Can sickness absence trigger maternity leave?

first_imgThere are only a few weeks to go before a pregnant employee goes on maternity leave and she has just rung in sick. You don’t want to be messed about; you need certainty. So can you rely on this event to trigger an earlier start date?We receive many sickness absence and pregnancy-related questions, which can be problematic areas for our members. But what seems to cause a major headache is when the two overlap.We have recently been asked whether an employer has the right to force a woman on to maternity leave early if a period of sickness absence occurs close to her anticipated maternity leave date. Let’s suppose she goes off sick during the fourth week before her expected week of childbirth (EWC). This is due to an illness unrelated to her pregnancy and it continues until the third week before her EWC. During this time, she receives sick pay. However, during the second week before her EWC, she is absent again, this time with a pregnancy-related illness. So what is the position with maternity leave and pay?Where a pregnant employee falls ill and it is unrelated to her pregnancy, your hands are tied; she can take sick leave right up to the start of her maternity leave, regardless of when it occurs. So, during the first period of sickness absence, she cannot be forced on to maternity leave and, assuming she qualifies, she will get Statutory Sick Pay. But if any sickness absence occurs in the four weeks before EWC that is “wholly or partly pregnancy-related”, you can start her maternity leave (and pay) the first day after she becomes unwell. This means her maternity leave could be triggered the second time. This will be the case even if she recovers and returns to work before the four-week period is up. In this situation, once maternity has started it cannot be stopped.But in practice, most employers won’t put a woman on maternity leave and start paying her Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) if she is absent due to a pregnancy-related health reason in the last four weeks before her EWC. The exception seems to be where the employee has additional contractual maternity rights within her period of sickness but this is rare.Delaying maternity leave but starting SMP because of a pregnancy-related absence in the four weeks before the EWC could cause you problems. It might mean the employee finds her SMP running out before the end of her ordinary maternity leave. As this could result in unnecessary queries, it is safer to start both at the same time.HMRC has produced a free ’Help Book for Employers on Statutory Maternity Pay’. You can also contact its employer helpline on 08457 143143.last_img read more

Celebrate Winter with the 2003 Vermont Winter Guide and Ski Vermont Map

first_imgWinter brings delicious comforts and exhilarating pleasures to Vermont. There’s no better way to celebrate the season than a well-planned visit to the Green Mountain State, using the Vermont Chamber 2003 Vermont Winter Guide and the Ski Vermont Map.The dynamic combination of the Guide and the Map points the way to Vermont’s hot spots, on and off the slopes. A variety of visitors will find the Guide invaluable, to learn where to feel the freedom of Vermont’s most thrilling trails, the best places to shop for everything from treats to antiques, and to locate the spas services winter bodies crave.The Vermont Winter Guide will help visitors dream, then help them take care of reality, knowing what to expect from the lodging they choose. At the end of the day, there’s nothing like slipping into an outdoor hot tub while relaxing at a Vermont country inn, legendary for hometown charm and hospitality. The listings in the Vermont Winter Guide will help you find your B & B, country inn, resort, or hotel; the Ski Vermont Map will bring you there.The Resources Section of the Winter Guide presents a portable library that will fit in any suitcase: Alpine and Nordic ski areas; snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing; maple sugarhouses, museums, and galleries; the Vermont Chamber Top Ten Winter Events, and more. Over highways and back roads, to resorts and beyond, choose entertainment from the Winter Guide to tickle any visitor’s fancy, then turn to the Ski Vermont Map to find the way.The 2003 Vermont Winter Guide, the Ski Vermont Map, and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443, or order information online free of charge from the Vermont Chamber website, www.vtchamber.com(link is external). The Guide tourism listings and editorial are also available on the Vermont Chamber’s website at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).last_img read more

Trump fans head to the streets as he pushes false election claims

first_imgTrump supporters read their phones after Biden was named President-elect while protesting outside the Maricopa County elections building on November 7, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.Gina Ferazzi | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington and other cities were scheduled to feature a mix of the president’s backers, far-right personalities and members of the Oath Keepers militia and Proud Boys in a public display of support for his effort to stay in power.Organizers have given the rallies various names, including the Million MAGA March, the March for Trump and Stop the Steal. MAGA is an acronym for the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Trump has tweeted his support.- Advertisement –center_img Some left-wing groups are planning counter-demonstrations in Washington and other cities.Biden further solidified his victory on Friday as results from Edison Research showed him winning Georgia, giving him a final tally of 306 Electoral College votes, far more than the 270 needed to be elected president and above Trump’s 232.The 306 votes was equal to what Trump won in his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton, which he then called a “landslide.”Trump briefly appeared close to acknowledging the likelihood he will be leaving the White House in January during remarks at a White House event.“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uh, whatever happens in the future – who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell,” Trump said in his first public remarks since Biden was projected as the election’s winner a week ago.With the election outcome becoming clearer, Trump has discussed with advisers possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, aides said.He is considering starting a television channel or social media company to compete with those he felt betrayed him and stifled his ability to communicate directly with Americans, according to several advisers.In the near term, Trump is expected to campaign for Republican candidates in Georgia ahead of two Jan. 5 runoff elections that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.Failing in courtTrump has refused to concede to Biden and claims without evidence that he was cheated by widespread election fraud. State election officials report no serious irregularities, and several of his legal challenges have failed in court.A Michigan state court on Friday rejected a request by Trump’s supporters to block the certification of votes in Detroit, which went heavily in favor of Biden. And lawyers for Trump’s campaign dropped a lawsuit in Arizona after the final vote count there rendered it moot.Federal election security officials have found no evidence that any voting system deleted, lost or changed votes, “or was in any way compromised,” two security groups said in a statement released on Thursday by the lead U.S. cybersecurity agency.To win a second term, Trump would need to overturn Biden’s lead in at least three states, but he has so far failed to produce evidence that he could do so in any of them.States face a Dec. 8 deadline to certify their elections and choose electors for the Electoral College, which will officially select the new president on Dec. 14.Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has stalled the official transition. The federal agency that releases funding to an incoming president-elect, the General Services Administration, has yet to recognize Biden’s victory, denying him access to federal office space and resources.But Biden, who will meet with advisers about the transition on Saturday in his home state of Delaware, has pressed ahead with the process, identifying legislative priorities, reviewing federal agency policies and preparing to fill thousands of jobs in the new administration.“We’re charging ahead with the transition,” Jen Psaki, a senior adviser to Biden’s transition team, said while stressing Biden still needs “real-time information” from the Trump administration to deal with the resurgent coronavirus pandemic and national security threats.Although the national popular vote does not determine the election outcome, Biden was ahead by more than 5.3 million votes, or 3.4 percentage points. His share of the popular vote, at 50.8%, was slightly higher than Ronald Reagan’s in 1980 when he defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter. President Donald Trump’s supporters took to the streets on Saturday to back his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud as he pushes ahead with a flurry of longshot legal challenges to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.Trump has made little headway in the courts with his lawsuits and for the first time on Friday he began to sound doubtful about his prospects, telling reporters “time will tell” who occupies the White House from Jan. 20.There have been other pro-Trump protests around the country since Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7, but they have been small and unfolded with few incidents.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tokyo Olympics: IOC’s Bach ‘very confident’ fans will attend Games

first_imgJapan’s Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto said earlier this year they wanted to avoid the possibility of having no spectators at all at the Games, adding it was possible events might be held with a “limited” audience, while the number of staff and delegates from each country could also be reduced. – Advertisement –last_img

The Latest: 3 more Diamond League track meets postponed

first_imgThe events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___ March 27, 2020 A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___ Associated Press center_img The Latest: 3 more Diamond League track meets postponed Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Experts say Muslim Americans politicized

first_imgExperts discussed how the perception of Muslim Americans has become politicized since September 11, 2001, on Thursday at Muslims in America: Identity, Politics and Engagement, a panel sponsored by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.Mosque and state · Najeeba Syeed-Miller (left), an assistant professor at the Claremont School of Theology, Sherman Jackson (center), a USC professor of religion, and Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur (right) discuss how politics have affected U.S. Muslims. – Ani Kolangian | Daily TrojanBoth Muslim and non-Muslim students and faculty attended the panel, which focused on the high-stakes politics of an election year and the social climate surrounding the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.Panelist Sherman Jackson, a professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, said turning the Islamic culture into a political issue is part of the problem.“This is a culture in which we have politicized everything,” Jackson said.He said politicians use lingering fear of terrorism and ignorance of the Muslim culture to polarize voters on certain issues.Moderator Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, said this tactic is the opposite of what politicians should do.“For years and years, the primary way the candidates have gotten elected was through the efforts of persuasion of voters on the other side of the aisle,” Schnur said. “Instead, now those candidates on both sides of the aisle turn to people who already agree with them and hype them up into a frenzy.”Several panelists and audience members said the way they see politicians mobilize their supporters into these frenzied states is through ramping up sentiment for polarizing issues. Panelist Christian Patterson, vice president of the Political Science Undergraduate Association, said the controversy around the plan to build a mosque near the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center is one example of this tactic.“Whether you agree or disagree with the so-called ‘9/11 mosque,’ the way politicians dealt with it was to use it to motivate people to sprout up with anti-Muslim sentiment and to make it an issue,” Patterson said.This use of fear for political gain is especially a problem for Muslim Americans, panelists said.“The problem is that Islam becomes an explanation for everything … no matter what Muslims do, their actions will be attributed back to the Quran,” Jackson said. “Islam and Islam alone comes to be identified as the animator of all Muslim action.”Though this use of religion as a political scapegoat has been a persistent issue for several years, panelists were hopeful this trend could be reversed.“We need to have conversations about what are the unique contributions of Muslim Americans, how are we different and what are we bringing to the table,” said panelist Najeeba Syeed-Miller, assistant professor of interreligious education at the Claremont School of Theology.The event was planned in part to broaden the conversation about the Muslim community in America.“The primary hope is that people understand that Muslims are one of the most diverse groups in America,” said Director of Muslim Student Life Ali Mir. “They are diverse; they are human beings; they are dynamic and they don’t all practice religion in the same way.”The reactions of several students in the audience showed that the event realized these goals.Catherine Brackett, a freshman majoring in political science, said she understood Muslim culture better after hearing the panelists’ discussion.“I’d never thought about the fact that Islam was brought here by slaves because society always associates it with Arabs and that is not the whole truth,” Brackett said. “It enlightened me in that way.”Though they were not learning about Muslim culture in the same way, Muslim students in the audience also said the discussion was insightful.“To be part of a conversation so diverse as this was really great,” said James Khabushani, a junior majoring in business administration. “It brought me a different perspective on what my ethnicity means.”last_img read more