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Apopka group makes ‘beauty from ashes’ through kindness with 9/11 Beautification…

first_img Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGS9/11 Beautification ProjectApopka Citizen Police Academy Alumni AssociationApopka Police DepartmentCarters Ace Hardware and LumberLinear PatchMulchPlants Previous articleOrange Co. Clerk’s Office hosts Domestic Violence workshopNext articleAAA: Florida gas prices dropped 4 cents last week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! From The Apopka Citizen Police Academy Alumni AssociationThe Apopka Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (ACPAAA) completed the next step of their 9/11 Beautification Project at the Apopka Police Department (APD) last week, much to the APD’s appreciation.The idea for the 9/11 Beautification Project started last month, on September 11th, when ACPAAA wanted to do something extra special for APD. Most of ACPAAA’s support efforts with the APD are typically quite engaging and hands-on, such as the finger printing event, Shop-With-A-Cop, Fall Festivals, Cops & Bobbers, and such, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, they have not been able to volunteer in the usual way. As a result, members decided to something different, landing on the great idea to beautify the officers’ work entrance as well as the medians in the parking lot. And that’s just what they did, starting on September 11 and continuing through last Thursday, October 15.Three motivated ACPAAA members weeded, trimmed hedges and picked up trash on the morning of 9/11, and then seven additional community-serving members continued the project last week. Early on the morning of October 15, with their gloves, rakes, and shovels, the small but mighty team of ACPAAA members weeded APD’s flower beds, trimmed more shrubs, and spread 100 bags of mulch.ACPAAA and the APD would like to thank Carters ACE Hardware  and Lumber of Apopka for furnishing 60 of those bags of mulch as well as paint, and expressed more appreciation for Linear Patch on Plymouth Sorrento road for donating the beautiful plants. Gratitude goes out to the many additional local businesses in the Apopka community who have also been extremely supportive to the ACPAA, as well as to all the other non-profit organizations in the community.Charlotte White, President of the ACPAAA, shared how heartwarming it was to have the APD officers and staff thank them for all the hard work. From “Thank you for making our work environment inviting!” to “This looks so nice, it makes our building so pretty!”, the sentiment expressed meant a lot to the beautification team, knowing they helped brighten up the work space of police officers that brighten our lives everyday with their service in our community. It’s no surprise that ACPAAA has committed to continuing to help keep the APD beautiful going forward as well.APD’s Facebook page thanked ACPAA one more time, writing “… and for the ACPAAA members who dedicated their time to show how committed they are to our department and our city. Thank you ALL!”. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Neemia Tialata and other former All Blacks’ roadside Haka tribute to Jerry Collins

first_imgThursday Jun 11, 2015 Neemia Tialata and other former All Blacks’ roadside Haka tribute to Jerry Collins Former team mates of the late Jerry Collins have been paying tribute in their own ways, as the rugby world continues to mourn the loss of the former All Black, who died alongside his partner, Alana, in France last week.Here is a look at one of the latest tributes, tweeted by Neemia Tialata today.Tialata, Byron Kelleher, Chris Masoe, Carl Hayman and Ali Williams came together at the scene of the accident to perform an emotional Haka, their way of saying farewell to team mate, and friend. Collins was just 34. His 3-month-old daughter remains in critical condition.Toulon number eight Masoe bleached his hair in honour of Collins, and in this video shares a striking resemblance with the 48-times-capped All Black, and Hurricanes, loose forward.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Internet fundraising course feedback

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Internet fundraising course feedback Howard Lake | 23 March 2001 | News  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The University of Bristol has just published endorsements from recent delegates on their Internet fundraising course run by UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake. The quotes were all taken from delegates on just one day. The University has also added ICFM Update’s recent review of the course. Find out more about the £55 one-day training course from the University of Bristol. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Cheryl named Global Gift Philanthropist

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Awards Celebrity philanthropy  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Advertisement  67 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 21 April 2016 | News Global Gift Foundation has announced that singer and TV personality Cheryl is to receive its Philanthropist Award this year, in recognition of her work with Cheryl’s Trust.Cheryl set up the charity to support disadvantaged children and young people across the UK, and over the next two years it will focus on helping people living in the North East of England.Other award winners include In addition Ronan Keating, who will receive The Global Gift Excellence Award, for his work with the Marie Keating Foundation; Laeticia Hallyday, who will also receive The Global Gift Philanthropist Award; and Line Renaud, who will be awarded The Global Gift Humanitarian Award.The awards are to be presented by Global Gift’s honorary chair Eva Longoria at the 7th annual Global Gift Gala in Paris, on 9th May.Cheryl said:“I am honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Global Gift Gala Philanthropist Award. I’m proud of where I grew up but I’m only too aware of the challenges that young people face. I want to give back and help young people who feel like they’ll never achieve anything reach their dreams and live a happy life.”This year additional charities set to benefit from the gala include The Eva Longoria Foundation, UNICEF France, and La Bonne Etoile. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Cheryl named Global Gift Philanthropistlast_img read more

Anti-imperialist seminar honors Chávez

first_imgWW’s Berta Joubert-Ceci, right, makes her contribution tothe Seminar on Parties and the New Society in Mexico City.Mexico City — The recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frias became a central focus for the hundreds of progressives and revolutionaries from all over Latin America, about half from Mexico, and from every continent who gathered in Mexico City in mid-March for the 17th annual Seminar on “Parties and the New Society.”The Workers Party of Mexico (PT), which has representatives in the Mexican Parliament, hosted the seminar, as it has for the past 17 years. The participants represented a broad spectrum of political tendencies, ranging from revolutionary communist to reformist, but all opposed the neoliberal policies imposed by the imperialists and especially U.S. domination of South America and the Caribbean.Representatives of Cuba, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea received an especially warm reception from the participants. The PT president, Prof. Dip. Alberto Anaya, expressed solidarity with all those combatting imperialist domination, from elected Latin American officials to the DPRK, and said he felt Mexicans were under no threat from the DPRK’s nuclear weapons.International Secretaries Rodrigo Cabezas (left) of the PSUV and Carolus Wimmer of the PCV support Nicolas Maduro for next Venezuelan president; with WW’s John Catalinotto (center).Speakers at the gathering presented a summary of the papers they published for the event — most limited to 10 minutes but with a few major presentations. Papers covered the world economic crisis, the progressive response to imperialist domination in many Latin American and Caribbean countries, and new experiences in organizing. There was also a remarkable contribution from Indigenous organizations and a greater presence of women than at past seminars.It was a sign of the enormous influence of Chávez that nearly every speaker opened his or her talks by acknowledging his contributions to the people’s struggles in Latin America and the world, with a greeting of condolence for the Venezuelan delegates and a solidarity salute to the continuing Bolivarian revolution.The seminar ended with a special meeting featuring Rodrigo Cabeza, international secretary of Chávez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), who expressed confidence in the Venezuelan people’s determination to continue the revolution that Chávez was leading.United for ChávezAll the left and revolutionary political parties in Venezuela — including the Communist Party (PCV), the Nation for All (PPT) and others — are supporting the election of the PSUV candidate and acting President Nicolas Maduro for president in the April 14 elections.One of many examples of contributions to the women’s struggle was that of Blanca Flor Bonilla from the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front of El Salvador, who gave an historical overview of the participation of women in the struggles there in the early 1900s.There were also participants from Canada and the United States. The only U.S. political tendency was Workers World Party, represented by WW editorial staff members Berta Joubert-Ceci and John Catalinotto. Both made contributions to the discussion.Joubert-Ceci, who is Puerto Rican, while honoring the great contribution of women activists to the organizational success of the seminar, painted a vivid picture of the difficult situation for all workers in the U.S. and especially for women and workers of color. She appealed for international solidarity from the other delegations, with an effort to coordinate international actions by the working class.Catalinotto presented a synopsis of the points Fred Goldstein makes in his book, “Capitalism at a Dead End,” which argues the impossibility of a normal recovery cycle for capitalism. Because of this impossibility, workers’ parties — despite present ideological and political differences — need to prepare over the long term for a revolutionary struggle for power.The PT distributed five volumes in Spanish of the selected works of Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, three of the proponent of “market socialism” Deng Xiaoping, and three of German revolutionary leader Rosa Luxemburg to all participants.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fire service tackles house blaze in Letterkenny

first_img Facebook Fire service tackles house blaze in Letterkenny By News Highland – October 1, 2012 News Twitter Pinterest Gardai and the Fire Service are at the scene of a house fire on the Long Lane in Letterkenny. We understand the fire was reported at around 7 o’clock, and the building is badly damaged.There are no reports of any injuries.Gardai have confirmed the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it’s too early to say what the cause may be. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous article29-year-old charged with Eugene Gillespie murder in SligoNext articleA5 campaigners want final stretch to go through Donegal News Highland Google+ Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Legal Issues Pending On Vijay Mallya Extradition : Centre Tells Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesLegal Issues Pending On Vijay Mallya Extradition : Centre Tells Supreme Court Radhika Roy18 Jan 2021 3:33 AMShare This – xThe Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that “further legal issues” remained before fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya could be extradited from the United Kingdom to India. A Special Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice UU Lalit had previously directed the Union Government to file a status report on the progress in the extradition process pending in…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 Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that “further legal issues” remained before fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya could be extradited from the United Kingdom to India. A Special Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice UU Lalit had previously directed the Union Government to file a status report on the progress in the extradition process pending in the United Kingdom. Today, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta submitted to the Court that the UK government had informed the Ministry of External Affairs that they were aware of the importance of the matter, however, legal complexities were preventing extradition. “We are trying our best. Status remains the same. From political executive level to administrative level, the matter is being looked into repeatedly at the highest level”, stated the SG.Accordingly, the Bench proceeded to adjourn the matter to March 15.In the previous hearing, the Supreme Court asked the Union Government to file a status report in six weeks on the progress of extradition process pending in the United Kingdom with respect to fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya . A Bench of Justices Lalit & Ashok Bhushan further adjourned sentence hearing on contempt case against Mallya to the third week of January 2021. On August 31, the Supreme Court had directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to facilitate and ensure the presence of fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya before it on 5th October, for hearing on sentence in the 2017 contempt case against him. Later, on October 5, the Centre told the Supreme Court that “secret” extradition process was going on to bring fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya to the country but it was not aware about its status. The Centre also told the Top Court that it was not a party to the proceedings. Mallya, who is presently facing extradition proceedings in the UK, was held guilty of contempt of court vide order dated May 9, 2017, for transferring money to his children in violation of the Court’s order. On August 31, the Top Court had dismissed the review petition filed by Mallya in 2017 against the contempt verdict. Before that, the bench had sought for a written explanation from the Registry for not listing the review petition for over three years. Mallya left India on March 2, 2016 in the wake of cases registered by the ED as well as the Central Bureau of Investigation, for alleged fraud and money laundering amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crore. In January 2019, he was declared a Fugitive Economic Offender by the India Government under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act 2018.Next Storylast_img read more

Search and arrest operation underway in Derry

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 18, 2021 A search and an arrest operation is underway in Derry this morning.A 52 year old man was arrested in Creggan earlier under the Terrorism Act and will be questioned in Musgrave Serious Crime Suite by detectives.A detailed forensic examination of a house is currently on-going as part of the investigation.In a statement Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, said that detectives made the arrest as part of Operation Ledging.This is a discrete, stand-alone strand of Operation Arbacia, looking specifically at the New IRA’s bomb making activities as well as the group’s storage of explosive devices and equipment.Operation Ledging is one of a number of ongoing investigative elements relating to the activities of the New IRA.Today’s arrest and examination of a house has been described as a significant development, in a long term enquiry, into this aspect of the gang’s activities.Operation Arbacia has been described as a longer term investigation that will look into every aspect of the activities of the New IRA in its entirety and police say that this latest search and arrest proves that there are various operations complementing Operation Arbacia and today does not mark the end of them but rather a continuance. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Search and arrest operation underway in Derry Previous articleMilford drugs haul bound for North or DublinNext articleJim McGuinness launches Naomh Chonaill Centenary Draw News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Man arrested for 6 cold case rapes through same type of testing that caught ‘Golden State Killer’ suspect

first_imgFayetteville Police Department(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) — A North Carolina man has been arrested for a string of rapes committed a decade ago, police said, after he was tracked down through the same technology used to catch the suspected “Golden State Killer.”Darold Wayne Bowden, 43, was charged in connection with six cold case rapes perpetrated from March 2006 to January 2008 along the Ramsey Street corridor area of Fayetteville, according to a Wednesday statement from the Fayetteville Police Department.Charges against Bowden include: first-degree forcible rape; first-degree forcible sex offense; first-degree statutory rape; indecent liberties with a child; and first-degree kidnapping.Bowden, of Linden, North Carolina, was arrested at his home Wednesday and taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center where he remains on $18.8 million bond, police said Wednesday.He has not entered a plea. His first court appearance is set for Thursday, said Sgt. Shawn Strepay of the Fayetteville Police.Bowden was found through Parabon NanoLabs’ genetic genealogy testing — the same type of technology used to arrest the suspected “Golden State Killer” in April, police said — though Strepay declined to comment further on how Bowden was identified.Multiple arrests have been made throughout the country this year through this technology, in which investigators can cast a wide net, searching distant relatives of an unknown suspect by analyzing the DNA submitted voluntarily to a genetic genealogy database, according to CeCe Moore, chief genetic genealogist with Parabon NanoLabs.This allows police to create a much larger family tree than using law enforcement databases like CODIS, in which an exact match is needed in most states, Moore said.Genetic genealogy “is a major game-changer” for cold cases, Moore told ABC News earlier this year, “because in a genetic genealogy database we can reverse engineer the [suspect’s family] tree from their distant cousins who have tested.”“So it doesn’t matter that they haven’t had their DNA tested through another arrest or crime scene, we don’t need their DNA,” she said. “We need somebody from their family to have tested in order to resolve these cases.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

first_imgThe Taylor Review: what employers need to knowBy Jo Faragher on 11 Jul 2017 in National living wage, Zero hours, Gig economy, Employment law, Continuous service, Holidays and holiday pay, Personnel Today, Employment tribunals, Minimum wage, Agency workers, Temporary employment, Employment contracts, Sick pay Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, who promised to look at its recommendations “very carefully and seriously”.Further resourcesWorkers confused and concerned about employment status, claims AcasDeliveroo calls for new gig worker statusDetermining employment status: Employment law manualLaunching the review, author Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA and a former adviser to Tony Blair, said: “Our national performance on the quantity of work is strong. But quantity alone is not enough for a thriving economy and fair society. We believe now is the time to complement that commitment to creating jobs with the goal of creating better jobs.“The review calls on the Government to adopt the ambition that all work should be fair and decent with scope for fulfilment and development.“Despite the impact of the national living wage and tax credits, there will always be people who are in work but finding it hard to make ends meet. Our social contract with those people should include dignity at work and the realistic scope to progress in the labour market.”However, the report has been widely criticised by trade unions and employment lawyers, who claim it does not go far enough to extend rights and protections for ‘gig economy’ or atypical workers.The review calls for a “significant shift in the quality of work in the UK economy” and makes a significant number of recommendations for how employment law could adapt to support this.It adds that there are three key challenges UK employers and policy makers need to address, namely:tackling exploitation and the potential for exploitation at work;increasing clarity in the law and helping people know their rights; andaligning the labour market in the longer term with broader industrial strategy.Among the headline recommendations made by the report are a proposal that the current status of “worker” is renamed “dependent contractor” and individuals who fall into this category should receive employment protections, and that those who “control and supervise” their workers should pay a range of benefits, including national insurance.Taylor also proposes increases to national minimum wage rates for those who have non-guaranteed hours and rights for agency or zero hours workers to request fixed-hour contracts after a certain times.Personnel Today highlights the key recommendations below:Worker statusLegislation should be updated to clarify exactly what the legal tests are for different types of worker status, rather than relying on case law. The report says: “We believe there is merit in outlining in primary legislation the high-level criteria which need to be met… employment statuses should also be distinct and not open to as much interpretation as currently.”The current, three-tier approach should be retained but “worker” status should be renamed “dependent contractor” status. However, if someone is deemed “employed” for tax purposes by a tribunal, that decision is binding for employment law purposes as well.The requirement for someone to perform work “personally” for the employer should no longer be a barrier to them gaining dependent contractor (or currently worker) status.“Control” should be more clearly defined in legislation and “not simply in terms of supervision of day-to-day activities”.The Government should develop an online tool, similar to HMRC’s Employment Status Indicator tool, to provide individuals with an indication of their employment status.Platform workingWorking time should be sensibly calculated. For example, individuals should not expect to be paid for time they have an app (where they access work) open.Companies that use technology platforms to commission work should use the data these apps generate to give workers a more accurate guide of their potential earnings – so workers have the freedom to choose lower-rate jobs but there is greater transparency.Piece-rate legislation should be adapted to ensure that workers who are compensated based on output earn at least 20% more than the national minimum wageTerms of employmentIt should become a statutory requirement for employees and dependent contractors to receive a written statement of employment particulars on day one of their job, including the rights they are entitled to, how these are calculated and how they are paid.Employees or dependent contractors should be able to bring a claim for compensation against an employer who fails to provide a written statement.Zero hours contracts should not be banned, but workers on these arrangements should have a right to request a contract that guarantees their hours after they have been in post for 12 months.WagesThe Government should ask the Low Pay Commission to consider introducing a higher national minimum wage rate for hours that are not guaranteed as part of a contract. For example, a worker who is guaranteed six hours per week but is regularly asked to do more, could be paid the NMW for the first six hours and receive a premium for any hours beyond that.The Government could look at ways in which workers can negotiate more guaranteed hours, for example through voluntary collective agreements.The 12-week reference period for holiday pay should be made fairer for individuals who have peaks and troughs in work, and should be extended to 52 weeks. Workers should also have greater choice as to how they receive annual leave entitlement, with the option to receive ‘rolled-up’ holiday pay in real time. (For a worker on the national living wage of £7.50 an hour, this would mean their actual remuneration was £8.41 an hour.)Employment rightsWhere certain employment rights demand a period of continuous employment before an individual is eligible (such as 26 weeks for flexible working), it should be made easier for dependent contractors or gig workers to demonstrate continuous service. The current legislation that allows for a “temporary cessation of work” between assignments of a week should be extended to a month, the report recommends.Statutory sick pay (SSP) should become a basic employment right comparable to the national minimum wage and all workers should be eligible for it from day one. It should be accrued in the same way as holiday pay.Those returning from time off for sickness should receive the same protections as those returning from maternity, providing they have engaged with the Fit for Work service.As part of its review of the right to request flexible working in 2019, the Government should consider whether individuals should be able to request temporary changes to contracts, for example for a particular caring requirement.Agency workersAgency workers should have a right to request a direct employment contract with the hirer once they have worked there for 12 months.The use of ‘Swedish derogation’ contracts, which allow agency workers to opt out of receiving the same pay as a permanent member of staff doing the same job after 12 weeks in return for receiving some payment between contracts, should be outlawed.Employee voiceInformation and consultation regulations should be reviewed and be extended to include all types of worker. The threshold for implementation should be reduced from 10% to 2% of the workforce making a request.The Government should require companies beyond a certain size to make public their model of employment, for example their use of agency services or proportion of workers on zero hours contracts.Tribunals and enforcementIndividuals should be able to determine their working status without having to resort to or pay for a tribunal hearing, and the burden of proof should be on the employer, rather than the worker.Organisations that fail to pay tribunal awards should face an extra fee or some form of enforcement action, with the potential to “name and shame”.Tribunals should be obliged to consider the use of aggravated breach penalties and cost orders where an employer has repeatedly flouted law, particularly where they know they are already breaking the law because of a “broadly comparable judgement” against them. Tribunals could also award higher compensation if there are subsequent breaches against workers with the same arrangements.The remit of the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, which looks after agency workers, should be extended to monitor umbrella or other third-party intermediaries.Tax and national insuranceNational insurance contributions for employed and self-employed workers should be moved “closer to parity”. Taylor says that the “principles underlying the proposed NI reforms in the 2017 spring budget are correct” – chancellor Phillip Hammond famously U-turned on these proposals because it broke the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto commitments.If NI contributions from the self-employed are raised, then there should be a concomitant improvement in pension provisions and family-friendly rights for these individuals.The Government’s Making Tax Digital overhaul of the tax system should ensure that technology supports the self-employed or gig workers to calculate and pay their tax correctly.Cash-in-hand payments for jobs should be phased out and replaced with electronic transactions via platforms such as PayPal.Career progressionThe Government should work with employers in certain sectors that employ a high proportion of gig economy workers to see how they can benefit from the apprenticeship levy.There should be a new approach to learning accounts, perhaps focusing initially on workers who need to retrain and those who receive Universal Credit.The use of ‘digital badges’ or other forms of accreditation could be more widely used for workers in the gig economy to carry verified approval ratings with them if they work for someone else.last_img read more