Councils take on challenge of new race relations laws

first_imgAmendmentsto race relations laws will make enforcing anti-discrimination policies a duty,not an option, for public-sector employers. By Paul NelsonAmajor step towards equality at work will be taken from next month with the introductionof new legislation for the public sector. TheRace Relations (Amendment) Act will force public authorities to eliminateinstitutional racism and promote equality of opportunity and good relations.Thekey difference between the 1976 Race Relations Act and the new statute is thatpublic authorities now have a duty to take action over race inequality. From2 April, public organisations will have to clearly define racial equalitypolicies and assess the impact that they have on the recruitment, retention andpromotion of ethnic minority staff. Annual results of the policies will bepublished. Thechairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Gurbux Singh, warned HRprofessionals at a briefing this month that less than 50 per cent of local authoritieshave implemented an action plan to take anti-racism policies forward since theStephen Lawrence Inquiry.Hesaid, “Of course there are already examples of excellence and a great deal ofgood work is being done. But the excellence of the few only highlights theweaknesses that characterise the sector as a whole. All of us have the right toexpect the very best from everyone in the public services.”Manylocal government HR directors deny that compliance will be a serious problem.Francesca Okosi, director of HR at the London Borough of Brent, said, “Localauthorities should be better prepared than other sectors, as we have alwayscomplied with section 71 of the 1976 Race Relations Act.”Complianceis certainly on the agenda. Keith Handley, head of strategic personnel atBradford Metropolitan District Council, and the next president of Socpo, said,“Never, never, never should equality drop off the HR agenda. Local governmentand regional council HR teams need to take a lead on equality and show the way forwardto other sectors.” SomeHR professionals in local authorities admit hitting the legislation’s targetswill be difficult. DeborahMoon, corporate personnel policy manager at Medway Council in Kent, believesthat, if accurate, the CRE’s figures are a “massive concern” and a “majorchallenge”.Localauthorities that will struggle to comply are those that have only dealt withequality superficially in the past. TerryGorman, Socpo’s current president  said,“Most local authorities will have a statement, but if they have an action planthat means something is another matter.” Gormanstressed that recruitment will be the most challenging area of compliance.“Local government needs to improve its image, by tailoring HR policies andstrategies so they seem attractive to ethnic minorities,” he said.TheCRE has two roles within the new legislation. Firstly it will consult and helpindividual local councils draw up guidelines under the amendment, as well aspublishing general codes of practice in April.Butif the CRE believes that a local authority, or any member of the public sector,is not complying with the act then it has the authority to investigate thebody. The CRE will then issue recommendations resulting from the investigation.Ifstill not satisfied, it has the power to issue a legally enforceablenon-discrimination notice, and ultimately take councils to court.Singhsaid, “Make no mistake, the new legislation means that racial equality is nolonger an option, it is now a duty. If it does come to enforcement action bythe CRE, we will act with care and appropriateness, but also with vigour.”Butthe CRE has stated that legal action will only be taken as a last resort, andthere is a willingness among council HR directors to bring change. DilysWynn, head of HR at Worcestershire County Council, said, “When best practicewas first implemented we all called for legislative teeth, but there were none.This was later seen as unworkable and changed, so I think that this is thesensible way forward.”Okosiagreed, saying, “Now we must measure the outcomes and look closely at ourpolicies and the status quo, and if they are not working, correct them.”Experts’viewsGurbuxSinghChairman, Commission for Racial Equality–“Make no mistake, the new legislation means that racial equality is no longeran option, it is now a duty.”FrancescaOkosiDirector of HR, London Borough of Brent–“Now we must measure the outcomes and look closely at our policies and thestatus quo, and if they are not working, correct them.”DilysWynnHead of HR, Worcestershire County Council–“When best practice was first implemented we all called for legislative teeth,but there were none. This was later seen as unworkable and changed, so I thinkthat this is the sensible way forward.”KeithHandley Head of strategic personnel, Bradford Metropolitan District Council–“Never, never, never should equality drop off the HR agenda. Local government andregional council HR teams need to take a lead on equality and show the wayforward to other sectors.”TerryGormanPresident, Socpo–“Local government needs to improve its image, by tailoring HR policies andstrategies so they seem attractive to ethnic minorities.”Whatemployers will have to do from AprilAllpublic-sector organisations, including local and central government, the policeand NHS, will be subject to the Race Relations (Amendment) Act.Themeasures employers will have to implement include:–Monitoring the ethnicity of their workforce, and in applications for jobs,promotion and training.–Ethnicity policies will have to be reviewed and developed to make sure thatthey actively promote equal opportunities. The Commission for Racial Equalitywill assist employers in this.–Employers will have to consider equality issues when dealing with grievances,disciplinary action, performance appraisals, dismissals and other reasons forleaving.–Annual reports will have to be published, outlining policies put in place todeal with equal opportunities, their results and aims, objectives and policiesfor the year ahead. Importantly,the duty will apply to all work contracted out by the public sector. This willespecially affect local councils due to the extent of outsourcing. Allfirms employed by the public sector must have similar racial equality policies.Private companies are not covered by the legislation. Related posts:No related photos. Councils take on challenge of new race relations lawsOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Thousands of firms neglect audits

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Just 0.002 per cent of the thousands of companies trade union Amicus askedto undertake an equal pay audit have actually done so. The union wrote to more than 9,000 companies in December 2001, asking them tocheck men and women’s pay rates. Just 1 per cent agreed to do so, and it wasrevealed last week that since then, only two per cent of these have completedan audit. Gail Cartmail, Amicus national secretary for equalities, said the figuresshow that employers will not undertake equal pay audits unless they are forcedto do so. “This shows that the voluntary approach advocated by government andemployers’ organisations doesn’t work,” she said. “The only way is tomake pay audits compulsory.” The union also wants men to strike if employers do not pay their femalecounterparts an equal wage. It has asked male union members to sign an equal pay charter which supportsstrike action if employers refuse to conduct equal pay audits to uncover whereand how pay gaps appear. Amicus claims the only reason a company would refuse to carry out an equalpay audit is to conceal discrimination against women in the workplace. Last week, a report by the Equal Opportunities Commission revealed that only18 per cent of large employers and 10 per cent of medium-sized employers haveactually conducted a pay review, or are in the process of doing one. The majority (54 per cent of large and 67 per cent of medium-sizedemployers), do not plan to carry out a pay review at all. Comments are closed. Thousands of firms neglect auditsOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Bom successo! Fine & Country grows in Portugal

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Bom successo! Fine & Country grows in Portugal previous nextAgencies & PeopleBom successo! Fine & Country grows in PortugalUK agent operation continues to make inroads into country’s luxury market.The Negotiator17th August 20170595 Views Fine & Country has opened its 12th Portuguese office, Fine & Country Lapa joins the offices in Comporta, Porto, Estoril, Chiado Lisbon, Marques do Pombal Lisbon and six locations along the Algarve.The new office has been established by Charles Roberts and Nuno Durão, Managing Partners of the company’s Portuguese operation.The Lapa office will be run by Manager Pico Durão who will work alongside four members of staff. The office will be branded as Fine & Country with the same décor as the existing Portugal offices.Lapa is one of the most sought after residential areas of Lisbon with many of the properties having river views.Charles says: “Every day the Fine & Country brand is becoming more established in Portugal. The growing worldwide strength of the brand is an essential for our business along with the tremendous back up support that we get from the Head Office in London in marketing, IT and Public Relations.“[The brand] is synonymous with quality and credibility, core elements of our corporate philosophy.”Fine & Country Portugal Fine & Country Portuguese office August 17, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

South Korean Military to Establish New Submarine Command by 2015

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today South Korean Military to Establish New Submarine Command by 2015 View post tag: Command View post tag: News by topic View post tag: submarine View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: Korean View post tag: South View post tag: 2015 View post tag: New View post tag: military View post tag: Naval View post tag: establish South Korean Military to Establish New Submarine Command by 2015 Share this article February 20, 2012 South Korean Military will establish a new submarine command within the navy by 2015, reports the Korea Herald.According to the reports, the military has allocated $ 565,000 of its 2012 budget for the plans to establish a submarine command.The Korean Ministry of National Defense had not highlighted the submarine command plan in announcing its budget for the year. The budget allocation was revealed by the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee.Technologies needed for the construction of 3.000-ton submarines is the project Korean Navy is currently working on and it is waiting for a number of 1.800-ton submarines to be commissioned into its fleet.The plan for establishing a submarine command by 2012 was put on hold under the current administration.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 20, 2012last_img read more

South Korea commissions sixth FF frigate

first_img View post tag: FF frigate South Korea commissions sixth Incheon-class frigate ROKS Gwangju Authorities View post tag: ROK Navy November 9, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today South Korea commissions sixth Incheon-class frigate ROKS Gwangju center_img View post tag: Incheon View post tag: DSME Share this article The Republic of South Korea Navy has commissioned its sixth FF frigate, named ROKS Gwangju, the country’s arms procurement agency announced.According to a report by the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the new frigate is expected to start patrols in March next year after it completes operational sea trials.ROKS Gwangju is the last of six 2,300-ton frigates. Launched in August 2015, the frigate has a crew of 120 and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 30 knots.South Korea has already launched the first FF-II frigate ROKS Daegu. The second-batch frigates are bigger than the FF frigates displacing 2,800 tones.FF-II frigates will be equipped with a 16-cell Korean vertical launching system for defense against air threats and six torpedo tubes for anti-submarine warfare. DSME, the shipbuilder in charge, said Daegu would be delivered to the Navy in 2017 and is expected to become operational in the second half of 2018.The new frigates South Korea is building are replacing the nation’s Pohang-class corvettes and Ulsan-class frigates.last_img read more

What does ’foodservice’ actually mean?

first_imgDefra’s Food Service and Eating Out: An Economic Survey (2007), defines foodservice suppliers as providers of food items to catering outlets that offer eating locations outside the home. But retailers are increasingly supplying foodservice-style products for consumption at home and the range of retail outlets offering food (eg, sandwiches), virtually indistinguishable from that of takeaways, is growing.l The industry captures about a third of consumer expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks and provides one in six mealsl It employs 1.5m people – more than any other part of the food chainl The foodservice market is split into two sectors: for profit and cost sector – its products usually sourced via a wholesalerl For-profit catering covers restaurants, hotels and other outlets where the food is sold on to the consumer at a profitl Cost sector catering covers locations such as hospitals, etc, where food from foodservice suppliers is provided to the consumer by the buying organisation at little or no direct cost to the end consumerlast_img read more

BMV administrative penalty fees resume July 1

first_img Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook TAGSadministrativebmvbureau of motor vehiclescoronavirusCOVID-19feesIndianajuly 1penalty IndianaLocalNews Previous articleREAL Services Provides 10,000 Meals Every Week During Covid-19 PandemicNext articleSouth Bend Schools to host in-person graduation ceremonies Brooklyne Beatty Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Facebook BMV administrative penalty fees resume July 1 (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced Friday that administrative penalty fees will resume on July 1.Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards, and vehicle registrations need to complete renewal transactions by June 30 to avoid paying an administrative penalty fee.Title transactions and new vehicle registrations must also be completed before July 1.To complete a transaction prior to the deadline, make an appointment with your local BMV branch here.  By Brooklyne Beatty – May 22, 2020 0 448 Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Kat Wright Shares Her Experiences As A Woman In The Male-Dominated Industry

first_img Live For Live Music: I know you did an interview with us back in January, during which you discussed the eclectic collection of music that was played in your household growing up. Were you parents very influential in your attraction to music? Kat Wright: Totally! My dad, like I said in the other interview, is a live-music fanatic. He’s still one of my favorite people to go to shows with. My dad loves everything, and growing up it really was everything from Irish music, to jazz, to rock and roll, to folk, to Celtic and everything in between. He was very influential and just kind of showed me that it was a big release. My dad was also someone who worked from 9-5, and that was how he would enjoy his life; he would do his day job and raise his family, and then he would go out and see music. He just loves it more than anything—he really does, and that super-inspired me. He started bringing me to free outdoor festivals from the time I could walk, so I’ve been going to see everything from Little Feet, to Bonnie Raitt, to P- Funk, to David Grisman, to just everything all across the boards. He was huge in helping me learn how to appreciate music as a recreational outlet.L4LM: So was he very supportive in trying to get you involved in the music scene? Kat Wright: Yeah, I took violin lessons when I was a kid, but thought it wasn’t cool so I quit. So I didn’t really start exploring my own musical path until after college. And no one really took me seriously until I started working with this band. Everyone in my family thought I had a good voice, but it wasn’t until I put this band together and started really doing things that everyone realized I was very serious about it. And it wasn’t that anyone was discouraging, I just think it wasn’t really on anyone’s radar that I was going to devote my life to this, which is what I’m doing now.Everything that I do is based around this. Every penny that I make goes towards this. And every moment of my day is centered around managing all the aspects of keeping everyone informed, in the loop, in the know, inspired and together; it’s a small business. So I think I kind of turned heads when I started working with these guys, because they’re so talented and they kind of validated me in this way, which is . . . something. Previous to this, I performed with my childhood best friend, another woman, Maggie, and we did primarily folk music. L4LM: Was that duo something you always viewed as more of a temporary dynamic? Kat Wright: You know it’s funny; I feel like I got caught in a whirlwind with music that I didn’t quite expect to get caught in realistically. If you had asked me when I was eight years old, what I wanted to be, I would have said I want to be a singer. But I think I got that pushed out of me. . . . I mean that just seems so out of the question, right? It seemed like something totally impossible, so I kind of forgot about it.L4LM: You mentioned before that you felt like you weren’t taken seriously as a musician until you started working with the group that you’re in now. Why don’t you think that you were taken seriously in the folk duo?Kat Wright: Probably because it was two girls.L4LM: You think that’s what it was? Kat Wright: I think that was part of it. I often think of all the different ways that you can develop a career and develop a group. A lot of times I think that I miss doing quiet music, but I think that in this outfit with the big band and with all the super talented guys, it’s easier for me to make a statement than if I had a folk project.The way I see it, this incarnation, a female vocalist, horns and seven dudes on stage, it’s more eye-catching than a female folk duo. This is more accessible for whatever reason. I think part of it too is that the music industry is very male-dominated. It definitely seems like men are more encouraged to play instruments and be instrumentalists; it’s more normal for them to pursue that and less normal for women to be encouraged their whole lives. Every festival we play at, there’s literally one or two female acts every single festival, and it’s just a fact right now.L4LM: I always think about growing up and getting to that age in elementary school when you get to pick an instrument to play. I feel like girls are always expected to gravitate towards the flutes and the clarinets. But why aren’t we playing the drums or playing the guitar?  Kat Wright: Totally! I don’t know. We still have a lot of things culturally that are considered lady-like or appropriate or sexy—that’s a big part of it too—which is really challenging to understand when you think of it critically. Because a lot of people don’t think a badass woman crushing the drums is sexy.L4LM: See, that’s the sexiest thing in my opinion. Kat Wright: I’m with you! But I feel like that’s a little more difficult for people to swallow sometimes, so there’s definitely that shadow.L4LM: How do you feel about the things going on politically for young women?  Kat Wright: I think it’s more important than ever to encourage women to have a voice. While I have a crew of totally amazing gentleman in my life, the world is run by men. All of the problems that we have right now are because of a male-dominated world system. They have failed to make anything sustainable. I don’t know how to explain that, but it is a fact that the world is run by men.All of the major governments of all of the major countries on earth are run by men, and they are literally driving all of these cultures into the ground. I think that if things were in more balance, in terms of having a female perspective in the major countries and the superpowers, we would have a much different conversation and a much different reality. By nature, women are the bearers of life and they offer a different innate perspective than the male perspective.Now more than ever it’s important to encourage women, and it’s going to be challenging, because for however many years we’ve been continually cutting funding for the arts and cutting funding for different disciplines that might give women like me a voice. If I didn’t love to sing, or if I wasn’t okay at singing, maybe I’d be on a professional track to work for somebody else. But because I was encouraged, and because I was able to participate in the arts, I can be an entrepreneur.L4LM: In the music industry in particular, have you ever felt that you’ve faced difficulties based solely on your feminine exterior?  Kat Wright: Yeah, definitely. Our first official booking agent was incredibly misogynistic, especially when there was conflict. He would be incredibly demeaning and tell me things like I was a diva or that I was oversensitive. The moment you stand up for yourself, people will sling any number of insults at you. So that was one really sucky relationship where I was definitely treated like a lesser person and not respected for all of the work that I had done for the band.There’s definitely been many times too with venue owners where we’ve had a contract, and when I ask for what is stated and agreed upon, they act like I’m a crazy person. So I think a lot of times as a woman, you get treated like you’re blowing things out of proportion whenever you stand up for yourself.L4LM: It’s so true! If you’re too nice you’re a pushover, and if you’re too insistent you’re a bitch. Do you think there will ever be equilibrium among men and women in music? Kat Wright: I think it’ll take a really long time. I think it’ll take like a hundred years.L4LM: But you think it could happen? Kat Wright: Yeah, I totally think it could happen if we continue to open more doors for women and encourage young girls to learn music, play instruments, write songs. If we encourage the youngest generations among us to get involved, I think it is possible, but I still think it will take like a hundred years. And if that were to be the case, it would have to have people at all of the top levels. All of the booking agencies would have to have X number of women as well as men, all of the management agencies would have to have the same amount of women, and every band as well. So that’s going to take a long time, it seems like it will be forever. I can imagine it though.L4LM: In contrast to much of our conversation, what would you say is the best part of being a woman in the music scene?  Kat Wright: The best thing, let’s see. . . . I think that I’ve said this forever, but I am so grateful as a woman that I have society’s permission to wear makeup and glitter and eyeliner and do my hair, to wear cute dresses, and to feel this permission to be a certain kind of sexy. If I were a man, I would be so bummed that I couldn’t wear makeup whenever I wanted without people giving me a hard time. So I love being able to mascaraed, I love being able to be in costume, I love being able to exaggerate my personal physical appearance, because if I were a man and I wasn’t able to do that I would feel very limited in being able to express myself. So it’s a little thing, but it’s something. Kat Wright is a stellar musician, performer, and entrepreneur, leading Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band on an extensive tour through May and into the summer with appearances at festivals such as Summer Camp, Frendly Gathering, and Arise. The singer based in Burlington, Vermont, also happens to be a woman, which makes her an unfortunate rarity among musicians in the scene. We were recently able to catch up with the singer, who sat down with us to talk about her experiences as a woman in the music industry, the man who inspired her to get there, and how she thinks things could change. You can check out her upcoming tour dates with the Indomitable Soul Band as well as information about the group on their website here.last_img read more

Annual Old 2 Gold sale raises funds

first_imgBeginning next week, Notre Dame students can raise funds for more than 40 local charities by donating gently used furniture, clothing, books and other items to be sold in the annual Old 2 Gold sale. Marty Ogren, associate director of warehouse, delivery and transportation, said the collection period for items is May 6 to May 20. There will be designated areas outside each residence hall for gently-used items in working condition. According to the Old 2 Gold website, the sale will take place the morning of June 15 in Notre Dame Stadium.   Although the sale is in its ninth year, it still requires months of planning, Ogren said.  “We have several meetings to coordinate the PR for the sale, both to students who donate items and to the public who come and purchase items [and] meetings to instruct our campus teams as to their many roles. … This is a one-day event that we spend four months preparing for,” Ogren said.  Ogren said it is difficult to make a rough estimate of the number of items that have been donated over the past nine years.  “Tons of stuff would not be an exaggeration,” he said.  Ogren said last year’s sale raised $54,000 and the highest amount of money raised in the sale’s history was $73,000. The money the sale raises directly benefits the local community. One hundred percent of funds raised at the sale go to the agencies that volunteer to work the event,” Ogren said.  Each year, we support approximately 45 to 50 agencies. The agencies include Busy Hands of Michiana, Campfire River Bend Council and Hope Ministries, among others.” Donating items is more sustainable than throwing them out, Ogren said. “Over the years, tons of items have been redistributed instead of ending up in a landfill,” Ogren said.  Ogren said Old 2 Gold is an important fundraiser for local agencies that volunteer at the sale. “This sale gives local agencies the opportunity to earn funds for their groups,” he said. “For some of these agencies, this is the only fundraiser they participate in and have come to depend on our event to accomplish their good works.” The sale also benefits the families that shop for items, Ogren said. “Because our prices are so low, many families are able to purchase items they otherwise would not be able to afford,” he said. “[It’s] really a win-win.”  Ogren said the contributions of Notre Dame students are what make the Old 2 Gold sale successful every yeat.   “This is a huge project and event,” Ogren said.  “It requires a lot of work and coordination, but it helps so many people who really need our help. If it wasn’t for the generosity of the Notre Dame student body, this would not be possible.” Contact Nicole McAlee at [email protected]last_img read more