Caution over office reopenings

first_imgPlease see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Several major legal practices tentatively reopened their offices last week – partly for the benefit of staff struggling to work from home – as the Law Society advised firms to revisit their health and safety policies.Allen & Overy and Dentons are allowing a limited number of employees into their London premises under strict social distancing rules. Dentons said employees can return for ‘mental health, isolation or other wellbeing reasons’ but just 25% of the building will be occupied. It has also set up an onsite ‘track and trace’ system where staff must sign in and out of the building and inform HR if they develop Covid-19 symptoms.Deloitte will reopen six of its UK offices in July, citing the negative impact prolonged working from home can have on mental health.Meanwhile, BDB Pitmans is moving from its Westminster office to One Bartholomew Close, a new development near Moorgate. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner are also due to relocate offices this year.Many firms which have yet to open are redesigning their premises to allow for social distancing, installing cleaning stations and one-way systems. International firm CMS said its clients will be required to check in and may be asked for additional contact tracing information.The Law Society last week published a back-to-the-office toolkit to assist employers, including a risk assessment template and detailed guidance about the legal challenges posed by coronavirus. Firms have been advised to revisit their health and safety policies to cover Covid-19 and to test safety measures on a small number of employees.The Society said it is ‘hard to be certain’ about employees’ rights to refuse to attend the workplace for health and safety reasons. However, it said that ‘due to the government messaging and news reporting of coronavirus it’s likely to be reasonable for employees to believe there was a serious and imminent threat unless employers take appropriate action’. Find advice and updates here.center_img *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England.last_img read more

Students to question candidates in upcoming debates at SCC

first_imgIn the middle of what many experts consider one of the wildest election seasons in American history, a handful of Southwestern Community College students have an opportunity to become a key part of the process.Eight members of Dr. Bucky Dann’s Social Problems class are researching local and statewide issues while preparing to ask candidates questions in a series of upcoming debates on SCC’s Jackson Campus.The first of these will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, and will feature candidates for the Jackson County Board of Commissioners: Democratic incumbents Vicki Greene and Mark Jones as well as Republican challengers Ron Mau and Mickey Luker.“I’ve been into some issues in the past, but now I’m able to learn more and get more involved,” said Alma Russ, a student from Whittier. “Local politics are where you can make a real difference. Being part of these debates is a little intimidating, but it’s also quite exciting.”Other debates at SCC this fall will feature candidates in the N.C. Senate race between Sen. Jim Davis (R) and challenger Jane Hipps (D) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, as well as the N.C. House race between Rep. Joe Sam Queen (D) and Mike Clampitt (R) on Tuesday, Oct. 25.The same N.C. House and Senate candidates participated in SCC’s inaugural debates two years ago.All debates will take place at 7 p.m. in the Burrell Building Conference Center.“It’s crazy to think we get to be a part of it this year by having debates here,” said Matthew Travers, a student who currently resides in Sylva. “All of the questions will be asked by my classmates and myself. It’s cool knowing that we’ll have a role, however small it may be, in the election.”In preparation for the debates, The Sylva Herald editor Quintin Ellison visited the class and discussed several of the key issues in local and statewide races.Dr. Dann said class sessions have been devoted to helping students set aside their own opinions on issues so that they can see all points of view and remove any bias from questions that will be asked.“It’s one thing to study about political issues on paper and to talk about them in class,” Dr. Dann said. “When you’re able to actually ask people for office where they stand on significant issues of the day, that takes the learning process to a whole new level. We are grateful all these candidates have agreed to participate, and we know these debates will be meaningful in helping voters make informed decisions when they go to the polls.”last_img read more

Sonakshi Sinha to make movies with brothers

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha is ready to produce films with her older twin brothers Luv and Kussh.She earlier said she will directly or indirectly be a part of the family production house and now Kussh has shared the name of the company.”Sonakshi, Luv and I are happy to announce the formation of our production company – Kratos Entertainment,” he tweeted Tuesday.Sonakshi Sinha is ready to produce films with her older twin brothers Luv and Kussh.Born to Bollywood family, the trio are children of veteran actors Shatrughan and Poonam Sinha.With this decision, Sonakshi joins the list of young actors-cum producers like Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor.Her forthcoming acting projects are “Action Jackson”, “Tevar” and “Lingaa”.last_img


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