry understand the true possibilities of the IoT. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

How does outdoor recreation help communities increase capacity to help military service members and their families navigate transitions?

first_imgRecently, the MFLN Community Capacity building concentration area partnered with the Family Transitions concentration area to conduct a webinar focused on outdoor recreation and its usefulness to military service members and their families in transition. But what does outdoor recreation have to do with Community Capacity Building?  That’s a good question, and the one we will address today in this blog post.It all starts with how you define community. A common definition is “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common,” or similarly, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” But for conservationist Aldo Leopold, those definitions weren’t good enough. Leopold developed a philosophical perspective on the way humans interact with the rest of the natural world called the land ethic, and argued that we should enlarge the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land (Leopold, 1949).So, if we enlarged the boundaries of the community to include the land, the landscapes and inhabitants within and beyond our traditionally defined communities, then perhaps we could envision that one measure of a community’s capacity to help military service members and their families navigate transitions is its ability to provide recreation, restoration, and conservation venues and activities.   It follows that perhaps a higher capacity community might have more to offer in this domain than a lower capacity community.Now, let’s see how that compares to what experts in the field of community capacity in the military families context say. Community capacity for military service members and their families as a concept to order our concentration area’s work is understood to be composed of two essential elements. These elements are, first, shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community and its members, and second, collective competence, demonstrating an ability to take advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and for confronting situations that threaten the safety and well-being of community members (Bowen, Martin, Mancini, & Nelson, 2000).The first element, shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community, seems to be a natural fit with Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Extending that shared responsibility to include stewardship of landscapes and creatures is a fundamental tenant of many conservation and recreation organizations (see for example Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club Outdoors, and others). And there is plenty of evidence that recreation opportunities are important to community well-being and public health.The second element, collective competence, demonstrating an ability to take advantage of opportunities for addressing community needs and for confronting situations that threaten the safety and well-being of community members seems to link directly to the land ethic and its expanded community, and more so to recreation and conservation activities that are focused on improving or protecting the community. We have been inspired by programs that move military family members and veterans from an interest in fishing for trout to involvement in cold water fisheries restoration, or interest in scuba diving to becoming engaged in replanting coral fragments.As the Community Capacity Building concentration area matures and develops, you can be sure we will continue to explore how expanding the community to include landscapes and other creatures helps communities strengthen their capacity to demonstrate “readiness and performance in the face of opportunity, adversity, and positive challenges” (Huebner, Mancini, Bowen, & Orthner 2009). And we are very interested in hearing about your experiences of how outdoor recreation and/or the natural environment have been a part of your community capacity building efforts with military service members and their families.  We invite you to please share with us those experiences here in the comments section below. For examples of outdoor recreation opportunities, go here, and get outside!Additional ReadingBowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., Mancini, J. A., & Nelson, J. P. (2000). Community capacity: Antecedents and consequences. Journal of Community Practice, 8(2), 1 – 21.Bowen, G. L., Martin, J. A., Mancini, J. A., & Nelson, J. P. (2001). Civic engagement and sense of community in the military. Journal of Community Practice, 9(2), 71 – 93.Leopold, Aldo. (1949). A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There. Oxford University Press, New York.Huebner, A. L., Mancini, J. A., Bowen, G. L., & Orthner, D. K. (2009). Shadowed by War: Building Community Capacity to Support Military Families. Family Relations Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 58:216-228.Suggested Additional reading about Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethiclast_img read more