first_imgBreaking up is hard to doOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Is there any such thing as a simple termination any more? Even the moststraightforward resignation or dismissal can be fraught with implications.David Morgan and Stephen Brown work through some typical situationsScenario 1Ian is a star fund manager for a financial services institution. The companyhas had Ian sign a tightly drafted service agreement containing restrictivecovenants prohibiting him from soliciting clients post-termination and noticeprovisions of three months either way. The company also has the right to placeIan on “garden leave” at any time after notice has been served. Ianis headhunted by a competitor and hands in his notice. The financial pressspeculates he will poach a major client which he developed. DM comments Restrictive covenants are notoriously difficult to enforce in court. Theyshould be drafted in such a way as to protect only the legitimate businessinterests of the employer. There is a risk, when pursuing an employee ininterdict or injunction proceedings that the court will hold the covenants tobe unenforceable, thereby giving the employee free rein. The first step is always to remind the departing employee in writing of hiscontractual obligations and to seek an undertaking that he will abide by therestrictions without need for litigation. Inevitably, this is not alwaysforthcoming. In the above scenario, the company has no non-competition clauseto rely upon. The innovation would be to rely upon the garden leave clause toprotect its client base and to ensure Ian is unable to damage its interests byjoining the competitor early. Having accepted his resignation, the companyshould send him home for the remainder of his contractual notice. If Ian attempted to leave earlier than the expiry of his notice period, hewould be in breach of contract and it would be open to the company to seek aninterdict or injunction immediately from the courts to hold him to his noticeperiod. For this remedy to be successful, however, there should be an expressprovision in the contract enabling the company to place the employee on gardenleave. While garden leave provisions are a useful alternative to restrictivecovenants, a number of points should be borne in mind in light of the recentdecision of Symbian v Christensen, High Court, 8 May 2000]. Worryingly, thatcase held that putting an employee on garden leave in accordance with anexpress contractual provision irretrievably undermined the employmentrelationship and meant the employer could not thereafter rely upon the impliedduty of trust and confidence, good faith and fidelity. The court held that allthat would remain would be the bare bones of a contract of employment and theemployer could not effectively prohibit an employee from working for a competitoror poaching clients during the “garden leave” period since theimplied duty of trust and confidence had disappeared. While this decision is questionable, employers seeking to rely on gardenleave clauses should nonetheless be sure to include an express contractualprovision that employees do not work for others throughout the duration of thecontract of employment. Also the constituent parts of the implied duty of trustand confidence should be expressly referred to in the contract or staff handbook.Scenario 2John works as a production supervisor in an automotive plant. Sue is aclerical assistant in the company’s print room. John has taken an interest inSue although the feelings are not mutual. Both employees have a company mobilephone which is primarily for business use, though a reasonable amount ofpersonal use is permitted. John begins to send Sue text messages both duringand after working hours asking for a date. When Sue tries to let John downgently his text messages become derogatory, threatening and obscene. Sue raisesa grievance with the HR department and produces her company mobile telephonewhich has stored on it the offending messages. The company considers dismissingJohn. DM comments The serious nature of the allegations involving offensive comments of asexual nature will merit disciplinary action being taken against John,including dismissal. Would it be reasonable to base the decision to dismiss John on the groundsof private communications? In a recent Scottish case, MacLeod v Boyce, 31 October 2000, a court foundan individual guilty of contravening section 43 of the Telecommunications Act1984 which makes it a criminal offence to send grossly offensive, indecent orobscene messages by way of a public telecommunications system. The individualhad sent a number of obscene text messages on a mobile phone. In another recentcase a court found an accused in criminal proceedings guilty of the publicdisorder offence of breach of the peace, where harassing text messages had beensent over a mobile phone. The company could, then, be dealing with a potentialcriminal offence committed within the workplace by John. This in itself shouldjustify summary dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct. While the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates into UK law the right torespect for private life and correspondence, John would not have a direct rightof action in terms of the Act as the company is not a public authority. Anemployment tribunal is, however, a public authority and, when assessing the reasonablenessof John’s dismissal in an unfair dismissal case, human rights principles maycome in. The tribunal would have to carry out a balancing exercise, with John’srights on the one hand and the company’s business needs on the other. To ensure compliance with human rights and data protection principles, thecompany should have a clearly defined policy on the acceptable use of companyproperty, including mobile telephones. Abuse of the equipment should also bereferred to as an instance of gross misconduct in disciplinary procedures.Employees should be required to consent in writing to the monitoring from timeto time of their mobile text messages to ensure that there are no breaches ofthe acceptable use policy. Scenario 3Jill has worked for a bank for a few years. Recently, she has been absent onaverage one day a month. This is beginning to annoy her manager as it putsadditional strain on the rest of the team. The manager suspects Jill is takingunauthorised holiday because she gives inconsistent reasons for her absence –sometimes illness and sometimes childcare responsibilities. The manager wishesto dismiss Jill because of her attendance record. SB commentsBefore dismissing the bank should make reasonable efforts to establish thereason for Jill’s absences. It must warn her that continued absence will resultin dismissal and give her an opportunity to improve attendance. Some short-term childcare-related absences are permitted under the ParentalLeave Regulations. All employees are allowed unpaid time off to look afterdependants when they fall ill or to deal with an unexpected incident involvinga child during school hours. The amount of time off allowed is limited to whatis reasonable in the circumstances. The right only applies if the employeetells the employer of the reason for the absence as soon as possible. However,the employee does not need to provide any proof of why she needed to take timeoff. Therefore, as long as the time taken off for childcare is reasonable, todismiss Jill could be automatically unfair. The first step is to interview Jill and ask her permission to see hermedical records or undergo an examination by the company doctor. If she refusesthe company can make a decision based on the evidence before it. If thereappears to be no sound or major medical reason for these frequent absences,then Jill can be warned the absences are causing a strain on the rest of theworkforce and if they continue she will be dismissed. It must give her a reviewperiod to see if her attendance improves. If, however, there is a more important medical reason for the absences, theemployer must establish whether it falls within the Disability DiscriminationAct. If the illness has a substantial and long-term adverse effect (thereforeis likely to last for 12 months or more) on Jill’s day-to-day activities, theillness might well be classed as a disability. In that case, the bank must not dismiss unless for a sound and justifiablereason and it must also consider whether by making reasonable adjustments toJill’s working practices her job might be made easier. This might includeshorter hours or time off for treatment. David Morgan and Stephen Brown are partners at McGrigor Donald Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria de la escuela episcopal de la Santa Trinidad, en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service] Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria en el complejo de la catedral de La Trinidad en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos, los estudiantes de música siguen preparándose en lo que fue un convento y se ha levantado un espacio provisional para el culto en los terrenos, señales de vida todas ellas que la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori advirtió cuando estuvo en la catedral durante su visita a Haití a mediados de diciembre.“La Iglesia Episcopal en Haití sigue desempeñando un papel importante y esencial en este renacimiento. La iglesia catedral de Puerto Príncipe fue considerada durante mucho tiempo el alma espiritual y cultural de Haití. En la actualidad, sus campanas guardan silencio (en un almacén), casi todos sus murales de fama mundial están destruidos (tres de ellos han sido preservados para reutilizarlos) y la desnuda plataforma de su altar aguarda la reconstrucción de la catedral”, dijo Jefferts Schori en una declaración dada a conocer el 8 de enero por la Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Los terrenos de la catedral están animados, con una escuela primaria y secundaria que ahora tiene más niños que antes, una escuela de música que sigue preparando a coros e instrumentalistas de renombre internacional y una escuela técnica que se está levantando en el mismo sitio donde yacieron cadáveres durante días en las ruinas del edificio anterior que se desplomó” [agregó la Primada].El 12 de enero de 2010, Haití sufrió un catastrófico terremoto de magnitud 7 que causó más de 300.000 muertes, dejó igual número de heridos y desplazó a más de millón y medio de personas, en lo que ha sido uno de los peores desastres naturales de la historia reciente. La Diócesis Episcopal de Haití, la mayor en número de fieles de las 109 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal, en cuestión de segundos perdió el 80 por ciento de su infraestructura en Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne, el epicentro del terremoto a menos de 30 kilómetros al oeste de la capital.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, el obispo de Haití Jean Zaché Duracin y Alexander Baumgarten, director del Departamento de Actividad Pública y Comunicación de la Misión de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera, contemplan uno de los tres murales que se conservan de los 14 mundialmente famosos —que representaban relatos bíblicos, escenas religiosas y motivos haitianos— que alguna vez adornaron los muros de la catedral. Los murales que sobrevivieron se conservan en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Inmediatamente después del terremoto, gobiernos y organismos internacionales de socorro, se comprometieron a contribuir con miles de millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir la nación caribeña, considerada durante mucho tiempo la más pobre del Hemisferio Occidental.“El 13 de enero de ese año, el mundo estuvo en Haití ayudándonos”, dijo el Rvdmo. Ogé Beauvoir, obispo sufragáneo de la Diócesis de Haití, en una declaración que conmemoraba el quinto aniversario del terremoto. “En marzo de 2010, estuve en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York viendo que todo el mundo se comprometía con unos 11.000 millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir Haití”.El millón y medio de personas desplazadas buscaron albergue y ayuda humanitaria en 1.500 campamentos que se crearon después del terremoto. Y durante meses fue casi imposible para vehículos y peatones transitar por las calles de la capital, dijo Beauvoir.Por el momento, los miembros de la catedral de La Trinidad se reúnen en un espacio temporal techado en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Además del progreso visible en los terrenos de la catedral de La Trinidad, también puede apreciarse en la manera en que han limpiado los escombros de las calles, se han construido nuevos edificios gubernamentales y se han puesto en vigor nuevos códigos de construcción, y ya más del 90 por ciento de las personas que vivían en campamentos se han ido.“El gobierno le ha dado ayuda a esas personas para que se mudaran a sus antiguos barrios, les ha ayudado a renovar sus viviendas y ha construido nuevos complejos de apartamentos para los demás. La zona del Campo de Marte [Champs-de-Mars] y otros lugares de Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne ya están libres de esos campamentos”, dijo Beauvoir. “El gobierno actual ha hecho muchísimos esfuerzos”.Electo en 2011, el presidente Michel Martelly ha supervisado el grueso de la reconstrucción del país, aunque en los últimos meses las violentas protestas contra su gobierno y el llamado a elecciones legislativas y locales, demoradas durante mucho tiempo, han debilitado su papel.El 12 de enero, el mismo día en que se cumplía el quinto aniversario del terremoto, el parlamento del país estaba a punto de disolverse y el presidente a gobernar por decreto si no se llegaba a un acuerdo.Beauvoir integró recientemente una comisión de 11 miembros compuestas de ex funcionarios y líderes religiosos para ayudar a resolver el impasse político que ha atascado las elecciones desde 2011.Siempre ha habido inestabilidad política en Haití, dijo Duracin, durante una entrevista con Episcopal News Servicie a mediados de diciembre en Haití, en la que hizo notar que muchos jóvenes se sienten abandonados por el gobierno.Beauvoir reconoció la inestabilidad y las preocupaciones de los jóvenes en su declaración.“En el quinto aniversario del terremoto, nuestro mayor reto es reconstruir a la persona haitiana en mente, espíritu y cuerpo. Debemos desarrollar un nuevo haitiano, una nueva haitiana, que proporcionen el nuevo liderazgo que exige llevar a Haití al siglo XXI”, afirmó.Una pared exterior de la catedral de la Santa Trinidad que aún se mantiene en pie y que se integrará a la nueva catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENSLa Obispa Primada hizo una visita histórica al norte de Haití a mediados de diciembre y predicó en la parroquia del Espíritu Santo en Cabo Haitiano, visitó la escuela parroquial y la cercana escuela técnica del Espíritu Santo, antes de dirigirse al sur para pasar un día en la capital. Fue su sexto viaje a Haití, siendo el primero en 2008.Después del terremoto, la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera comenzó a recaudar dinero para reconstruir la catedral y su ministerio.La Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS por su sigla en inglés) es el nombre legal y canónico con que la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, realiza sus negocios y lleva a cabo la misión.Ya se han aprobado los planos arquitectónicos y la catedral se construirá en tres fases, dijo Elizabeth Lowell, directora de la Oficina de Desarrollo de la DFMS, añadiendo que hasta ahora se han recaudado $2,5 millones para financiar la reconstrucción. El proyecto total se calcula que cueste entre $21 y $25 millones.Además, muchas de las pequeñas escuelas rurales de fuera de la capital ya han sido reconstruidas, gran parte de las cuales con la ayuda de las 600 parroquias y entidades episcopales que han formado asociaciones haitianas, dijo Lowell.Sin embargo, “desde el punto de vista de lo que hemos hecho, las necesidades aún son muy grandes y costosas”, añadió ella, citando un hospital episcopal que sigue afectado en Léogâne.Desde 2012, la DFMS ha conducido siete peregrinaciones a Haití en un empeño por asociar a los episcopales en Estados Unidos con la reconstrucción de la Iglesia y del país, y ha trabajado con asociados locales para determinar sus necesidades.La Diócesis de Haití incluye a 46 clérigos que atienden a más de 200 iglesias, 254 escuelas, dos hospitales y 13 clínicas.El ochenta por ciento de los haitianos viven en la pobreza; el terremoto puso al descubierto las luchas diarias por la vida. Los campamentos, que les proporcionaron vivienda a personas desplazadas por el terremoto, también atrajeron a haitianos de las zonas rurales que buscaban ayuda de organizaciones internacionales de socorro y de gobiernos extranjeros comprometidos con la ayuda y los empeños de reconstrucción.Finalmente, las organizaciones no gubernamentales y los donantes se dieron cuenta de que necesitaban invertir en desarrollo rural y urbano fuera de la capital para alentar a los haitianos a regresar a sus lugares de origen. Esa labor puede verse tanto en el Centro de San Bernabé para la Agricultura cerca de Cabo Haitiano, donde la diócesis está preparando a 54 estudiantes en labores agrícolas, como en la escuela técnica donde ofrece cursos de mecánica, plomería y electricidad.Con más de 120 hectáreas de tierra fértil en una país donde la inseguridad alimentaria es común, San Bernabé ha atraído el apoyo de socios episcopales, de otras organizaciones, así como del gobierno y las universidades haitianas.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further News June 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ministers urged not to follow Chinese model of online censorship Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Read the letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia News News Reporters Without Borders has written to the Belarusian ministers of information and communication condemning the comments about online regulation that deputy information minister Liliya Ananich made during a round table organised by the magazine Belaruskaya Dumka on 2 June.Ananich said the information ministry was “unambiguously committed to the legislative regulation of the operation of Internet mass media” and that websites that wanted to “act as mass media” should be registered in accordance with a established procedure “defined either by the Mass Media Law or a regulatory act of the government.” She also referred to the use of Chinese expertise to block access to foreign websites that could have a “bad influence” on the Belarusian Internet.Addressing information minister Uladzimir Rusakevich, Reporters Without Borders wrote: “Most Belarusian citizens are regular Internet users. We are aware that it is important to regulate website content but we are also convinced that freedom of expression should not suffer as a result. We would therefore be grateful if you would send us the provisional findings of the working group you set up last year to study Internet legislation in various countries in order to identify regulations that could be applied in Belarus.”Another participant in the 2 June round table, Oleg Proleskovsky, who heads the informational analysis centre at the office of the president, said: “In organisational terms, it is necessary to use so-called content-filtering software. This is software that helps users or local network administrators block access from computers, for which they are responsible, to sites containing information that conflicts with current legislation or public moral standards.”In its letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei, Reporters Without Borders asked what software the government planned to use to regulate the Internet in Belarus.“We would like to know what kinds of websites are targeted by these filtering methods and the precise reasons for using such filtering,” the letter said. “We regard this manifest desire to control content as a threat to online freedom of expression. It is all the more reprehensible that you envisage a partnership with China, the world’s leading online censor.”Read the letter to information minister Uladzimir Rusakevichcenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more Related documents Letter to Uladzimir RusakevichPDF – 77.76 KBLetter to Nikolai PanteleiPDF – 71.5 KB Receive email alerts Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img

first_imgNewsPoliticsLimerick Senator expresses concern with high costs of motor insuranceBy Staff Reporter – February 15, 2018 1520 Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick TAGSCentral Statistics OfficeFine GaelMaria ByrneMinster for Finance Previous article​​Limerick tops the rankings as one of Europe’s Cities of the FutureNext articleCoillte Biking Blitz glides back to Limerick Staff Reporter Facebook Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Email Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria ByrneLimerick based Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue of the high costs of motor insurance with her Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD.Senator Maria Byrne says that while figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released in 2017 showed a 14% drop in the cost of motor insurance, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable. Senator Byrne said: “While this 14% decrease is encouraging, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable for people across Ireland.“Fine Gael recognises that it is possible for the State to play a role in helping to stabilise the market and deal with factors contributing to the cost of insurance.  For this reason the Cost of Insurance Working Group was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I welcome the announcement from the Minster of Finance, Minister Donohoe that the fourth quarterly update on the implementation of each of the 71 recommendations contained in the report will be published in the coming days and that work is continuing on the development of an insurance fraud database in the Department of Justice and Equality and an uninsured driving database in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.“The government has also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to establish a new National Claims Information Database in the Central Bank that will collect aggregate information linked to claims for private motor business from motor insurers to provide greater transparency on claim trends” She concluded.More about politics here. center_img Print Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Advertisement Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Twitter Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillorslast_img

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