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HR backs a blanket ban

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Almostthree-quarters of HR professionals would back a blanket ban on smoking at work,according to an online poll.Themajority of 203 HR practitioners questioned voted in favour of a smoke-freeworkplace, while just 29 per cent objected to such a ban.However,the TUC’s health and safety expert Owen Tudor said companies should be wary ofsimply introducing smoking bans overnight. “Blanketbans are not a fair way to proceed. Any non-smoking policies should benegotiated between staff and employers,” he said.Healso urged employers in the leisure and catering sectors to consider usingequipment such as ventilators to remove the smoke.Theresults of the survey, carried out by website HR Gateway, were welcomed byanti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH).Itclaims that employers choosing to ban smoking have healthier staff and lowerabsence levels. HR backs a blanket banOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Purplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agency previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks has changed industry forever, says US CEO of global agencyClaim is made by US-based chief of eXp Realty at London launch of its UK subsidiary, which now dropped ‘realty’ from its name and has 33 agents signed up so far.Nigel Lewis18th November 201902,004 Views Purplebricks has changed the industry forever by making self-employment more widely accepted, the CEO of a US-based company launching in the UK has claimed during an interview with The Negotiator.Jason Gesing (pictured above, right), the recently-promoted global CEO of eXp Realty, was at the official launch party of its UK subsidiary which is to be called eXp UK.His company has 24,400 agents in the US and Canada and is beginning to roll its business out internationally with a launch due in Australia, as well as the UK.Led here by former eMoov and easyProperty executive Adam Day (above, left), eXp UK has been preparing to launch for several months and has already signed-up 30 ‘founder’ agents many of whom attended the event in Soho at the upmarket Ham Yard Hotel on Friday night.Day says he expected to have ten agents by now and 16 by the end of the year, but that so far 33 are signed up and another 14 are in the pipeline.“I’ll think we’ll be at 50 by the end of the year,” he says.Gesing admitted that the eXp style of self-employed estate agents working via a central digital hub, similar in several ways to the Keller Williams model, is more likely to succeed in the UK because of Purplebricks.“They have done a really good job of paving the way for self-employment in the UK and it means it’s something an agent will at least entertain now,” he says.Gesing also believes that employed estate agents in the UK aren’t paid well enough for the heavy workload and long hours that are common in the industry, and that eXp is designed to appeal to those looking to take a larger slice of the fees they generate.Agents joining the company use an online ‘digital world’ to network with other agents using eXp, access services including both ValPal’s leads platform and For Sale boards, and pay a flat fee of approximately £125 a month plus VAT.AML and redressDay also says he has learned from the Purplebricks experience and is ensuring all his agents are individually registered with a redress scheme and have completed HMRC registration for AML.The Negotiator spoke to agents at the event, and it was clear that they all had different reasons for joining. This includes letting agent using eXp to set up their own sales operations and existing traditional agencies using it’s platform to extend their territories without the expense of a high street branch.“It’s easy to set up and get going – it takes a few hours rather than weeks or days,” said Bobby Ijaz. “The tenant fees ban is making it more difficult in lettings, so we’re using eXp’s platform to go into sales again.”Jason Gesing exp uk adam day exp realty November 18, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Revealed: More details on post-lockdown property viewings when industry restarts in THREE WEEKS

first_imgNAEA Propertymark has revealed more information on how the property market will re-open after plans to regulate property viewings were leaked to a national newspaper yesterday.Chief Executive Mark Hayward spoke to a Rightmove Hub webinar this morning during which he revealed that the housing market will re-open for business in three weeks’ time, he expects.But Hayward said that this timeline will depend on Boris Johnson’s expected announcement on Sunday about the re-opening of the economy.“The government is working on how and when to get our sector back up and running,” he said. “We’ve been working with MHCLG and BEIS and also conveyancers and removals firms to achieve this once the lockdown has eased.”Hayward also said Propertymark was pushing for further financial assistance for the estate agency sector, but also said that it wouldn’t survive a perpetual lockdown and that agents need to begin restart appraisals and property viewings.He also re-iterated that official guidance had not changed and that although agents were under commercial pressures to do viewings, they should not be visiting their offices or entering any vendors’ or landlords’ properties.WhistleblowingHayward also urged agents to turn whistleblower if they found local competitors breaking the current and future lockdown rules, saying they were not only breaking guidance but putting themselves and consumers at huge risk.The industry will also re-open in a phased manner rather than the ‘doors being flung open’ and that significant new practices would have to be adopted.This includes that vendors will have to pack their own homes up. There will also not be a mass return to branches with many staff working from home, he says.Hayward also reminded agents that lock down was relatively easy to do compared to the more detailed plans they will have to draw up to operate their businesses after lockdown from a safety and social distancing point of view.For viewings, it was clarified in addition to the leaked proposals that:Viewings will not last more than 15 minutes.PPE will have to be wornSellers will need to have PPE and have disinfected the property prior to viewing particularly door handles.Only two adults per viewing.Viewings will have to be staggered – days of ‘open houses’ are over.And for branchesNo hot deskingScreens between work stations.Separate in and out doors.All surfaces disinfected regularly.In-branch and appraisal/viewings staff separated.Protective equipment to be supplied to staff.Watch the seminar in full here. Industry reactionEd Mead from Viewber says: “Common sense is obviously going to be necessary. Empty properties don’t present a problem and occupied properties can be turned in to empty ones for the duration of a viewing – if sensible social distancing and PPE guidelines are followed there shouldn’t be an issue.“From Viewber’s perspective the ability for an agent to have a single local Viewber as key holder and doing the viewings has been understandably popular and minimises risk of infection to staff and applicants alike.”lockdown rules coronavirus Mark Hayward Rightmove NAEA May 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Revealed: More details on post-lockdown property viewings when industry restarts in THREE WEEKS previous nextCOVID-19 newsRevealed: More details on post-lockdown property viewings when industry restarts in THREE WEEKSNAEA Chief Executive Mark Hayward predicts when first industry will partially re-open, and reveals how branches and property viewings will be operated.Nigel Lewis5th May 2020019,581 Viewslast_img read more

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholar – Short Term

first_imgThe Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholars conductresearch on important issues related to the United States, Europeand World Order at the Johns Hopkins University School of AdvancedInternational Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.During the academic year 2019-2020 the university intends to hostthe following scholars:• 1 academic year scholar for a nine (9) month period fromSeptember 2019 to May 2020• 2-3 short-term scholars for an in-residence period of between 1and 3 monthsScholars are integrated into research, training, and outreachactivities of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor atthe university. During the academic year 2019-2020 research andrelated activities will focus on Europe’s role in global order.Scholars will join a cohort of post-doctoral fellows who will focuson this subject during a regular series of high-level seminars,peer review sessions, and opportunities for direct engagement withsenior foreign policy practitioners and leading scholars ofstatecraft and world order. Each scholar is expected to complete aresearch paper during the period of residence according to theterms of the assignment entered into with the Foundation.To view the posting seeking long term scholars, visithttp://apply.interfolio.com/57774Applicants must have a doctorate or be at the post-doctorate level,have demonstrated research capacity, be fluent in English, and beeligible for a J-1 visa. Preference will be given to those who areno more than 6 years beyond completing their dissertation, althoughothers are also eligible.For the short-term scholars, preference will also be given toqualified and competitive candidates from Austrian institutions,but we encourage applications from candidates from other countriesas well.StipendEach scholar will enter into a research assignment with theAustrian Marshall Plan Foundation and will receive a monthlystipend of up to $5,000, minus U.S. taxes; an office with computer;Internet access; access to Johns Hopkins University libraries andother facilities. Each scholar is expected to take care of his/hertravel, accommodation, health care coverage and livingexpenses.Application ProcedureEach applicant should submit the following (in English):1. A cover letter supporting the application.2. A 3 to 5 page double-spaced statement that proposes a researchproject, including its relevance to the research interests asoutlined above.3. A curriculum vitae.The applicant is responsible for collecting all materials andsubmitting them before March 30, 2019.The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Visiting Scholars areselected by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and theAustrian Marshall Plan Foundation. Applicants will be notified byApril 30, 2019.The 2019-2020 academic year scholar begins on September 3, 2019.Short-term scholars can begin anytime between September 3, 2019 andMay 1, 2020.Interested, qualified applicants should send inquiries, coverletter, a current CV, and other documents via the Apply Nowlink.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

Watch Young Derek Trucks Jam With Brother Duane And Jimmy Herring In 1995

first_imgIn 1995, Derek Trucks was in the midst of making his fame through his own Derek Trucks Band. Beyond coming from a family of rock stars, the young Derek had skills that impressed many at that age. While his talents were undeniable, it was Col. Bruce Hampton (who you’ll see on set toward the end of this video) that really pushed along his career. With the “Godfather of Jam Bands” backing you up, there’s no question that the 16-year-old guitarist had business performing at The Georgia Theatre.Jimmy Herring, another close family friend of the Trucks, also played the show with Derek. In the video below, you can see Derek and Herring practicing during soundcheck, alongside a young Duane Trucks behind the drum kit. Who would’ve expected that 21 years later, these two would be playing together in Widespread Panic? Even more, the young drummer is also now married to Herring’s daughter, making The White Wizard out to be Duane’s father-in-law. The history goes way back between the Trucks and Herring families, but this snippet from a soundcheck in 1995 at The Georgia Theatre really shows just how deep the roots run:Watch the full performance of the Derek Trucks Band with Jimmy Herring at The Georgia Theatre in 1995 below:last_img read more

Watch The All-Star Tribute To Bernie Worrell Lay Down The “Mothership Connection” Funk

first_imgThis past weekend marked the transplanted return of Bear Creek, which opened up as the Bear Creek Bayou Festival at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. With thousands assembled for the exciting festival, many flocked to the Howlin’ Wolf for some late night fun, in the form of a funky tribute to the late great Bernie Worrell.Worrell sadly passed away due to cancer earlier this year, and an all-star crew of musicians came out to perform in his honor. The full lineup for the show included Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Nick Daniels (Dumpstaphunk), Nigel Hall (Lettuce), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Jen Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and TJ Norris.The musicians took turns sharing stories about the late Worrell, only adding to the emotional significance of the night. It was the music that shined through, as the band brought out countless classics from Worrell’s catalog. Among the many played was “Mothership Connection,” a P-Funk regular that featured Worrell’s iconic synth playing.Fortunately, our own Rex Thomson was on hand to capture this moment. Watch this all-star lineup’s great version of “Mothership Connection,” streaming below.For fans of Nikki Glaspie, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, be sure not to miss them perform a special tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire alongside Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, and more at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive, a multi-venue music festival with over 50 artists performing throughout Brooklyn on October 22nd. All the information you need to know is located right here.last_img read more

How Harvard Innovation Labs ventures are responding to COVID-19

first_imgThe Harvard Innovation Labs recently announced how current and former venture teams are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.Many current venture teams are creating products and services that have the potential to reduce the spread of the virus, improve patient care, and create community when in-person gatherings are not possible. These services include free online childbirth classes by June Motherhood; Molecular Loop is exploring how its DNA sequencing technology can help labs test people for COVID-19; and Umbulizer is beginning to manufacture a low-cost portable ventilator.There are also a number of former ventures that are pursuing inspiring initiatives. Buoy Health, for example, launched a free symptom checker for COVID-19, which is designed to help people understand whether they should seek care for the virus. The company recently announced a partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.To learn more about how Harvard Innovation Labs venture teams are working to keep people healthy and connected to each other, visit the i-Labs website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Professor connects science and renaissance

first_imgHow do we understand the relationship between technology, ecology and the Renaissance? What does it mean to move away from an age of industry to an age of Renaissance ideals? Matthew Kubik, associate professor of construction engineering at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, examined these questions in his colloquium Tuesday on the Renaissance ideal titled “Living the Renaissance Ideal as a Person of Faith in the 21st Century.”The colloquium was part of the Renaissance Circle, a set of monthly informal workshops for first-year students that connect different ideas in the arts, humanities and sciences. Michael Yu | The Observer Indiana University-Purdue professor Matthew Kubik explains the importance of Renaissance ideals, especially the concept of interconnectedness among people and ideas, in solving current problems in science.During his lecture, Kubik said the Renaissance ideal encouraged interconnectedness, an approach that intersects with many of the sociological and ecological issues the world currently faces.“In the Renaissance there was none of that division between these professions, and so there was a quest for all knowledge,” Kubick said. “We have a crossing of ideas and culture as we have a progression of ideas over time.”According to Kubik, the 21st century can currently be classified as being in the “mechanical” or industrial age. Kubik said the ideal of the mechanical age equates progress with growth and cultural values are connected to “the amassing of greater and greater material good.”“We look at what grows and what thrives to discover the embedded values within our culture,” Kubik said.Kubik said this set of values has also discouraged us from understanding our connection to future generations and contributes to our devaluation of human labor. He said this ideal is currently at odds with our current resources as we experience a rapid decline in oil and natural gas reserves. As we continue to avoid facing our current ecological condition, we are “buying time,” Kubik said.The current generation will transition from the mechanical age to the green age, which is similar to the Renaissance age in the way it sees the overlapping relationship between human and earth, Kubik said. He said the transition to this age requires an understanding of how the laws of thermodynamics and concepts of energy define our relationship to the earth, and it will be important to “consider what the environmental burdens are going to be with supply, manufacture, use and disposal.”“We’re redefining the concept of progress if the actions we’re taking serve to ensure that the earth is able to sustain itself and its inhabitants and sustain our future children,” Kubik said.According to Kubik, the Catholic faith, specifically the Christian emphasis on loving one’s neighbor, held an ideological connection to the ideals of the green age of synergy and emphasized the interconnected nature of humanity. Kubik said while the mandate to “love one another” is common in other religions, Christianity is unique in emphasizing how loving that meant recognizing the interconnections they shared with one another and with the earth.“Love your neighbor as yourself, meaning you and your neighbor are the same thing,” Kubik said. “We are connected through all those interconnections, the same DNA, the same chemicals, the same connection to the earth and we extend that to ‘love the earth as yourself’ because we are part and parcel of all connected material in existence.”Tags: Catholicism, Christianity, engineering, environmentalism, industrial age, mechanical age, Renaissance, Renaissance idealslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Cursed Child Will Make Us Cry & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Cursed Child Will Make Us CryMuggles, you will need tissues when you go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s West End. Set 19 years after the end of the original series, J.K. Rowling has warned that if the play doesn’t make you cry, “we’ll be checking your vital signs.” Starring Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, the production is scheduled to begin performances at the Palace Theatre on June 7.Switcheroos for West End’s Kinky BootsDavid Hunter (Once), is set to replace Killian Donnelly as the West End’s Charlie Price in the Tony and Olivier-winning Kinky Boots. Also joining the London production from August 15 will be Elena Skye as Lauren, Alan Mehdizadeh as Don and Cordelia Farnworth as Nicola, stepping in for Amy Lennox, Jamie Baughan and Amy Ross, respectively. The departing cast members will play their final performances at the Adelphi Theatre on August 13.Celia Imrie & More Set for Glenda Jackson’s King LearFurther casting has been announced for London’s King Lear, led by two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson in the title role. She will be joined by Celia Imrie (Bridget Jones’s Baby) as Goneril, Morfydd Clark (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) as Cordelia and William Chubb (Lawrence After Arabia) as Albany, alongside the previously reported Jane Horrocks, Rhys Ifans, Simon Manyonda and Harry Melling. Shakespeare’s classic will play a limited engagement October 25 through December 3 and officially open on November 4 at the Old Vic.Jessie Mueller Will Melt Your HeartIt’s Memorial Day weekend! To get us in a delicious mood, here’s Tony winner Jessie Mueller with the number “She Used to be Mine” from Waitress. Sara Bareilles’ musical is currently cooking up a storm at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. See you on Tuesday! View Comments ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’last_img read more