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first_img Previous Article Next Article About Tina Wisener Tina Wisener is a partner at workplace law specialist Doyle Clayton and head of the firm’s Thames Valley office in Reading. View all posts by Tina Wisener → Netflix has announced parents can take unlimited parental leave in the first year. Photo: ddp USA/Rex Shutterstock Streaming media giant Netflix has announced that it will offer new parents unlimited paid leave for a year. But employers who wish to follow their example may encounter challenges, believes Tina Wisener. The announcement by Netflix that it will be offering all its staff the opportunity to take up to 12 months’ paid parental leave has provoked a lot of interest.Shared parental leave resourcesShared parental leave survey: employers undecided about enhanced shared parental payTask: decide the organisation’s policy on shared parental leaveLetter explaining to managers the right to shared parental leaveIts employees will be able to work as much or as little as they want during the 12 months following their child’s birth or adoption, and still be paid in full.The employee benefits of such a generous scheme speak for themselves but there are also business benefits.Netflix hopes that its move will help it to attract and retain the best talent. It also believes that staff perform better at work if they are not worrying about family and finances.Nevertheless, a scheme which allows employees to dip in and out of work can present headaches for employers in terms of ensuring adequate cover for absences. Inevitably, leave patterns will need to be agreed to some extent in advance, reducing some of the flexibility for employees in the process.Although there has been a great deal of enthusiasm for the introduction of shared parental leave last year, many employers recognise the benefits of this perk but may not be able to afford to offer it on the same scale as Netflix.Instead, they might want to limit it to staff in senior roles where it is more difficult to recruit, or use it to incentivise staff by making it performance related. However, there are legal risks associated with this approach.Employers will need to be alert to discrimination risks, particularly indirect discrimination. If, for example, senior roles are occupied predominantly by men, limiting the benefit to senior roles will be indirectly discriminatory against women.However, indirect discrimination claims can be defended if there are good business reasons; the need to attract and retain the best talent would certainly qualify. However, the employer will also need to be able to show that it cannot achieve its business goals in a less discriminatory way.Case-by-case basisLinking the benefit to performance could give rise to disability discrimination if, for example, a particular level of sickness absence disqualifies an employee from receiving it. Again, it is possible to defend these claims as there is a good business reason for the policy.However, an absolute rule that disqualifies employees from entitlement once they hit a particular level of absence may be disproportionate, meaning the defence could fail.Instead, ensure that there is an element of discretion in the policy so that you can still decide, on a case-by-case basis, to allow an employee to benefit where absence is disability related.Also, watch out for pregnancy discrimination. Absences occurring during, or related to, pregnancy need to be ignored in their entirety.Some employers may wish to limit enhanced leave and pay to women, for example if women are underrepresented in their organisation. Generally this will be unlawful, as it amounts to direct sex discrimination.Nevertheless, it may be possible to offer the benefit only to women on maternity leave, as preferential treatment of women on maternity leave does not generally amount to unlawful direct discrimination against men.Such a policy could be indirectly discriminatory, but potentially capable of justification. If, however, the woman is on some other form of parental leave (not maternity leave), the benefit will have to be offered to men as well. Could Netflix-style unlimited parental leave work for employers?By Tina Wisener on 12 Aug 2015 in Discontinuous shared parental leave, Enhanced pay, Shared parental leave, Personnel Today, Legal opinion Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Monday, Dixie State men’s basketball confirmed the signing of former Skyridge High School star Trevon Snoddy.Snoddy, a 6-5 senior guard posted 13.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during his career for the Falcons.In 2019-20, Snoddy averaged 20 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Skyridge, leading the Falcons to an 18-7 record, including an 8-2 mark in Region 4 play.Snoddy led Skyridge to the 6-A state quarterfinals, where they narrowly lost to Lone Peak, 74-73.Snoddy confirmed he was excited that he has committed to play for the Trailblazers. He expressed gratitude to his coaches, teammates and family that helped him to get this point.He also expressed appreciation for the Dixie State coaches’ confidence in him. Brad James Tags: Dixie Men’s basketball April 6, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Signs Skyridge Standout Trevon Snoddy Written bylast_img read more

first_imgMarch in Georgia was fairly calm, but colder than normal across the entire state with temperatures ranging from between 2 to 4 degrees below average. The relatively late cool temperatures may reduce the size of individual Vidalia onions this year, but the weather should not affect overall yields. Peaches received some frost damage late in the month due to temperatures that fell into the 20s, but it was not clear how significant the damage was at month’s end. Wheat growers noted that powdery mildew was observed across the state, especially in the southwest, but it is expected to diminish as temperatures warm up and relative humidity drops. Some farmers held off planting watermelons and other summer field crops late in the month until after the cold temperatures passed. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 52.5 degrees (1.8 degrees below normal); in Athens it was 51.5 degrees (2.8 degrees below normal); in Columbus it was 54.7 (3.1 degrees below normal); in Macon it was 52.8 (4.0 below normal); in Savannah it was 56.6 (2.6 below normal); in Brunswick it was 57.9 (2.4 below normal); in Alma it was 55.9 (4.3 below normal) and in Augusta it was 51.8 (4.1 below normal). Augusta reported a record low daytime high temperature of 39 degrees on March 4, breaking the old record of 40 degrees set in 1893. Brunswick set a record low daytime high temperature of 49 degrees on March 7, breaking the old record of 53 set in 2013. A record low temperature of 26 degrees was felt in Macon on March 26, breaking the old record of 28 degrees set in 2006. Alma reported a 31 degree low the same day, breaking the old record of 34 degrees, also set in 2006. Brunswick reported a record low daytime high temperature of 53 degrees on that date, as well, breaking the old record of 58 degrees set in 2013. The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by a National Weather Service reporting station was 5.4 inches in Columbus (.06 inches below normal), and the lowest was recorded in Brunswick with 2.54 inches (1.34 inches below normal). Atlanta received 3.12 inches (1.69 below normal). Macon received 3.93 inches (.62 below normal). Alma received 3.22 inches (1.53 below normal). Augusta received 2.56 inches (1.50 below normal). Athens received 3.37 inches (1.06 below normal), and Savannah 2.65 inches (1.08 below normal). The highest single-day rainfall recorded by a Community Collaborative Rain Snow and Hail network volunteer was 3.99 inches near Lake Park in Lowndes County on March 17, with observers in Donalsonville and Valdosta reporting 3.95 and 3.91 inches on the same day, respectively. The highest monthly total rainfall recorded by a CoCoRaHS volunteer was 9.39 inches, observed east of Thomasville in Thomas County, followed by 8.63 inches measured by another Thomasville observer. No snow totals were reported in March, but snow flurries were seen in north Georgia on March 25, according to a CoCoRaHS observer there. Because of the drier than normal weather, abnormally dry conditions returned to parts of Georgia, according to the National Drought Monitor. The drier soil helped farmers get into the fields to do spring field work, but they are concerned that the soil may be too dry to support germination if there’s no more rain before planting begins. There was only one day with severe weather reported in March. This occurred on March 16, with wind damage to trees and power lines across southern Georgia.last_img read more

first_img Dyche insisted the decision was not the sole reason his side are bottom of the table and facing a return to the Championship after a one-season stay in the top flight. “I’m not going to remotely suggest that it’s this one decision that has led to where we are,” he said. “We’ve created enough chances to win games and we haven’t taken them. “But when you really need decisions to be right, in my opinion it wasn’t right. “It’s a massive moment in a game like this. That changes everything. It’s hard enough to win games at this level 11 v 11. “It’s a real sadness to me that at this stage of the season and these vital games I’m having to speak about a referee’s decision which quite obviously changed the game.” The Hammers might be safe in mid-table but Allardyce’s side had scored only three goals in their previous seven games and they failed to make their numerical advantage pay – having to settle for a single goal as their fans endured a tense finish to the game. Allardyce, who admitted the sending off was “unfortunate” said: “The penalty, there’s no doubt. It was very important because we didn’t score any more goals. We should’ve scored more, we didn’t and we won 1-0. “Our only weakness today was not converting more chances. “Because we didn’t get that goal at the end, or in the middle of the second half, to make it 2-0 you all get a little nervous based on what’s happened to us recently. “We saw it out today, so we’ve done everything right. “That clean sheet has been the key factor in the last two games to get us back on winning ways.” The Clarets are eight points adrift of safety with three games remaining after Michael Duff’s controversial sending off and Mark Noble’s resulting penalty earned the Hammers victory at Upton Park. “That makes it a whole big mountain to climb now. You’re going into myths, legends and folklores,” said Dyche, whose side next play Hull, one of the two safe teams they can overhaul. Burnley manager Sean Dyche admits a miraculous recovery is required for his side to retain their Premier League status following the 1-0 loss at West Ham. Press Association “I’m a realist. I don’t do blind faith. Positive realities, I call it. I’m positive but there has to be a reality.” Referee Jonathan Moss dismissed Duff for clipping Cheikhou Kouyate in the box, with Noble converting the spot kick for Sam Allardyce’s side to score their first penalty of the season. Dyche has no qualms with the penalty award, but believes anyone in the vicinity of Upton Park would have been surprised with the red card being issued. “I asked the ref after the game and he said it was because he was ready to shoot and score,” Dyche added. “I’ve got no problem with the fact it’s a penalty. I think there’s a stadium full of people who are very surprised it’s a sending off. “I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised. I think the subs were surprised it was a sending off. “I think the groundsman was surprised it was a sending off, I think the linesman was surprised it was a sending off. “I think there was a tube station nearby where they were surprised it was a sending off.” last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of the Trump administration’s emergency request to allow the “public charge” immigration rule to be enacted, the controversial measure will officially take effect on February 24 in all states except Illinois.Under the new rule, immigration officials can deny green cards and other immigration benefits to those who have or are deemed likely to use public assistance programs like Medicaid and Food Stamps in the future.USCIS announced it will begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) for all applications received on or February 24. New versions of Forms I-129, I-485 I-539, I-864, and I-864EZ have become or will be available this week and any applications received on or after the effective date will be rejected.Applicants are advised not to wait until the last minute, but give plenty of time for their application to be received by the USCIS before the February 24 deadline. Since the 24th falls on a Monday, and USCIS does not accept deliveries on Saturday or Sunday, its best to plan to have the relevant application delivered no later than Thursday, February 20, to account for any unexpected shipping delays.For those who may not be able to file applications before the February 24, 2020 deadline, now is a good time to start preparing for the new requirements. On that date, all residency cases, change/extension of status and certain work visa applications will require the submission of the new Public Charge form I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency.People living overseas and going through U.S. Consulates should complete the Form DS–5540 Public Charge Questionnaire. The form and instructions require applicants to list information, including: Household income, tax, assets, debts, credit scores, educational degrees, occupational skills and licenses held, health insurance information and English proficiency skills and provide copies of all documents relating to those items. For instance, applicants must provide documents to prove household income, copies of tax returns filed (if applicable), copies of assets, i.e. savings/checking/investment statements, deeds to real estate, automobile title and any other assets listed.The rule also now requires applicants to provide a credit report, even if they do not have a social security number. Further, those with a low or no score must explain and provide other proof of payment of debts (for instance payment statements for utilities, cell phone, etc.)Additionally, copies of high school diplomas and college degrees are required. These must be accompanied by a U.S. equivalency evaluation from an authorized Credential Evaluation Service.To demonstrate English proficiency, applicants should also include certificates/degrees for English language studies to help increase favorability scores.Further, those who have non-subsidized health insurance must list the health insurance plan and dates of coverage.It’s extremely important for new visa applicants to: Make a list of all their assets (real estate, savings, checking, investments), along with the value of each, and compile bank and other financial statements for each account and locate a copy of titles to any automobiles or real estate they own.Contact one of the three main credit agencies and request a free credit report. A good credit score, usually over 650, will be very advantageous to get a visa under the new measure,Try to get an US equivalency evaluation done from an authorized Credential Evaluation Service for high school diploma, college degrees, licenses and certification courses received outside the US. The closer one’s qualifications are to those obtained in the US the better are one’s chances in the immigration approval process.Seek to purchase private health insurance. Applicants will substantially increase their visa favorability score by providing proof they have private healthcare insurance with includes coverage for emergency and major medical expenses.Not apply for immigration fee waivers. This will substantially lower the applicant’s visa favorability score, as will as any applications made for such waivers in the past.last_img read more

first_imgShare Submit Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) Finance Committee has approved Bill-2285D to be forwarded for second readings.Yesterday, Committee member Andrei Motovilovets declared that the Committee ‘unanimously supports the formation of a new market’, and sanctioned second readings for the SoP Party’s ‘Gambling Law’ mandate.The approval sees Rada update its parliamentary schedule to host a dedicated readings session on final provisions from 16-19 June. SoP has maintained its legislative timetable to approve the Gambling Law by the end of 2020.Despite the approval, RADA members questioned the Finance Committee’s review of Bill-2285D, after a reported 21 delegates approved the mandate for second readings without disclosing any information on amendments.Yaroslav Zheleznyak, MP for the VOICE party, decried that the Finance Committee had forwarded Gambling Law readings on the behest of SoP, who would be unable to secure 150 signatures to progress its bill.In May, the Rada Finance Committee allowed SoP to fast-track readings of the ‘Gambling Law’, despite President Volodymyr Zelensky ordering a cabinet reshuffle having fallen out with influential first minister Oleksiy Honcharuk.SoP critics believe that the Zelensky government has been able to progress its gambling bill without providing any transparency on key elements that will dictate the marketplace. Of concern, SoP has yet to shed light on how it will handle the state’s relationship with powerful lottery monopolies Patriot, MSL and UNL who have demanded first rights on concessions to expand their portfolios. Meanwhile, industry observers have questioned SoP’s legislative approach in sanctioning a high-cost licensing system for gambling services, in which incumbents will be further burdened by double-digit GGR % tax rates across all gambling verticals. Further criticism has also been directed at SoP MPs for refusing to replicate proven gambling market provisions established by European jurisdictions such as the UK, Sweden and France.Should second readings advance, stakeholders will still question whether the country is capable of launching its radical gambling framework in 2021.last_img read more