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Consignia to outsource OH in first step contract

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Consignia to outsource OH in first step contractOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Consignia is about to outsource its occupational health provision toSchlumbergerSema in a £70m deal that represents its first step towards farmingout all HR administration. The five-year contract will see the French conglomerate provide allConsignia’s occupational health services, including pre-recruitmentassessments, ill-health referrals and medical retirement assessments. SchlumbergerSema will be providing OH services within three months, assumingthat the contract is signed this week, and it will commit £5m to updatingConsignia’s occupational health systems. It is the start of Consignia’s support services outsourcing plan, which willculminate in the third party provision of HR administration and facilitiesmanagement. Consignia hopes to save £60m a year. The outsourcing programme is a fundamental part of the firm’s three yearrenewal plan to bring the company back in to profit. Consignia is currentlylosing £1.5m a day. The deal involves 240 OH staff who will transfer under Tupe toSchlumbergerSema. The company’s chief medical adviser will remain employed byConsignia to co-ordinate OH strategy. Gerry Smith, managing director of services group at Consignia – with overallresponsibility for OH – said that the deal will improve the company’s OHfacilities as well as save money. He said: “The principle benefit of the deal is to avoid the investmentin OH that is needed to keep it at a high level of service. A further highlevel of investment is needed to update the company’s system for whichConsignia will not have to pay for. “The move also means we can have variability in the number of OH staffthe company needs. It will also improve the staff’s skills and gives Consigniaaccess to OH skills that are very difficult to recruit in-house,” headded. By Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Case round up

first_img Previous Article Next Article Case round upOn 4 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week’s case round upSub-contractor entitled to holiday pay Cavil v Barratt Homes Ltd, EAT, 1 July 2003, IDS Brief 744, November2003 Cavil, a joiner, worked under a labour-only sub-contract for Barratt Homesfor about four months. He was expected to inform the company if he was off sickor would be on holiday, but was not required to book holiday in advance. Noprior approval was needed for Cavil to provide a substitute worker in hisabsence, and in practice, this situation rarely arose as he chose to do thework himself. Cavil claimed unpaid holiday pay under the Working Time Regulations.Initially, his claim failed when an employment tribunal decided he did not fallinto the category of being a ‘worker’, which is a prerequisite to beingentitled to holiday pay under the regulations. The EAT, however, disagreed. Mutuality of obligation is a necessary elementof a contract for services, and looking at the contract between Cavil andBarratt as a whole, the EAT found that it did impose an obligation on Cavil todo the work undertaken himself. Cavil was offered a steady supply of jobs onvarious sites, and he completed this work until he finally stopped working forthe company. In these circumstances, the EAT decided that Cavil was a ‘worker’,and was therefore entitled to holiday pay. Rejection of a disabled job applicant Mallon v Corus Constructions and Industrial, EAT, 29 September 2003, NewLaw Online, 3 October 2003 Mallon was an experienced nurse who suffered from diabetes, controlled bythe self-injection of insulin. She was interviewed for an occupational health nurse position with Corus,but the interview was ended when Mallon told them about her diabetes. She wasnot offered the post on the basis of Corus’s stringent medical guidelines, andbecause the company considered that, as a lone worker, Mallon would be at riskdue to her insulin dependency. Mallon’s claim for disability discrimination was considered both by anemployment tribunal and by the EAT. Corus’s premature termination of theinterview and refusal to offer employment did amount to less favourabletreatment for a reason related to Mallon’s disability. However, such less favourable treatment was justified in this case. Malloncould not guarantee that she would never suffer from an attack related to herdiabetes. Corus had carried out investigations and made a reasonable risk assessment basedon medical guidance. There was a known risk, supported by medical opinion,which justified Corus’s stance, and there were no reasonable and effectiveadjustments that could have been made. Even if Corus could have made reasonable adjustments, it would not haveprevented or avoided the risk of Mallon suffering uncontrolled attacks. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

An Upper Mesozoic island-arc–back-arc system in the southern Andes and South Georgia

first_imgThe Upper Jurassic–Lower Cretaceous strato-tectonic belts of the southern Andes and South Georgia, 2000 km apart, can be correlated and explained as the products of an island-arc–back-arc system. From the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic, these belts, which exhibit structural and metamorphic differences, are: (1) a pyroclastic belt developed on an ensialic volcanic arc; (2) a back-arc flysch sequence underlain in the southern Andes by a basic complex with oceanic affinities; this was intruded into continental crust as a result of sea-floor spreading which created a marginal basin; (3) a slate sequence deposited on a continental shelf. The pyroclastic and marginal basin belts and the adjacent part of the continental shelf were folded and uplifted during the early Upper Cretaceous, whereas the foreland part of the continental shelf assemblage underwent deformation during the early Tertiary.last_img read more

Speciation and phylogeography of giant petrels Macronectes

first_imgWe examine global phylogeography of the two forms of giant petrel Macronectes spp. Although previously considered to be a single taxon, and despite debate over the status of some populations and the existence of minimal genetic data (one mitochondrial cytochrome b sequence per form), the current consensus based on morphology is that there are two species, Northern Giant Petrel M. halli and Southern Giant Petrel M. giganteus. This study examined genetic variation at cytochrome b as well as six microsatellite loci in giant petrels from 22 islands, representing most island groups at which the two species breed. Both markers support separate species status, although sequence divergence in cytochrome b was only 0.42% (corrected). Divergence was estimated to have occurred approximately 0.2 mya, but with some colonies apparently separated for longer (up to 0.5 my). Three clades were found within giant petrels, which separated approximately 0.7 mya, with the Southern Giant Petrel paraphyletic to a monophyletic Northern Giant Petrel. There was evidence of past fragmentation during the Pleistocene, with subsequent secondary contact within Southern Giant Petrels. The analysis also suggested a period of past population expansion that corresponded roughly to the timing of speciation and the separation of an ancestral giant petrel population from the fulmar Fulmarus clade. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flow speed within the Antarctic ice sheet and its controls inferred from satellite observations

first_imgAccurate dynamical models of the Antarctic ice sheet with carefully specified initial conditions and well-calibrated rheological parameters are needed to forecast global sea level. By adapting an inverse method previously used in electric impedance tomography, we infer present-day flow speeds within the ice sheet. This inversion uses satellite observations of surface velocity, snow accumulation rate, and rate of change of surface elevation to estimate the basal drag coefficient and an ice stiffness parameter that influences viscosity. We represent interior ice motion using a vertically integrated approximation to incompressible Stokes flow. This model represents vertical shearing within the ice and membrane stresses caused by horizontal stretching and shearing. Combining observations and model, we recover marked geographical variations in the basal drag coefficient. Relative changes in basal shear stress are smaller. No simple sliding law adequately represents basal shear stress as a function of sliding speed. Low basal shear stress predominates in central East Antarctica, where thick insulating ice allows liquid water at the base to lubricate sliding. Higher shear stress occurs in coastal East Antarctica, where a frozen bed is more likely. Examining Thwaites glacier in more detail shows that the slowest sliding often coincides with elevated basal topography. Differences between our results and a similar adjoint-based inversion suggest that inversion or regularization methods can influence recovered parameters for slow sliding and finer scales; on broader scales we recover a similar pattern of low basal drag underneath major ice streams and extensive regions in East Antarctica that move by basal sliding.last_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball To Host Saint Mary’s Thursday

first_imgJunior guard Jordan Ford is Saint Mary’s leading scorer, putting up 22.3 points per game. The Gaels are also bolstered by redshirt sophomore Malik Fitts (15 points, 7.9 rebounds per game). The Gaels have dominated opponents this season, scoring 77.1 points per game while only surrendering 65.3 points per contest. Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Thursday, BYU men’s basketball ensues in its West Coast Conference schedule by hosting the Saint Mary’s Gaels at the Marriott Center. January 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball To Host Saint Mary’s Thursday Saint Mary’s comes in at 13-7 (4-1 in WCC play). A win at Provo would give them a sweep of the Cougars on the season, which could pay tremendous dividends in terms of seeding for the conference tournament March 7-12 at the Orleans Arena of Las Vegas. The 12-9 (4-2 in WCC play) Cougars are coming off of an 82-63 loss at San Francisco Saturday and seek a season split against Saint Mary’s, having lost to the Gaels 88-66 January 5 at Moraga, Calif. Junior forward Yoeli Childs averages 22.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest for BYU. The Cougars score 82.5 points per game and surrender 78.3 points per contest. Junior guard TJ Haws has also come on for the Cougars as he averages 17.7 points and 4 rebounds per game. Written by Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Jordan Ford/Malik Fitts/Saint Mary’s/TJ Haws/WCC/Yoeli Childs The Gaels lead the all-time series 14-13 while the Cougars are 9-5 all-time in the series at Provo.last_img read more

Dried fruit pricing

first_imgCoconut: There has been more attractive UK pricing over the past two months, which will trigger greater demand. We expect to see prices largely firming over the rest of 2009.Raisins: With Turkey virtually sold out, Californian pricing has and will continue to dominate any supply this side of new crop. The quantity of raisins from Turkey this coming season will be dramatically larger than this year, but will see stiff competition from Iran.Sultanas: The Turkish new crop is expected to be at least 10% lower than this year, and prices will continue to rise. But we may see Turkey wrong-footed come October, as traditional Turkish demand from the Middle East and Eastern Europe defects to the cheaper Iranian option.Currants: Despite the unexpected recovery of sterling against the euro (and dollar), the short crop and short quality have maintained pricing at levels over 40% higher than a year ago.Apricots: Earlier concerns of possible further frost damage in the key growing areas of southern Turkey did not materialise, so the country is set for another excellent new crop, hopefully over 120,000mt.Prunes: With better pricing and availability of South American fruit coming into Europe, and with reports of a potentially excellent Californian new crop in September, the news on prunes is all favourable.l Based on information suppled by R M Curtislast_img read more

Person of interest named in shooting of Taco Bell employee

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 8, 2020 0 569 Facebook Person of interest named in shooting of Taco Bell employee Google+ Pinterest Twitter The search continues for the suspect who shot a Taco Bell worker.The shooting happened just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Taco Bell on McKinley Avenue in Mishawaka.The victim was taken to the hospital where their condition was stabilized.A vehicle that matched the suspect’s vehicle was spotted as short time later on Leyte Avenue. Police surrounded a home there but the suspect was not inside.On Saturday, Mishawaka Police identified a person of interest, Nicholas William Gay as someone they’d like to speak with about the shooting.Gay is described as 5’8”, 140 pounds, with brown eyes, and brown hair that is sometimes worn in braids.Anybody with information about The shooting or Gay’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Mishawaka Police Department at 574-258-1684, send them a private Facebook message or email [email protected] Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart woman arrested after vehicle is struck by trainNext articleSecond case of coronavirus reported in Indiana Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Cultural exchange: Graduate Program hosts annual international party

first_img Read Full Story Italy and South Africa are 5,000 miles apart. But at the annual international party hosted by the Harvard Law School LL.M. Class of 2013 on Feb. 16, the countries were suddenly neighbors, with students from each country handing out their favorite traditional treats while dressed as gondoliers or rugby players.Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and family members filled the Harkness Commons in the Caspersen Student Center for a chance to immerse themselves in the cultures of their graduate student classmates, who hail from more than 70 countries. They filled their plates with dishes ranging from Chinese chicken feet and Australian Vegemite to Italian Nutella and Middle Eastern hummus.“It’s really an opportunity for a lot of the LL.M class, who feel like they’re here being hosted by Americans, to give back and host in return,” said Jennifer Chan, an LL.M. from Vancouver, British Columbia, who helped organize this year’s party. “Everyone’s really proud to put on their cultural dress and prepare the foods that they love and miss from home.” The international party has been an annual event at the law school for more than a decade.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more