DTI’s own goal over campaign message

first_img Comments are closed. Perhaps it is just coincidence, but the DTI has done a brilliant job thisweek in proving just why it needs to improve the way it develops employmentlegislation. One of the key points Personnel Today has been trying to make inour campaign with employers’ body the EFSP is that the Government is rushingthrough the consultation process without giving employers anything like enoughtime to provide a considered response.Last week, as if to ram the point home for us, the DTI released aconsultation document on union recognition with a deadline of responses ofunder six weeks. Many of the relevant bodies had barely had a chance to beginlooking at the consultation document by the end of last week – effectively onlygiving them five weeks to respond. Five weeks to decide a position on one ofthe biggest shake-ups in industrial relations in over a decade? This ispatently not good enough.Why is the Government in such a rush? The answer frequently given is thatthey have to implement European directives within a certain timeframe, but CBIadvisers retort that a extending deadlines by a few crucial extra weeks wouldbe perfectly feasible.The UK has an exemplary record in meeting these deadlines compared to someof our European neighbours. And it should not be forgotten that domesticgovernments are given two years overall to implement directives.Our argument has been that when there is not proper consultationpoorly-drafted legislation will be produced. Once again we have been provedright as last week a range of HR professionals have picked holes in thepart-time work directive. The problems range from the definition of part-time through to providingemployee benefits pro-rata – a host of issues that would be a nightmare for HRdepartments to deal with if the rules ever reached the statute book in thisshape. And the range of support – from HRspecialists to MPs – for our campaignsconfirms we have touched a nerve. The bottom line is this – breakneck consultation will produce legislationthat breaks. The experience of last week proves only that the Government stillcannot grasp this simple truth. Previous Article Next Article DTI’s own goal over campaign messageOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Branch Fixtures and Cabinets

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Pros, cons and costs of teller pods and other cabinetryby: Paul Siebert, CMCBranches, which present the face of every credit union’s brand experience, are being repurposed from process centers to knowledge centers. This evolution is changing the way branches are located, planned, staffed, and operated. New performance metrics for existing and new locations are focused on cost reduction and increased growth, target market share and return on investment. The costs associated with developing these new branch business models and prototypes are changing as well.A significant cost component in branch transformation is the fixtures/cabinet work. This includes the teller line or teller pods, concierge position, engagement tables, conference tables, general cabinetry and other items. The cost of constructing a 2,500-square-foot neighborhood financial center in a leased space with no drive-up averages $450,000 to $750,00 depending on the staffing plan, target market and performance objectives, technology integration, and fit and finish. The cost of casework ranges from $65,000 to $90,000 depending on quality, design sophistication and number of rollouts.When credit unions bid this work to general contractors, they often see a 10 percent to 25 percent range in costs. The reason for this difference is quality and how busy the millwork (woodwork) firm is on other projects.Quality is a huge concern. The branch design firm should be designing and specifying to a level that matches the brand experience objectives and target market expectations. For example, a credit union looking to attract and gain wallet share in an upper middle, mass affluent and emerging wealthy market must typically spend more for its branch in total, and for millwork specifically, than a credit union focused on lower- and middle-income consumers. continue reading »last_img read more

Four Jet Skiers injured in Accident on St. Lucie Rivier

first_imgAccording to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, crews responded to a “serious jet ski crash” near the Sandsprit Park boat ramp, located at 3443 SE St. Lucie Boulevard.Marine Unit Deputy Michael Libashi said one of the jet skis ’T-boned’ the other. “They collided with each other in the river,” Libashi said. “There were two on each [jet ski], but only one from each watercraft was injured.Law enforcement officers and an assisting citizen helped bring the jet skis to the boat ramps at Sandsprit Park. The jet skis were later taken from the scene by FWC.Authorities could not say who owns the jet skis. That is part of the investigation.The teens were old enough to legally operate personal watercraft in Florida. However, that could change if the jet skis were rented.“There are age restrictions, there are also livery responsibilities- livery being who rents jet skis if these are in fact rentals. All of that is still sketchy and FWC will comment at a later date,” Libashi said. Four people were injured after a jet ski accident yesterday on the St. Lucie River, near the boat ramp at Sandsprit Park.The FWC is investigating after one ski T-boned the other causing series injuries to the legs of the riders. Two girls, one from each jet ski, were flown to the hospital with serious injuries to their lower extremities.last_img read more

Get into golf and get active in Nottingham

first_img Golf is moving out of its traditional setting and into the parks and leisure centres of Nottingham this summer with free, informal sessions to attract new people to the game. Get into golf opportunities from England Golf are on offer as part of the city’s 2016 ParkLives programme which encourages people to make the most of their local park – and 120 have already taken part Weekly sessions are taking place in Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park, Bulwell Hall Park and Woodthrope Grange Park over the coming months, with Family Fun activities during the school holidays. There are also follow on opportunities for people who want to keep on playing, with further Get into golf activity available in both the city and county. People attending major summer events, such as the Riverside Festival, will also have the chance to try golf in an informal setting. Golf was also offered to people trying new activities on the FREESport programme at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. The eight-week programme, which also included opportunities to try tennis and badminton, proved so popular that golf sessions are continuing there every Thursday from 10 till 12. Meanwhile, the ‘Nifty Fifties’ group at Portland Leisure Centre are also taking golf sessions. In addition, women’s groups are being invited to try golf as part of England Golf’s programme to show that #ThisGirlCan. A Girls Golf Rocks project, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation and supported by young county players, has also been launched to offer a fun and friendly introduction to girls. Both these initiatives are running right across Nottinghamshire. The Get into golf activity is all part of a project to test new ideas run by England Golf, the Nottinghamshire Golf Development Group and Nottingham City Council. It supports the city’s strategy to get more people physically active and it aims to banish out-dated perceptions about golf and remove barriers to playing. The activities promote the health and wellbeing benefits of golf and its social appeal. For example, in a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories. Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and tapping into their local expertise and knowledge to help take golf into the city. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce golf to people who may not normally try it and promote golf in a non-traditional way to help break down some of the perceptions which are out there. We’ve had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to getting more people active through golf during the summer months.” The project presents a great chance for golf clubs in and around Nottingham to promote opportunities to new and returning golfers. Golf club staff and volunteers are welcome to attend sessions and get involved. Two newly appointed Get into golf Engagement Officers, Nyle Challinor and Jason Froggatt, are involved in the project, working closely with Nottinghamshire’s County Development Officers.  Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up golf and play more often. To find out more about the activities on offer visit Get Into Golf and www.parklives.com Clubs seeking further information should contact the Nottinghamshire CDOs: Matt Bloor [email protected]  or Alice Lowe [email protected] 15 Jul 2016 Get into golf and get active in Nottingham last_img read more