Today’s naming round serves as a sharp reminder to employers to get their house in order ahead of minimum wage rate rises on 1 April. 179 employers named and fined £1.3 million after underpayment 8 Northern Ireland employers among those named The world of work is changing and we have set out our plans to give millions of workers enhanced rights to ensure everyone is paid and treated fairly in the workplace. There are no excuses for short-changing workers. This is an absolute red line for this government and employers who cross it will get caught – not only are they forced to pay back every penny but they are also fined up to 200% of wages owed. £1.1 million identified for 9,200 workers underpaid minimum wage rates Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: Thanks to government investigations almost 10 thousand of the UK’s lowest paid workers are to be back paid as we continue to build a United Kingdom, that works for everyone. As well as recovering backpay for 9,200 workers, the government also fined the employers a total of £1.3 million in penalties for breaking national minimum wage laws. The most prolific offending sectors in this round were retailers, hospitality businesses and hairdressers.It comes ahead of the next rate rise on 1 April, when the National Living Wage will go up from £7.50 to £7.83 per hour. Apprentices under the age of 19 and those in the first year of their apprenticeship will benefit from a record 5.7% rise.Later this month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will launch a campaign to raise awareness of the new rates and encourage workers to speak to their employer if they think they are being underpaid.Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP said: This 14th naming round comes after the government published its Good Work plan last month, which announced the right to a payslip for all workers. The new law is likely to benefit around 300,000 UK workers who do not currently get a payslip.For those paid by the hour, payslips will also have to include how many hours the worker is paid for, making pay easier to understand and challenge if it is wrong. The move is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy, the long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future by helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK.Since 2013 the scheme has identified more than £9 million in back pay for around 67,000 workers, with more than 1,700 employers fined a total of £6.3 million. The government has also committed £25.3 million for minimum wage enforcement in 2017 to 2018.Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage not only have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates but also face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker.For more information about your pay, or if you think you might be being underpaid, get advice and guidance at www.gov.uk/checkyourpay. Workers can also seek advice from workplace experts Acas. The National Living and Minimum Wage, which every worker is entitled to, is an essential part of building the higher wage, lower welfare, lower tax society that the UK needs.
Pat Moulton Powden is leaving state government to join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as vice president of public affairs. Moulton Powden is currently the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and was previously the Chair of the Environmental Board. Deputy Labor Commissioner Valerie Rickert has been appointed by Governor Douglas to take over. Moulton Powden will be starting with the Vermont Chamber on July 19.”Her experience in unemployment insurance, workers compensation, environmental permitting and economic development will be an undisputable asset to our members,” said Betsy Bishop, President Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “Her expertise has earned her the respect of many legislators, regardless of party and it is my goal for her to elevate the Vermont Chamber’s presence and influence in the government and regulatory arenas.” It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Vermont as Commissioner at the Department of Labor, Moulton Powden said in a statement. It s been a privilege to work together with my colleagues in the Administration and the Legislature to achieve the Governor s goals of comprehensive unemployment insurance reform that will restore balance to the trust fund, while maintaining benefits for the unemployed. I am so proud of this Administration s work – from implementing many new workforce development initiatives to making changes to workers comp and workplace safety that have benefited Vermont employers and workers.Governor Douglas said: I want to thank Pat for her tremendous leadership at the Department of Labor, as well as for her years of dedicated service to the people of Vermont in her current role and, previously, as the Chair of the Environmental Board. The members of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce are incredibly lucky to have Pat leading their government affairs team. She will bring her expertise in economic development, unemployment insurance, workers compensation and environmental permitting to her new role.Prior to her current role, Moulton Powden led Regional Development Corporations in Springfield, St Johnsbury, Bennington, and greater Windsor county. She was also appointed by both Governor Dean and Governor Snelling to lead the Department of Economic Development. Her legendary father, Al Moulton, was secretary of the agency (now the Agency of Commerce) under both Governor Snelling and Governor Kunin.Rickert has served in numerous positions in the Department of Labor for the past 25 years. Prior to her current role as Deputy Commissioner, she served as Director of Unemployment Insurance and Wages overseeing all unemployment benefits, tax payments and enforcement of Vermont wage and hour law. Val is a strong leader and was instrumental in forging a compromise this year on the unemployment insurance trust fund issue, said the Governor. I am confident that she will do an excellent job and ensure a smooth transition at the Department. I am honored by this appointment, and I look forward to leading the Department of Labor team, said Rickert. I intend to build on the strong foundation here at the Department that Commissioner Moulton Powden has established, balancing the needs of both the labor force and employers in the key areas of workforce training, workers compensation and unemployment insurance.Moulton Powden and her husband Tim Powden reside in South Londonderry. Rickert lives in Barre Town.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor’s office. 6.23.2010
Have you taken on any new hobbies since hitting the road?JESS: Podcast listening and mountain biking. Do you ever miss being stationary? JESS: Only when I’m really dirty and don’t want to ruin my friends’ washing machines…or when I feel like baking…which is almost every day.What are a couple road life tools you couldn’t live without? JESS: Foam roller and Little Sugar Naturals bug spray. The best food you’ve found?JESS: Where do I even start? Best egg and cheese sandwich? Dunk & Deli in Abingdon, Va. Best mac n’ cheese? Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville, W.Va. Best lunch? A White Grass spanakopita from the Highland Market in Davis, W.Va. Best home-cooked meal? Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-a-Way outside Ellijay, Ga. Best quick ethnic fix? Chai Pani in Asheville, N.C. JESS: A bat decided to make its home in one of the support beams on the SylvanSport Go. When I went to set up I almost accidentally killed it, but instead took this video then walked away. It escaped unscathed. As many of you already know, our travel editor has been living and working on the road for over a year now, carting her SUP, kayak, and mountain bike from town to town, constantly in search of a good story and a good time. You may have even seen her out there pulling her SylvanSport Go in her signature Live Outside and Play Jeep Cherokee. From what I can tell, she appears to be having the time of her life, but I wanted to get an update straight from the source. Here’s a quick Q & A with our very own Road Life Warrior, Jess Daddio. How many miles and states have you logged since you started? Where are you off to next? JESS: Summertime means festival time! Red Wing Roots outside of Mt. Solon, Va., and Floyd Fest near Floyd, Va., are on the books for July. See you on the road!Check out Jess’ latest adventures on the road, from teaching the family dog how to stand up paddleboard to riding bikes in Canaan Valley, W.Va. Catch her at Red Wing Roots and Floyd Fest this month and enter your chance to win sweet prizes from Farm To Feet, ENO, and LifeStraw! JESS: 9 states, 22,080 milesWhat’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you on the road? Describe your low and high points. High points – Paddling new rivers, uncovering hidden gems in familiar places, meeting people and expanding a never-ending web of connections, French press coffee in the morning, discovering local music, and constant reminders of the power in a friendly smile and a home-cooked meal.One thing you’ve seen or done while on the road that changed your whole perspective on things?JESS: This would be less of “one thing” per say and one realization – that the key to a life well-lived is to find and harness your passions in order to create a lifestyle that can be shared with others. More and more, my travels are taking me to young entrepreneurs who are discarding the 9 to 5 in search of purpose, community, and a quality of life that can only be achieved when heart, body, and mind are invested in one’s work. JESS: Low points – These are far and few between but usually happen the day after a multi-day festival when I finally realize that I’m dirty, tired, dehydrated, slightly sunburnt, and tired of smiling (and using Porta Johns). Nothing a little one-on-one with the river can’t fix. Probably the lowest post-festival day was the morning I woke up to see someone had decided my two driver-side door handles made the perfect places to vomit. The most interesting character you’ve encountered? JESS: There have been many, but a recent one would have to be a mountain biker who carries her cat in a baby sling. Props!
King and Hayley’s rocky relationship was documented on RHOC. After the lifestyle blogger accused Jim of cheating on her with one of their nannies in October 2019, Hayley came to her dad’s defense. (Jim and the caretaker also denied the accusations.)“The selfishness is miserable for anyone to be around, let alone to be married to her,” Hayley told Us at the time. “My whole family has grown closer because we have all had to stay silent in hopes to protect my dad and no one can do it anymore.”While King and Jim continue to fight over custody of their daughter and sons, they have both moved on romantically. The former St. Louis Cardinals star has been seeing O’Connor since early 2020. King, for her part, confirmed in May that she is dating Christian Schauf after meeting on a dating app.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement – The rep also claimed to TMZ that the blogger came to Jim’s home after being exposed to the virus and “was hugging and kissing the kids,” putting them and his girlfriend, Kortnie O’Connor, at risk.Jim Edmonds and daughter Hayley Courtesy of Hayley Edmonds/InstagramJim’s daughter Hayley Edmonds subsequently accused her former stepmother of knowingly exposing her and their family to the virus before she went public with her diagnosis on Sunday, November 15. (Jim and King, who split in October 2019 after five years of marriage, share daughter Aspen, 3, and 2-year-old twin boys Hayes and Hart.)“I have a question for you … I’m glad you can quarantine easily by yourself after exposing me, my dad, Kortnie, our nanny, [Hayley’s siblings] Landon, Sutton, and their home, brother and stepfather (oh and your own kids),” the 23-year-old wrote on Monday, November 16, via Instagram Stories. “But if you knew you were exposed on Tuesday what is your reasoning for insisting on taking Hayes to his soccer game and coming to our house on Saturday????”- Advertisement – It’s safe to say Jim Edmonds isn’t happy with his estranged wife, Meghan King, after she tested positive for coronavirus.The 50-year-old MLB alum’s rep accused the former Real Housewives of Orange County star, 36, of partying in Miami and not acting responsibly after learning she was exposed to COVID-19. Jim’s rep told Us Weekly on Monday, November 16, that the former athlete — who battled coronavirus in April — thinks King has a lot of “explaining to do” after she tested positive for coronavirus. The rep alleged King was partying in St. Louis and Miami. (Earlier this month, King posted photos without a mask in South Beach.)- Advertisement – Hayley, who tagged her dad and Kortnie in her Instagram Stories, went on to slam the former Bravo personality’s decision to accept clothes from “the awesome preschool community” for her three little ones that are currently staying at King’s parents’ home. (King wrote on social media on Monday that her family didn’t want to risk exposure to the virus by “gathering clothes” for the kids for their stay at their grandparents’ house.)Meghan King Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com“Don’t worry as long as you have clothing donations … because the kids are definitely in desperate need of that as opposed to families who cannot even afford to put clothes on their kids backs,” Hayley quipped.- Advertisement –