Firms tell smokers to light up in their own time

first_img Employers are supporting a local authority’s decision to demand that smokers make up the time they spend on cigarette breaks.The introduction this month of London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ policy sparked a protest by 500 staff, who walked out the day it was made (News, 10 October).But other employers have contacted Personnel Today to say they have taken a similar line.Peter Wood, head of personnel at Arun District Council, said the authority has had a similar policy for two years. Smokers are allowed two 10-minute breaks a day, after which they have to make up the time within a flexitime scheme.At insurance company Accident Assurance in Birmingham, staff who smoke have to sign an agreement that they will forfeit part of their lunch break for smoking breaks. They take a half-hour lunch break and quarter-hour smoking breaks in the morning and afternoon.“This works well in our company, and removes the problem of non-smokers claiming they have longer working days,” said HR manager Mandi Silverwood.Peter Smith, a compensations and benefits adviser, has done research which shows smokers spend on average 20 minutes away from their workplaces.Pam Lloyd, HR manager at Sellers Information Pack, a company which advises people selling property, said it realigns the lunch break to make it an hour’s break to be taken as the employee wants. She says at least half an hour must be taken around the traditional midday slot, but the other half hour can be taken as two or more short breaks. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Firms tell smokers to light up in their own timeOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Spafford Pays Tribute To Tom Petty With Three Cover Debuts [Full Audio/Video]

first_imgSetlist: Spafford | Higher Ground | Burlington, VT | 10/3/2017Set One: Lonely, The Postman, Leave The Light On, Slip And SquanderSet Two: Todd’s Tots, All My Friends, Walls, Electric Taco StandEncore: Learning To Fly*, Breakdown*, You Don’t Know How It Feels*Notes: * Tom Petty cover, First time played [Audio: Mike D (VT)][Photo: Bill McAlaine] Last night, the jam-band rising stars of Spafford continued their extensive fall tour, hitting the Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont, on Tuesday as they continue to work their way across New England. For their show at the Higher Ground yesterday, Spafford put together a special setlist, with the Arizona-born band treating the crowd to a show with each set containing only four songs. Following this jam-heavy performance, Spafford returned with three debut covers honoring Tom Petty, the iconic rock star who died on Monday at the age of 66.Mike Gordon Covers Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” In Michigan [Video]Petty’s death made waves within the music community, as he’s largely considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of the past half-century. To honor Tom Petty, Spafford opened their encore with “Learning To Fly,” a number off Petty’s 1991 Into the Great Wide Open that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. From there, the group laid into a cover of “Breakdown”, the first single off of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ self-titled debut album from 1976, which launched Petty into the mainstream and kick-started his career as cultural icons. To close out the show and their tribute encore, Spafford closed their show at the Higher Ground with “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, the lead single off of 1994’s Wildflowers.Watch Emotional Footage From Tom Petty’s Final Live Show At Hollywood Bowl, 7 Days Before His DeathYou can check out the setlist from Spafford’s show at the Higher Ground last night, plus check out video of Spafford’s rendition of “You Don’t Know How It Feels” and full audio of Tuesday’s show below.last_img read more

Tourist film “Magic Cordoba” won the Grand Prix at the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival

first_imgIn Zagreb, at the 9th International Tourist Film Festival, Zagreb Tourfilm festival, otherwise a full member of CIFFT – International Association of Tourist Film Festivals, organized Balduci film, awards were given to the best films from 41 countries, from Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Portugal, Spain, Austria, France, etc.  This year, the festival was not held in the usual way, with many guests from the country and the world in a cheerful atmosphere, but due to the situation with the corona virus, it was held without audiences and classic film screenings, while films from the official competition were seen on social media.  An international jury headed by the President of the Jury John Driedonsk from the Netherlands, awarded the prize for the best film of the festival – the Grand Prix to the Spanish film MAGIC CORDOBA. center_img Magic Cordoba from Filmservice International on Vimeo . There were also several Croatian films in the competition, which won significant awards. The awards went to the Rijeka Tourist Board RIJEKA and MISS YOU, Kaštela Tourist Board entitled KAŠTELA – SEVEN REASONS TO VISIT, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board CENTRAL DALMATIA – A DREAM WAITING FOR YOU, Zagreb Tourist Board film “ZAGREB LOVES YOU”, and Croatian National Tourist Board “CROATIA YOUR NEXT FILMING DESTINATION”. See the list of all winners in the attachment:last_img read more