Sally Wilson Employers should take steps to ensure reentry to work is

first_imgGiven the range of health reasons an employee may take time off for, and the variable fitness requirements for different professions, there is no one-size-fits-all role that an employer should take in workplace rehabilitation. But broadly the employer’s role is to take appropriate steps to support the individual back to work and to ensure that the re-entry to work is sustainable. In general, good practice guidelines regarding rehabilitation focus on longer-term absences since, compared with shorter periods, these are more likely to result in difficulties returning to work.Employers have a duty of care towards all of their employees and this does not cease when an employee is absent. The employer should expect to be involved in negotiations that facilitate timely re-entry to work, and should also bear in mind that return to work may not necessitate full recovery of that individual. Keeping in touch during absence is recommended, but this should be done in a way that is acceptable to and sensitive to the circumstances of the absent individual. Where occupational health services are available, employers should be referred or signposted to these as early as possible.A very important feature of long-term absences is that they often result from long-term, chronic health conditions (or conditions at risk of becoming long-term). Many chronic conditions are treated as a disability under the Equality Act, which states that employers should take steps to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles a disabled worker faces.Effective approaches to support a person who has been affected by a mental health condition will differ significantly from those required by a person with, for example, mobility issues. All employers would be advised to seek expert guidance on this aspect and proceed to make adjustments with the full involvement of the returning employee.Sally Wilson is senior research fellow at the Institute for Employment Studieslast_img read more

Hong Kong Broadband Network introduces grandparental leave

first_imgTelecommunications organisation Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) has introduced a grandparental leave policy.The scheme, which came into effect on 1 April 2017, allows Hong Kong-based employees to take three days of leave when welcoming a new grandchild. To take advantage of the policy, staff are required to submit a family photograph of the three generations of their family, including the new grandchild.The grandparental leave policy is designed to give employees the opportunity to celebrate the new arrival and spend time with their families.The new scheme runs alongside other paid leave policies available to eligible employees, including one day of family care leave, one day off for a year’s service, and five half-days’ leave for festive occasions, as well as encouraging employees to take a paid afternoon off on Fridays up to 12 times a year. Staff can also take up to five days’ of paid marriage leave, 16 weeks of maternity leave at full pay, 14 days’ paternity leave at full pay, two days of volunteering leave, and an unpaid sabbatical of up to one year to pursue a personal goal.CY Chan, associate director, talent management and organisation development, and co-owner at HKBN, said, “At HKBN, our ethos is that life takes priority over work, which is why we uphold life-work priority rather than work-life balance.“We believe when our [employees] are empowered with higher flexibility to pursue purposeful personal and family lives, they come to work far more motivated, resulting in increased efficiency and productivity. Our aim is for more [organisations] to adopt similar measures to care for their [employees], and join HKBN to make Hong Kong a better place to live.”last_img read more

63 of parents are unaware of their right to unpaid parental leave

first_imgMore than half (63%) of respondents who are young parents are not aware of their right to take unpaid parental leave, according to research by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).Its Better jobs for mums and dads report, which surveyed 1,050 young parents, also found that 51% of respondents who work in low-paid jobs have never been spoken to by their manager about workplace policies that enable staff to balance work and childcare.The research also found:47% of respondents struggle to manage work and childcare, and 42% feel penalised at work when they ask for flexibility, for example, receiving fewer hours, different shifts or potentially even losing their job.58% of respondents who work in low-paid sectors such as retail, hospitality and social care, do not know what parental rights at work they are entitled to, and 49% have not used one or more of their legal rights to time off.29% of respondents have taken annual leave in the past year in order to care for their child when they are sick, and 24% have asked to take time off with no pay at short notice to deal with a childcare issue within the last 12 months.48% of male respondents feel stigmatised at work because of the need for flexibility to help manage childcare responsibilities, and 57% of respondents who are fathers have never been spoken to by their employer about work-life balance policies that are in place.Frances O’Grady, general secretary at TUC, said: “Too many workplaces expect mums and dads to forget all about their kids as soon as they walk through the door. But it’s a nightmare to plan childcare when your boss changes your shifts at the drop of a hat, and you never work the same weekly hours twice.“Many parents fear losing shifts, taking unpaid leave or being viewed badly at work if they need time off to look after their kids. And it is shocking that some mums and dads are being stopped from taking their children to hospital when they are sick.“All [employees] should be given notice of their shifts at least one month in advance. Everyone at work should get the same parents’ rights from day one; and everyone should be given written information about these rights.”last_img read more

West Park resident fatally shoots neighbor self after argument

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men were killed in what authorities described as a murder-suicide in West Park, early Saturday morning.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene along the 3700 block of Southwest 58th Terrace, just after 2:15 a.m.According to witnesses, 33-year-old Henry Zito shot Abdiel Morales in the chest and then turned the gun on himself after an argument.Investigators said Zito died at the scene. Morales was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at around 9:30 a.m.Friends and family said the two men were friends and neighbors, and had been hanging out all night.The shooting remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tamarac auto parts store robbed at gunpoint 2 at large

first_imgTAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are searching for two men who, they said, robbed an auto parts store in Tamarac at gunpoint, Thursday night.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the two masked subjects stormed into the AutoZone along Northwest 61st Street and North University Drive.Authorities said the duo exited the business with an unspecified sum of cash. It is unknown whether they fled on foot or took off in a vehicle.No one was hurt.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

BurgerFi employee robbed outside Weston shopping plaza

first_imgWESTON, FLA. (WSVN) – – A BurgerFi employee in the process of making a bank deposit was robbed on the job.Police said an employee at the Weston BurgerFi was on his way to make a bank deposit when he was approached outside the shopping plaza where the restaurant is located.According to officials, that person took the deposit money and fled the scene.The robbery happened Tuesday morning near Weston Road and South Commerce Parkway.The employee was not injured in this case.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Crook caught on camera stealing power tools in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crook has been caught on surveillance cameras busting into a shipping container in Southwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Police, the break-in took place at a company near Southwest 216th Street and Krome Avenue, Jan. 27.Investigators said the subject took off with power tools.Police said he stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs around 180 pounds and was wearing a baseball cap and a two-tone jacket at the time of the burglary.If you have any information on the subject’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Cheesecake Factory offers free cheesecake slices on 40th anniversary

first_img(WSVN) – The Cheesecake Factory is celebrating their 40th birthday with thousands of slices of free cheesecake.Starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, the popular restaurant chain will give away 40,000 free slices of their namesake dessert in celebration of their 40th anniversary.The event is one day only.To take advantage of the deal, the company says customers just have to place a delivery order through the app DoorDash, and use code FREESLICE at checkout.In addition, people will also get free delivery until Dec. 11 – no promotional code needed.The deal allows for one slice per order, so get ready to share!Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Flags Lowered To HalfStaff For Memorial Day

first_imgGovernor Walker signed a proclamation recognizing Monday, May 28, 2018 as Memorial Day in Alaska, and encouraged Alaskans to pay their respects to our fallen soldiers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享All U.S. and Alaska state flags have been ordered to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day. Per Governor Walker’s order and the proclamation from the White House, all U.S. and Alaska flags should be lowered Monday morning to half-staff.center_img Governor Walker:  “Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute to and remember those who died defending freedom, and recognize the current members of our Armed Forces who stand at the ready every day. Donna and I wish all Alaskans a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.”last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Issued For Sterling Seward Highway

first_imgSmoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/19 – 6:00am Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” In addition, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Air Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory that includes the Kenai Peninsula due to wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake fire. The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 10pm Wednesday. The advisory stretches from the Sterling and Seward Highway junction southward to Seward.center_img Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will generally cause the smoke to lift, temporarily improving air quality, according to the release. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at The monitor in Sterling can be found at read more

Facebook to Launch App Center

first_imgAs for monetization, Brady writes, “Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps. This is a simple-to-implement payment feature that lets people pay a flat fee to use an app on”App detail pages must receive Facebook approval, and those who submit completed pages before May 18 will be given review reports Facebook operates under an Apple-like revenue split with brands selling through the social network, pocketing 30 percent of each sale. While it is unclear whether Facebook’s fees will be in addition to what the App Store typically charges for download, the announcement is generating buzz throughout the industry. “We’re still gathering information about the App Center, but Atlantic Media currently reaches millions of monthly users via Facebook platform through our brand page and audience sharing, and thus the potential to reach one billion users with Atlantic Media Apps is certainly attractive. The App Center should become an important distribution channel for Atlantic Media as we accelerate our investment in mobile and app development on all platforms, including HTML5,” Scott Havens, SVP of finance and digital operations with Atlantic Media, tells FOLIO:. “Having said that, Facebook is smartly launching the App Center to help Facebook compete against Apple, Google, Microsoft and other social media networks, not necessarily to help Atlantic Media drive incremental revenue, traffic or engagement. So of course, understanding the ROI and/or the tradeoffs—such as using FB login—is important for a media company our size to evaluate before we invest too much time.” The App Center will be available on the Web, as well as for iOS and Android systems. If an app requires installation, Facebook will redirect the user to either the App Store or Google Play to complete the process. Just in case publishers didn’t have enough platforms to push their apps through already, Facebook is jumping into the game with the debut of its App Center. In a post on its Facebook Developers page, software engineer Aaron Brady urges, “All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.”Positioned as “the new, central place to find great apps,” the App Center mandates an app detail page for each submission. FB will decide which products to promote by monitoring app success through its Insights feature, a system already in place for brand pages (the tool monitors likes, number of users “talking about this,” weekly reach and a combined social circle tally dubbed “Friends of Fans”). Brady writes, “Well-designed apps that people enjoy will be prominently displayed.” Quality is quantified through characteristics such as “an easy-to-use interface, clear content, value to users and no significant bugs”; minimal advertising; positive user feedback; and included apps must “set clear expectations about what user activity it shares on Facebook, and when.”last_img read more

TheStreet Buys Relationship Capital Management Service for 21 Million

first_imgBut for TheStreet, it means a robust audience for its subscription products. BoardEx will be integrated into The Deal, TheStreet’s M&A information unit under the strategy that The Deal’s news and transaction data subscribers will have access to the BoardEx database of executives. “The move bolsters the fastest growing part of our subscription operation and creates an indispensable business development tool for users,” says TheStreet president, chairman and CEO Elisabeth DeMarse. “The acquisition of BoardEx advances the strategic objectives of TheStreet by increasing both institutional content and subscribers.” Financial media company TheStreet Inc. is paying $21 million in cash for Management Diagnostics Limited, a London-based company that produces a relationship capital management service called BoardEx. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter and may include an earn-out payable in 2018 based on 2017 revenue performance.BoardEx connects executives at investment banks, law firms and other organizations with a stable of analysts and a database of directors and corporate executives to measure their “relationship capital”—essentially quantifying the worth of a company’s relationships with customers, suppliers and other business leaders.last_img read more

Politico Takes Next Step In Euro Expansion Buys News Site

first_imgReporting to editor-in-chief John Harris, Matthew Kaminski will head the day-to-day editorial operations as executive editor, overseeing a staff of more than 30 journalists in Brussels and in capitals across Europe.Product offerings will include a website, weekly newspaper, live events and a European version of subscription service, Politico Pro. The latter product, priced at $7,500, generates a third of the company’s revenues, according to a report by The Financial Times.Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, owner and publisher of European Voice, will become managing director of Politico’s European outlet and oversee business operations.”Our ambition is clear─to be Europe’s leading publication on politics and policy, with a newsroom that will be headquartered in Brussels and with a reporting team whose footprint will extend across the continent,” says John F. Harris, Politico’s co-founder and editor-in-chief. “This shared ambition is what makes the POLITICO-Axel Springer partnership such a natural team. And it is what made Matt Kaminski and Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson such natural choices for this assignment.”It’s the latest move in string of recent expansions for Politico. The company has acquired and relaunched the Capital New York brand, and launched a print magazine since last fall. Politico and Axel Springer made their first major move since September when they announced they’d be partnering up to create a European version of the D.C.-focused political news and analysis site.The group has acquired European Voice, a website and weekly newspaper based in Brussels, and intends to relaunch the title in the spring with a new name: Politico. Terms weren’t disclosed.last_img read more

Bob Mankoff Retires as Cartoon Editor after 40 Years at The New

first_imgBob Mankoff, cartoon editor at The New Yorker, will retire on May 1. Just 72-years-old, Mankoff will continue as a regular contributing artist, in addition to editing an upcoming anthology, The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons. Mankoff, who took over the cartoon desk in 1997, sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1977, giving him a 40-year career at one of the most distinctive art sections in publishing. Replacing Mankoff is Emma Allen, editor of The Talk of the Town and Shouts & Murmurs. She joined The New Yorker in 2011, just one year after graduating from Yale with BA’s in English and Studio Art.  “He brought a real sense of originality to this work, but, even more important, a sense of the artist and their interests,” Remnick wrote. He is credited with creating one of the most replicated cartoons in the magazine’s history, “How About Never–Is Never Good For You?” In a memo to staff today, editor-in-chief David Remnick described Mankoff as sustaining the magazine’s voice while bringing new and unique artists onto its pages. ​last_img read more

In Other News Connecticut Sub Base Marks Sesquicentennial

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During its first 50 years, the Navy base in Groton, Conn., wasn’t particularly important. But over the past 100 years, Naval Submarine Base New London has grown in prominence, with the nation’s submarine fleet playing a significant role in projecting power. State and local leaders, along with Navy officials, gathered outside the Submarine Force Museum last week to recognize the base’s past as they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the deed of gift from the state and the city of New London establishing a naval yard and storage depot on the Thames River, reported the Day.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For July 28 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Saturday, July 28, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge. Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights.Public Safety Ceremony: Saturday, July 28, 7pmWelcome: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; Police, Fire and Military Honor GuardsInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Katy Downey, MA State Police TrooperFly Over: Massachusetts State Police Air WingIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Wilmington Police Chief Michael BegonisGuest Speakers: Lee Scalzilli & William McKenzieGold Star Families Place WreathsReading of Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteranIn The Community: Town Beach is open. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Here’s what you need to know.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library.In The Community: The Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Attention Drivers!: The Massachusetts State Police will be holding a Sobriety Checkpoint in Middlesex County on Saturday, July 28, 2018 into Sunday July 29, 2018.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Towns Current Bidding Contract Opportunities

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Town’s Purchasing Department currently has the following bidding and contract opportunities available:Request For Proposals/QualificationsNoneInvitations To BidButters Row Boiler Replacement — Deadline: Thursday, November 1, 11amRedevelopment of (15) Gravel Packed Wells at Brown’s Crossing Wellfield — Deadline: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 10amAll interested parties must first complete the town’s Bid Registration Form.Visit the Town’s Purchasing Department website for additional information. Contact Wendy Martiniello at wmartiniello[at] with questions.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”Town’s Current Bidding & Contract OpportunitiesIn “Government”last_img read more

PRETEND YOURE TOWN PLANNER What Should Go In At 281 Main Street

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening With The Old Xpedx Building On Main Street?In “Business”New Restaurants Are Opening In Wilmington! What Would YOU Like To See Come To Town?In “Business”ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — The property at 281 Main Street in Wilmington currently has two commercial vacancies (1 at 1,100 square feet and 1 at 1,000 square feet), plus available  office space on the second floor (2,700 square feet).What would you like to see go there? Retail? Restaurant? Barbershop? Something else? Remember, both commercial spaces are small — Trader Joe’s wont fit!If you know a business that may be interested in the space, have them contact Jim Speros, of Retail & Restaurant Real Estate Services, at 617-592-7658 or jimsperosjr[at] Learn more about the property HERE.last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (May 20, 2019 to May 27, 2019)Tewksbury Telemedia Announces Debut Of Three Unique Cable Access ChannelsState Rep. Nguyen Presented With “Women’s Empowerment Award”Tewksbury Looking To Fill Multiple Board VacanciesSmith, White Named TMHS-Rotary Club Hats Off Winners for MayEssex Baseball Association To Bring 19th Century Vintage Baseball To Tewksburylast_img read more