first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Planned for 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the Department of Agriculture says the webinar is an opportunity for producers to learn about the general application process and required documentation prior to the official beginning of signup. Previous articleHouse Democrats Heroes Act Includes Agriculture ProvisionsNext articlePlanting in SW Indiana Almost Done NAFB News Service Producers must register for the webinar at zoomgov.com. USDA is hosting the webinar to share what information is needed to apply for direct payments through CFAP, once the application period begins. USDA will also assist eligible producers facing additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19. A recording of the webinar will be posted at farmers.gov/CFAP.  Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Hosting Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Webinar By NAFB News Service – May 13, 2020 More details about the direct payments will be announced soon. As part of President Trump and Secretary Perdue’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, USDA will provide $16 billion in direct support based on losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted. A webinar Thursday offers farmers information on direct payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. USDA Hosting Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Webinar Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation Follow the news on Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more Reports Reporters Without Borders urges the police to quickly find and question the leading suspect in the murder of Walter Lessa de Oliveira, a cameraman employed by the Alagoas state assembly’s TV station, who was gunned down in Maceió on 5 January. The organisation also hopes the authorities quickly deal with an alarming crime wave in Alagoas. Help by sharing this information January 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public TV cameraman gunned down in Alagoas state, revenge killing by drug trafficker suspected BrazilAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts News BrazilAmericas RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the murder of TV cameraman Walter Lessa de Oliveira on 5 January in Maceió, the capital of the northeastern state of Alagoas, amid a disturbing crime wave in the city. Witnesses say he was gunned down by a drug trafficker and revenge appears to be the most likely motive.“Brazil’s northeast continues to be a high-risk region for journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “Without trying to anticipate the results of the investigation, we think it quite plausible that this was an act of revenge by a drug trafficker, especially as organised crime is so active there. We hope the leading suspect will be quickly found and questioned. We also hope that the alarming security situation in Alagoas will be quickly resolved.”Aged 53 and employed by TV Assembléia, a public TV service operated by the Alagoas state assembly, Lessa was gunned down while at a bus stop on the outskirts of Maceió. Citing several witnesses, the police have identified a drug trafficker known by the nickname of “Aranha” (Spider) as the killer. “Aranha” allegedly pulled up in a car alongside Lessa and fired four shots at him. Hit in the head, Lessa died immediately.The most plausible theory is that the shooting was in revenge for the fact Lessa had in the past filmed footage of “Aranha” that was shown on state television. An alternative theory that has been suggested is that Lessa was shot while resisting an attempted robbery, but this is not supported by the witness statements taken by the police, and nothing was stolen from him.Born near Rio de Janeiro, Lessa used to head the Alagoas Union of Professional Journalists and worked for TV Gazeta for more than 20 years. Of late, he had worked for the Maceió Centre for Higher Education as well as TV Assembléia. His death came amid a surge in armed crime in Maceió in which a total of 16 people were murdered in the city from 5 to 7 January. The state police have been on strike for five months for more pay and the authorities seem powerless to deal with the crime wave. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News to go furtherlast_img read more

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Community News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Eddie Van Halen Memorial in the Offing? City Council to Discuss the Possibility on Monday Guitar virtuoso grew up in Pasadena By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 3:37 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Subscribe Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Eddie Van Halen Photo courtesy Randa Schmalfeld and Julie KimuraPlans for a memorial honoring guitar great and former Pasadena resident Eddie Van Halen will go before the City Council on Monday.City Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian confirmed the item would appear on Monday’s agenda, but said additional information was not yet available.Van Halen died Oct. 6 after a battle with cancer.Pasadena residents Randa Schmalfeld and Julie Kimura have raised $5,200 through the online fundraising platform gofundme.com in hopes of having a street or alley named in honor of the rock star, who they call “Pasadena’s own guitar hero.”The donations have exceeded their $3,000 goal.“We are delighted that the City Council is moving so quickly to consider a dedicated public space here in Van Halen’s hometown,” said Schmalfeld. “We envision a place where fans can forever honor and celebrate the brilliance of Eddie Van Halen and the phenomenal success of Pasadena’s Hometown Band. The overwhelmingly positive response to our campaign demonstrates the desire of our community to honor Eddie and his bandmates. We are hopeful that the council will decide in our favor and we are looking forward to next steps in forever honoring Pasadena’s favorite Rock Stars!”Last week, Shmalfled said the surplus money raised in the campaign will be donated to music programs at Pasadena High School.City Councilmember-elect Felicia Williams, who will join the council in December, has also talked to staff about naming an alley after Van Halen.“This is not just a tribute to an amazing musician. It is also a chance to hear the cultural story about the Van Halen brothers and their experience in the U.S. and PUSD. It is an inspiration for us to embrace our differences and encourage success in all of us,” Williams told Pasadena Now.Van Halen was born in 1955 to Jan Van Halen, a jazz pianist, clarinetist, and saxophonist, and Eugenia Van Halen, who was from Indonesia, formerly known as the Dutch East Indies. The Van Halen family moved to Pasadena in 1962. But when they arrived in Pasadena, Eddie and his brother Alex faced racism because they were mixed-race children and spoke little English.In a 2017 interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Eddie Van Halen remembered his first friends in America were Black and protected him from white kids who would tear up his homework and make him eat playground sand.Despite those experiences, he said he was grateful for his experience as an immigrant.After graduating from PHS, Eddie and Alex attended Pasadena City College, where Eddie met David Lee Roth, who graduated from John Muir High School. The two started a group called Broken Comb before adopting the name Mammoth. Mammoth performed in the early 1970s on the Sexson Auditorium stage at PCC.According to a 2018 Pasadena Now article written by Michelle Nati, the Van Halen brothers honed their sound at backyard parties and high school dances in the Crown City before making their way to the Sunset Strip, and later being signed by Warner Bros.After the band hit the big time, Eddie Van Halen would play with his back to the audience to deal with his stage fright, and because he was worried other guitarists would steal his techniques.center_img 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesNHRC Takes Suo Moto Cognizance Of Hathras Gang Rape Case; Seeks Report From UP Govt LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Sep 2020 9:00 AMShare This – xTaking suo moto cognizance of the “serious issue of violation of human rights” in the Hathras Gang-Rape case, the National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued notice to the UP Government, asking it file a report in the matter. The Commission has issued notice to the DGP, UP directing him to look personally into the matter to ensure a speedy trial. It has also directed the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking suo moto cognizance of the “serious issue of violation of human rights” in the Hathras Gang-Rape case, the National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued notice to the UP Government, asking it file a report in the matter. The Commission has issued notice to the DGP, UP directing him to look personally into the matter to ensure a speedy trial. It has also directed the State Chief Secretary to provide adequate protection to the victim’s family. Pained by the alleged incident, as reported in the media, the Commission said, “A young woman belonging to SC community has been subjected to sexual harassment and brutality. It is apparent that the police was not able to take timely action to trace and save the victim girl due to which the young woman could not be saved from being subjected to grave cruelty. The way the perpetrators have acted shows that they had no fear of law in their mind. The family has suffered an irrevocable loss. A young and a precious human life has been lost.”Every Possible Fundamental & Human Right Of Victim Was Violated: DCW Chairperson Writes To CJI Seeking HC Monitored Inquiry Into Hathras Gang Rape Case The 19-yr-old victim in this case was allegedly tortured and gang raped by four men on September 14 in UP’s Hathras district. It is alleged that the perpetrators cut of the tongue of the victim to ensure that she does not give any statement to the police and repeatedly threatened her family for several days. She was recovered from the fields in a critical condition and was admitted to a hospital in Aligarh for treatment. On September 28, she was shifted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, where she succumbed to her injuries the next day. It is alleged that despite repeated pleas of the victim’s family, the local police failed to register a case of gang-rape or even rape and for 5 days the accused persons roamed around scot-free. Furthermore, it is alleged that the victim’s family was not allowed to cremate her body but was instead, locked up in their home. “The family of the victim alleged that the body of the deceased was forcibly taken away for cremation by the police personnel around midnight by 3.00 A.M on 30.09.2020. The administration pressurized for cremation at the earliest while the family wanted to take the body of the woman to her house,” the Commission noted. All these allegations have however been denied by the UP Police. The District Magistrate of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh reportedly mentioned that the accused have been booked under the SC/ST(POA) Act and the family of the victim has been compensated with an amount of Rupees Ten Lakhs. He also mentioned that a Fast Track Court will be set up to hear the case to punish the culprits at the earliest. SP Praksh Kumar reportedly denied the reports of victim’s tongue being slit and informed that she had suffered spinal injuries. He mentioned that the In-charge of the Hathras Kotwali PS has been removed for the alleged inaction in the case and the four accused have been arrested who will be booked for the murder. Mr. Kumar has also reportedly claimed that the victim’s cremation took place as usual, at her village in Hathras.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgNews Updates”Matter Of Policy, Court Won’t Interfere, State May Reconsider”:Madras High Court On Plea Against Increase In Court-Fees For Writ Petitions & Writ Appeals Sparsh Upadhyay2 April 2021 7:46 AMShare This – xHearing a plea filed in connection with fixation of court-fees for writ petitions and writ appeals, the Madras High Court on Wednesday (31st March) observed that it is a matter of policy and the Court need not interfere in such decisions. The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy however, asked the State that it may reconsider as to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginHearing a plea filed in connection with fixation of court-fees for writ petitions and writ appeals, the Madras High Court on Wednesday (31st March) observed that it is a matter of policy and the Court need not interfere in such decisions. The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy however, asked the State that it may reconsider as to whether the quantum of increase in respect of both writ petitions and writ appeals should be so much and in a one-go. The matter before the Court The petitioner submitted before the Court that against previous fees payable of Rs.200/- for a writ petition and Rs.200/- for an appeal, now they have been enhanced to Rs.1,000/- and Rs.2,000/-, respectively. The case of the writ petitioner was the costs for availing the remedy to enforce fundamental rights that are guaranteed in the Constitution should not be such as would exclude a class of persons from even availing the remedy. It was also argued that when paltry amounts are charged for applying under Article 227 of the Constitution and for seeking bail or anticipatory bail or moving criminal appeals, the exorbitant increase in court-fees for writ petitions and writ appeals appear incongruous. Further, the petitioner referred to the quantum of court-fees being paid in other States and Union Territories and submitted that outside Tamil Nadu, court-fees on writ petitions do not exceed Rs.500/- and in most places, the amount is Rs.200/-. State’s submission Filing a counter-affidavit, the State submitted that a committee was appointed for the purpose of looking into the proposed fee structure across a cross-section of matters and the committee perceived the quantum of increase in respect of writ petitions and appeals to be appropriate. It was also submitted that in certain areas, the proposed court-fees was reduced somewhat and in other areas, allowed to be retained in full or part, so that the income on account of the court-fees remains the same. It was specifically stated that if any reduction were to be given in respect of specific matters, it would result in overall prejudice to the State as there would be less collection on account of court-fees than what was collected previously. Court’s observations The Court, in its order, noted that since it was a matter of policy, the Court won’t interfere unless it finds complete arbitrariness or the possibility of manifest injustice resulting in the exclusion of a class of citizens or court-fees being fixed at such levels that shock the conscience of the Court. Lastly, noting that the quantum of increase appears to be significant from Rs.200/- to Rs.1,000/- and from Rs.200/- to Rs.2,000/-, the Court asked the State to reconsider the quantum of increase. The matter has been posted for further hearing three weeks hence for the State’s views to be obtained. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Major wind farm near Barnesmore Gap set to get go-ahead By News Highland – January 2, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp A multi-million euro wind farm near Barnesmore Gap is set to get the go-ahead.It’s after a High Court Legal Challenge to the development was withdrawn.The objections had been launched by the Irish Raptor Study Group over concerns about the impact of the development on Hen Harriers in the area.The 19-turbine wind farm development at Meenbog near Barnesmore Gap had initially been under threat following concerns over the possible impact on the breeding of the Hen Harrier bird species in the area.The plans had been subject to 250 objections from surrounding communities, with the Irish Raptor Study Group launching a legal challenge which came before the High Court in December, welcomed by local group Finn Valley Wind Action.In a statement, the Irish Raptor Study group confirmed it had withdrawn the court challenge with An Bord Planala granting planning permission to Cork-based company Planree Limited to move forward with the development. Facebook Previous articleAll Donegal routes to be gritted from 6pmNext articleHouse prices expected to rise by around 5 per cent News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

first_img Email the author Latest Stories Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 3, 2012 Sponsored Content “Our signs have messages that will hopefully cause people to think about their relationship with Jesus,” McLendon said. “Some of the signs have scriptures and others have the message that ‘Jesus loves you.’ Some people need to be reminded of that and others need to know that Jesus loves them.”McLendon said there is no way of knowing the impact of their street ministry but one way that Mt. Olive is filling the Great Commission that Jesus left. Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Street ministry fulfills the ‘great commission’ By The Penny Hoarder Next Up“The Bible says that we are to go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in. That’s what we are hoping to do with our street ministry.”For more than a year, members of Mt. Olive have been ministering on the street corner in Brundidge with a sign ministry. Saturday was the first day the street ministry was expanded to include preaching on the street.“People responded in different ways,” Henderson said. “One lady turned the radio up and took off, yet a man came over, gave me a hug and expressed his appreciation for what we were doing. He even offered us a donation. Some people rolled their cars windows up and some rolled them down. We got more feedback than we expected. Most people seemed amused. All in all, it was a positive experience.”Christie McLendon is leading the Mt. Olive street ministry and said, too, that the ministry is an effort to reach the lost by spreading the Word of God into the highways and hedges. You Might Like Let the bidding begin Wiley White, Development Coordinator for the Johnson Center examines an antique table donated to the Johnson Center’s sllent auction, today… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Mt. Olive Assembly of God Church is blessed to have a group of young ministers who are preaching the gospel, not just within the walls of the church buildings, but out among the people.Scott Henderson, a young minister with Mt. Olive Assembly of God Church in Brundidge, took the message of God’s love, mercy and grace to the streets in Brundidge on Saturday.Scott Henderson is one of the young ministers who have answered God’s call. He believes that God’s commission to go into all the world doesn’t mean only distant lands.“God calls us to the streets, too,” said Henderson, who preached on the street corner for the first time Saturday in Brundidge.“The street ministry of Mt. Olive is an effort to expand our mission field,” Henderson said. “Not everybody is going to be in church to hear the Word of God so we have to do all we can to reach them.last_img read more

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Campbell jumping in at JCA Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Messenger photo/Jaine TreadwellBrenda Campbell described herself as a “self-starter” when announced as the new director of the Johnson Center for the Arts, and she has already jumped in to operating the center. By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 9:16 pm Friday, February 7, 2020 Log truck wreck causes fuel, oil spill on Henderson Highway A log truck ran off the side of Henderson Highway Friday morning, spilling more than 50 gallons of oil and… read morecenter_img Print Article You Might Like Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “But, this past month have I learned how much I didn’t know about the Johnson Center, she said. “For example, I had no idea the extent of after-school programs offered.  Center Stagers offers professional theatre instruction and is a collaboration of the Johnson Center and Troy University that is funded by a grant from the Chapman Foundation.  Additionally, Day Barnes offers an exceptional after-school art education program at Art by the Tracks.  I love seeing the after-school students and their families walk across the street to see the art exhibits in the Johnson Center galleries. One six-year-old young lady comes in on Thursdays to tell me which piece of art she has chosen as her favorite for the week.”Campbell said all of the people who visit, volunteer, donate, and work at the JCA have been a joy to get to know.“It’s easy to tell that there is a deep passion for bringing the education and exposure to the arts to all citizens of our area, as well as visitors from other states and nations,” she said. “I’ve talked to friends who live in Troy and say that they have never been to the Johnson Center even though they drive by it several times a week.  We encourage everyone to come visit and learn what the Johnson Center has to offer.”One of those offerings will be on February 13 when the JCA hosts “Galentine’s in the Gallery.” “Campbell said Galentine’s is a celebration of women’s friendship and will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Women of all ages are invited to drop by the JCA and celebrate Galentine’s.The JCA’s regular hours are 10:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday – Friday and from 10 am until 3:00 pm on Saturday.”Admission to the Johnson Center is free.    Latest Stories When Brenda Campbell was announced as the new director of the Johnson Center for the Arts back in November, she referred to herself as a “self-starter who is willing to jump in” wherever she is needed.Campbell officially came on board the first of January and she has been as good as her word, said Wiley White, JCA exhibition coordinator.“Brenda is on top of everything,” White said. “I’ve never seen anybody who is so organized. She immediately started doing good things – getting things organized and bringing new and great ideas. She is working with the board and so many good things and new things are being planned. It’s an exciting time at the Johnson Center.”Campbell said before taking the job as director of the Johnson Center for the Arts she had visited the arts center a few times, but only through her work. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Tribunals are no place for religious preachingOn 29 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A consultation has begun on how the UK should enact EU legislationprotecting employees from discrimination over their religious or philosophicalbeliefs, including humanism. Minister for Women Barbara Roche announced last week that employers willhave to review policies and terms in response to the new laws from December2003. The principle of protecting staff from religious discrimination is a soundone. You have only to look at the negative impact of sectarianism in theworkplaces of Northern Ireland, or the negative experiences of many BritishMuslims to see there is a need for employers to improve their record in thisarea. In practice, however, the new rules could prove highly problematic toimplement. The difficulty of defining what is a legitimate religion or beliefsystem could force firms to accommodate not only relatively well establishedgroups such as Rastafarians or Jehovah’s Witnesses, but, in theory, also groupssuch as Scientologists, anarchists or even fringe cults such as Jedis. It would be nice to think that common sense would prevail and employees willonly make ‘fair and reasonable claims’ as outlined in the draft legislation.Experience of previous employment legislation, however, suggests this may notalways be the case. And an employment tribunal is not the right place to starta philosophical debate about whether something is a legitimate religion or not.Another problem is that the legislation is so wide ranging that iteffectively protects everybody and could therefore be unworkable. To avoid the law leading to the latest silly season of employment tribunals,the Government has a responsibility to provide more guidance to employers aboutwhat is fair and reasonable and give examples of good and bad practice in thisarea. Noel O’Reilly is editor of Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more