Employers still putting in to company pension plans

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Ninety-five per cent of employers still make contributions to companypension schemes for existing employees. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) annual rewardsurvey polled 500 HR professionals, and not only found large-scale use oforganisational pension schemes, but also that many companies plan to increasetheir contributions rather than close pension schemes this year. The results, released at the CIPD’s annual reward conference in London lastweek, reveal that 87 per cent of employers make contributions to new employees’pension schemes. However, employers are changing the types of schemes on offer, with a markeddifference in the way that existing and new employees are treated. Nearly halfthe UK’s employers provide existing staff with a defined benefit (final salary)pension scheme. These schemes are often seen as the best form of pension provision, as theyare normally based on the salary at or near retirement and on length ofservice. Under defined contribution schemes, each person has an individual accountwhich is invested, and its value on retirement is used to provide the pensionbenefit. However, for new employees, two-fifths of organisations now offer a definedcontribution plan (also known as a money purchase scheme), with just a thirdproviding a defined benefit scheme. Charles Cotton, CIPD adviser, reward and employment, said most organisationssee the benefits that offering a pension scheme has on recruitment andretention. He said there is, however, a move from defined benefit to definedcontribution: “The shift has been around for a while, but has become morenoticeable because more companies are going down that path.” Of those planning to make changes to their existing pension arrangements,about 35 per cent plan to close final salary schemes to new employers in 2003. www.cipd.co.ukBy Quentin ReadePension arrangements for new employees% OFEMPLOYEES                           Senior                          middle/first                  non-manual                 manualnon-    management               management               non-management        managementDefined contribution/                             39                                42                                42                                43money purchase planDefined benefit/                                    35                                32                                32                                33final salary planPersonal pension                                   22                                21                                19                                18Stakeholder pension                             15                                16                                18                                16Hybrid (mixture of DC and DB)            2                                  2                                  2                                  2Source: CIPD Comments are closed. Employers still putting in to company pension plansOn 11 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

USA: Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force Established

first_img View post tag: yard Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force Established View post tag: Force View post tag: Naval Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Oct. 10 the establishment of the Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force.Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment (EI&E) Dennis McGinn will lead the task force. Vice Adm. William D. French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), is designated the Task Force deputy commander.“We will continue to care for our Navy family impacted by this tragedy, and ensure those commands are able to continue doing their job,” Mabus said. “This task force will serve as the single point of contact for all departmental actions and activities focused on their recovery.”Specifically, the task force will develop a comprehensive infrastructure restoration plan while ensuring the proper coordination of physical and behavioral health care needs of all individuals affected by the tragedy, the recovery of personal effects from the crime scene, and temporary spaces for displaced commands.Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force assumes the responsibility of actions assigned to the Emergency Family Support Task Force established, Sept. 16.[mappress]Press Release, October 13, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense October 13, 2013 Share this article Industry news View post tag: Established View post tag: Task View post tag: Navy View post tag: Washington View post tag: News by topic View post tag: recovery USA: Washington Navy Yard Recovery Task Force Established View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Neurology

first_imgQualifications :We are looking for highly-motivated, productive, andresults-oriented scientists with strong Ph.D. training inneuroscience or a neuroscience related field. The ability to workindependently, as well as collaboratively with other investigators,is necessary.Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary. Thesuccessful candidate will be expected to prepare proposals forcompetitive research funding.If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contactStaffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday – Friday,8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711(in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women,protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities areencouraged to apply. The Department of Neurology at University of Maryland School ofMedicine is seeking a full time, highly qualified postdoctoralresearch fellow for preclinical translational research focusing oncellular signaling pathways involved in immune regulation ofneuronal function. Primary research involves use of patient-derivedsamples for analysis in cell culture, primary neuronal culture, androdent animal models of neurologic diseases. Specifically, we areinterested in the molecular mechanisms of autoantibody targeting ofcell surface proteins. The laboratory utilizes multidisciplinaryapproach and techniques include primary neuronal culture, acutebrain slice sectioning, neuropharmacology, viral vector delivery,histology, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, light andconfocal microscopy, and live cell microscopy.Candidates should have expertise in at least one of the followingareas: cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or cellularphysiology. Experience with mouse and rat transgenic andknock-in/knock-out models is preferred. The successful candidatewill lead one or more projects combining multidisciplinaryapproaches in cell biology, neuroscience, and immunology.Interested candidates should provide cover letter including shortdescription of doctoral training and future research goals, C.V.,and at least 3 references to:David R. Benavides, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis Division110 S. Paca Street, 3rd FloorBaltimore, MD [email protected]last_img read more

Valentine’s Day Packages on Sale for Broadway in Ocean City

first_imgThe Ocean City Theatre Company is asking music-lovers to let Broadway be their Valentine this year.OCTC will present two shows featuring favorite love songs from the Broadway stage on Valentine’s Day Weekend, and the company is partnering with several local restaurants, hotels and bed-and-breakfasts to offer special dining and overnight packages.Shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on the Ocean City Music Pier.Select performers from the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s Professional Broadway Series return to the stage in a casual, entertaining and intimate cabaret of “some of the most enchanting and unforgettable songs to ever grace the stage.”Tickets are $15 per person if purchased before Feb. 1. The ticket price will jump to $18 per person thereafter.  Advanced reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve your tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.Those offering special prices and discounts for the weekend (most including tickets for the show) include the Impala Island Inn (609) 399-7500, the Wild Dunes Inn (609) 399-2910, the Ebb Tide Suites (609) 391-9614, Serendipity Bed and Breakfast (609) 399-1554, the Greate Bay Country Club/Sonesta Suites Package (609) 927-5071 and Inn The Gardens B&B (609) 399-0800.Restaurants offering Ocean City Theatre specials include Greate Bay Country Club (609) 927- 5071 and Yesterday’s Restaurant (609) 390-1757. Facebook Twitter TAGSfeatured SHAREcenter_img Previous articleBlighted Gas Stations at O.C.’s Gateway May Be RedevelopedNext articleOCNJ CARE Seeks Donations for Flooding Relief and Others in Need Zatzlast_img read more

AARP Hosts Black History Month Speaker

first_imgLoretta Thompson Harris, right, and her sister, Alva Thompson, view a display at the Ocean City Historical Museum in honor of Black History Month in 2018. On Friday, Feb. 21, AARP Chapter 1062 will host speaker Loretta Thompson Harris at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., in honor of Black History Month.The free event will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the library’s Room 111. Thompson Harris is a fourth generation Thompson to live in and around Ocean City.Her family is one of the earliest black families to make Ocean City their home. Her great-grandfather arrived in Ocean City about the time the legendary Sindia sailing ship sank offshore in 1901.Thompson Harris has been researching Ocean City’s African-American history for 25-plus years and is currently writing a book on the African-American community.She will share her knowledge about the city’s African-American neighborhood, the Westside, a close-knit community.All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.last_img read more

Plamil Foods

first_imgPlamil Foods (Folkestone, Kent) is a specialist dairy- and gluten-free chocolate company that is launching a range of foodservice and catering chocolate products.MD Adrian Ling says: “With an increasing number of products in ’free from’ ranges where chocolate is an inclusion or ingredient, we are proud that we are able to offer specialist chocolate formulations meeting this criterion.”Plamil’s chocolates contain soya flour and there are organic alternatives. The company also makes carob bars, chocolate spreads, milk alternatives and egg-free mayonnaises.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Turkuaz Close Fall Tour With Vogue Theatre Blowout

first_imgTurkuaz | The Vogue Theatre | Indianapolis, IN | 12/9/17 | Photos: Phierce Photo by Keith G. On Saturday night, Brooklyn “power funk” nine-piece Turkuaz closed out their extensive 2017 Fall Tour with a two-set performance at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. After nearly 50 performances across the country on this run, featuring support from Sinkane, Con Brio, and The Suffers, the Vogue show had a distinctly celebratory air to it.You can view an extensive gallery of photos from Turkuaz’s tour closer at The Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis below, courtesy of Phierce Photo by Keith G. (who celebrated his birthday at the show–happy birthday, Keith!).Watch Turkuaz play “European Festivity Nightmare” (“EFN”) at The Vogue below via the band’s Facebook page:Watch “Let Bubba Slide” from Turkuaz’s tour closer at The Vogue below via YouTube user IZEoftheWorld:While Turkuaz’s 2017 Fall Tour is now in the books, they have no plans to slow down. The band will be performing at halftime at the New York Knicks‘ home game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday evening, and has a New Year’s run in the books featuring performances in Boston, New Haven, and Baltimore. They band also just announced a 2018 Winter Tour which will keep them on the road throughout January as well as the latter half of March. See below for a full list of upcoming dates.For more information, or to grab your tickets, head to the band’s website.Upcoming Turkuaz Tour Dates:Dec 29 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club $Dec 30 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall $Dec 31 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live $Jan 09 – Detroit, MI – El ClubJan 10 – Columbus, OH – Skully’sJan 11 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic CharliesJan 12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange PeelJan 13 – Athens, GA – Georgia TheatreJan 16 – Miami, FL – Wynwood Yards (Jam Cruise Pre-Party)Jan 17 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseJan 25 – Ithaca, NY – The HauntJan 26 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman TheaterJan 27 – Rochester, NY – AnthologyJan 28 – Toronto, ON – Velvet UndergroundJan 31 – Cohoes, NY – Cohoes Music HallFeb 01 – Killington, VT – Pickle BarrelFeb 02 – Burlington, VT – Higher GroundFeb 03 – Stratton, VT – Grizzly’sMar 14 – Telluride, CO – Club RedMar 15 – Frisco, CO – Barkley BallroomMar 16 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie TheatreMar 17 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Gondola PlazaMar 20 – Park City, UT – O.P. RockwellMar 21 – Jackson Hole, WY – Pink Garter TheatreMar 22 – Bozeman, MT – RialtoMar 23 – Whitefish, MT – Remington BarMar 24 – Sandpoint, ID – The HiveMar 27 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall *Mar 28 – Chico, CA – Lost On MainMar 29 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’sMar 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre %Mar 31 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre %# – w/ The Suffers$ – w/ Pimps of Joytime* – w/ Moon Hooch% – w/ Galactic[Cover photo via Phierce Photo (Instagram: @phiercephoto)] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Fighting bigotry with art

first_img Authors of their own stories Examining COVID’s impact on Asians and Pacific Islanders Related New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community Sociology Department and UNESCO look at rise in various aspects of racism center_img This past spring, Eric Zhou and Jerrica Li launched The Wave, a new, student-run, pan-Asian literary and arts magazine, with the goal of bringing people together to celebrate art and identity. Their mission took on new urgency amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which first emerged in China, and the ensuing rise of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia here and elsewhere in the world.The Wave’s inaugural print issue was released in February. Since leaving campus, Zhou ’20, Li ’21, and the nine other members of The Wave’s editorial board started a project that launched in May: a digital “Quaranzine” that aims to combat the mounting bigotry by showcasing young Asian voices in art, videos, and writing on an ongoing basis.“Xenophobia is a phenomenon often far more deeply rooted and far more complex than a couple of incidents that we see on the news or social media,” said Zhou, who is from Ashland, Mass., and graduated with an A.B. in English. “The kind of real empathy that art demands of both creator and viewer naturally combats xenophobia, but it also gives voice to truth and to feeling. Even in times of scarcity and isolation … art continually reminds us that there is more to our own individual lives than the daily operations of business and survival.”Li and Zhou found solace in their own writing and artmaking once they returned home, and they thought others might feel a similar drive to create. They also wanted to maintain and expand the community of artists that had come together for The Wave’s first print issue earlier in the semester.The editors solicited submissions between May and July and have posted about one piece per week since the project began, pausing for the month of June to support Black Lives Matter by featuring Black artists. The group plans to publish the entire collection of Quaranzine pieces in a digital volume next month.,Some of the pieces published in the Quaranzine included the poem “pause button” by rising sophomore Yooni Park about life in quarantine, a photography series of at-home life during COVID-19 by Payton Kim ’23 called “Life as We Know It,” and “Masked Celebration,” a watercolor painting of Chinese New Year festivities in London during the pandemic submitted by incoming first-year Erik Zou.“[The Wave] is for those kinds of people” who may be intimidated by other literary spaces on campus, said Li, a comparative literature concentrator from Longmeadow, Mass. “[It’s not for] the person who shouts the loudest, but the multitude of voices that make up the nuanced, real student voices on campus that want to be heard the way they want to be heard and want to listen in safe spaces.”The idea for The Wave was first floated by the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), founded in 2018. Zhou volunteered to run the project and started envisioning the first issue in spring 2019, and Li came on board that summer after returning from a gap year.The name of the publication rejects negative stereotypes about “waves” of immigration and embraces of a new kind of creative movement. In their editor’s note in the first issue, Zhou and Li wrote: “We are a flourishing movement creating art that speaks to our age, our race, our histories and our communities in the here and now… Our wave is not one monolithic force; it is made strong by individual voices giving their truths.”Those guiding principles were the product of some deliberation. Li recalled that before embarking on the project, “It was just Eric and I sitting in a room and asking questions like ‘Should this exist? Can we do this together? If we can, are we the ones to do it? How do we move forward?’,“We had to double and triple our resolve and really push, [because] we became very passionate that The Wave was something that should exist and, despite the barriers, we would see this through.”Besides the help of the other editors, the two sought guidance for the project from Ju Yon Kim, professor of English and faculty adviser for The Wave, and Eleanor Craig, administrative and program director and lecturer for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, and representatives from the Asia Center and ASAP.“We have a lean and scrappy team, and every person did so much toward contributing to the overall vision of the magazine,” said Zhou, noting that many on the masthead, including himself, had not worked in editing or publishing before. They learned how to edit, design, and raise funds for the 50-page magazine and website as a group.“This [energy] came from people who wanted to do this regardless of their experience,” he said.Zhou and Li put out a call for pieces in the fall and received more than 70 submissions from Harvard students and others, including poetry, visual art, nonfiction, and short fiction. The team selected 16 to appear in The Wave, including “Tohono,” a nonfiction piece about a trip to the Tohono O’odham Reservation in Arizona by Meena Venkataramanan ’21; a painting from “There Is Life in all Things,” a series of work on diasporic bodies by Kelsey Chen ’22; and the poem “Breakfast” by Jenny Hong ’23, about nostalgia and the complexities of leaving home.,While The Wave “allows people to express their voices about their identities and race issues [in ways] that wouldn’t necessarily be as highlighted or as accepted at other publications,” said Zhou, the team didn’t want to impose a set of boundaries about those identities onto contributors.“We don’t want to put a label on what Asian American art is, or what ‘Asian American’ needs to be wrangled into, or what students at Harvard should be thinking about,” said Li. “We tried our hardest to respect the artists’ visions and do justice to the voices on Harvard’s campus.”At this year’s Virtual Visitas preorientation, The Wave hosted a magazine-making party on Zoom with prospective admitted students, one of whom submitted art to the Quaranzine following the event. They plan to release the second print issue of The Wave in the fall, with Zhou assisting as a newly minted alum.“One of the things that literature, and a magazine like this, [can] do is bridge communities,” said Zhou. “The Wave is part of a larger campus conversation about how we’re going to express ourselves and our identities, both politically and culturally.”“The enthusiasm that we’ve seen just proves that this space, these conversations, and the magazine, are needed on campus,” added Li. “We’re excited to be the shapers that move this into existence, but we’re also excited to see what people create in the future.” ‘I was in Harvard but not of it’ Du Bois Society, named for the University’s 1st Black Ph.D., offers necessary community to minority grad studentslast_img read more

#DestinationDell Hits the Road to Visit Our Customers’ Future

first_imgOne of my favorite aspects of being senior vice president of North America Field Marketing at Dell EMC is hosting customers weekly in our Executive Briefing Centers where we can sit down together to talk about the day-to-day needs of a business, learn more about our customers’ goals and help bring to life the technology solutions that will work best for them. The meetings also give our customers a great opportunity to get their hands on the client products to experience them firsthand.Given the value of these meetings, I’m proud to announce the wheels are rolling on Destination Dell, our new mobile Executive Briefing Center hitting the road to visit our customers around the United States. We’re beginning with a 40-stop tour of the west coast, with visits to Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area, including a visit to Intel, our Destination Dell partner, on-the-ground in Santa Clara.So what is Destination Dell? Imagine an RV fully wrapped in the city skyline of our hometown, Austin, Texas, equipped inside with our top-of-the-line commercial products and demos to bring to life our technology solutions. There’s also a conference room fully equipped with Intel Unite, along with an architecture-based VR experience, an outdoor lounge area and often a “best-of” local food truck. Our customers will get a chance to step inside and see what the future workforce will look like as we help them adapt their business to be ready for what’s coming – and our hope is that they’ll have some fun while doing it, too.Why now? There are critical shifts occurring in the way people work and what makes them happy. Based on what we know from our Future Ready Workforce study, it’s important for our customers to have these conversations now. As part of our research we learned:More than 50 percent of employees expect to be working in a smart office in the next five yearsMore than 80 percent of millennials say workplace tech would have an influence when deciding to take a jobHalf of all employees, and three in five millennials, believe technology will make face-to-face conversation obsolete in the near futureMore than 60 percent of millennials would rather receive high tech perks at work versus low tech perks like ping pong and free foodThere is so much to consider about technology in business these days so we’re taking to the open road to make sure our customers feel ready and excited about the future of their solutions. Follow the journey of #DestinationDell and if you have questions, you can reach out to [email protected]last_img read more

Colchester’s Benefit Group merges with Digital Insurance of Atlanta

first_imgDigital Insurance Inc. (www.digitalinsurance.com(link is external)), the nation’s leading employee benefits agency specializing in insurance for small businesses and mid-sized companies, has merged with The Benefit Group of New England LLC (BGNE), based in Colchester. The regional firm’s owners and all staff members will continue operating the company and clients will have access to more robust resources, sophisticated technology, price advantages and proprietary solutions available through Digital’s national platform.‘The new relationship with BGNE is part of our company’s continuing growth strategy to partner with leading agencies throughout the United States that have strong community roots,’ says Adam Bruckman, president and chief executive officer of Digital Insurance. ‘Digital gains experienced leaders with regional insights and relationships that cannot be easily replicated. At the same time, BGNE acquires resources and tools to help them prosper and better meet employer needs, particularly during this era of health care reform.’‘This partnership is the next step in our evolution and delivers tremendous advantages to our clients,’ says BGNE partner Deb Loughlin. ‘No other employee benefits agency in our region has the capabilities we now offer.’ New services include compliance assistance, in-depth communications and resources related to health care reform. In addition, employers benefit from access to a Customer Advocate Center which handles individual employee calls, an online Benefits Resource Center to assist with human resource issues and an online Wellness Management Center to help create a healthier workforce.‘The relationship with Digital also provides our firm with an optimal platform for continued growth,’ says BGNE partner Bob Gaydos. ‘We’ve been expanding into new municipalities in Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York, and this accelerates our plans to open a new office in Fort Myers, Fla.’Founded in 1990 and based in Colchester, Vt., BGNE is a group insurance agency and employee benefits consulting firm serving more than 300 New England and northern New York employers. With an annual growth rate of 23 percent over the last decade, the firm has experienced tremendous success and has a reputation for its progressive approach to creating benefits strategic plans that deliver long-term advantages for employer groups.Digital is in an aggressive growth mode and pursuing four specific revenue strategies in the small and medium business market (SMB) during 2011:Agency Acquisition: Digital recruits a top-performing firm’s entire employee benefits portfolio and retains its personnel to deploy a local market solution. Agencies gain a cash infusion, while clients experience enhanced service.P&C Growth Acquisition: Digital acquires and manages the agency’s employee benefits segment, freeing the P&C firm to focus on core business and/or pursue strategic growth plans.Block Acquisition: Digital purchases a block of the agency’s employee benefits book — often smaller accounts. This arrangement enables firms to grow more profitable business, and clients benefit from a more advanced service platform.Digital also is pursuing partnerships in which the local agency retains its customers. Through a shared commission arrangement, Digital manages a specified portion — or all — of the employee benefits business. Firms working with the company in this capacity are interested in growth and gaining efficiencies to better service their more profitable clients.About Digital InsuranceDigital Insurance is the nation’s leading employee benefits agency specializing in insurance for small businesses and mid-sized companies. The firm’s national footprint, technology, resources and benefits expertise help customers control costs and simplify the health care journey. Digital levels the playing field for employers and employees, delivering the same advantages experienced by large organizations. Respected for its industry leadership and responsive service by knowledgeable professionals, the privately owned company’s innovative solutions empower customers to navigate the complexities of health care reform and guide individuals to become better health care consumers. ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital Insurance Inclast_img read more