Five-month delay for new Tupe regulations

first_imgEmployers face at least a five-month wait for the new Tupe regulations tocome into force. The legislation, which protects employee terms and conditions when they aretransferred from one organisation to another, was due to be implemented on 17July but will not now become law until December at the earliest. John McMullen, national head of employment law for law firm Pinsent CurtisBiddle, told Personnel Today the draft regulations, which will be subject to athree-month consultation period, are now unlikely to be produced untilSeptember. McMullen, who advises the CBI on Tupe, said the current UK regulations needto be changed because they are based on the Acquired Rights Directive of 1977,which was overwritten by a new EU directive on Tupe in 1998. “The EU directive was implemented in June 1998 but has no legal forcein individual counties until those countries produce their own regulations. “The directive itself is not very radical. The main question is whereTupe applies. It could be decided by EU case law that we already have or memberstates can go further than the directive requires, providing they are lookingafter employee rights.” McMullen said one of the issues holding up the new regulations was pensions.He explained, “At the moment pension rights are excluded from Tupe. Thedirective itself does not require member states to alter that but it does allowmember states to allow pension transfers if they want. “This is going to appear in the consultation document. As an issue ithas huge ramifications for small contractors. Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute andPractice, said he hoped the new delay to the Tupe regulations meant more timewas being spent resolving difficult issues such as pensions. “I hope the extra time is being used to tackle these troublesome pointsbut I am afraid I have no confidence that this will be the case,” he said. By Ben Willmott Comments are closed. Five-month delay for new Tupe regulationsOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Impact of climate change on Antarctic krill

first_imgAntarctic krill Euphausia superba (hereafter ‘krill’) occur in regions undergoing rapid environmental change, particularly loss of winter sea ice. During recent years, harvesting of krill has increased, possibly enhancing stress on krill and Antarctic ecosystems. Here we review the overall impact of climate change on krill and Antarctic ecosystems, discuss implications for an ecosystem-basedfisheries management approach and identify criticalknowledge gaps. Sea ice decline, ocean warming and other environmental stressors act in concert to modify the abundance, distribution and life cycle of krill. Although some of these changes can have positive effects on krill, their cumulative impact is most likely negative. Recruitment, driven largely by the winter survival of larval krill, is probably the population parameter most susceptible to climate change. Predicting changes to krill populations is urgent, because they will seriously impact Antarctic ecosystems. Such predictions, however, are complicated by an intense inter-annual variability in recruitment success and krill abundance. To improve the responsiveness of the ecosystem-based management approach adopted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR),critical knowledge gaps need to be filled. In addition to a better understanding of the factors influencing recruitment, management will require a better understanding of the resilience and the genetic plasticity of krill life stages, and a quantitative understanding of under-ice and benthic habitat use. Currentprecautionary management measures of CCAMLR should be maintained until a better understanding of these processes has been achieved.last_img read more

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YESTERYEAR: Evansville Red Cross Chapter by Pat Sides

first_imgYESTERYEAR: Evansville Red Cross Chapter by Pat SidesIn 1952, the Evansville Red Cross chapter organized an emergency committee of civic leaders to oversee a drive to replenish blood supplies in military hospitals, bringing in a bloodmobile from Indianapolis to visit local industrial plants. The United States was at war with Korea, which prompted a critical shortage in the country’s blood bank. Briggs Indiana Corporation on East Columbia Street, which manufactured automobile bodies for the Chrysler Corporation, was one of the sites visited by the bloodmobile. This image shows Red Cross staff busily preparing Briggs employees to donate their blood, as “Evansville continued to break one record right after another,” according to the local Red Cross chairman.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Future bakery trends

first_imgReturn to traditional bakery fareConsumers are overwhelmed by choice, and a return to basic value and convenience will undoubtedly be welcome, adds Mintel, while “traditional ingredients and recipes will also continue to take the industry by storm”.Companies may find themselves looking for ways to bring more traditional aspects of the meal back into play, says research firm Datamonitor, and are predicted to look for ways to “resurrect items that have been diluted by the on-the-go trend”.”Retro is definitely coming back, from black forest gateaux down to traditional puddings,” says Helen Colley, MD of Farmhouse Fare. “We’re a decadent company, so we’re doing healthy-indulgent types of product, such as fruit with a muesli or granola topping. But in puddings the old flavours will continue to be the most popular.”Convenience will again play a prominent role in NPD this year. With the average number of persons per household having slipped to barely more than two people in most developed countries, and portion sizes adapted accordingly, Mintel notes that more smaller packs could emerge in 2007. T elling a trend from a fad, or to use the more fitting parlance, separating the wheat from the chaff, is not always easy when it comes to predicting the ’next big thing’ in bakery. It often comes from looking backwards rather than forwards, as the boom in wholegrain over the last two years has testified.But the soothsayers’ predictions make intriguing reading and some of the market analysts’ tips for 2007 are well on their way to being established in the mainstream – namely local sourcing, seasonal produce and a return to traditional recipes.Other areas of new product development elsewhere in the food industry, such as ’satiety enhancing’ products that make you feel fuller, which so far have only appeared as smoothies and yoghurts, may only be seedlings in the grand scheme of bakery NPD but lay possible pointers to the future.Japan-based Nippon Flour Mills is reported to be developing a ’sweet wheat’ for making flour that can be used to bake cakes without needing sugar. It is said to have a much lower level of starch – at around 25% compared with typical levels of 70% – and consequently much higher levels of the naturally occurring sweeteners, maltose and sucrose.”My dream product for the year would be a More Cake, with the calories removed, with no hydrogenated fats or additives,” comments Nick Hill, category manager at Musgrave Budgens Londis Group.To go one further, ’calorie-burning’ soft drinks have already emerged in the US and Europe, using green tea extracts with epigallocatechin, or EGCG, ginger, caffeine and other ingredients to raise metabolism to burn calories. Datamonitor’s Productscan predicts EGCG is an ingredient that will be getting a lot more play in food and drink production in 2007.Conversely, for major supermarket Asda, indulgence is set to continue as an area of focus in sweet bakery, though healthy breads will also be a key area of development says bakery director Huw Edwards. “We will be looking for indulgence in cakes this year, but it will also be important to give the customer low-fat options,” he says.Straddling both the camps of indulgence and health in 2006 was dark chocolate, which boomed when it was announced that it contains anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant-rich tea is an ingredient that is working its way into teacake and bar products in the US.So-called superfruits, such as goji berries and pomegranate, which are also high in antioxidants, are positioned for mainstream acceptance. Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD) similarly predicts the continued rise of exotic Amazonian fruits such as açaí and cupuaçu.During 2006, the number of Omega 3-enriched products doubled in the US, according to a new Mintel report out last week. Inroads are already being made by Allied Bakeries into the use of Omega 3 in bread in the UK, following the launch of its Kingsmill Head Start loaf in August 2006.”On health, there will be more use of Omega 3 and the removal of hydrogenated fats this year,” says Nick Hill of MBL. “And I also think that freshness, short-life products and bread baked throughout the day will be major trends for 2007.”The baking industry “is coming full circle,” concurs Vera Malhotra, head of marketing at BakeMark UK. “Consumers are increasingly prepared to accept shorter product shelf lives and forgo the perfectly uniform textures and bright colours of mass production in favour of a more natural, homemade feel.” Ethical sourcing & seasonalityFollowing the rise of Fairtrade, the public is likely to display a deeper commitment to ethical products in future. As sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients develop more into mainstream product groups, local and seasonal products are set to benefit. Mintel predicts a “return to fresher ingredients that have more of a community-orientated tie”.Last week, Tory leader David Cameron told a farmers’ conference that “ethical foods” were no longer the preserve of “obsessive fringe consumers who view every purchase as a masochistic morality test”. He argued that the rise of the ethical consumer would continue unabated, although mainstream appeal would continue to be limited by higher prices.A renewed focus on food miles – with food manufacturers and retailers coming under fire in 2006 for trunking products great distances before hitting the shelves – will encourage people to look locally for produce. Datamonitor says: “It isn’t too far-fetched to speculate that we might see carbon ratings on packaged foods, to encourage energy conservation and fight global warming.”Farmhouse Fare recently opened a new NPD centre and plans to launch at least 20 seasonal products this year. “Seasonality will be very strong this year,” says MD Helen Colley. “Summer puddings should be for summer and winter puddings for winter. I’ve been batting on about this for years and people are finally coming around to my way of thinking!”last_img read more

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News story: Soldiers begin training on first sports facility delivered for Army Basing Programme

first_img As we near peak ABP construction phase this summer, we’re delighted with the high standard of accommodation being delivered for soldiers across SPTA. The ABP is delivering real and lasting improvements across the defence estate, ensuring that British soldiers live, work and train in the best possible environments. Soldiers at Perham Down are benefitting from a new sports facility, which has been delivered by Aspire Defence for the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Army Basing Programme (ABP).The ABP is a joint army and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) programme, which is providing the facilities the British Army needs to live, work and train in the UK as it returns from Germany, rebases across the UK and restructures to its future Army 2020 formations.Providing quality physical training facilities supports the army’s commitment to training and sport. Alongside sports facilities, the ABP will also deliver modern, purpose built single living and working accommodation for soldiers, from dining facilities and offices to vehicle garaging, stores and technical buildings.The new pitch was constructed by Aspire Defence Capital Works (ADCW) and is just one of many essential assets being delivered at Perham Down. A Regimental Headquarters, several Junior Ranks’ single living accommodation (SLA) blocks and an Officers’ SLA block have already been handed over. An Officers’ Mess and gym are currently under construction.Rhod McGregor, Project Director TidNBul (ADCW), said: All ABP infrastructure across Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) and at Aldershot is being delivered under Aspire Defence’s 35 year Project Allenby/Connaught (PAC) contract, held with the MOD since 2006.Mark Duddy, ABP Programme Director, said:center_img We’re very pleased to hand over this pitch as part of our wider delivery of ABP infrastructure at Perham Down. We continue to maintain an efficient pace of build progress across all our construction sites, to ensure we deliver the right assets at the right time for the army.last_img read more

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News story: 250,000 veterans helped into new careers

first_imgThe CTP also provides specialist training to those who leave service early through the Future Horizons programme, which has supported 11,500 personnel since its introduction in 2008. A further specialised career programme, CTP Assist, supports approximately 900 wounded, injured and sick service leavers per year to achieve a sustainable and fulfilling career, regardless of time served.The CTP offers a wide range of vocational training courses to enhance qualifications gained in the military or to retrain for a new career. Courses in fields such as finance, project management, IT and health and safety, and are designed around the needs of service leavers and to connect with routes to employment.The CTP Employment Team is focussed on engaging with local SMEs and national employers to create unique pathways into employment and ensuring organisations take a strategic approach to integrate military talent into their workforce planning.The CTP is currently working closely with a broad range of employers such as Amazon, Barclays, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems, and Openreach to align the wealth of transferrable skills and experiences service leavers have.Along with online career resettlement guides, personnel can also access advice on wider aspects of the transition process, including housing and pensions, managing finances, and moving abroad. This guidance is part of the broader support on offer to personnel to bridge the gap between military and civilian life.The CTP is the first example of a military resettlement service provided by a partnership of private, public and charitable organisations, anywhere in the world. The model, established by the partnership between the MOD and Right Management Ltd, is supported by RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity who deliver CTP’s employment support, and is at the forefront of best international practice.David Duffy, Right Management Ltd, Contract Director for Career Transition Partnership, said: Our Armed Forces develop invaluable, lasting and transferrable skills during their service, and it is right that we support them to reach their potential when they leave. With admirable qualities such as leadership, dedication and team work, those who have served are an asset to any organisation. The Career Transition Partnership team plays an ever more vital role in helping our people navigate the many opportunities open to them. I am proud that Right Management have delivered a world-class resettlement provision on behalf of the MOD for two decades, helping to bridge the gap between military and civilian careers and connecting Armed Forces personnel to jobs. CTP staff are extremely committed and passionate about the part they play in supporting service leavers and this is evident in the remarkable achievements we have made. The working landscape has changed beyond all recognition since we started, with an ever more transient marketplace and technology, along with social media, driving change at pace. Despite this, the CTP has stayed at the forefront of delivery, keeping pace with change and continually adapting to meet the needs of our service leavers.center_img In the two decades since its launch, a quarter of a million service leavers have been supported in the next stage of their careers by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), a partnership between the MOD and Right Management Ltd.The CTP offers one-to-one career guidance, vocational training, events, networking and employment opportunities to serving personnel for up to two years before they leave the Armed Forces, supporting them as they prepare to enter the civilian workplace or further education.Benefitting from training in interview techniques and CV development, as well as targeted workshops designed to identify and harness an individual’s strengths, 93% of service leavers transitioning through the CTP who are seeking employment, are in new roles within six months.Ex-serving personnel can also access CTP support for two years after they have transitioned back into civilian life, ensuring the adjustment process is as smooth as possible.Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said:last_img read more

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Aryzta names new Europe CEO as Murphy steps down

first_imgFormer Friesland Campina chief operating officer Gregory Sklikas has been appointed CEO of Aryzta’s European business.He is succeeding Dermot Murphy, who has decided to step down from his position at the global bakery business.Sklikas is joining Aryzta at the end of next month, with Murphy providing mentoring and support until he leaves the business at the end of August.“Dermot has provided great leadership and support during a period of significant change and transition for the group,” said Kevin Toland, who last year replaced Owen Killian as CEO of Aryzta.Killian, chief financial officer Patrick McEniff, and Americas CEO John Yamin all resigned their roles following a period of trading described as “unexpected and extremely disappointing” by Killian.“I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Dermot for his invaluable contribution to Aryzta throughout his 20 years’ service, and to wish him well in his future endeavours.Described by Aryzta as a ‘seasoned international business leader’, Sklikas has spent his whole career in food, with 14 years with Unilever and 11 years with Friesland Campina.Most recently, he was based in The Netherlands as EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) chief operating officer for Friesland Campina, overseeing 35 countries and 21 factories in the region.“I want to welcome Gregory who brings a wealth of experience and achievement across the food sector in Europe,” added Toland.Murphy said he wished Toland and Aryzta success for the future: “In my 20 years in Aryzta, I have had wonderful experiences and have fully enjoyed my time working with the teams both in Europe and across the globe.”Aryzta last month reported that earnings had fallen by almost a third, with its European business hit by soaring butter costs and some of its customers switching their sourcing. Announcing it was focusing on its core frozen bakery business, the company also said it had agreed the sale of Signature Flatbreads to the Eid family.last_img read more

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3 Doors Down Co-Founding Guitarist Matt Roberts Has Died At Age 38

first_imgGuitarist Matt Roberts has unfortunately passed away at the age of 38. The 3 Doors Down co-founder and former member was traveling with his father, planning to perform at the Rockin’ For Heroes benefit concert tonight for veterans in West Bend, WI. As of now, no cause of death has been determined.According to CNN, authorities were called to the hotel with reports of a man either “asleep or passed out” in the hallway. He was later declared dead, and his father was woken up early Sunday morning to hear the bad news. “I was wakened at 8:50 this morning by some detectives beating on my door. It’s always scary as a parent, they were in suits and that’s when they told me. They asked me if Matt Roberts was your son, I said yes, and they said ‘we have bad news to tell you, Matt deceased last night,’” said Darrell Roberts.Though he was a founding member of the successful rockers 3 Doors Down, Roberts struggled with drugs and anxiety stemming largely from his role in the popular band. His father said that he thought Roberts had overcome the addiction, though initial reports suggest that an overdose may have caused the guitarist’s untimely demise. Roberts played with 3 Doors Down from their earliest days in 1996, until he left for health reasons in 2012.Darrell Roberts is planning to attend the Rockin’ For Heroes benefit tonight, to share in the grieving process with the crowd. “He put all this energy and effort to come out here to perform. I’ll put his guitar on stage and light it up and I’m going to say thanks to everybody and leave and go home in the morning,” said Darrell.Our hearts go out to the whole Roberts family at this difficult time. RIP Matt Roberts.last_img read more

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The Broadcast Capture European Tour In New “Sign It Off” Video [Watch/Premiere]

first_imgAsheville-based rock outfit The Broadcast has recently had some incredible opportunities. The band got their start in 2010, when lead singer Caitlin Krisko grew tired of New York City life and relocated to the vibrant musical community in Asheville, NC. After meeting guitarist Aaron Austin, The Broadcast was born, and continues to excite audience all across the globe with their powerful sound rooted in the blues rock Americana style.The band recently released a new album, From The Horizon, teaming up with veteran producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks, Tom Petty) for the release. With new music to guide them, the band headed to Europe for an extensive tour, playing in the continent for the first time. Krisko told us, “Having the chance to experience Europe for the first time on tour was a dream come true for me. Personally speaking, there is no better way to see the world than through music.”The Broadcast kept the cameras rolling throughout the journey, and started putting the footage together for a new music video. Krisko says, “I knew while we were over there I’d want to make a music video later with footage from all of the countries we visited. It was a really sweet way to relive the experience.” That music video is set to the tune of “Sign It Off” from the new album, and beautifully captures that experience.Check out The Broadcast’s new video for “Sign It Off” below, premiering exclusively via L4LM.The Broadcast will keep up the excitement in 2017, as they’re set to open up for Mavis Staples on tour! You can follow along with the band by checking out their official website, so don’t miss any of the action.last_img read more

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