Counting the cost of flu

first_imgEmployees can be expensive to run. If they are off sick, you lose their services while they are ill, yet still have to pay them.The official statistics say flu hit epidemic levels this winter. The disruption caused by staff illness can be terrible. But might the tax system offer some help?When an employee is off sick, the law requires that you continue to pay them, but it is up to you whether this is at their normal rate of pay, a percentage of this or just the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate. Whatever arrangement you have with your employees, the tax system doesn’t offer to compensate you for paying your employee while they are not working. However, in some cases, you can claim a National Insurance (NI) credit.Where you pay an employee sick pay, the tax system allows you to claim SSP compensation. You do this by reducing the PAYE tax and NI payment you send to the tax man at the end of the month in which you pay SSP. The compensation is worked out using the tax man’s Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS), in the following way:1. Add together the SSP you have paid to all your employees in the tax month concerned a tax month runs from the 6th to the 5th of the following month.2. Add up the NI payable for the same tax month and work out 13% of this.3. If the amount at point 1 is more than the amount at 2, you can reclaim the difference.In our experience, company owners often overlook the fact that they, too, are within the SSP system. So when checking whether your firm qualifies for a compensation claim, ensure you take account of SSP entitlement for directors too.The tax system also has a specific exemption, which means you can pay for your employees to have private medical check-ups without the cost counting as a taxable benefit-in-kind (BiK). These are intended to pick up early health problems, so steps for treatment can be taken.You can also pay for your employees to have the flu jab, usually about £25 each and the tax man won’t treat this as a BiK. We think this is a relatively small price to pay if it saves losing one or more employees to the flu for several days. Even though tax and NI-free for your employees, your company can still claim the cost as a tax deduction against its profits. You must pay a doctor or pharmacy directly for the jab, as reimbursing an employee won’t qualify for the tax and NI exemption.last_img read more

Brooklyn Bowl To Celebrate 8th Anniversary With 14 Diverse Shows Over 8 Nights

first_imgThe Brooklyn Bowl is celebrating their 8th anniversary with fourteen shows over 8 nights in New York City. The beloved Williamsburg venue will host a variety of artists over the eight-night run, signifying the eclectic tastes they provide concert-goers with every night of the week. Billed as A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl, the series will go from July 1-2 and July 5-8.The New York establishment is the parent to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and London, and the brainchild of promoter Peter Shapiro (Relix Magazine, Fare Thee Well). The concert venue, bowling alley, and Blue Ribbon restaurant is not only the home to eight years of successful operation but also the longstanding walls to some of Brooklyn’s greatest musical memories.To celebrate the club’s anniversary, each night of the series will see a different lineup of performers, with genres varying from Indian world fusionites Red Baraat; indie garage rockers Diarrhea Planet; French producer Fred Falke; the ultimate tribute to Michael Jackson with Who’s Bad, a tribute to the 90’s with CRAZY SINCE DA 90s; the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra; a tribute to the Grateful Dead with Half Step; Delicate Steve and the Band of Changes featuring Chris Harford, Scott Metzger, Jon Shaw, and Joe Russo; up-and-coming pop-rock funk act Ripe; electronic producer Gigamesh; Stooges Brass Band; pop sensation Robyn Party; and traditional Bowl Train DJ sets with Talib Kweli and jazz and hip-hop artist Pete Rock to close Thursday nights.The venue is offering a special 8 Night Pass for a rocking $70. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, May 24 at 10AM here. See below for the full schedule.Brooklyn Brewery Presents: A Brooklyn Blast! Celebrating 8 Years of Brooklyn Bowl6/29 Red Baraat: tix6/29 Bowl Train w/ Talib Kweli: tix6/30 Diarrhea Planet: tix6/30 Fred Falke: tix7/1 Who’s Bad: tix7/1 CRAZY SINCE DA 90s: tix7/2 Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra: tix7/5 Half Step: tix7/6 Delicate Steve: tix7/6 Bowl Train w/ Pete Rock: tix7/7 Ripe: tix7/7 Gigamesh: tix7/8 Stooges Brass Band: tix7/8 Robyn Party: tix[cover photo by Phierce Photo at Brooklyn Comes Alive]last_img read more

It Shoulda Been You’s Sierra Boggess & David Burtka Say ‘I Do’ in Vanity Fair

first_img Star Files View Comments It Shoulda Been You Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 9, 2015 A new Broadway musical is walking down the aisle: It Shoulda Been You! And if there’s one thing we can say about the show’s star-studded cast, they’re looking extremely glamorous in the newest issue of Vanity Fair. Directed by David Hyde Pierce and featuring music by Barbara Anselmi and a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, the tuner puts a modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy. Starring Sierra Boggess as Rebecca, David Burtka as Brian, Tyne Daly as mama-of-the-bride Judy and Harriet Harris as mom-of-the-groom Georgette, It Shoulda Been You tells the story of two families from very different backgrounds who unite to celebrate a wedding…until the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives. Get a sneak peek of the cast and creative team in these Vanity Fair shots by Andrew Eccles, then see It Shoulda Been You beginning March 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre! Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

Active Kids

first_imgA generation ago, students looked forward to recess; a break in the school day when they could spend time with their friends climbing on the monkey bars, swinging or just burning some energy. But recess isn’t a guaranteed part of the school day anymore, and parents must make a concerted effort to add physical activity into their child’s day, says Diane Bales, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.“Children used to walk to school, have recess daily and play outside every day. Today, opportunities for physical activity have become more limited,” Bales said. “Many children spend large amounts of time watching television or playing video games rather than engaging in active play.”Preschool children today spend an average of two hours per day in front of a screen. Children getting less physical activity is linked to a dramatic rise in the rate of childhood obesity, Bales said.Being active benefits children by strengthening bones and muscles, lowering body fat, reducing the risk of being overweight or become diabetic, and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.Physical activity also benefits children and adults by improving self-esteem, lowering rates of depression, creating higher-quality sleep and a more positive overall attitude toward life.“For all of these reasons, it is important to limit the amount of time your child is inactive and plan plenty of time for active play,” she said. “Many children enjoy being active, but some may need more encouragement.”Bales recommends parents suggest and engage in active games with their children. For example, play hide and seek, take your child to the playground, or create a game of hopscotch.Here are some tips from UGA Extension to help motivate your child to be more active.Incorporate activity into your family’s daily routines. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and walk instead of driving when possible.Become a positive role model by having an active lifestyle. Set an example for your child by being physically active yourself.Establish a regular schedule for physical activity. Incorporate physical activity as a part of your family’s lifestyle and give your child regular opportunities for active play.Encourage age-appropriate activities. Help your child build skills by playing simple games like throwing a ball, playing tag, riding bikes or playing freeze dance.“Make being physically active fun. When your child enjoys an activity, he or she will want to do it more,” Bales said. “Adults often think of physical activity as exercising at the gym or lifting weights. Children like active play, such as riding bikes or playing games outside. It is important to find enjoyable ways for your family to stay active together.”last_img read more

Colombian Congress Passes Constitutional Reform for Peace with Guerrillas

first_img In public remarks during the week, Santos exhorted Military personnel to fight the guerrillas with determination and stated that if a dialogue were to open, “it will be on our terms and under our control.” On June 13, in its final debate, the Colombian Congress passed a constitutional reform bill that will allow future peace negotiations in Colombia, a country in which two leftist guerilla groups are still active. Before the bill goes into effect, it must still undergo reconciliation with the text passed by the House of Representatives and must be approved by the Constitutional Court. Two guerrilla groups are still active in the country: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with around 9,200 fighters, and the National Liberation Army (ELN), with another 2,500. For almost half a century, Colombia has suffered an internal armed conflict that has left hundreds of thousands of civilian victims. In addition, it would allow guerrilla leaders to have political representation, although those convicted of crimes against humanity will not be able to run for office. By Dialogo June 18, 2012 President Juan Manuel Santos, whose administration promoted this initiative, expressed his pleasure in a message on his Twitter account, which read, “Thank you to Congress for passing legislation that could enable an end to the conflict.” With the reform, “the most serious cases and most responsible individuals will be able to be selected for investigation and sanctions,” he added. The final version, which passed in the Senate with 65 votes in favor and three against, also includes the possibility of granting those benefits to members of the Military, something that has been harshly criticized by human-rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch. In recent months, the FARC has proposed direct dialogue with Santos in order to put an end to the conflict, and at the beginning of the year, as a gesture in that direction, announced an end to kidnapping civilians as a method of financing; nevertheless, it kidnapped French journalist Romeo Langlois in April, during a clash with the Military. The bill puts forward the possibility of granting benefits such as the suspension of penalties to the leaders of armed groups who demobilize. It also establishes mechanisms for prioritizing and selecting cases of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Weeks before, the FARC released the last ten police officers and Military personnel whom it had held captive for almost 14 years.last_img read more

Court approved amendments to Bar rules

first_imgChanges based on ABA model rules Court approved amendments to Bar rules Court approved amendments to Bar rules April 15, 2006 Regular News The Florida Supreme Court approved most of the rule changes recommended by The Florida Bar in response to the ABA’s 2002 overhaul of model rules, but rejected some and asked the Bar to study others.The court rejected changes that would expand the duties of prosecutors. Justices said that those issues were adequately addressed in criminal procedural rules.The court acted March 23 in In Re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, case no. SC04-2246. The rule amendments are effective May 22.The Bar submission came from a special committee appointed to review the recommendations of the ABA’s Model Rules 2002 Committee. The Bar’s proposals were published in the October 12, 2004, Bar News and the court received written comments and held oral arguments.The court wrote that the Bar proposals would have created a new subdivision (b) under Rule 4-3.8 (Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor) that would require prosecutors to take reasonable steps to ensure that the accused know of their rights to counsel, of procedures for obtaining counsel, and have the opportunity to obtain counsel. It was opposed by the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the U.S. attorneys in Florida.“[T]he Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure already invest in other persons or entities the obligations contained in this proposal,” the court said in its unanimous per curiam opinion. “Placing these obligations on prosecutors under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar is neither necessary nor desirable.”Another alteration made by the court was based on the Bar’s recommendation to require that all clients waiving conflicts do so in writing. The court added a provision that that could also be done on the record in court.The court did accept the recommendation that attorneys owe a duty of confidentiality to potential clients who interview them, talk about their legal issues, but ultimately hire a different lawyer.The court declined to act on two other recommendations from the Bar, and instead instructed the Bar to further study those issues. One was a change to rule 4-3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal) where the court said there are contradictions in the proposed amendment.The second recommedation involved a proposed new subdivision to Rule 4-3.8 “which would have restricted a prosecutor from subpoenaing a lawyer in a grand jury or other criminal proceeding to present evidence about a past or present client.” The court specifically asked the Bar to look at differences between the Bar’s proposed rule and the ABA proposal.Also, without comment the court declined to adopt the Bar’s proposed changes to Rule 4-3.6, on trial publicity.Other changes include: • The court adopted the ABA’s proposed amendments to the Rule 4-4.1 commentary (Truthfulness in Statements to Others), saying the Bar hadn’t explained the reasons for its alterations to the ABA language.• On Rule 4-1.18 (Duties to Prospective Client), the Bar did not adopt the ABA’s proposal to allow screening of prospective clients for conflicts. The Business Law Section argued against that at the court’s oral arguments. The court added language to permit screening from the ABA proposal to the Bar’s extensive recommended amendment.• Adding new Rule 4-2.4 on lawyers serving as third-party neutrals. The rule defines third party neutrals and requires the lawyer to inform all parties that he or she is not representing them but acting as a neutral to help resolve an issue.• Beefing up Rule 4-1.4 on a lawyer’s obligation to communicate with clients. That includes promptly contacting clients on any matter in which client consent is required, consulting with clients on how their goals are to be accomplished, informing clients of progress, responding to client requests for information, and consulting with clients when they request unethical or illegal conduct.• Adding commentary to Rule 4-1.10 about screening nonlawyer employees to resolve conflicts.• Adding mediators and other third-party neutrals to Rule 4-1.12 on the responsibilities of former judges which prohibits representing any parties in a matter heard as a judge or other third-party neutral unless all parties consent.• Easing the restrictions on selling a law practice in Rule 4-1.17 to allow the sale of an entire area of practice in addition to the sale of an entire practice, and allowing the sale of different areas of practice to more than one lawyer or law firm.• Deleting as redundant Rule 4-2.2 on lawyers acting as intermediaries.• Addressing misdelivered documents in Rule 4-4.4 by requiring the recipient to promptly notify the sender.• Changing Rule 4-5.4 to allow an attorney to divide fees with a nonprofit, pro bono legal services organization. The complete text of the decision and the amended rules can be found at the court’s Web site, www.florida supremecourt.org. A summary of the changes is also available at the sunEthics Web site at http://www.sunethics.com/news_item_33.htm.last_img read more

Cap&Reg makes first Mall fund acquisition

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Jill is ‘my Secret Service’ Biden jokes after wife tackles protestors

first_imgJoe Biden joked that wife Jill was his Secret Service protection after she fought off vegan protestors who stormed the stage as the former vice president was giving a victory speech to supporters.”I’m probably the only candidate running for president whose wife is my Secret Service,” the Democratic frontrunner said at a California fundraiser in Bel Air Wednesday night, a day after the incident in Los Angeles.”Whoa, you don’t screw around with a Philly girl, I’ll tell you what,” he said. “I thought I heard on the news on the way over that that the committee in charge of Secret Service decided they have to start providing Secret Service for us. “I think that”s because they’re afraid Jill’s going to hurt someone. I tell you what man, I married way above my station,” Biden joked.As Biden was giving a speech in Los Angeles following his Super Tuesday wins, a female vegan protestor shouting “Let dairy die” rushed the stage and Jill grabbed her husband’s hand and put herself between him and the woman.Seconds later another vegan protestor rushed the stage and the former second lady grabbed her with both hands and pushed her back.The protestor was escorted from the stage to boos from Biden supporters.”We’re OK,” said Jill. Democrats in the House have urged the acting Homeland Security secretary and congressional leaders to provide protection for Biden and his rival, Bernie Sanders.Topics :last_img read more

App-based ‘ojek’ resume passenger transportation service in Jakarta

first_imgJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has announced that ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers are allowed to transport passengers again starting on Monday.The drivers were previously only permitted to transport goods while large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were in effect in the capital, in accordance with Health Ministerial Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB implementation guidelines.Anies also issued a decree on June 5, which contains guidelines for app-based ojek drivers to operate during the PSBB.“[Ride-hailing ojek passenger transportation services] begin operating on June 8, 2020,” the decree stipulates.Drivers, however, are not allowed to operate in 62 out of more than 2,700 community units (RW) across the capital where restrictions will remain in place as a result of their higher rates of COVID-19 infection as the city is set to enforce local-scale social restrictions (PSBL).Read also: We’re ready: App-based ‘ojek’ drivers welcome ‘new normal’ with health measuresDrivers are also required to use personal protective equipment when transporting passengers, with masks and hand sanitizer at minimum. They are also required to maintain cleanliness by disinfecting their motorcycles and helmets after transporting passengers.Two-Wheel Action Movement (Garda) ojek association leader Igun Wicaksono said the drivers were ready to apply COVID-19 health protocols, hoping other regions in Greater Jakarta would also immediately allow drivers to transport passengers.”We hope [the app companies] will immediately reactivate their passenger transportation services in other parts of Greater Jakarta,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.The association, he said, had raised drivers’ awareness on how to prevent virus transmission when transporting passengers, calling on passengers to bring their own helmets to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19.“We will continue to raise awareness and encourage the implementation of health protocols so drivers and passengers will both apply the protocols.” (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

Jack Wilshere sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future

first_imgJack Wilshere sends message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says he would stay at the club for at least another season if he was in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s position.Aubameyang scored either side of the break at Wembley on Saturday evening to help Arsenal defeat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for a record 14th time. The brace took Aubameyang to 29 goals in all competitions for the campaign but there remains uncertainty over the striker’s future, with less than 12 months remaining on his contract in north London. Aubameyang shared a dressing room with Wilshere for six months (Picture: Getty)Wilshere admits he was taken aback when Arsenal spent big on the ‘world-class’ forward back in 2018.‘I only played with Aubameyang for six months,’ Wilshere added.‘It was almost like a shock because at Arsenal we weren’t used to spending £60m on a world-class player.‘And there were rumours and all of a sudden it happened and he was there.‘In his first game, he scored [against Everton] and we all knew he was special. He’s definitely up there.’ Advertisement Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:52FullscreenArsenal 2-1 Chelsea: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-1-chelsea-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2221606/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.It’s understood the Gunners could be tempted to cash in on in the Gabon international if he decides against putting pen to paper on a new deal this summer. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the speculation surrounding Arsenal’s captain, Wilshere told talkSPORT: ‘It’s massive for the club that they get him to stay. You can see what he brings.‘I was there when he signed and straight away from the first training session, you knew that he was world class. He scores goals with his left and right foot, he can beat a man.‘I was lucky enough to play with a few players like that, but he was one of the best. Will Aubameyang still be an Arsenal player next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘If I was in his shoes? Arsenal’s a massive club. He’s the captain, the fans love him, he’s got the respect of the whole club.‘If I was him I’d stay, but it’s easy for me to say that. Listen, as I said, it’s important they keep him because he’s their go-to man, he’s their best player, he’s their leader.‘When the team is down, everyone looks to him to do something and he’s come up with the goods.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 3 Aug 2020 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Wilshere is in the dark about what’s going on with Ozil (Picture: Getty)Wilshere says he’s been ‘surprised’ by Mesut Ozil’s absence from the side, considering the German would be ‘unbelievable’ feeding balls into Aubameyang. ‘In terms of his footballing ability, I loved playing with him,’ the West Ham midfielder said.‘He’s one of my favourite players to play with. He’d give you the ball at the right time, the right pace.‘So I’m surprised he’s not playing, but I don’t know what’s going on there with that.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘There must be something that we don’t know because I can’t see why he’s not playing in terms of his footballing ability.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Especially with Aubameyang, the type of player he is, you can imagine Ozil sat behind him feeding him balls. It would be unbelievable.‘It’s obviously something that we don’t know about. I’m sure [Mikel] Arteta has definitely got a plan and he’s putting that into practice.‘I’m sure we’re going to find out in the next couple of weeks what’s been going on.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Willian rejects new Chelsea offer as Arsenal agree to three-year contract demandMORE: The prediction Nicolas Pepe made about Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph Advertisement Commentlast_img read more