Call for common policies on violence against staff

first_imgCall for common policies on violence against staffOn 30 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. A significant proportion of employers are breaking the law by not keepingrecords of violent incidents and not having policies in place which deal withaggressive behaviour. A survey of 200 HR professionals shows that 35 per cent of organisations donot keep records of incidents such as verbal and physical attacks by thepublic, and 25 per cent do not have policies to deal with aggression. The research, by the University of Central Lancashire and recruitmentspecialist Lawrence Allison Group, shows that the highest proportion ofresponses were from four occupational sectors, including retail, health andsocial care, manufacturing and local government. The retail sector had the highest number of incidents, categorised as verbalabuse, threats of physical violence, acts of physical assault and physicalassaults with a weapon. “This is a national problem, particularly in retailing, and requires agovernment initiative as soon as possible,” commented a retail HR managerin the study. The report, Dealing with Conflict in the Workplace, urges employers toimplement zero-tolerance policies. It also calls on the Government to produce aconsistent set of guidelines for employers that would enable them to developeffective monitoring and training systems. Co-author Tom Swan said, “Conflict resolution procedures can increasestaff morale, reduce sickness and stress levels and enable organisations tocomply with health and safety regulations and human rights legislation.” Commenting on the research, Jim White, director of HR at Safeway, said,”Retailers are on the front line of shop crime. Statistics show that youare more likely to be injured in the workplace through dealing with customertheft than any other activity.” Safeway has prepared 1,400 staff for incidents through its managing theftand conflict in the workplace course. www.lawrenceallisontraining.comBy Mike broad Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

HR can weigh in and make a difference

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR can weigh in and make a differenceOn 8 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. We have a problem in this country. It’s been lingering for some time, andwe’ve turned a blind eye to it. The facts are stark and can no longer beignored: there has been a 400 per cent increase in the number of obese peoplein the UK in the past 25 years. If we don’t step in and do something about it,we will pass the problem on to generations to come. These types of issues were not considered to be any business of the employer– until now, when we’ve only just begun to calculate the true cost of anunhealthy workforce. Premiums on company medical insurance have risen by 15 percent over the past year. Yet statistics showing how much obesity is costing UKemployers are sparse. We need to build a more comprehensive picture of just howbad the problem is, and to do that, we need to look at the US (see page 12).Experts there estimate the total cost of obesity to US companies is £7bn perannum. Two-thirds of the population in the States are considered overweight and40 million are obese. Companies admit weight, unlike smoking, is still a touchysubject, and although initiatives are in their infancy, still the US is aheadof us in terms of measuring weight and wellbeing versus productivity. We need to catch up – and fast. We need government help and strongleadership in countering this problem as a society. But in the workplace,employers need to take responsibility, too. This is HR’s chance to make a realand immediate impact. It needs to work hand in glove with occupational healthdepartments in the war against weight. Their first step in convincing the boardthis is a vital issue to be tackled head-on must be to gather information andevidence of the problem. Together with occupational health, HR needs to drive health assessments ofstaff and analyse health insurance claims. It needs to communicate to workersthe health risks associated with excess weight, the effects on productivity andthe impact all the way to the bottom line. It needs to empower staff and makeit easy for them to help beat weight problems themselves. It needs to unleashimagination and launch more initiatives, like the ones we witness in Microsoftand the Met. This is an area where HR can and needs to make a real difference. By Penny Wilson, deputy editorlast_img read more

Stepteau, Hawaii top Utah 90-79 at Wooden Legacy

first_img Associated Press November 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Stepteau, Hawaii top Utah 90-79 at Wooden Legacy Tags: Utah Runnin Utes Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Brocke Stepteau scored a career-high 24 points to lead Hawaii to a 90-79 win over Utah on Thursday night in the first round of the Wooden Legacy.Eddie Stansberry scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the Rainbow Warriors (4-1). Four players made at least two 3-pointers for Hawaii, which will play Seton Hall (2-2) in the semifinals Friday.Hawaii overcame foul trouble for three of its starters in the first half, showing its depth. The Rainbow Warriors went on a 12-1 run to take a 31-24 lead and never trailed again.Donnie Tillman and Riley Battin each scored 16 points for Utah (2-2).Utah came in shooting 47 percent from the field — the best of any of the eight teams — and plenty of depth but shot just 37 percent in the first half against Hawaii and couldn’t make up an eight-point halftime deficit.Utah will play Grand Canyon (3-2).last_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Routs Chadron State Saturday

first_imgJanuary 11, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Routs Chadron State Saturday FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHADRON, Neb.-Dason Youngblood stepped up with 16 points and 5 rebounds on 7-11 from the field as the Dixie State Trailblazers pounded Chadron State 88-68 Saturday at the Chicoine Events Center in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s basketball action.The Trailblazers (12-3, 7-2 in RMAC play) shot 50 percent from the field for the game and had five players in double figures.Youngblood’s scoring load was shared by Andre Wilson (16 points, 5-8 from the field), Jacob Nicolds (16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 of 4 shooting), Jack Pagenkopf (13 points, 4-8 shooting) and Hunter Schofield (11 points).Colby Jackson had a game-high 21 points in the loss for the Eagles and Brian Rodriguez-Flores added 14 points for Chadron State, who fell to 3-12 and 2-7 in RMAC play.Dixie State returns to the hardwood Friday and Saturday against Colorado Christian and Regis respectively at the Burns Arena. Tags: Chadron State Men’s Basketball/Dixie State men’s basketball Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Former University of Utah Star Mac Speedie Part of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020

first_imgJanuary 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former University of Utah Star Mac Speedie Part of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCANTON, Ohio-As confirmed Wednesday on the NFL Network, former University of Utah multi-sport athlete Mac Speedie was named as a member of the 2020 class at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Speedie, who starred on the Utes’ football program from 1939-1941, also competed in basketball and track and field for Utah during his college days.Speedie, who passed away in 1993 at 73, is presently a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 1972) and Utah’s Crimson Club Athletics Hall of Fame (Class of 1986).Speedie played for the Cleveland Browns from 1946-1952, amassing 349 receptions for 5,602 yards (16.1 yards per reception) and 33 scores.During his time with the Browns, the squad posted a record of 83-13-3, winning four AAFC Championships, an NFL title (1950) and finished as the NFL’s runner-up on two other occasions.Speedie then concluded his professional North American gridiron football career by playing with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders (1953-1954) and B.C. Lions (1955).Speedie then commenced his coaching career, joining the  Houston Oilers’ coaching staff in 1960 and later, the Denver Broncos’ staff in 1962.Speedie later became the Broncos’ head coach and general manager in 1964 while remaining the head coach through the 1966 season.At the helm in Denver, Speedie posted a horrendous record of 6-19-1 (.240).He remained in scouting with the Broncos until his retirement in 1982.Speedie also overcame a debilitating bone deficiency disease in his childhood to ultimately become an accomplished athlete. Written by Tags: Mac Speedie/Pro Football Hall of Fame/University of Utahlast_img read more

Spring Budget 2017: stunned industry wonders where the property went

first_imgChancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered a Spring Budget 2017 totally devoid of any help for the UK’s struggling housing market. It also failed to lessen or backtrack on recent Stamp Duty hikes for landlords or the lettings fees ban.The only palpable good news for agents includes a mooted extra tax for digital-only businesses to level the playing fields with their high-street competitors – something for agents facing competition from online-only and hybrid ones.Corporation taxOther business benefits within the budget include a reduction of corporation tax from 19% to 17% by 2020 and that businesses with turnovers below the VAT threshold will be given a year’s grace before having to start quarterly digital reporting.Business ratesBut for the industry’s 20,000 branches, a much-hoped-for reform of the business rates system did not materialise as major hikes loom for many high-street operators.Instead, and in order to see off a potential Tory rebellion, the Chancellor announced a fighting fund of £435m to help soften the blow. This will include a £300m discretionary fund to be shared out by councils to businesses least able to take the rates hit.Hammond also pledged that no business losing its small business rate relief would see it rates bill increase by more than £50 a month.Dividend allowancesBut the directors of many smaller estate agency businesses may be less happy with Philip Hammond.He said during his speech that he intended to close the tax benefits gap between those who are directors of companies and those in employment, and has cut the tax-free dividend allowance business owners enjoy in half from £5,000 to £2,000 from April next year onwards.Initial industry reactionHaart“Today’s Budget marks another missed opportunity to create fundamental reform to the UK’s long-suffering property market,” says Paul Smith, CEO of Haart.“The Housing Minister merry-go-round has left housing issues at the periphery of government thinking and strategy. Continually kept at an arm’s length, they’re incapable of tackling the deeper seated issues within housing market – leading to a plethora of initiatives that that tamper with rather than tactically reform the market.”Fraser & Co.“The industry will be disappointed that another opportunity to reform Stamp Duty has been overlooked by the Government,” says Robert Fraser, MD of Fraser & Co.“The impact of this counter-productive tax arrangement is being felt at every level of the market, from international investors, to downsizers and first time buyers, where prices at the higher end are faltering and competition at the lower end of the market is intensified.“Transaction volumes have remained strong and steady, but it is no secret that they are not reaching the level they could be. We are living in an unpredictable period in which the London property market needs to be attractive from both a domestic and international perspective, ensuring that conditions are created for the industry to thrive.”Hunters“The real underlying issue in the housing market is affordably priced homes. The recent Housing White Paper proposed more starter homes for first time buyers, we were keen to hear more on how and when these homes will come to fruition,” says Glynis Frew, Chief Executive of Hunters Property Plc.“The White Paper also discussed releasing land to build on, which again is fundamental to helping the housing market. When demand is high and supply is low due to lack of building this drives prices up. It would also have been beneficial for the Chancellor to expand on this.”IMS Independent Property Solutions“I wasn’t expecting many rabbits from the hat of today’s Budget but it would have been great to see the Chancellor focus more on helping Britain’s housing market,” says Michelle Niziol, Director of IMS Independent Property Solutions.“The Chancellor should have used today’s Budget to announce new measures to speed up house building and cut planning red tape, as well as announce changes to the Stamp Duty tax system.“The lower threshold should be increased to become better aligned with today’s average house price as this would help stimulate more movement at the bottom of the house market. The Government should also look to move the cost of this property tax from the buyer to the seller.”Heaton & Partners“I cannot believe that there wasn’t even a mention of housing in today’s Budget,” says Edward Heaton, founder and managing partner of property buying and search agent Heaton & Partners.“I would have loved to see the Chancellor get rid of the 3 per cent surcharge for second homes and reduce the overall stamp duty rate for high end properties by making it a flat rate today, but sadly I think this is a pipe dream of those operating in the prime market, who are witnessing it being stifled by stamp duty. What the Chancellor doesn’t seem to realise is the profound effect that it is having on the rest of the market.”Upad“In particular, it was disappointing to not see a U-turn on the catastrophic decision the Chancellor made in the Autumn to ban lettings agent fees,” says James David, CEO of online letting agent Upad.“As predicted, rising rents are already on the cards for long suffering tenants with renting now a necessity, as home ownership is out of reach for most Millennials.”Philip Hammond Budget 2017 Chancellor of the Exchequer spring budget 2017 March 8, 2017Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Spring Budget 2017: stunned industry wonders where the property went previous nextHousing MarketSpring Budget 2017: stunned industry wonders where the property wentNot a scrap of support for buyers, vendors, landlords or tenants after a hard year for the housing market since the last Spring Budget.The Negotiator8th March 201704,482 Viewslast_img read more

CMC of USS Tortuga Releived

first_img Authorities View post tag: Releived Back to overview,Home naval-today CMC of USS Tortuga Releived The command master chief (CMC) of USS Tortuga (LSD 46) was relieved of his duties on March 25 after a loss of confidence due to substandard performance.CMDCM(SW) Bryant Rice was relieved by Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley.CMDCM Donald Davis, currently assigned as CMC for ESG 7, will be acting CMC of USS Tortuga. Rice, who reported to Tortuga in 2011, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of ESG 7. Tortuga is a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship currently forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan as part of ESG 7.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 26, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: CMC View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic CMC of USS Tortuga Releived March 26, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Tortugalast_img read more

‘Muslim friendly’ student loans

first_imgLast week representatives of the Federation of Student Islamic Studies (FOSIS) called on Charles Clarke, the Education Secretary, to provide a student loan which complies with the Sharia Law. The law states that Muslims should not pay or receive interest on loans. There is, however, some confusion among Muslims about whether student loans in their existing format do violate the Sharia. Currently, the loans only incur interest at the rate of inflation and so, in real terms, students pay back the same amount they borrowed. Many Muslim scholars argue, however, that the Sharia requires that a loan should be repaid “in the same number of units” and that this prohibits Muslims from taking out student loans. The Department of Education and Skills told FOSIS that they would look into student loan alternatives, such as an endowment or tax, to eliminate interest. A spokesman said, “The uptake of student loans amongst Muslim students is comparatively good but we will work closer with FOSIS”.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

Mystery of the Orient

first_imgThe Mystery of Empty SpaceAshmolean Museumuntil 16 OctoberThe twentieth century has not been kind to traditional Chinese painting. Its place usurped by the revolutionary ideals of the Communist government, as well as the massive influence of western art, Chinese traditional art has had to transform itself to survive. While few of the great traditionalists themselves survived the brutal cultural revolution, the practice continued and is in the throes of painful resurrection. The Ashmolean’s decision to host this exhibition is not just a tribute to the resilience of the art form, but a demonstration of the open door policy, the thawing of Communist Chinese ironhandedness. Choosing to display the concept of empty space prevalent in Chinese art (and alien in western art) seemed at first a risky undertaking. Some may well view the notion of space as an entity to itself as ridiculous and, as one visitor was heard to mutter, proof of a lack eithe of skill or of imagination. To the casual observer this may well ring true, but such a person fails to understand the fundamental principles of emptiness in Chinese art: like silences during music, space is at its most powerful when a void. When the viewer is asked to reach into the space and define it for himself, that is the point when a piece stops becoming art and takes on the divine. It should be of little surprise that Chinese painting is so fused with Daoism, and the belief that space is the beginning of all things and, as such, more important than the solid forms around it. If one takes these principles into consideration, the exhibition shifts from an examination of artistic technique to something far more profound.The ultimate question remains whether you feel you will be able to overcome inherent western preconceptions of space and form, and be able to appreciate the difficulty of conveying information through nothingness. It would be profitable to look around the exhibition at least twice and draw yourself into the emptiness of the pieces. What makes Chinese art so exciting is that it requires interaction to fully appreciate its nuances. Those unwilling to make this effort should probably steer themselves into the familiar territory of the European art on the first floor.The Ashmolean Museum has once again shown its determination in presenting something little known and, in this instance, underappreciated. Unfortunately, traditional Chinese painting is something that will be a source of either enjoyment or irritation. Be prepared to totally embrace the emptiness or simply walk away.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more

City Winery Announces Gregg Allman Tribute Led By Scott Sharrard

first_imgNew York City’s City Winery outpost has announced a special tribute to Gregg Allman, set to go down on Monday, June 24th. Scott Sharrard, the former lead guitarist and musical director of the Gregg Allman Band, will lead the tribute to the southern rock legend featuring the full original Gregg Allman Band lineup.Sharrard has lined up up an all-star cast for the upcoming tribute, including bassist Brett Bass, keyboardist Peter Levin, drummers Steve Potts and Bobby Allende, with Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston, and Marc Franklin holding down the horn section. The performance is part of City Winery’s 10-year anniversary programming, “honoring the music of artists that are no longer with us who have helped create the unique experience City Winery is most famous for.” City Winery has a variety of other 10-year anniversary shows scheduled for the coming months, which will pay tribute to Prince, Leon Russell, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger and more.Remembering Gregg Allman With A “Whipping Post” From Every Decade [Videos]This May will mark two years since Gregg Allman’s passing. For decades, Allman was the center of the extended family affair that was the Allman Brothers Band. Following ABB’s last show in 2014, Allman spent as much time on the road with the Gregg Allman Band as possible, or as much as the doctors would allow–resulting in several heartbreaks and cancellations throughout 2016 as he continued to fight his battle with liver cancer. On May 27th, 2017, he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends in his Savannah home—marking the true end of the Allman Brothers Band, following the passing of drummer Butch Trucks.City Winery notes that a percentage of the profits from the tribute show will also be donated The Allman Lehman Scholarship at Syracuse University.Head here for tickets and more information on the event.last_img read more