Q An employee has made a request to bring a workplace companion along to a disciplinary hearing, but we think they are an unreasonable choice. Could we face any financial penalty if we don’t allow them in?AA workplace companion can be either: 1) a colleague; 2) a trade union representative; or 3) a union official (who is certified as competent). However, an employee’s choice must be reasonable for example, the individual cannot be involved in the dispute or as a material witness, or be expected to travel from a remote location.But if you refuse a workplace companion outright without good reason the employee could bring a tribunal claim against you. Their entitlement to be accompanied during a disciplinary hearing is a statutory right and an employee cannot be made to forego it. Where this happens, the maximum compensatory tribunal award is £760 (there is no minimum level). This figure is based on two weeks’ statutory pay at the current rate of £380 per week.
David Powell, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers and former global director innovation/bakery Rich ProductsI have been asked to write something on the Irish and their wonderful warmth and most generous hospitality, as experienced by those fortunate enough to have attended Niall Irwin’s inauguration and the Irish Association of Master Bakers’ conference. Before I do, however, there is something I need to get off my chest.Why are the organisers of events in this relatively small industry of ours attracted like moths to a naked light bulb when it comes to the timing of their events?The run-up to the Irish conference was a classic case. On Sunday 3 October, I drove to Bolton for the Bakers’ Fair and the ABST Council meeting, then drove home past Warwick to get to the Bakers’ Company Court meeting and Lunch! on Monday morning in London. This finished after 3pm but the British Society of Baking (BSB) AGM started at 5pm in you’ve guessed it Warwick. This was followed by a dinner and the BSB conference. Finally, I arrived home late on Tuesday evening and, rather than feeling inspired and motivated, I was knackered and £739 poorer, having paid this amount out in conference fees, fuel and rail tickets, among other items.Two days at work and then I was off to Belfast on Friday for the weekend Irish conference, followed by Bakers’ Hall on Monday for the Committee Day. Thank God I’m not trying to run a business any more!This is not an isolated case: on 22-25 March 2010, dinner at Bakers’ Hall in London clashed with the BSB dinner on Monday evening. Meanwhile, the BCA meeting was on the following Wednesday and Thursday in Cheshire and the Baking Industry Exhibition in Birmingham ran from the Sunday to the Wednesday of the same week. All are important to attend, but when do you fit in running your business?This has to be madness, so can the people who organise these events plan their dates better, please? The industry wants to support you, but please have some consideration for the people who have to give up their time and money to attend. It is in your interest, as more thoughtful planning will result in higher attendances and happier attendees.Meanwhile, back in Ireland, the organisation was impeccable, the papers interesting and relevant and boy, do they know how to have fun: the sight of the “long-suffering” Jan Stuart, wife of Scottish Bakers’ president Alan Stuart, performing tricks with a JCB digger will remain with those present for a long time to come.This was the first time I had attended this particular conference and the striking difference, to me, was that the bakers of Ireland presented a united front that is, everyone from small craft businesses to the large plants were represented. The papers presented on the Saturday were designed to offer something to all, and although every business is unique, it was striking that there were many more shared issues, concerns and problems that could be discussed than there were differences one example of this being how businesses of all types are having to deal with commodity price increases.
Lyttelton Port Company (LPC) said in they latest release that one of the world’s largest dredges – the Fairway – will sail into Lyttelton Harbor in August as the port’s channel deepening project gets underway.The Fairway will be a permanent fixture in the harbor for 11 weeks as it works to deepen the channel, which will see the overall dredging program become New Zealand’s biggest to date, LPC said.LPC was granted resource consent in March 2018 to dredge the harbor shipping channel to increase its draught.The 230 meter-long Fairway will collect silty clay from the seabed of the harbor, as it works to widen the navigation channel by 20 meters and deepen it to allow vessels with a 13.3 meter draught to call at Lyttelton.The first stage of work will see the Fairway lengthen the channel by 2.5km.The channel deepening, which will allow bigger ships to access the port, will provide Canterbury’s importers and exporters the best possible and most cost effective international shipping solutions, said LPC.The initial stage of the dredging program has been awarded to Netherlands-based contractor Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. Built in 1997, the Fairway is one of Boskalis’ 30 trailing suction hopper dredgers.The Fairway will make its journey from Mumbai, India, after completing its latest project – and make a stop in Singapore for a thorough clean before heading to Lyttelton Harbor. The Cawthron Institute has worked with LPC and Boskalis to develop a biosecurity plan.In Singapore, it will go into a dry dock to be water blasted and have its antifoul refreshed. The interior spaces will be cleaned and flushed with fresh water. After being inspected, it will sail directly to New Zealand.
Eight â€“time African champions Falcons will play their first match of the competition on Thursday against the senior women national team of Benin Republic, starting from 3pm Cote dâ€™Ivoire time (4pm Nigeria). They will then tackle Senegal on Saturday, 17th February and Togo on Monday, 19thFebruary.THE SQUADGoalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels); Rita Akarekor (Delta Queens); Onyinyechukwu Okeke (Edo Queens)Defenders: Mary Ologbosere (Rivers Angels); Joy Jegede (Delta Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Ibom Angels); Lilian Tule (Bayelsa Queens); Ujunwa Okafor (Delta Queens); Opeyemi Aiyenibereun (Sunshine Queens); Oluwakemi Famuditi (Confluence Queens)Midfielders: Osarenom Igbinovia (Bayelsa Queens); Ihuoma Onyebuchi (Sunshine Queens); Peace Efih (Edo Queens); Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons); Ogechi Ukwuoma (Delta Queens)Forwards: Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo Queens); Chioma Wogu (Rivers Angels); Aminat Yakubu (Bayelsa Queens); Alice Ogebe (Rivers Angels); Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons); Chinaza Uchendu (Rivers Angels)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeriaâ€™s senior women national team, the Super Falcons, have landed in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan for the 2018 WAFU Cup of Nations tournament starting on Wednesday.New Coach Thomas Dennerby was at the head of the contingent, which also had assistant coaches Wemimo Mathew and Maureen Madu, the team doctor and the physiotherapist. Assistant Coach Omobolanle Taiwo and Team Administrator Modupe Shabi will join the team on Wednesday.Veteran midfielder Osarenoma Igbinovia, who turns out for Bayelsa Queens FC, led the playing body that also included Joy Jegede, Rasheedat Ajibade, Chioma Wogu, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Glory Ogbonna, Kemi Famuditi and Anam Imo.