Firms need educating on disabled staff

first_imgFirms need educating on disabled staffOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Seventy-six per cent of employers in the UK have never had an opportunity toemploy disabled people. This is according to a survey of more than 1,000 employers on employingpeople with disabilities, published to coincide with the launch, a website designed to help disabled people into work. The study also finds more than a quarter of employers in the hotel,restaurant and retail sectors are reluctant to employ disabled people becauseof other people’s attitudes. Nearly half of the respondents are not aware of any policies or guidelinesat their company relating to employment of disabled people. Almost 30 per cent of respondents said they do not have the requiredfacilities to employ disabled people, despite the fact that employers mustremove or alter any physical barriers to access for disabled people by October2004 under the Disability Discrimination Act. But the survey finds that almost two-thirds of companies employing disabledpeople incurred no extra costs as a result of making the necessary adjustments.Steve Harvey, director of people, profits & loyalty at Microsoft, whichhelped establish in partnership with Leonard Cheshire, said: “The findings show there is still a long way to gotowards educating employers and improving employment opportunities for disabledpeople. “At Microsoft, we believe everyone should have the opportunity torealise his or her potential and that means providing disabled people with workopportunities in all our workplaces.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Group organizes to help stem prosecutor turnover

first_imgGroup organizes to help stem prosecutor turnover The Friends of Florida Assistant State Attorneys — a new grassroots organization — has dedicated itself to educating the public about the detrimental effect high prosecutor turnover has on public safety.Juan Carlos Arias, president and founder of the two-month-old, Broward-based FFASA, said the combination of high law school debt, high cost of living, and depressed salaries makes it impossible for prosecutors to consider their job a career. He also cited repeated unsuccessful attempts by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and others to achieve legislation that would encourage experienced prosecutors to remain in public service.“FFASA’s mission is to complement the FPAA’s efforts on behalf of state prosecutors by taking the message to the general public,” said Arias, a former assistant state attorney in the 17th Circuit. “We believe that when legislators realize that there is a public voice and that citizens are holding them accountable on the issue of prosecutor turnover, the issue will be taken seriously in Tallahassee.”Arias said the public must be made aware that Florida loses more than 50 percent of its experienced prosecutors before five years of service and that the effect of this high turnover compromises the safety of communities statewide.“I cannot think of a public safety issue more important than that, because criminals are walking out everyday. They are beating the system because we do not have the experienced prosecutors trying the cases,” said Arias, a former Army JAG officer who now works as a staff attorney in The Florida Bar’s Ft. Lauderdale office. “Our judicial system is being compromised and that is what people need to know.”FFASA plan to drive that message home with newspaper advertising campaigns and presentations to local civic clubs and organizations. The FFASA also has launched a Web site at, and will produce a free e-newsletter to keep its members and others informed of legislative efforts, newspaper articles, studies, and reports relating to prosecutor turnover.Because the state will never be able to compete with private-sector salaries, he said the FFASA proposes a combination of incentives that would encourage prosecutors to make their job a career, including salary increases, a loan-repayment program, and retention bonuses.Arias said FFASA’s nine member board – eight of whom are former assistant state attorneys – also hopes to expand the organization to other large Florida cities in the near future. Group organizes to help stem prosecutor turnovercenter_img June 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Veterans Memorial Arena gets a new name

first_imgOn Thursday, the Broome County Legislature voted with 13 members in favor of giving naming rights to Visions Federal Credit Union. This comes after Maine’s Paper & Food’s Contract expired in June. Vision’s President and CEO Ty Muse says Broome County is home. Broome County officials say the fee will double if the county is successful in securing funding for and completing a “significant” renovation for the area that will cost more $20 million. “Partnering with the County and Mirabito furthers our investment in the community, and it’s even better knowing that we’ll have a part in drawing more people to the area,” he says. “Whether they’re here for LUMA, hockey, or even a concert, they can experience all the great things that the Binghamton area has going for it.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Floyd L. Maines arena will be renamed the “Visions Federal Credit Union Veterans Memorial Arena.” The deal will be commenced on Jan. 1, 2021 and the name will run for 10 years but could be extended for five more years. Broome County will receive $60,000 per year during this time. Visions has teamed up Mirabito convenience stores to create a reserve account dedicated to increasing the number of live events at the arena and forum theater. Mirabito was announced to be the new sponsor of the box offices at the arena. Mirabito CEO Joe Mirabito called the partnership exciting. “By working together, we will be able to better support the Arena and its efforts to enhance the quality of life in our community,” he said.last_img read more

Special night at the Harrison City Council

first_imgHarrison, OH—Several residents were recognized at Harrison’s October 1 City Council meeting. Matt Hackworth (left) was sworn in as a new Council member by Mayor Bill Neyer. Hackworth, most recently a Harrison Planning Commission member, is filling the vacated seat of Urbano Galindo who moved out of state.Also during the meeting, Police Chief Charles Lindsey (left) presented Police Chaplain Chris Sheneman with the Harrison Police Department Exemplary Service Award and Exemplary Conduct Award for his dedication to officers and residents the last four years. Finally, Kevin Maas of JTM foods presented an update to Council about the company’s continued growth. JTM, the City’s largest employer, now has over 500 associates and has seen its recent $80 million factory expansion rise to full speed. Maas said the company expects to experience double-digit growth this year, nearing the $250 million annual sales level.last_img read more

Consistency key for Wenger

first_img Arsenal, though, have not delivered a trophy to the cabinet since moving to the Emirates Stadium, but remain on course for the FA Cup, into the semi-finals against Wigan, and could move to within a point of leaders Chelsea this weekend. Wenger believes just sustaining a side capable of securing Champions League football season after season deserves great credit despite all of the silverware which went before. “I can take a distance with that – if winning a trophy is winning the League Cup and finish 12th in the league, (because) I think the most important thing for the quality of the club, of the management of the club, is the consistency of the achievement,” said Wenger, whose achievement was marked by a presentation from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan before Friday morning’s media conference at London Colney. “After the trophies come and go, but I believe you see the quality of the management in the consistency of their achievement. “If you finish one year first and the second year 12th, the real quality of management is linked with consistency. “Of course we want to win trophies, but I think if you look well at the consistency that we have shown in the last 15 or 17 years, and you compare with all other clubs, that is the most difficult thing to achieve. “In individual finals it is great players who win you the games, and we have great players, so I am confident we can win trophies.” Arsenal chairman Keswick hailed Wenger’s impact as the man who had “transformed the beautiful game” and added “long may you continue to lead us” as he presented the Frenchman with a commemorative cannon, based on the original design from the club’s founders at Woolwich Arsenal. Wenger – who has yet to sign a new contract extension – is in no doubt of how he has become enshrined within the psyche of the north London club. “It is a privilege of course to managed 1,000 games in the same club and between the moment I met (vice-chairman) David Dein and he introduced me to (chairman) Peter Hill-Wood of course a lot has happened at this club,” he continued. “I must say for such a long time the club has always supported me and I feel already that I am privileged in that because that’s not always usual in our game. “We have gone through difficult and fantastic periods, but always remain focused on being united at this club. “That’s why I think I acted always with three things in my mind. The first one is that every decision I make is like I own the club, that’s always in the interest in the club first. “The second is that I think I am in a job where you need to have a clear perception of your ideas and have the courage to transform it into actions. “The third that has always guided me is to make this club grow and make sure that the club is bigger when I leave than when I arrived. Time will tell if I managed to do that, but I hope so.” Wenger insists Saturday’s showdown with Chelsea will not have any added significance other than in the battle for the Premier League title. “It is the game of the season for us – it’s as simple as that,” said Wenger, who has a doubt over midfielder Tomas Rosicky (ankle). “We are in a period where every point is vital now, especially against your direct opponents, so it is for us the most important game of the season now.” The Gunners boss, appointed in late September 1996, is set to reach his personal landmark against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The 64-year-old has seen and done it all over his 17 seasons at the helm, including the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ title campaign in 2003/2004. Arsene Wenger feels delivering consistency in the Barclays Premier League over 1,000 games could well be his lasting Arsenal legacy. Press Associationlast_img read more