Barometer roundup

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The HR profession gets the chance to voice its opinion on headline news each week via our barometer at – our award-winning website. Based on your votes over the final quarter of 2005, we take a look at whether you agreed with the news and leading opinion-formers.THE NEWS: Senior HR directors criticised the Olympic Development Authority (ODA) after it emerged that the head ofHR for the London 2012 Olympics would have to report to the finance director and earn a salary of 75,000 – just half the amount being offered to the marketing chief. But the ODA said this reporting line was standard for an organisation of its size and type.YOUR VIEW: Do you report to your finance director?Yes 18%No 82%OUR VERDICT: Clearly, most of the organisations you work for disagree with the ODA as the overwhelm-ing majority of you do not report to the finance director. As HR becomes increasingly influential, it is clear that it is regarded as a vital function in its own right, separate from finance. If the ODA really wants to get the ‘brightest talent’ for 2012, it must take HR equally as seriously.THE NEWS: With up to 17 million days a year currently lost through alcohol-related sickness absence, many employers expressed serious concern over 24-hour drinking in the new law. YOUR VIEW: Are you concerned that 24-hour drinking will have an adverse affect on productivity and absence?Yes 53%No 48%OUR VERDICT: Managing sickness absence is one of the toughest challenges for HR, but you were split on the impact of 24-hour drinking on workforce productivity. Only time will tell what sort of effects the new licensing regulations will have on employers, but HR will need to prepare for all eventualities.THE NEWS: Lord Turner’s report recommended the creation of a National Pensions Saving Scheme (NPSS), which would force all employers to pay into staff schemes. But many employers groups said the Pension Commission chief’s suggestions would be viewed as a tax on employment and lead to job losses. YOUR VIEW: Should employers be forced to pay into staff pension schemes?Yes 77%No 23%OUR VERDICT: Compulsory pensions contributions are a political hot potato, but most of you think employers should play their part. These results will come as a surprise to business groups which have railed against compulsion, although of course many of you may have been respond-ing on a personal level, rather than as an employer.THE NEWS: The ‘Whose health is it anyway?’ debate revealed that there was ‘hopeless confusion’ over who was responsible for the health of employees. Just 1% of delegates said employers should be accountable for their employees’ health.YOUR VIEW: Who is mainly responsible for the health of employees?Individual 89%Employer 10%Gov 1%OUR VERDICT: There was consensus as far as you were concerned with most of you thinking it was the individual’s duty to look after their own health. The government health strategy, Health, Work and Wellbeing – Caring for our Future, published in October 2005, set out clear guidelines on what employers should be doing to improve the wellbeing of their employees. But with most of you believing that employees need to take responsibility for themselves, the debate looks set to continue. THE NEWS: The government is encouraging employers to recruit ex-offenders in a bid to cut re-offending. Currently, 53% of former prisoners re-offend. The government plans to improve prison education and give inmates the skills they need to enter the labour market. YOUR VIEW: Have you ever recruited an ex-offender?Yes 55%No 45%OUR VERDICT: It is clear that employers can play a pivotal role in rehabilitating ex-offenders and tap into a new talent pool. But with government figures showing that more than half of all prisoners only reach the education level expected of an 11-year-old in reading, writing and maths, employers will have to invest in serious training before recruiting ex-offenders can be a success. THE NEWS: Personnel Today’s exclusive survey, carried out with the anti-bullying charity The Andrea Adams Trust, indicated that visible cases of bullying have fallen to 70%, compared with 87% a year ago. Many HR departments (59%) have put policies and procedures in place, which they believe are effective in tackling incidents of bullying in the workplace.YOUR VIEW: Does your organisation measure the cost of staff bullying?Yes 9%No 91%OUR VERDICT: There is a mounting business case for actively measuring bullying, but most of you are failing to do so. It costs 1.3bn a year in lost productivity, absence and staff turnover. Many legal precedents were set last year that could prompt other victims of bullying to seek resolution in the courts. While levels of bullying have fallen, HR needs to do more than writing policies to have a real impact.THE NEWS: The Women and Work Commission will challenge the government to allow class actions in gender pay disputes in a bid to close the pay gap. But Jacqui Smith, minister for women and equality, said that allowing class actions would only be a last resort. YOUR VIEW: Do you think class actions will help close the gender pay gap?Yes 62%No 38%OUR VERDICT: Unions say they would welcome the move, but you gave a mixed reaction, highlighting the perceived complexity of group litigation. Barometer roundupOn 10 Jan 2006 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonment

first_imgMore than a third (36 per cent) of landlords in the UK have had property abandoned by tenants before, according to new figures from the NLA, largest landlord association.Abandonment occurs when a tenant moves out of a property before the tenancy has ended, without informing their landlord. The issue can be costly as it often occurs when outstanding rent is owed. However, the tenant still has a legal right to return and take up residence at any time and it is a criminal offence for landlords to do anything to prevent the continuation of the tenancy.The only option for a landlord is to go through the legal process for regaining possession of an abandoned property, which can take months.While on average a third of landlords have had property abandoned before, more landlords in the North East of England have experienced the problem than anywhere else across the UK, with almost six in ten (58 per cent) having had a property abandoned. Just over half (51 per cent) of landlords in the North have also experienced the issue. At the other end of the scale, three in ten (31 per cent) landlords in the South West of England said they have had a property abandoned before – the lowest proportion across the UK – with a third (33 per cent) of London landlords having had to deal with the problem.The news comes as the Housing and Planning Act – which contains measures to tackle the problem – recently received Royal Assent. Richard Lambert (left), CEO of the NLA, said, “The process of recovering an abandoned property is too long, frustrating, and costly for landlords at the moment.“Many people will be shocked by just how common this problem is, and landlords will be relieved to know that the Housing and Planning Act will create a new process to deal with the issue, giving them far greater security and peace of mind when recovering properties they believe to have been abandoned.”The Housing and Planning Act also contains proposals to allow local councils to keep hold of the proceeds they make when carrying out landlord prosecutions as well as introducing stiffer civil penalties and banning orders for landlords found breaking the law.Mr Lambert continued, “We’ve long argued that councils should be able to hold on to the money they make when carrying out landlord prosecutions as this better enables them to implement long-term enforcement strategies to tackle the rogues. The Government missed the chance to apply these changes in the Queen Speech, but we hope they waste no further time in giving councils these important powers.”NLA Housing and Planning Act North East England property abandonment June 16, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » 51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonment previous nextRegulation & Law51 per cent of North East England’s landlords experience abandonmentA process created under the new Housing and Planning Act should help, says the NLAThe Negotiator16th June 20160639 Viewslast_img read more

mybid4it offers agencies exclusivity benefits

first_imgMyBid4It, a new online auction platform that partners with estate agents has been launched by Charlie Lancaster, an ex-Estate Agency owner, who says, “We have experienced the frustrations of the sales process through many buyers and sellers and we were determined to improve the process for the industry.”Charlie LancasterMyBid4It partners with agents, giving exclusivity in their geographical region. The platform aims to combine the best aspects of property auctions and estate agents for buyers and sellers. By putting the process in the public domain, buying and selling properties becomes accessible, quick and easy, with no fear of gazumping. The system is completely transparent, efficient and reduces the dreaded fall-though rate, whilst still achieving the best price.Agents are able to compete with online agency fees – they can offer the seller 0% commission – plus:Reduced fall-through rates – buyers will have undertaken extensive property checks and paid a 2.5% non-refundable reservation fee (min £4,000).Staff time reduction, due to multiple party negotiations.All instructions deliver 1.5% fee of the sale price (minimum £2,500).Best market price achieved.Charlie says, “MyBid4It ultimately improves the process of how properties are bought and sold, to make the process simple and transparent for all involved. With our dedicated team’s reputation and knowledge in the property industry, agents, buyers and sellers are guaranteed to receive a first-class MyBid4It Charlie Lancaster online auciton online auction platform auction August 22, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Auctions news » mybid4it offers agencies exclusivity benefits previous nextAuctions newsmybid4it offers agencies exclusivity benefitsMyBid4It, a new online auction platform that partners with estate agents has been launched by Charlie Lancaster.The Negotiator22nd August 20190393 Viewslast_img read more

Conservative conference report – main points

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Conservative conference report – main points previous nextHousing MarketConservative conference report – main pointsThe Negotiator sums up all the important announcements made yesterday by three different ministers at the conference in Manchester.Nigel Lewis1st October 201901,319 Views The Conservative party conference yesterday saw one of the busiest days for housing-related announcements including reveals from Chancellor Sajid Javid, Housing Secretary Robert Kenrick and Housing Minister Esther McVey, all of whom were treading the main and side-stage boards in Manchester.One of the key themes, and one that’s repeated at every Tory annual gathering, was the need for ‘young people’ to be helped on to the property ladder.But this year reality bit a little and for example Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick (pictured, above) admitted that his department was taking a more multi-tenure approach to housing provision in the UK, whatever the political slogans may be.Sajid Javid£5bn has been earmarked to support the roll-out of broadband, 5G and other gigabit-capable networks to the hardest-to-reach 20 per cent of the country.Robert JenrickThe UK needs to build more homes of all tenures and not just focus on homes for sale.This year, Jenrick promised that the UK will see more homes built than last year’s 220,000, which if true would be the highest annual total since the 1960s.A new ‘style guide’ for councils is to be published to help them when giving planning permission for developments to ensure they look good and are leafy and green – quality not quantity.A commitment to fund more affordable homes both through new spending and lifting the borrowing cap for local councils was announced.Homeowners will be able to build up to two stories on top of detached houses without planning permission. Read more about this in our separate report.More routes to ownership. Jenrick is to enable housing associations a ‘right to buy’ their home via a shared ownership scheme starting with all new properties to be built.‘Planning revolution’ to streamline and simplify many parts of the process.Esther McVeyShe wants to turn the house building sector into a ‘high tech’ industry that could be worth £40 billion, more than the car industry, by which – we think – she meant ramping up the rate at which the UK embraces the modern method of construction or ‘modular homes’.        Conservative Conference 2019 Robert Jenrick Sajid Javid Esther McVey October 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Ellis Park 2017 Stakes Races

first_imgEllis Park 2017 StakesDebutante Returning After 9 years;G3 Groupie Doll Moves To Sunday Ellis Park is restoring a 2-year-old filly stakes for its 2017 summer meet that runs July 1 through Sept. 4. The $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante is the sister race to the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, which was brought back last year after being on hiatus since 2008.The 2-year-old stakes, both at seven-eighths of a mile, will be run Sunday, Aug. 20. Also moving from a Saturday to Sunday, Aug. 13, is the $100,000, Grade 3 Groupie Doll for fillies and mares, the meet’s marquee race. The $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap on turf has been moved up from Labor Day to the Groupie Doll card.“With Kentucky’s strong 2-year-old program, it’s important to have a logical place for maiden winners to run before the fall,” said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork. “Because of our big meet last year and expectations of building on that success, we were able to bring back the Debutante. We believe it will be a popular spot with horsemen as one of the very few open stakes for 2-year-old fillies in the Midwest during the summer and offering the biggest purse among those held in July and August.”The Debutante and Juvenile are four weeks before Churchill Downs’ Grade 3 Iroquois and Grade 2 Pocahontas, positioning them as launching pads to those Breeders’ Cup qualifying races.Lookin At Lee won last year’s revived Ellis Park Juvenile over the promising filly Caroline Test. Lookin At Lee, from the stable of 2016 Ellis meet-leading trainer Steve Asmussen, subsequently was second in the Iroquois to the highly-regarded Not This Time and second to champion Classic Empire in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity before finishing fourth as Classic Empire and Not This Time came in 1-2 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Lookin At Lee is looking to punch his Kentucky Derby ticket when expected to race next in Keeneland’s Toyota Blue Grass or Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby.The $50,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes for fillies and mares will be run July 8 and the $50,000 Don Bernhardt for sprinters on July 22, both Saturdays.Moving four stakes to a pair of Sundays provides maximum exposure for the meet’s most-anticipated races.“Running on the same day as the West Virginia Derby or Arlington Million stakes-jammed cards meant that a number of our riders were going to be out of town,” Bork said. “This allows our leading jockeys, who support our entire meet, to participate in our biggest races and lets us put on the best show for the fans and betting public. In that same regard, we always have large and festive Sunday crowds, and it makes sense to let them enjoy the Groupie Doll and our 2-year-old stakes.“There once was great tradition for Sunday stakes. Now there are very few, but we like the idea of being among them and bringing more attention to Ellis Park.”Ellis Park’s 2017 stakes scheduleSaturday, July 8 — $50,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes, fillies & mares 3 years old & up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Saturday, July 22 — $50,000 Don Bernhardt, 3-year-olds & up, 6 1/2 furlongs. Sunday, Aug. 13 — $100,000 Groupie Doll (G3), fillies & mares 3 years old & up, mile; $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap, 3 years old & up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Aug. 20 — $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs; $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante, 2-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Full Audio: Listen To Dopapod’s Raging Set From Last Weekend’s Werk Out Fest

first_imgFor fans of Dopapod, do not miss them on tour all throughout the fall! The band has announced a major tour with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Live for Live Music will be providing unique media coverage the whole time. You can see more details here, and check out the full schedule in the artwork below. Last weekend, Dopapod made their way over to Thornville, OH to perform at the annual The Werk Out Festival. Hosted by The Werks, a number of great artists from the jam scene all performed at this beloved event. Dopapod has been on a tear of late, emerging earlier this year with new music to accentuate their recently-released Never Odd Or Even last_img

Jim James Guests On ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ Pays Tribute To Chris Cornell

first_imgDuring this past weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion, Jim James made an appearance as one of this week’s special guests along with fellow musician Aimee Mann and comedian Hari Kondabolu. The My Morning Jacket frontman first joined host Chris Thile in the middle of the show, which was taped at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Fitzgerald Theatre, where the musician performed solo renditions of New Multitudes’ “Changing World” and Quincy Jones’ “Everything Must Change.” James later reemerged half an hour later for an interview segment before additional solo performances of James’ “Here In Spirit” and My Morning Jacket’s “Wonderful.” To close out the show, Thile, James, Sara Watkins, Richard Dworsky, and The Show Band came together to cover Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” as a tribute to the late Chris Cornell, who unexpected passing last week has made waves across the music community.Watch Trey Anastasio Pay Tribute To Leon Russell On “A Prairie Home Companion”You can listen to this weekend’s episode of A Prairie Home Companion featuring Jim James here. James makes his first appearance around the 54-minute mark, and later around one-hour-and-thirty minutes in.[Cover photo: Andrew Rios; H/T Jambase]last_img read more

Governor calls emergency dairy summit

first_img### WHEN:      Tuesday, June 13, 2006,12:00 p.m. Roger Allbee, director of Farm Service Agency said preliminary estimatesof crop loss approach twenty million dollars.  This number will be updated ascounties continue to assess the damage. Burlington, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas has announcedthat his administration, working with the Vermont Milk Commission, is organizing an Emergency Dairy Summit to discuss all availablemeans to help farmers in the near term so that they can weather what theGovernor calls a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances. WHERE:    Universityof Vermont, WatermanBuilding, Burlington This morning Governor Douglas also signed a letter to U.S. Agriculture SecretaryMike Johanns requesting Emergency Disaster Designation, which paves the way fordirect financial relief for farmers.  “Our Agency of Agriculture willwork with USDA’s Farm Service Agency to complete the paperwork and damageassessments necessary to carry out this request,” Douglassaid.center_img Governor Douglas to Call Emergency Dairy SummitAlso Seeks Federal Emergency Relief “Low milk prices, high fuel and energy cost and poor crop, or insome cases destroyed crops, due to extended spring rains are contributing towhat is now a clear crisis situation for Vermont’sdairy farmers,” Governor Douglas said.  “Because of this perfectstorm of events, I have directed my Secretary of Administration, Mike Smith towork closely with my entire cabinet in coordination with our partners in thefederal government and Vermont’scongressional delegation to provide assistance to all Vermont farmers.”  WHAT:      Governorto Call Emergency Dairy Summit Jason GibbsGovernorsCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345last_img read more

Part of the Proceeds of the World Cup Friendly Matches Will Go to Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo February 19, 2010 I think it’s good. Part of the proceeds of the friendly matches for the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa will be dedicated to helping the population of Haiti, a country left devastated in the wake of January’s earthquake, the International Federation of Association Football announced. According to a statement, FIFA will dedicate its 2% share of the proceeds from each friendly match played between 1 March and 11 June to helping the country. “With a greater understanding of the magnitude of the human toll and widespread destruction, it is clear that the relief and recovery effort will require attention for the coming months and years,” Federation president Joseph Blatter affirmed. “To achieve more impact and to act in solidarity, we look forward to having all 32 participating member associations join this effort by making an additional donation of two percent for a total combined donation of four percent from each friendly,” Blatter added in a letter sent to the national soccer federations whose teams will be playing in the World Cup. The money collected by FIFA will go to a special fund financing projects proposed by the Haitian Soccer Association.last_img read more

Angola LNG launches single cargo tender

first_imgImage courtesy of BechtelChevron-led Angola LNG project launched a tender selling a single cargo from the 5.2 million tons per year facility in Soyo. The cargo is scheduled for loading during the August 1-3 window, Platts reports, citing market sources.Bids are to be submitted by July 31 and remain valid until August 2, according to the tender.It was reported that the tender does include a destination clause, restricting the cargo to be delivered to any of the North Asia’s terminals.Angola LNG is a joint venture between Sonangol (22.8%), Chevron (36.4%), BP (13.6%), Eni (13.6%), and Total (13.6%). LNG World News Stafflast_img