It’s still a man’s world when it comes to pay

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Equalpay or, more specifically, the lack of it, is an issue that continues togenerate headlines – and not just in the HR press.Whilethe glass ceiling appears to be cracking for women as they gain a bigger shareof well-paid managerial jobs (see page 1), the HRprofession is lagging behind.Thebittersweet irony for HR people, at all levels, is that they should be seen asthe drivers of equality within an organisation. But now, far from casting theirgaze across the organisation, HR needs to look a little bit closer to home. Itmust be hard to take for female managers out there, who are working hard toensure equal opportunities and pay for staff throughout their organisations,when they are experiencing this disparity first hand.Researchby the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows less than a thirdof organisations undertook an equal pay audit last year, and other surveys showthat female HR directors in the private sector earn up to a third less than men.Predictably,the unions are arguing for compulsory audits as pay discrimination – eventhough the situation appears to be improving – is still commonplace. Theemployers’ stance, as trumpeted by the CBI, is one of opposition to mandatoryaudits because of the extra burden it will create.Commonsense, backed up by a raft of recent research, points to the fact thatpotential employees are influenced in their choice of employer by its record onequal pay. By the same token, it will influence whether an individual stayswithin that same organisation.Perhapsthe simplistic answer is that there are so many equal opportunities issues foremployers to deal with that pay and reward often gets swept under the carpet.But this is not an excuse – HR should be setting a good example.Unlessthis situation improves, the HR profession may soon be experiencing the braindrain from its own ranks, it strives so hard to prevent elsewhere. It’s still a man’s world when it comes to payOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Netherlands, UK take opposite views on small pension pots

first_imgIn addition, it would reduce costs for pension providers, as they would no longer have to administer large numbers of small pensions.Small pension savings are a particular issue for Dutch workers in the cleaning and hospitality industries, as well as the retail and the temporary employment sectors, where many workers have accrued small savings at several employers.As of next year, pension providers have the right to merge gross annual pension rights of up to €474 accrued as of January 2018, and to transfer these rights to a new provider.Members can’t appeal a decision to transfer rights to a new provider, and can’t take the money out.The new legislation also allows pension funds to cancel annual pension rights of less than €2, which would also reduce administration costs.UK minister shelves ‘pot follows member’ rules Guy Opperman, UK minister for pensions and financial inclusionIn the UK, however, pensions minister Guy Opperman has shelved the so-called “pot follows member” concept.Similar to the Netherlands, the UK has been considering changing rules for small pension pots for some time.In response to a written question about the “potential merits of a system of automatic transfers for individuals who have multiple jobs during their working life”, Opperman said it was “not the right time” to bring in such rules.“The government’s priority for private pension savers in 2018 remains the successful roll-out of automatic enrolment,” Opperman said.He added: “These reforms increase the number of people saving into workplace pensions and ensure confidence in the system. Government, providers, employers and members should focus on these changes. It is therefore not the right time to implement automatic transfers.”Opperman pointed out that all members of defined contribution schemes had “a statutory right to transfer to another pension scheme of their choice”.He also highlighted the development of a pensions dashboard, and said the government planned to publish the findings of a feasibility study for the concept “later in spring 2018”. Dutch pension funds and insurers will be able to automatically transfer small pensions to a new provider after a member has changed jobs and moved to a new pension fund, as of 1 July next year.By then, providers and the Netherlands’ national pensions register will have their IT systems ready to exchange details about small pension pots, according to the Pensions Federation and the Association of Insurers (VvV).Participants will be entitled to value transfer as of 1 January 2019, following the introduction of legislation – known as Wet Waardeoverdracht Klein Pensioen – earlier this year.In a joint statement, the federation and the VvV said the new rules would prevent fragmentation of pension rights and would provide participants with a better overview of their benefits.last_img read more

FB : Syracuse’s momentum derailed by costly penalties; Orange ground game limited

first_img Published on October 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. — By the time Jeremiah Kobena’s frustration boiled over only four minutes into the game, Syracuse had already been tagged with four penalties. So when Eli Rogers muffed a punt and a mad scramble for the football ensued, Kobena lost his cool and threw two punches during the scrum.He was handed SU’s fifth penalty of the opening five minutes and the second of four personal fouls called on the Orange Saturday.‘We may have been a little too hyped in the beginning and that starts to make us make mistakes,’ Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib said.By the time the clock reached zero and Louisville had handily beaten Syracuse 27-10, the Orange had racked up 12 penalties for 99 yards. Several others called on SU during the game were declined. It was the sloppiest performance of the season in terms of penalty yardage and the first time all year Syracuse seemed to lose its composure.In addition to the opening flurry of penalties, costly violations later in the game killed SU’s offensive drives. On its series that carried over from the first to the second quarter, Andrew Tiller’s false start turned a second-and-6 into a second-and-11 inside Louisville territory. Two plays later, the Orange punted.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTrailing 24-3 in the fourth quarter, Syracuse had one of its final chances to try and mount a comeback derailed by a pair of penalties. Back-to-back false starts moved the Orange from Louisville territory back to its own side of the field.SU failed to pick up a first down on the rest of that series and eventually turned the ball over on downs.‘The effort was good, the focus and doing the right thing all the time wasn’t there today,’ Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘Obviously by the penalties because that’s the one thing we’ve done a good job of.’Cardinals halt SU running gameFor the first time since its second game of the season against Rhode Island, Syracuse came into Saturday’s game against Louisville with a different offensive game plan. Gone was the run first, run second, pass third mantra employed by the Orange for the majority of the 2011 season.‘The offense took shots early,’ Marrone said. ‘I’ve done this a lot. In the NFL, we played against a lot of teams that play man coverage, which they play. They bring a lot of pressure, and you have to hold them up and make plays.’As Syracuse’s offense came out firing behind the arm of Nassib — and sputtered miserably — the run game suffered. By the time the first quarter was over, SU trailed 14-0 and ran the ball with Antwon Bailey on less than 40 percent of its 11 plays.At that point, the Orange was forced into throwing the ball more than it would have liked to try and dig out of a two-score deficit. Bailey saw limited carries (15) as a result, and he was held to less than 100 yards for the first time in more than a month. As a whole, the Syracuse rushing attack gained only 84 yards.‘They were getting us on some of the runs, too,’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said of the Louisville defense. ‘So it was kind of — everything was kind of not really working the way we wanted it to at the time.’In particular, Bailey had no breathing room between the tackles. The Cardinals tallied 14 tackles for loss Saturday, many of which were created as a result of penetration through the middle of the Syracuse offensive line.The limited success the Orange did have running the ball came outside the hash marks. Bailey ran several successful plays out of ‘The Express’ formation — SU’s version of the ‘Wildcat’ formation. He reeled off gains of 14 and 24 yards out of this set.Nassib also scrambled for 18 yards on one play, escaping the pocket to his left to avoid a rush up the middle.‘That’s where the outside runs and tosses came in, trying to get outside of their pressure,’ Bailey said.Overall, though, Saturday’s game was another example of how the Orange is not capable of winning a Big East game through the air. Its best offense this season has come as a result of a solid running game setting up easier passes downfield.The Cardinals quick 14-0 lead prevented Syracuse from running the ball as much as it would have liked and exploited the weaknesses in SU’s passing game.‘You can’t give a defense like that third-and-long chances where they thrive,’ Syracuse offensive lineman Justin Pugh said. ‘That’s where they get after you. We just have to make sure to keep it manageable as a whole.‘A couple key third downs we didn’t pick up, and once that stuff starts snowballing, it’s not a good thing for the offense.’[email protected]last_img read more