first_imgTime to put an end to the compensation cultureOn 6 Aug 2002 in Vexatious claims, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article How do we solve the employment tribunal conundrum? There is no dispute that there should be an accessible and responsiveemployment tribunal system that allows aggrieved staff to bring employers totask. But we also need to be rid of the damaging hoards of ‘gold diggers’ whosee the tribunal system as an easy way to fund a new kitchen. The CBI estimates that employment tribunals currently cost business £663mper year. And with Acas predicting that tribunal applications are set to riseagain, at least in the short-term, with a raft of new employment law about tocome on stream, it is time for the Government to act. Its main weapon in trying to combat spiralling tribunal applications hasbeen the Employment Bill, due to become law in the coming year. These measuresinclude the expansion of internal grievance and disciplinary procedures, andthe introduction of a fixed-period conciliation process. But many believe more needs to be done, and few agree with the Government’soptimistic predictions that these measures will cut applications by 30 percent. The Employment Tribunal Taskforce’s call for the Government to put morefocus on dispute prevention is a start. But while mediation will help, it willnot tame the compensation culture. Despite laws being introduced last year allowing tribunal chairmen to chargea deposit for weak claims to be taken forward and award costs against vexatiousclaimants, anecdotal evidence suggests these powers are little used. Until theyare compensation-seeking staff will continue having a punt at the employers’expense. And whatever happened to the proposal of charging tribunal applicants £100or so for lodging a complaint, as proposed in the Routes to Resolutionconsultation paper? Everyone (except of course the unions) agreed this was away forward. While the Government needs to take its lead from the taskforce andstrengthen the role of mediation in dispute resolution, it must have thecourage to tackle the compensation culture head on. The Employment TribunalSystem needs further reform. last_img read more

first_img continue reading » The calculation is not a complex one: credit union growth is imperative for long term survival. Retain your current members while at the same time adding new ones. While marketing budgets often focus on the amount of money you are willing to spend to build your member base, how do you actually determine that number?  When budgeting for member acquisition, the options for marketing programs are endless – print, digital ads, social media, email campaigns. Where are marketing dollars best spent? What is the “right” amount to spend on each medium? To begin to answer that question, you must determine how much it costs for you to earn a new member.How Much Does a New Member Cost?Unfortunately, there isn’t a universally defined way to calculate this number. It can vary greatly depending on how credit unions decide to categorize costs. Acquisition certainly should count all marketing, advertising, and other awareness-building activities. Most business strategists believe in the philosophy of also adding more general overhead costs as well, such as salaries, rent and labor expenses. Calculating your fixed costs and your variable costs is a logical first step in the equation. Then, having a set goal for revenue and member growth will assist in determining your current position versus where you want to be. Depending on your risk tolerance and aggressive growth goals, you can elect to spend a percentage of your revenues on new member acquisition.  Generally speaking, and highly dependent on methodology and accounting type, according to a study by market analyst firm Vetter, the average cost of acquiring a new member for US credit unions is somewhere between $400 and $700 per new member. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.MESA, Ariz. — Expect A’s spring training games to get a little more star-studded in the next week.Matt Chapman, Khris Davis and Joakim Soria each participated in a simulated game over at the A’s minor league facility before Sunday’s 14-5 loss to the Royals.Davis, who has been dealing with a left calf strain, faced new A’s reliever Joakim Soria, who has been slowed down by a right hip injury. “He’s feeling …last_img read more

first_img17 March 2006South Africa’s Natalie du Toit, who won the first David Dixon Award for the Outstanding Athlete of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has broken the world record in the 50 metres freestyle for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.South Africa’s opening ceremony flag bearer lowered her own world mark of 29.35, which she set at Manchester in 2002, to 29.32 in the heats for the event.Du Toit previously competed at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 as an able-bodied athlete. In 2001, her left leg was amputated below the knee after she was involved in an accident on her scooter.A year later, at the 2002 Games in Manchester, she won both the 50 and 100 metres freestyle events and made the final of the 800 metres freestyle for able-bodied athletes. It was the first time in history that an athlete with a disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event at a major championship.In Manchester, she broke four world records in a single day, competing in the heats and finals.In 2003, at the All-Africa Games, competing against able-bodied swimmers, Du Toit won gold in the 800 metres freestyle. She also claimed silver in the 800 metres freestyle and bronze in the 400 metres freestyle at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.At the Paralympics in Athens in 2004, Du Toit excelled, winning five gold medals and one silver medal. In the same year, she was nominated for the 2004 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with Disability Award.A year later, at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup, she won three gold medals. She was also named SA Sportswoman of the Year.last_img read more

first_imgTrying to add some production value to your film? Add it to the soundtrack with these insights on how to create a blockbuster sound mix.Although Walter Murch is best known as a film editor he is also a legendary sound designer of films like Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Parts 2 & 3 and Cold Mountain to name just a few. One of Walter’s many theories is that the brain can’t really absorb more than about 2.5 layers of sound at any one moment. So when sound mixing its best to isolate and emphasize the specific (2.5) sounds you want the audience to experience, rather than blasting everything at once. In these great sound design and mixing videos hopefully you’ll see some of that same technical and artistic understanding at work.The Sound of Man of SteelIf you’re curious about just how much work goes into a Hollywood blockbuster sound mix then this episode of The SoundWorks Collection will give you a pretty decent idea. Featuring interviews with “re-recording mixer Chris Jenkins, re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño, supervising sound editor and designer Eric Norris, supervising sound editor and designer Scott Hecker, and dialogue supervisor Kira Roessler.”  It just goes to show that it take a whole team of people to record, edit, mix and finesse every sound effect and note of music. What’s great about this particular episode is some of the insights into the creative ways the sound recordists conjure up a sound from often unlikely elements.Sound Design for AnimationWith animation sound design, nothing comes for free as you have to ‘design everything from the ground up.’ In this second excellent SoundWorks Collection video you can listen through layer by layer all of the individual elements in a scene from Pixar’s new film Monster’s University. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the detail of a scene not only from the choice of sound effects but also the skill of blending them all together to create a harmonious mix rather than a muddy one.Creating Mixes and SubmixesIn this quick tutorial Michael from Film, Sound Colour demonstrates how he sets up and utlizes submixes inside both Logic and Adobe Audition. Submixes essentially allow you to group sound effects into layers and then control those layers as a group. For example – dialogue, music and effects. Understanding and using these will make your more complex mixes much easier to polish.last_img read more

first_imgOhio State players tackling an Army player carrying the football.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.last_img read more

first_imgArrion Springs makes a big interception against Arizona State.Twitter/@EvanWebeck Those who stayed up until almost 3:00 a.m. on the East Coast were rewarded by some crazy Pac-12 football. Oregon and Arizona State went to three overtimes, and were just a few yards away from making it four, when Oregon’s Arrion Springs picked off Mike Bercovici in the end zone to capture a 61-55 road win.Berco picked in the end zone. Oregon wins 61-55.— Fabian Ardaya (@fardaya15) October 30, 2015INTERCEPTION. OREGON WINS!— Evan Webeck (@EvanWebeck) October 30, 2015The two teams combined for 116 points, 1,242 yards, and dozens of huge plays. While the two defenses were largely absent on Thursday night into Friday morning, it was the cornerback Springs who wound up with the game’s biggest play.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Concluding a long run of 88 years, Mitra Cinema of Hati Bagan in North Kolkata downed its shutters after the owners failed to bear the huge loss incurred while running it.With the closure of the single-screen hall, several memories associated with Barua-Kanan Devi, Chabi Biswas-Sandhyarani or Uttam Suchitra come to an end. The last show at the hall was screened on April 1. Dipendra Mitra, the proprietor of the hall, said he was unable to run the place because of his ill health. The century-old building is in need of immediate repair and firefighting and other modern equipments need to be installed as well. A rumour is making rounds that a high-rise building will come up at the prime location. However, Mitra refused to divulge anything regarding the same. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra Cinema was opened in 1963 and has been screening Bengali and Hindi movies since then. Rajatava Mitra remembers when as a college student he saw Deya Neya, a legendary Uttam Kumar starrer which also featured Tanuja, Chaya Devi, Kamal Mitra, Pahari Sanyal and Tarun Kumar, at Mitra Cinema in 1963. “We had to stand in a long queue to get a ticket for the opening show. It was a marvelous experience,” he said. In the past few years, several cinema halls that used to screen Bengali movies have downed their shutters. Purna, Bharati and Ujjala, three famous cinema halls in South Kolkata, have closed down. Alochaya, a cinema hall in Beliaghata has been pulled down to make room for a high-rise complex. In Central Kolkata, Elite, Roxy and Chaplin have been closed, while Metro Cinema has been converted into a shopping mall.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.last_img read more