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Changes to bias law will boost claims, firms say

Changes to bias law will boost claims, firms say

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. TheGovernment’s proposals to switch the burden of proof in employment tribunals tothe employer in discrimination cases will encourage spurious tribunals andraise costs for employers.  TheInstitute of Directors’ response to the DfEE consultation paper, Towards EqualPay, argues that changing the European directive on burden of proof will givestaff a powerful incentive to launch tribunal claims against their employer,even if the grounds for doing this were relatively weak.Theconsultation period closed yesterday and the directive on burden of proof willbe implemented into UK law on 21 July. RichardWilson, the IoD’s business policy adviser, said, “We are concerned aboutshifting the burden of proof directive so that the employer has to disprove anequal pay claim. “Thiswill encourage more spurious tribunal cases as the applicant will be far morelikely to bring a claim. “Therewill be huge costs in principle as this will put employers off contesting thecase and to settle out of court.”Thepaper outlines proposals to introduce an equal pay questionnaire to help defineclaims, and cutting out unnecessary paper-work on multiple claims. Otherproposals were supported by the CBI and the IoD, particularly those to simplifyand speed up the tribunal system for equal pay cases. DominicJohnson, head of employment relations at the CBI, said, “The general view isthat employers are supportive of the technical changes proposed forstreamlining equal pay tribunals.”Headded, “Anything that speeds up the tribunal process and removes significantlegal costs is welcome. It’s a sensible package of proposals.”ByKaren Higginbottom Changes to bias law will boost claims, firms sayOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

A-Rod Rockets Power Yankees

A-Rod Rockets Power Yankees

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Alex Rodriguez gave himself an early 40th birthday present. Three of them, actually.Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the fifth time in his career and keyed a ninth-inning rally against All-Star closer Glen Perkins, sending the New York Yankees over the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on July 25.“Some people say that life starts at 40. I’ll sign up for that right now,” said A-Rod, who hits the mark July 27.The Yankees trailed 5-0 early. Rodriguez connected on Perkins’ first pitch for a tying homer, and John Ryan Murphy later launched a three-run shot.“Got to be one of my best feelings since I’ve been in the major leagues,” Murphy said. “There’s no greater feeling than knowing you just won the game for your team.”Rodriguez bear-hugged Murphy in the dugout and picked him up. By then, the slugger had already showed his strength.Rodriguez hit 452-foot solo homer in the fourth and a 422-foot drive that made it 5-3 in the seventh. His 424-foot homer in the ninth cleared the center field wall.He clapped as he trotted around first base after each homer while fans at sold-out Target Field booed. The last time Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game was Aug. 14, 2010, at Kansas City. He didn’t play last season while sitting out a drug suspension.“I’m healthy, I’m happy, I’m appreciating everything the game has to offer,” he said.Rodriguez has 23 homers this season and 677 in his career. He is now 6-for-10 lifetime against Perkins with two home runs.With one out and runners on first and third, Murphy hit a 2-2 pitch from Perkins into the flower bed over the right-center field wall.Perkins (0-2) didn’t blow a save chance before the All-Star break, but is 1 for 3 since. He had allowed just six runs all season before the Yankees tagged him for four.“I saved however many to start the season and I said I’m going to blow games. I’m not going to be able to go out there and hit every spot like I have,” Perkins said. “It’s magnified. But I miss spots, everybody misses spots and I’ll learn from that.”Adam Warren (6-5) pitched 2 1-3 innings in relief of CC Sabathia. Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his 23rd save.“Maybe our best win of the year,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi’s decision to move Rodriguez to DH has helped rejuvenate the star.“He’s been a guy that’s been productive all year,” Girardi said. “He’s been impressive.”Torii Hunter hit his 208th career home run with the Twins, passing his mentor Kirby Puckett for sixth in team history and giving Minnesota a 5-0 lead in the third.Aaron Hicks also homered to give the Twins a 2-0 lead off Sabathia in the first. Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly cut Minnesota’s lead to 5-4 in a three-run seventh. Sabathia was pulled after walking Brian Dozier to load the bases in the sixth.Warren struck out Hicks on a check swing to end the threat, prompting Twins Manager Paul Molitor to protest from the dugout and get ejected by plate umpire Jeff Nelson.“He thought he saw enough to call the swing and I just voiced my opinion that I thought it was too close for him to make that call,” Molitor said. “That’s why they have the appeal process and it kind of spiraled down from there.”(ADAM CZECH)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more