Clear policy vital for disciplinary action

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Clear policy vital for disciplinary actionOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Unauthorised use of the Internet can no longer be ignored, as the sackingsat Merrill Lynch and Orange have shown. But taking action is not easy, givenconcerns over monitoring and unfair dismissal. So how do employers tackle theproblem?Christine Freestone Director of human resources and legal services, Newham College ofFurther Education Internet misuse is something we take very seriously at Newham College. Weaccept that staff will occasionally surf the Net at work for fun – in my viewit is no different from taking a minute or two to glance at the paper or make aquick personal phone call. However, accessing offensive or pornographicmaterial is a very different matter. The college has no wish to pry into employees’ private affairs or interestsoutside work. We respect employees’ privacy as far as possible, but at the sametime we have a duty to all our staff to foster a working environment which isnon-threatening and non-discriminatory. We have a diverse workforce and we wanteveryone to feel comfortable at work. This means that we simply can’t condonethis sort of material being accessed and downloaded anywhere in the college.Allowing a small minority to access offensive or pornographic material wouldjeopardise the workplace environment for everyone else. My view is that the key to managing Internet use is having a good Internetpolicy, which is rolled out to all staff with Internet access. We are currentlyimplementing such a policy at the college. If the policy clearly sets out whatsort of use is unacceptable, most employees will comply with these rules andthe incidence of Internet misuse will be reduced to a minimum. An additionalbenefit from an employer’s perspective is that a good policy forms a basis forany disciplinary action which may be necessary. I’m glad to say that occasionswhere employees at the college have accessed this sort of material on theInternet have been very rare, but our policy would be always to takeappropriate action. If disciplinary action was justified in the circumstancesand necessary to protect other staff and the college’s working environment, thenthis is what we would do. I can certainly envisage situations when dismissalwould be appropriate, but we would consider each case on its merits. Bruce Warman Director of personnel, Vauxhall Motors All our 1700 staff and subcontractors have Internet access. We have had nomajor problems, but we are aware of the need to remind people of what isconsidered appropriate use. As a result we launched a revised policy and planto refresh the guidelines every three months as things develop. It is importantthat offensive material is not distributed: apart from distressing recipientswe do not wish our company name to be associated with it. In extreme cases ofmisuse there could be an argument for dismissal. However, it is important notto impose too rigid a system which prevents people exploring the power of theInternet and becoming familiar with its potential as a tool.Janet CumnerDeputy head of human resources, National Police TrainingWe are very fortunate to have detailed policy guidance from our parentdepartment, the Home Office.There is a general prohibition on visiting, viewing or downloading anymaterial from a web site containing sexual or illegal material which isoffensive in any way. If an employee fails to comply, this might mean that theorganisation takes disciplinary action or dismisses them, depending on thegravity of the offence and the intent behind it.Employee awareness of the sanctions is a very important means of prevention.But it is acknowledged that accidental access may occur. On such occasionsstaff are required to leave the web site immediately and inform management.Roger Minton Head of human resources, Blackwell ScienceWhile our company policy allows “limited personal use” of e-mailand the Internet our policy makes it clear that downloading information whichcould cause offence is unacceptable. The Human Rights Act strengthens the casefor outlawing the accessing of obscene or offensive material. How could acompany take anything other than a serious line with people who are accessingsuch information in an environment where it could easily fall into the wronghands? Once one has stated the seriousness of this behaviour, it could easilyconstitute gross misconduct. Therefore the policy would have to be communicatedeffectively, and signed by all employees.Sue Simons Director of personnel, Avis Europe We have had a policy governing the correct use of our systems for manyyears. However, such policies have to be updated to keep abreast of the changingsituation – a process which is currently underway within the company. We would come down very hard on any employee, for example, whose activitiesinfringed the law; brought the company’s reputation into disrepute; involveddefamatory or offensive material; involved personal business use; orcompromised the security or operation of the company’s electroniccommunications systems. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Watching the Watchers | People Stuff

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. “I’m going to confess, right up front.  This blog post is a shameless plug for my new ebook on social media, written with that very nice Tim Scott, better known on Twitter as”Read full article Watching the Watchers | People StuffShared from missc on 30 Apr 2015 in Personnel Todaylast_img

Related makes big bet on South Florida office market

first_imgMessage* Tagsoffice marketRelated Companieswest palm beach Share via Shortlink Full Name* Phillips Point office towers with Related’s Stephen Ross (JLL, Getty)The Related Companies is expected to close on the Phillips Point office towers in West Palm Beach for $282 million.Matt McCormackAEW Capital Management is selling the 448,914-square-foot office complex. The deal, which will mark the largest office sale in South Florida in more than a year, is set to close in a couple of weeks. Real Estate Alert and Bloomberg reported the deal.A source confirmed details of the sale to The Real Deal.Related will pay about $630 per square foot for the buildings at 777 South Flagler Drive and 201 Lakeview Avenue. Records show AEW paid $246 million for the two towers in 2015. They sit on more than 4 acres overlooking Palm Beach island.Ike OjalaJLL brokers Hermen Rodriguez, Ike Ojala and Matt McCormack were marketing the building for sale as of last month. The brokerage declined to comment on the deal.Morgan Stanley, Gunster, and Akerman are among the tenants. Phillips Point is about 90 percent occupied.The sale comes as more financial and tech firms announce they are opening offices in South Florida. Goldman Sachs, which has a small office at Phillips Point, is considering moving its asset management division to South Florida, and reportedly has looked at spaces in Palm Beach County.Hermen RodriguezNew York-based Related Companies, led by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, has been active in West Palm Beach. In March, the company secured a $140 million loan from MSD Capital to finish building its 20-story 360 Rosemary office tower in downtown West Palm. Related redeveloped CityPlace into Rosemary Square, and plans to build another office tower across from Phillips Point called One Flagler.Contact Katherine Kallergis Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 4/12

first_img Written by April 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/12 Tags: Beaver/Gunnison/Juab/Manti/Millard/Richfield/South Sevier/Wasatch Academy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 14SPANISH FORK, Utah-Joe Valle scored twice as the American Leadership Eagles blanked Juab 5-0 in Region 14 boys soccer action Thursday.Region 15MOAB, Utah-Ernesto Durant, Gavin Bushnell and Trace Bogness each scored as the Manti Templars downed Grand 3-1 Thursday in Region 15 boys soccer action.RICHFIELD, Utah-Kordell Morgan, Ry Hosmer and Sam Kemp all scored and the Richfield Wildcats blanked South Sevier 3-0 in Region 15 boys soccer action Thursday. Cameron Terry posted the shutout for the Wildcats.Region 17MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Hai Trin amassed a hat trick and the Wasatch Academy Tigers routed Telos 8-0 Thursday in Region 17 boys soccer action. Avery Wade, Ben Cottam, Duvy Long and Lucas Roth also scored in the win for the Tigers.Region 18FILLMORE, Utah-Jesus Magana’s hat trick led the way as the Beaver Beavers stymied Millard 5-2 in Region 18 boys soccer action Thursday. Daniel Magana added two more goals for the Beavers in victory. Alex Wall and Wyatt Alcala both scored in the loss for the Eagles.GUNNISON, Utah-Brayan Ruiz posted a hat trick and the Gunnison Bulldogs outlasted Diamond Ranch 3-2 Thursday in Region 18 boys soccer action.Softball2-A CentralGUNNISON, Utah-Emily Brackett’s three doubles were instrumental in Gunnison’s 15-3 rout of Piute in 2-A Central softball action Thursday. The Bulldogs posted 15 hits in the victory.Non-RegionPRICE, Utah-Cali Fossat went yard and the Carbon Dinos smacked North Sevier 12-2 Thursday in non-region softball action.Girls GolfRegion 15EMERY COUNTY, Utah-Richfield won the Region 15 girls golf tournament Thursday by 43 strokes with a team score of 197. Grand finished second with a 240, followed by Manti and Emery, which both shot a 243. San Juan placed fifth with a 250, South Sevier took sixth with a 270 an North Sanpete finished seventh with a 298.Individually Hayden Harris continued her Region 15 dominance for the Wildcats with a first place finish score of 45. Richfield’s Ellie Hair took second with a 47, followed by Grand’s Joopy Bamrungmuang’s 50 then Emery’s Lainee Jensen placed fourth with a 51. Maddie Miller of Richfield placed fifth with a 52. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Exxon sets new emissions targets amid mounting investor pressure

first_img Several oil industry peers have already set long-term decarbonisation goals this year (Credit: Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock) Exxon has announced new targets to reduce its carbon emissions, following intensifying pressure from investors to take a stronger stance on climate change.The Texas-based oil producer said it will cut the intensity of its upstream greenhouse gas emissions by 15-20% by 2025, and aims for “industry-leading” emissions performance across its business by 2030.The strategy, which the company says is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, also includes an end to routine flaring by the end of the decade, and the disclosure of its Scope 3 emissions – those associated with end use of its products by consumers – starting next year. The US oil major targets a reduction in upstream emissions intensity of up to 20% by 2025, and will report annually on the status of its Scope 3 footprint Emissions targets arrive as Exxon investors turn up the heatExxon has faced growing pressure from shareholders to follow its European peers by implementing a comprehensive, long-term strategy in response to climate concerns.The likes of BP, Total and Royal Dutch Shell have announced low-carbon initiatives during the past year, pledging a shift away from fossil fuels in favour of renewables and clean-energy services as they target net zero by 2050.Last week, it was reported that several prominent investors – including hedge funds DE Shaw and Engine No.1, as well as Church Commissioners for England investment fund – had engaged with the company asking it to take more robust action on environmental issues.Darren Woods, Exxon’s chief executive, said the targets announced today are “meaningful” steps towards improved greenhouse gas performance across all the company’s business lines.“We respect and support society’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and continue to advocate for policies that promote cost-effective, market-based solutions to address the risks of climate change,” he added.Also included in the new targets are a 40-50% decrease in methane intensity and a 35-40% reduction in flaring intensity by 2025.center_img Financial concernsThe coronavirus-triggered collapse in oil markets has served up a year to forget for oil producers, and Exxon is no exception.It has reported losses in three consecutive quarters, the worst performance on record, and last month confirmed plans to write down up to $20bn in assets across its portfolio.Extensive cost-cutting measures have been introduced, including a sizeable reduction of its capital-spending budget through to 2025 and a 15% reduction of its global workforce by the end of 2021, affecting roughly 14,000 people.Earlier this year, the company was overtaken by domestic rival Chevron as America’s most valuable oil company, and was even surpassed in value by renewable energy giant NextEra. Its share price is currently down almost 40% from the start of the year.Shareholders have grown increasingly agitated with the performance and have urged the company to take actions that will future-proof the business and offer long-term protection to its dividend.In a letter sent to Exxon’s board of directors last week, Engine No.1, which is backed by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, one of the US’ largest pension funds, called on the company to make “more significant investment in net-zero emissions energy sources and clean energy infrastructure”.The fund also nominated new candidates to serve on the Exxon board, who it says could “help […] unlock sustainable, long-term shareholder value by addressing the fundamental issues facing the company”.last_img read more

Scottish firm Henry Healy put on sale

first_imgGlasgow-based sandwich chain Henry Healy’s five former shops are now up for sale after the business went into liquidationin October.The chain, which has been trading since 1913, had suffered in the face of competition from national chains, coupled with the impact of the recession, said Scott McGregor, joint liquidator at business rescue and restructuring specialist Begbies Traynor. Its 27 staff were all made redundant.Henry Healy’s former shops are located on Hope Street, Queen Street, Mitchell Street, Howard Street and Stockwell Street and are still fully fitted with a good selection of catering equipment. Acting on behalf of the liquidators, business agent Christie & Co is inviting offers for the leasehold of the shops by 12pm on Friday 27 November.last_img

3 ways to prepare for next tax season

first_imgMay is right around the corner and that means tax season is finally over. Believe it or not, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. If filing your taxes was a headache and a hassle this year, here are a few tips to get you prepared for 2018.Get organizedDid you waste a bunch of time looking for receipts this year? Create a system, whether it’s a file cabinet or a shoebox, and keep track of those receipts and other financial documents you may need at the end of the year. Keep a tally of your charitable and retirement contributions and you’ll be ready to go as soon as you get that W-2 in the mail.Look for changesWhat’s happened to you this year, and what will be happening in the next few months? Are you getting married? Having a kid? Buying a house? Opening up a ROTH IRA? All of these things will affect your filing status, so make sure you’re up to speed on how any of things will affect your filing process.Prepare for a slow processDo you have a side hustle or do freelance work? If so, any number of hiccups can occur during tax preparation. Be prepared and know it’s no big deal if you have to file an extension. If you find yourself in this boat, head on over to and get an extension form.Taxes can be annoying, but with a little preparation, you can make the process a lot easier. 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

1 in serious condition following motorcycle crash on I-88 eastbound

first_img(WBNG) — Emergency crews responded to a motorcycle crash on I-88 eastbound on Tuesday. (WBNG) — New York State Police say a trooper was traveling westbound on I-88, when they observed a motorcycle make vehicle and traffic violations. They say the individual operating the vehicle was taken to UHS Wilson Medical Center. Authorities say State Police, Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Sanitaria Springs Fire, Port Crane Fire and Life Flight responded. The incident is still under investigation. Broome County Dispatch says the crash occurred by the five and a half-mile marker. They say there is one injury, but the severity is unknown.  9:47 P.M. UPDATE: 11:16 A.M. UPDATE: —–center_img Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story.  Officials say the trooper provided emergency aid until Broome Ambulance arrived. The individual was transported to Wilson Hospital and is in serious condition. (WBNG) — State Police say the I-88 eastbound lane is cleared and both lanes are open. 12 News crew on the scene reports one lane is blocked off. They also report that authorities are allowing traffic to pass on the shoulder. Police say as the trooper continued traveling westbound, they found that the individual had crashed the motorcycle after crossing into the eastbound lanes. They say the individual was laying on the shoulder of the roadway. —– Stay with 12 News as we follow this developing story.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger would be great choice as Chelsea’s next manager, says David Seaman

first_img Comment Phil HaighWednesday 20 Feb 2019 11:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsene Wenger would be great choice as Chelsea’s next manager, says David Seaman Maurizio Sarri is unlikely to last much longer at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)‘It looks like there could be a vacancy at Chelsea quite soon, depending on their next three games which are three big games for Chelsea,’ Seaman said on talkSPORT.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’d be great there, I think. He’d be great anywhere, he’s a fantastic manager.‘Arsene always said he wouldn’t come back to the Premier League because of his love for Arsenal , that he wouldn’t feel right competing against Arsenal.‘But obviously time’s a healer and he could think, “I want to go back there and prove a few people wrong”‘I would love to see him back, but I don’t think it would happen.’ Could  Arsene Wenger make a stunning Premier League return? (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger would be a great choice to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager, according to his former player David Seaman.Sarri is under huge pressure at Stamford Bridge with his side sixth in the table and having been dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday night.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starThe Italian is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job, with the Chelsea owners losing patience with his poor results.The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Gianfranco Zola and Frank Lampard are among the favourites to replace Sarri, but Seaman believes Wenger would be an excellent appointment.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img David Seaman remains a huge fan of Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)Wenger has admitted that he is unsure over what is to come in his career, but does feel the pull of a return to management.‘My future is unknown. Even for me,’ the Frenchman said at the Laureus Sport for Good presentation.‘I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.‘I am enjoying a little bit less pressure. And more freedom as well. But I miss the competition.’MORE: Why Unai Emery will consider shock deal to sell Arsenal star Alexandre LacazetteMORE: Jose Mourinho made Paul Pogba feud public because he was ‘satisfied’ at negative press midfielder was subjected to Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Pin Oak Corpus Christi Loads First Vessel at New Oil Dock

first_imgPin Oak Corpus Christi, LLC received its first vessel at the newly commissioned Oil Dock 14 at the Port of Corpus Christi last week.The new dock can accommodate fully laden bulk liquid tankers up to Suez-max class with loading rates in excess of 40,000 barrels per hour. The Port of Corpus Christi is the primary gateway for American energy exports in the United States.The new dock construction was a joint effort between the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and Pin Oak Terminals.The Port Authority constructed the dock, mooring structures and dredging while Pin Oak installed the topside handling equipment, the storage facilities, and the common carrier pipeline interconnects.Pin Oak Terminals is a joint venture between Dauphine Midstream LLC and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. Dauphine is a portfolio company of Pelican Advisors, LLC and is focused on the development, acquisition, and operations of midstream assets throughout the world.last_img read more