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Beyond human rights

first_imgPit ponies, guard dogs, and cats with a responsibility for rodent controlwill be among the many non-human workers to benefit from the proposed newlegislation on mammalian equality, by Linda Goldman and Joan Lewis The Government’s White Paper on Species Friendly Policies was due to havebeen published this month, following intense pressure from Europe for the UK toexpedite legislation to prevent non-human discrimination in the workplace inthe short-term. It is widely expected that the Mammalian Equality Act (Temporary) has beenso designated to be replaced by the Living Animals (Mammals) Bill, which willcomplete UK compliance with the Directive on Unification of Mammal Beasts(Orthoptera), 14/02. The purpose of the new law is a vast extension of civil liberties, givinghitherto unexpected rights to working animals, including, for example, pitponies, guard dogs and cats kept on premises for rodent control. The rights areto be restricted to mammals (vermin and other pests excluded, even iflaboratory animals) with no plans for extension to other species,notwithstanding any ability to communicate by speech. When the Living Animals (Mammals) Bill becomes law, the rights are expectedto be extended to domestic animals, with certain exemptions for animals trainedto deal with disability, such as guide and hearing dogs, for whom no rest-breakcover can realistically be provided. The implications of this for occupationalhealth teams are profound as they will now be expected to demonstrate oracquire veterinary expertise. What are the new rights? The Human Rights Act 1996 provides rights to privacy, fair trial and freedomof expression. Initially, the Act will be extended to incorporate the MammalianEquality Act (Temporary) provisions, allowing for laboratory animals above thepre-experimental weight of 20 kg to have full representation by trainers ofmembers of their own or associated species to ensure that they enjoy the samerights as their human counterparts. The right to family life is likely to cause animal-reliant businesses somedifficulty for which early advance preparation is strongly recommended.However, concerns will be alleviated about the equivalent of imprisonment ofanimals without the right to a fair trial as exemplified in dog poundsituations. The aim is to ensure that no dog or other stray animal, whether working,domestic or feral, can be held for more than 24 hours without properarrangements being made to ensure their ability to return to such employment asthey previously enjoyed. This right will be restricted to animals who have been ‘chipped’ todesignate their status. Proper health checks will be carried out on detainedanimals to ensure they do not lose the ability to perform the tasks they weretrained and employed to do. It is not yet clear whether or not the employment status of the animals willbe a definitive criterion in assessing fair treatment. Working Time Regulations The Working Time Regulations will be extended immediately after 31 March2002, to ensure that all working animals, excluding police or armed forces’dogs, horses or mammalian mascots, who count as serving officers for thepurposes of the law, will be entitled to regulated work breaks. Equal opportunities legislation will not be amended since the new law isdirected at animals. Keepers and handlers are specifically defined under theamended regulations with liability for ensuring equality passing to those withtemporary responsibility such as feeders, walkers and groomers. It is anticipated that proposed veterinary sections of Employment Tribunalswill be co-ordinated for fast-track procedures for dogs and horses. In anunusually far-sighted concession to the need to deal with matters on the spot,animal cases will be heard in Rapid-Action Transit Positional or InterventionalSite Office Networks, a form of fast-acting transportational field arbitration.Training required Although the veterinary schools will have about a year to prepare coursesand train specialist occupational health teams, there will be an immediateshortfall in personnel who are experienced not only in dealing withoccupational health matters but also in devising and implementing policies. In the long-term, co-operation with vets will be required but the short-termis with us here and now. All organisations where there are working animals needto have either an occupational health service or access to one. Riskassessments should be carried out prior to involvement in external animalcontact situations to ascertain the need for special equipment including: – Leggings – Off-site communication facilities – Outdoor team support – Facemasks – Lighting – Interspecies vocabulary aids (whistles, ultrasound devices) – Restrictive devices (yokes, choke-chains, leads) – Pedigree investigation questionnaire forms – Animal behaviour criteria (adapted from DSM III) Above all, it essential for occupational health practitioners who are new tothis type of work to realise one feature of dealing with animals as clients isthat confidentiality will not apply to the keeping of records or thetransmission of data. Owners, trainers and employers of animals will have a right to know howtheir four-legged friend has behaved or what its needs are in the workplace.Counsellors at the London Assessment Species Society (Inter-professional)Executive will be happy to take calls about any query that relates to theseimportant changes in the law. A specially designated number has been set up todeal with individual queries on 01277 453665. A website is in preparation. When making queries, strict adherence to political correctness should bemaintained. The word ‘mongrel’ should not be used to refer to any form ofcross-bred creature. The word ‘bitch’ should only be applied to females ofcertified pedigree. These restrictions do not apply to independent contractorssuch as foxes or circus animals. Take your owner to work day In an interesting shift in policy, the Government has been persuaded thatthis widely-used introductory phase of assimilation of animals into theworkplace should be changed within a year to “Take Your Owner to WorkDay”. For animal lovers, the pack spirit indicates a bright andchallenging future. Linda Goldman is a barrister at 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn. She is headof training and education for ACT Associates & Virtual Personnel. JoanLewis is senior consultant and director of Advisory, Consulting & TrainingAssociates and Virtual Personnel, employment law and advisory serviceconsultancies. Previous Article Next Article Beyond human rightsOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

DTZ loses charitable fund to rival company

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Mainstream US religious leaders criticize Trump after church photo

first_imgMainstream US Protestant and Catholic leaders sharply criticized President Donald Trump on Tuesday, a day after peaceful protesters were forcibly displaced for a staged presidential photo in front of a church near the White House.Trump won the 2016 presidential election with strong support from white Catholics and evangelical Christians. Just months ahead of the November elections, when he hopes to win a second term, Trump has been trying to appeal to those voters with the photo in front of the Episcopal church, a visit Tuesday to a shrine to Pope John Paul II, and an executive order directing US agencies to “protect” religious freedom overseas.But religious leaders have condemned the administration’s treatment of Americans protesting the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25. Police on horseback and armed soldiers on Monday evening used tear gas and rubber bullets to push protesters back before Trump walked from the White House across Lafayette Square to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been damaged by fire amid protests on Sunday evening. In front of the church, Trump held up a Bible.US President Donald Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. – US President Donald Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation on Monday after days of anti-racism protests against policebrutality that have erupted into violence. The White House announced that the president would makeremarks imminently after he has been criticized for not publicly addressing in the crisis in recent days. AFP/ Brendan Smialowski (AFP/Brendan Smialowski )Trump has called for state governors to crack down on the thousands protesting Floyd’s death around the country, and threatened to send in the US military.John Paul, the head of the Catholic church for nearly 40 years, would “not condone the use of tear gas and other deterrents to silence, scatter or intimidate them for a photo opportunity in front of a place of worship and peace,” Archbishop Wilton Gregory, the top Catholic leader in the nation’s capital, said in a statement Tuesday. Hundreds of shouting protesters lined the street near the monument to the pope, holding signs that read, “Racist in Chief,” “Trump Mocks Christ” and “Our Church is not a Photo Op.”Susan Gunn, director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, a Catholic group that helped organize the protest, said she was disappointed that Trump had not used either occasion to try to bring people together.”Our society’s splintering. We are in the middle of a pandemic with 100,000 dead,” she said speaking of the coronavirus outbreak, which she noted has disproportionately affected people of color.”President Trump identifies himself as a Christian and avid reader of the Bible. And I just call him and all of our hurting communities to remember the great commandment to love your neighbor as yourself,” Gunn said.Bishop Michael Curry, the chief pastor and chief executive of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, also criticized Trump for using a church building and the Bible for partisan purposes.”We need our president, and all who hold office, to be moral leaders,” he said in a statement. “For the sake of George Floyd, for all who have wrongly suffered, and for the sake of us all, we need leaders to help us to be ‘one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.'”Trump won strong support from white evangelical Christians in the 2016 presidential election, while white Catholics backed him by 60 percent, according to Pew Research Center.Elizabeth Eaton, the presiding bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, condemned Trump’s decision to use the Catholic shrine as a political backdrop.”Denouncing this outrage cannot, however, distract us from the deep wounds of structural racism and white supremacy that have been reopened by the killing of George Floyd,” she said in a statement.Topics :last_img read more

US women national football team co-captains vow to push forward after legal setback

first_imgRelatedPosts US judge blocks Trump’s postal rules that could disrupt election Minister hails Kwara Governor over appointment of 12 female Perm Secs US to divert outstanding 2020 WHO dues – Official US women national football team co-captains Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe say they are undaunted in spite of being shocked after a court dismissed their team’s claims for equal pay.The duo, who helped the US to a record fourth FIFA World Cup title last year, said they planned to appeal the decision. A California judge on Friday threw out the players’ claims that they were underpaid in comparison with the men’s team.“This decision was out of left field for us,” said forward Morgan, appearing on a remote live feed on the Good Morning America programme on Monday. “We are fighters and we will continue to fight together for this.”The team’s long-running feud with US Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking 66 million dollars in damages under the Equal Pay Act.“The WNT (Women’s National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men’s National Team) over the class period,” the court said in its summary judgment.Last year’s Ballon d’Or winner Rapinoe said she questioned the logic of the summary judgment. “If I earn one dollar every time I play and a man earns three dollars, just because I win ten games and he only wins three games — and so I make 10 dollars and he made nine dollars —I’m not sure how that’s me making more money,” she said.The court allowed complaints of unfair medical, travel and training to proceed to trial, which is scheduled to begin June 16.Some of the players’ high-profile backers, including women’s sports pioneer Billie Jean King and presumptive US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, leapt to their defence after news of their legal setback broke.“Don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet,” Biden wrote in a tweet to the team on Saturday, then telling US Soccer: “Equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding.”The US Men’s National Team Players Association reiterated its support for the female players in a statement on Monday. “The USMNT players continue to stand with the WNT players in their efforts to secure equal pay,” the group said.“For a year and a half the USMNT players have made proposals to the Federation that will achieve equal pay for the USMNT and USWNT players.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: Alex MorganEqual Paygender equalityMegan RapinoesoccerusaWomen National Football Teamlast_img read more

FEMA Increases Funding to Reimburse Area Towns

first_imgBy John BurtonArea towns hit by Super Storm Sandy and still working to return to normal are going to get a little extra federal help.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week announced it is increasing the amount it will approve for reimbursement to communities for what they have spent on recovery costs from the October storm from 75 percent to 90 percent.The mayors of towns that will be getting the funds are appreciative of the extra help.“We’re very pleased,’ said Susan Howard, mayor of Monmouth Beach, one of the shore communities still working to rebuild. “It’s going to make it easier to proceed with the recovery now that our contribution will be 10 percent.”At the request of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama this week authorized the increase in the federal cost sharing, according to Maria Pardon, a FEMA spokesperson.Under federal disaster aid guidelines, when needs meet or exceed a set amount per resident – currently set at $133 per person – the president has the authority to increase the reimbursement to the 90 percent threshold, Pardon said.The money, earmarked for state and local government and some private not-for-profits, is to offset the cost of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repairs. The remaining 10 percent will become the responsibility of the state, county and local or private entities, according to FEMA.“It’ll be happily received by all the towns, especially Highlands,” said Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, as his town along the Bayshore was one of those significantly damaged by the storm.Recovery work has been done on a “pay as you go” plan, with local governments then submitting the bills to the federal government, Nolan saidHighlands Borough Council initially bonded $2.5 million for immediate cleanup.“We’ve only done our most urgent items” so far in Monmouth Beach, as the town evaluates the costs and ways to pay for it, Howard said.With the additional reimbursement, “it’s going to allow us to go forward with our recovery plans with confidence of what the fiscal impact is,” Howard said.“We’ve been hoping all along that this event would go to a 90/10 reimbursement,” Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said. Because its ratable base had been so dramatically impacted by storm damage, Sea Bright has been prioritizing its rebuilding project, “and in some cases pushing them off altogether,” as the town has tried to watch its pennies, Long said. “We’ve been looking at doing things year-by-year, instead of trying to get it all fixed at once.”With the extra reimbursement funds, a town working on a $1 million project will pay a $100,000 share of costs instead of $250,000. “That’s huge,” Long said, for a town where a penny on the tax rate equates to $44,700. The additional money could be applied to another necessary project.“It’s an issue of keeping property taxes under control,” Howard said.Highlands is looking at $10 million to $15 million worth of infrastructure repairs, with a tax base that has decreased by approximately 20 percent from storm damage.Nolan said his financial people have said the town is looking at taking about 10 years to fully recover.Sea Bright so far has identified about $10 million in infrastructure repair projects. “We’re still tabulating,” and the price tag is likely to go up, as officials look at its sewer system and seawall repairs and other projects being evaluated, Long said.So far FEMA has approved more than $556 million in Public Assistance grants for rebuilding communities, according to FEMA-provided information.last_img read more

Coronavirus Cases Rise to 14 in Monmouth County

first_imgA sign in the window at Brookdale Higher Education Center in Hazlet indicating its closure. “Please remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, liaison to the Departments of Health and Human Services. “If you, or someone you know, are struggling with dealing with this unprecedented situation, please call the crisis counselors available at the County’s Health Department hotline.” All Monmouth County employees are available to residents by phone and by email, officials say. “The Board of Chosen Freeholders is working, in conjunction with the Monmouth County Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management, with State partners to respond to and mitigate this evolving situation,” said Arnone. He urged residents to continue efforts to defend agains COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, by hand-washing, covering sneezes and coughs and practicing social distancing. Monmouth County library branches and public programs run by the Monmouth County Park System are closed until further notice. The parks and golf courses remain open. The hometowns of the patients were not disclosed in the announcement Monday by Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley. FREEHOLD – There are 14 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County as of 10 a.m. Monday, March 16, officials say. Crisis counselors from the Monmouth County Division of Behavioral Health are available through the phone banks to help county residents who may be experiencing stress or anxiety due to the evolving situation.  Public access to county buildings is restricted as of Monday, except for the Monmouth County Division of Social Services (MCDSS) at 3,000 Kozloski Road in Freehold. There are protections in place to prevent physical contact between Monmouth County employees and residents seeking services, the freeholders said. The Monmouth County Health Department phone bank is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 732-845-2070. As more information becomes available, it will be shared with the public and the media. News updates and information regarding County events and programs affected by the COVID-19 situation are posted at www.visitmonmouth.com.last_img read more

No room for error as Leafs open Murdoch Final against Hawks

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs had better realize, and quick, the bullet the team just dodged in the Murdoch Division semi final series against the Spokane Braves.The Leafs needed six games to dispose of the American-based squad, thanks to two ugly losses at home when the players failed to show up at the arena.However, there is no room for error when the Beaver Valley Nitehawks open the best-of-seven Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Divisional Final Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Hawks swept through the defending KIJHL champion Castlegar Rebels like a sharp chainsaw through a cut of cedar, needing only four games to advance down the playoff trail.And the Hawks would like nothing better than to continue its playoff roll against the Leafs.“We’ve got to be ready when the puck drops,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said Thursday.“We have to come out focused on playing our game for 60 minutes and not looking at anything other than playing period by period,” Maida added.Not much to choose from between Leafs and HawksThe long anticipated Murdoch Final between Nelson and Beaver Valley has been in the works since September when the teams opened training camp.Nelson threw down the challenge after being eliminated the past three seasons by Beaver Valley when Leaf coach Frank Maida stole snipers Jamie Vlanich and Travis Wellman from the Castlegar Rebels during the offseason.The Hawks countered with the likes of Ryan Edwards and Dallas Calvin returning to Beaver Valley to take their own run at a berth in the Cyclone Taylor Cup, which just happens to be hosted in Nelson April 10-13.Nelson (81 points) won the Murdoch Division title by a single point over Beaver Valley (80 points) as the teams traded places atop the standings and the teams splitting the season series 4-4.Ironically, after Nelson edged the Hawks 2-1 in overtime in the season finale, the teams are tied in goals at 27-27.Also, each team won in the other’s rink. Vlanich status still doubtful to start seriesWhile the Hawks are rolling on all cylinders — out scoring Castlegar 24-10 — the Leafs are struggling to put a healthy team on the ice.The KIJHL’s leading scorer, Leaf center Jamie Vlanich, has yet to play in the playoffs after suffering an upper body injury February 14 against Grand Forks.Leaf coach Frank Maida said Nelson’s leading scorer is listed as “day-to-day”, but will play at some time in the series.Adam Hodge, Troy Petrick and Quinn Kimchuk, all missing some time during the Spokane series, have been cleared to play against the Hawks.Leafs thin in goal after Maida, Rebagliati suffer injuriesThe same can’t be said in the Leaf goal as both Brad Rebagliati and Adam Maida are on the shelf when the puck drops Friday.Rebagliati has also been out of the lineup since playoffs started, and has been tabbed with the “day-to-day” status by the head coach and GM.Maida, however, it’s a different story as the Nelson Minor Hockey grad contemplates surgery to deal with an injured knee.That leaves rookie Jason Mailhoit between the pipes when the team open the series.Mailhoit, powering Nelson to the series-clinching win Tuesday in Spokane, played all season for the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League.Mailhoit’s back up is still not been determined as Leafs await a BC Hockey decision on the status of the team’s goaltending situation.Rebels goalie Patrick Zubick was Mailhoit’s back up in the final game against the Braves.Murdoch series scheduleGame one of the series goes Friday in Nelson with Game two back at the NDCC Arena Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m.The series shifts to Fruitvale Monday and Tuesday for Games three and four. Game time at the Hawks nest is 7 p.m.If necessary, the teams are back in Nelson Thursday for Game five.Game six is in Fruitvale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 with the all-important, Game seven set for Saturday, March 15, at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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