Co-op coaches employees to use their skillsOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today An innovative approach to employeedevelopment and training by the Co-operative Bank has cut the number of staffleaving its call centres.The company, which hasbeen chosen as an example of best practice by the Learning and Skills Council,has seen its staff turnover reduce from over 13 per cent to 10 per cent sinceit introduced a training and development plan, Project Leo, in 1999.This compares with anaverage staff turnover rate at UK call centres of about 25 per cent, accordingto TUC estimates.Project Leo ensuresthat new staff are given three weeks classroom teaching, where they learn avariety of skills from customer service to IT operations.They are then given amentor who listens to telephone calls and offers guidance, so that by the endof their first six months they have the skills to do the job well.After this, the newrecruits concentrate on other aspects of their development to see which oftheir abilities can be developed.Tony Britten, head ofhuman resources and planning for the bank, said, “We are getting morevalue for money by supporting people to develop their capabilities to be moreeffective in their jobs.”People no longerexpect a job for life, but they do expect more than a wage. They want opportunitiesto become more skillful and experienced, and they want that to be transferable.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
The lettings fee ban is set to go ahead. The Government has announced its intention to introduce a total ban ands agents across the UK will not be able to charge any fees to tenants for their services, if the Government’s proposals are implemented.This isn’t a case of rattling cages to get the message through to agents that their fees may be disappearing, if they do not receive suitable responses from the consultation – today’s publication of the Consultation Paper leaves us in no doubt that there will be a total ban on lettings fees, as stated by Baroness Hayter (right) last week at the arla|propertymark Conference, it is just a matter of when and how it is implemented.Within the document, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says, “DCLG officials undertook some market research of letting agent fees. We randomly chose 50 agents of differing sizes and models (i.e. franchises, independents and national branches) across the country and searched their website for a list of letting fees charged to tenants.This exercise reinforced how difficult it is for tenants to both find and compare agent fees since it was not always simple to either find the fees on the agent’s website or to understand exactly what was included in them.“The findings demonstrate that the fees charged to tenants vary considerably amongst agents, even though the services provided are broadly similar, and that in some instances the fees charged can be significant. Generation Rent’s findings also demonstrate the inconsistency in fees charged. They found that, for two tenants, reference check fees ranged from £20 to £570; charges for tenancy agreements ranged from £48 – £480; inventory costs ranged from £50-£216.”On the basis of a random sample of just 50 agents, the whole letting agency sector will be hit by a total ban on lettings fees…”So, it seems that on the basis of a random sample of just 50 agents, the whole letting agency sector will be hit by a total ban on lettings fees, mainly because the fees are inconsistent.Strangely, it isn’t relevant that fees are inconsistent for pretty much every service any person ever requires. Many spring to mind – council tax, parking fees, council owned leisure facilities, train and bus travel… and equally variable is the quality of services provided by those suppliers.So why the focus on lettings fees? Paragraph 47 declares: Rationale for introducing a banWhilst most letting and managing agents provide a reputable service, a minority of agents offer a poor service and engage in unacceptable practices. Some agents may be motivated to act in their own interests, which may be contrary to the interests of the tenant or landlord. Some letting agents exploit their role as an intermediary between the tenant and landlord by imposing unfair charges on the tenant or double charging tenants and landlords for the same service. Shelter’s 2013 report found that nearly one in four people in England and Wales feel that they’ve been charged unfair fees by a letting agent.While Paragraph 80 also warns against any ideas of hidden charges to tenants:Increase in rentsAgents will need to consider their business models in light of the ban and consider how they should charge for their services. The time of, and services provided by, letting agents should be reimbursed but this should be by landlords rather than tenants. We would not expect the full level of tenant fees that are charged currently by letting agents to be passed on to landlords since there is evidence that a number of agents are charging excessive fees and that some agents are double charging landlords and tenants.”Industry bodies respondDavid Cox, Chief Executive, ARLA Propertymark, said, “The Government’s housing policy is shambolic and today’s consultation contradicts its already stated aim to encourage longer term tenancies. Independent analysis launched at ARLA Propertymark’s annual Conference last week revealed that if an outright ban was introduced, rents will increase by £103 per year which will only serve to financially punish long term tenants.“The decision is a short-term crowd pleaser and we are disappointed DCLG has not considered our proposals in today’s consultation. We urge the Government to use this process to think again to ensure that consumers, and the wider economy are not penalised by contradictory Government policies.”Chris Norris, Head of Policy at the National Landlords Association (NLA), said, “We’re particularly concerned that the scope of this consultation appears to have drifted to include tenancy deposits, with suggestions that a ‘cap’ may now be necessary. This looks like yet another attempt to affix a sticking plaster to a perceived problem without really understanding what is driving behaviour in the real world”.Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, said, “Small agents are drowning in constant policy interventions. The publication of this consultation in isolation, at a time when we’re awaiting further proposals on requirements for all agents to hold client money protection insurance, is proof that this Government does not have a clear vision for the future of the sector.“If they really want to completely regulate letting agents then why waste time by constantly moving the goal posts?”You can download the whole document here:https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-letting-agent-fees-paid-by-tenantsPlease respond and complete the survey – have your say: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dclgletletting fees ban richard price ukala letting fees ban consultation lettings fees baroness hayter chris norris nla david cox arla propertymark DCLG April 7, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’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. 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There is a lot happening in this week’s issue, bread weights deregulation, which looked to be on hold, has suddenly been the victim of a coup d’état. So sometime next year, we should see a virtual free-for-all, specifically on wrapped bread and possibly unwrapped (pg 4).It is news that will delight most of the supermarkets and some plant bakers – but definitely not others. Most have refrained from speaking publicly on the issue, but privately they know that it will cause some havoc and plenty of discussion.While millers will be concerned that a range of smaller loaves might mean less flour sold, bakers and retailers will be concerned that more air and water may make loaves look larger than they should, meaning prices will not reflect true content – and so it goes on.It was a topic discussed at the recent Federation of Bakers conference – before news of the deregulation came through (pg 16). But nothing is likely to happen before 2008, so there’s still time for reflection.Also this week, Patak’s seems a perfect fit for ABF (pg 5). And at the Scottish Conference at Peebles, I learned that the next increase in the minimum wage in October has been limited to 3.2%, with quite a bit of credit for the limit going to Low Pay Commission representative and past president of the SAMB Ian Hay.The SAMB also reported that it had seen a rise in employment queries about age discrimination, so I hope that our article this week, Age Aware (pg 14) proves timely.Meanwhile, the UK’s branded coffee shop market is continuing to expand significantly (pg 8) with Starbucks leading the growth. It is all about branding and ambience, but bakers can do just as well with the right offering in the right place. On page 21, we look at how even opening a small in-store coffee shop can really boost your business. And the bakery offering in many coffee shops is nowhere as good as in a baker’s shop, although the cakes and biscuits are usually imaginative.No, it’s mainly the coffee and ambience that is the draw. So if you go ahead, give the coffee equal importance and give your shopfitter a brief to visit all the coffee shop chains. Bakers can do it better!
Heralded as one of the best Rolling Stones albums, let alone one of the great rock n’ roll albums of all time, Exile On Main Street will get a new life as the focus of a new biopic film. Titled Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell With the Rolling Stones, the band recorded the album in a small bunker-like studio before its big release in 1972.The film will be directed by Andy Goddard, who has worked on Downton Abbey, and the storyline will largely follow Robert Greenfield’s 2008 book of the same title. Rights to the book were purchased by Virgin in 2012, and studios are casting the roles of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards right now.While Exile probably won’t be released until 2017, it’s interesting to think about how such an iconic album was created. With tracks like “Sweet Virginia,” “Tumblin’ Dice,” “Lovin’ Cup” and more, there’s no shortage of great music to choose from for the Exile On Main Street film.[H/T Deadline]
It’s hard to believe that Phish‘s 13-night run at Madison Square Garden is actually coming near an end. The triumphant Baker’s Dozen has been a truly legendary task by the Vermont-bred foursome, and their execution has been mind-blowing to new extents. With each night bringing a new donut flavor, and therefore a theme for each setlist to conform to, the band has reached new heights of creativity, improvisation, and mastery with their no-repeat streak. This all makes Sunday’s show the most sought out of them all, as it will conclude their record-breaking performances on a day of the week notorious for specialty shows. Fans who are shut out of the Garden will inevitably be searching for ways to feast their ears on Sunday night’s show.SiriusXM Jam_On has announced that they will be live streaming Sunday night’s Phish show. Tune in to channel 29 to listen to crisp audio of the full show, starting around 8:00PM EST. Glaze On![cover photo by Dave DeCrescente]
Yesterday, we posted about the Vulfpeck Christmas jingle “Santa Baby”. A truly Vulfian take on the holiday classic, the band described the tune as: “woody goss playing rhodes by ur fireplace making casual conversation with ur mishpacha.” Well someone one-upped the magic on this tune and applied a few verses from Rap-favorites Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Gucci Mane, and Q-Tip to the otherwise seasonally appropriate funk anthem.While the original song could be brought home to the family dinner table, this version is most definitely meant for the after party. Thanks to Gabe Yamartino for the entertainment.Enjoy:For comparison, and for joy, listen to the original:Mixing hip-hop with Vulfpeck is not anything new, however. Check out this mash-up of Vulfpeck’s “Wait for the Moment” and Chance The Rapper‘s “Sunday Candy”. Someone else made a whole playlist of hip-hop mash-ups with the luscious grooves of le Vulf fronted by the voices of Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Biggie, Jay-Z, and many more. Entertainment is an understatement.If you haven’t already, check out this interview with Woody about all things birdwatching, burritos, and space.
Body cameras have been in the news this week with big stories in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal, and the cost of storage has been a big a part of the story. I have met with many different customers around evidence storage and the long term costs associated and I often hear that they are “going cloud” because they believe it is less expensive than on-premises storage. Cloud is without a doubt changing the landscape for our apps at home, on our phones, and in the enterprise. There are a lot of situations where cloud is the right choice. Cloud for evidence is more nuanced than lets say, deploying Office 365. Evidence data grows every year and sits unused for most of its lifetime. Evidence video has a shelf life of 3, 5 , or even 20 years or more in some cases. When storing that much data and for that long of a time, you have to think beyond the first 5 years. One of the most common offers I encounter when talking to customers is the “unlimited” per camera plan for body camera storage. This plan sounds like a great deal up front, but when you dig deeper, you quickly find that it is a much more expensive alternative to storing evidence in your datacenter.Lets look at one example of a small city in California. The City of Alameda purchased software and cloud storage for 80 body cameras for $425,000 for 5 years. Each year Alameda will be on the hook to pay $63,000 forever to maintain their body camera video in the cloud.“80 Cameras for $63,000/year FOREVERShareThat is a lot of money for 80 cameras. Imagine if they had 1,000 cameras or even 10,000 cameras. This is the fundamental issue with the currently available cloud offers for body cameras. You are not getting any of the advantages of cloud and you are left with a bill that is too costly for most police departments. Not to mention you are vendor locked-in and the cost to change vendors can be astronomical.Contrast this with a Public Safety Data Lake designed to store, manage and secure ALL your evidence data in an open platform that you own. A Public Safety Data Lake allows you to buy the storage you need when you need it. No long term overpriced contracts. It is open to any evidence you want to store and you are not stuck managing multiple storage platforms for your evidence data.“Join us at EMC World 2016 on Tuesday May 3 @ 1:30 PM to learn more about how to turn your Evidence and Surveillance data into a Data Lake.Share
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The US House on Tuesday passed a provision advocated by Rep. Peter Welch that would close the Reverse Morris Trust (RMT) tax loophole and save taxpayers $260 million. The loophole was used by Verizon to avoid federal taxes when it sold its northern New England landline operations to FairPoint Communications in 2008.By a vote of 246 to 178, the House approved the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 4849). The legislation, which invests in local infrastructure projects and small business tax credits, is paid for in part by closing the RMT loophole. It incorporates a bill introduced by Welch and 21 other members of Congress this January (H.R. 4486), which focused on closing the RMT loophole.“This loophole is bad for taxpayers, bad for consumers and bad for workers. By closing it and investing the savings in job creation, hardworking Americans – not corporations – will benefit,” Welch said.Under the Reverse Morris Trust, a parent company can spin-off a subsidiary that merges into an unrelated company tax-free, so long as the shareholders of the parent company control more than 50 percent of the voting rights and economic value of the resulting merged company. In northern New England, Verizon reportedly avoided hundreds of millions in taxes when it spun-off its landline operations to FairPoint, leaving the latter with overwhelming debt.Currently, parent companies must pay taxes on gains from their subsidiaries if they receive cash payments, but not if they receive payments in the form of debt securities. H.R. 4849 changes the tax code so that debt securities paid to a parent company are taxed the same way as cash payments, removing the incentive to leave a subsidiary saddled with debt.In addition to closing the RMT loophole, H.R. 4849 would:· Extend the Build America Bonds program to make it cheaper for state and local governments to finance the rebuilding of schools, sewers, hospitals and transit projects.· Exclude small businesses from capital gains· Increase the tax deduction for start-up expenditures to encourage the formation of new small businesses.Source: Welch’s office. 3.24.2010.# # #
Estates, houses, apartments, vehicles and businesses were among the assets belonging to the late Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, aka “The Mexican,” one of the most powerful drug traffickers from the Medellín cartel. Today, his estate belongs to the Colombian government after being seized under extinction of dominion. Colombian law defines the extinction of dominion over assets as the loss of rights to an asset, which is handed over to the state through a legal process with complete disregard to the owner. It is applied when assets are acquired directly or indirectly from criminal activity. The law was created in 1996 and modified in 2002. “It is an absolutely necessary instrument; it provides the ability to seize assets from drug trafficking and the mafia,” said Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza, Colombia’s ambassador to Mexico, during the Interactive Seminar on Information Technology in Mexico in March 2009. According to Colombia’s Office of the Attorney General in April 2004, 118 of the 270 assets seized from Rodríguez and his immediate family fell under extinction of dominion. In addition to 114 properties and public transportation vehicles, stock in the Club Los Millonarios (Millionaires Club) soccer team, airplanes, livestock and company investments were also seized. In August 2009, Caracol Radio reported that 116 of Rodríguez’s assets — which changed ownership on several occasions — were seized under extinction of dominion. The assets are managed throughout the legal process, and once the legal proceedings are done and the assets forfeited, they are then sold. The money is channeled through the Fund for Rehabilitation, Social Investment and Fight Against Organized Crime, which finances social-interest housing for those displaced by violence. It is also invested in equipment and technical enhancement for the fight against drugs and the construction of maximum security prisons. Between 1991 and mid-2009, the National Narcotics Directorate, or DNE — an organization that managed seizures, among other things — received 72,000 assets, 10 percent of which fell under extinction of dominion. Some people believe this new legislation can be detrimental to citizens’ rights, specifically regarding property. “As with other measures taken under the pressures of the fight against drug trafficking, authorities could abuse this law to seize the assets of undesirable persons, even if they aren’t criminals,” Ramiro Bautista, a legal expert at the National Autonomous University in Mexico, told Buzos. The law could also become clouded if asset management is not handled with transparency. Peru also followed in the footsteps of the Colombian legislation. Its version is known as the loss of dominion law, which took effect in March 2008. Peru had 45,000 cases of dominion loss, according to the attorney general’s anti-drug office. Before this law existed, seized assets were passed along to charities, but various government sectors demanded the auctioning of the properties instead. The law stipulates a period of 90 days in which to auction the seized assets once they are declared dominion of the state. This income is assigned as follows: 45 percent goes to construction of prisons, 25 percent to the implementation of the new Code of Criminal Procedure, 15 percent to administration and the remaining 15 percent as a fund in case the assets must be returned. Some sectors, however, have already requested changes to the legislation. Rómulo Pizarro, director of the National Commission for Development and Life Without Drugs, asked that crimes such as corruption and environmental offenses be included. In addition, he asked that a portion of that income be designated toward the fight against drugs. Seeking Regulations A large portion of these assets comes from drug traffickers, which, according to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe, is a reason this law has impeded territorial takeovers. Criminals are not the only people affected by this law. Some people have been impacted by it after acquiring property that had been obtained illegally in the past. For example Farmacoop, formerly Kressford Laboratories, a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, was sold to its employees in 1998. But that business used to operate as a front for the drug trafficking brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela and therefore, in 2004, it was seized under the extinction of dominion law and placed under the supervision of the DNE. Extinction of dominion has not been a flawless process. The DNE was accused of corruption in its management of certain seizures, and the case is under investigation. As a result of the accusation, the DNE was forced to undergo a restructuring process. The seized assets are now managed by a new company called Special Assets Society, under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit. Its board of directors will consist of business people with vast experience in the private sector. The seized inventory includes all kinds of hard-to-sell mafia extravagances — luxury cars, commercial planes, recreational property, zoos, designer shoes, Santería dolls — which has made asset management more complex. According to Semana magazine, one of the assets that’s been under the state’s possession for the longest time is a house belonging to “The Mexican” valued at more than $6.5 million. The house, located in an exclusive spot north of Bogotá, was looted by criminals searching for hidden money. The city’s land-use planning office, which dictates urban regulations, now only allows for an embassy to operate in that location. The Law Crosses Borders By Dialogo January 01, 2010 The Colombian extinction of dominion law has become a legislative model for other governments. Flavio Mirella, a representative of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime for Peru and Ecuador, believes the extinction of dominion law is a legal instrument being enforced successfully in several countries to combat asset laundering and to finance anti-drug trafficking initiatives. “You have to hit the drug traffickers where it hurts most: their pockets,” Mirella said to Peru’s Inforegion news agency. Mexico City adopted its own version of the Colombian extinction of dominion law on March 9, 2009. The legal proceedings are what set them apart. In Mexico, it is a civil action brought before a specialized judge, while in Colombia, it is brought before the country’s attorney general and a criminal judge. “Due to the [previous] lack of an extinction of dominion law, it has been possible for drug traffickers or kidnappers to recover a good portion of the assets obtained by the police and the public, federal and state ministries,” Andrés Lozano, secretary of the public safety commission of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies, told Buzos magazine. One month after Mexico City’s law took effect, the first extinction of dominion lawsuit surfaced: Mexico City’s Hotel Madrid was seized by authorities based on allegations it had been used for human trafficking, according to Mexico’s Radio Trece news. On Aug. 28, the extinction of dominion law went into effect for the entire country. Other Latin American countries are seeking legislation allowing them access to illicit assets. Ecuadoran legislators are analyzing an extinction of dominion bill. “We are all aware that Ecuador needs a law to fight corruption with regard to assets and ill-gotten fortunes and that we ought to commit more citizens to this fight,” said Fernando Cordero, president of the Legislative and Fiscal Commission, to the national newspaper El Comercio. Ratifying this law is important, according to Domingo Paredes, executive secretary of the National Council on the Control of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, an entity that looks after the assets seized from drug trafficking. Otherwise, the country could remain a “paradise for illicit investments” for asset laundering, Paredes said to daily national newspaper El Telégrafo. In Honduras, the courts must wait to sentence a defendant before the state can make use of the assets. It is a limiting factor in attacking these criminal organizations head on. For this reason, the public prosecutor’s Office on Organized Crime in Honduras presented a privation or loss of asset dominion bill, which is under review in the National Congress, according to El Heraldo newspaper. If the law is approved, the criminal trial and a ruling to determine the loss of the assets will be carried out simultaneously. Guatemala’s extinction of dominion bill would be one of the fiscal reform strategies aiming to combat the tax decline in the country. President Álvaro Colom is one of the supporters, due to the economic advantages the regulation would present for the country. Only the Judicial Branch presently has access to confiscated narcotrafficking assets. Mariano Rayo, one of the representatives supporting the bill, told Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre that the law is vital. “For a successful strategy to combat drugs, it is necessary to intercept the trafficking and growing of drugs and … to remove the incentive, the money and the assets from organized crime.”