Lloyds TSB puts disabled graduates on fast stream

first_img Comments are closed. Equality: a report on the fourthanniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.Lloyds TSB is setting up afast-track scheme for disabled graduates as part of its commitment to theDisability Rights Commission’s first campaign.The bank is the first big employerto sign up to the commission’s Actions Speak Louder Than Words campaign. Itwill introduce six action plans over the next 18 months. These include theappointment of its director of the branch network, John Spence, as a disabilitychampion.Others will involve awarenesstraining for staff, a career progression programme for disabled employees,increased recruitment of those with a disability and the fast-track scheme.The action plans are the result ofa survey of all the bank’s disabled employees. They were invited to give theiropinions of what working life was like for staff within the company.Liz Sayce, director ofcommunications and change at the commission, said she hoped other companieswould follow Lloyds TSB’s lead. She said, “Lloyds TSB’s activities prove thatgood practice and good business sense can go hand in hand.“They have made tremendous effortsto identify and resolve problems that face their disabled staff and haveactively sought advice from disabled people on the best way to do this.Hopefully other businesses will be encouraged to follow their example.”The TUC has joined the campaign byworking with the Royal National Institute for Deaf People to challenge commonlyheld perceptions of disability.Meanwhile, bus company Arriva willfocus on helping disabled people use public transport safely, althoughawareness training for drivers will also be given.www.drc-gb.orgBy Helen Rowe A brief history of theDisability Discrimination Act1995                            Thethen minister for Disabled People William Hague outlined the disability rightslegislation in Parliament in response to disabled rights lobby2 December 1996        The Disability Discrimination Act cameinto force July 1998                     The Government published a White Paper settingout proposals and functions of the Disability Rights CommissionMarch 1999                 The Disability Rights Commission Bill was introducedinto the House of CommonsApril 2000                    The Disability Rights Commission was launched byminister for disabled people Margaret HodgeJune 2000                    Thecommission won its first case, when it supported a former employee of theLondon Borough of Lambeth, who appealed against a tribunal decision which ruledstress at work was not a disability. The employee claimed he was unfairlydismissed from his job in the finance departmentDecember 2000           Disability Rights Commission launchesits first major campaign, Actions Speak Louder than WordsBriefingWhat isthe Disability Discrimination Act 1995?TheDisability Discrimination Act was enacted on 2 December 1996. The parts of theAct which cover employment forbid direct discrimination against disabledindividuals unless it can be justified for “relevant and substantial reasons”.The Act covers recruitment, promotion and unfair dismissal of staff and appliesto all employers with more than 15 staff with the exception of the police,firefighters, prison officers and the army. Related posts:No related photos. How isdisability defined in the Act? In the Actdisability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment which has asubstantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry outnormal day-to-day activities”. Physical impairments cover conditions such asasthma, arthritis and migraine, which are not necessarily visible, and mentalimpairments are those which are clinically recognised, including clinicaldepression. The long-term effect is defined as lasting, or likely to last, morethan a year. Howmuch do employers have to pay out in compensation? Althoughthe maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal is capped at £50,000 thereis no limit on awards under the DDA. Applicants can also receive unlimitedcompensation for injury to feelings. In practice, average tribunal pay-outs indisability cases have been £9,981 so far, although there have been relativelyfew awards. What doemployers have to do to avoid falling foul of the act?Employersare considered to have discriminated against disabled people if they treat themless favourably than others for reasons to do with their disability, unlessthey can show that this discrimination is reasonable. Employers must also showthey have made reasonable adjustments to the premises or the employee’s methodof working unless these adjustments are unreasonable, for example due to cost.There is no minimum period of employment required before employees are eligibleto make a claim. Lloyds TSB puts disabled graduates on fast streamOn 28 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Whatsort of cases have been brought against employers?Cases haveranged from ones concerning, for example, staff who had been dismissed afterlong periods of sick leave, and employees who had been dismissed for health andsafety reasons but who could have been offered a job in a less hazardous partof the workplace. However, so far case law has not provided definitive answersto the many grey areas in the law.last_img read more

Norwegian NGO Ends Demining Activities on Peruvian-Chilean Border

first_img Humanitarian organization Norwegian People’s Aid, experts in explosives deactivation, delivered 67,000 km2 of demined territory on the border between Peru and Chile on December 20, the Norwegian organization reported. The delivery was made after two months of work with representatives of the Peruvian and Chilean Ministries of Foreign Affairs as witnesses, Claudio de la Puente and Alfonso Silva, respectively. In total, 333 landmines were removed, 261 of which were antipersonnel, and 72 were antitank. The task was conducted by 30 specialists supported by guide dogs. Warning signs that surrounded the dangerous area were also removed along with the explosives. The mines were installed in the 1970s by an order that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) issued at a time of tension between both countries. Last February, due to heavy rains, an unknown number of mines planted in Chilean territory slipped towards Peruvian territory, near Hito 1 on the bilateral border. Norwegian People’s Aid was commissioned by Lima and Santiago governments to remove the mines. The Norwegian organization is currently working on demining efforts in 18 countries, including Iraq, Serbia, Vietnam and Congo. By Dialogo December 26, 2012last_img read more

Homeowners in the top two per cent of the Gold Coast market

first_img The Broadbeach Waters property at 255 Monaco St is listed with a $12.95 million price guide.CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said the Gold Coast had the third highest 98th percentile house value.“In Queensland, the highest 98th percentile house value can be found at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, tracking at $1.87 million in September, followed by Brisbane ($1.52 million) and Gold Coast ($1.33 million),” he said.The figure was much higher on a national scale.“Nationally, you’ve made it into the 98th percentile if you own a house worth at least $2.16 million (roughly $1.6 million above the national median house value) or a unit worth $1.43 million (about $930,000 higher than the national median unit value) or higher,” Mr Lawless said. The Paradise Waters property at 101 Commodore Drive is on the market with a $14.888 million price tag.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Although the national entry point to the top 2 per cent club looks extremely high for most of us, the national figure is skewed higher by Sydney and Melbourne where housing values are much higher.”There were almost 670 Gold Coast houses on realestate.com.au that were listed with a price guide above $1.3 million at the time of publication.This included houses going to auction, which were listed without a price guide.More than 4200 Gold Coast homes were listed on realestate.com.au with prices as low as $49,000. MORE NEWS: Rental vacancies tighten across Queensland Gold Coast houses worth more than $1.33 million are in the top two per cent of the market.GOLD Coast residents who own a house worth more than $1.33 million have made it into an elite club without even realising.The figure represents the entry point into the city’s top two per cent of the property market, also known as the 98th percentile.Considering the Gold Coast’s median house price is $655,000, it’s an unusual position to be in. MORE NEWS: Big crowd watches on as dated house soars past reservecenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29last_img read more