Tribunal ruling clarifies whistleblowing regulations

first_imgTribunal ruling clarifies whistleblowing regulationsOn 9 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Disgruntled ex-employees who make speculative claims against their formeremployers using whistleblowing rules are increasingly likely to fail after arecent legal decision. The case involved an HR professional whose contract was terminated afteronly two days in the job, when the company employing him said it did not havesufficient confidence he could handle the assignment effectively. Paul Kraus claimed he was dismissed after warning the company that its plansto make staff redundant would contravene its legal obligations. But a tribunalstruck out his claim, ruling it was misconceived. A subsequent appeal upheldthe decision. The case was brought under the Public Interest Disclosure Act, which isdesigned to protect whistleblowers who report dishonest employers. Few claimsare made under the Act – and even fewer come before the Employment AppealTribunal. The tribunal clarified that a disclosure had been made under the WhistleblowingAct, but rejected claims that the company’s redundancy plans would breach legalobligations. Rob Riley, employment partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said the case helpedclarify the meaning of the regulations and would help prevent false claims beingused against firms in the future. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Self-storage company buys dev site from Home Depot

first_img Email Address* Anthony Hu’s Eastern Star Development landed a $33 million construction loan for its 67,800-square-foot, mixed-use building at 300 West 30th Street in Chelsea. The lender is Cathay Bank. The development had nearly topped out in January, according to New York Yimby. It replaced the Riff Hotel, which Eastern Star purchased in 2018 for $27.5 million.Contact Orion Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message* Hotel MarketInvestment SalesQueens Full Name* 135-25 Northern Boulevard and 300 West 30th Street (Google Maps, Studio C Architects)A self-storage company bought a Queens development site from Home Depot and landed a construction loan for a planned complex there.That purchase, along with a separate medical office building in Queens that a hotel firm bought, were the only mid-market investment sales recorded in the city last week. Mid-market deals are each between $10 million and $30 million.The total added up to $29.25 million, below the prior week’s $46 million, which was spread across three deals.Developers of a 16-story condo building in Chelsea also landed a $33 million construction loan last week.Here are more details for the week ending April 16.ADVERTISEMENTCalifornia-based self-storage firm InSite purchased a 31,500-square-foot parcel adjacent to 58-80 Borden Avenue in Maspeth for $18 million. The seller was Home Depot USA. Charles Brown signed for the buyer. InSite also secured a $25.8 million construction loan from Valley National Bank.An affiliate of the McSam Hotel Group, limited liability company Main & Northern Partners, purchased a 28,700-square-foot medical office building from 135-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing for $11.25 million. The seller was DW Commercial Real Estate. Ken Huang signed for the buyer. It was significantly less than the property’s $19 million purchase price in 2017.Read moreBulk condo deal leads Manhattan’s mid-market i-sales Manhattan, Elmhurst notch $83M in mid-market sales Harlem and Park Slope apartment buildings lead mid-market sales Tagslast_img read more

Red Emperor to buy stake in large offshore block in Western Australia

first_img Image: Red Emperor joins Pilot Energy and Key Petroleum in offshore oil and gas block in Western Australia. Photo courtesy of gloriaurban4 from Pixabay. Red Emperor Resources has entered into an agreement to acquire a 70% stake and the right to operate a large offshore block in the shallow waters of the North Perth Basin, Western Australia.The Australia-based exploration company has signed a letter of intent with Pilot Energy and Key Petroleum to secure an option to acquire the operated interest in the exploration permit WA-481-P.Permit WA-481-P is situated adjacent to the western side of licences that host the 18 million barrels Cliff Head oil field and Xanadu oil discovery. The permit currently covers 17,457 km2.Presently, Pilot Energy owns a 60% interest while Key Petroleum is the operator and 40% stakeholder in the permit.Terms of the agreement between Red Emperor, Pilot Energy and Key PetroleumUnder the terms of the deal, Red Emperor will fund the completion of an existing committed work programme consisting of geological and geophysical studies, up to a capped amount of A$150,000 ($102,735).Once the work programme is completed, Pilot Energy, Key Petroleum and Red Emperor plan to apply to the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) for a renewal of the permit, which expires on 19 February 2020.Red Emperor will have the exclusive option to acquire a 70% interest and operatorship of the permit by paying the joint venture partners a sum of A$500,000 ($342,450).The company has until 15 days after NOPTA’s approval of the permit renewal application to exercise its option.Red Emperor said that a renewal decision is at present expected to be received in the first quarter of 2020.Red Emperor’s managing director Greg Bandy said: “We believe the WA-481-P block is predominantly oil prone, relatively shallow, and represents the western side of a large structural trend that onshore has seen recent, material discoveries.“The Company is well funded to take a position in this play whilst continuing to identify and evaluate additional projects that can potentially provide relatively near term, high impact drilling opportunities.” The Australia-based exploration company has signed a letter of intent with Pilot Energy and Key Petroleumlast_img read more

Roma in Europe face prejudice, exclusion, hate crimes

first_imgThe Roma in Europe are increasingly subject to racism, social exclusion, trafficking, and violence, in spite of efforts by European Union institutions to uphold Roma human rights, according to a new article by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.Europe’s Roma population “constitutes the poorest, most stigmatized, and excluded population within the EU,” wrote Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB director of research and professor of the practice of public health and human rights, and Margareta Matache, FXB instructor, in an August 2, 2014 article on the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs website. As an example, they cited the June 2014 kidnapping and vicious beating in Paris of a Roma teen, who nearly died.Such brutal incidents are not unusual, the authors wrote. Against a backdrop of financially unstable times when xenophobic views are on the rise, there has been an uptick in negative public sentiment about the Roma, in openly racist anti-Roma statements made by politicians, and in moves to keep the Roma in segregated communities and schools. Such anti-Roma sentiment has emerged time and again throughout the long history of Roma life in Europe, the authors wrote. During the Holocaust, between 220,000 and 1.5 million of Europe’s Roma were killed. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Ask Bridges of Madison County Stars Kelli O’Hara & Steven Pasquale a Question!

first_img Star Files Steven Pasquale Related Shows View Comments The Bridges of Madison County Kelli O’Hara On stage, they play an unhappy housewife and a vagabond photographer having an illicit love affair—but when the curtain goes down, The Bridges of Madison County headliners Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale are old pals. Now these celebrated and charming stars are ready to let fans into their onstage romance and their offstage friendship in an exclusive double Ask a Star video on! Want to learn what it’s like to open a Broadway show while nursing a newborn? Dying to find out why Pasquale took a 10-year break from musicals? Curious to know why these two are clearly destined to keep playing lovers on stage? Submit your questions for the stars below! <a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> Show Closed This production ended its run on May 18, 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Aaron Tveit Joins Social Media & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Aaron Tveit Gets SocialAt last…Your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit is now on Instagram and Twitter! Tveitertots around the world celebrated on August 27 as the stage and screen star sent out his inaugural Instagram post and tweet: “Finally decided to join the 21st Century. Next up… cell phone!” The timing couldn’t be better as Tveit’s got an exciting few months ahead to keep us up to date with. Not only will he appear at Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest next month, but he’ll then don Danny Zuko’s leather jacket for Fox’s forthcoming live telecast of Grease on January 31, 2016. Now over to you, Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle, surely it’s time to stop holding out on us and to drop your social media-phobe ways…Jessica Lange Eyeing Return to AHSWill Oscar winner Jessica Lange return to American Horror Story? “I’ve been talking to her,” the series’ co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW. “It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule.” Lange is, of course, returning to Broadway next spring in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Murphy only has himself to blame over her availability though—he is mounting the production himself along with Roundabout. Previews are scheduled to begin on March 31, 2016 at the American Airlines Theatre.Watch Serena Williams Sing Little MermaidThe Little Mermaid may no longer be on the Great White Way but it remains in Serena Williams’ heart. The sporting superstar took part in karaoke at Delta Open Mic Night on August 26, where she serenaded the lucky guests with “Under the Sea” from the Disney classic below. We think this is the perfect warm up for the U.S. Open. But then we would, wouldn’t we?last_img read more

Get jiggy

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaIf you just can’t turn your back on Irish-American St. Patrick’s Day traditions like corned beef and green beer, counteract it with some Irish exercise.Many cities have St. Patrick’s Day parades, join in the fun.”If you walk one hour at a brisk pace of one mile every 15 minutes, you will burn 280 calories if you weigh about 150 pounds,” said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension health and nutrition expert with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Naturally, you’ll burn more or less if you weigh more or less.”Multiply the number of calories you burn per mile by the number of miles in the parade route. Then see how much fun you can have waving at the crowds and waiving goodbye to excess calories.If you must hit the Irish pubs after the parade, take the opportunity to get jiggy with it.Many pubs and parties bring in live music and Irish dancers for the day. Join in the fun, learn a new skill and work off a whopping 420 calories an hour. Not that you could actually do it for an hour on the first go. But divide the hourly burn number by the number of minutes you can keep it up, and it’s still a great calorie-burner.”Both are excellent aerobic exercises,” Crawley said.Most Irish dances you can just jump right into are called ceili, or ceilidh (pronounced “kaylee” either way), or figure dances. They’re similar to American square dances or line dances.At a St. Patrick’s Day ceili, someone will usually give basic instruction and turn you loose to have fun doing traditional Irish dances.”These dances were brought to America by Irish immigrants,” said Karl Drake, dance master of the Drake School of Irish Dance. “They’ve been passed down through the generations. Some have mutated into American-style dances like clogging and square dancing. The traditional style is still performed by Irish dancers around the globe. Almost every weekend, somewhere in America, you can find an Irish dance competition.”Figure dances follow a set of steps in a pattern. Ceili or progressive dances have a few set steps in a pattern. Then you move on to a different set of partners, as in American line dances or reels, until you’ve danced with everyone in the room.”It will definitely make you work up a sweat to burn off the extra calories you take in on St. Patrick’s Day,” said Jan Best, an instructor for the Drake School. “It’s great fun and exercise for all ages.”last_img read more

The credit union difference

first_img 114SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ben Hering Ben stumbled upon his passion for the financial industry while studying psychology at the University of Minnesota. Like most students, he held an array of part-time jobs in an attempt … Web: Details It wasn’t long ago that I, like the majority of U.S. consumers, didn’t understand the credit union difference. To me, they were all the same, just like every other financial institution. They were all banks, not at all engrained in my community or who I am. That was my mentality and it’s one I shared with many people in my generation – until three years ago.Stuck in a part time job at a large, for-profit bank while attending school full-time, I noticed my motivation – even my self-esteem – slowly dwindling. I needed to find something different; there had to be something else. It’s when I came across the website for a local credit union empathetically exclaiming Not for Profit. For People., that I found my career path. I found my passion.It’s been three years since I started at Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union and it’s been quite the eye-opening experience. I’ve learned a lot about who I am as a person, a professional and as a Millennial. I’ve developed a filter for what I believe in, what I stand for, and where and how I spend my time. This has led to a few simple questions when making decisions.Does it align with my values? More so, can I be a proud promoter of this organization? In a time when communication with peers is constant and building your personal brand is a necessity, the businesses and organizations we choose to support become our identity. It’s who we are.Is it local? In a culture of craft, locally sourced is the only way to go for the best of the best. It’s fresh, it’s pure, it’s natural. And, putting an actual face to the name is truly powerful. It just feels good to be a part of a community.Is it convenient? So, you may be local and down the street, but accessibility is crucial. Extraordinary customer service doesn’t end at friendly staff. That means available at any time, all the time. That means offering many different ways to conduct business with you. That means interactions with real people, but also up-to-date online and mobile capabilities.Is it trustworthy? Perhaps the most important, this question is an underlying component in each of the above topics. Genuineness and focusing on what’s in my best interest are essential. Like any other trusting relationship, I will go out of my way to remain loyal. In other words, be real because trust trumps the rest.We all know credit unions have the advantage of being a cooperative in our industry. But does anyone else know that about you? Or, are you lumped into the “just another bank” pile with everyone else? Taking action on these key considerations will attract Millennials who may even become loyal advocates behind your movement.last_img read more

Physicians falter on test of bioterrorism awareness

first_img The authors say their findings suggest that the government should include physician education among its bioterrrorism preparedness priorities. On the diagnosis questions, the average pretraining score was 46.8%. The participants scored 70.5% on anthrax-related questions, 50.7% for smallpox, 49.6% for botulism, and 16.3% for pneumonic plague. After the training, the average diagnostic score improved to 79.0%. The 631 physicians were among 2,407 physicians in 30 internal medicine residency programs in 16 states and Washington, DC, who were invited to participate in the study. Thirty participants (4.8%) were attending physicians, and nearly all the rest were residents. In one common diagnostic error, after reading a description of a rash that was consistent with varicella, 42.6% of participants concluded it was smallpox. On the management side, more than 90% of participants knew the importance of quickly giving botulinum antitoxin for botulism, but 31.4% wrongly opted for giving antibiotics too. The level of training didn’t seem to affect the residents’ scores, as first-, second-, and third-year residents all averaged about the same on the pretraining test, the report says. However, the attending physicians scored significantly higher than the residents, with an average score of 50.0% versus 36.9%. Geographic region had no apparent effect on the scores. “The ability of physicians to distinguish smallpox, anthrax, botulism, and plague from other, more common disorders was poor, as was their ability to manage illness due to bioterrorism agents once a diagnosis had been made,” the report states. One bright spot, however, was that most physicians could distinguish inhalational anthrax from other community-acquired pneumonias, probably because of publicity generated by the anthrax attacks of 2001. Sep 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Hospital residents did poorly on a test of their ability to recognize and manage diseases potentially related to bioterrorism, but they fared much better after taking an online training program, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine. But the average scores on both tests rose to 79% after the residents completed the Web-based training program. One limitation of the study was that participants knew they were completing a training module on bioterrorism, which could have affected their diagnostic judgments, the report says. However, they were told that illnesses described might or might not be due to bioterrorism agents. The 631 physicians who participated in the study correctly diagnosed anthrax, smallpox, pneumonic plague, and botulism less than half the time, and they made correct management decisions only a quarter of the time, according to the report by Sara E. Cosgrove and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. On the management test, physicians scored an average of only 25.4% before training. They were right 60.2% of the time on botulism questions, but they scored only 14.6% on smallpox, 17.0% on anthrax, and 9.7% on plague. After taking the training, the overall average score soared to 79.1%. The physicians took a multiple-choice test on diagnosis and management of the four diseases before going through the training module. Afterward they took another test, with different questions. Anthrax, smallpox, botulism, and pneumonic plague are four of the six diseases or disease classes that terrorists are considered most likely to try to use. Cosgrove SE, Perl TM, Xiaoyan S, et al. Ability of physicians to diagnose and manage illness due to category A bioterrorism agents. Arch Int Med 2005;165(17):2002-6 [Full text]last_img read more

The effects of pornography on children and young people

first_imgYoung males are more likely than females to deliberately seek out pornography and to do so frequently Australian Institute of Family Studies December 2017SummaryThere is a lot of discussion about the possible effects of online pornography on children and young people and the messages pornography generates about gender, equality and sexuality. In 2016, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was engaged by the Department of Social Services to review what the available research evidence tells us about the issue.Key messagesPornography exists within a broader sociocultural context in which stereotypes about gender, sexism, sexual objectification and violence-supportive attitudes are also at playNearly half of children between the ages of 9-16 experience regular exposure to sexual images Parents and caregivers are less likely to be intimidated by online risks if they are informed and take an active role in their children’s digital lives.READ MORE: Executive Summary: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Pornography use can shape sexual practices and is associated with unsafe sexual health practices such as not using condoms and unsafe anal and vaginal sexcenter_img The best approach for parents, caregivers and teachers responding to children’s exposure to pornography is to encourage open communication, discussion and critical thinking on the part of children, while educating themselves about the internet and social media Pornography may strengthen attitudes supportive of sexual violence and violence against womenlast_img read more