End of employment law as we know it?

first_imgEnd of employment law as we know it?On 9 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A more sane approach to settling disputes is to look to the workplace foranswers, says Mike EmmottDeregulation has been on the UK political agenda now for two decades. Whatis there to show for it in relation to the employment relationship? Most employers would say little or nothing. While both major politicalparties have pledged to tackle the issue, and the present Government hasirritated the trade unions with its claims to be “business-friendly”,the last few years have seen an increase, not a reduction, in the rate at whichnew employment law has reached the statute book. Is deregulation simply anempty slogan? Nobody is arguing against minimum legal standards for employees on issuessuch as pay and safety. But employment law has gone well beyond this. The European Commission has enthusiastically promoted legislation on issuesincluding part-time, fixed-term and agency work, “posted” workers andhours. But even the Commission may be starting to run out of steam in finding newareas of the employment relationship to legislate about, focusing instead onpromoting flexibility, social inclusion and full employment. There are some encouraging signs that the Government is looking for ways toavoid imposing unnecessary further obligations on employers. Secretary of Statefor Trade and Industry Patricia Hewitt has appointed a task force to recommendways of promoting flexible working with a “light touch”. This partlyreflects the Government’s stated preference for adopting solutions that employersand unions can both support. But another answer is that people are beginning to question how effectiveemployment law has been in achieving its objectives. UK legislation has neverbeen noted for its clarity of purpose, preferring to require or outlaw specificbehaviour, rather than adopt broad declarations of intent. In general, however, employment law is generally seen to operate byprotecting individual employees and/or promoting good practice by employers. How far has the law succeeded in these two ambitions? By and large, it isremarkable how little we know about the answer to this question. In practice, the provision for enforcement through employment tribunals hasproduced a curiously lopsided result. Three-quarters of claimants withdrawtheir claim or are “bought off” by an offer of compensation from theemployer. But what about the majority of staff who don’t bring tribunal claims or seekadvice from their union or Citizens’ Advice Bureau? The short answer is we have little idea how far their rights are respected.The answer may be that in many instances employers are either unaware of thelaw or choose to ignore it. Take as an example the current working time regulations. Research by the DTIand by the CIPD confirms that they have had little impact so far on the numberof hours worked, which was clearly one of the key intentions underlying the EUdirective on which the regulations were based. Many employees have agreed to”opt out” of their legal entitlement, others see the regulations as athreat to their overtime earnings. Most managers who voluntarily work longhours are probably not covered by the regulations. The net effect on workers’health seems likely to have been insignificant. The current enforcement machinery in the UK fails to protect individualemployees from bad managers. It is an unlikely tool for promoting “goodpractice” among employers, who are forced instead into adopting a”compliance” mentality. Taken with the efforts to establish a non-legalistic form of individual arbitrationfor unfair dismissal claims, the recent consultation paper on employmenttribunals appears to reflect a sea change in Government thinking. It looks likean implicit acceptance that piling up new employment rights has a limitedfuture unless more cost-effective ways can be found to implement those rights. One way towards a more sane system may be to accept that workplace issuesare primarily about resolving differences between employers and employees, andrely less heavily on legal process and precedent. Other countries with a commonlaw background, including the US and New Zealand, have been ready to followthis route: why not us? Mike Emmott is the CIPD’s employee relations adviser Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Flip Side: Cheap Flighte

first_imgElenor Matthews defends the rights of those who want to travel for less If Ryanair was a night-club it would almost certainly be Filth: only after the inevitable mix of binge drinking, Justin Timberlake, kebabs and casual sex do we remember that it’s trashy and vulgar, and will inevitably leave us feeling somewhat grubby. So why do we still do it? Cheap-flights certainly aren’t good for the environment and there’s no point in kidding ourselves that we’re not contributing to the speed up of global warming when we use them. However there is nothing which makes a flight on Easyjet more inherently polluting than on Silverjet, and business-men commuting back-wards and forwards from New-York twice a week are as much to blame for the climate crisis as groups of chavs or, for that matter, students going to Ianapa for the weekend. In fact, I sense a rather unhealthy air of snobbery under all the cheap flight hysteria which seems to suggest that you have to pass some kind of financial litmus test to leave the country. Basically a kind of horror that now almost anyone can get to that Villa in Tuscany. We may groan at stag groups in Prague; however, in the modern world a society that travels is far healthier than one that doesn’t- just look at the number of citizens of the US who don’t have passports. Travel is one of life’s greatest levellers and without cheap flights those who need it the most – the young and the terminally bored – will struggle to get further than Calais. Although travelling on a big bright orange plane is admittedly less romantic than on the Marrakech Express, surely it’s better that now the vast majority of people can go and see Eastern Europe or the Arab world before they start whining about ‘all of them over here’. If we are really dedicated to cutting CO2 than perhaps we should ban aviation all-together, but getting rid of cheap flights is as half-arsed as David Cameron’s stupid bicycle helmet and private jet combo. It will not stop people who can afford to fly. In fact it will probably just lead to stagnation in the fuel-saving technology that airlines must develop to stay competitive and which are constantly making flying greener. More people are flying, but more people are also driving, and just as cars have become less gas-guzzling so have flights become 70% more efficient than forty years ago. Much like Filth, this is a case of something sordid being so wrong it’s almost right. So by all means offset your carbon footprint, but don’t knock Ryanair until you’ve stopped eating apples from New Zealand. Rhion Harris attacks plane users who are destroying the environment.Fifty pound flights to Dublin, seventy pound flights to Paris and just ninety to Prague… Cheap flights have become so commonplace that for five years we have been able to jet across the world at rock-bottom prices. And directly as the price of flights has diminished the cost to the environment has increased. UK airports recorded an 120% increase in the number of passengers between 1990 and 2004. How, then, are we going to reach the Kyoto Protocol’s target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 20% by 2010?Everyone knows about the carbon dioxide emissions from aeroplanes which, after their release in the upper troposphere, trap long-wave solar radiation and lead to global warming. Fewer people are aware of the extent of the damage caused by contrails. Contrails are formed when humid air expelled by aeroplanes meets cold air in the upper atmosphere and condenses to form thin cirrus clouds. These trap heat in the atmosphere, just like carbon dioxide but with three times the strength. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has forecast a temperature increase of between 1.4- 5.8 degrees Celsius by the next century.It’s understandable that people would want to take advantage of going on a nice holiday for less money. The problem is that people see the prices and then find a reason to travel; it ought to be the other way around. There are also less environmentally damaging modes of transport – cars, ferries and coaches. What’s so wrong with holidaying in the UK? Some people have begun to try to reduce the negative environmental impact of their flights using ‘carbon offsetting’ schemes, where they pay to have trees planted on their behalf, but there are doubts about its efficacy, and these schemes do not provide the change to the underlying behaviour that is so badly needed. Another psychological problem is that the rapid expansion of airports at the moment. The plan to expand 30 airports in 30 years is sending completely the wrong signals to the public about the morality and impact of flying. As an aside, airport expansion also causes loss of green land, noise and air pollution. It is now time for us to start taking the threat (or, in fact, the reality) of climate change seriously. Soon everyone will be forced to take action, whether it be flying just once a year, offsetting our carbon emissions, or even opting for a holiday in Britain instead of abroad. Forget SAD – guilt will soon make you feel worse.last_img read more

Soul Singer Charles Bradley Featured On Netflix’s Luke Cage Soundtrack [Listen]

first_imgThe new Netflix series, Marvel’s Luke Cage, which premiered this weekend, has an impressive soundtrack that was scored by A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed-Muhammed and fellow producer Adrian Younge. The soundtrack, which can be heard below via Spotify, features an impressive list of hip-hop, soul, R&B artists such as Charles Bradley, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Nina Simone, Isaac Hayes, Mobb Deep, and Marvin Gaye, among a slew of others. Check out Charles Bradley’s impressive track “Ain’t A Sin” and the full soundtrack below:last_img read more

Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Bring Jams To Ann Arbor [Setlist/Gallery]

first_imgThough the Dopapod and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong tour is nearing its conclusion, that hasn’t stopped these two bands from putting on some outrageous performances at the end of the tour. The two groups brought their jams to The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI last Wednesday, December 14th, going back-to-back for a fun filled performance.Pigeons opened the show up with their funky brand of jams, delivering hit after hit to get the party going. Dopapod then followed, treating fans to a rare cover of Jimmy Herring’s “Scapegoat Blues” amid a set of original tunes. They ended off the night with one of their fan favorites, “Trapper Keeper.”Check out the setlists below, as well as a full gallery by Phierce Photo.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI | 12/14/16Set: Porcupine, Fortress, Melting Lights > Live It Up, Burning Up My Time > Tubthumping > Burning Up My Time > Doc, Whoopie, Landing > Drums > The Liquid, Julia > Mario > Julia, Ocean FlowsSetlist: Dopapod | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI | 12/14/16Set: 8 Years Ended, Vol 3 #86, Scapegoat Blues%, Bubble Brain, Cure, New James, Present Ghosts, Nerds, French Bowling -> Mudwalkin’ -> French BowlingE: Trapper Keeper% = Jimmy Herring Band cover. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Phish To Release ’98 Vernon Downs Show To LivePhish.com

first_imgToday, Phish has announced that its latest archival release to LivePhish.com will be the Vermont four-piece’s performance at Vernon Downs in Vernon, New York, on August 12th, 1998, and will be released for download and on LivePhish+’s streaming service today. As noted by the description of the show on the homepage of LivePhish’s website, Vernon Downs 1998 was:The last show before 1998’s Lemonwheel festival was Aug. 12 at Vernon Downs. The show opened with Mike on vocals for ZZ Top’s La Grange. The first set also included Led Zeppelin’s Ramble On and ended with Slave to the Traffic Light, with Ramble On teases. Set 2 opened with a dark, funky Mike’s Song into Simple. The encore started with a debut cover of Talking Heads’ Burning Down the House (“Vernon Down the House”) and a 20-minute YEM with HYHU teases and an incredible vocal jam.Given the show’s close proximity to Jon Fishman’s childhood home in Syracuse, New York, references to his former life in the town were strewn throughout the performance. As noted by Phish.net, the first set’s “Possum” got a dedication to Jeff Holdsworth, its composer, as well as Fishman’s high-school band, Frodo, while the group’s cover of “Ramble On” was played “in honor of Fish seeing a Led Zeppelin concert at age eleven.”You can check out the setlist for the latest addition to Phish’s live archive below, and purchase Vernon Downs ’98 here or stream it on LivePhish+.Setlist: Phish | Vernon Downs | Vernon, NY | 8/12/1998Set One: La Grange > Makisupa Policeman > Funky Bitch, Possum, Roggae, Character Zero, Ramble On -> Slave to the Traffic LightSet Two: Mike’s Song > Simple > Rift, Loving Cup > Sleeping Monkey > Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming CoilEncore: Burning Down the House[1], You Enjoy Myself[1] Phish debut; lyrics changed to “Vernon down the house.”Possum was dedicated to its author, Jeff Holdsworth, and Fish’s band in high school, Frodo. Ramble On was played in honor of Fish seeing a Led Zeppelin concert at age eleven and contained Cocaine teases; Slave subsequently included Ramble On teases, as well as Those Were the Days teases from Trey and Mike. The Phish debut of Burning Down the House contained alternate lyrics (“Vernon down the house”). YEM included HYHU and Mission: Impossible theme teases.[Photo: Phish Thoughts]last_img read more

March memorial for Norman Ramsey

first_imgThe Department of Physics will host a memorial ceremony for Nobel laureate and former physics professor Norman Ramsey on March 3 at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Church, Harvard Yard.last_img

James Wood’s lighter side

first_imgGazette writer Sarah Sweeney sat down with James Wood, a professor of the practice of literary criticism and a critic with The New Yorker, to discuss his new book, “The Fun Stuff.” Covering a range of topics — the rigors of writing, listening to and playing music, his resemblance to Pete Townshend — Wood was candid, incisive, and, most importantly, fun. GAZETTE: “The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays” is a compilation of work published in The New Yorker and The London Review of Books. What is your revision process?WOOD: When I revise these pieces, I try to make them a bit more timeless, and a bit less local. I take out specific references to books being new — because I’m often reviewing a new book by someone — or I might take out any other obviously trivial or small references made at the moment in the piece. Sometimes I rewrite them a bit so there’s a broader argument than I was able to do in the piece. In general, that would be the approach — to try to “essay-fy” the review.GAZETTE: What are your reading rituals? When you write do you listen to music or do you prefer silence?WOOD: I tend to write at nighttime — a bad habit I got into years ago when I was working at The Guardian and had to write lots of short pieces. I continued that bad habit when I came to the U.S. because I was still writing a lot for the U.K. and it was weirdly convenient to finish something at about 4 or 5 in the morning, so the editors in London would get it at around 10 a.m. Otherwise, I don’t have any rituals. I don’t generally listen to music because I find it hard not to listen to the music. When I write, it’s generally quiet and generally at home.GAZETTE: What do you read every day, in your general life?WOOD: I read what I write about. There’s not a lot of time for pursuing that kind of hinterland that we all want to pursue and be in. I just wish sometimes I didn’t have to always be writing about books and I could go off on a complete tangent and read a history book or a bit of travel writing. But there’s not enough time for that.GAZETTE: What writers are you excited about at the moment?WOOD: The short story writer Lydia Davis is one, and a youngish poet called Ben Lerner, who’s written a first novel (“Leaving the Atocha Station”) that I review in this book. He’s a really interesting, funny, lively, complex writer and I’ve been able to put a couple of colleagues in the English Department onto him, so that’s great.GAZETTE: What are you at work on?WOOD: Well, I’m currently trying to write a second novel. I wrote a first novel in 2003 (“The Book Against God”) and I don’t think it was especially good. I think it was all right, but it could be improved on, and yet I think the usual combination of fear and procrastination has stopped me from trying again, until this moment, which is sort of ludicrously long, really — 10 years now! But I feel finally I have the confidence to try again a second novel. And that’s what I’m working on when I’m not reviewing books.GAZETTE: You wrote “How Fiction Works.” What was your process when you were writing your first novel? Were you trying to abide by your own rules?WOOD: No. In “How Fiction Works” I did say that the novel is the virtuoso of exceptionalism, and I think that most people would probably agree that of all the forms the novel is the freest and most eccentric and it tends to make up its own rules. It’s not like, I think, building a chair — because if you fail to build a chair it won’t stand up, but there’s a way in which novels are full of flaws and failed bits, and they seem to be forgiven by most readers. So when I wrote my first novel it wasn’t that I was trying to follow rules, I think what was difficult for me was that I was very hampered by self-consciousness to some extent, and in this second novel I’m trying to let that go as much as possible and not second-guess myself too much.GAZETTE: Would you say that you’re a self-conscious person?WOOD: Actually I would say I’m not, particularly. There are certain contemporary writers — David Foster Wallace comes to mind — and I think he was someone who both in his fiction and in his personal life found it almost impossible to escape a kind of prisonhouse of self-consciousness. I don’t find that. I find it very easy to escape into music and a kind of non-thinking that happens when I listen to or play music. I play various instruments, drums and piano…GAZETTE: Are you in a band?WOOD: I am! This started in the last couple of years up at Bennington College where there’s a low-residency MFA program that gets together twice a year, once in January and June. And there was already a pretty good extant band up at Bennington among the writing teachers, some very good guitarists, very good bassist, a wonderful sax player.GAZETTE: What do you listen to?WOOD: What I try to catch in the title essay of this book, which is about drumming and Keith Moon, but also about being pulled between classical music and rock music, which was this illicit rebellion as I saw it as a kid. So, I do listen to both sides of the street, as it were. I listen to quite a bit of classical music and I have certain favorites like Bach and Purcell, and then I listen to quite a lot of rock music, jazz, rock-jazz fusion because it’s often there that you get really, really good drumming. And that can run the gamut from Natalie Merchant, Radiohead, Jeff Beck, plus some old favorites.GAZETTE: Do people ever tell you that you look like Keith Moon?WOOD: It’s funny you say that because when I was a kid, I had a terror when I was about 13 or 14 — and my face was changing shape and my nose was getting larger — that I was going to end up looking like Pete Townshend. I used to go to bed at night and tape my nose up because I thought that would stop it from expanding. I thought that I was going to end up as a guy who’s just a nose on a stick. And then for a while I didn’t look like Pete Townshend, and now at last I feel like I do look like Pete Townshend. Maybe I look like Moon and Townshend.GAZETTE: What do you like about teaching, and what do you find challenging about it?WOOD: What I like about teaching is that it slows down my reading process. What I find a bit challenging about it is that I prefer to have my thoughts formulated on paper, I prefer to see them once I’ve been able to think about them, and I don’t think I’m as good as some people are at thinking off the cuff. I’m aware as I speak that I haven’t quite been able to shape the phrasing the way I wanted it to be shaped.GAZETTE: What was the first thing you ever wrote?WOOD: Definitely a poem. Poetry is my first love and I wrote reams and reams of bad verse, and I wanted to be a poet before I realized I didn’t have the qualities of concision and refinement and all the things you need to be a good poet. And then at the same time I was getting more and more interested in narrative.GAZETTE: What was the last good book you read?WOOD: The Norwegian writer Per Petterson has this wonderful novel called “I Curse the River of Time.” I was put onto it because I have a writer friend who said to me one night that he’d become so obsessed with the form of this book that he’d copied out the book word for word in his own hand, trying to crack how this guy does his paragraphs and his sentences. The idea of writing out a whole novel is so crazy, so fanatical, that I thought, “I have to know what it could be, what a book is like that could torment someone thus.” So I read it, and I can totally see why.D.T. Max and James Wood on David Foster Wallace <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsbKT50ud04″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/QsbKT50ud04/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> New Yorker writers D.T. Max and James Wood in conversation on David Foster Wallace at an event put on by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University.last_img read more

Suffolk Pol Can’t Fill Vacant Seat Until New Year

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tens of thousands of eastern Long Island residents will lack representation through January on the Suffolk County Legislature despite electing a new legislator this month thanks to a quirk in the law.Eight legislative district residents have been without county representation since Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) died of cancer in September. His son, Legis.-elect William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), won the seat on Election Day, but because the district map was redrawn this year, he can’t join the panel right away.“I have no choice under these unique circumstances,” Lindsay said. “I have complete faith in the staff in my late father’s office to handle any and all concerns or issues constituents might have.”County law requires that a special election be held within three months of a legislative seat being vacated and winners typically take office right away. But, county law is unclear if the second part of that rule applies when the redistricting process is in play.Legislative Counsel George Nolan and County Attorney Dennis Brown advised temporary Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon), who is leaving for another job in January, that waiting until the New Year when the new map goes into effect was the best course of action.“I am sure we will have a legislative proposal next year to clarify the law,” Horsley added.The legislature has two more meetings scheduled this year, including one Tuesday and another Dec. 17.The eight district, shaped like a seated dog, stretches from Holtsville in the northeast corner to Oakdale in the southwest corner. The new district that is about to take effect is more square.last_img read more

Man questioned over Nantes cathedral fire

first_imgThey were awaiting authorization from firefighters to examine the platform on which the grand organ had stood.Cathedral rector Father Hubert Champenois said Saturday “everything was in order last night,” and that “a very close inspection was made before it closed, like every other evening.” The building was last hit by fire in 1972 and its roof took more than 13 years to repair.Regional fire chief Laurent Ferlay said Saturday the damage was not comparable to the 1972 blaze, or to last year’s devastating blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.Much of Notre-Dame’s roof and wooden structure was destroyed, its steeple collapsed and fumes containing toxic molten lead billowed into the air.Topics : Prosecutors launched an arson investigation after the fire broke out on Saturday morning in three places at the gothic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the 17th century grand organ — a star attraction of the cathedral.About 100 firefighters saved the main structure, built between the 15th and 19th centuries.Sennes confirmed that experts from a police unit specialized in fire investigations were at the scene.  French investigators were on Sunday questioning a man who worked at the cathedral in the city of Nantes which was badly damaged by fire a day earlier, a prosecutor said.The man “was responsible for locking up the cathedral on Friday evening and investigators wanted to clarify elements of the schedule of this person”, prosecutor Pierre Sennes told AFP.But he emphasized that “any interpretation that could implicate this person in what occurred is premature” adding the questioning was part of “normal procedure”.last_img read more

Garden Lavender Pound Cake

first_img Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle Garden Lavender Pound Cake by: – July 25, 2011 27 Views   no discussions This rich, buttery pound cake is prepared with sugar that has been infused with the flavor of dried lavender blossoms for a truly unique taste experience. The only embellishment this cake needs is a drizzling of simple icing made with powdered sugar, butter, and lemon juice. This recipe makes enough for two loaves of this fabulous pound cake.Top ideas for dinner tonight:•30-minute (or less) spring dinners•Quick and easy chicken dishes•Garden-fresh entrée saladsingredients1 recipe Lavender Sugar (see recipe below)4 eggs1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter3/4 cup dairy sour cream2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup granulated sugar1 tablespoon vanilla1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel1 cup sifted powdered sugar1 tablespoon butter, melted3 to 4 teaspoons lemon juicedirections1.Prepare Lavender Sugar. Preheat oven to 325 degree F. Let eggs, the 1 cup butter, and sour cream stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, grease and flour two 8x4x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.2.In a large bowl beat the Lavender Sugar, granulated sugar, 1 cup butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed until very light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down sides frequently.3.Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed about 20 to 30 seconds after each addition.4.Alternately add flour mixture and sour cream to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until just combined. Stir in lemon peel. (Batter will be thick.) Stir in lemon peel. Spread mixture in the prepared pans. Bake about 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.5.In a small bowl mix powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon melted butter and enough lemon juice to make of drizzling consistency. Spoon over cake, letting some of it drip down the sides. Makes 24 servings (two 8-inch loaves).6.Lavender Sugar: In a spice grinder or food processor, grind 1/2 cup sugar with 1 to 2 tablespoons dried lavender blossoms.Receipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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