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New legal duty on school staff to report issue

New legal duty on school staff to report issue

More from this theme Recent articles Teachers will be legally required to report child sexual abuse if they know about it – or face sanctions such as being banned from the profession. The new requirement will make mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse apply to anyone working in regulated activity relating to children in England – which suggests it would apply to all school staff. However a list has not yet been published.  Under the plans, those who fail to do so will be barred from working with young people. Any staff intentionally blocking reporting could go to prison for seven years. The Home Office confirmed the changes today. They will be introduced as amendments at report stage of the Criminal Justice Bill in the House of Commons and will apply in England and Wales. The Home Office could not say when exactly the changes would be introduced, only that it would happen “shortly”. It comes after the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse recommended the government make it a legal requirement for certain people …

After raising 0M, Build A Rocket Boy lays off staff

After raising $110M, Build A Rocket Boy lays off staff

Are you looking to showcase your brand in front of the gaming industry’s top leaders? Learn more about GamesBeat Summit sponsorship opportunities here.  Build A Rocket Boy has laid off an undetermined number of staff, just a little more than a month after announcing it had raised $110 million. It’s an unfortunate move and will likely draw a lot of heat, as game workers are getting increasingly upset at mass layoffs in the industry. So far, 6,000 have been laid off in 2024, on top of 10,500 in 2023. At the recent Dice Awards, the subject of layoffs came up multiple times on stage. Leslie Benzies, a former producer at Rockstar North, started the company in 2018. Benzies was one of the key leaders at Rockstar on Grand Theft Auto V. Build A Rocket Boy announced in 2022 that it was making a game called Everywhere, which is an ambitious life simulator. In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said, “While we have made great progress developing our products, we are now in a …

Eiffel Tower closed for second day as staff extend strike over financing

Eiffel Tower closed for second day as staff extend strike over financing

The Eiffel Tower, one of the world’s top tourist attractions, remained closed for a second straight day Tuesday as staff extended a strike over the monument’s financing. Issued on: 20/02/2024 – 10:23Modified: 20/02/2024 – 16:44 1 min There was every chance that the monument would also stay shuttered on Wednesday, a union representative told AFP. The strike started Monday in protest over the way the monument is managed financially. The tower’s operator, SETE, has advised ticket holders to check its website before showing up, or to postpone their visit. E-ticket holders were asked to check their e-mails for further information. Ticketholders will be reimbursed, the operator said. The stoppage is the second strike at the Eiffel Tower within two months for the same reason. Unions have criticised operator SETE for its business model that they say is based on an inflated estimate of future visitor numbers, while under-estimating construction costs. They also want the city of Paris to stump up more funds to keep the landmark in good repair. The Eiffel Tower — Paris’s most …

South Korean company offers staff ,000 for each baby they have

South Korean company offers staff $75,000 for each baby they have

SEOUL — Successive South Korean governments have tried pretty much everything to try to persuade women to have babies. Among their initiatives: subsidized housing for newlyweds, discounted postpartum care for new mothers, even a “baby payment” of $2,250 for each newborn. Now corporate South Korea is getting in on the act, trying to stave off a demographic crisis that could see the country’s workforce halve within 50 years. Some are pledging millions of dollars in bonuses for their staff who become parents. “We will continue to do what we can as a company to solve the low birth issue,” Lee Joong-keun, the chairman of Booyoung Group, a Seoul-based construction company, said last week after awarding a total $5.25 million to his employees for 70 babies born since 2021. Both male and female employees at Booyoung are eligible for a $75,000 payout each time they have a baby — no strings attached. Other companies in South Korea are offering payments, too — although none quite as generous as Booyoung’s. This development has come about as South …

Unions criticise ‘demeaning’ gift bag for menopausal staff at Avanti West Coast | Menopause

Unions criticise ‘demeaning’ gift bag for menopausal staff at Avanti West Coast | Menopause

A gift bag designed for menopausal women working at Avanti West Coast containing a fan and a jelly baby has been denounced as “demeaning” and an “insulting gimmick” by rail unions. The pack included a fan for hot sweats, a jelly baby sweet “in case you feel like biting someone’s head off”, a tissue “if you’re feeling a bit emotional” and a paperclip “to help you keep it all together”. The cards and accompanying small items, including chocolate and teabags and a pencil “to write down things you might forget”, were handed out to staff at drop-ins for menopause support conversations. Avanti said that the packs had been available for a year and were designed by the firm’s support group, made up of women who were themselves going through the menopause. However, they provoked outcry on social media after being highlighted by rail unions. The drivers’ union Aslef shared a photo and said: “The menopause is debilitating for some women, it’s not a joke. Rather than handing out insulting gimmicks to female employees you’d be …

Venezuela Shuts Down UN Human Rights Office, Expels Staff

Venezuela Shuts Down UN Human Rights Office, Expels Staff

Venezuela on Thursday ordered the U.N. human rights office in Caracas to shut down all operations, ordering the staff to leave the country within three days. During a news conference, Foreign Affairs Minister Yvan Gil announced the decision, saying that the office had played an “inappropriate role” and had become the “private law firm of the coup plotters and terrorists who permanently conspire against the country.” He added that the decision would remain in effect until the office publicly rectified its “colonialist, abusive and violating attitude of the United Nations Charter.” The announcement came after the human rights office criticized Venezuela’s decision to detain human rights attorney Rocio San Miguel, an incident that has drawn domestic and international concern. The government detained her for what it said was her role in an alleged U.S.-backed plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. The human rights office urged Venezuela on the social media platform X to immediately release San Miguel and to grant her the right of legal defense. San Miguel was detained at an airport close to …

‘Every Screen is an Xbox’ Microsoft tries to pump up staff before today’s inevitable backlash

‘Every Screen is an Xbox’ Microsoft tries to pump up staff before today’s inevitable backlash

It’s kind of impossible to believe, whatever Microsoft says later today in its Business Update, that hardcore Xboxers are going to be onside with it. Most people of course in the wider world simply will not care, or even be aware of Phil Spencer and co’s plans, but for those working on Xbox’s social accounts tonight, it might be best to just log off and shut down. If, as expected Microsoft announces a pathway for some of its biggest exclusives to make their way to Sony and Nintendo’s competitor consoles to help them become the number one cross-platform gaming company, those who bought into the Xbox’s ecosystem for exclusives such as Sea of Thieves and Starfield, along Sony fanboys declaring victory in the console wars, it is not going to be pretty. However it is spun, and Inverse is reporting already there has already been an internal “town hall” meeting with staff ahead of tonight’s shenanigans, there are going to be issues for Microsoft, who is already selling far fewer consoles than its rivals. With …

Violence and abuse against UK retail staff rises to 1,300 incidents a day | Retail industry

Violence and abuse against UK retail staff rises to 1,300 incidents a day | Retail industry

UK shop workers are facing 1,300 incidents of violence and abuse a day and a battle to control “brazen” acts of shoplifting, as pressure mounts on ministers to intervene to protect retail employees. Retailers saw the number of incidents of racial abuse, sexual harassment, physical assaults and threats with weapons rise 50% last year, while thefts more than doubled to 16.7m incidents, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the trade body which represents most major retailers. The rise in retail crime has coincided with a period of rampant price inflation, with the cost of everyday goods from eggs to baby formula increasing over the past two years at a rate not seen since records began in the 1970s, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet. Some experts argue that efforts to cut labour costs by using technology such as self-checkouts have contributed to the problems, while retailers are blaming a rise in organised crime and scarce police resources. Helen Dickinson, the BRC’s chief executive, called for police to step up the number of …

Coventry’s No Ordinary Hospitality Management serves up free street food for staff

Coventry’s No Ordinary Hospitality Management serves up free street food for staff

No Ordinary Hospitality Management (NOHM) has teamed up with Midlands food truck vendors to provide free street food for its staff every quarter. Based in Coventry, NOHM sources baked goods and snacks for its restaurants and cafes from indie businesses throughout the region. This time around they called upon the likes of Gyro Guys, KK Catering, The English Indian and Pietanic to help cater the free lunches outside one of their venues, Coombe Abbey Hotel. Sophie Allan, HR administrator at NOHM, said: “We trialled this initiative for the first time last year and we’ve had such a positive response that we felt it was important to keep it going in 2024. Visit Hampshire Biz News for bright, upbeat and positive business news from the county “It’s also a brilliant opportunity to continue to build our connections with our fantastic suppliers in Coventry and Warwickshire and support independent businesses in the region. “We’ve been able to bring members of staff together for a chat and a spot of lunch, and we think it’s been really beneficial to the …

Dog urine row erupts after police staff member tells owner to clean up

Dog urine row erupts after police staff member tells owner to clean up

Dog urine A row has erupted after a police staff member was said to have ordered a man to clean up his pet dog’s urine. Steve Schuurman, 56, was walking his six-year-old pet Saluki rescue dog Margot through Bournemouth’s main square last week when she cocked her leg to relieve herself. As the NHS worker walked off, he claims an “aggressive” female member of Dorset Police shouted at him “clear your f—–g dog p–s”. He said when he challenged her, a council community safety patrol officer allegedly threatened to have him arrested if he did not move on. Dorset Police and Bournemouth Council had a stall and van in the seaside town’s centre as part of a “day of action” after several high-profile crimes, including a fatal stabbing, in the area. Mr Schuurman said he would have cleaned up any dog mess but he did not know what they expected him to do with dog urine. Dorset Police and Bournemouth council had a stall and police van in the seaside town centre – BNPS He …