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No cell phones during work for LTO employees

BACOLOD City – Land Transportation Office (LTO)-6 Regional Director Roland Ramos issued an order on June 13, 2018, directing all LTO employees in the region to stop using mobile phones during work hours. Ramos said LTO personnel should focus on their works as many of their clients complain of the slow processing of paperwork in […] The post No cell phones during work for LTO employees appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 13th, 2018

Valenzuela gov’t workers’ ‘half-hearted’ service prompts memo

#BRB (Be right back) at work! To remove distractions so they can just "do their jobs," local government employees in Valenzuela City have been prohibited from using cell phones or logging on to their social media accounts during office hours. In a Sept. 27 memo, Valenzuela Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian said the ban was prompted by complaints about the "lukewarm and half-hearted" service provided by distracted City Hall workers. Exempted from the order are department heads and field personnel who are on-call. The rest can use their phones or log on to their social media accounts only during breaks. Violators face disciplinary measures, including suspension and dismissal, as provided...Keep on reading: Valenzuela gov’t workers’ ‘half-hearted’ service prompts memo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

What your California employer must reimburse you

Q: As part of my work, I travel to clients using my own car and I pay for gas. I also make several business-related calls on my personal cell phone, although since I have an unlimited plan, I do not really incur additional expenses. Should my employer still reimburse me when I use my car and cell phone at work?   A: Under California law, an employer shall reimburse an employee for all necessary expenditures incurred in direct consequence of the discharge of the employee's duties. This is to prevent employers from passing their operating expenses to employees. If your travel expenses and cell phone use were necessary for you to be able to do your job, then you are entitled...Keep on reading: What your California employer must reimburse you.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Passenger dragged off overbooked United flight – CNN News

A man's refusal to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight led to a disturbing scene Sunday that has travelers up in arms over airline policies. The Department of Transportation said it will review the incident, in which a passenger was forcibly removed from the Louisville, Kentucky-bound United flight 3411 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The incident has prompted one security officer's suspension and created a publicity nightmare for United. Several passengers recorded the incident on their phones and posted video on social media showing three Chicago Department of Aviation security officers dragging the man, who has not been identified, down the aisle by the arms and legs while other passengers shout in protest. He continued to resist after he was removed and ran back onto the airplane, face bloodied from the encounter. &'8220;It was very traumatic,&'8221; passenger Jade Kelley said. She did not witness the entire event but she said the sound of the screams still haunt her. &'8220;It was horrible. I had trouble sleeping last night and hearing the video again gives me chills.&'8221; The incident sparked criticism of a system that allows airlines to involuntarily boot passengers from flights. United was acting within their rights and following policy. Then, the situation turned physical. United asked passengers to give up their seats voluntarily for compensation. Four crew members needed to get on the flight in order to work another one in Louisville or else that flight would be canceled, airline spokeswoman Maddie King said. When no one volunteered, the airline was forced into an &'8220;involuntary de-boarding situation,&'8221; airline spokesman Charlie Hobart said. United weighs a number of factors to determine which passengers would leave the flight, such as connecting flights and how long the delay will leave the customer at an airport, Hobart said. United employees explained the situation to the man several times, Hobart said. When he refused they followed Department of Transportation protocol and called local law enforcement to forcibly remove him from the plane. Passenger Tyler Bridges said the request for volunteers came after everyone had boarded. It was easy to understand why no one responded &'8212; it was Sunday night and the next flight was not until the following afternoon, he said. Bridges said two officers tried to calmly talk the man out of his seat before a third approached him in an aggressive manner. The officer told him he had to get off the plane, and when he resisted, the officer grabbed him out of his seat and carried him out with the other officers. The man hit his head on an armrest, Bridges said. He yelled that he was a doctor and that he was being profiled for being Chinese. The scene left everyone unsettled, including children who started crying, Bridges said. &'8220;It was pretty shocking that it got to the level that it got to. In part that's the man's fault, when the police came on he shouldn't have resisted, he should have just left. But it was a pretty unbelievable scene with them grabbing him and pulling off,&'8221; he said. Overbooking is not illegal, and most airlines do it in anticipation of no-shows, according to the US Department of Transportation. If no one volunteers, the airline can select passengers for removal based on criteria such as check-in time or the cost of a ticket, according to the US Department of Transportation's Fly-Rights. In an internal memo, CEO Oscar Munoz said the crew members approached the gate agents after the flight was fully boarded and said they needed to board the flight. They sought volunteers before commencing &'8220;involuntary denial of boarding process,&'8221; offering up to $1,000 in compensation. When approached, the passenger &'8220;raised his voice and refused to comply with crew member instructions,&'8221; Munoz said. He grew &'8220;more disruptive and belligerent&'8221; with each request, leaving agents with no choice to call security officers. He continued to resist even after he was removed, running back into the plane, Munoz said. Passengers shot video of him with blood streaming down his face. &'8220;Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose, I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond to ensure we fly right,&'8221; he said. &'8220;I do, however, believe there are lessons we can learn from this experience, and we are taking a close look at the circumstances surrounding this incident.&'8221; Munoz issue a statement calling the incident &'8220;upsetting&'8221; and apologized &'8220;for having to re-accommodate&'8221; customers. &'8220;Our team is moving with a sense of urgency to work with the authorities and conduct our own detailed review of what happened. We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation,&'8221; The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement that the incident &'8220;was not in accordance with our standard operating procedure and the actions of the aviation security officer are obviously not condoned by the Department.&'8221; That officer has been placed on leave effective today pending a review of the situation, the statement added. The four crew members did indeed board the plane, and it wasn't pretty, Bridges said. Passengers berated them, told them they should be ashamed of themselves and embarrassed to work for this company. &'8220;They just sat down quietly, it was super tense on the [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2017

Pokemon-Go Away! Sorry Pikachu, but the Pentagon thinks you’re a threat

MOSCOW -- Amid espionage fears, US Pentagon employees have been issued a ban on playing the global phenomenon game, Pokemon Go, on their work phones. It follows reports that suggest the game could be used to pinpoint the locations of secure facilities......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

Globe Telecom bags the best workplace in Asia award for 2018

At Globe, the workplace doubles as a playground for the imagination. In its headquarters in Taguig City, employees can strike a balance between work and life through various in-house facilities: a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Workers of BGC condo on hunger strike

MANILA, Philippines – Their plea: for their coworkers to be regularized as employees of the posh condominium in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) where they work. But this plea seemed to fall on deaf ears, so they went on an indefinite hunger strike starting October 5. The problem began last July 6, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Storm left wide swath of Florida a communications dead zone

PANAMA CITY, US -- Since Hurricane Michael roared through on Wednesday, a wide swath of Florida's northwest coast has been without telephone or Internet service, adding to the daunting challenges facing residents, loved ones trying to reach them, and the work crews struggling to bring them relief. "We have had some sites come back in service following the restoration of fiber links," cable operator Verizon said in a statement Friday. It has deployed five mobile cell sites with satellite connections "to assist with recovery efforts" while full service is restored. But in Michael's devastated wake, and with tens of thousands still without electricity or electronic communications,...Keep on reading: Storm left wide swath of Florida a communications dead zone.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

After death of call center agent, Cebu City to shuttle employees to work

MANILA, Philippines – The Cebu City government, in partnership with the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, will soon run its own shuttle system to bring call center employees to and from IT Park, where most BPO companies in the city are located. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña posted on his Facebook page ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Filipino labor trafficking survivors bring ‘employers’ to justice

Early this month, state and local law enforcement arrested employerswho were operating adult residential and child care facilities in the Bay Area. The employers were charged with human trafficking and other labor-related crimes, according to various news reports.   The charges resulted from a year-long investigation conducted by government agencies into the Rainbow Bright care center facilities. The facility ownerswere found to have targeted Filipino immigrants who were subjected to labor exploitation.   Some of the Filipino workers' passports were confiscated by the employers. Rainbow Bright's owners reportedly forced their employees to work practically 24 hou...Keep on reading: Filipino labor trafficking survivors bring ‘employers’ to justice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Calif. law protects work leave to care for sick family members 

Q: I have been working for 5 years in a Los Angeles company with 52 employees. I requested a leave of absence from work to care for my sick 21-year-old daughter. My boss denied the request and said my position will be given to someone else if I take off. Is this legal?   A: No, it is not. Your rights are protected under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). CFRA provides that employees have the right to take a leave of absence for the following reasons:   For the employee's own serious health condition For the serious health condition of the employee's child, parent or spouse Birth of a child for purposes of bonding Placement of a child in the emp...Keep on reading: Calif. law protects work leave to care for sick family members .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

In a world of robots, carmakers persist in hiring more humans

CAR-INDUSTRY employees concerned that robots will put them out of work needn’t worry — at least for now. The post In a world of robots, carmakers persist in hiring more humans appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

COA deserves respect, former commissioner tells Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Former Commission on Audit (COA) commissioner Heidi Mendoza called out President Rodrigo Duterte for belittling the government body and even threatening to throw one of its auditors down the stairs. In a Facebook post on Monday, September 17, Mendoza said employees and officials of COA work ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Should employees pay the cost of “Dress Code” required at work?

Alexander Brown and Arik Silva worked as retail sales associates at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., a company that operates retail clothing stores throughout the United States. Brown and Silva sued their employer in a class action, claiming that the employer compelled them to patronize Abercrombie products in violation of California law.   The employees claim that their employer compelled them to purchase Abercrombie clothing for two reasons: First, Abercrombie wanted to make profits from those purchases. Second, Abercrombie saw it as a marketing strategy so that the employees would be walking advertisements for Abercrombie. The employees argue that Abercrombie's cloth...Keep on reading: Should employees pay the cost of “Dress Code” required at work?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

PLDT workers threaten to go on strike

Regular employees of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) on Tuesday threatened to go on strike should the firm remain bull-headed and refuse to grant regular employment status to its estimated 12,000 contractual workers. The Gabay ng Unyon sa Telekomunikasyon ng mga Superbisor sa PLDT (Guts) said they decided to file a notice of strike at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as the firm's noncompliance to the regularization order issued to it by the government has already led to consumers being poorly serviced and regular employees to be overburdened with work. According to Guts president Charlito Arevalo, since PLDT laid off its at most 12,000 contractual wo...Keep on reading: PLDT workers threaten to go on strike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Arroyo bares P35K special allowance for House employees

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday bared a P35,000 special allowance this month to every House employee in appreciation of their hard work amid the economic challenges due to inflation. During yesterday’s monthly flag raising ceremony, Arroyo announced the good news to employees about the special allowance to be facilitated by Leyte… Source link link: Arroyo bares P35K special allowance for House employees.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Arroyo bares P35K special allowance for House employees

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday bared a P35,000 special allowance this month to every House employee in appreciation of their hard work amid the economic challenges due to inflation. During yesterday’s monthly flag raising ceremony, Arroyo announced the good news to employees about the special allowance to be facilitated by Leyte….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

House employees get P35,000 windfall

More than 3,000 employees of the House of Representatives will each receive a special allowance of P35,000, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced on Monday. Congressional aides, committee, clerical, and technical staff members will get the incentive. “This month, with [the hard]work of Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez, I have been able to authorize the release of P35,000,” she [...] The post House employees get P35,000 windfall appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Dole issues holiday pay reminder

The Department of Labor and Employment has reminded all private sector employers to pay their workers double on Monday, National Heroes Day, a regular holiday. "Proper observance of the pay rules on regular holidays and special nonworking days will lead to more productive and competent employees," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III. Aug. 27, which falls on a Monday, was declared a regular holiday nationwide by virtue of Proclamation No. 269. An employee who reports for work on a regular holiday is entitled to receive 200 percent of his or her basic wage for the first eight hours. Those working beyond eight hours should receive an additional 30 percent of their hourly ra...Keep on reading: Dole issues holiday pay reminder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Should employees who volunteer to work off-the-clock be paid?

I work as a nurse at a hospital that has a strict policy of no unapproved overtime, and no going on breaks unless we are relieved by another nurse. We are forced to skip our breaks if there is no r.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018