Lori Loughlin, Mossimo Giannulli plead guilty to roles in ‘Varsity Blues’ scandal

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy KATE HODGSON, AARON KATERSKY and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(BOSTON) — Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty, via a Zoom video call, to a federal judge for their roles in the massive college admissions scam.The Full House actress and fashion designer appeared on two different screens as they entered pleas on conspiracy charges to Judge Nathaniel Gorton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.Loughlin and Giannulli had been accused of paying Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits. Neither girl had ever rowed competitively.“Giannulli emailed Singer a doctored photo of daughter Olivia Jade on a rowing machine to cast her as an experienced coxswain and made purported charitable payments, to facilitate his daughter’s fraudulent admission to USC,” according to U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen. “They conspired with Rick Singer and others to commit wire fraud.”The couple were slated to go to trial in the fall. Rosen said prosecutors would have used recorded telephone calls, documents, emails and witness testimony to prove their guilt.In pleading guilty, the couple dropped previous assertions that their payments were charitable and prosecutors had withheld exculpatory evidence.Prosecutors have charged 50 suspects, including parents and coaches, in the investigation that’s been dubbed “Varsity Blues.”Prosecutors have recommended that Loughlin serve two months and Giannulli serve five months, but the judge hasn’t yet decided. Each is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 21.Rosen noted that Loughlin was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.There’s a provision in the plea deal to wait at least 90 days after the judge imposes sentences before they are sent to prison. The couple are the 23rd and 24th suspects to plead guilty to charges related to the case.Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and served nearly two weeks in prison last year.The scandal took place between 2011 and 2018 and was spearheaded by Singer, who pleaded guilty and helped the FBI investigate the parents. He orchestrated a system where parents would pay bribes to coaches and college administrators to get their children into elite colleges.Singer, who was sentenced to three years of supervised release in exchange for his cooperation, also helped parents get stand-ins to take admissions tests for their children.The conspirators went through great lengths to cheat, using tactics such as lying about students’ athletic histories and creating phony documents that indicated students had learning disabilities.Those charged in the probe included nine coaches at elite schools, two SAT and ACT exam administrators, one exam proctor, a college administrator and 33 parents.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Questions still unanswered after fatal shooting of Virginia man by US Park Police

first_imgCraig Hudson for The Washington Post via Getty ImagesBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The United States Park Police have come under fire for their handling of protesters outside the White House, but a case in Northern Virginia could provide insight into the organization’s lack of transparency in controversial incidents, lawmakers say.Bijan Ghaisar was driving home on the George Washington Parkway just outside of Washington, D.C., to have dinner with his father in November 2017. That’s when, according to a family attorney, Ghaisar’s car was struck from behind by another car.Ghaisar had no damage to his car, so he kept driving. But the driver of the other car called police, and that is when the U.S. Park Police “aggressively” pursued Ghaisar, the family lawyer said.Video released by the Fairfax County, Virginia, Police Department shows Ghaisar driving slowly, stopping twice. On the third stop, Ghaisar attempted to go around the Park Police, and officers barricaded him in and opened fire.“At no point did Bijan Ghaisar do anything to cause these officers to believe that their lives or the lives of anybody else was in danger,” family attorney and former Department of Justice official Roy Austin told ABC News.Ghaisar was in a coma and died days later.Austin said that after the incident, “U.S. Park Police provided security to his [hospital] room and told his family and parents that he was a criminal.”In a statement to ABC News, the National Parks Service said that they have “communicated with Congress to provide updates and information as it is able without interfering in the ongoing investigations and litigation. We have no further comment.”‘Terrible treatment’Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., told ABC News that during the first few days after the shooting there was “silence.”“There was the terrible treatment of the family when they came to see their brother and their son, who was there on life support,” Beyer said. “And they wouldn’t let them visit because somehow they were going to help him escape with three bullets in his head.”Three days after the shooting, the FBI took over the investigation — but to this day, questions about Ghaisar’s death remain.“For the last now, two and a half going on three years, the U.S. Park Police has told us very little; they told the family very little about what happened here,” Austin said. “They have largely defended these officers.”Rep. Beyer said that there was incredible frustration among the families in the Northern Virginia community.“We had a year and a half, almost two years of complete silence, and then another many, many months of silence from the Department of Justice and finally their decision that nothing could be done. So, just an incredible frustration that justice was not served and that everything was opaque the entire time,” Beyer said.Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, reiterated that the response from Park Police has been completely “opaque.”He is holding up an Interior Department nomination until he gets questions answered about the shooting.“We gave them and the Department of Interior warning that if I wasn’t going to get answers, I had to use this tool because Bijan’s family, who have just been crushed by the response of our government, deserve a better answer,” he explained to ABC News by phone.Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler told ABC News that he released his department’s dash-cam footage for the sake of transparency, and he encouraged the Park Police to do the same.He said he told the Park Police at the time that “as professional colleagues … they need to release that video when it’s no longer going to erode the integrity of the investigation.”“That in-car video is my property, although it was evidence,” Roessler said of the footage he released. “So the discussion then allowed communication back to me that they were not going to release the video.”At a community meeting, Acting Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan addressed the incident in December of 2019.“It’s important to note that there are additional aspects to this investigation that still need to be addressed,” Monahan said according to local reports. “There’s the potential for criminal prosecution at the county level or the state level, and there’s also — and will happen — an administrative investigation. Given that there is no determination on the criminal aspect of this incident, I have to respect the process, and I can’t comment any further at this time.”The federal investigation was closed last year and no criminal charges were brought against the officers.Fairfax County District Attorney Steve T. Descano recently requested 260 documents from the FBI pertaining to the case, but so far he has not received any of them.Descano did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.According to the Washington Post, the Justice Department declined to allow the FBI agents involved in the case testify.Earlier this year, Ghaisar’s family sued the government and the officers involved, and the judge demanded that the government turn over the FBI file in the case.The government has asked for an extension to provide the FBI file in the civil suit, but at a hearing in March, the judge was unmoved by the government’s efforts to delay the file’s release.“I don’t recall that being the discovery process agreed to in the joint discovery plan,” Judge Ivan Davis said.According to Beyer, the Park Police didn’t release the names of the officers involved until their names came out in the discovery phase of the lawsuit.A court date is set for July to provide an update to the discovery process.Austin told ABC News that the federal government has been particularly “cruel” to Ghaisar’s family, and stressed that the government was not transparent with them.“The federal government has been embarrassing, unprofessional and truly just cruel to this family for the last two and a half years,” he said. “At no point when they were announcing their decision not to prosecute did they sit down with the family before announcing making their announcement in public.”Another incident ‘on the same track’?If the Park Police’s response to the Ghaisar case is any indication, it may be difficult to get to the bottom of what happened in Lafayette Park last week when Park Police cleared the park of protesters prior to President Donald Trump’s arrival.In an interview over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr said that the protesters in the park were not peaceful.“They were not peaceful protesters. And that’s one of the big lies that the media seems to be perpetuating at this point,” Barr said in an interview with Face the Nation.The National Parks Service, on behalf of the Park Police, referred ABC News to their statement on June 2.“The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights. However, this past weekend’s demonstrations at Lafayette Park and across the National Mall included activities that were not part of a peaceful protest, which resulted in injuries to USPP officers in the line of duty, the destruction of public property and the defacing of memorials and monuments,” Monahan said. “During four days of demonstrations, 51 members of the USPP were injured; of those, 11 were transported to the hospital and released and three were admitted.”In the statement, Park Police said that “violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.”Beyer said that the lack of transparency by the Park Police in both incidents is “symptomatic of an overall disrespect for transparency.”“Somehow, the Park Police don’t feel that they are responsible to the community as a whole,” Beyer said.Roessler said that all law enforcement agencies need to come into the 21st century.A Park Police spokesman told multiple news outlets that it was a “mistake” to say that Park Police didn’t use tear gas to clear the park, only to release a statement hours later that walked it back.“United States Park Police officers and other assisting law enforcement partners did not use tear gas or OC Skat Shells to close the area at Lafayette Park in response to violent protesters,” the statement said.Warner said that the two incidents parallel one another.“It’s very troubling that this incident happens. And then you have the incident that happened last week, and there seems to be the same ‘hide the ball.’ Was there tear gas? Was there not tear gas? I don’t know,” Warner said.“It’s arrogant, over the top. But also still — the ‘hide the ball’ approach seems to be the same pattern in terms of what happened at Lafayette Park,” he added.Austin said he sees similarities in how the situations were handled.“They are a law enforcement agency that appears to operate without normal rules of engagement, without proper training and with almost zero transparency, and that’s a problem,” he said.Beyer said that the two incidents are “very much on the same track of just disrespect for public participation, public opinion.”“Other people have a right to know in a democracy what’s going on,” he said. “And we’ve never found out in the Bijan Ghaisar case and now we don’t know what led to the chain of events in Lafayette Square.”Beyer said that perhaps if there isn’t more transparency, it might be time to rethink the Park Police.“This may be the time when we think about folding the Park Police into a police department with a better reputation,” he said. “That would be an idea that still has to be vetted, but Park Service has had its own problems with misogyny and the like.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Ex-officer faces felony murder charge in shooting death of Rayshard Brooks: DA

first_imgStelsone/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(ATLANTA) — A former Atlanta police officer is facing charges including felony murder and aggravated assault after fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy’s parking lot last week, prosecutors said Wednesday.Brooks, a black man, “was running away at the time that the shot was fired” by Officer Garrett Rolfe, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said.“At the time Mr. Brooks was shot,” Howard said, “he did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury.”At the time the shot was fired, Rolfe made an “excited utterance,” and said, “I got him,” Howard said.Rolfe has since been fired.If convicted of felony murder, the former officer could face the death penalty, Howard said.The second officer at the scene, Devin Brosnan, was placed on administrative leave.Brosnan has since decided to testify on behalf of the state, Howard said.Prosecutors have spoken with multiple witnesses, consulted with a Taser expert, looked at physical evidence and viewed surveillance video, dashboard camera and witness cellphone video, Howard said. Howard said he concluded that Rolfe was aware that the Taser Brooks was holding had been fired twice. Howard explained, “Once it’s fired twice, it presented no danger to him or to any other person.”After Brooks was shot, Rolfe “kicked Mr. Brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life,” Howard said. “Secondly, from the videotape, we were able to see that the other officer, Brosnan, actually stood on Mr. Brooks’ shoulders while he was there struggling for his life.”Brosnan faces two charges of violations of oath and a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks’ shoulder, the district attorney said.Brooks, a 27-year-old husband, father and stepfather, was fatally shot on Friday. His death sparked an arson fire, new protests, an investigation and the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields.Brooks was killed after officers were called to a Wendy’s parking lot after receiving reports of a man, later identified as Brooks, asleep in his car. Police gave Brooks a Breathalyzer test, which registered a blood-alcohol level of .108%, above the legal limit of .08%.Brooks was “calm,” “cordial” and “displayed a cooperative nature” when speaking with the police officers, Howard said.When officers tried to place him in handcuffs, Brooks began to struggle and wrestled with both officers on the ground, grabbing an officer’s stun gun.Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot with the officers behind him. At one point, Brooks turned and allegedly shot the stun gun at an officer, who drew his weapon and opened fire.Brooks died from two gunshots to his back, the medical examiner determined.After Brooks was shot, medical attention wasn’t provided for 2 minutes and 12 seconds, Howard said.“The demeanor of the officers immediately after the shooting did not reflect any fear or danger of Mr. Brooks, but their actions really reflected other kinds of emotions,” Howard said.Howard said his office is asking Rolfe and Brosnan to surrender by 6 p.m. Thursday. Prosecutors are asking the court to grant a bond of $50,000 for Brosnan, said Howard. No bond is recommended for Rolfe, he said.Brooks’ wife, Tomika Miller, told ABC News on Sunday that she wanted to see both officers arrested and the officer who was placed on administrative duty terminated.“They don’t need to be responding with guns and Tasers and things like that to a guy, sleeping in a parking lot situation,” an attorney for Brooks’ family, L. Chris Stewart, told ABC News on Sunday. “There needs to be a certain branch of police departments that handle stuff like that.”“That’s how these situations escalate. They need to not be over policing, inner-city communities for minor stuff like this,” he said.In a statement on Wednesday, attorneys for the officers said “Mr. Brooks chose to violently attack two uniformed police officers.”The officers “attempted to leverage him to the ground while giving him loud, clear verbal commands … in response, Mr. Brooks continued actively resisting lawful efforts to arrest him,” the attorneys said. “He then escalated his resistance by punching Officer Rolfe in the face.”“Mr. Brooks continued his assault and disarmed Officer Brosnan, stealing his city-issued TASER,” the attorneys said. “Instead of merely trying to escape, Mr. Brooks reached back with his arm extended and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe. Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of Mr. Brooks that presented to him – Mr. Brooks’ back.”The attorneys say Rolfe’s actions were justified under the law.“When Mr. Brooks turned and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe, any officer would have reasonably believed that he intended to disarm, disable, or seriously injure him,” they said.Miller, now a single black mother, said she feels “like I’m just a statistic.”“Now I’m by myself taking care of four children,” she said. “This was not a choice — they forced this on me by taking my husband away, by taking my family.”“No justice will ever get that back,” she added.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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2 dead, 14 wounded in mass shooting in Rochester, New York

first_imgKali9/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — There are two people dead and at least 14 others injured following a mass shooting at a backyard party in Rochester, New York, overnight, according to the Rochester Police Department.The shooting took place on Pennsylvania Avenue around 12:25 a.m. ET, according to authorities. Police say several dozen rounds were fired.This is “truly a tragedy of epic proportions,” Rochester interim Police Chief Mark Simmons said during a press conference early Saturday morning. “Sixteen victims is unheard of.”One deceased victim is a female aged 18-22 and the other is a male, also aged 18-22. The 14 surviving victims were taken to two local hospitals. Simmons said none of the other victims have suffered life-threatening injuries.Police have not released the names of the victims and have not identified a suspect.Officers, Simmons said, are still interviewing witnesses to get more information about how the shooting started and learn more about the suspect or suspects.A witness told ABC News affiliate in Rochester WHAM that the gunfire sounded “like the Vietnam War.”When police arrived at the scene, Simmons said officers saw 100 people running to and from the location. Two people fleeing the scene were also injured. Up until the 911 call came in for the shooting, there were no calls to complain about the large gathering, he said.“This tragic act of violence has impacted many people’s lives and families,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said in a statement provided to WHAM Saturday. “I’m begging everyone to remain calm and exercise deep restraint as RPD investigates what happened here and seeks those responsible.”The city of Rochester has been on edge recently with nightly protests following the release of footage that showed the death of 41-year-old Daniel Prude in police custody.In the video, officers are seen pinning Prude to the ground while a spit bag is on his head, and he eventually appears to go unconscious. Prude died a week later. The Monroe County medical examiner listed his death as a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.”Warren fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary on Monday.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.ABC News’ Meredith Deliso and Ivan Pereira contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Resource Guide: needle stick injuries

first_imgThere are many problems related to needle stick injuries.  Web sites listed here outline the hazardsinvolved in using needles including risk of infection, and what should be donewith the needle after useBBC Online www.news.bbc.co.ukOne of the best resources for anyone wanting up to date news on needlestickinjuries. Each story also includes references to other related stories andprovides links to relevant sites. British Medical Journal www.bmj.comThis site includes news stories, letters and articles about needlestickinjuries. There is also a comprehensive database to search for stories relatedto this subject. National Aids Trust www.nat.org.ukNew City Cloisters 196 Old Street London EC1V 9ER Tel: 020-7814 6767 Fax: 020-7216 0111 The web site includes information for employers, news, factsheets and linksto other sites worldwide. New Medical Technology Oakbank Park Livingston EH53 0TH, Scotland Tel: 01506 445000 Fax: 01506 445444 New Medical Technology develops products to address the problem ofneedlestick injuries, including a safer injection system. Its Safety Syringeuses retraction technology allowing the needle to be directly removed from thepatient and safely stored away from the operator after injection. The web siteprovides frequently asked questions on the products and needlestick issues. Terence Higgins Trust 52-4 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8JU Tel: 020-7831 0330 e-mail: [email protected] leading HIV and Aids charity in the UK, this site offers awareness aboutHIV and its prevention. It is an invaluable source of information andstatistics relating to Aids and HIV. It includes a search facility, details ofpublications, legal issues and a guide to current research into vaccines forHIV. www.ccohs.caA web site operated by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health andSafety, this is an easy to follow guide to needlestick injury, the hazardsinvolved in using needles, the frequency of injuries, how they occur and how toprevent them. This site also provides useful links to information on Aids andHepatitis C. www.doh.gov.ukThe site includes a search engine which is useful for tracing the latestgovernment information and policy documents relating to needlestick injury andrelated issues. It also provides links to other health-related sites. www.dorset.swest.nhs.ukA straightforward, if brief, web site published by the Dorset HealthAuthority, on needlestick injuries. It outlines the nature of needlestickinjuries, the risks of infection if such an injury occurs, and what proceduresshould be followed in the event of injury. www.hepatitis.org.ukAn informative and user-friendly site which outlines the causes ofhepatitis, facts and figures relating to the disease and useful links toarticles published on the subject in the British Medical Journal. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.govThe National Library of Medicine has 20 abstracts and links to articlesabout needlestick injuries. www.unison-scotland.org.ukThe Unison web site features details of a UK wide campaign originating inScotland in 1999 for the introduction of syringes with detractable needles. www.vanishpoint.comA US site, operated by Retractable Technologies Inc based in Texas, itoffers some useful information about needlestick injuries, including worldwidestatistics and articles relating to the issue. Compiled by Kate Rouy This listing is not exhaustive and the journal welcomes further additionsfrom readers as well as suggestions for further topics of interest to includein this series Resource Guide: needle stick injuriesOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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TMP Worldwide Award for Outsourcing

first_imgTMP Worldwide Award for OutsourcingOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Then why not enter this year’s Personnel Today Awards?Outsourcing is increasingly seen as a key contributor to operational effectiveness and competitive advantage and can apply to any aspect of the business or organisation, from traditional HR functions of recruitment/resourcing, training and development, to payroll, finance, IT and administration.Entries should explain the business objectives behind the decision to outsource, give details as to how it was implemented and information about monitoring the provider’s performance.“The outsourcing of non-core processes is the way that many of the world’s best-managed companies are taking their business,” says Graham Pascoe, a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who is judging the award.“Outsourcing such processes as finance and accounting, IT, procurement, real estate and, of course, human resources, allows companies to focus precious time and resource on what it is that they do best – namely managing those parts of their business which gives them competitive edge.”Effective outsourcing should bring significant benefits in terms of cost reduction, increased strategic focus, flexibility and responsiveness. The judge will be more interested in how the business or organisation has imaginatively used outsourcing as a solution to greater efficiency than which suppliers were involved.“As exponents of the new breed of HR management we are delighted to be associated with this award,” says Steven French, HR director at sponsor TMP Worldwide Executive Resourcing. “Outsourcing can contribute to significant competitive advantage and is already heralding a new, challenging business environment for HR professionals.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Survey shows parental leave taking off

first_imgMore than a third of employers in a recent survey have received requests forparental leave under the legislation introduced last year. Thirty six per cent of respondents to a poll conducted by law firm Allen& Overy had received requests, despite the fact that only 12 per centoffered paid leave. None of those organisations had asked their employees topostpone taking leave, “indicating that the right is not as disruptive tobusiness as some have suggested”. Approximately 100 clients took part in the survey, more than half of whichemploy 500 people or more. Only 21 per cent of employers said they requestedinformation on whether a new employee had taken any of their parental leaveentitlement from previous employers, running the risk of individuals abusingtheir rights. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Survey shows parental leave taking offOn 1 Dec 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Search engine

first_imgSearch engineOn 15 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article In the first of a new series to save you surfing time, we find the bestwebsites for further information on a HR-related subject or issue. We beginwith sites relating to employment tribunals Acas www.acas.org.ukThe Acas arbitration scheme for the resolution of unfair dismissal disputesis due to come into force next week, subject to parliamentary approval. You candownload it from here as an Acrobat file. The scheme is designed as a voluntaryalternative to employment tribunal hearings. The Acas site is also worthperusing regularly for news and general tribunal-related information. Central Arbitration Committee www.cac.gov.ukThe committee’s annual reports don’t exactly make light reading, but areinteresting overviews of the CAC’s work over the past 12 months. There’s also asection on its applications and decisions and its statutory powers. Centre for Dispute Resolution www.cedr.co.uk/home.htmA good place to start if you want to find out more about ADR (alternativedispute resolution). CEDR is an independent, non-profitmaking organisationwhich attempts to use mediation in disputes that have reached a deadlock. Itbelieves mediation is core to successful ADR. There is plenty of freeinformation on the site and you can find out how to join CEDR. Department of Trade and Industry www.dti.gov.uk/er/index.htmThe employment relations section of this site is good for keeping up to datewith changing legislation and amendments to tribunal procedures. One of themost useful areas is Hot Topics, which has workplace-related news and featuresthat frequently have relevance for tribunals. Reports marked with the Acrobatsymbol can be downloaded free of charge. Emplaw www.emplaw.co.ukThere’s a useful introduction to all aspects of tribunals in thefree-to-enter section of Disc Law Publishing’s mighty online law guide. If youwant to look at some of the cases though, you’ll have to sign up for thepaid-for professional area. Daily, weekly and monthly passes cost £5.88, £29.38and £41.13 respectively, as well as annual subscriptions. Employmentlaw.co.ukwww.employmentlaw.co.ukUndergoing a redesign when we visited, but you can currently sign up for afree trial without obligation. The new-look site is setting out to be a leadingsource of HR and employment law and is specifically aimed at HR professionalsin companies of up to 100 staff. Employment-Solicitors www.employment-solicitors.co.ukIn conjunction with www.tribunalinfo.com,this site features a database of over 250,000 records of individuals andcompanies who have had judgments made for or against them since 1998. It claimsto offer a next-day response to questions regarding an individual’s trackrecord. The site is part of the legal portal www.interactive-law.co.ukEqual Opportunities Commission www.eoc.org.ukThe commission doesn’t just exist for the employee; there’s plenty of usefulinformation here for HR professionals too. Best of all is the free downloadsection, where you can obtain copies of the commission’s good practice guides,which cover areas such as flexibility in the workplace, maternity, sexualharassment and occupational qualifications. HMSO www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1996/1996017.htmThe site that spells out the 1966 Industrial Tribunals Act down to the lastsubsection. Not exactly bedtime reading, but useful to have in order to stayfully informed. Eclipse Onlinewww.irseclipse.co.uk/subjects/employmentlaw.htmlExcellent set of reference material on the subject of employment law andtribunal-related information. It also lists relevant conference information andtraining events. Comments are closed. last_img read more

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BAE axes 1,700 jobs after US attack

first_imgBAE Systems is to cut almost 1,700 jobs due to a drop in orders followingthe US terror attacks. Almost 1,000 jobs will be lost at the company’s factory at Woodford,Manchester, 300 at Chadderton, also in Manchester, and 219 at Prestwick as BAESystems pulls out of regional aircraft manufacturing and concentrates on thedefence industry. In the half-year to 30 June 2001, 70 per cent of the company’s sales andprofits were from defence activities and these businesses are expected to makegood progress next year. “We have completed a detailed assessment of the probable impact on ourbusiness of the recent severe downturn in the commercial aerospacemarket,” said John Weston, chief executive of BAE Systems. “Since September, the trading outlook has changed substantially. Inparticular, operating profit expectations for Airbus next year have beenreduced significantly and the outlook for regional aircraft has deterioratedsharply,” he added. Last month, BAESystems announced it was outsourcing its personnel functionto a joint venture company. It has transferred 462 of its 700 HR staff to aservice centre in Preston, run jointly with Xchanging. BAE axes 1,700 jobs after US attackOn 4 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Is HR up to the task of closing sex pay gap?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Is HR up to the task of closing sex pay gap?On 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today The publication of the Kingsmill review of women’s pay and employment lastweek showed that the Government seems to be following through with its promised”light touch” on employment law – for the time being at least (News,page 1). Ministers have ignored the review’s proposals to make public sectororganisations carry out mandatory equal pay reviews. But employers resistant to carrying out reviews are not out of the woodsyet. Denise Kingsmill’s review proposes that companies should be carrying outpay reviews as soon as 2003 to meet new requirements on company reporting. Andboth Kingsmill and the CIPD have warned that the Government still has theoption of the legislative route if employers fail to put systems in place. Personnel Today backed mandatory equal pay audits in March this year whenthe idea was first mooted, breaking ranks with the CIPD and employers’ groups.Although the Kingsmill review stops short of proposing this measure, it statesthat if there is an unacceptable number of organisations not putting systems inplace “over the next few years” then the Government should legislate.In other words, the mandatory approach is being used as a stick to getemployers to fall into line. Nothing more graphically illustrates the scale of the problem than thesalary survey by Remuneration Economics which shows that the pay of women HRchiefs lags behind that of male ones by 25 per cent. It would be na‹ve to thinkpay reviews alone can close the gap in gender pay but they are a key part ofthe solution. It is going to be down to HR to make sure systems are put inplace to make gender pay differences transparent. A good place to start wouldbe for HR to get its own house in order. By Noel O’Reillylast_img read more

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