Employers encouraged to seek legal advice to avoid problems

first_imgBackby popular demand, Joan Lewis, employment law consultant at ACTA, was invitedto give two presentations.Inher first presentation, ‘Essential employment law update for OH practitioners’,Lewis reminded delegates to use a legal expert where possible. “I couldn’t doyour job, and you couldn’t do mine, so if you have a legal query, always seekprofessional advice,” she said.Sheoutlined some of the most pressing new developments in employment law to impacton OH, whether from legislative changes or new case law.Lewissaid there is much confusion about the family-friendly initiatives and how thenew flexibility rules would work in practice. She explained that although youare not automatically entitled to flexible working by law, you now have theright to request flexible working, or put simply, “if you don’t ask, you don’tget,” said Lewis.Shealso explained that time off for emergencies means genuine emergencies, citingthe example of a woman who took time off to take her child to hospitalappointments, which, as they were at pre-set times, did not constitute anemergency. She also warned that those in OH who work for companies that postpeople abroad, or employ people to work in overseas offices, could be liablefor any injuries or illnesses sustained through work – citing a recent casewhere someone employed by a British company abroad successfully sued fordamages. Theage discrimination draft regulations, which are expected in 2004, have hugeimplications for OH, said Lewis. They will outlaw both indirect and directdiscrimination against people because of their age, and the changes they bringare just as important as the ones a few years ago regarding race and sex.Thelong lead time will give employers and workers time to familiarise themselveswith the changes, which will outlaw phrases such as ‘senior moments’ andperhaps even joking about people’s ages on birthday cards. Otherareas covered included case law on disability and alcohol, SARS risk andinformation (she warned that OHPs must be careful to give general notindividual advice to employees on these issues), random drug testing, employeecompensation cases and the latest on stress tests.Furtherinformation–www.agency.osha.eu.int, European agency for Occupational Safety & Health–www.rsi.org.uk, RSI Association–www.who.int/csr/Sars/en, World Health Organisation–www.dti.gov.uk–www.hsebooks.co.uk, Health & Safety Executive Publications–www.acas.org.uk Employers encouraged to seek legal advice to avoid problemsOn 3 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Observations of isolated wave-turbulence interactions in the stable atmospheric boundary layer

first_imgTurbulence measurements of the stable atmospheric boundary layer made at Halley station in Antarctica are presented. the interaction between small-scale turbulence and larger solitary wave disturbances is investigated. Spectral methods are used to separate the wave and turbulence parts of the flow, and the appropriateness of this approach is discussed. Both individual wave events and an average of 18 wave events are studied. the transport of wave-induced velocity by wave-induced turbulence is found to be mostly upwards, whilst a strong downward turbulent heat flux accompanies each wave. Waves are often found to be associated with a burst of low-level turbulence which occurs later than the perturbation in the mean shear. the effect of the turbulence on the wave is shown to be small, whilst the instantaneous local effect of the wave on the turbulence appears to be approximately linear in the wave amplitude. Comparisons are made between the observations and numerical predictions. These tend to confirm the need for at least second-order closure schemes for the turbulence modelling.last_img read more

The genus Grimpoteuthis (Octopoda: Grimpoteuthidae) in the north-east Atlantic, with descriptions of three new species

first_imgThe systematics and distribution of the cirrate octopod genus Grimpoteuthis in the north-east Atlantic are reviewed. Three new species are described and Grimpoteuthis wuelkeri (Grimpe, 1920) is redescribed. A new generic diagnosis is proposed. Five species of Grimpoteuthis are recognized in the north-east Atlantic. The type species, G. umbellata (Fisher, 1883) is known only from the type specimen, which is in such poor condition that comparison with recently captured material was not possible. G. wuelkeri is a large, slope species, caught between 1600 in and 2200 in in the north-east and north-west Atlantic. Of the three new species, both G. boylei and G. challengeri are large abyssal species. G. boylei is found in the north-east Atlantic at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) and the Madeira Abyssal Plain and may be found at abyssal depths throughout the north-east Atlantic. G. challengeri is known from the PAP, with a single specimen from the north-west Atlantic. G. discoveryi is a small, lower slope and abyssal species found in the north-east Atlantic. The Grimpoteuthis species can be separated based on shell form, presence of a radula and posterior salivary glands, arrangement of suckers and cirri and gill morphology. Two species, G. megaptera Verrill and G. plena Verrill, have been described from the north-west Atlantic, but the types are either lost (G. megaptera) or in poor condition (G. plena), hindering comparisons. Material examined from the north-west Atlantic included G. wuelkeri, G. challengeri and at least two other species.last_img read more


first_img86, born and raised in Bayonne, passed away on February 1, 2017. Julie was a lifelong parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (now Parish of Saint John Paul II) where she was a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and CCD Teacher; an active Den Mother and parent participant in Unit 19, Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop Committee Member; and Secretary of the Seniors Group. She was executive secretary to the VP of Engineering at The New York Telephone Company. She was later an administrative assistant at Berman Insurance, Palmer Asphalt, Commercial Trust Company of New Jersey and at the Holland Tunnel, Port Authority of NY/NJ. Julie found time to volunteer as a teacher’s aide at Midtown Community School and Robinson Elementary School, and was also a member of the Mother’s Club at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School. Julie is predeceased by her parents, Julius and Elizabeth (nee: Sulzynski), and her siblings, Peter Steele and Sabina Kurowski. She is survived by her husband, Louis S. Jr.; her sons, Louis and his wife Elizabeth and their children, Louis and Lenore; John and his wife Elisabeth; and Mark and his wife, MaryEllen and their children, Clarke and Stella. Julie is also survived by her many nieces and nephews, as well as a considerable extended family living in Poland. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Julie’s name to the charitable organization of your choosing. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS Funeral Home, 24 E. 19th St.last_img read more

Railroad Earth Hosts Incredible Musicians For Their Annual Hangtown Festival [Gallery]

first_imgLast weekend marked the return of the Hangtown Music Festival to Placerville, CA, with host band Railroad Earth playing three full nights of music along a great lineup of musicians. The annual event has been a great tradition for RRE and their fans, bringing an impressive blend of talent for a crowd of eager listeners. This year’s festival was no exception, bringing Nahko & Medicine For The People, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (who played Prince’s Dirty Mind at the festival), The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers an so many more.The festival also had two sets planned for bassist Chris Wood, including a Medeski Martin & Wood show and a Wood Brothers show. When Wood was hospitalized, some all-star musicians stepped up to join the fray. Medeski led a Mad Skillet jam out with Martin, with Will Bernard and Kirk Joseph. Meanwhile, a rotating lineup of guests sat in with Oliver Wood and Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, including Joe Craven, Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth), and members of the Infamous Stringdusters.Fortunately, photographer Christopher Baldwin was on the scene to capture the festivities! Check out his work in the gallery below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Fool’s Paradise Announces Daily Themes

first_imgWe’re almost three weeks away from the second annual Fool’s Paradise! With performances from Lettuce x2, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (with Jeff Chimenti), The Floozies, The Motet, Manic Science (a special set with Manic Focus & Break Science) The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, and Oteil Burbridge & Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large, this year is stacked with exciting music – so of course, we must dress to impress!On March 31 & April 1, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will transform into a whole new world. On Friday, we will see the music of Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Manic Science, and Organ Freeman with a “Mermaids/Mermen & Pirate Jam” theme for an evening of nautical celebration. On Saturday, Lettuce, The Floozies, The Motet, and The Main Squeeze will turn the venue into a gathering of the “Rainbow Funk Warriors.” We encourage you to start planning your outfits now!When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, there will be after shows across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. The intimate venue will hold performances from Jaw Gems, Eric Krasno Band, and the “Infinity Jam” hosted by Eric Krasno and Oteil Burbridge on Friday, and Dumpstaphunk and members of Lettuce will form this year’s “Fools For Funk” on Saturday. More information about late nights can be found here.Tickets for Fool’s Paradise and Fool’s Paradise Late Nights are right here. Stay tuned for artist excursions!last_img read more

Vulfpeck Announces West Coast “Greek Week” Shows

first_imgVulfpeck has added two more shows to their slim calendar for 2019. The low-volume funk masters will make their debut appearance at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on July 13th and The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on July 14th, with opening support from fellow collaborator Joey Dosik both nights.Dubbed “Greek Week”, this announcement marks another monumental success for the band, who are also celebrating their eighth full-length album, Hill Climber. With the Berkeley venue capping 8,500 and the Los Angeles theatre at 5,870, the run will mark their largest yet on the west coast. Tickets to both shows will go on sale here.Earlier this year, the band announced their debut at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 28th. The show will feature support from another Vulf-related band, The Fearless Flyers, marking just their second-ever live performance. The only other scheduled performances for Vulfpeck this year are at Red Rocks with support from Khruangbin and Cory Henry (sold out) and LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, VA.Vulfpeck has seen a quick rise to the top over the last few years, hitting some of the country’s most exciting music festivals and stages despite avoiding a traditional approach to touring. The Ann Arbor, MI-bred funk outfit experienced the majority of their early fame on the Internet in response to their clever music videos and unusual digital marketing.Since breaking into the international live music scene, the band—comprised of multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton, bassist Joe Dart, keyboardist Woody Goss, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Theo Katzman—has sold out headlining concerts worldwide, including almost all of their North American stops in 2017 and 2018 plus shows in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin. To call Vulfpeck a phenomenon is a huge understatement, as they’ve captured the respect and attention of most living funk lords today.Fans can also assume that regular touring members Cory Wong (guitar), Antwaun Stanley (vocals), and Joey Dosik (keyboards, saxophone) will be on hand for collaborations along with the rest of the band’s talented roster.last_img read more

New name marks evolution of PSP Program at HGSE

first_imgWhat’s in a name? For faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), everything. Earlier this summer, Dean Kathleen McCartney announced the Prevention Science and Practice (PSP) Program, formerly known as Risk and Prevention (R&P). The new program title marks the evolution of the master’s degree program — dedicated to the practical application of contemporary research on risk, resilience, and prevention programming for children and adolescents in both school and out-of-school settings — and marks the changing field of education.“The new name for the program reflects our integrated nature and our mission to prepare graduates to improve the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of children and youth, and the communities and schools that shape their development,” says Lecturer Mandy Savitz-Romer, director of PSP. “The new name also captures the diverse faculty, and the complementary nature of their teaching, research, and practice activities.”“All terms should have term limits: So it is with ‘Risk and Prevention,’” says Professor Robert Selman, founding director of R&P. “With growing faculty strength, new and energetic leadership, and significant advances in the field over the 20 years since the program’s founding, this is the right time to recognize Prevention Science and Practice and its enhanced capacity to undertake new research on child and adolescent prevention, in schools, and the communities around them.”The new degree name will also bear particular significance within the field of education. Although prevention science is not a new term and is widely used in social sciences and public health, it has only recently been introduced in educational practice, research, and policy.“The term ‘prevention science’ reflects how educational settings, whether they be early childhood, elementary, or secondary, are increasingly understood as salient contexts and opportunities for promoting well-being across academic, mental health, and social/interpersonal areas,” Savitz-Romer explains. Read Full Storylast_img read more

HLS’s Child Advocacy Program transcends disciplinary boundaries

first_img Read Full Story When Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet ‘65 and Jessica Budnitz ’01, HLS lecturer on law, founded the Child Advocacy Program at Harvard Law School more than eight years ago, they intended the program to serve as a model for other law schools. They intended the program to educate law students about the importance of working across traditional disciplinary lines. But they did not expect their ideas to transcend those boundaries by inspiring action within another discipline, namely journalism.Read the full article on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Relative of virus victim asks to meet WHO experts in Wuhan

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A relative of a coronavirus victim in China is demanding to meet a visiting World Health Organization expert team, saying it should speak with affected families who allege they are being muffled by the Chinese government. Zhang Hai’s father died of COVID-19 in February 2020. He has been organizing relatives of victims to demand accountability from officials. Zhang said he’s worried the WHO might be used to provide cover for alleged Chinese missteps in the early days of the outbreak. WHO says the visit is a scientific mission to investigate the origins of the virus, not an effort to assign blame.last_img read more