Can you still reward long service?

first_imgSuppose that you are looking at cost-effective ways to retain employees. One idea is to give those with five years’ service an extra day’s annual leave. Is this still possible or does the Equality Act prohibit this type of reward?It costs a significant amount of money to hire and train an employee. So retention of (good) staff is a key concern for any employer. One idea is to reward those who reach five years’ continuous service with an extra day’s annual leave. Because it is so cost-effective, this is an attractive option and extra leave entitlement may also be mooted for future long-service milestones for example 10, 15 and 20 years.Does this approach actually comply with current legislation? If so, what should you be doing before going ahead?The current lawWhen it came into effect on 1 October 2010, the Equality Act 2010 absorbed many of the anti-age discrimination provisions that were set out in previous legislation and consolidated them in one place. The basic position now (as set out in Schedule 9 of the Act) is that long service awards can only be made to employees if they are used to reward service of five years or less. In this type of situation, no justification for the benefit is required.However, if you want to award benefits to those employees with longer periods of service in other words, those with more than five years there is a potential ’get out of jail’ option available to you. It will exist only where an employer “reasonably believes” that there will be a business benefit gained by linking length of service to the accrual of an award.The most common reasons successfully used to justify long service awards under this exception are as follows:1. To encourage employee loyalty that is, to incentivise individuals to remain in your continued employment;2. To enable you to reward and recognise those staff who have attained long service.Such recognition is important, because a long-serving employee will have accumulated considerable business knowhow. This doesn’t just refer to knowledge of the job, but also knowledge of how your business operates for example, the internal politics, the informal networks, the clients and where the power-base lies. Retaining such knowledge within your organisation can be invaluable.Thankfully, this ’business needs’ test is easier to fulfil than the standard one used by the tribunal when assessing age discrimination claims. For example, there is no need to show that linking an employee’s long service to additional paid annual leave is proportionate. To put it another way, you won’t have to prove there is a less discriminatory way of retaining staff.Although the standard is much lower, you will still need evidence available to back up your decision. A positive staff survey on the award would probably be enough here.Document your findings: in particular, record the percentage of employees who support your proposal, why it is favoured and if any alternative ideas put forward were rejected.last_img read more

NFF Leadership Tussle: FIFA Hammer Imminent, Says Keyamo

first_imgThe counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Festus Keyamo (SAN), Wednesday said Nigeria was at the risk of a FIFA ban following the latest developments in the NFF.A Jos court failed to deliver judgement on the case between the embattled NFF President Amaju Pinnick and his challenger, Chris Giwa.The four year-old case was expected to be resolved at the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday but it was adjourned to September 25. Pinnick has been the NFF president since 2014 but a Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago gave Giwa the mandate, and he has since assumed office. Justice Musa Kurta, the presiding judge in the case between Yahaya Adama and Aminu Maigari, had, on June 5, given an ex-parte order granted Giwa and others, pending the determination of an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case. Instead of finally resolving the case, drama ensued on Tuesday as both sets of lawyers failed to agree on certain processes and Justice Kurye adjourned to September 25, as he noted that the court was on vacation.Keyamo told NAN in an interview that an imminent ban loomed for Nigerian football if the right steps were not taken by the parties involved.“The grave implication of the adjournment and failure to resolve this case is that Giwa will continue to claim leadership of the NFF in defiance of his lack of recognition by FIFA and the global body could ban the country.“The only NFF recognised by FIFA is the one headed by Pinnick, who is also the Vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).“I have pointed out to the court that the FIFA hammer is eminent. Let us not pretend that this is not happening.“This is not for myself, Pinnick or Giwa but for the future of our country. It is for the future of our children who earn a daily living from football.“The loss and catastrophe will be so colossal that even our local league will be affected. So, I am just sounding a note of caution to everyone involved that the earlier we dispose of this, the better,” he said.He noted that FIFA had already reacted in a letter written to NFF, stressing that the world football governing body did not mince words in the letter.“It clearly stated that what is happening in Nigeria is seen as an interference in the affairs of football because the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) had decisively given its verdict on this matter.“Giwa and Co. lost in CAS and were given a worldwide ban and as such FIFA noted in the last paragraph of the letter that if the case was not rescinded, it could lead to severe sanctions on Nigerian football,” he said.On the issue of the appearance of a new counsel, Samuel Shankyula, who announced that he now defends Maigari and Ahmadu with an affidavit deposed to the effect, the senior advocate said: “We are going to confer with our clients with regards to the latest developments in the case.“The new counsel showed up from nowhere because he did not contact us previously. We were not informed by Maigari and Ahmadu of any development in this matter.“We had previously defended Maigari and Ahmadu from the court in Jos to the Court of Appeal, all the way to the Supreme Court and back to the court in Jos and they did not raise any objection.“All of a sudden because of certain intrigues in the football family, they appeared in court on Tuesday to say they were no longer willing that we represent them.“It also clear that the new lawyer in question has taken sides with Giwa… so, these are all the intrigues going on,” he said.Keyamo has been defending the trio of Maigari, Ahmadu and Plateau State Football Association as well as the 36 states and the FCT associations until the latest development.In his reaction, Giwa noted that there were no issues with regards to who the legitimate president of NFF was, adding that he was fully in charge of the Nigeria football house as things stood.“Most importantly is the fact that the new counsel to the case clearly admitted that the election that produced Pinnick was marred by some challenges.“The counsel also advised that both parties adhere strictly to the Supreme Court ruling which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dodgers’ Corey Seager trying to work his way out of slow start

first_img“I’m getting there,” Seager said when asked if the video work had unearthed any secrets. “It’s just going to take time, getting more swings.”Seager offers no more specifics about his slow start. But a pair of absences could be playing into it.Seager had a close relationship with former assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten who worked with Seager as he rose through the minors and continued to work with him in Los Angeles. Wooten is in the Angels’ organization now.And Seager doesn’t have Justin Turner batting behind him. The Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter for the first nine games of the season, Yasiel Puig, is batting .205 after a two-hit day Sunday and offering little deterrent to pitchers who have attacked Seager more softly than in the past – a full 30 percent of the pitches Seager has seen in the early going have been curveballs or changeups (up from 22 percent the past two seasons).“I think with Corey it’s easy to see they’re not going to give in to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re going to pitch to the corners and try to have Corey get himself out and potentially make Yasiel beat them. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Corey understands that. When he’s in the strike zone, he’s as good as any hitter in baseball. When he’s aggressive out of the strike zone, it makes him pretty average. He understands that but it’s not his intent.  Just being diligent in the strike zone is going to make him much better.”BAD SUSHIBoth Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger were hit by a bout of food poisoning Saturday. Wood stayed at the team hotel and said he was sick all day, unable to eat anything. Bellinger got a milder case and played all 14 innings of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Giants.Both went were part of a group that went out for sushi at a Japanese restaurant Friday – Kyle Farmer joked that he escaped the illness by being more selective about what he ate. Bellinger, meanwhile, said his ground zero could also have been a room service quesadilla at the team hotel.Wood was feeling better Sunday but not well enough to throw his scheduled bullpen session. So the Dodgers will swap Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at Dodger Stadium. Ryu will start Tuesday now with Wood getting an extra day to recover. He will pitch on Wednesday.Roberts said he had not decided on the weekend rotation yet. After an off day on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks but “we haven’t decided on the order yet,” Roberts said.ALSODodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, Roberts pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Kenley Jansen presented Giants reliever Tony Watson with his National League championship ring before Saturday’s game. Watson was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last season. He signed with the Giants as a free agent last winter. The Dodgers received their rings in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium last weekend.UP NEXT: The Dodgers are off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp swings for an RBI-single off San Francisco Giants’ Ty Blach in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)San Francisco Giants pitcher Ty Blach works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 5Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw works against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 8, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – The tape on Corey Seager’s fingers attests to the number of swings he takes daily in the batting cage. Any redness in his eyes can be blamed on all the video he watches, hours before each game.So far, all that work has not dug Seager out of a rare slump.He did have two hits (and a pair of walks) in Saturday’s 14-inning game, part of a 7-for-24 burst that seemed to point to an awakening. But a hitless Sunday dropped his average back to .206.During his first two full seasons in the majors, Seager has been relentlessly consistent at the plate. His batting average visited this low-rent neighborhood (.222 or lower) for a total of only three days – one early in 2016, two early last season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the Dodgers’ first nine games this season. In those previous two seasons, he went without an extra-base hit that long just once – last August just before and during the week he spent relegated to the Dodgers’ bench with elbow pain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar gives coach Mickey Arthur eight-month deadline to improve Pakistan cricket

first_imgThe former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has given new coach Mickey Arthur eight months of deadline to improve Pakistan cricket or step down from the position if he fails in his assignment.However, Akhtar backed the appointment of Arthur as Pakistan’s coach and feels the Pakistan players will benefit from his past international experience with top teams.”But I think in eight months time we will know whether he will make a difference or go like others before him. Because in this period we play some very important series and either he will reshape the way we play our cricket or decide to bid goodbye,” Akhtar said.Akhtar also pointed out that coaching Pakistan is a tough job for any foreign coach because of different cricket culture in the country.’Disciplinarian and innovative'”Arthur has a reputation of being a disciplinarian and innovative coach and Pakistan cricket needs both but he has to decide when and where to draw the line,” Akhtar told a local television channel.Pakistan in the next eight months has full Test tours to England, New Zealand and Australia and also play the West Indies in a full series in the UAE.”Arthur has all the credentials to change the attitude and mindset of our players the way they play top cricket. So I am hopeful.”The fast bowler, whose colourful career included number of clashes with the establishment, said while he agreed that discipline was necessary in cricket teams but insisted players needed to be made to feel responsible for their actions as professional athletes.advertisement”Only a professional player can decide what is best for him. When I played there were some undisciplined characters in the team but on match days they only focused on cricket and when they went out to play they tried to give their best that is why our team in those days was so good,” he recalled.Referring to the decision by the new selection committee to drop batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the training camp being set up for the coming tour to England, Akhtar said both players had brought this upon themselves.Players need to start performing “For a long time we have all backed them, appreciated and encouraged their undoubted talent but while others who started with them have moved on to become top performers for their country we are yet to see the best from them.”Akhtar said both needed to rethink their priorities and focus on their cricket and do justice to their talent. “I believe it is important for players to be relaxed on non-match days but what matters is you perform when required.”Asked about the accusations by Arthur in 2009 about having suspicions that the fifth and final one-day international that Pakistan played a fixed game against South Africa in Lahore in 2007, Akhtar said all this was rubbish.”I played in that match and I took four wickets. I was at the non-strikers end when our wickets fell. We just played badly under pressure. Because if there had been anything fishy going on believe me I would have dealt with such players myself,” Akhtar said.He said Arthur had clarified his stance and one needed to move on and not keep bringing up the issue now.Akhtar also criticized the month-long training camp being set up before the England tour and emphasis on fitness tests.”I don’t understand this practice because it is hot and every player has his own particular fitness issues and requirements. You cannot lay down same fitness standards for a batsman, spinner and fast bowler. It makes no sense to me.”I always had a knee problem but carried on for so long in international cricket because I knew what I had to do.”(with PTI inputs)last_img read more