Churches stand in solidarity with Ethiopian Christians Posted Oct 26, 2016 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments (1) Africa, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion October 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm I am grateful to the Anglican Christians in Africa for standing with the Christians in Ethiopia. These are fine people who also deserve our prayers. Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Burundi Bernard Ntahoturi joined a delegation from the World Council of Churches last week in a solidarity visit to churches in Ethiopia. The delegation, led by WCC Central Committee Moderator Agnes Abuom, of the Anglican Church of Kenya, met leaders of member churches, an interfaith body and political leaders, including Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome.Full article. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC
Episcopal leaders call death penalty ‘abhorrent to God’ as Trump administration resumes federal executions By David PaulsenPosted Jul 15, 2020 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR A corrections vehicle patrols near the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, in May. Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The U.S. government on July 14 executed an inmate for the first time since 2003. Two more executions are scheduled this week at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, that holds the government’s 60 male death row inmates. A fourth execution is set for August.The Justice Department is carrying out a plan it announced last year to end a moratorium on capital punishment for inmates who have been sentenced to death for murder under federal criminal law. The abrupt resumption of those executions this week was condemned by Episcopal leaders in Indiana, reflecting The Episcopal Church’s decades of opposition to the death penalty.“It’s just a horrific thing,” Indianapolis Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows told Episcopal News Service in an interview, adding that she supports calls for abolishing capital punishment in the United States. “The death penalty is abhorrent to God, I believe.”Her diocese includes Terre Haute, where members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church have been active in past efforts to end the death penalty. The Rev. Drew Downs, rector at St. Stephen’s, said his congregation had braced for the resumption of federal executions when they were originally scheduled for December 2019. Long-time parishioners still have vivid memories of the frenzy in 2001 when Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed there.The December execution dates, however, were delayed by court challenges. On June 29, the primary legal barrier was removed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that the Trump administration could proceed with the executions.“Our congregation has been surprised and taken aback by it,” Downs told ENS on July 15. “I know when news hit when they were delayed from December, we all took a sigh of relief and put it on the back burner.” Since then, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has shifted much of his focus to maintaining contact with parishioners from a distance and stepping up online worship offerings.A local anti-death penalty group organized a vigil in Terre Haute on July 14 after the execution of Daniel Lewis Lee, and another vigil was scheduled July 15 in response to the impending execution of Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted in 2003 of raping, murdering and dismembering a 16-year-old girl in Missouri. (Purkey was executed July 16.) Though Downs hasn’t been able to attend this week’s vigils, he has participated in past advocacy and remains convinced as a Christian that the death penalty is wrong.“In the end, the idea that we’re sitting here playing God is not only disturbing, it goes against the very foundation of the Gospel,” he said.Popular support historically has tilted in favor of keeping the death penalty, though that support has gradually diminished over the past 25 years. During that time, a growing number of states have outlawed or suspended executions in response to a range of concerns about the practice that have been raised by The Episcopal Church and other critics.Murder doesn’t justify killing another person by the state on behalf of its citizens, critics say. They also argue that capital punishment is more expensive than life sentences in prison because of the lengthy appeals process. Capital punishment disproportionately affects people of color and those without the economic resources to mount an adequate defense, raising questions of fairness. In some cases, inmates sentenced to death were later exonerated, further fueling calls for abolishment, as has the death penalty’s often arbitrary application, with defendants convicted of similar crimes able to receive different sentences.The last was one argument cited in defense of Lee, the 47-year-old Oklahoma man who was executed July 14 for the murder of an Arkansas family in 1996. Lee’s accomplice, Chevie Kehoe, was sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors described Kehoe as the ringleader, who had recruited Lee into a white supremacist organization and targeted the family for burglary in search of money and guns.Earlene Peterson, whose daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were killed, had been one of the most prominent voices calling for Lee to be spared for the crime. “Yes, Daniel Lee damaged my life, but I can’t believe taking his life is going to change any of that,” Peterson said in September.Such testimonials amplify questions about why the Justice Department, led by Attorney General William Barr, pushed to resume executions at this time, said Kathy McGregor, who leads Episcopal Peace Fellowship’s Death Penalty Abolition Action Group.“When a person’s life is at stake, why are we not listening?” McGregor said in an interview with ENS.McGregor is known for her storytelling ministry with Arkansas death row inmates through the Prison Story Project. She said she was particularly moved by Peterson’s criticisms of the death penalty as disproportionate and unfair. “None of that makes sense to anybody,” she said, “not to those of us who have been working on abolition of the death penalty.”Federal executions had been on hold for so long partly due to concerns about the effectiveness and availability of the three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections. The Justice Department chose to proceed instead by deploying a single drug, pentobarbital.“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in his July 2019 statement announcing the decision. “We owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”While federal executions are rare, states have executed more than 1,500 people since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, but the number of annual executions has declined recently, from a high of 98 in 1999 to just 22 last year.The Episcopal Church’s stance against the death penalty dates to a 1958 General Convention resolution that asserted “taking of such a human life falls within the province of Almighty God and not within the rights of man.” General Convention has occasionally affirmed and expanded on that position, most recently in 2018.Northern Indiana Bishop Douglas Sparks, in a written statement to ENS, said he was “saddened and troubled” by the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions this week.“The murder of a human person by another human person is abhorrent and deeply painful,” Sparks said. “I grieve the murder of any person and I reach out in pastoral care for those who mourn their deaths. However, it is important to underscore that the United States of America is the only developed nation that continues to believe that state sponsored execution is a deterrent to others who commit violent crimes including murder.”Sparks noted the church’s long record of opposition to executions and underscored how people of color are given a disproportionate number of death sentences.“The life and teachings of Jesus remind us again and again that every person is made in God’s image and likeness and that loving God and our neighbor requires us to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation,” Sparks said.The death penalty remains in effect in 28 states, including Indiana, though some states have stayed or postponed executions this year with COVID-19 cases on the rise. Before this week, only seven people had been executed in the United States in 2020, by the states of Texas, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri – and only two people since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11.Matthew Ellis, senior warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and a former executive director of the anti-death penalty Indiana Abolition Coalition, told ENS he thinks the pandemic provided another argument against proceeding with executions, which are “diverting attention and resources” from the nation’s health crisis. But he also cited more fundamental, ethical reasons to halt executions for good.“We’re called to respect the dignity of every human being, and I think certainly executing people is not consistent with that ethic,” Ellis said. “The Episcopal Church as a whole has continued to express opposition to the death penalty. We are also called to work against unjust systems. The death penalty is incredibly unjust and unfair.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on Azerbaijan RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further April 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned a 16 October order banning reporters from two newspapers, Olaylar and Azadlig, from attending the trial of former police officer Haji Mamedov and members of the gang he allegedly ran, which is accused of carrying out at least 10 murders and kidnappings. A total of 26 people have been arrested in the case, half of them policemen.“Olaylar and Azadlig are being censored,” the press freedom organisation said. “These newspapers have published stories about the gang, and their reporters have a right to attend the trial. We suspect this ban has come from the political authorities, who want the trial passed over in silence.”The prosecutor asked the presiding judge on 15 October to ban the publication of any articles about the Mamedov gang trial on the grounds that “this could be used by witnesses in order to not say the truth.” Although the judge complied, several newspapers ran stories about the trial. The ban on attending the trial issued the next day concerned only Olaylar and Azadlig, however.Mamedov is also supposed to be formally questioned about the March 2005 murder of Elmar Huseynov, the editor of the magazine Monitor. Mamedov has claimed responsibility for the murder and said he did it on the orders of former economy minister Farhad Aliyev. But national security ministry investigators have not so far accepted Mamedov’s claim, saying they believe Huseynov was murdered by two Azeris living in Georgia, Tahir Khubanov and Teymuraz Aliyev. “We call on investigators not to rule out any possibilities in this case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The possible involvement of the political authorities in this murder should be examined with greater attention.” October 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspapers banned from covering former police officer’s trial News News June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia
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News UpdatesCruelty To Wife For Dark Complexion Attracts Section 498A IPC : Calcutta HC [Read Judgment] Mehal Jain29 Jun 2020 4:45 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court has held that causing cruelty to a wife for dark complexion by her husband and in-laws will attract the offence of cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”Causing cruelty to the deceased victim for her black complexion even after her marriage by the in-laws would definitely attract Section 498A/34 I.P.C. against the in-laws, including the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court has held that causing cruelty to a wife for dark complexion by her husband and in-laws will attract the offence of cruelty under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”Causing cruelty to the deceased victim for her black complexion even after her marriage by the in-laws would definitely attract Section 498A/34 I.P.C. against the in-laws, including the accused husband”, said the Court while sustaining the conviction of a man for the murder of his wife. A Division Bench comprising Justices Sahidullah Munshi and Subhasis Dasgupta was hearing an appeal against the conviction of the husband and his family members, for causing death of the victim by hanging about 7 months after the marriage.”The cause of inflicting torture was the black complexion of deceased victim, which lead the in-law’s members of victim including her accused husband to cause physical cruelty upon her”, the bench said while maintaining his conviction and sentence under Section 498A/302/34 of the Indian Penal Code in the case Mazidul Miah @ Mia & Others vs State of West Bengal.Though the court acquitted the mother-in-law of the deceased of murder charges, her conviction for domestic cruelty under Section 498A IPC was sustained.”The established fact is that there was an unnatural death of deceased held within seven months of her marriage. Such unnatural death was admittedly held in the in-law’s house of deceased victim. There was sufficient evidence to show that the victim received oppression, illtreatment, torture, cruelty in her in-law’s house by her in-law’s members for her black complexion. Victim was further threatened to be driven out from her matrimonial home for giving second marriage of her husband”, the Court noted. ‘It is ordinary conduct that parents would prefer to persuade daughter to ignore torture, cruelty for future’s sake’ “At the very threshold of this case, this may be mentioned that the instant case is not based on dowry demand. The death of the deceased, as set up by prosecution during trial, was the dissatisfaction of accused persons expressed with regard to black complexion of the deceased victim in a case where marriage was admittedly a negotiable one”, noted the bench. The High Court judgment records that the victim, a 20-year old girl, was given in marriage to accused/appellant no. 1 on 16.10.1997, according to Mohammedan rites and customs, satisfying the demands of his family for cash of Rs.11,000/- (Rupees Eleven Thousand), silver ornaments of three descriptions along with one Hero cycle and other valuables. After moving to her matrimonial house, the deceased victim suffered cruelty, oppression and ill-treatment at the hands of her in-laws, including her accused husband for her black complexion. She was not loved by the in-laws, and frequently abused with the threat that the accused husband would enter into a second marriage,shortly after repealing her marriage and driving her out of the matrimonial home. Just three days after her marriage, she was made to stay in a cow shed, The accused husband beat her physically with a cycle chain. “Though argument was raised that prosecution case could not be believed on the ground that even after knowing the commission of cruelty upon the victim, and cause of cruelty, the parents of victim never reported the same to police station or to panchyaat body, and the neighbouring people living around in-law’s house of deceased victim, but this cannot be invariable rule that parent would immediately lodge a complaint immediately after knowing commission of cruelty upon their daughter, ignoring possibility of reconciliation mutually. It is ordinary conduct that parents would prefer to persuade their daughter ignoring the torture, and the cruelty for the future benefit of their daughter”, said the Court. It proceeded to observe, “This is a case where PW-1/father of victim owns 15-16 kathas of agricultural land for his livelihood. Naturally, the father was left with best option to persuade his daughter for rejoining her in-law’s house, foregoing the torture, ill-treatment, cruelty for future prospect, and this was rightly done by father/PW-1 by persuading his daughter, so that she could be made to return to her in-law’s house for leading a peaceful conjugal life with husband”. ‘Non-production of weapon in murder trial will not lead to the rejection of testimony of Autopsy Surgeon of homicidal death’ The bench noted that in the instant case, the deceased victim being the second daughter of the de-facto complainant suffered her death by hanging in her in-laws’ house. The south facing room situated to the north of the house was ordinarily shared by the deceased and her accused husband, after they got married. “We should not be forgetful to take note of evidence adduced in the testimony of PW-7 (Autopsy Surgeon) that the seized chord was shown to Autopsy Surgeon by the escorting police producing the dead body for holding post-mortem examination. Such part of the evidence of Autopsy Surgeon remained undisturbed even in cross-examination of Autopsy Surgeon”, said the bench. The court acknowledged that the in-laws’ house being situated at a distance of 6-7 miles away from the paternal house, it was quite impossible for the de-facto complainant’s family members to be physically present at the time of commission of cruelty upon the victim- “Prosecution is thus in an extremely difficult situation to adduce foundational evidence in respect of facts, which are known exclusively to the knowledge of the in-law’s members, as to how the deceased victim suffered her death in her in-law’s house” Taking recourse to Section 106 of Evidence Act, the bench opined that as the injured victim suffered death in her dwelling home, where the victim and her husband ordinarily resided, in view of section 106 providing inter alia that when any fact is specially within the knowledge of any person, the burden of proving that fact is upon him- “when the victim was put to suffer her death by hanging in a room situated to the north of in-law’s house of deceased victim, ordinarily and commonly shared by deceased herself and her accused husband together after they got themselves married. That being the present situation, the accused husband having failed to offer any explanation for the injuries caused to his wife, the failure would lead to the conclusion that the death of the deceased had occurred in the custody of the accused husband”. “The denial of prosecution case by accused husband coupled with absence of explanation, in our considered view, appears to be inconsistent with the innocence of accused, but consistent with hypothesis of guilt of accused husband. More so, since deceased was put to suffer her death in her matrimonial home in the manner as disclosed by Autopsy Surgeon, in the absence of any cogent evidence in the cross- examination of witnesses that there was a fair possibility of an outsider committing the offence, the plea of denial with false implication is inconsequential. It was for the husband alone to explain the grounds for the unnatural death of his wife”, concluded the court. The bench reflected that the deceased victim thus having suffered unnatural death in a room of her in-laws’ house, ordinarily shared together with her husband, the husband would necessarily under his obligation to give an explanation for the cause of her death, either by furnishing statement under Section 313 Cr.P.C. or by adducing evidence independently after entering into defence under Section 233 Cr.P.C. “True it is that there was no explanation for the non-production of offending weapon in court, and there was no explanation offered to that effect by the prosecuting agency, but at any rate the offending weapon cannot be said to have been lost for want of explanation being offered. Non-production of offending weapon in the absence of any explanation may be an error or latches on the part of prosecuting agency, but such error or omission would not itself discard the testimony of Autopsy Surgeon”, stated the bench. It proceeded to assert that “When the homicidal death of the deceased held in her matrimonial home caused with use of chord, as already seized and produced before the Autopsy Surgeon at the time of post-mortem examination, remained unchallenged in the cross-examination of witnesses, particularly, the Autopsy Surgeon, mere non production of offending weapon in the court, and mere non-showing of the same to Autopsy Surgeon at the time of his deposition in court would be inconsequential , and in no manner it would weaken the prosecution case”. The Court held that he facts and circumstances unerringly pointed to the guilt of the accused husband/appellant for causing homicidal death of the deceased/wife by strangulation on account of the motive originating from his non-satisfaction over her black complexion. ‘Person committing homicidal death would ordinarily leave the place of occurrence anticipating the consequence’: Mother-in-law acquitted for offence under sections 302/34 IPC “The post conduct of the mother-in-law revealed from the testimony of PW-5 and 6, who found mother-in-law crying taking the dead body of deceased victim, according to appellant, would not necessarily leave materials against her for commission of a homicidal death, though it might be suggestive of suicidal death”, inferred the bench. The Court expressed the view that the person committing homicidal death would ordinarily leave the place of occurrence anticipating the consequence- “When mother-in- law/accused was found to remain present in her own house, even after the crime was over, and seen crying taking the dead body of her daughter-in-law, such post conduct of accused/mother-in-law is a strong fact requiring due consideration” The bench said that when the unnatural homicidal death was held in the victim’s dwelling room of her in-laws’ house, ordinarily shared with her husband, and the cause of such death being pre-eminently and exceptionally within the knowledge of her accused husband, which remained un-explained by the accused husband himself, recording an order of conviction under Section 302/34 I.P.C. as against appellant mother- in-law even after taking note of such facts would be without any reasons and not justified accordingly. “The commission of cruelty upon the deceased though proved against the mother-in-law under Section 498A read with Section 34 I.P.C., but she should not have been held convicted for causing homicidal death of deceased victim under the behest of Section 302/34 I.P.C. on the simple ground that death of the victim was held in her matrimonial home”, asserted the bench. The Court stated that the essence of Section 34 being conscious meeting of minds of persons participating in the criminal action, there is hardly any scope of drawing application of Section 34 against the appellant mother-in-law for causing homicidal death of the victim, which was admittedly held in a room ordinarily occupied together by the deceased herself and the accused husband. “The conviction and sentence as against the accused mother-in-law needs sufficient modification. Accordingly, we modify the conviction and sentence of accused mother-in-law under Section 498A/34 I.P.C., and she deserves to be favoured with an order of acquittal for offence under Section 302/34 I.P.C”, ordered the bench, directing that the Accused mother-in-law be set free from correctional authority forthwith upon completion of sentence awarded against her under Section 498A/34.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
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The new law does, however, strengthen the hand of HR managers by adding tothe business case for fair employment practice. www.shrm.orgSingapore joins hunt for Indian talent North American and European employers are not the only ones rushing toattract highly qualified people from the Asian subcontinent. Companies inSingapore with skill shortages are also looking to recruit from India,according to the Far Eastern Economic Review. “Singapore is a high-tech country with relatively high labour costs, astrong international presence and a need for skilled labour,” said DanielGay, an analyst at Singaporean consultancy Strategic Intelligence. “Indianprogrammers are highly skilled; the country needs to develop trade links andwants more foreign investment.” www.feer.comWorking-time laws strengthen in Europe The move to shorter working hours in the European Union continues. 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The coalition government of Jorge Batllewants to increase managerial freedom to develop services and greater capital,but unions fear weaker job security. www.elpais.esArgentine women go to work Attempts by the Argentine government to increase participation in the labourmarket have had a dramatic effect on women, but no impact on young people orthose over 45. The three categories of employees were targeted for stateincentives as they have had the highest rates of unemployment. A law introduceda 50% cut in employer contributions for firms which took on unemployed peoplefrom one of these three groups. A survey by the independent agency Equis found that unemployment amongfemale heads of household in greater Buenos Aires was 18% lower in October 2000compared with a year earlier, while unemployment remained the same for thoseover 45 and rose slightly for young people. www.lanacion.comMerit pay helps turn Nissan round Performance-related pay has played a key role in reversing the decliningfortunes of Japanese company Nissan, according to a report in Time magazine.Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn has become an unlikely hero in Japan sincethe French giant took over control of the ailing firm in March 1999. Ghosn ended pay based on seniority, a feature of many Japanese pay schemes,and brought in a stock-option plan. Together with closure of unprofitablebusinesses, the measure has produced a $1.56bn profit, the first for Nissan inseven years. Civil servants and business leaders in Japan have coined the term”Ghosn-san” as a reference point for reform of business, Timereported. www.time.comRedundant dot-commers reach for their lawyers Dot-com companies laying off staff in the US have been forced to paycompensation, even to employees without contracts, according to a report by theSociety for Human Resource Management. In theory, most staff affected are knownas “at-will” employees and can be made redundant without explanation.But “at-will” employees might successfully sue their former employerif they can prove the company induced them to take a job by misrepresentingfacts about its capital and prospects. In one case, a company enticed a woman to move to Silicon Valley fromChicago by telling her that it had secured $10m in venture capital. In reality,the company had landed only $7m and had to eliminate the woman’s job. She won$100,000. www.shrm.orgKorean unions accuse president of underminingconsultation South Korean banking unions have accused the government of reneging on anagreement it made last July to ensure that the workforce was informed andconsulted over job cuts. Since the agreement was made, President Kim Dae Jung has sided with thebanks in a major industrial dispute over compulsory redundancies resulting fromthe merger of two of the country’s main retail banks, the Kookmin and theHousing & Commercial Bank. In mid-January, President Kim sent in riot police to break up a uniondemonstration. The conflict forms part of government attempts to encourageconsolidation in a banking sector it sees as overstaffed. The moves see the role of HR managers sidelined as unions and the presidentfight a major political battle. www.asiaweek.comConsultation law nears for Europe German opposition to compulsory staff consultation is close to ending,Brussels insiders have reported. This means that a law forcing all employers inthe union with more than 50 staff to consult with employees on business changesis almost certain to be passed, probably towards the end of this year. Under the EU’s voting mechanism at least two large or three small countriesare needed to block a law, and the UK is now the only country in opposition. At the end of last year the European Union finalised 20 years ofnegotiations by agreeing a European Company Statute, which enables a firm toregister just once as a European company. A company will have to reachcountry-by-country agreements on levels of worker representation to register. www.europa.eu.int Global newsroundOn 1 Feb 2001 in Global mobility, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.
Comments are closed. The debate over the merits of flexible working has been re-opened followinga report by the Institute of Directors (IoD), which accuses work-life balanceadvocates of ignoring the needs of employers and ‘demonising the workplace’. The issue has been high on the business agenda this year, partly because ofthe Employment Act, which came into force in April. This contained a range of measures designed to improve work-life balance,such as the right for parents to request flexible working, paternity andparental leave, and extended maternity provision. The recent resignation of health secretary Alan Milburn to spend more timewith his family also brought the issue back into the spotlight, highlightingthe importance of striking the right balance between work and home-life. However, the IoD’s study, Work-life Balance Revisited, claims the case forflexible working is based on highly-selective and distorted claims about the UKworkplace. Urban myths Ruth Lea, head of the IoD’s policy unit and the paper’s author, saidgovernment policy was based on ‘urban myths’ about the rationale behind theneed for work-life balance. She said official data shows the average workingweek is actually less than 40 hours, in stark contrast to the assertion thatthe UK has an endemic long-hours culture. The IoD also attacked the idea that work makes people unhappy and ill,citing its own research, which shows most workers are satisfied with theirjobs. Finally, Lea said UK employers were already among the most flexible in theworld, with more than 40 per cent of working women in part-time roles, comparedwith the European average of 28 per cent. “Unfortunately, the work-life balance agenda is behind many of the Government’sfamily-friendly regulations, which make it ever harder to run a business,”she said. “Everyone should be able to balance their work, home and family livessatisfactorily. British employers know this and are some of the most flexiblein the world,” she added. The IoD is not against work-life balance altogether, but Lea has seriousreservations and claims the employer is always the party that has to beaccommodating. “The work-life balance protagonists ignore this and run ananti-business agenda, which seems hell-bent on demonising the workplace. Theseurban myths are gross distortions of the truth, and we want a more two-sideddebate,” she added. However, The Work Foundation, one of the UK’s leading advocates of work-lifebalance, disputes the IoD’s conclusions, arguing that organisations embracingthe flexible working agenda will see significant business benefits. Better productivity Alexandra Jones, The Work Foundation’s policy specialist, claims greaterflexibility leads to improved productivity and higher-quality work. “Many people have to work long hours, and some want to, but we seework-life balance as being about the individual, not the organisation. “We’re not trying to demonise the workplace. We just want to givepeople the chance to work in different ways in response to a changingsociety,” she said. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) employeerelations adviser, Mike Emmott, agrees with Lea’s assessment that work isgenerally a positive part of people’s lives. Work-life legislation However, he is in favour of legislation promoting work-life balance becausehe believes it has clear benefits for both staff and their employers. Employees are able to balance their home and family commitments far better,and organisations benefit through improved recruitment and retention and anability to develop a more diverse workforce. “The right to request to work flexibly is a good idea, and we’d like tosee that extended to all employees,” he said. “New legislation canoften be bad news for the smaller business, but there’s too much evidence onlong hours and work intensity to dispute that it is a problem.” Stress expert, Professor Cary Cooper, also disputes the IoD’s criticism ofthe work-life balance agenda. He said research shows the UK’s blue-collaremployees are working three more hours a week than they were 30 years ago, andas a result, are unproductive compared with their European counterparts. Cooper, a professor at the University of Manchester’s Institute ofTechnology, also claims his own research reveals a similar situation formanagers and a general fall in job satisfaction over the past decade. “In 2001, 10 per cent [of managers] were working more than 61 hours aweek, 40 per cent were working more than 50 hours and a third frequently had towork weekends,” he said. Cooper concedes that employers are getting better at work-life balance, butargues that long hours and stress are still major problems facing Britishindustry. His view is supported by the TUC, which claims lack of flexibilitycosts business millions of pounds through high staff turnover and absenteeismrates. The TUC’s work-life balance policy officer, Paul Sellers, said the labourforce survey shows that 10 million people want to work fewer hours, and somewould even be prepared to take a pay cut to do that. “Stress and overwork is costing industry millions, and companies thatoffer a greater degree of flexibility will do better than those thatdon’t,” he said. According to demographic predictions by Opportunity Now, an employer-ledbest practice forum that promotes the benefits of diversity, businesses willultimately be forced to introduce improved work-life balance if they want tocompete. The study finds that by 2010, only 20 per cent of the working populationwill be white, able-bodied males, under the age of 45. If this assessment isaccurate, employers that don’t develop effective work-life balance policieswill struggle to survive, let alone flourish, because they will be unable toattract a higher proportion of women, older staff and people from ethnicminorities. www.workfoundation.co.uk www.iod.org.ukViews from the profession– Martin Hinchliffe, HR director at Welcome Break, said it wasup to HR to create policies that meet the needs of the business and the staff.”When something needs doing that is critical to thebusiness you expect staff to put in the extra hours, so there has to be somegive and take when they want us to be flexible,” he said.– Steven Taylor, HR director at Anglia Railway, thinks staffwere more effective when working shorter hours through schemes such as jobshares.”A lot of our work is safety-critical, so there has been atendency to work short hours or a four-day week. There’s no doubt that peoplework better when they work shorter hours and they’re not stressed,” hesaid.Work-life balance: the alternativeviewBritain is not a nation of workaholics and most staff workinglong hours do so out of choice. The IoD claims the average working week is actually less than40 hours.Far from making people unhappy and ill, the workplace is asatisfying and rewarding part of life. Ruth Lea believes employed people arehappier and healthier than the unemployed.UK employers are among the most flexible in the world, witharound 40 per cent of women able to work part-time. Are work-life supporters bad news for employers?On 1 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. I am writing following the story regarding equality in the workplace, in which the London Business School found that ‘family-friendly’ policies weren’t enough to help women back to work. Of course they are not. As long as the focus remains on one parent taking the main burden of childcare, no family-friendly policies will be able to provide what families actually need – flexibility for both parents.Employers need to be aware that, to help women back to work, men need to be able to take on some of the childcare responsibilities as well. Most parents nowadays would love to be able to share childcare, but the reality is still that fathers making use of family-friendly policies are seen by many in the workplace as not being dedicated to their employer, and therefore not reliable.Why should this be true? Studies have already shown that mothers who can return to work in a way that allows them flexibility to be with their family are more committed to their employer and give more to them. Why should fathers be any different?Until we allow men equal rights to be parents and carers, we will never achieve equality in the workplace.Rachel Grace, posted on PersonnelToday.com Comments are closed. Equal rights for men is the key to family workingOn 3 Jul 2007 in Personnel Today
The Finnish radar of CUTLASS has been operational since February 1995. Between 0620 and 0800 UT on August 25 1995, a region of ionospheric scatter, which was limited to only a few degrees of magnetic latitude, moved poleward at a rate of some 7 degrees per hour. The line of sight velocity measurements on a special high time resolution beam indicate a flow reversal boundary which moved poleward throughout the interval. Flow was towards (away from) the radar on the poleward (equatorward) side of the boundary. The flow towards the radar along this beam was at a high speed, >800 m s−1, while the speed away from the radar was less than 200 m s−1. Spatial plots indicate high speed flow away from the radar in the west of the field of view. A tentative interpretation is that the high speed flow is caused by lobe cell reconnection while the low speed flow is associated with either the contraction of the polar cap or due to viscous processes at the magnetopause.