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Homeworkers may see closure of minimum wage loophole

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Homeworkers may see closure of minimum wage loopholeOn 17 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. TheGovernment has published proposals to close a loophole in the law which allowsemployers to avoid paying homeworkers the national minimum wage.Undercurrent regulations, employers can estimate the time an average worker takes tocomplete the task.EmploymentRelations Minister Alan Johnson said: “These people deserve fair pay for afair day’s work. Homeworkers and their employers have told us that the rules inthis area have not been working well and we are determined to help them. “Thenational minimum wage is one of this Government’s finest achievements, but weare not complacent when it comes to enforcing the rules and when necessary, wewill tighten them up.”DTIproposals in its consultation paper could lead to the minimum wage for allhours worked or a “fair piece rate”. Thereare more than 700,000 homeworkers in the UK. Directorof the National Group of Homeworkers, Linda Devereux, said: “We welcomeany changes that make it easier for homeworkers to work out whether their piecerate equates to the national minimum wage. The new rules should simplify theprocess and make it more difficult for employers to exploit homeworkers, whocan, at the moment, legally pay homeworkers only four-fifths of the minimumwage.”By Paul Nelsonlast_img read more

‘Cristobal Colon’ sails to US for combat system tests

first_img Share this article Spanish F-100 frigate Cristobal Colon sails to US for combat system tests Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish F-100 frigate Cristobal Colon sails to US for combat system tests View post tag: Aegis Following a readiness period in her homeport in Ferrol, Spain, the AEGIS frigate Cristóbal Colón (F-105) is set to sail towards Norfolk, Virginia for a month and a half deployment along with a U.S. Navy destroyer for combat system ship qualification trials (CSSQT).These trials will take place in the Wallops Island range off the coast of Virginia.Cristobal Colon will be joined by the U.S. Navy destroyer ‘USS Arleigh Burke’ (DDG-51). The exercise will also permit to test and verify the interoperability of Spanish Navy warships with similar US and allied platforms.The main purpose of CSSQT is to assess and certify the ship’s combat system for command and control, anti-air warfare and anti-missile defense.The Spanish Navy said the qualification trials will conclude with the launching of Standard (SM-2) and Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESSM) missiles during three scheduled air defense exercises.The F-105 is the fifth of the AEGIS-equipped Spanish Navy frigates launched in 2010 and commissioned into active service in October 2012. Her crew consists of 201 sailors who perform humanitarian and peace-keeping missions in addition to conventional operations. The F-105 has participated in many international operations like ‘Ocean Shield’ and has been flagship of the Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2).center_img June 14, 2016 View post tag: Spanish Navy View post tag: Cristobal Colon View post tag: F-105last_img read more

Kennedy: Amazon Go stores unlikely to kill convenience stores

first_img“The movement of Amazon and all the other entrants into convenience … shows the value of convenience [stores],” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives for NACS, founded as the National Association of Convenience Stores.“Brick-and-mortar is still faster than the Internet to quench a thirst or feed a hunger.”The trade group, based in suburban Washington, D.C., counts some 155,000 convenience stores nationwide. Together, they sell more than three-quarters of the fuel purchased in the country.For 2018, both fuel gallons sold and in-store sales increased, according to NACS, making 85 percent of convenience store operators surveyed optimistic about 2019 first-quarter revenue – the highest showing in five years. Food led the strong in-store growth last year.Lenard said the “cool technology” from Amazon – the new Go stores rely on a smartphone app to check you in, tally your purchases and let you leave at will, later charging your Amazon account for what you bought – has everyone’s attention.But he said Go stores are different from convenience stores because they have limited daily hours, some are closed on weekends, and they don’t sell fuel or tobacco and other restricted products.To Lenard, they’re more akin to a quick-service restaurant, a view shared by other Amazon-watchers.Indeed, RBC Capital Markets, in a research report this earlier week, pronounced Go more of a threat to urban “quick eateries” than to suburban convenience stores, according to a story in Supermarket News. Right now, Go stores operate in Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago; New York City is on tap, too, although no timetable has been announced.If nothing else, Lenard said, Amazon’s technology shows “that things are changing and that retail is alive and well.”But he cautioned that “boring retail will be in trouble.”Lenard, who hails from eastern New York, said he was familiar with Stewart’s Shops, the homegrown convenience chain that has been investing heavily of late in new stores and expanded food offerings.“Stewart’s and every other retailer will succeed by making the shopping experience fast, interesting and convenient,” he said.Marlene Kennedy is a freelance columnist. Opinions expressed in her column are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s. Reach her at [email protected] from The Daily Gazette:Clifton Park doctor pleads guilty to giving drugs to non-patientsSt. Mary’s Healthcare starts expansion that will put coordinate care under one roofMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Everything from The Daily Gazette Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Business, News, OpinionCue the ominous theme song from “Jaws” (duun-dun … duun-dun … duun-dun duun-dun …) as another industry looks over its shoulder to see whether Amazon is gaining.This time, retail observers say it’s the convenience store sector on which the online behemoth – with brick-and-mortar designs – has a bead.They cite a Bloomberg report last fall that Amazon Go plans 3,000 cashier-less food stores by 2021, and the analyst note last week that suggested gas stations would give Amazon additional locations for Go stores or customer pickup “lockers,” while providing a reliable new revenue stream in gasoline.Replicating the quick-food and fuel sales central to convenience stores would take a giant shark-sized bite out the sector, they say.An industry spokesman, though, is more sanguine.last_img read more