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Do employees benefit from employee benefits?

first_img Comments are closed. Staff benefits schemes seem to be a hot topic at the moment so I thought I’d chime in with my thoughts….In years gone by the company car, paid phone bill’s or company credit card were pretty much the in domain of the professionals at the top of their game working in the most generous of companies. Now though, almost akin to my blog post on gimmicky long interview processes, companies seem to be using the benefits they offer as a marketing tool, and the list of what is being offered is getting longer and longer. There’ nothing wrong with that, but let’s dissect it a little.In recent times there has been a lot of debate over what is considered a generous benefits programme and what is going too far. For example, I refer to Facebook and Apple who opted for a very polarizing benefit of freezing any female employee’s eggs (most suggest in a bid to allow feeling more at ease delaying having children). Or Google California, as another example who trucked in snow to create a snowy wonderland for its staff. Times are of course changing and our wants and needs are evolving with the times. I totally get that we are not programmed in the same way that we were 50 years ago where social norms almost pre-defined at what ages children would enter our lives, or when we should be allowed to enjoy a brisk walk in the snow, but is this taking a “company benefit” too far?In a few less extreme examples such-as, orgs employing chefs to cook meals each day for staff, full gym in-house or even sleep pods. These all sound amazing, right? And who wouldn’t want a part of that, but something that is also worth thinking about is – Are we then blurring the lines further between our professional worlds and our personal worlds? And indeed, is this a good or bad thing? We have already seen a huge shift towards technology interoperability and never being too far away from a piece of tech that could see us struggle to “switch off” in our personal time, but we are now looking at a new age where the comforts of home-life are being brought to the office.This is not to say I wouldn’t dive straight into a sleep-pod given the chance – just food for thought and I’d be keen to hear other perspective on where boundaries should be in the creation of a solid benefits scheme… Do employees benefit from employee benefits?Shared from missc on 17 Jun 2015 in Personnel Today Read full article center_img Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Murray scores 42, Nuggets beat Jazz 117-107 in Game 5

first_img Written by Associated Press August 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local Murray scores 42, Nuggets beat Jazz 117-107 in Game 5 Tags: Denver Nuggets/Jamal Murray/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 33 of his 42 points in a second half where he played every minute and the Denver Nuggets avoided elimination by beating the Utah Jazz 117-107 in Game 5.The Nuggets trail the sixth-seeded Jazz 3-2 with Game 6 on Thursday.Murray was unstoppable down the stretch in nearly matching his 50-point effort in Game 4. He had eight assists, including a pass to Nikola Jokic for a 3-pointer with 23.6 that sealed the win. The dynamic tandem of Murray and Jokic clearly won’t ready to leave the NBA bubble just yet. Jokic had it going early as he scored 21 of his 31 points in the the first quarter.Donovan Mitchell finished with 30 points while wearing a pair of bright, multicolored shoes.last_img read more

Students and residents protest Windrush scandal

first_imgChintha, a demonstrator and Oxford resident, told Cherwell: “You cannot undo the state of trauma and the state of total distress that some families went through – you cannot undo that.“There’s no monetary reward that can take away the pain and the suffering and the sorrow of that period, so even if there is compensation and loads of apologies there’ll still be a lot of very hurt feelings.”Dolcie Obhiozele, a member of the Windrush generation, moved from Jamaica to Oxford with her mother when she was 11. She recalled how both her mother and aunt had worked for New College as cleaning and catering staff.Obhiozele told Cherwell: “Many of the colleges and the University, when I look at it, it is built on our back.”Speaking of fellow Windrush citizens, she said: “These people have worked, and put in here – contributed to the NHS, to their pension. I can’t say how wicked and heartless it is.“[The government] have just taken their money and everything from them, and just throw them out. It really isn’t right.”Some of the protesters expressed disappointment at the low numbers of students who turned out to the demonstration. One protester asked: “This city has lots of students, and where are they today? Why can’t they come out for this?”Louise Zakine, a French woman who has lived in the UK for 15 years, saw the event publicised on Facebook and wanted to show solidarity with the victims.Zakine told Cherwell: “I’m worried for my friends, my French friends in London – I don’t know what will happen to them [after Brexit] so that’s a bit scary. They’ve been in the UK for over 15 years, and they live here.”The leader of Oxford City Council, Susan Brown, condemned the treatment of the Windrush generation as “shameful”.She said: “The way the Government has used its immigration laws to discriminate against the Windrush generation is utterly unacceptable and mean spirited. In Oxford we are proud of the huge contribution that they and other Commonwealth citizens have made to our city.“On behalf of the City of Oxford I know that colleagues across the council will want to say ‘thank you’ to the African Caribbean community, as we do to all the different communities who contribute to the rich diversity of Oxford life.” Oxford students and residents came together on Monday evening to protest the government’s treatment of the Windrush generation.The protest, organised by Oxford Stand Up to Racism, drew a crowd of over 50 people on the corner of Cornmarket and Queen Street.Ian McKendrick, a spokesman for Oxford Stand Up to Racism, told Cherwell that the group was “calling for amnesty for Windrush and other Commonwealth citizens.” He said that the Windrush generation should be compensated for the homes lost, jobs sacrificed, and denied NHS treatment which came out of the government’s “hostile” immigration policy.“We are attacking the whole immigration policy behind [the Windrush scandal] and Theresa May. The problem absolutely goes to the top.“When Theresa May was at the Home Office, she was the architect of the hostile environment immigration policy for migrants. She’s fully complicit.”Donald Norwood – a member of a church in Blackbird Leys, an area of Oxford with a large British Caribbean community– echoed McKendrick’s view. He said the scandal has “created a very nasty atmosphere.”“It’s just not an accident, it was deliberate policy to make people feel uncomfortable.”During the protest, members of the Oxford Windrush group spoke. They noted that 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the year people from the Caribbean arrived in the UK on Empire Windrush, the ship that gave the generation its name. They announced events to celebrate the lives of members of that generation.To pay tribute to the victims of the Windrush deportations, protesters laid lilies and sang songs, including Civil Rights gospel “We Shall Overcome”.last_img read more

GOP Senate Primary Campaign Heats Up

first_imgBy Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Another of the six GOP candidates in the race to replace Sen. Joe Donnelly launched his first campaign ad six months ahead of the primary election, saying he’s “tired of watching Congress do nothing.”Mike Braun, a former Republican state representative from Jasper, debuted his first commercial Tuesday as part of his push to win the Senate. As the CEO and founder of Meyer Distributing, a nationwide auto parts distribution company, Braun is running from a business perspective.“I’ve spent my life building a business and creating jobs,” Braun said in a statement. “I am running for U.S. Senate because we need leaders who understand the real consequences of the failure of our federal government and are capable of delivering solutions for Hoosiers on issues like health care and tax reform.”Braun is seeking to become the GOP front runner who will race to replace Donnelly, a Democrat finishing his first term in the Senate. Donnelly, who is seeking reelection, so far is unopposed in the Democratic primary..Luke Messer and Todd Rokita — both Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives — have been more high profile than the other candidates running in the primary.The other candidates in the race so far are Terry Henderson, a businessman who works at Down AgroSciences; Andrew Takami, director of Purdue Polytechnic New Albany; and Mark Hurt, attorney and former advisor to Sen. Dan Coats. None of those candidates has more than $100,000 on hand.Braun put $800,000 of his own money into the campaign at the end of September, giving him the opportunity to buy ads to make himself better known. Federal records show he raised an additional $200,000 from other sources, leaving a little more than $1 million in the bank.“You can be the best candidate in the world but if you don’t have money to introduce yourself to voters or to tell voters why you’re running, you have no way to get to them,” said Nathan Gonzales, editor of Inside Elections. “You need money to communicate your message.”Because of the $800,000 Braun donated to his campaign, he’s been able to communicate his message to a wider audience. Rokita and Messer, who have been sharply critical of each other, both released ads earlier in the campaign.Braun’s ad didn’t mention other politicians, but rather explained his background as a businessman and how he wants to “get Washington moving again.”Rokita’s ad, however, call out other politicians directly. The ad targeted Donnelly by accusing him of being part of the “rigged” system and took subtle digs at Messer.Like Braun, Messer’s ad doesn’t directly attack other politicians. However, he attacked Rokita in an email blast saying he was “tired of Todd Rokita lying about my family,” which came after Messer relocated his family to Washington, D.C. following his 2012 election.Meanwhile, Braun is getting outside help. A super PAC, Our Indiana Voice, announced it is forming to support Braun’s candidacy for the Senate, saying currently politicians in Washington, D.C. are not getting work done. The PAC is being run by veteran political operative David Carney.Carney, a political strategist from New Hampshire, also oversaw a super PAC that spent $1.5 million to help Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth win Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in 2016, USA Today reported.“Mike Braun brings the business sense and outside the beltway thinking that people are looking for,” Carney said in a statement. “It’s time to send someone to the Untied States Senate who will be the voice of the people, not the special interests.”Yet while Braun pushes to win the GOP seat in the hotly contested Senate race, Donnelly — the incumbent — continues to add more cash to his war chest.In early October, he reported receiving $1.3 million in donations from July to the end of September — giving him a total of $4.6 million cash on hand.During the same time period, Messer raised $735,000 giving him a total of $2.4 million, and Rokita raised about $450,000, putting him at about $2.4 million.Political observers across the country have identified Donnelly as one of the most vulnerable incumbents. Voters elected Donald Trump for president by nearly 19 points and Donnelly is only one of 10 Democrats in the Senate who come from states won by Trump.EDITOR”S FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.This story reflects a correction. The original said there were seven GOP candidates in the race. There are six. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Picard frozen bakery goods listed in 160 M&S stores

first_imgMarks & Spencer has extended its range with French brand Picard.The frozen food brand has rolled out to 160 M&S stores as the retailer looks to widen its appeal to families.The collection features 25 meals, sides, canapés, desserts and bakery treats, including French brioche toast and buns, crêpes, baguettes, waffles, ham and cheese galettes, mini croque monsieurs and tarte tatin. Prices begin from an rsp of £1.50.M&S reported that sales in the frozen category had increased by more than 85% year-on-year since the start of lockdown.“Picard is one of France’s most loved brands and is so much more than frozen food; it’s known for exceptionally delicious dishes that taste so good you would never believe they weren’t homemade,” said April Preston, director of product development at M&S.“Offering our customers delicious food, and inspiring choice is at the heart of what we do and Picard is a great addition to our frozen range, perfectly complementing our existing offer and giving customers something deliciously different.”All Picard products at M&S are in French packaging with an English translation on the back of the pack. Customers can also use the Google Lens app to translate the front-of-pack in-stores.“Like M&S, Picard holds long standing relationships with local farmers and they source the very best ingredients. We’ve closely worked with Picard to select an edited range of their iconic French products based on what we know our customers love,” Preston added.Bakery business Aryzta this year sold the majority of its stake in Picard to investment firm Invest Group Zouari for €156m, retaining a 4.5% shareholding.last_img read more

SMC gives Doctor of Humanities to entrepreneur

first_imgJennifer Mathile Prikkel, former Saint Mary’s Board of Trustee member and alumna, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the College during the commencement ceremony Saturday. Prikkel is a partner at Mathile Family Enterprise, founder and president of Bridging Hope Farms and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Mathile Family Foundation. She said she is thankful for her Saint Mary’s education because it has shaped her many successes. “My Saint Mary’s education has shaped all aspects of my life: my work, spiritual and family life,” Prikkel said. “My time at Saint Mary’s in the past and present isn’t something that goes away when you leave. It is ever-present in all I am and all I do.”  She said receiving this honorary degree means the world to her, because of the unique path that led to her time at Saint Mary’s. “In 1991, I was I was deferred and was asked to wait until the end of my third quarter grades before I would hear whether I was accepted to the College,” Prikkel said. “So, in the mean time I was going to do everything I could to put a good word in for myself. I made my parents drive me up one Friday and I met with the vice president of college admissions. I had a private meeting with her and insisted she accepted me to Saint Mary’s.” Prikkel said after graduating in ’95 with a degree in religious studies, Prikkel said she her education at Saint Mary’s nurtured her heart as well as her mind. Saint Mary’s taught me to trust in the gifts I was given and to use them to change the world,” Prikkel said. “I have tried to do that in all parts of my life.  I have especially tried to do that at Saint Mary’s because the College has given me so much.” She said receiving this honorary degree has taught her the meanings of ‘hard work’ and of ‘reward.’ “For someone who almost didn’t get accepted to someone who is now getting her doctorate from her beloved Saint Mary’s, I am not sure I can put words on what my heart feels every time I think about it,” Prikkel said. “In fact, if I think about it too much I might cry. I just hope I can make it through the hooding without slobbering all over President Mooney.”   Prikkel said Saint Mary’s “never forgets her own,” so, after she graduated she wanted to make sure she never forgot Saint Mary’s.  According to a College press release, Prikkel and her parents are significant benefactors to the College, supporting the campaign to build the Spes Unica Hall academic building and to renovate the Science Hall.  “I am a firm believer of ‘paying it forward’,” Prikkel said. “I stay connected and engaged with the College because Saint Mary’s has given me so much and has enriched my life. I want to help her in any way I can. I want Saint Mary’s to be around for the next generation of women.”  Prikkel said she is proud to support a college with such “pure intentions.” “Saint Mary’s wants the best for its students,” Prikkel said. “No place can be successful and stand strong without a strong foundation. That foundation of course comes from the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Still today the charism of the Sisters is alive because they laid a very good foundation for this College to stand upon.”  She said she is thankful because so many Saint Mary’s women have continued after their graduation from the College to work toward making the world a better place.  Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at [email protected]last_img read more

Missing 20-Year-Old Found Deceased In Cattaragus County Pond

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.MANSFIELD – The search for a missing 20-year-old Cattaraugus County man ended Sunday after first responders discovered him deceased in a pond. The Cattaraugus County Sheriff says Joseph Rushwin was first reported missing from the Barse Road area near Little Valley around 6 p.m. on Saturday.The Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, several local fire departments and other agencies performed an exhaustive search for Rushwin.First responders used several tools, including drones and flare imaging in their efforts to find him. Rushwin’s go-kart was discovered on Sunday in a pond in the Town of Mansfield, where a State Police dive team recovered his body.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Experience Road Trip Enchantment…

first_img Matt Downer is known for his high-energy brand of old tunes while rotating through the fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals. Amber Carrington has performed at the Grand Ole Opry after gaining her initial fame on “The Voice.” She is one of the show’s top five performers and has landed in the top 10 on iTunes charts. Tarryn Aimee Smith is an Americana singer-songwriter whose music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and country. She is based out of Nashville and plays several instruments during her performances. Highbeams is made up of brothers Adam and Ian Pendlington and bass player Stephen Quinn. The “adventure rock” trio have traveled across the country maintaining a busy tour schedule since 2013. Rock City Gardens is continuing its conservation partnership with Lula Lake Land Trust during this event and is committed to ongoing co-advocacy efforts with local community organizations. Insider tip: Buy a VIP annual pass for discounts on food and gifts, and unlimited admission for a full year from date of purchase, including Rock City’s award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights – a spectacular wonderland of live entertainment, hot cocoa, over a million LED lights and Santa! Visit: SeeRockCity.com. After you’ve dined at Café 7, make your way down Fat Man’s Squeeze, through Rainbow Hall and snap a photo in front of the High Falls. The walk through Hall of the Mountain King leads you to Fairyland Caverns. This retro section of the trail colors each visit with glow-in-the-dark vintage whimsy. It’s no wonder guests have been visiting from all over the world since 1932. Stop at the Fudge Kitchen on your way out for a free sample of the housemade treat, pack up a few slices for the road in a Rock City birdhouse box! Leashed pets are always welcome. center_img Rock City Raptors shows hosted by Wings to Soar return for their 15th season. Their weekend shows feature rescued birds of prey. Meet a vulture, bald eagle and screech owl in these inspirational, interactive presentations. Watch a variety of birds fly overhead and enjoy up-close encounters with them after the shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. daily. On the weekends you can enjoy toe-tapping, live bluegrass, folk and country music during Rock City’s Summer Music Weekends. The event runs Memorial Day through Labor Day including daily June 28 – July 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring live entertainment by The Old Time Traveler Matt Downer (daily), NBC’s The Voice Finalist Amber Carrington (Fridays), Tarryn Aimee Smith (Saturdays) and the Highbeams (Sundays).  Atop Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens features seasonal events with specialty foods, activities and entertainment. Wind your way through colossal rock formations, dare to pass over the Swing-A-Long Bridge and see seven states from iconic Lover’s Leap! Sip a fresh-squeezed lemonade as you look over the guide map to plan your adventure… Midway through your trek you’ll find Rock City’s full-service outdoor restaurant Café 7. Delicious new menu items are available every Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7 p.m. Discover southern cuisine with a modern twist with items like smoked brisket tacos, fried green tomatoes paired with pimento cheese and tomato jam, shrimp and cheese grits and the Sweet Home Alabama chicken sandwich. There’s a full wine and craft beer menu, a kids’ menu and a brand-new pet menu! Go to www.seerockcity.com/cafe-7 for the seasonal specials! last_img read more

Consider all options to address drug use

first_imgAs a public health professional tasked with understanding, developing and implementing evidence-based strategies to address health and safety issues, I’d like to correct a fundamental logical fallacy in the Feb. 28 letter, “Safe injection sites a whole level of stupid.”In the United States, we have adopted a criminalization approach to drug use that has thus far succeeded in incarcerating large numbers of people who pose no threat to public safety, increasing the number of people dying from drug-related fatalities, and shifting the focus and resources of law enforcement away from more serious crime. Over the last 40 years, we have spent nearly $1 trillion on the war on drugs, with no demonstrated impact on the amount of drugs in the U.S. or the number of people consuming them. Any fiscal conservative would consider this a poor return on investment not worthy of continuing.What we do know about safe/supervised drug consumption services is that they succeed in ways that arrest and incarceration fail. They reduce the incidence of disease, save taxpayers money, reduce the nuisance of public drug use, and provide a crucial entry point for people who use drugs to enter treatment — all without increasing crime or drug use. Across over 100 such sites globally, there has not been a single fatal overdose within one of these facilities. The same cannot be said for public restrooms and other places where people without other options currently consume drugs. Having toured such a site first-hand in Amsterdam and having met with local law enforcement and other officials, I found that community support is also strong. So, if we know that what we’ve done up until this point has not actually worked, has caused more harm than good, and has wasted taxpayer money, and we also know that these public health interventions have proven to be effective elsewhere, we are left with the question of what exactly is a “whole level of stupid?” Perhaps it’s trying the same failed approach over and over hoping to achieve different results.Keith BrownScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

LGPS advisory board pursues ESG-related guidance updates

first_img“If you just look at the regulations and guidance you could think we’re behind when in fact, in lots of ways, LGPS funds and pools are way ahead in terms of responsible investment,” Houston told IPE. Luke Hall, local government minister as of late July 2019According to Houston, statutory guidance issued in 2017 by the department responsible for the LGPS requires local authority funds in England and Wales to include in their investment strategy statement an explanation of their policy on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations. However, there is no specific requirement to include a policy statement on how risks associated specifically with climate change are taken into account in investment decision-making.The DWP’s amended investment regulations specifically mention climate change as an environmental consideration that could be financially material to investors. The Pensions Regulator’s guidance for defined contribution (DC) schemes is more explicit, stating that trustees need to understand the implication of “the systemic risk of climate change” on investment decisions.In addition to coming up with recommendations to present to the local government minister, the SAB also intends to provide the funds in the LGPS with its own guidance on responsible investment in the autumn.“That will set out the existing regulatory and overriding duties on local authorities when they’re making investment decisions to take into account things like ESG – how much they have to take into account, how much they have to report,” said Houston.The guidance is intended as a resource for individuals such as a newly elected councillor becoming a member of the pensions committee. The aim is to help decision-makers understand what their legal obligations are and what type of investment practices they can adopt with regard to ESG considerations, while continuing to meet these duties. The advisory board for the UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) intends to recommend that statutory guidance for the scheme be modified to reflect the government’s policy on climate change and wider responsible investment considerations.According to Jeff Houston, secretary to the scheme advisory board (SAB), the board plans to come up with proposed amendments to the guidance over the coming months and to present them to the new local government minister for consideration.Robert Jenrick replaced James Brokenshire as the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government upon Boris Johnson becoming the UK’s new prime minister on 24 July, and Luke Hall was appointed minister for local government and homelessness, replacing Rishi Sunak. The SAB’s plan comes after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) adopted regulations that introduced new responsible investment-related requirements for trustees of most private sector occupational pension schemes.last_img read more