71% of estate agents have no idea what will happen to their EU employees after Brexit

first_imgMany estate agents have no idea what’s going to hit their businesses when the UK leaves the EU on March 29th next year.That’s the conclusion of a study of the property industry by a leading legal firm which found that 71% of business leaders in the sector felt unprepared for Brexit, 57% were worried about leaving the EU and 43% said they would be concerned about employing someone from an EU state after Brexit.Leeds-based Black Solicitors also found that three quarters of property business leaders have a limited understanding of how the Brexit process will affect their business or the what it may mean for their non-UK employees under proposed immigration laws, despite 67% of agents employing staff from the EU.Under current proposals after the UK leaves the EU and also following a transition period, all but the most highly skilled workers will be treated as temporary workers with restricted access to benefits and services, and with no long-term right to settle in the UK.EU workers will have to register in order to continue working and living hereOther likely outcomes of Brexit agents will include a lengthier recruitment process, it is claimed, and higher recruitment costs.And over a third of all businesses quizzed said they were not sure if they could replace departed EU colleagues with British alternatives.“With less than seven months to go until Britain leaves the EU, it is worrying that such large numbers of employers still feel in the dark about their ability to retain and recruit EU nationals,” says Louis MacWilliam (left), an immigration expert at Blacks Solicitors.“This is in spite of the Home Office publishing concrete details about the new mandatory registration scheme for EU nationals, due to open later this year.“Businesses in [the property] industry rely heavily on EU labour and employers can play an important role in securing the rights of their EU employees.“This includes ensuring employees are aware of any eligibility to apply for British citizenship or EU documentation before we leave the EU, as well as the new mandatory system of registration for EU nationals.”leaving the eu Louis MacWilliam Blacks Solicitors LLP Brexit August 10, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » 71% of estate agents have no idea what will happen to their EU employees after Brexit previous nextRegulation & Law71% of estate agents have no idea what will happen to their EU employees after BrexitMajority of industry leaders say their agencies are unprepared for Brexit even though three quarters of them employ EU nationals.Nigel Lewis10th August 201802,143 Viewslast_img read more

Marijuana laws are burning

first_imgDear Editor:Everywhere I go, I smell burning cannabis and with each passing day, we continue to abide by outdated, draconian laws for a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Not only have we been denying patients the relief that they need for numerous chronic conditions, but we also hinder economic growth and innovation.The mayors of Secaucus and Weehawken have refused to consider the sale of recreational marijuana in their cities, perhaps undemocratically. The opportunity is then ours to embrace.Tax and regulate it just like alcohol and tobacco. Some of that earned revenue could be used for the opioid crisis, the state pension fund and maybe a slight reduction in property taxes. Our previous governor has set us so far backwards, fiscally and otherwise. We certainly could use the extra revenue.The war on drugs has been a dismal failure. Obviously, it hasn’t prevented marijuana from become a mainstream pastime. State and local officials can decide how they want to write the laws. We already have many other states to look to for guidance.Also, I want to commend our Mayor for being honest about his support of full legalization of marijuana.Thank youAmy Valentlast_img read more

Medway talks up quality offering

first_imgMedway Foods is pushing its quality credentials after its management buyout of three Canterbury Foods pastry and ingredients’ plants in January.Chief executive Paul Ains-worth said Canterbury, which went into administration in January, had a reputation as a cheap manufacturer but that this was not the case and Medway was proving that current product quality was even better. “People didn’t understand or had lost touch with the company, but we’re showing off some new savoury pastry ranges and have had a really positive reception.”He said it had not lost any of its wholesale or manufacturing customers since the sale and that it was constantly working to gain new business. However, despite its promise to keep all 200 staff employed, Ainsworth admitted that it had been forced to shed 15 jobs at its Whitstable plant due to cost pressures. “There has been a slowdown in the manufacturing sector and, if they’re not doing as much development, then we’re not supplying them with as much.”Following news of the proposed sale of some of Northern Foods’ bakery businesses he said: “If the right thing came along we’d look at it.” But he noted that, in this instance, the deal would probably be “too big”.Medway is expected to announce the results of a company review next month.last_img read more

Allied Bakeries makes “significant progress”

first_imgAssociated British Food, the conglomerate behind Allied Bakeries, said yesterday its bread division had made “significant progress” in the past year – thanks to volume growth and reducing costs.However, the company, which unveiled its annual results for the year to 14 September 2013, added: “The UK bakery market remains intensely competitive and there was some pressure on margins.”Overall the company, which also runs the fashion chain Primark, saw its revenue increase by 9% to £13.3bn, with it adjusted profit before tax also increasing by 13% to £1.09bn.Revenue in its grocery division, which includes its Allied Bakeries business, increased 3% from £3.7bn to £3.8bn. Its adjusted operating profit increased from £187m to £232m.In the annual statement, Allied Bakeries said: “A combination of organic volume growth and the new Co-op supply contract, which commenced in April this year, drove an increase in market share and established Kingsmill as the number two bread brand in the UK.“Allinson bread benefited from advertising investment, which saw the brand back on television for the first time in 10 years, and Allinson Wholemeal regained its position as the number one brand in the Premium Wholemeal segment. We continued our capital investment programme to upgrade and modernise the bakeries.”In the past year its new Stockport bakery came on-stream in September 2012 and, in April, it opened a new bread line at Walthamstow. Work is due to start at its West Bromwich bakery shortly.last_img read more

Listen To Frank Zappa Jam With Pink Floyd On “Interstellar Overdrive” In 1969

first_imgIn a new interview, drummer Nick Mason reflects on the earliest days of Pink Floyd’s career. The interview touches on a number of subjects – the band’s first gig, Syd Barrett and more – but one particular passage mentions a one-of-a-kind jam session with Frank Zappa.Mason says, “The interesting thing with Frank was that he’s one of the very few rock & roll intellectuals. I would put Frank Zappa, Roger and Pete Townshend together – people who are a bit more thoughtful. Frank obviously had an extraordinary ability as a musician and composer. He could knock out Joe’s Garage or produce the G.T.O.’s. He had a very broad vision of rock music.”Fortunately, the tape of Zappa joining Pink Floyd for “Interstellar Overdrive” has been preserved all of these years. Click over to 7:08 on the YouTube embedded below to catch this incredible meeting of the minds from 1969.last_img read more

Famed Grateful Dead Photographer Jay Blakesberg Adds Photo Storytelling Shows With Oteil Burbridge & More

first_imgLauded rock and roll photographer Jay Blakesberg has added a pair of new stops for his dynamic storytelling/slideshow event, Between The Dark and Light. In addition to his previously announced engagement on Tuesday, November 27th, at the Miami Beach JCC, Blakesberg will bring Between The Dark and Light to the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, FL on November 28th (with special guest Oteil Burbridge of Dead & Company) and Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, FL on November 29th (alongside two sets of Dead music from local tribute act Uncle John’s Band).Between The Dark and Light is a dynamic slideshow/storytelling event Jay Blakesberg sharing stories from his amazing 40-year career photographing the Grateful Dead and other high-profile bands. During this 70-minute presentation, the charismatic and funny Blakesberg regales attendees with photos and stories related to his epic rock and roll American Dream story.Over the last few years, this presentation has entertained thousands of Deadheads and music fans around the country. Between The Dark and Light kicks off with Blakesberg’s colorful teenage years growing up in suburban New Jersey in the late 1970s, when he and his friends’ lived solely for the thrill of sex, drugs and rock and roll. He describes how his love for photography began in 1978 after his father gave him an old Pentax camera to shoot the Grateful Dead performing at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Back then, Blakesberg simply wanted to create memorabilia to plaster on his bedroom walls and began obsessively seeing and shooting his favorite bands, from Hot Tuna to Eric Clapton to The Grateful Dead to Neil Young to The Who to Bob Dylan, among many others.He then shares how he embarked on a wild psychedelic ride after high school, joining the music-loving circus of freaks and misfits: the Deadheads. In the mid-80s, he settled in San Francisco and began to build a professional career as an in-demand commercial rock photographer whose work has been published in preeminent books and magazines (including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Relix – to name a few) thousands of times.This engaging, fast-moving presentation grants the audience an “all-access” pass to his many years photographing the Dead—first as a fan, then as a journalist and, ultimately, as an insider working for the band. Between The Dark and Light includes Blakesberg’s story of serving as the official photographer for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary “Fare Thee Well” concerts that took place in 2015.Today, Jay Blakesberg—the once shutterbug hobbyist—is one of the music industry’s most sought-after rock photographers, known for capturing the explosive energy of the live music experience as well as the intimate moments of one-on-one portrait photography. Most significantly, Blakesberg is a preeminent fixture on the jam band scene whose body of work in this arena makes up a comprehensive photographic archive of the modern psychedelic rock and roll tribe that began 50 years ago in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco.last_img read more

First step in fighting lyme disease is understanding its scope

first_imgLyme disease is now endemic in Massachusetts, with 2,000 to 4,000 officially confirmed cases and as many as 10,000 additional unconfirmed cases each year, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. But the disease is not spread uniformly across the state, with Cape Cod and the Islands particularly hard hit.In a June 28 interview with radio station WBUR, William Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, said it is critical that the state gain an accurate picture of the number of people who have lyme disease as well as the number of new infections.“To really frame a response, to get an idea of what the threat is, to be able to apportion scarce funds, and also to be able to communicate risk to the public, it’s important to know just what the burden of the disease is,” Hanage said.last_img read more

Speaker shares experience with God’s call to be single

first_imgAs part of the Theology on Fire series, Beth Knobbe, relationship manager at Catholic Relief Services in Chicago, presented “Living Single with Faith, Purpose and Passion” at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday.Knobbe, who intentionally lives a single life, began her talk by addressing the anxiety students feel about having a plan after graduation.“There is no predetermined plan for our life,” she said. “God’s plan is that God is going to love us and not abandon us.”Knobbe said she believes there is no superior way of life and that people can find happiness in both marriage and the single life; it all depends on what truly brings the person the most happiness and what they feel called to do.“My purpose in being here is not to convince you that God is calling you to the single life,” Knobbe said.She emphasized that living the single life is an active and intentional response to God’s call.“He may be calling you to marriage, a religious vocation or a life of absolute surprise,” Knobbe said. “Recognize that when we say yes to that, what we receive in return is a great sense of abundance of God’s love for us.”Knobbe said she had dated throughout college but never found a relationship that made her feel full. She said she felt anxious in her 30s because she thought married life was the ideal way of life. She said she had a heart-to-heart with God after attending a wedding that made her feel like a wedding was everything people expected from life.“Something in me broke — I was furious with God,” Knobbe said.“What I experienced at the wedding, I thought was the plan for me.”But she said she realized God’s calling for her did not involve that ideal. She went to graduate school and said she found the richness most people find in romantic relationships in her friends and peers.“Your vocation is the place where you feel most at home,” Knobbe said.“It doesn’t mean it isn’t hard sometimes. It’s easy to get lonely as a single person. There’s a temptation to be selfish with my time and money. But it feels right for me.”Knobbe said being single for God’s kingdom is different from being single just by circumstance.“Somebody who recognizes that single life is their call also expresses that there’s a purpose to it,” she said. “It’s embraced and chosen. It involves service to others, be it in the Church or other professions.”Sharing life stories, debating, team sports, laughing, making music and attending mass are all ways to experience intimacy, Knobbe said.“As a single person, I think about all the ways my life are creative,” she said. “I wonder what my legacy will be, and I see it in my work and my relationships, from visiting someone in the hospital to making cookies with friends. It all gives my life energy. Service is my way of leaving a legacy and giving to the world.”Knobbe said she believes a single life is a life full of love if one can take on a new perspective.“We need to look at life a little differently,” she said. “It’s taken me a long time to see it, but once I began to see it, I saw it everywhere.”Tags: dating culture, single life, theology on firelast_img read more

Conservation class

first_imgA classroom and field workshop focusing on how to develop a conservation reserve program plan is set for Oct. 23, 2012 on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga.The class is part of the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.The workshop, “CRP Plan: Start to Finish,” is part of the national CRP Readiness Initiative’s nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants. The goal is to prepare these professional to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the Conservation Reserve Program. Participants will learn the CRP conservation planning process step by step, including how to develop NRCS-required maps, use online tools to evaluate soils, choose the best conservation practices, assess installation and maintenance specifications and develop a timeline so landowners can meet all CRP program requirements.The conservation trainings offered through the CRPRI will also be useful to conservation professionals working in other NRCS conservation programs outside of CRP. Professionals from nonprofits, conservation districts and state agencies with ties to NRCS would also benefit from the course. Additional online courses will be available in October through the CRPRI website, FacesOfCRP.info. To register for the Georgia workshop or online courses, or to learn more, visit facesofcrp.info/training. Directions to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center can be found at ugatiftonconference.org. For more information on the workshop or the online classes, contact David Ferrell, CRP Readiness Initiative southern media contact, at (912) 337-5548 or [email protected]last_img read more

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker eager to work with Mikel Arteta again as Unai Emery sack rumours mount

first_imgArsenal’s Per Mertesacker eager to work with Mikel Arteta again as Unai Emery sack rumours mount Coral BarryTuesday 19 Nov 2019 9:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShares Mertesacker oversees Arsenal’s academy (Picture: Getty)Mertesacker manages Arsenal’s academy and after playing with Arteta at the Emirates, the German would love to work with him again.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I was his vice-captain at Arsenal and he trusted me,’ he told FourFourTwo.‘I was by his side during team meetings and we had a great bond. I’d love to work with him again, a top guy.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are in turmoil at the moment, with Granit Xhaka’s explosive clash with fans leading to a sudden change in captains at the club.Emery refused to say whether his former skipper will play again for Arsenal before his side suffered a damaging defeat to Leicester City.Arsenal resume club action this week with a home game against Southampton, with the Gunners eight points off fourth place.MORE: Lucas Torreira’s agent responds to rumours he wants to leave Arsenal because of Unai EmeryMORE: Arsenal only plan to make January signings if ‘absolutely necessary’ Comment Advertisement Arteta is currently Guardiola’s No.2 at Man City (Picture: Getty)Per Mertesacker would jump at the chance to work with Mikel Arteta again amid rumours Arsenal are considering axing Unai Emery.The Arsenal head coach reportedly has until January to turn results around after a dismal start to the campaign.Champions League football next season already looks to be out of reach for the Gunners and Manchester City are bracing themselves for an approach from Arsenal for Arteta, should they decide to part ways with Emery.The Premier League champions are expected to sanction Arteta’s return to Arsenal were they to move for the Spaniard.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more