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first_img Previous Article Next Article Watch this spaceOn 1 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Whether post-termination acts can be the subject of complaints under theDisability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Race Relations Act 1976 will bedecided by the House of Lords later this year. The Court of Appeal has upheldthe EAT’s decision in Jones v 3M Healthcare that the DDA offers no suchprotection. It is now set to go to the highest court along with D’Souza, a casebrought under the RRA, which is already under appeal to the Lords. Celtec v Astley – concerning the rights under TUPE of secondees who remainin the employment of a transferor at the time of transfer but subsequentlybecome employed by a transferee – has now been heard by the Court of Appeal.Judgment is expected by the next issue. The Advocate General has given his opinion in Lawrence v Regent Office Care,a case referred to the ECJ by the Court of Appeal. The issue is whether, underthe equal pay provisions of Article 141 of the EU Treaty, employees of atransferee can compare their pay with employees of the transferor who carry outwork of equal value. The Advocate General says this is not possible – the termsand conditions are not derived from the same source – and the ECJ is expectedto rule within six months. The Court of Appeal will also decide whether TUPEgives any additional protection in these circumstances. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry

first_img33 States Report Job Growth in Solar Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From Solar Industry Magazine:The Solar Foundation, an independent nonprofit research and education organization, has released state-by-state data from its annual National Solar Jobs Census series via the State Solar Jobs Census Map.The new numbers show that California not only maintained its No. 1 spot in 2015, but also created over 20,000 new solar jobs last year – a 38% increase – and became the first state to surpass the 75,000 solar jobs benchmark.The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) has praised local policymakers for their continued support of this new clean energy market, pointing to recent decisions around net metering, extension of the federal investment tax credit, and the state’s 50% by 2030 renewable portfolio standard.“Solar power is a bright spot in California’s economy, bringing jobs and economic development to every corner of the state,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA. “While conventional energy industries are losing jobs, we are seeing record growth and bringing clean air and climate solutions along the way.”According to The Solar Foundation, Massachusetts solidified the No. 2 position in 2015 while becoming the second state to have more than 15,000 solar jobs. In addition to California and Massachusetts: Nevada, Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Oregon, Michigan, and Utah are among the top 20 solar jobs states that grew by 30% or more.“Solar power not only helps protect our environment and health – it helps accelerate our economic success,” says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “This is another example of how Colorado’s diverse energy economy contributes to our overall growth and stability. We are pleased that the solar industry continues to find Colorado a good state for business.”“Massachusetts is home to a thriving clean energy economy with innovative companies, world-class research institutions and a skilled workforce, and we’re proud that the commonwealth continues to maintain its national clean energy leadership position,” adds Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.The Solar Foundation says 33 states, including the District of Columbia, saw positive solar jobs growth in 2015 over the previous year, and many states experienced double-digit increases.“Solar job creation is booming across the country. California’s 20,000 new jobs marks an industry milestone – but states like Utah, Colorado, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia demonstrate the regional diversity of the industry’s growth,” says Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. “Our data since 2012 show that half the states in the country have at least doubled their solar workforce.”The Solar Foundation notes this is the first year it has tracked solar jobs by congressional district for all 50 states – providing information for nearly all 436 federal congressional districts and more than 6,000 state legislative districts. The organization says there are now 61 federal congressional districts with at least 1,000 solar jobs; 132 districts with more than 500; and 222 districts with 250 or more solar industry jobs.Other key rankings from the State Solar Jobs Census include the following:Most Solar Jobs: 1. California, 2. Massachusetts, 3. Nevada, 4. New York, 5. New Jersey.Highest % Solar Jobs Growth: 1. Rhode Island, 2. South Carolina, 3. Nebraska, 4. Tennessee, 5. Louisiana.Most Solar Jobs Per Capita: 1. Nevada 2. Vermont, 3. Hawaii, 4. California, 5. Massachusetts.Highest % Solar Capacity Growth 2014-15 (estimated): 1. South Carolina, 2. Utah, 3. Georgia, 4. Oregon, 5. New Hampshire.Full article: U.S. Solar Job Creation Is ‘Booming,’ California Ranks No. 1last_img read more

Editorial: Overcompensated Coal Executives Have Broken Trust With Employees

first_imgEditorial: Overcompensated Coal Executives Have Broken Trust With Employees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Casper (Wyo.) Star Tribune:Once, it was true that if you worked hard enough for a long enough time, your dedication would be rewarded. You earned your salary, and your benefits were there when you needed them.That’s no longer the case – at least not at America’s biggest coal companies, several of which have significant operations here in Wyoming.Almost 500 people who toiled for years at mines owned by Arch Coal and Peabody Energy were recently laid off. It would be easy to blame this on the dwindling demand for coal and other market factors.But that’s not the full story. While Wyoming coal country trembled, fearful of the industry’s future and its own, these producers’ CEOs and other executives profited richly.Alpha Natural Resources, Arch and Peabody paid their management teams $186 million in stock awards, incentives and other forms of compensation between 2012 and 2014. All three companies have since filed for bankruptcy protection – and their struggles are tied to the decisions of the executives, who in 2011 rushed to acquire mines to capitalize on strong demand for metallurgical coal. Critics say this was foolish, that these expensive executives should have known they were walking into a metallurgical market near its height.Soon enough, though, it appeared that they did know what would happen: “The behavior of these executives seems to me pretty outrageous. They could see the handwriting on the wall,” Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., told the Star-Tribune. “The numbers are there. They started paying themselves out way back in 2012 or early 2013 when the numbers were turning.”And those payments appear to have contributed to the severity of layoffs. For example, Alpha wants to slash retiree benefits for about 4,580 nonunion miners and their spouses. The would save roughly $3 million annually, or about 14 percent of the $20.8 million Alpha paid its management in 2014.Not as well-insulated were the Wyomingites who worked at the mines. Hundreds of households that depended on these once-reliable jobs are looking desperately for help and rethinking their futures. But the effects of the companies’ actions don’t stop at these miners or their communities. They will ripple across Wyoming, straining the resources of the state, its municipalities and its charities.Wyoming is in the process of diversifying its economy, and part of that should include looking for companies that prioritize all hardworking employees, not just the executives.Employment does have to adapt to some degree to the economic climate. As demand for coal dwindles, it makes sense that employment at mines would, too. But none of this should happen while management benefits so richly.These executives should have demonstrated good corporate citizenship by placing the needs of their hardworking employees ahead of their own desire for financial gain.But because they didn’t, Wyomingites are working to make sure these families have enough to eat and safe places to live. After that, the state’s network of resources, such as community colleges, are left to find ways to offer job-training opportunities, so the miners can redirect or reinvent their careers.The companies’ decisions have also served to break the trust miners once enjoyed with their employers. When companies did well, everyone prospered. Employees believed they had built a solid foundation of trust with their employers. That’s why it was all the more shocking when that foundation crumbled.A government watchdog agency and a group of former Alpha executives agrees. The U.S. Trustee, a division of the Justice Department, filed an objection earlier this year to Alpha’s plan to reward executives while recording steep losses and seeking to cut retiree benefits. Meanwhile, former Alpha CEO Michael Quillen, who is protesting the proposal with a group of other former executives, told the Star-Tribune the plan does not represent “the values the company was built on.”It also doesn’t represent the values the American dream was built on. As Wyoming continues to diversify its economy, it should look to welcome companies who know that success is built on the work of many people — not just those at the top.Full editorial: Editorial board: Coal payouts turn American dream upside downlast_img read more