Eurowatch: employment rights for the disabled

first_img Comments are closed. Eurowatch: employment rights for the disabledOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The mainstreaming of disabilityissues in all policy formation is a key recommendation of the report, Towards abarrier-free Europe for people with disabilities. The promotion of anon-discrimination culture was also strongly emphasised, and the report hasalready been adopted by the European Parliament’s Employment and Social AffairsCommittee. It will be put to the vote of the plenary session in Strasbourg thismonth.Thirty-seven millionEuropeans are affected by disability and unemployment is almost three timeshigher than average.Target areas foraction are:– Equal treatment –beyond employment– Financial – supportto enable people with disabilities to participate in all community programmes– Action plan – toinvolve them in the information society– Evaluation ofresearch already carried outA note of interest:2003 has been named Year of the Disabled Citizen.Campaign targets worksafetyThe Bilbao-basedEuropean Agency for Safety and Health at Work has announced an informationcampaign, designed to cut the number of work-related accidents, to run untilOctober 2001. The end of the campaign will be marked by the European Week ofSafety and Health at Work, with the message that most accidents can beprevented by good management practice and adherence to existing Europeandirectives on safety at work.A good practice awardscheme will recognise innovative practical solutions for the prevention ofaccidents at work. There is a comprehensive information pack available in 11languages and a multilingual website: http://osha.eu.int/ew2001Strategy to free-uplabour A two-stage commissionstrategy to free up labour markets was proposed to the Stockholm Summit inMarch.Concentrating onskills, mobility, information and transparency, the strategy is in keeping withemployers’ concerns on skills barriers and the skills gap, addressing issuessuch as recognition of professional qualifications, proficiencies acquired atwork and lifelong learning.Action includes acomprehensive strategy to remove barriers to services. There will be acommunication on obstacles caused by tax systems to the cross-border provisionof supplementary pensions. The challenge to themobility of particular groups, such as researchers, students, trainers andteachers as well as migrant workers and third-country nationals are all cited.Action to look out foris a one-stop European Mobility Information site and a Mobility InformationCampaign. There will also be a high-level skills and mobility taskforce set upas stage two of the strategy with a 2002 Action Plan being launched.Date to note: 17 May 2001 – Brussels, theEuropean Human Resources Network meets European Commission DGV to discussEuropean competition policy and employment.The workshop willexamine corporate diversity with emphasis on career planning and progression.By Susan Gibas secretary general ofthe European Human Resource Network, a cross-sectoral information network forEuropean employers and HR strategists dealing with issues of employment and thelabour market in Europe. Contact [email protected]last_img read more

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Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month, sources

first_imgOf the confirmed cases, more than 4,000 were in Tokyo, with 46 new cases on Thursday, media reported.A study using antibody tests among people in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo indicated nearly 6% of people had been exposed to the virus, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported, echoing a similar study of patients at Keio University Hospital.’Faster… shorter’Japan has carried out 1.3 coronavirus tests per 1,000 people, compared with 12 in South Korea and 18 in the United States, according to figures compiled by Our World in Data.”Japan should have acted faster, locked down and contained in a shorter period of time,” said Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Population Health at King’s College, London.”If this situation continues, for a longer period of time, than that under the lockdown, then not just health care but the economy will suffer more.”Health authorities say they follow World Health Organization guidelines on testing, and that an expansion of testing could flood already overwhelmed hospitals with mild cases.Abe will make a final decision about extending the emergency declaration by about a month following a meeting of experts on Friday, government and ruling party sources told Reuters.Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told reporters on Wednesday the situation in the capital remained difficult and called on Abe’s cabinet to extend the emergency.The response of social media users ranged from resignation to frustration at not being able to meet relatives or friends. But many more worried about the economic impact, especially on smaller businesses.”If you extend it another month for the whole nation, you will have to pay out subsidies to businesses – and 100,000 yen to each resident also won’t nearly be enough,” wrote on social media user called “Katuotoko.””Places with low infection rates need to get the economy moving again.”Japan has rolled out more than $1 trillion to soften the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Topics : Japan is preparing to extend its state of emergency over the novel coronavirus, originally set to end on May 6, for about a month, government sources told Reuters on Thursday, even as some other countries begin to reopen after strict lockdowns.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament that he would consult infectious disease experts on whether to extend the emergency, which he declared on April 7 for seven prefectures including Tokyo.The state of emergency gives local governors greater power to tell people to stay at home and ask businesses to close, but it does not mandate penalties in most cases for non-compliance, relaying instead on social pressure and respect for authority.center_img With the emergency declaration set to conclude at the end of Golden Week holidays, there remain worrying signs that Japan’s low testing regime has undercounted many coronavirus cases.At the same time, data showing consumer confidence at a record low along with slumps in factory output and retail sales illustrated the economic damage from the virus.”We would like to consult experts’ analysts and views,” Abe said in parliament, referring to a possible extension of the emergency. He said he wanted to make a decision before the last minute.Japan has had more than 14,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 436 deaths, according to public broadcaster NHK, still far lower figures seen in the United States and Europe.last_img read more

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Cheapest suburbs to rent in Brisbane within 10km of the CBD

first_imgKnown for its year-round sunny climate and pristine beaches, Brisbane is a stunning and warm place to live – and when compared to its southern counterparts, it’s a relatively affordable city to rent in. With many renters seeking inexpensive housing within 10 kilometres of the CBD, Brisbane is a great place to look.Where is the cheapest suburb to rent in Brisbane?According to realestate.com.au’s latest data, Brisbane’s cheapest suburbs are dispersed relatively evenly across the northern and southern regions of the city. The cheapest suburb to rent in Brisbane is Rocklea.Located in Brisbane’s south, Rocklea’s median rental prices has decreased by 4% since the previous year. The median weekly rental price for this locality is $350.In second place is Chermside, Brisbane’s own ‘mini’ CBD and home to Australia’s largest Westfield shopping centre. With a median rental price of $395, Chermside’s rental cost has not changed in the past year.Chermside is the second cheapest suburb for renters in Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auSalisbury comes in at third place with a median rental price of $420, increasing 2% on the previous year. Coming a close fourth is Stafford, in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, with a weekly median rental cost of $425.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMount Gravatt East and Northgate share the same median rental cost per week of $428, and Keperra, Moorooka, and Mount Gravatt are only slightly more expensive, with a median weekly rental price of $430. Brisbane’s tenth cheapest suburb is located in the city’s north-west: Gaythorne. With a median weekly rental price of $445, Gaythorne is marginally more expensive than the top nine, but has had a significant 7% decrease in price since the previous year.Brisbane’s top 10 cheapest suburbs to rent within 10km of the CBDRocklea, $350Chermside, $395Salisbury, $420Stafford, $425Mount Gravatt East, $428Northgate, $428Keperra, $430Moorooka, $430Mount Gravatt, $430Gaythorne, $445last_img read more

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