The growth of zero hours contracts is making it ev

first_imgThe growth of zero hours contracts is making it even harder for disabled workers to secure the reasonable adjustments they need to do their jobs, “valuable” new research suggests.Employers are displaying a “strong reluctance” to make reasonable adjustments for disabled workers on zero hours contracts, despite their duty to do so under the Equality Act, according to the research by Rupert Harwood, from the University of Greenwich’s Department of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour.He says that workers are too scared of being sacked and then facing benefit sanctions to push their bosses to agree reasonable adjustments – reasonable steps to prevent a substantial, preventable disadvantage – that have been turned down.The paper, What Has Limited The Impact Of UK Disability Equality Law On Social Justice?, says that extra demands on workers in general – even those not on zero hours contracts – make it more likely that disabled workers will be denied requests for reasonable adjustments.As part of Harwood’s research, published in the legal journal Laws, he studied more than 250 disabled workers, between April and November last year.One of them said: “Neither of my zero hours contract employers have ever asked about my disability, let alone offered to make reasonable adjustments – and I am too nervous to raise it as I assume I will lose work as a result.”Harwood says his study also suggests that employers have become “more willing than in the past to discipline disabled individuals for impairment related shortcomings”.He adds: “As demands on workers in general to be more adaptable increased – including, for example, to work more varied and unpredictable hours – the distance between adjustments (such as allowing time off for a medical appointment) and normal practice increased, which in turn could lead to adjustments appearing less reasonable to employers.”He says that the government’s welfare reform focus on individual “deficiencies” as the main cause of unemployment, and the narrative from government and the media on “disability benefit cheats” has in some cases even been “providing a pretext” for employers not to make reasonable adjustments.One Department for Work and Pensions administrative officer reported having to “go for four audiograms till they believed me followed by two consultant letters and two GP letters”.The paper adds that “some interviewees suspected that employers – knowing the fear of the harsh benefits regime – felt less pressure to accede to requests for adjustment”.And Harwood says there is “considerable evidence” that employers providing workfare placements through the government’s Work Programme have “felt little need to provide adjustments” for disabled participants, and that Jobcentre Plus has done “little to address this”.Harwood points out in the paper how useful reasonable adjustments can be, with one local authority housing officer telling him that adjustments meant “less pain, less time off, less need for extended hours to ensure rest breaks”, and that she was able to become “the top performer in my department, but the only one with a disability”.But he warns that the increasing number of workers on short-term – and particularly zero hours – contracts will “increasingly find themselves unable to get adjustments and perhaps increasingly unable to get work”.A spokesman for Disabled People Against Cuts welcomed the new paper.He said: “This valuable research sheds a light on just how bad things have got in the workplace for disabled people.“Discrimination at work is running out of control, due to a perfect storm of a government that has no interest in enforcing the Equality Act, a climate where exploitation of all workers is commonplace, and the introduction of tribunal fees and cuts in access to legal aid that prevent workers from defending their rights.“Add to this toxic combination a government that is hell bent on harassing disabled people to find any low quality, insecure and exploitative job that is going, has led to an intolerable and unacceptable situation for disabled workers in the UK.”Meanwhile, a new TUC study has found that disability-related sickness absence is the biggest equality issue facing union representatives.Unions reps told the TUC that workplace policies were not being adjusted to account for the higher rates of sickness absence of some disabled workers.And they said that more work was needed to ensure that managers were adequately trained to manage disabled workers. Reasonable adjustments to working patterns, such as offering flexible working, or home working, or having time off for medical appointments, would minimise disability-related sickness absence and discrimination, said the TUC.Picture: Mike Ashley, of Sports Direct, giving evidence in June to a parliamentary committee about his company’s use of zero hours contracts and other working practiceslast_img read more

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MPs have been asked why they are failing to speak

first_imgMPs have been asked why they are failing to speak out to back calls for a police investigation into alleged criminal misconduct by ministers and civil servants that may have led to the deaths of benefit claimants.The Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* calls for an independent inquiryinto deaths linked to failings by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),and for any evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or governmentministers to be passed to the police.It alsocalls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fitfor purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration ofsocial security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.Labour, theLiberal Democrats, the Greens – and now the SNP, although it does not acceptthat DWP is institutionally disablist – have all backed the petition, but no MPappears to have spoken publicly yet of the need for evidence of criminalmisconduct to be passed to police.The only suchcomments from a politician appear to have come from Jonathan Bartley, theco-leader of the Greens, who is not an MP, but has made it clear that hebelieves DWP has “blood on its hands”.Disabledactivists have now questioned why MPs have been so reluctant to mention thiskey element of the petition, and they have called on them to speak out aboutthe need for justice for those who have died.Eightfamilies of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to DWP failings haveso far backed the petition, and its call for any evidence of criminalmisconduct that comes from an inquiry to be passed to police.DeniseMcKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN), said: “MHRN is determined that therewill eventually be a criminal investigation into benefit deaths, however longwe have to wait. “There is ahuge amount of evidence that many deaths have been a direct result of theactions of the DWP following the policies of this government. “Are thosewho are implicated in these deaths above the law? Are there people ingovernment and government departments who can do whatever harm they want withimpunity? “Disabledpeople will fight for such an investigation; we will continue to do so even ifit takes years to get one. “It seemsstrange and sad that MPs have not been calling for this to happen now. “Why dragthis out for disabled people and the families of those who have lost theirloved ones? “MHRN wantMPs to act now to make this investigation happen as soon as possible. Whyshould we have to wait any longer for what is inevitable?”Bob Ellard,a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Enough MPs know aboutthe harm and death caused by the hostile environment against disabled peopleperpetrated by this government, but why haven’t they joined the supporters ofthe Jodey Whiting petition in calling for a criminal investigation? “Disabledpeople will be watching for MPs to join the call for a criminal investigation,and we’ll be watching who remains silent.”JohnMcArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said: “While MPs busy themselvesobsessing with the ludicrous fiasco that is ‘Brexit’ we should like to remindthem that sick and disabled people’s lives are being crushed under the weightof systems and policies that are driving disabled people into destitution,hunger, rent arrears, homelessness and, tragically, suicide.“This, too,requires their urgent, immediate, and undivided attention.“We thinkthat it is unconscionable that we should be forced to jump through hoops toobtain the help and support that we have a right to expect from our electedrepresentatives in the face of such a humanitarian catastrophe.”LauraStringhetti, of the WOWcampaign, said: “For the past nine years, wehave heard of far too many deaths caused by the failings of the DWP. “Each ofthese deaths has left heartbroken families and friends behind. “Yet nothinghas changed; on the contrary, with universal credit things are getting evenworse. “The WOWCampaign believes that an independent inquiry into all the deaths linkedto the DWP is needed; we must know if there has been any misconduct and wewould like to see more MPs speaking out on this matter. “We have thefeeling that a potential criminal investigation might sound extreme to some MPsbut we strongly believe that we owe it to the victims and theirfamilies to find the truth of what happened and if there is a cultureof negligence and victimisation in the DWP, this must be addressed now beforewe have any more unnecessary suffering.”  The petitionis backed by five grassroots groups: Black Triangle, DPAC, MHRN, the WOWCampaign and WinVisible, as well as Disability News Service.Among therelatives backing the petition is PeterCarré, whose son Stephen took hisown life in January 2010 after being found fit for work following a workcapability assessment (WCA), with DWP failing to ask his GP or psychiatrist forfurther medical evidence that would have proved his eligibility.His son’s death led to a coroner writing to DWP, just before the 2010general election, warning that the “trigger” for Stephen’s decision to take hisown life had been the decision to find him fit for work, and telling DWP totake action to prevent any further such deaths.The coroner called for a review by DWP of “the decision not to seekmedical advice from the claimant’s own GP or psychiatrist” if they have amental health condition.But Tory ministers failed to act on the coroner’s letter – or to producea proper reply, despite their legal duty to do so – and instead pushed aheadwith plans to reassess hundreds of thousands of people on old-style incapacitybenefit through the WCA.Research would later show that this use of the WCA to reassess claimantsof incapacity benefit was “associated with” hundreds of suicides.*To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeePicture: Jodey Whitinglast_img read more

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Engineers Plan Cinema School for CCSF in Tower Theater

first_imgThe Tower Theater, constructed originally in 1912, will remain in memory and in function, despite plans for a major overhaul and expansion. The nominal tower will be expanded to be twice as deep, and, to comply with planning rules, the building will still house a cinema for screenings. But current plans also feature an added front terrace, two floors of underground space, and a reinvention of the front facade. The iconic marquee will be restored and repaired, while the facade will be made more transparent in an effort to better engage passerby. “It will be very public, very transparent from the street…It can have its own agenda.” said Leonardo Zylberberg, the project’s architect. Zylberberg also has a personal connection to film – his neice Julieta Zylberberg is a film actress in Argentina. “To have a cinema school there that’s accessible to people that grew up in the Mission, people from all over the city, I think it gets away from the gentrification conversation and talks about being a real additive to the neighborhood and to the city,” said Todd David, the project director working on the cinema school, who previously worked on creating the Noe Valley Town Square.Once construction is completed, City College of San Francisco will take over operation of the building, and tuition is expected to cover the cost of operating the school. City College will be responsible for maintaining the school – costs the project creators hope will be covered by tuition. That would require a significant increase in enrollment, from 400 students to roughly 2,000, in David’s estimation.How the cinema school is envisioned at night. Image courtesy of Leonardo Zylberberg“In my experience ppl always love…building things. It’s the maintaining of things that’s always the tricky part,” said DavidThe hope is that the new school will offer something that CCSF currently cannot – a cutting edge educational tool in a beloved modern medium.“City College actually has a cinema school already. In the basement of the Ocean Avenue campus,” David said.Santos said the choice to partner with the city college was influenced in part by his experience with community college graduates – in fact, his partner in the structural engineering company, Albert Urrutia, began his higher education at CCSF.“The best instructors were at City College. They only had one role: Educating students,” Santos said. City College was not able to provide a comment by press time.Getting the approval of city college has been key in every step of the process. The designers have met several times with faculty and administration from the college to discuss the details, and adjusted their plans to tailor them to the college’s needs.The next big hurdle is getting through the Planning Department. Santos & Urrutia is planning to submit its latest plans soon. Nonetheless, with such a large project, aspiring cinema students may have some time to wait yet – David estimated that at the earliest, the school could be in place in three or four years. A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and then donate the newly constructed school to the City College of San Francisco. Rodrigo Santos, co-founder of Santos & Urrutia, says he is undertaking the roughly $12-14 million project purely out of a love for the neighborhood and an affinity for film. The school will boast a 200-seat movie theater for screenings as well as several classrooms, editing rooms, equipment rental for students and offices for instructors.“I’ve always wanted to do something like this,” said Santos. “We’re going to be at the center of the action.”Though Santos is contributing some of his savings toward the project, he expects to be doing significant fundraising to make the school a reality. But, if completed, the project will create a cutting-edge, high-quality cinema school from an ailing structure. 0%center_img Tags: CCSF • education • films Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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Zeitgeist Concerned Over Shadow Opposing Mission District Housing Project

first_img“This impact will result in a short run reduction of staff, but in the long run is highly likely to ultimately shutter the business as the sunny beer garden, its prime asset, will be lost,” he wrote, adding that he fears for his customers’ “loss of privacy” from “roof-top gawkers.” He also raised concerns about the “inadequate parking” in the project, which will have 14 parking spots — the maximum allowed without additional review.Because Zeitgeist is a “world famous San Francisco destination,” Burmeister wrote, the bar should be protected and the project’s height reduced by two stories.“Although we understand and support the addition of more housing in San Francisco, we believe this situation is exceptional and extraordinary — and measures should be taken to achieve a compromise to both allow for some new housing, but also to protect this cultural institution.”The bar was added to the city’s legacy business registry in October.Bush, the bar manager, said he has yet to hear a definitive answer from the developer. A developer’s representative did not return a call for comment by press time. Bush said the shadow impact was based off of an independent study he commissioned, not the study done by the developer.Feelings on the patio Tuesday evening were mixed about the prospect of a building going up nearby. A table of regulars playing dominoes voiced dismay – “You mean we won’t be able to see the sunset anymore?” and “I wouldn’t stop coming here, but it would be a drag,” they said.The renderings for the 28-unit project at 198 Valencia St. as seen from Valencia Street.Though there wasn’t a clear consensus as to whether sunlight was crucial to patio-drinking, guests did seem to count the fact that an outdoor space exists at Zeitgeist as one of the bar’s most important features.“There’s a lot of reasons, but that’s just the number 1 reason,” said Charlotte Welch of the outdoor space. She usually comes in the summer, but with a guest in from Washington, D.C., a visit was in order.Roland Peters took shelter from the cold on the heated portion of the patio. Zeitgeist, he said, is his favorite spot in the city. “It’s a bummer in a way, but I would come here either way,” he said. “I like the fresh air as opposed to a bar. In a way it would be sad.” Same for Jason De la Cruz, who also said the outdoor space is what distinguishes Zeitgeist.“It would change a little bit. It’s not like there’s a bunch of other tall buildings here. The outdoor space is specific to this place,” he said. His drinking companion that afternoon, Abby, said while shade wouldn’t stop her, in San Francisco, warmth is a factor. “It’s a nice place to sit in the sun, especially since it’s so cold and summers are so short,” she said. Zeitgeist Discretionary Review for 198 Valencia St. by MissionLocal on Scribd 0% A chilly afternoon in the middle of December didn’t stop regulars from venturing out onto the patio of one of the Mission’s most popular bars, Zeitgeist. But the manager there, Gideon Bush, fears that the shadow cast by a five-story building expected to go up across the street just might.Bush said the building, a five-story, 28-unit mixed-use building with a ground floor commercial space, will cast a shadow on the beer bar’s popular outdoor space during its peak use times — March through October, he said, the shade would cost the bar business. “We are definitely pro-housing, and we want to work with these developers. We want to find a balance between both of our business interests,” Bush said.Zeitgeist and another neighbor have filed discretionary reviews against the project, meaning it will have to go before the Planning Commission for approval. In the review, the bar’s president, Klaus Burmeister, writes that the increased shadow would “impact 30 percent of our annual sales” and ultimately shut down the bar.center_img Tags: housing • Zeitgeist Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

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He replaces Matty Lees in the side after serving a

first_imgHe replaces Matty Lees in the side after serving a one match suspension.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Daryl Powell will choose his Castleford 17 from:1. Ben Roberts, 2. Greg Minikin, 4. Michael Shenton, 6. Jamie Ellis, 8. Junior Moors, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 17. Alex Foster, 18. Matt Cook, 21. Jake Trueman, 22. James Green, 24. Jy Hitchcox, 28. Kieran Gill, 32. Liam Watts.The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Free coach travel is available for 2018 Members whilst places last.last_img read more

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Learn about robotics and programming at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — This weekend, bring the whole family for a fun and hand-on program to learn about the technology and programming of robots.Dot and Dash are two small robots that connect to a smartphone or tablet through an app. Dot is stationary and Dash can roam around on the floor or table. Through them, families can learn more about programming and using robots for fun.- Advertisement – Anyone interested can join the event in the lecture hall of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, January 27, starting at 11 a.m.Participants will learn basic programming concepts, see demonstrations and have an opportunity to practice their skills on Dot and Dash.The program is free with admission to the museum or for members.Related Article: Pender robotics teams gear up for FIRST regional competitionNon-member adult admission is $9.50, seniors are admitted for $8.50, kids aged 3-12 are $7.50 and admission is free for kids age 2 and under. There is also free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans with military ID.To learn more about other events happening at the museum, click here.You can also follow the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium on Facebook.last_img read more

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QUEEN FOR THE DAY Court gives special patient her fairytale moment

first_imgCCSettingsNo subtitles 00:00 -00:31 00:31 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The queen’s court met many patients at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington Thursday morning and they paid a special visit to one patient.Debra Sammons may be in her 60s but age is but a number in her eyes. Everyone at the hospital knows her as “The Queen of the 7th Floor.”- Advertisement – Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins decided to make her an official queen and Sammons reaction is so sweet!Check out where the Queen Azalea and her court visited around the region today.last_img read more

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CFCC builds new partnership to combat construction labor shortage

first_img CFCC announced a new partnership with the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. It includes a two week training program aimed at helping local construction needs.“These crash courses allow a student to do a couple things. First things first, they can figure out if they even like this as a potential career. Second thing is they can get themselves in the workforce pretty quickly,” Wilmington CFHBA President Dave Spetrino said.With input from local companies, CFCC created four courses to teach masonry, plumbing, carpentry and heating ventilation and air conditioning, to help meet the needs.Related Article: City Block submits plans for 56 more apartments downtown“If you don’t have the labor and building homes is very hands on. It’s one of those industries that is still very hands on. So without that, it’ll probably just get delayed and sometimes, you know, excessive time kills deals. And so they’re scrambling to find that labor,” Morton said.When students complete the training and course work, they are guaranteed an interview with a local employer, thanks to this new partnership.“The collaboration between the home builders, as a community, and the community college who is supporting that community and being able to put the two together, public and privately to be able to create a workforce that is not only needed, but it’s a workforce that benefits generations of people,” Spetrino said.The construction institutes will run from June 18 through June 29 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. The cost for each course is $185. To sign up, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new partnership in the Cape Fear to help the construction industry in New Hanover and Pender counties tackle labor shortage.“You look at these homes that are being constructed. It looks simple but the difficulty has been finding skilled labor,” Cape Fear Community College President Jim Morton said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Barfield State of the county is strong in Monday address

first_img Monday night, New Hanover County Commissioners along with leaders from across the county met to hear the state of the county address.“We’re putting our money where our mouth is,” said commission chair Jonathan Barfield referring to the fiscal year 2019 budget that including pay raises for county employees.Chairman Barfield used the address to take a look back at the historic year 2018 was for New Hanover County. Most of that history made thanks to Florence.Related Article: FBI chief: No evidence of illegal spying on Trump campaign“Flooded roads, tore homes apart and shut down businesses for weeks and even months,” Barfield said. “But also it [Florence] brought us together to work hand in hand to serve those who were impacted.”Barfield also using the storm as a talking point to address the ongoing crisis of affordable housing that was heightened by Florence.“New Hanover County will work to make this a priority and to partner with local non profits to ensure residents in our area have the opportunity to live affordably and also within their means,” Barfield said.Barfield also took the platform to announce he has no plans to raise taxes in 2019. This comes after four consecutive years of decreased county taxes.“I’m very encouraged when I hear the chairman is saying we’re not going to have a tax increase,” said commissioner Woody White. “I’m hoping we can have a decrease and cut taxes, but we’ll see.”The commission followed the speech with a regular meeting. Commissioner unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the acceleration of the House Bill 142 sunset provision. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day before the president gives the annual State of the Union address to the nation, New Hanover County residents will get the State of the County update.The list is long of issues facing New Hanover County leaders. According to county leaders, the list of accomplishments is also quite long as well.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Whiteville City Schools superintendent named finalist for job in Georgia

first_img Even though Garland has been named as a finalist, the board must wait at least fourteen days before taking an official vote to employ Garland.Garland has been with Whiteville City Schools since July of 2014. Before that, he was associate superintendent in Cherokee County.If approved by the Jasper County School Board, Garland will officially begin work on July 1. Kenny Garland WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Whiteville City Schools may soon be looking for a new superintendent.According to a news release from the Jasper County Board of Education, Kenny Garland has been named as the finalist for the superintendent of Jasper County Schools in Georgia.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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