Through an agreement with Visa, Co-op Financial Services will make the Visa EMV common debit solution available to its credit union clients. The long-term agreement facilitates the development of regulation-compliant debit EMV solutions using a common AID.The Visa EMV solution provides portability for debit card issuers, and network routing choices for merchants and ATM acquirers. It also supports all transaction types, including contact and contactless.“This is a major advance in adoption of the EMV standard for debit card transactions in the United States, providing a clearer migration path to EMV for our debit issuers and ATM owners,” said Stan Hollen, president and CEO of Co-op Financial Services. “Co-op has been working hard to move the payments industry to an EMV common debit solution, both independently and through our participation in the Debit Network Alliance.”Co-op helped found DNA in December 2013, and will continue to play a key role in its activities, the release said. Michelle Thornton, manager of core products at Co-op, is a member of the DNA board of directors. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In the case of Mr D Smith vs Carillion (JM) Ltd and Schal International Management Ltd Respondents (JM) Limited, David Smith, engineer by trade, was aggrieved that neither the Employment Tribunal nor the Employment Appeal Tribunal found in his favour.Despite the fact that he appears to have been a victim of blacklisting by the now infamous The Consulting Association (TCA), it was judged that he has no right of action and is not entitled to compensation. This is because he was not directly employed by the construction companies, but rather was engaged via employment agencies. Smith had to demonstrate that he was directly employed by John Mowlem and Schal in order to qualify to bring against them claims that he was unfairly dismissed by reason of his trade union or health and safety activities.Smith had been an active member of UCATT and it was normal for him to take on the role of UCATT shop steward or safety representative at sites he worked on. His skill as an engineer meant that he was often working as part of the main contractor’s management team and would sometimes sign off work on behalf of the main contractor. He cited this and a number of other factors to try to persuade the courts that he had a direct contract with the main contractors and not the employment agencies that paid him.Smith was employed on sites run by John Mowlem from October 1997 to May 1998 and again in September 2000. He was also employed on a site run by main contractor, Schal. However in each case Smith was hired via employment agencies Chanton and Heffo. Smith had been terminated on all these relevant projects but it was only when TCA was closed down following a raid in 2009 that Smith found out that subscribing main contractor construction companies had contributed to, or relied on records about his trade union/health and safety activities. From this he formed a reasonable view that his employment had been terminated owing to these records and that he had no doubt been rejected for work over a number of years because of what was written in these records.There have been some successful blacklisting claims since TCA was discovered, so why has Smith been unfortunate in seeking redress through the tribunals?First, it was a question of timing. Smith was terminated on John Mowlem and Schal projects in the period 1997-2000. The law at that time only protected “employees” from suffering detriment in relation to trade union/health and safety activities. It was not until a change in the law made by the Employment Relations Act 2004 which took effect on 1 October 2004 that it was possible for not just “employees” but also “workers” to enjoy such rights.Second, the tribunals had to assess Smith against the backdrop of the law prior to 1 October 2004 and, as he was not able to demonstrate a contract of employment between himself and the relevant main contractors, he was not eligible to bring the relevant claims, despite the fact he was a “worker”.So what lessons are to be learned from this case for employers right now?If you are facing blacklisting claims presently in relation to historic acts of alleged discrimination, where the claimant was not a direct hire but engaged via an employment agency, there may be a defence to the claim if the alleged misconduct occurred prior to the 1 October 2004 change in the law;HR managers today could not condone blacklisting as it is now illegal. Some perfectly “reputable” companies subscribed to the TCA before the law was changed to make such blacklisting illegal, as they felt that certain individuals threatened to undermine productivity on projects. Also, they worried that militants might, for no legitimate reason, call colleagues out on unlawful industrial action costing them their wages. Because most employers shy away from writing anything other than a standard reference, references are commonly trivialised as “not worth the paper they are written on”. Employers today might therefore profit from requiring direct hires to complete employer application forms (in favour of accepting CVs) setting out their employment history and reasons for leaving previous projects so that employers can audit employment history more accurately and follow up references with more direct and specific enquiries.Although employers have more control over direct hires, there is a benefit to recruiting via employment agencies. This is so the main contractor can demand that agencies properly vet individuals hired onto site and can stipulate that the agencies have hired them for a prior minimum period, therefore a known quantity, in order to minimise the prospect of hiring someone who has moved from site to site causing problems.Madeleine Thomson is a partner and head of employment at Hamlins law firm
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Grizzlies no match for OKC, trigger-happy Westbrook’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Sunday, February 5, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sports-OKC.jpg’ attachment=’95530′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’13’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook (0) surges past the Chicago Bulls to lead the way for OKC during their NBA clash in January. AP[/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]OKLAHOMA – For three quarters, Russell Westbrook did most of his damage passing and rebounding.Once his shot started falling, the Memphis Grizzlies were finished.Westbrook scored 19 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter and had a triple-double to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 114-102 victory Friday night.Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, shot just 4 of 14 from the field in the first three quarters. He bounced back and went 4 of 6 from the floor and 9 of 9 on free throws in roughly nine minutes of action in the fourth. He scored Oklahoma City’s last 15 points, all in the final 2:35.The Thunder trailed, 89-85, when Westbrook checked back into the game, and they outscored the Grizzlies 29-13 the rest of the way.Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and 12 assists. It was his 25th triple-double this season and the 62nd of his career. His season total is the most in the NBA since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 during the 1967-68 season.Adams had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Joffrey Lauvergne scored a season-high 16 and Anthony Morrow added 15 points for the Thunder, who snapped a three-game losing streak.Westbrook clinched the triple-double on a rebound with 6:49 remaining, but the Thunder still trailed. His 3-pointer with about two minutes to go put the Thunder ahead 105-102. He drained another 3 with 1:25 left to push the lead to six, and Oklahoma City controlled the game from there. (AP)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
KOLKATA Knight Riders pulled level with Sunrisers Hyderabad at the top of the IPL standings with a seven-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals yesterday.The Royals came into the fixture on the back of consecutive victories but were unable to extend that run against a Knight Riders side who now sit alongside the Sunrisers on six points, although they have played two more matches.D’Arcy Short (44) and Ajinkya Rahane (36) had appeared to put the visitors on a sound footing in Jaipur, while Sunil Narine was uncharacteristically impotent with ball in hand, finishing with bowling figures of 0-48.Narine (35) went some way to making amends as he combined with Robin Uthappa (48) for a second-wicket stand of 69, after Chris Lynn fell for a duck just three balls into the Knight Riders’ response to the Royals’ 160-8.That laid the foundation for a run chase that was ultimately comfortable, with Nitish Rana (35 not out) and Dinesh Karthik (42 n.o.) also making impressive contributions as the hosts surpassed their target with seven balls to spare.The Knight Riders’ time at the top could be short, with the Sunrisers set to face Kings XI Punjab today.Narine’s off-colour bowling display cost him the opportunity to bring up his 100th IPL wicket.Having conceded no more than 18 runs in his previous three matches this season, the West Indies man took just one over to match that figure yesterday.Indeed, these were his most expensive IPL figures, perhaps compounded on a personal level by the fact that all of the Knight Riders’ other bowlers took at least one wicket.Sanju Samson was the star of the show when the Royals got the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore last time out, hitting an unbeaten 92 off 45 deliveries.The promising batsman had racked up at least 37 in each of his three IPL matches this season, prior to yesterday’s match.However, he could not replicate that form against KKR, as he was dismissed by Shivam Mavi for just seven after barely an over at the crease.
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A last gasp Issam Jemaa goal against a much improved Niger side at the Angonde stadium in Libreville proved just enough for Tunisia to edge ever closer to quarter-final qualification at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).The north Africans enjoyed a dream start to their match when Youssef Msakni slipped in from the left side, much like he did against Morocco, dribbling the entire defence before slotting in the first goal. Zouhaier Dhaouadi then had an opportunity to double the lead but his long distance effort missed the goal frame.Just as the north Africans were taking control of the encounter, Niger scored against the run of play when Moussa Maazou used his hand to interfere with Tunisia’s goalkeeper, resulting in a William Tonji Ngounou header drifting over everyone and into the net.The equaliser clearly unsettled the Carthage Eagles players who struggled to get back into the match while Niger grew in confidence and had multiple opportunities to take the lead. Maazou was a constant threat for the Tunisian defence and even saw a legitimate penalty shout turned down by the referee near the end of the half.Looking for attacking solutions, Sami Trabelsi replaced Amine Chermiti and Dhaouadi with Issam Jemaa and Oussama Darragi to start the second period. Despite the changes the threats were mainly coming from a familiar source in the shape of little Msakni.On 63 minutes, Aymen Abdennour’s broke forward from central defence and rolled a left-footed shot onto Daouda’s post. The missed chance quickly turned into a Mena counter attack that highlighted the danger posed by Harouna Doula’s team. With the clock ticking down and the game entering the 90th minute, Tunisian all-time leading scorer Issam Jemaa was on hand to score the all important goal for the Carthage Eagles and deny a spirited Niger their first points at the continental tournament.Should Gabon defeat or draw with Morocco, then Tunisia will be through to the second round. Only an Atlas Lions win could change matters in Group C.