Questions and answers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Questions and answersOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The employment law team at Hammond Suddards Edge answer questions onworkplace issuesTupe regulations Q  We took over a group ofemployees following a “Tupe” transfer two years ago. The contracts ofemployment that they transferred over on contain a review clause in relation tocalculation of bonus pay. If we reduce the bonus pay will the employees haveany claim against us? A  Due to the fact theemployment contract contains an express clause that allows for the calculationof bonus pay to be reviewed, if done reasonably, this would not amount to abreach of contract. However if the employees are able to establish that the change, i.e. thereduction in bonus pay, is connected to the transfer two years ago they mayclaim protection under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)Regulations (Tupe). They would not then have to establish that the contract ofemployment had been fundamentally breached in order to claim constructivedismissal. They would only have to show that there has been a substantial change interms and conditions as a consequence of the transfer. Sue Nickson Holiday pay for dismissed employee Q  If we dismiss an employeesummarily for gross misconduct and the contract of employment states that allrights are forfeited in those circumstances do we have to pay a sum in respectof accrued holidays? A  The inclusion of a clausein the contract of employment that provides an employee will lose theirentitlement to holiday pay if dismissed for gross misconduct has been common practicefor a number of years. The introduction of the statutory right to paid holidaysunder the Working Time Regulations 1998 first brought into question the issueof whether such terms could still be relied upon. The Regulations contained aprovision allowing an employer to stipulate the amount that would be paid inlieu of leave at termination. However it has remained uncertain whether thisprovision would allow an employer to stipulate that no payment at all would bemade in respect of annual leave. The issue finally came before the Employment Appeal Tribunal in June in thecase of Witley and District Mens Club v Mackay. It was found that theRegulations contemplated the payment of a sum of money in lieu of the accruedholidays and that a clause providing for payment of no money was rendered voidby the Regulations. If this decision is followed then employers will not be able to rely uponthe clause in the contract that provides an employee will forfeit rights to apayment in lieu of accrued leave. In the future employers will have to considerincluding a clause in the contract that in such circumstances a nominal sumwill be paid in respect of outstanding leave as arguably the Regulations maystill allow this. Judith Firth Legal costs Q  If we successfully defend aclaim brought against us in an Employment Tribunal are we able to make a claimfor our legal costs? A  Awards for legal costs maybecome more common following recent changes to the Employment Tribunals rulesof procedure. Under the provisions of the Employment Tribunals (Constitutionand Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2001 the changes came into force as at 16July 2001. In regards to costs it used to be the case that the EmploymentTribunal just had the right to make an award but now there is a duty toconsider an award of costs wherever proceedings are pursued or defended withoutreasonable prospect of success. The amount of costs that the Tribunal can awardhas also increased from £500 to £10,000, and higher amounts may be awarded wherethe costs have been formally assessed or agreed between the parties. So, yes costs may be awarded but whether they are awarded in practice willdepend to a large extent on how willing the Employment Tribunal will be toconclude that a party has unreasonably pursued or defended claims. There are further changes to Tribunal procedures in the pipeline. On 20 Julythe Department of Trade and Industry published a paper entitled “Routes toResolution: Improving Dispute Resolution in Britain”. This contains a numberof proposals for change including the introduction of an obligation on allemployers to have an internal dispute resolution mechanism and theimplementation of a system of fees for applicants to Employment Tribunals. Insome reports it has been claimed that this fee may be up to £100. Stephen Hurley Disproving discrimination claims Q  Is it true that legislation hasbeen announced that will mean employers will have the burden of disproving anydiscrimination claim? A  The changes to burden ofproof relate to sex discrimination cases only at present. The SexDiscrimination (Indirect Discrimination and Burden of Proof) Regulations 2001were laid before Parliament on 20 July 2001 will be implemented on 12 October2001. An applicant in a sex discrimination case presently has to prove his/hercase. However the Employment Tribunal will draw inferences from clear factswhich indicate that discrimination has occurred, and then it will be for theemployer to show that the treatment of the applicant was not on the grounds ofsex. The draft Regulations provide that once the applicant has establishedfacts from which a tribunal may presume that there has been direct or indirectdiscrimination, it shall be for the employer to prove that it has notdiscriminated. It appears this subtle change just confirms the practice that Courts andTribunals have adopted in the UK for some time now and its unlikely to make anyreal difference to employers in practice. Carol O’Reilly Sex discrimination Q  A new employee has complained thatsome of her work colleagues have called her a Lesbian, she has claimed thatunless we do something about it she will take us to court for sexdiscrimination. Can she? A  Last year the case ofMacDonald v Ministry of Defence made headline news when it was held thatdiscrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was unlawful under the SexDiscrimination Act 1975. However, the shock ruling was overturned on 1 June this year when the Courtof Session allowed the appeal and confirmed that the Act outlaws discriminationon the grounds of gender but not sexual orientation. So at the present time shecould not claim that she was being unlawfully discriminated against though shemay have other claims. Employers should note that provisions outlawingdiscrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation must be implemented in theUK before December 2003 under the EU’s Equal Treatment Framework Agreement. Ian Tranter Unfair dismissalQ  An employee hasthreatened to claim unfair dismissal after we selected him for redundancy onthe grounds that he was above the normal retirement age of 65. Can an employeeclaim unfair dismissal after his normal retirement age?A  Section 109 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that anemployee may only bring a claim for unfair dismissal if below normal retirementage. A similar provision also exists in relation to claims for a redundancypayment.However these provisions have been successfully challenged inEmployment Tribunals on the grounds that they are discriminatory. Statisticshave been produced showing men are more likely than women to be adverselyaffected by the upper age limit on claims as they are more likely to remain inactive work beyond the age of 65.It was hoped that the resulting uncertainty surrounding theissue would be resolved when the Employment Appeal Tribunal addressed thesubject in the case of Harvest Town Circle v Rutherford. The employers hadappealed the decision of the Tribunal that the statutory provisions could notbe followed as they were discriminatory. The appeal was allowed but only to theextent that it was referred back to the Tribunal to reconsider. The EmploymentAppeal Tribunal had found that the statistics relied upon at the originalhearing were inadequate and that the Secretary of State should have theopportunity to put forward argument to justify the legislation despite anydiscriminatory effect. The upper age limit on claims therefore stays intact at thisstage but whether it will continue to do so is far from certain. While thisappeal was allowed the door has not been closed on further possible challengesso it appears that this will again be a subject before the appeal courts in thenear future. In the present circumstances it would therefore be a sensibleprecaution for employers to follow a fair dismissal procedure whether theemployee is over retirement age or not. All employers should also keep in mindthat legislation on age discrimination will be implemented before 2006 underthe EU’s Equal Treatment Framework Agreement, which seems likely to outlawdismissals on age grounds alone in any case.        Nick Joneslast_img read more

Injury-free DeGale determined to impress

first_imgJames DeGale has vowed to prove his knee troubles are behind him as he gears up for the latest defence of his WBC Silver super-middleweight title.The Harlesden man says he is now fully fit after undergoing physiotherapy ahead of the fight with American Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November.The bout will be DeGale’s third of 2013 and the 28-year-old admitted he hadn’t been at his best in victories over Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic.He said: “I was getting into the ring knowing that I wasn’t 100%. But now, knowing that I’m fully fit and I’ve got no injuries, I’m back to my old self – full of confidence.“I think from the Hadillah Mohoumadi fight [last October] you’ve seen me gradually get better, through the Fulgencio Zuniga, Sebastien Demers and Stjepan Bozic fights.“You’ve seen me bending more, throwing more shots, throwing my combinations, using angles more, so in this one you’ll see another big difference as well.“I’m going to show, once and for all, that my knee problem is behind me.”Tickets for James DeGale’s fight against Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500. See also:DeGale to take on American DavisDeGale out to prove a point against DavisDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGaleJames DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Steve Kerr explains why Stephen Curry’s injury still lingers

first_imgHOUSTON – The shots splashed in the net like they always do. Too bad, Stephen Curry can only take those shots at the end of morning shootaround.The Warriors have sidelined Curry at least for the next five games, including Thursday’s contest in Houston, because of a sore left groin that has kept him sidelined for the past three contests. Though Warriors coach Steve Kerr has said Curry’s MRI results have left him “encouraged,” the Warriors have since learned that Curry still feels symptoms.“So …last_img read more

Odfjell Tanker Spills Oil in Rotterdam

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kustwacht Nederland Some 217 tons of heavy fuel oil (HFO) were spilled at the Port of Rotterdam from the chemical tanker Bow Jubail after the ship collided with a jetty.Bow Jubail made contact with the jetty and accidentally ruptured the hull, the vessel’s operator, Odfjell, said. The incident occurred on June 23 at about 13:40 local time while the tanker was on its way to the assigned berth for loading.The company added that mitigating actions were immediately taken to limit the spill, both by the vessel’s crew and by resources from shore.“The leakage was stopped, and there is no risk of further spills,” Odfjell informed.The 37,499 dwt vessel was not loaded with cargo at the time of the incident, and there were no reports of injuries to the personnel.Bow Jubail, which is currently moored at the Botlek terminal, has a total personnel of 29, of which 27 Filipinos and two Scandinavians.“Odfjell regrets the unfortunate incident and takes this matter very seriously. Together with GARD, Odfjell cooperates closely with Dutch Authorities to ensure that necessary resources are available in taking the required actions and mitigate consequences of the oil spill.”last_img read more

Matthaus Achraf Hakimi is the Bundesligas best leftback

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has already become the Bundesliga’s best left-backThe 20-year-old arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, where he spent the majority of his time playing back-up to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez.Hakimi has started 12 of Dortmund’s 17 league matches and even provided three assists on his Champions League debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in October.The Morocco international’s performances have been so impressive in Germany that Matthaus reckons the national team coach Joachim Low would love to have him.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Hakimi has played a crazy first half of the season,” Matthäus wrote on his Sky column.“For me, Hakimi is the best left-back in the league right now. It would make ‘Jogi’ Löw happy if he had someone with his dynamics, pace and technical ability.”Dortmund will return to action away to RB Leipzig on January 19 in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

A way to cause graphene to selffold into 3D shapes

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johns Hopkins University and MIT has found a way to cause flat sheets of graphene to self-fold into 3-D geometric shapes. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group explains how they prepared the sheets and then used heat to cause them to fold. Temperature induced self-folding of a functionalized graphene flower. Credit: Weinan Xu, Johns Hopkins University PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Temperature induced self-folding of a functionalized graphene dumbbell. Credit: Weinan Xu, Johns Hopkins University Journal information: Science Advances Play Simulation of the temperature induced self-folding process of a functionalized graphene dumbbell. Credit: Zhao Qin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graphene has been in the news a lot over the past decade, as its unique properties could lead to the development of a host of new applications. Some likely applications include biosensors and wearable electronics. Before such devices can be created, however, a means must be found to create three dimensional objects from flat sheets of the material. Up until now, most methods have involved etching or applying the sheets to a substrate that conforms to a desired shape. Both methods leave much to be desired; thus, researchers continue to seek a better solution. In this new effort, researchers have developed a micropatterning technique that leads to the flat graphene sheets bending along predesignated lines when heat is applied, causing the sheet to form into shapes—much like origami forms when manipulated by human hands.One of the main benefits of the new approach is that it preserves the intrinsic properties of the graphene, which has been the goal all along—after all, what is the point of using graphene in the first place if you have to diminish its unique attributes to make it conform to a desired shape? Another benefit is that the creases can cause a band gap in the graphene, which graphene notoriously lacks in its natural state. Citation: A way to cause graphene to self-fold into 3-D shapes (2017, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-graphene-self-fold-d.html Explore further Bubble technique used to measure shear forces between graphene sheets Play Simulation of the temperature induced self-folding process of a functionalized graphene flower. Credit: Zhao Qin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The team notes that the technique is also compatible with traditional lithography and can be applied at the wafer scale. Also, it is highly parallel, which means it should not present manufacturing problems. They also report that they tested their technique by creating 3-D shapes that were used to hold living cells and nonlinear resistors. They also used one in the creation of a transistor device. By creating such useful 3-D structures, the team believes they have shown that their technique could be used to build viable wearable electronic devices and sensors that could be used inside of a living organism. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Weinan Xu et al. Ultrathin thermoresponsive self-folding 3D graphene, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701084AbstractGraphene and other two-dimensional materials have unique physical and chemical properties of broad relevance. It has been suggested that the transformation of these atomically planar materials to three-dimensional (3D) geometries by bending, wrinkling, or folding could significantly alter their properties and lead to novel structures and devices with compact form factors, but strategies to enable this shape change remain limited. We report a benign thermally responsive method to fold and unfold monolayer graphene into predesigned, ordered 3D structures. The methodology involves the surface functionalization of monolayer graphene using ultrathin noncovalently bonded mussel-inspired polydopamine and thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes. The functionalized graphene is micropatterned and self-folds into ordered 3D structures with reversible deformation under a full control by temperature. The structures are characterized using spectroscopy and microscopy, and self-folding is rationalized using a multiscale molecular dynamics model. Our work demonstrates the potential to design and fabricate ordered 3D graphene structures with predictable shape and dynamics. We highlight applicability by encapsulating live cells and creating nonlinear resistor and creased transistor devices. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Landscaped

first_imgDelhi based artist Vikash Kalra has created an exclusive body of landscape based works for an exhibition titled The Alchemist – Alchemy of Landscape Painting. Reputed for his expressionistic paintings, drawings and sculptures, Vikash Kalra takes a special interest in creating mindscapes, in which he recollects the journeys that he has undertaken during his formative years. He paints them with nostalgia, care and passion, but with an expressionistic verve, transforming them into new experiential zones. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These landscapes done in an expressionist fashion is one of the pivotal components of Vikash Kalra’s oeuvre, which otherwise also includes faces, couples, erotic scenes, chemical drawings, figurative sculptures as constituting elements. In this focused exhibition of his landscapes, one could see the artist bringing all his experiences and memories into condensed landscapes. Though Vikash does not like to be known as a landscape artist, depicting them is one of the most exciting artistic processes for him. For a devoted landscape artist, any kind of land becomes a trigger; he could elaborately paint it with all the details or abstract it to its essence. But for majority of the artists landscape painting is something unavoidable. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhether it is Benode Behari Mukherjee or Ram Kinkar Baij, Zarina Hashmi or Nilima Sheikh, even when they practice a different sort of painting, landscapes occur in their creative processes, at times challenging them with its beauty or at times cajoling them with its simplicity. Those artists who would like to go beyond the academic restrictions and theme based practices are charmed by the allurement of landscapes and painting landscapes gives them a sort of freedom that they do not otherwise get from their abstract or figurative works. Expressionists, unlike the figurative artists bring out landscape as very strong memory registrations. Vikash Kalra’s landscapes belong to this tradition of landscape painting. This contemporary dynamism that he creates, is a way to understand the artist’s grip not only on the contemporary life around him but also his knowledge about the classical and modern landscapes. An initiated viewer may see these landscapes as expressionistic ones and also they could connect these works to some mid 20th century Indian masters. WHERE: Art and Aesthetic, F- 213/ A, 1st Floor, Old MB  Road, Lado Sarai, WHEN: 2 August to 27 August, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm (Monday to Saturday)last_img read more

Announcing Linux 50

first_imgYesterday, Linus Torvalds, announced the stable release of Linux 5.0. This release comes with AMDGPU FreeSync support, Raspberry Pi touch screen support and much more. According to Torvalds, “I’d like to point out (yet again) that we don’t do feature-based releases, and that ‘5.0’ doesn’t mean anything more than that the 4.x numbers started getting big enough that I ran out of fingers and toes.” Features of Linux 5.0 AMDGPU FreeSync support, which will improve the display of fast-moving images and will prove advantageous especially for gamers. According to CRN, this will also make Linux a better platform for dense data visualizations and support “a dynamic refresh rate, aimed at providing a low monitor latency and a smooth, virtually stutter-free viewing experience.” Support for the Raspberry Pi’s official touch-screen. All information is copied into a memory mapped area by RPi’s firmware, instead of using a conventional bus. Energy-aware scheduling feature, that lets the task scheduler to take scheduling decisions resulting in lower power usage on asymmetric SMP platforms. This feature will use Arm’s big.LITTLE CPUs and help achieve better power management in phones Adiantum file system encryption for low power devices. Btrfs can support swap files, but the swap file must be fully allocated as “nocow” with no compression on one device. Support for binderfs, a binder filesystem that will help run multiple instances of Android and is backward compatible. Improvement to reduce Fragmentation by over 90%. This results in better transparent hugepage (THP) usage. Support for Speculation Barrier (SB) instruction This is introduced as part of the fallout from Spectre and Meltdown. The merge window for 5.1 is now open. Read Linux’s official documentation for the detailed list of upgraded features in Linux 5.0. Read Next Remote Code Execution Flaw in APT Linux Package Manager allows man-in-the-middle attackIntel releases patches to add Linux Kernel support for upcoming dedicated GPU releasesUndetected Linux Backdoor ‘SpeakUp’ infects Linux, MacOS with cryptominerslast_img read more

Bathe naked with strangers Welcome to a Japanese bathhouse

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Japan Bathe naked with strangers? Welcome to a Japanese bathhouse By: The Associated Press Share TOKYO — Japan is proud of its bathing traditions. For many Westerners, though, the fact that these traditions involve being naked with strangers is awkward at best, even though men and women bathe separately.On my first trip I tried to wriggle out of a friend’s offer to take me to an onsen, or hot springs resort. I suggested a different town that had an attraction I wanted to see, and thought I was off the hook.I should have done my research better: That town was famous for its onsen as well.It turned out for the best, though, because I’ve become a fan. Nothing is more relaxing after a tiring day of sightseeing than a long soak, and you can reassure yourself that you’re experiencing authentic culture at the same time.Two terms are basic when talking about Japanese baths: onsen and sento. An onsen has natural hot spring water. A sento, usually translated as public bath, typically uses regular water, traditionally heated by burning wood. Tall chimneys for the smoke are one visual symbol of the city sento.The distinction is noted because various spring waters are supposed to have different health benefits. Onsen are commonly found at hotels and resorts outside the city, but there are about 45 sento in Tokyo, for example, that do have natural spring water.For the outsider, though, the facilities will look much the same and more important, so are the traditions and etiquette.Stephanie Crohin is author of a book in Japanese about sento. For the past three years, she has been the official volunteer ambassador for the Tokyo Sento Association. She has visited over 700 sento across Japan and her book and Instagram feed reveal the beauty of their interiors, where photography is usually prohibited, including many traditional painted murals and immaculate tilework.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backShe reassures first-timers that with everyone else acting like it’s normal, you will quickly get comfortable. “For some people it is a big challenge to be naked in front of others, but genders are separate, and everybody just doesn’t look and doesn’t care,” she says. “It is the ideal place to forget about complexes!”Although you won’t have much trouble finding a sento in a city like Tokyo, their numbers are in fact declining. Last year, she says, 40 sento closed in Tokyo. Fifty years ago, there were around 2,700 sento in the city, but now there are around 560, with 2,500 across the country.One reason sento are closing is that many of their customers are elderly. Now that every home has its own bath, younger people often never cultivated the habit. Some sento are trying new strategies to attract customers, including presenting exhibits and events such as concerts and developing English information to attract tourists.Another innovation: ‘super sento,’ more like day spas with additional facilities and entertainment. One in Tokyo, Oedo Onsen Monogatari, is basically a hot bath theme park with a re-created Edo period townscape.These may be an easy way in for the first-timer, but if you want to experience authentic local culture, make sure you try a sento too. Just follow the rules so you’ll fit in. At a typical bath here’s the routine:Leave your shoes in an outside locker.Pay the fee. If you haven’t brought your own soap and shampoo, you can buy small bottles and rent towels. You’ll be given one large towel and a small one.Go through the entrance for your gender. (You might want to memorize the characters for ‘man’ and ‘woman’ in advance.)In the changing room, undress and put your clothes in a locker. This part should feel familiar to anyone who’s been to a gym.Leave the big towel in the locker but take the small one with you. Use it for washing and/or to dry yourself a bit after your bath so you don’t drip onto the changing room floor.The bathroom has individual washing stations. The station may already have a stool, or you can take one and a wash basin from a stack. The basin is the traditional way to wash and rinse yourself, but now there are also hand sprayers.Wash thoroughly. The bath is just for soaking; since the water there is shared, you’re expected to be clean first. Be careful not to splash your neighbours.Tie up long hair. You don’t want it to dangle into the shared bath.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedNow you’re ready to soak!At this point you’ll still be carrying your small towel, which brings up another rule: never put your towel into the bath. If you’ve seen Japanese bathing on TV, people will usually be covered with towels, but that is only for filming. The most traditional thing to do with the small towel is fold it and rest it on your head while you’re bathing.Finally, sento and onsen have traditionally prohibited tattoos, which are associated with organized crime. These restrictions are loosening. Sento are usually fine with them, but super sento and onsen resorts may not be, so check in advance. Monday, June 4, 2018 last_img read more