Staff bias of monitoring code angers employers

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Staff bias of monitoring code angers employersOn 23 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employersare concerned that new rules governing the monitoring of employees’ e-mail andinternet usage will prove bureaucratic and protect staff at the company’sexpense, writes Paul NelsonEmployers will find it much harder to monitor staff for abuse of internale-mail systems and suspected criminal activity if proposed guidelines from theInformation Commission are introduced. That is the view of employers’ bodies and employment law experts who areconcerned that the final draft of the Data Protection Code on monitoring placestoo much emphasis on protecting staff data at the expense of employers’ rightto monitor. In its present form the code will mean that employers can only monitor staffcovertly if they suspect criminal activity, and they must then inform thepolice. They will also have to complete a document explaining why they suspectcriminal activity and why covert monitoring is necessary to detect it. The Information Commission held a meeting last week with employers todiscuss the final content of the code, which will outline employers’responsibilities relating to all aspects of employee monitoring under the DataProtection Act. Diane Sinclair, lead adviser on public policy at the CIPD, who attended themeeting, has urged the commission to make changes to the draft. She said: “The code does not allow employers to look after their owninterests. Its length and complexity means there is a risk ofnon-compliance.” She thinks it is overkill that it should be necessary for employers toinform the police every time they want to monitor staff covertly. “Harassment is not a criminal offence, so if an employer receives aharassment complaint they are unable to covertly monitor for it,” saidSinclair. Frances Wright, HR director at SHL, is also unhappy that as the code standscovert monitoring of staff will be a heavily bureaucratic process. “It should not be compulsory to get the police involved in allcases,” she said. Under the draft code employers will have to inform their staff‘periodically’ when they are monitoring them. Employees will also have to indicate that they understand the company’sinternet and e-mail policies each time they go online. The CBI believes significant changes need to be made to the draft if thecode is to be relevant and useful for employers. Susannah Haan, legal adviser at the CBI, who attended last week’s meeting onthe monitoring code, said it would unfairly penalise the employer. “In its current form it is very bureaucratic and lacks balance. Itwould affect companies’ ability to run their business,” she said. “It (the Information Commission) regards monitoring as negative anddoes not look at the positive aspects such as protecting employees, customersand the business.” Haan believes the requirement for staff to have to sign up to a company’sinternet policy every time they log on is unnecessary. “I am sure staffwill get annoyed having to sign up every time they have to log on. It is notpractical and will end up being ignored.” Martin Rooney, HR policy manager at CIS, agreed. He said: “This seemslike routine for routine sake. “Instead it would probably be better to e-mail staff every six monthsreminding them that they have an obligation to familiarise themselves with theconditions of use. “This way staff are more likely to take notice than if it is part ofthe booting-up procedure.” www.dataprotection.gov.ukKey questionsWhen will the code be released? The code on monitoring is due to be published over the next fewweeks. Its first chapter on recruitment and selection was publishedlast month and the section dealing with records could be out as early as nextweek.Once all copies are released a hard copy version will beavailable.Can organisations be prosecuted ifthey breach the code and Data Protection Act?The commission will investigate a company for non-compliance ifa staff member complains. If the company is in breach of the Act, thecommission will ask it to review its policies. If no action is taken thecommissioner has the power to issue an enforcement act and as a last resort thefirm can be taken to a criminal court.The details to remember:– Employers will have to complete aform to justify covert monitoring of staff outlining why they suspect criminalactivity– Police need to be informed before covert monitoring of staff– Staff will have to sign up to an access code and agree to afirm’s online policies before logging on– Employers must inform staff ‘periodically’ that they arebeing monitoredThe legal perspective”Employers cannot monitore-mails in a continuous fashion unless the law is being broken and the policeare informed. Instead, employers are only allowed to spot check and cannottouch personal e-mails. This means employees are able to pass company secretsvia e-mail by signposting them as personal. “An employer would want to monitor staff continuously ifthey are off sick and claiming sick pay and they suspect there is nothing wrongwith them. But under the draft code they will not have the right to do this, asbeing off work claiming sick pay while healthy is not against the law. “I believe that employers will think that the code isunworkable as they are not allowed to look after their own interests. Afterall, employees attend work to work.”Having to contact the police and write a report to provethat the monitoring of an employee is not unlawful will be an administrativeburden. It could also mean that employers miss a key opportunity to catch theemployee.”Nick Chronias, employment associate at law firm BeachcroftWansbroughs “One criticism is that employerswill be obliged to inform employees whenever they are considering monitoring,negating the purpose. The notes to the draft, however, say employers couldinform employees ‘through staff handbooks’ or ‘signage’. “Covert monitoring can only be considered if specificcriminal activity has been identified because it is non-consensual andpotentially intrusive. The notes again state that it is appropriate to informthe police, ‘although they do not have to sanction or take part in themonitoring’. Workers are entitled to general information, but nothing thatmight compromise the operation.”Of particular concern is the requirement that bothparties to communication must give their consent before interception. Policingexternal e-mails would be especially difficult. The code also fails to explainproperly its relationship with the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000and other legislation. The regulations make monitoring lawful where theactivity is justified for business reasons, but the code implies thatmonitoring is only justifiable where there is significant risk to the employer.”Warren Wayne, partner of Boodle Hatfieldlast_img read more

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Former Jazz F Diaw Retires

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Former Utah Jazz forward Boris Diaw is retiring.The Frenchman announced his retirement yesterday via social media.  He spent the 2016-2017 season with the Jazz and appeared in 73 games.  It ended up being his final NBA season. Tags: Basketball/Boris Diaw/NBA/Utah Jazz September 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former Jazz F Diaw Retires Robert Lovelllast_img

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Well, that’s debatable

first_imgNancy Houfek, Head of Voice & Speech at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), is an expert on how to speak, move, and act onstage. She had the same reaction to the first presidential debate that most viewers did: Mitt Romney flew, and Barack Obama flopped.“Everything is performance now,” said Houfek, who teaches aspiring actors how to project their voices and deploy their bodies. Before there was television and the Internet, politicians were also actors of a sort, she said, but were more dependent on text and physical image. “I don’t think the Lincoln-Douglas debates were performance,” said Houfek. “They were content.”These days, much of the content in a presidential debate is visual and kinetic. Houfek and three other Harvard experts on human behavior and performing offered their perspective on the first presidential debate and the two to come, including the one Tuesday night:The public speaking guruFor more than two decades, Marie Danziger has worked to turn shy policy wonks into confident public speakers in her beloved Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) course “The Arts of Communication.” After the first debate, Obama came off more like the former than the latter, she said.“I tell my students, ‘I want you to be as authentic as possible, but there’s one exception,’ ” said Danziger, lecturer in public policy and former director of the HKS Communications Program. “Even if you’d rather be dead than up there in front of that room, it’s your responsibility to fake it, to pretend there’s no place you’d rather be than talking about that issue to that audience. Your audience needs to feel your enthusiasm, your pleasure.”In particular, Obama’s excessive note taking came across as “a little bit nerdy and undergraduate,” she said. “It makes the debate look like a tough academic exercise, rather than an enjoyable exercise of democratic deliberation.”“You keep bombarding your opponent with a cascade of arguments … And if you keep at it over and over again, it stupefies your opponent,” said Danziger about Romney’s performance. CNN.com/debatesDanziger was less critical of — and more intrigued by — Romney’s initial performance, and wondered whether the Republican candidate was consciously using the Gish technique, a tactic developed by creationism advocate Duane Gish.“It’s outlawed in some debate rules,” she said. “You keep bombarding your opponent with a cascade of arguments, some of which are false. And if you keep at it over and over again, it stupefies your opponent. There’s no way they can respond to them all. It gets them a little overwhelmed, a little confused and frustrated.”Rather than attempting to respond to all of Romney’s arguments, Danziger said, Obama (and Romney, too) should stick to a “clear storyline.” She tells her students to “think of a triangle with your main idea in the middle and then three sub-ideas” as the triangle’s points. “The bottom line in the middle of your triangle is the most important, but you keep going back to the three sub-ideas as well.”Her tip for Obama: Show your pleasure at this opportunity.Her tips for Romney: Relax, and slow down.— Katie KochThe trial lawyer“To become a great lawyer, you have to understand the rules that are required to control a courtroom, to avoid objections by your opponent, and to convince the judge that your questions are reasonable,” said Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and an Obama mentor.Ogletree directs the School’s Trial Advocacy Program, an intensive three-week seminar that prepares students for the courtroom stage. The students learn how to listen, how to be clear and concise, and how to relate to a jury.The same skills apply in presidential debates, said Ogletree, “or in any sort of forum where you are asked to show that you have both a sense of what’s at stake and the ability to articulate to folks who are waiting to be convinced.” Beginning students don’t effectively listen to their witnesses or opponents, he said.But how you listen is equally important. During the first presidential debate, Ogletree said, Obama’s listening style made him seem detached.To take notes … made him seem unaware and even unprepared, said Ogletree of Obama. CNN.com/debates“To take notes, to think about his answer, and to nod even when he disagreed” made him appear to some as professorial, unaware, and even unprepared. Ogletree teaches his students to recognize that the things they do can have a “lasting impact on the jury.”Presidential candidates personalize issues as a way to connect with voters. In the same way, law students must try to personalize the story of their clients to the jury, and use simple, direct language. In Tuesday’s debate, Ogletree said he expects Obama to return to that style — which helped the president to get elected — of being “direct, strategic, plain-spoken, and sincere.”His tips for Obama: Listen to your opponent. Speak plainly and simply. Be ready to respond to errors and misstatements.His tips for Romney: Repeat your performance. Stay humanized.— Colleen WalshThe movement manShawn Lavoie is a lean, 6-foot, 4-inch-tall high school teacher, a sometime juggler, acrobat, tumbler, clown, actor, and dancer, as well as a one-time Obama impersonator, and a student in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Arts in Education Program. He drew on his performance background, extensive circus experience, and time spent at the famous Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California to view the debaters through a physical lens.“We read body language,” said Lavoie. “The movements that people do and the way they carry their bodies is imbued with meaning.”“Romney made eye contact, frequently smiled, and kept his hands much wider apart,” said Lavoie. CNN.com/debatesLavoie noticed “striking differences” in the candidates’ movements and expressions during their Denver debate. Obama failed to make consistent eye contact with either Romney or with debate moderator Jim Lehrer. “Whenever he got a question, his eyes would be like Rolodexes. You could see that he was thinking,” said Lavoie, adding that Obama appeared too “inward-looking.”Obama also kept his hands fairly close to his sides, contributing to a feeling that he was “holding on.” In stark contrast, Romney made eye contact, frequently smiled, and kept his hands much wider apart, which made him appear to be literally and figuratively “reaching out.”“I see Obama contracting his physical space, and Romney is expanding his physical space.”In stage parlance, Romney was the breakout star of the show, while Obama looked a bit like an overwhelmed stand-in. Lavoie thinks Obama will do better when the podium is gone and he is free to move around during the second, town meeting-style debate. The more relaxed format should allow Obama to draw on his community-organizing background, said Lavoie, and his ability to connect with people.His tips for Obama: Loosen up. Make eye contact. Go off script.His tip for Romney: Keep your same debate coach.— Colleen WalshThe vocal coachNancy Houfek said Romney was the better performer during the first debate. “He kept his body open and square, and he kept his head on straight,” said Houfek, a former actress and model, and a 15-year A.R.T. veteran. “He looked directly at the camera, he looked directly at Jim Lehrer, and he looked directly at Obama,” in an overall effort that “engendered trustworthiness.”Meanwhile, Obama tipped his head, kept his eyes down, averted his gaze, and wore a worried expression. “His whole body demeanor was not squared off and confident and present,” said Houfek. “It was much more compressed and bound.” Obama is capable of sparkling onstage. “He can do it. We’ve seen it,” she said. “He needs to be a slightly different version of himself. That’s what actors do.”“Obama is capable of sparkle on stage. ‘He can do it. We’ve seen it,’ ” said Houfek. CNN.com/debatesBefore Tuesday’s debate, Houfek suggested that Obama play an hour of basketball, a sport that requires you to keep an eye on your opponent, catch the ball, throw it back, and tailor every move to the situation.She would tell Obama to play “so that you’re loosened up physically, and so you’re thinking tactically, and so your energy is flowing up and out.” Actors warm up before going onstage, too, she said. They stretch, shake their hands, jump up and down, vocalize, and make faces.Houfek praised Romney for using gestures well in the first debate, but she also warned him: Don’t let your body-forward style become aggressive, and don’t interrupt. “Let your fellow actors finish their lines,” she said. “Don’t jump your cue.”Houfek offered similar advice to Obama: “Be fully present with your scene partner. Just as in a play, if you don’t like your scene partner, you don’t necessarily reveal that.”Her tips for Obama: Loosen up, look up, and speak up.Her tips for Romney: Keep that direct gaze, but don’t be a bully.— Corydon Irelandlast_img read more

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See Idina Menzel, Josh Gad & Kristen Bell’s Frozen Reunion

first_imgIdina Menzel, Josh Gad & Kristen Bell(Photo: Instagram.com/kristenannibell) Star Files View Comments For the first time in forever, Frozen squad Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad reunited on March 13 for Menzel’s ABroaderWay Foundation. Naturally, Elsa, Anna and Olaf took the stage to sing at the benefit—check out more of the adorable get-together below, as well as a taste of Bell singing “Spare,” which was cut from the film and soundtrack. Perhaps there will be room for it in the upcoming Broadway musical? Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2013: Brazil

first_img The Government of Brazil does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Authorities continued to prosecute and convict trafficking offenders, continued funding for 16 anti-trafficking offices, and increased awareness on trafficking in persons by launching well-publicized media campaigns about trafficking warning signs. The government also launched a national anti-trafficking plan and committed to spend the equivalent of approximately $2.9 million to implement it by 2014. Despite this progress, challenges remain. Brazilian officials continued to define trafficking as a movement-based crime and statutes prohibiting trafficking were both too broad and too narrow, making it difficult to assess fully government efforts to combat trafficking. Forced labor victims are commonly lured with promises of good pay by local recruiters known as gatos. Brazilians in trabalho escravo have also been identified in urban areas, primarily in construction, as well as in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Brazil is a destination for men, women, and children from Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru, and China in situations of trabalho escravo in garment factories and textile sweatshops in metropolitan centers, particularly Sao Paulo. Some Brazilian women and children, as well as girls from other countries in the region, have been subjected to domestic servitude. Under Brazilian law, the term trabalho escravo, or slave labor, is defined as forced labor or labor performed during exhausting work days or in degrading working conditions. While not all individuals identified as working in trabalho escravo are forced labor victims, one recent study noted that 60 percent of workers interviewed in rural trabalho escravo cases had experienced key indicators of forced labor, and numerous cases involving debt bondage were identified during the year. Some Brazilian men, and to lesser extent children, are subjected to trabalho escravo in rural areas, often on cattle ranches, charcoal production camps, sugar-cane plantations, as well as in logging, mining, and agricultural production. An NGO identified a strong link between trabalho escravo and environmental degradation and deforestation-related activities, particularly in the Amazon region. By Dialogo September 16, 2013 Recommendations for Brazil include increasing efforts to investigate and prosecute trafficking offenses, and convict and sentence trafficking offenders, including those involved in internal sex trafficking and vigorously investigating and prosecuting those who engage in the prostitution of children, including through child sex tourism; and amending legislation to apply more stringent sentences for trafficking offenders, among others. center_img According to the 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report, Brazil is a large source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. A significant number of Brazilian women and children are exploited in sex trafficking within the country, and federal police report higher rates of child prostitution in the Northeast. To a lesser extent, some women from neighboring countries, including Paraguay, have been exploited in sex trafficking in Brazil. Child sex tourism remains a problem, particularly in resort and coastal areas in Brazil’s northeast. Child sex tourists typically arrive from Europe and, to a lesser extent, the United States. In terms of prevention overall, the Brazilian government took steps to prevent human trafficking during the year, most significantly by formally launching the second national anti-trafficking plan for 2012-2016. The plan for movement-based trafficking established government priorities in several areas, including changing the law, increasing the number of anti-trafficking offices and assistance posts, and improving data collection. In December 2012, the Sao Paulo state legislature passed a law strengthening state-level penalties for companies using trabalho escravo in their supply chain. The government took public measures to reduce demand for commercial sexual exploitation of children by continuing to raise awareness during the Carnival season. The Brazilian government provided anti-trafficking training to its military troops prior to their deployment abroad on international peacekeeping missions.last_img read more

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Three questions leaders should ask themselves twice a year

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Alec Horniman told attendees of CUES’ CEO Institute III at the University of Virginia in August about watching a gymnast give a presentation while performing a routine on the pommel horse.A gymnast gets 94 points when he raises his hand to the judges, the gymnast said as he started his routine.According to Horiman, Killgallon Ohio Art professor of business administration and senior fellow with the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia, the gymnast stepped up his routine as he explained that gymnastics judges add two points to a gymnast’s score for good extension—reaching beyond what is easy.Horniman said the presenting gymnast again stepped up his routine as he talked about how the judges add two points for a pommel horse performance that includes some calculated risks—and did some unexpected pommel horse moves as he said two additional points for creativity could also be earned. continue reading »last_img read more

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Binghamton changes refuse- collection schedule for Independence Day

first_imgOn July 6, regular refuse collection will resume. The changed schedule is posted below: BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The city of Binghamton has changed its refuse-collection schedule due to Independence day.center_img No yard waste collection on June 29Tuesday normal collections will be on June 29Wednesday normal collections will be on June 30Thursday normal collections will be on July 1Friday normal collections will be on July 2There will be no collections on July 3last_img

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From Munich to Dublin: Hypo gets ready to move

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Hawaiki Subsea Route Expands with Los Angeles PoP

first_imgHawaiki Submarine Cable said it has expanded its subsea network with a new direct route to Los Angeles.The new route – based on the most easterly segment of the SEA-US cable – completes Hawaiki’s existing links to the United States, including Hillsboro, Seattle and Hawaii. Los Angeles becomes Hawaiki’s third PoP on the US West coast.In particular, this innovative architecture introduces a new ultra-low latency path between Sydney and Los Angeles, specifically designed to optimally support latency-sensitive applications such as online gaming and high frequency trading.“As demand for capacity continues to rise sharply, customers are constantly looking for versatile connectivity solutions. This expansion marks an important milestone for Hawaiki as it both strengthens our position in the US market and greatly enhances our network flexibility,” said Hawaiki CEO, Remi Galasso.“It also provides our customers with powerful new options in terms of capacity products, delivery points and route diversity.”Launched in July 2018, the Hawaiki transpacific cable is a 15,000 km fibre optic deep-sea, carrier-neutral cable with a design capacity of 67 Tbps.last_img read more

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Grade 10 student stabbed dead

first_imgBACOLOD City – A Grade 10 student wasstabbed dead in Barangay 7, Isabela, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Isabela municipalpolice station have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in theincident./PN Police investigators said anunidentified suspect stabbed the minor around 12 a.m. on Tuesday.  The victim was brought to the IgnacioLacson Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Isabela where he was declared“dead on arrival.”     The 17-year-old male victim ofBarangay Poblacion 6, Isabela died of a stab wound on the chest, a policereport showed.    last_img read more

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