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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This month’s employer’s law news in briefCompanies encourage employees’ heritage The Human Rights Act 1998 has opened up new avenues for those seeking tochallenge dress codes as discriminatory and some organisations are nowencouraging employees to wear clothes that reflect their ethnic or culturalheritage, according to a report by IRS Employment Review. Unions to crack down on bogus excuses Trades unions intend to crack down on employers they consider are usinghealth and safety as an excuse to discriminate against disabled workers. TheTUC said it will train 35,000 representatives to challenge employers that givebogus safety reasons for not employing disabled workers or for preventing themfrom doing certain types of work. Identity cards will not halt illegal workers The Law Society believes Government plans to prevent illegal working byimmigrants through the use of national identify cards will fail. Societypresident Peter Williamson said: “Employers illegally employ peoplewithout National Insurance cards and they are likely to continue to illegallyemploy people without identity cards.” Employment tribunal applications fall again The number of employment tribunal applications has fallen for the thirdconsecutive year, according to Acas’s annual report. Total applications havefallen from 104,000 to 94,000 since 2001 – a drop of almost 10 per cent. Thenumber of claims withdrawn or settled before reaching tribunal has risen, with77 per cent being resolved at Acas, compared with 75 per cent last year. CBI publishes guide to director payments The CBI has published best practice guidelines on termination payments fordirectors, in response to the outcry over “rewards for failure”. Theguidelines include six key principles that could be used as a benchmark forexecutive director contracts, including giving a proportion of the payment inshares and making severance payments in monthly instalments that stop as soonas the recipient gets another job. in briefOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Trojans proving that they belong

first_imgWhat a difference one year makes. On Jan. 29, 2015, the USC men’s basketball team took on the Colorado Buffaloes in a three-overtime thriller that unfortunately ended in a loss. Up until the Arizona epic earlier this season, it was the most exciting game I had seen the Trojans play.In that game, current redshirt junior guard Katin Reinhardt was automatic with his feet set from deep, and current junior forward  Nikola Jovanovic dominated the post with an array of moves that he has further improved upon this season. The game offered a glimpse of the pace and space style coach Andy Enfield envisioned his Trojan squad. While the team didn’t turn a corner that game, on account of some poor late game decisions and abysmal free throw shooting, they demonstrated the kind of potential that Enfield’s system had in the Pac-12 conference.One year later, and the Trojans have transformed more than even Optimus Prime could have expected. They are right on the periphery of the top 25, and they are a dark horse candidate to make a deep run into the NCAA tournament. Even better, the Trojans are nearly unbeatable on their home court, suffering just their first home loss of the season Sunday to Utah.While all of this is incredible and exciting to watch the birth of a new program under Enfield, one has to look no further than the win against Colorado to comprehend the tremendous progress and growth the team has made.Against Colorado on Wednesday night, the Trojans were down 15 late in the second half. They looked listless and lifeless, sleepwalking through a very crucial game. After years and years of Trojan basketball, I am conditioned to expect the worst. Going 0-2 on the road against the Sun Devils and Wildcats, and then getting blown out on their home court by Colorado didn’t project well for the rest of the season.I imagined the worst: a total collapse, followed by a loss against Utah to mark a four-game skid, and then losses to end the season against the team’s  last four opponents. Instead what I saw at the Galen Center Wednesday was resilience and persistence and an acumen in game coaching adjustment by Enfield that may have changed the trajectory of this season and possibly the program.Instead of folding down 15, Enfield switched to a 2-3 zone that stymied the Buffaloes and helped to compensate for the Trojans inferiority on defense. USC used this zone and some stellar guard play from sophomore Jordan McLaughlin and junior  Julian Jacobs to go on a 20-5 run and tie the game at 65 apiece.The Trojans had an eerily similar experience against the Buffaloes last season. They were down 61-50 and came back to tie the game 66 all and send it into overtime.  This year and in this game, the Trojans demonstrated that they have indeed turned the corner.Unlike last season, in which the Trojans couldn’t contain Colorado guard Askia Booker and McLaughlin struggled down the stretch from the free throw line, this year the roles were reversed. McLaughlin and Jacobs were unstoppable in the final moments, playing frenetic defense and hitting from all over the court.Colorado was the team that couldn’t score, and struggled from the free throw line. Instead of failing to land a knockout punch as the team did last season, and ultimately wilting in the third overtime, USC went for the jugular this season and won in regulation by a score of 79-72. Crisis averted, season intact.USC may not win the conference this year — although they still very well could — but the game against Colorado offered incontrovertible proof that this is a team to fear. USC had shown they can get out to early leads and blow teams out. Now they have shown that they can from behind and finish the job. That is the mark of a well-coached team. They still need to improve their play in close battles, as they have a tendency to get tight, but that comes with experience.No one expected the Trojans to be this good this soon. It has been an utter delight watching them play, and Wednesday was one of the most inspiring games I have seen in the last fourteen years of watching the team. It may not be as significant as Daniel Hackett shutting down Kevin Durant to beat Texas in the NCAA tournament or coming back against James Harden and the Sun Devils to win the then-Pac 10 tournament, but Wednesday’s win was monumental for the Enfield era.The win against Arizona earlier this year proved that USC could beat the big boys. Now it’s clear they deserve to play with them night in and night out. Enfield made a coaching adjustment that won the game, which is improvement from a young, sharp coach who is building a winning program. It’s rare to be this optimistic about USC basketball this late in season, and boy does it feel good. The Trojans are back on the hardwood, and they are a force to be reckoned with.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

What To Watch As 14 States Vote In Super Tuesday Primaries

first_imgTHE VOTERSThe Super Tuesday states are home to diverse electorates, both when it comes to demographics and political ideology. In California and Texas, white voters make up less than half the population. Latinos count for nearly 40% of the populations in both states. California, meanwhile, has the nation’s highest Asian population, at roughly 15%. North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas have large populations of black voters, one of the Democratic Party’s core voting blocs. The states blend a mix of urban and rural voters, as well as Democrats from all sides of the political spectrum. As candidates focus on wooing Southern Democrats in states like Texas and Arkansas, they must also be thinking about a message that can resonate in progressive San Francisco.Most of the Super Tuesday states have some form of widespread early voting. Voters in Minnesota, for example, could start casting ballots in January. Millions of mail-in ballots went out to California voters on Feb. 3, the day of the Iowa caucuses.THE CANDIDATESVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg have had the widest and most aggressive footprint across the Super Tuesday states, largely because they’ve got the money to spend. Bloomberg is advertising in all 14 states, while Sanders is on the airwaves in 12. It’s the first time Bloomberg will be on ballots after he skipped the first four voting states, making the day a critical test of his theory that he’s the best candidate to stand against Sanders and, later, Republican President Donald Trump.Sanders spent Sunday in California, holding rallies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, the state’s major liberal strongholds. He’s hoping his monthslong focus on the state and resonance with Latino voters will help him win a large chunk of the state’s 415 delegates. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be in California on Monday, and Joe Biden plans to return on primary day.Biden, for his part, hopes his strong showing in Saturday’s South Carolina primary is a harbinger of coming success with black voters, who dominate the Democratic electorate in a handful of Super Tuesday states. Warren hoped to win her home-state primary, though Sanders is making a play for it. Bloomberg has also campaigned across the South in recent days as he tries to prove he can build a winning Democratic coalition.Democrats opposed to Sanders are hoping to see voters coalesce behind a moderate alternative. Any of the candidates could face pressure to drop out if they don’t perform well on Tuesday. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democratic presidential candidates are racing toward the biggest day on the primary calendar, when 14 states vote on Super Tuesday. It’s the day when the primary moves from retail to wholesale. Instead of one state voting at a time, candidates have to focus on contests in every region of the country with all types of voters.While Super Tuesday won’t necessarily determine who wins the nomination, it has historically been difficult for a candidate who performs poorly on the day to recover. Here’s a look at Tuesday’s contests:THE STATESFourteen states hold primaries on Super Tuesday, including California and Texas, the two biggest delegate hauls of the entire primary season. California offers 415 delegates and Texas 228. In total, more than 1,300 delegates will be up for grabs, about a third of the total available in the race to the Democratic presidential nomination.Although Super Tuesday was originally created as a regional primary featuring Southern states, it has morphed over the years. This year, it includes states from every region of the country.The other states are Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Vermont, Utah, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Most of the Southern states are Republican strongholds in the general election, while others like California are solidly Democratic. North Carolina is likely to be a battleground state in the general election.Polls close between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, depending on the state.MORE ON ELECTION 2020:– Black voters seek to flex political power on Super Tuesday– Biden, Bernie’s Super Tuesday brawl to shape Democratic race– 5 key questions ahead of critical Super Tuesday primarieslast_img read more