Why minister says ageism law will be good for firms

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Minister for Pensions Ian McCartney urges the HR profession to consult withthe Government to help develop effective laws to tackle age discrimination inthe workplace. He talked exclusively to Ben Willmott about the key issuesQ Does more need to be done to encourage employers to be ready for the2006 deadline for the abolition of compulsory retirement? A “We will be implementing legislation based on the EUEmployment Directive to tackle age discrimination in employment, and this willbe in place by 2006. “Retirement is covered by the directive. However, it is not the casethat this directive requires the total abolition of retirement ages. Retirementis a key area on which we need to gain views from employers and employeesduring our consultation process. “We will be consulting with employers, individuals and interestedorganisations to identify best practice on the issue of retirement age, seekingto balance what is best for both employers and employees. “As this is an extremely complex area for legislation, we are planningto hold two consultations. The first, at the end of this year, will aim toraise awareness and discuss options and issues openly and in detail. “The second consultation is likely to begin in the second half of 2002,drawing on the result of the first exercise and incorporat-ing the government’sinitial proposals for introducing legislation to prevent agediscrimination.” Q What should HR departments do to prepare for the legislation? A “They should be seeking to get actively engaged in theconsultation process and consider if their current practices are fair.Information on the consultation process and guidance on good practice will beavailable on the new Age Positive website, which is due to be launched in thenear future. (The website address will be: www.agepositive.gov.uk) “The consultation is being co-ordinated by the Department of Trade andIndustry and a consultation document is due to be launched in December.” Q Which occupations should be exempt from the retirement ruling? A “We will be asking a specific question in the consultation onwhether an earlier age of retirement should apply to some sectors and on whatgrounds.” Q How important will older workers become in helping to overcome skillsshortages? A “Older workers are a very important and often forgottenresource. In the near future, there will be 2 million fewer working-age peopleunder 50. “More than 36 per cent of the labour force is aged over 45. In anothernine years, almost 40 per cent will be in that age group. “By comparison, by 2010, 16- to 24-year-olds will make up only 17 percent of the workforce. “A third of people aged from 50 to state pension age are inactive ordisplaced from the labour market. This is alarmingly high. “However, we are turning the tide. From 1997 to 2000, the employmentrate for the over-50s rose faster than for all of working age groups to reach67 per cent. “We are making progress, and employers are increasingly realising thebenefits older people bring. The message is clear – employers and the countrycannot afford to waste the skills and experience of our older workers.” Q Should employers contribute to stakeholder pension schemes – would thishelp the low take-up of the schemes by staff? A “Surveys have shown that if an employer is willing tocontribute to a stakeholder pension then that increases the number of employeeswho would take one out. “The Government has no plans to make it compulsory for employers tocontribute to employees’ stakeholder pensions. “It is, however, hard to predict what might happen in the future.”The ageism agendaDecember 2001Consultation to raise awareness on ageism and retirementAutumn 2002Government proposals for introducing age discrimination lawJanuary 2006EC directive to abolish compulsory retirement and ageism Related posts:No related photos. Why minister says ageism law will be good for firmsOn 6 Nov 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Indian Premier League When team does well, captain’s job becomes easy: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sunrisers Hyderabad won their third consecutive game of IPL 2019. The man-of-the-match was awarded to Jonny Bairstow. Delhi Capitals suffered their second consecutive loss.  highlights New Delhi : Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a hat-trick of wins in the ongoing IPL to move to the top of the points table and stand-in-captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar said a skipper’s job becomes relatively easy when the team does well. After losing their opening IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Sunrisers went on the win three back-to-back games against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. “When the team does well, captaincy is always easy.The captain is as good as his team,” Bhuvneshwar said at the post-match presentation ceremony after Sunrisers beat Delhi by five wickets here last night. The Sunrisers captain said it was a difficult wicket to bat on. “With the toss, we were not sure how the wicket was going to play. We were not surprised but we knew it wouldn’t be too slow in the second innings,” he said. Bhuvneshwar feels that all the pitches across the country would behave in a similar fashion as the tournament progresses. “The second half of the IPL, it’s going to be slow all over India, and we have to be choosy with our eleven. “Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer said the batting department let his side down yet again. “Last two games have been the same. Tough wicket and since they bowled first, they had a bit of an idea how to go about it. We didn’t bat well.It’s another learning, we should come back positively,” he said.”After the first time-out, we thought 140-150 would have been a great total. And we had three spinners, so we could have pounced on them. Unfortunately, we were short. I needed a little bit of support from someone at the other end from someone in the top 4. But it’s a good lesson for us.”The way we came back in the second innings was appreciable. The bowlers came up and that is good to see,” Iyer added.Man-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow, who struck a quickfire 48 off 28 deliveries, also opined that the wicket on offer at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium was a difficult one for shot-making.”There was probably a little less bounce. It was a good toss to win, so we were able to see how to play on wickets like that. Probably the first such pitch we’ve come across this season,” he said.”I am really pleased with the start, just going to try and keep going. We have three games in quick succession now and hopefully, we keep playing the same brand of cricket.”(With Inputs: PTI)last_img read more

College Football Playoff updated rankings: Who are the top four teams in the third CFP poll of 2019?

first_imgThe third set of College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday.LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia should maintain the top four spots, and Alabama held on to the No. 5 spot despite the loss of Tua Tagovailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury. Oregon and Utah have the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively, and that is good news for the Pac-12. Oklahoma remains at No. 9 despite beating undefeated Baylor last week. MORE: Why Alabama will (or won’t) make the Playoff with Mac Jones The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 8.The College Football Playoff semifinals will be on Dec. 28 at the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta and PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The CFP championship game will be Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.With that, the third set of College Football Playoff rankings:College Football Playoff rankings 2019Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 12?RankingTeamRecord1.LSU10-02.Ohio State10-03.Clemson11-04.Georgia9-1Who are the first two teams out of the CFP after Week 12?RankingTeamRecord5.Alabama9-16.Oregon9-1CFP top 25 rankings after Week 12RankingTeamRecord1.LSU10-02.Ohio State10-03.Clemson11-04.Georgia9-15.Alabama9-16.Oregon9-17.Utah9-18.Penn State9-19.Oklahoma9-110.Minnesota9-111.Florida9-212.Wisconsin8-213.Michigan8-214.Baylor9-115.Auburn7-316.Notre Dame8-217.Iowa7-318.Memphis9-119.Cincinnati9-120.Boise State9-121.Oklahoma State7-322.Iowa State6-423.USC7-424.Appalachian State9-125.SMU9-1last_img read more