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first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Corte Suprema de EE.UU. se niega a escuchar el caso de la Iglesia Anglicana Falls Acción deja la resolución del estado permanente que la diócesis de Iglesia Episcopal, es dueño de la propiedad Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 12, 2014 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal News Service] Más de siete años después de que la mayoría de los clérigos y miembros de varias congregaciones de la diócesis de Virginia declararon que habían salido de la Iglesia Episcopal y la cuestión de que la posesión de la propiedad afectada comenzara a ser objeto de litigio, la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. rechazó el 10 de marzo escuchar la apelación de la congregación que sigue en desacuerdo con la Iglesia Episcopal y la diócesis.El tribunal no dio razones de la decisión de no revisar una resolución del 2013 emitida por la Corte Suprema de Virginia reafirmando un fallo anterior de un Circuito Judicial que devolviera la propiedad de la Iglesia Falls a fieles episcopales para ser utilizada para la misión de la Diócesis de Virginia y de la Iglesia Episcopal. La decisión del tribunal se incluyó en su lista de orden del 10 de marzo y fue una de las 121 pedidos de revisión que se negó.Todo lo que queda en el caso es que la Diócesis de Virginia solicite una orden de un Circuito Judicial Fairfax para que deje a la diócesis más de $ 2.6 millones de dólares que estaba en las cuentas bancarias de la iglesia Falls en el momento de la división y que el tribunal ha estado llevando a cabo en depósito durante la progresión del caso.“Estamos más satisfechos por el fallo de la Corte Suprema”, dijo el Obispo de la Diócesis de Virginia Shannon S. Johnston en un comunicado de prensa. “Esperamos con interés las posibilidades que los próximos meses traerán, y seguir manteniendo en nuestras oraciones a los afectados por el litigio”.En una carta de acompañamiento a la diócesis, Johnston llama al 10 de marzo “un día importante para nuestra diócesis” por el fallo.Finalmente podemos decir, con gran agradecimiento, que la Diócesis de Virginia ya no está involucrada en litigios de propiedad… [y]… La iglesia Episcopal Falls es libre para seguir adorando y crecer en sus edificios de la iglesia”.“A pesar de que hoy se marca un final oficial y anticipado para el litigio, también se marca un comienzo”, dijo el obispo. “Ahora podremos concentrar plenamente nuestra atención en los muchos ministerios verdaderamente emocionantes de todo nuestra diócesis. Mi oración es que las [Convocación de Anglicanos en Norte América] congregaciones se unan a nosotros en la transformación de esta nueva página”.El Rdo. John Ohmer, rector de la iglesia Episcopal  Falls, dijo en el comunicado de la diócesis que “aunque me rompe el corazón pensar en donde todo ese dinero y energía podrían haber ido, la noticia de hoy es edificante para nuestra congregación”.“Mi esperanza y oración es que todas las partes involucradas ahora pueden continuar creciendo sus comunidades de culto, los ministerios y la divulgación en nuestras casas de la iglesia”, dijo.La congregación de la Iglesia Anglicana Falls el 9 de octubre de 2013 solicitó al máximo tribunal del país revisar la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de Virginia. Una cronología de los documentos de la corte, incluidos los de otras partes interesadas, las cuales habían seguido desde esa solicitud se encuentra aquí.La iglesia Falls fue una de las 11 congregaciones de la diócesis en la que una mayoría de los miembros votaron para desafiliarse de la diócesis y de la Iglesia Episcopal. A través de los años, todos menos la Iglesia Anglicana Falls habían asentado sus conflictos de propiedad con la diócesis y la iglesia después de las decisiones judiciales en favor de la diócesis y de la Iglesia.Después de que un Circuito Judicial Fairfax del condado ordenó a la iglesia Anglicana Falls en marzo de 2012 devolver la propiedad de la parroquia a la diócesis, los anglicanos sólo accedieron permitir a los episcopales a volver al edifico parroquial para celebrar la Pascua (8 de abril de 2012). Sin embargo, la congregación anglicana poco después apeló a la Corte Suprema del estado y al mismo tiempo solicitó al Circuito Judicial evitar que los episcopales regresen de nuevo hasta que el tribunal supremo dictó el falló. El Circuito Judicial se negó y los episcopales de la iglesia Falls regresaron a su propiedad el 15 de mayo de 2012.La Corte Suprema de Virginia el 18 de abril 2013 confirmó la decisión del Circuito Judicial de regresar la propiedad de la iglesia Falls a los episcopales. La iglesia Anglicana Falls solicitó a la Corte Suprema del estado reconsiderar el caso, a pesar de los comentarios anteriores realizados por el Rdo. John Yates, rector de la iglesia Anglicana Falls, el 28 de abril que la Corte Suprema de que el “abrumador rechazo de nuestros argumentos … reduce drásticamente nuestras opciones legales”.Luego, en junio de 2013, Corte Suprema del estado se negó a reconsiderar su decisión y la iglesia anglicana Falls Church más tarde decidió pedir a la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. para revisar las acciones del tribunal estatal.Los líderes de la congregación anglicana aún no han hecho comentarios sobre la decisión del tribunal supremo, pero en una actualización del 24 de febrero a los miembros, novice alcaidesa  Kristen Short reconocido que la solicitud de revisión fue “en contra de las probabilidades”. La decisión de ir a la Corte Suprema de los EE.UU., dijo, era parte de lo que ella llama el ministerio de la congregación de “hablar con valentía en favor de individuos creyentes y congregaciones fieles de todo el país que están bajo ataque”.“Hemos tratado de discernir la voluntad de Dios en cada momento y creemos que estamos actuando en obediencia a Él,” ella escribió. “Si bien no es posible disfrutar de la ‘batalla’ en que estamos, no sentimos que el Señor nos estaba dando permiso para retirarnos”.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es una editor/reportera de Episcopal News Service. 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Chris Hala’ufia suspended internally for six weeks after citing for dangerous tackle

first_imgMonday Dec 19, 2011 Chris Hala’ufia suspended internally for six weeks after citing for dangerous tackle Tongan forward Chris Hala’ufia was cited recently following a hit he made against Racing Metro in a Pool two match in the Heineken Cup. London Irish have decided to impose a six week ban after holding an internal disciplinary hearing. Hala’ufia was only just back from a seven week ban for another high tackle earlier in the season when he put this hit in on Racing Metro fullback Gaetan Germain. As you can see in the clip, he went off injured with a sore hand/wrist too.Irish have also imposed a sanction of an undisclosed fine which will be donated to a charity and they will review their rulings once the outcome of the ERC hearing is known.The abbrasive 33 year old has now served four bans in the past two years. If found guilty by the ERC, which is likely to be the case, he will more than likely receive yet another hefty suspension.He was cited for a contravention of Law 10.4(e), which states the following:Law 10.4(e) – Dangerous tackling of an opponent including a tackle or an attempted tackle above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders. Under the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed within the Playing Enclosure, Law 10.4(e) carries the following penalties: Low End: 2 weeks; Mid Range: 6 weeks; Top End: 10+ to 52 weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

LIVE: Rugby World Cup Qualifier between Canada and Uruguay

first_imgSaturday Jan 27, 2018 LIVE: Rugby World Cup Qualifier between Canada and Uruguay Qualification for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan continues today as Vancouver plays host to Canada and Uruguay, who are both hunting for a spot at the tournament. The match also doubles as the opening game of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship. It is the first of a two-leg series, with the return match taking place in Uruguay’s Montevideo on February 3rd. The winner on aggregate will qualify for RWC 2019 as Americas 2 in Pool D, alongside Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji. You can watch the live stream of the game above, kicking off at roughly 17:10 local time (GMT -8). To watch, simply hit play above and you’ll get a timer that updates closer to the match. After the game, you will also be able to watch the replay. credit: worldrugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

High Unemployment Hasn’t Curbed ‘Robust’ Housing Market

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Former Freddie Mac Exec Criticizes Financial Stability Oversight Council Next: Industry Representatives Urge Congress to Pass COVID-19 Relief The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 2, 2020 1,762 Views Home / Daily Dose / High Unemployment Hasn’t Curbed ‘Robust’ Housing Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save High Unemployment Hasn’t Curbed ‘Robust’ Housing Market Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Housing Market Unemployment 2020-10-02 Christina Hughes Babb Tagged with: Housing Market Unemployment Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Zillow’s Weekly Market Report shows sellers still steering the housing market. Prices reached a record year-over-year rise and already-low inventory continues to shrink. The report takes into consideration the drop of unemployment claims, and a gain in consumer confidence (which potentially could be boosted with the passage of a revised COVID-19-relief package, progressing through government channels, that includes another stimulus check and a $600 unemployment increase.)Pending sales have slowed down by 4.6% since last month, though they are up about 22% since the previous year.”Though the pandemic pushed the buying season back and demand is still high, buyers’ scramble for houses seems to be calming somewhat,” Zillow reported.Homes stayed on the market a median of 13 days. This short time has been typical throughout the past two months, Zillow reported. The time on the market a year ago was about 15 days longer.Inventory has continued to contract for 18 weeks straight. At 35% below 2019 levels, this represents the biggest annual drop in total inventory since Zillow started recording monthly inventory in 2013. It is down 3.2% month over month.New for-sale listings are down 9.5% year over year and down 6.9% since the previous month.”In late August, a brief surge of new listings threatened to reach parity with 2019 levels, but that pace dropped off again in September, contributing to the ever-deepening drought of overall active listings,” Zillow reported.Median sale price for the week of August 15 rose 9.3% year over year to $284,625, which is the highest yearly jump in price since at least the start of 2019; Median sale price was up 1.2% month over month. That’s less aggressive growth than the previous eight weeks.Over last year, median list price rose to $345,000 (10.4%), Zillow’s highest-recorded year-over-year increase. “However, the only slight monthly uptick of 0.1% could indicate that an overdue seasonal cooling of the market may finally be setting in,” Zillow reported.After two months of decline, the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index jumped 15.5 points from August to September. That, Zillow reported, “is the strongest month-over-month gain since April 2003.” (Overall confidence is still 23% below February levels).New unemployment claims fell by 36,000 last week but remained elevated at between 800,000 and 900,000 for the fifth straight week.”Those collecting unemployment insurance through regular state programs fell by 980,000 to 11.8 million,” Zillow reported, “which is the lowest level seen since March, but still far above the 1.7 million on unemployment at this time last year.”Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist Doug Duncan pointed out how jobs impact not only the market in general but also the inventory issue. “Residential construction employment (including specialty trade contractors) posted another large increase this month, with job gains of 22,000, a welcome sign for a sector dealing with supply constraints.”Commenting on the jobs report, First American Deputy Chief Economist Odeta Kushi said that the “long-term economic scarring from workers dropping out of the labor force” is more concerning than the headline unemployment rate.”A lower labor force participation rate tends to go hand-in-hand with slower wage growth,” she said. “For the housing market, slower wage growth could chip away at house-buying power, while the ongoing supply shortage continues to put upward pressure on house price appreciation, with repercussions for affordability.”Realtor.com’s Senior Economist, George Ratiu said he expects low mortgage rates to “keep demand robust as many buyers who still have their jobs are on the hunt.””However,” he added, “with real estate price growth more than doubling wage growth, many buyers will struggle with affordability.”The full market report, through September 26, is available on Zillow.com.The job report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is here. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Horse neglect on the rise; rescue adoption efforts underway

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Next UpThe reporting of neglected and abused horses is no longer uncommon. In fact, it’s too common, said Jack Rainey, president of the Humane Society of Pike County.“Back when there was an explosion of interest in horses, people put horses in their backyards and everywhere else there was a patch of grass,” Rainey said. “Probably, a lot of people got in the horse business without realizing what it takes to feed them. Then, with the economic and drought conditions of the last few years, some of these people apparently couldn’t buy feed for their horses and there was no grass in the pastures, so the horses were neglected.”The Alabama Equine Rescue Society, the Alabama Rural Crimes Unit and various other groups and individuals have rescued horses all across the state. Once these animals have gained weight and regained their strength, they are ready for adoption. “The horses kept getting out and were on the highway,” she said. “The owner couldn’t keep them fenced in. The horses were not emaciated.”Rainey said the four horses are a little thin but, once they are evaluated and the adoption papers are prepared, they will be available for adoption. Those who would like to make a donation to assist with the feeding and care of rescued horses at the rescue site in Brundidge may send a check, earmarked for large animal assistance, to Humane Society of Pike County, P.O. Box 296, Troy, AL 36081.For more information, call 334-372-5922. Two horses that were rescued March 6 in the Needmore community are now available for adoption. A third horse is gaining weight and should be available for adoption in the next few weeks.Anyone who is interested in adopting one of these horses is encouraged to call 334-372-1333.Four horses, including two stallions, were picked up about two weeks ago and are being cared for at the large animal rescue site near Brundidge.Marna Barnette, who has been involved in several large animal rescues, said the horses at the rescue site were not neglected but could no longer be cared for by the owner. You Might Like “International Spy Academy”, First Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school Local children enjoyed the first day of First Baptist Church’s vacation Bible school on Monday. The program, themed “International Spy… read more Book Nook to reopen Email the author Published 7:06 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Home on the range is not what it used to be.There are fewer places for the “buffalo” to roam and, if Mother Nature withholds the showers of blessings, times can be difficult on the “range.”And, when that happens, animals suffer and horses top the list.center_img By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Horse neglect on the rise; rescue adoption efforts underway Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

Plan offers personnel directors ideal opportunity

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR professionals have a golden opportunity to boost their profile with the Government’s new plan for the NHS but will only succeed if they increase their skills at organisational development.The message about seizing the chance to get on to trust boards came from outgoing AHHRM president Karen Bell. She complained that only 60 per cent of NHS boards had HR directors and that the trend had been for HR to lose its seat in recent years. But she said the tide was about to turn in favour of the profession. “There is no better time for us as HR people to take the initiative. Now the NHS is to become performance managed and HR is central to the plan it is essential for us to do well,” said Bell.“We have a real chance to increase the proportion of HR professionals on boards in the NHS.” However, Professor Paul Bate issued a warning that HR professionals had so far failed in their role as instigators of culture change, and doctors and nurses were beginning to muscle-in on traditional HR responsibilities.Bate has been working on a project to change NHS culture at Birmingham University’s health service management centre.“Some people outside HR such as clinicians are now taking organisational development roles,” said Bate. He urged HR managers to throw away simplistic guide books on organisational development and focus on cutting bureaucracy and decentralising decision-making. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Plan offers personnel directors ideal opportunityOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Pensions

first_imgIn this series we delve into the XpertHR reference manual to find essentialinformation relating to one of our features. This month’s topic…State retirement ageWomen reach state retirement age at 60 and men at 65. Between 2010 and 2020the state retirement age for women will rise gradually, and from 6 April 2020it will have reached parity with men at 65 (Pensions Act 1995, section 126).The rise in state retirement age will not affect women who were born before 6April 1950. Occupational pensionsConsiderable legislation regulates the administration of occupationalpension schemes. Specialist advice and assistance should always be soughtbefore an occupational pension scheme is set up. Be aware of the following: – Employers may not compel their employees to belong to an occupationalpension scheme. Some schemes require contributions from employees (contributory pensionschemes) and others do not (non-contributory pension schemes). Occupational pension schemes are run by trustees who hold assets on trustfor the scheme members. Discretion in how to run the scheme is conferred uponthe trustees. Members of occupational pension schemes sometimes pay additional voluntarycontributions (AVCs). These are sometimes set up under the original scheme, orunder free-standing additional voluntary contribution schemes (FSAVCs). The amount to which a retiring employee is entitled can be calculated in avariety of ways. The rules of the pension scheme will set out the method thathas been adopted. A common method is to calculate the amount due with referenceto the leaver’s final salary and his or her length of pensionable service.Another method is to calculate the amount with reference to the amount of moneypaid into the scheme by the leaver. Occupational pension schemes sometimes provide death-in-service benefits.These are usually in the form of a lump sum of about four times pensionablesalary. – Occupational pension schemes and sex discrimination In the past few years case law and legislation has evolved that relates tosex discrimination and occupational pensions. This was kick-started by thedecision of the European Court of Justice in Barber v Guardian Royal ExchangeAssurance Group (1990), IRLR 240, ECJ, to the effect that benefits underoccupational pensions constitute pay within the meaning of Article 141 of theEuropean Treaty. The significance of this decision was that it meant that the equal paylegislation must apply to occupational pensions. Personal pensionsEmployees who do not have access to occupational pensions will often payinto a personal pension because of the low level of the State Pension. Individuals earning above a certain limit cannot make contributions to theirpersonal pensions from income above the limit. Employers can offer personalpensions on a group basis as an alternative to occupational pension schemes(Group Personal Pensions). These are based on arrangements entered into between the employer and apension provider, and are administered by the pension provider. Stakeholder pensionsStakeholder pensions are a new form of personal pension regulated by theWelfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999. They are designed to meet the needs ofpeople who do not have access to an occupational pension scheme. The schemesare run by commercial pension providers. Key features of stakeholder pensions are that members must be able totransfer in to, or out of, the scheme without penalty, and contributions may beas low as £20. Since 8 October 2001, employers (other than those that are exempt) have beenrequired to designate schemes and make them available to employees. Stakeholderpension schemes must be made available to employees who earn more than thelower limit for national insurance contributions. An employer is exempt from the requirement to provide a stakeholder pensionscheme to its employees if it meets any of the following criteria: – It has fewer than five employees, including company directors and thosewho do not meet the conditions to have access to a stakeholder pension scheme.This does not include workers who are not employees – It offers employees an occupational pension scheme that is available toall staff within their first year of service – It offers a contributory personal pension scheme to all employees eligibleto join a stakeholder pension scheme (the contributions must equal at least 3per cent of basic pay). Such a scheme must contain no penalties for earlyrelease and the employer must undertake to administer contributions to thescheme. If the employee makes contributions, they must be no higher than theemployer’s contribution. – It gives some employees access to a personal pension scheme as set outabove, and the remainder access to an occupational pension scheme as set outabove. An employer need not offer a stakeholder pension scheme to all itsemployees. Those who do not qualify are: – Employees who have less than three months continuous service – Employees who are members of the occupational pension scheme or who havechosen not to join it – Employees who are not eligible for the occupational pension scheme becausethey are too young or too old – Employees who have earned less than the national insurance lower earningslimit for one or more weeks within the past three months – Employees who cannot join a stakeholder pension scheme because of InlandRevenue restrictions (for example the employee does not normally live in theUK). The duties of an employer that is required to operate a stakeholder pensionscheme include the following: – It must designate a scheme from the list of registered schemes held by theOccupational Pensions Regulatory Authority – It must consult with (but not advise) those employees who qualify for thescheme, or their representatives, about the scheme that it proposes todesignate – It must inform the scheme provider that it has chosen that scheme, andkeep the provider informed of details such as the employees’ contributionrecords and the employer’s contribution amounts – It must inform the relevant employees of the name and address of theprovider, and contact details for a named representative – It must allow the provider to have reasonable access to the workplace – It must make arrangements to deduct employee contributions and send themto the scheme provider within strict time limits (19 days after the end of themonth in which the deductions were made) – It must make payroll deductions if requested and give employees writteninformation about payroll deduction arrangements. Employees can make fixed deductions or a percentage of their net pay. Contributions to stakeholder pensions are voluntary contributions, sostatutory deductions such as tax and national insurance must be made first. – It must keep records of payments made to the provider. Legislation Pensions Act 1995 Sex Discrimination Act 1975 Key referencesEqual Pay Act 1970 Occupational Pension Schemes (Equal Access to Membership) Amendment Regulations 1995 SI 1995/1215 Occupational Pension Schemes (Equal Treatment) Regulations 1995 SI 1995/3183Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000SI 2000/1551 Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000(Amendment) Regulations 2002 SI 2002/2035 Social Security Pensions (Low Earnings Threshold) Order 2003 SI 2003/324. This is an extract from the Pay and Benefits chapter of the Xpert HRemployment law reference manual. The original chapter author was Akua Reindorf.Forthcoming Law Reports Legal Guidance News Action point checklist– Ensure that you (if not exempt)offer either an occupational pension scheme or a stakeholder pension scheme toeligible employees– Take specialist advice on how to run and administer anypension scheme.Questions and answersAre employers obliged to offer an occupational pensionscheme? No, there is no legal obligation to operate an occupationalpension scheme, although many employers choose to do so. A scheme can be set upto require contributions from employees, or can be non-contributory. Becausethere is so much legislation regulating the administration of an occupationalpension scheme, specialist legal advice should be sought before setting one up.Is it permissible for an employerto offer a pension scheme only to full-time employees? No, this would be unlawful under the Part-time Workers(Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 unless the exclusionof part-timers could be objectively justified. Furthermore, because equal paylegislation applies to occupational pensions, the exclusion of part-timers froman occupational pension scheme would be likely to constitute indirect sexdiscrimination against women. Women may also claim parity with men as regardsto benefits under an occupational scheme and the retirement ages inoccupational pension schemes should be the same for men and women performingthe same job. What options are open to employeesif their employer does not offer an occupational pension scheme? Employees without access to an occupational pension scheme canchoose to pay into a personal pension. Employers can also offer personalpensions on a group basis (Group Personal Pensions) as an alternative to anoccupational pension scheme. Alternatively, most employees are now entitled toa stakeholder pension scheme if their employer does not provide an occupationalpension scheme. What is a stakeholder pension scheme? Stakeholder pensions were introduced under the Welfare Reformand Pensions Act 1999 and are designed for employees who do not have access toan occupational pension scheme. Since 8 October 2001, employers (other thanthose that are exempt) have been required to designate schemes and make themavailable to qualifying employees. Are employers legally obliged tomake stakeholder pension schemes available to all employees? Employers with more than five employees that do not provide anoccupational pension scheme or Group Personal Pension for all employees arerequired to designate a stakeholder pension scheme. Employers must designate ascheme from a list of registered schemes held by the Occupational PensionsRegulatory Authority. CasesBarber v Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Group, [1990], IRLR240 ECJBilka-Kaufhaus GmbH v Weber von Hartz, [1986], IRLR 317 ECJ Preston and others v Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust andothers, (No2) [2001], IRLR 237 HL Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article PensionsOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

A “shallow bathtub ring” of local sedimentary iron input maintains the Palmer Deep biological hotspot on the West Antarctic Peninsula shelf

first_imgPalmer Deep (PD) is one of several regional hotspots of biological productivity along the inner shelf of the West Antarctic Peninsula. The proximity of hotspots to shelf-crossing deep troughs has led to the ‘canyon hypothesis’, which proposes that circumpolar deep water flowing shoreward along the canyons is upwelled on the inner shelf, carrying nutrients including iron (Fe) to surface waters, maintaining phytoplankton blooms. We present here full-depth profiles of dissolved and particulate Fe and manganese (Mn) from eight stations around PD, sampled in January and early February of 2015 and 2016, allowing the first detailed evaluation of Fe sources to the area’s euphotic zone. We show that upwelling of deep water does not control Fe flux to the surface; instead, shallow sediment-sourced Fe inputs are transported horizontally from surrounding coastlines, creating strong vertical gradients of dissolved Fe within the upper 100 m that supply this limiting nutrient to the local ecosystem. The supply of bioavailable Fe is, therefore, not significantly related to the canyon transport of deep water. Near shore time-series samples reveal that local glacial meltwater appears to be an important Mn source but, surprisingly, is not a large direct Fe input to this biological hotspot.last_img read more

Funeral Service for James Gillian Set for Wednesday

first_imgJames GillianJames Roy Gillian, “Jimmy”, 57, of Somers Point, NJ passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home.He was born August 28, 1956 in Somers Point to Jean (nee Young) and Roy Gillian. Jimmy was a graduate of Ocean City High School class of 1974.He was the former owner of Gillian’s Island Water Park and Adventure Golf on the boardwalk in Ocean City. He was a proud member of Ocean City Lodge # 171 F. & A. M. and former member of the IAAPA Amusement Association. He was predeceased by his brother: John David Gillian and step-father: David Simpson. Surviving are his son: Ryan and daughter: Lauren both of West Chester, Pa, wife: Betsy Belleville Gillian of Somers Point, his mother: Jean Simpson, father and step-mother: Roy and Pat Gillian all of Ocean City, two brothers: Steve of Florida and Jay and Michele Gillian of Ocean City.A Masonic Funeral Service by Ocean City Lodge will be offered Wednesday at 12 o’clock noon immediately followed by his funeral service at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 6th Street at Wesley Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from 10 o’clock until time of service.Burial will follow Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.The family suggests those who desire send memorial contributions to the John David Gillian Memorial Scholarship, c/o Ocean City High School, 5th Street at Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, NJ.last_img read more

Whales Put on Show for Ocean City on Friday

first_imgBarbie Somers shared this photograph of a whale feeding off 10th Street in Ocean City on Friday, Dec. 4. Humans apparently were not the only ones enjoying the beautiful weather in Ocean City on Friday.Steve Sands captured this image of a whale’s spout off Third Street in Ocean City on Friday.A number of people reported seeing whales surfacing near the beach in Ocean City.Barbie Somers shared the photo above with the note “off 10th Street for three hours, 3 to 5 whales … spectacular show today, stripers jumping and whales feeding.”“Saw it at 32nd Street around 9:30 a.m.,” Beckie Allegretto wrote.Steve Sands captured video from the beach at Third Street, and others reported seeing the whales off 14th Street.“Lots of whales at the bell bouy today,” Ken Ruckle wrote. “Humpbacks.”Anne Cancelmo said she saw one from the Cape May-Lewes ferry.Humpbacks are migratory and not uncommon to New Jersey waters, but they are rarely seen from the beach.If the whales were feeding close to shore, it’s possible the same conditions could exist on Saturday.Whales were spotted off Ocean City in mid-October. See Image Gallerylast_img read more