In April, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) announced that it had fined Swindon Town Football Company (STFC) £22,900 for repeatedly failing to comply with its auto-enrolment duties.TPR issued the football club with a compliance notice in August 2014 directing it to auto-enrol eligible staff in a pension scheme and contribute into this at the required rate, however STFC failed to so by the given deadline in October 2014. TPR took enforcement action following continued compliance delays.Sarah Parkin, pension lawyer at Linklaters, said: “It’s difficult because the legislation is very, very detailed so it’s easy to get tripped up. There’s a lot of legislation to plough through and it’s very procedural. I think an organisation’s systems can be hard to adapt to what is needed.”For example, this could include whether to classify employees as a job holder who is contracted to work in Great Britain, as well as keeping an eye on when employees turn 22, the age at which employers have to auto-enrol their staff.Ferdinand Lovett, senior associate at law firm Sackers, said: “Staging date is everything. There is a chance you might be expecting your staging date to be one date and the regulations have got it recorded as another date. If you think your staging date is coming up, I would advise double checking with the regulator.”Organisations should also look over their current pension arrangements to see whether these can be used to satisfy the quality requirements, added Lovett.Communication with staff is also vital, especially in light of the increases to pension contributions, which are due to begin from 2018. Lovett said: “Look at your communications; get them reviewed by your advisors to make sure you are saying the right things. Preparation is what it’s all about.”
Something for the weekend: Motivating employees upon their return from the Christmas break can require some creative thinking. However, US manufacturing organisation Bertch Cabinets has succeeded in ensuring staff are excited about the new year thanks to an organisation-wide cruise around the Caribbean.The week-long holiday, which will stop at exotic destinations such as the island of Cozumel, off the coast of Mexico, aims to reward the organisation’s 800 employees for meeting the customer-orientated and financial goals set by Gary Bertch, president and co-founder at Bertch Cabinets.Leaving on Sunday 8 January 2017, luggage-laden staff will fly directly to Miami and spend a night in a five-star hotel, before heading to the port on Monday 9 January to board the cruise ship.Bertch Cabinets announced the news in December on its Facebook page:“Bertch is excited to announce [an organisation-wide] vacation! We will be closing all facilities [on] January 9-13 so we can set sail for the sunny Caribbean! This trip wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our incredible Bertch associates! Happy Holidays, everyone!”Here at Employee Benefits, we could not believe that Bertch had previously taken staff on cruises to Acapulco and Hawaii too! We’re creating our destination wish list to pop in the workplace suggestions box…
Salaries for human resources (HR) and recruitment jobs have increased by 7.2% over the last 12 months, with an average annual UK salary of £32,821, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: May 2017, which is based on job vacancy data, also found that the average advertised salary in the UK increased by 0.5% between March 2017 and April 2017, from £32,525 a year to £32,678 a year. This is a 2.3% decrease from April 2016.The report also found:Graduate salaries have increased by 4.5% over the past 12 months, with an average salary of £24,361 a year.Annual salaries for jobs in the travel sector now average £25,865, which is an increase of 2.4% over the last year.Property job salaries and teaching job salaries have also increased in the last 12 months, by 1.8% and 1.5% respectively. The average annual salary for the property sector was £32,470, while teaching posts recorded an average salary of £26,972 a year.The national living wage increase, which took effect in April 2017, has also impacted wage increases. Roles that have been most affected by the national living wage increases are administration (64%), catering (59%), and customer service (71%).Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “With salaries up, vacancies at their highest levels in seven months, and fewer people competing for jobs, it’s an employment paradise for jobseekers. This means less of a strain on disposable incomes as jobseekers and employees have more room to manoeuvre in terms of their purchasing power.“However, with the general election fast approaching, improvements in the labour market shouldn’t be taken as given just yet. Despite promising month-on-month wage growth, we still have a way to go to make up lost ground on advertised earnings.”
Two-fifths (40%) of employees would feel more positive towards their organisation if they were offered an annual bonus within their benefits package, according to research by Canada Life Group Insurance.Its survey of 1,001 UK employees found that bonuses are more highly valued by older staff, as 53% of those over the age of 55 would view their employer more positively if offered an annual bonus, compared to 42% of 35 to 54-year-olds and just 25% of 18 to 34-year-olds.Around a third (36%) of all employee respondents would feel more positive towards their employer if provided with more than 20 days of holiday, excluding bank holidays, while 33% believe they would be happier if offered private medical insurance (PMI).In terms of group risk benefits, respondents stated that they would feel more positively about their organisation if offered group income protection (31%), group life assurance (26%) and access to critical illness cover (25%).Paul Avis (pictured), marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “By offering a wider range of workplace benefits, such as group life assurance and group critical illness, employers would make an active, positive contribution to the wellbeing of their workforce. This would be especially pertinent for millennials, who spend the most out of any age group on wellbeing products.”A fifth (21%) of respondents think they would feel more positive if they were offered free eye tests, while a similar number agree for benefits such as gym membership (20%), shopping discounts (19%), access to a subsidised canteen (19%), a company car or car allowance (18%) or an employee assistance programme (EAP) (17%).Among 18 to 34-year-olds, 23% would view their employer positively if offered an EAP, compared to 17% of 35 to 54-year-olds, and only 8% of those aged over 55.More than one in 10 (13%) of respondents would appreciate being offered a train ticket subsidy or season loan, 10% would value childcare vouchers and 9% would like to be offered a cycle-to-work scheme.Avis added: “Offering a range of wellbeing products would also have its benefits for employers. They would be viewed more positively by staff, which would ensure that they maintain a healthier workforce in the long run and aid retention strategies. Not only is this beneficial with regards to current employees, but offering products that save [employees] money can aid efforts to attract future talent.“In a post-Brexit Britain, attraction and retention will become increasingly important as the country faces a growing skills and labour gap.”
“Rodney,” said her mother.Davis woke up at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. “When I realized I was the hospital, I thought — ’cause I had her, ’cause I don’t remember what happened,” she said.The concerned mother had no idea her baby had been shot as well. “They said they had to take Skyla out first before they could work on me,” she said. “After they took her out, they put a cast on her ’cause she got shot in the arm.”Doctors determined removing the bullet from Davis’ head would do more harm than good, so they left it.Davis, a busy mother of three, still lives with the effects of the shooting, three years later, but she’s grateful for the skilled hands who saved her and her baby. “They made sure I was all right before I got out of the hospital,” she said, “and I hope they just keep it up and work on other people, like how they worked on me.”Above all, Davis said, she feels gratitude to be able to be there for her loved ones. For Skyla and her family, it appears the sky’s the limit. “I’m just lucky to be here, but sometimes I forget stuff, and I just take it slow every day,” said Davis.Davis is on anti-seizure and antidepressant medications. She said she doesn’t know who shot her and would like to someday know who that person is. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida mother is looking back on the night she and her unborn child were shot in a Miami street while she was eight months pregnant.Amid the tragic events of Dec. 9, 2012, however, lies a survival story with a happy ending.When Tiffany Davis looks at her daughter, Skyla Milton, the toddler looks like any other 3-year-old playing in the park with her sisters. You’d never know by looking at her just how traumatic her entrance into the world was.And, as Davis looks back on the night she walked out of a convenience store in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and into gunfire, her daughter is beginning to ask questions. “Anton, who works at the store, said I was the first one [who] came out the store, and I got hit in the head and the stomach,” said Davis, “and then Rodney had got shot, too, and he died.”“He died, Mommy?” asked Skyla.“Yeah,” Davis replied.“Who?” asked Skyla.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police said they found an endangered 71-year-old, Monday, who had been missing in Miami.Hiram Vincent had been last seen Saturday, walking away from the Shell gas station located at 2590 N.E. 186th St. He was wearing a long-sleeved yellow shirt, tan pants and tan shoes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men led police on a chase through Hollywood, Wednesday afternoon.The driver and passenger bailed from the vehicle along Sheridan Street near 29th Avenue.That’s when they took off running.They have since been caught.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have a arrested a man in connection to robberies at two banks in Hollywood, Friday.According to the FBI, the subject entered the SunTrust branch at 2001 Hollywood Blvd., shortly after 5:30 p.m. Investigators said he demanded money from an employee and fled with undisclosed sum of cash.Shortly after leaving the bank, the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Tarrife Chaplin, was arrested without incident by Hollywood Police.Detectives believe Chaplin is also the same man caught on surveillance video entering and robbing the Wells Fargo on Young Circle, just after 9:30 a.m. Friday.Customers were inside the bank at the time of both robberies, but no one was hurt.Chaplin is in federal custody and is facing federal charges. He is expected to appear in court in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.Hollywood Police, the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force and the FBI continue to investigate this case. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A student has been airlifted to the hospital after a fight at a North Miami school.Miami-Dade Schools Police said one of the students hurt his head after hitting it on a desk during a fight at David Lawrence K-8 Center.The student was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution. The student’s condition is currently unknown.Police have not released the names or ages of the students, or if anyone was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water main in Davie has ruptured, shutting down a busy stretch of Davie Road.Davie Police have closed the southbound lanes of Davie Road between Nova Drive and State Road 84, Wednesday afternoon.The water line burst just before 1 p.m., damaging the pavement.Officials have since capped the leak and drained most of the water. However, only the northbound lanes currently remain open.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thank you @UnitedWayBC , @Publix & Suddath Logistics for another successful “Tools for Schools” event – providing our teachers & schools needed supplies. Great to see volunteers including @BrowardTeachers Union working it this morning. pic.twitter.com/MShJNHKm8V— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) January 20, 2018Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of the United Way of Broward County, explained how the distribution of supplies worked. “All of our teachers come through, like an assembly line,” she said. “They pop their trunks, we open their back doors, and we completely load up their cars with cases and cases of school supplies.”United Way decided to hold the distribution in the middle of the school year because, teachers said, classroom supplies are dwindling. DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The United Way of Broward County helped collect some tools for schools, Saturday morning.The organization teamed up with Publix and Suddath Relocation Systems for a supply drive. The event was held at Suddath Relocation Systems in Deerfield Beach.More than $500,000 worth of notebooks, pencils and pens have been collected for Broward County schoolteachers.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Former Miami Dolphins player Kim Bokamper celebrated the opening of his new restaurant in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night.Celebrities joined NFL players at the invitation-only masquerade party at the new upscale restaurant The Balcony, located on East Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast 13th Avenue.The two-story hot spot will feature New Orleans-inspired cuisine.It is scheduled to open to the public May 4.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating a fire that broke out inside a home in Margate.According to the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department, the blaze sparked at a house near Northwest 66th Avenue and Eighth Street, just before 3:45 a.m., Monday.First responders arrived at the home to find heavy smoke coming from the front of the house and flames coming out from the roof.There was no one inside the home at the time.Crews were able to quickly put out the flames.Officials believe the fire began in the kitchen, but are still working to figure out the cause.The homeowner has been displaced. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – Fans of the original 1996 “Space Jam” film are going to have to wait a while longer before they can watch the sequel.“Space Jam 2” is set to be released on July 16, 2021, according to SpringHill Entertainment. “Space Jam 2” starts filming this summer. pic.twitter.com/M2RyKRuqvO— SLAM (@SLAMonline) February 16, 2019There’s more than just nostalgia at play here — there’s a lot of money to be made.“Space Jam” brought in $230 million at the Box Office.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. July 16, 2021 🎥🏀🥕 #SaveTheDate pic.twitter.com/qV1Tnxuksd— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) February 22, 2019The film will star NBA superstar LeBron James, who is also one of the founders of SpringHill Entertainment.The original live-action starred Michael Jordan back in 1996.James revealed in an interview last week that “Space Jam 2” starts filming this summer.
Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of children with autism got to spend one perfect day surfing Miami’s waves for Autism Awareness Month.The nonprofit called Surfers Healing hosted a surfing camp in Sunny Isles Beach, Saturday morning.More than 150 kids with autism got to stand up on the board and feel what it is like to be a surfer.“For us as parents, we really look at this as just shining on their ability to be a kid and have a good time, and that’s what’s most important,” said Jason Mizrachi, whose son has autism.“It’s just a great day for families to really have a nice day. No one’s judged, and it’s also a great day to let them realize that you can really push the bar with their kids,” said Surfers Healing Coordinator Moshe Banin. “A lot of kids, we fight to get onto the board, and all of them come back happy.”Besides surfing the waves, the kids also danced to live music.Families from across Florida traveled to Sunny Isles Beach to participate in the event.
He was found in good health, just before 4 p.m., Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A missing Miami endangered man has been found safe.City of Miami Police Department officials said 21-year-old Lauren Kyle Smith went missing on Thursday. Update: Lauren Kyle Smith had been recovered and reunited with his family. https://t.co/rzGrHXoJHy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 2, 2019
Sen. Sullivan posted on social media following the incident: “Thank you to all those who have reached out following today’s tragic train collision outside Charlottesville, VA I was on board, but was not injured. My thoughts & prayers are with the victims and their families. My sincere appreciation also goes out to our first responders.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Sullivan-not-injured-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Sullivan-not-injured-.mp300:00RPd The driver of the truck was killed, President Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon. Six patients were transported to UVA Medical Center, with one in critical condition. One of those six has been discharged, while the remaining four were being evaluated. The accident occurred just outside of Charlottesville, on Wednesday. The train departed about two hours prior from Washington’s Union Station, and was traveling to Greenbriar Resorts. The train held a large number of Republican politicians, and was headed to a retreat in West Virginia. Amtrak said in a statement that the train came into contact with a vehicle that was on the tracks at 11:20 a.m. ET in Crozet, Virginia, outside Charlottesville. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) confirmed that he was onboard the train in Virginia that collided into a garbage truck, resulting in one fatality yesterday morning. Photo courtesy of ABC News U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Congressman Don young (R-AK) were not onboard.
The closures will be on the following days: October 24, 25, 29, 30 and 31, and November 1. These road closures will occur for six hour increments between 8:00pm and 5:00am on the scheduled days. DOT with Granite Construction will be conducting culvert work in the area. The road will be completely closed during these times, with no alternate or detour routes available. Emergency vehicles will be allowed through. DOT Spokeswoman Jill Reese says the crews could work longer than six hours if they run into unexpected issues. Original Post: The Department of Transportation has announced upcoming complete overnight road closures (both north and southbound lanes) between MP 84.6 and 86.1, of the Seward Highway starting tonight. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: 1:50pmPer the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, the planned closures have been cancelled due to weather. They are being rescheduled for a later time.
“We believe in content but we’re struggling to monetize it,” said Jeff Horing, managing director of Insight Venture Partners. “It’s not really an issue for the next five years but it could be a problem five years from now when we try to sell the business and project what it will be worth to a buyer.”Content that can’t be had elsewhere—either through original reporting or unique ways of aggregating—are attractive investments, said Richard Zannino, managing director of CCMP Capital Advisors (which owns Hanley Wood).And despite the contraction among both industries, magazines remain a more attractive opportunity than newspapers. “We would not invest in newspapers,” said Zannino. “With magazines, maybe. It depends on the market. Newspapers have a fundamental issue where they don’t deliver as much value as their alternatives. With magazines, that fundamental issue doesn’t exist as long as they’re targeted to an attractive niche market.”Others said magazines are essential within their broader organization. Washington D.C. insider Politico is a “reverse publisher” in which much of the magazine is created from Web content. “We see about a 50/50 split in print and online revenue,” said editor-in-chief John Harris. “It’s kind of a parlor game to say, ‘well if we have print it’s more expensive.’ Yes we have more costs but it also lets us have more reporters, which helps us draw an attractive audience for advertisers. I’m not fixated on any platform print or online. One of our most successful products is Mike Allen’s Daily Playbook—nobody reads it on the Web site, they read it on e-mail.”Bloomberg chief content officer Norman Pearlstine explained what BusinessWeek offers. “Think of BusinessWeek as part of the whole Bloomberg ecosystem,” he said. “It starts with a terminal where people pay $20,000 per year, which offers access to news and data. BusinessWeek offers access to the executive suite they don’t get with just the terminal.”Pay Walls a Non-Starter?Harris, Pearlstine and Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau expressed their doubts about the viability of pay walls. “I think it’s hard to make it work,” said Pearlstine. “In our experience, you can charge a lot of money for specialized information for an audience with a need for it—it doesn’t have to be business and finance. But for more general interest, the value just isn’t there.”Politico won’t charge for the content it currently produces, said Harris. “We’re successful with our ad model and putting stuff behind a pay wall would diminish that,” he added. “Our editorial model is about the conversation of the day, and a pay wall runs against that.”Hippeau said that while the Wall Street Journal was an example of a successful paid model with $100 million in revenue a few years ago, you haven’t heard much about it since. “The history of the pay wall is not a good one,” he added. “With magazines, you promise your advertisers a rate base and then spend a lot of money to acquire that rate base and keep it up. It’s hard to do.” Making Online Advertising WorkWhile nearly all conference participants seemed to agree that banner and online display advertising don’t hold much promise, some said it could work if it’s part of a more in-depth package.“I would be scared to invest in creating content if the only way to get your money back is banner ads,” said Matthew Bromberg, CEO of online startup Major League Gaming, which has a model combining subscriptions and advertising. “However, our players pay to play and we do multi-year sponsorships and branded content.”Others see online publishing evolving much like traditional publishing. “I think the online publishing model will follow the magazine model by targeting attractive niches” said Tyler Goldman, CEO of BuzzMedia. “Right now, the Internet is still so immature that everything is driven by the product. But ultimately, users don’t want to be their own programmers. People are still going to the same three or four sites every day.”But that means creating more comprehensive marketing programs. “We can’t think of just creating content for consumers and slapping an ad on it,” said Goldman, who added that marketers need to connect with the market, rather than just pitch to it. “There isn’t really an issue with demarcation between content and advertising,” he said. “It’s not about advertorials; it’s about creating programs around brand message. The publisher who can figure out both sides will have a lot of success.”According to Bromberg, publishers shouldn’t be afraid to ask more of marketers. “People don’t require enough from buyers,” he said. “An advertiser will come in and say, ‘We want to move the needle.’ OK, to do that, you need to be on our site for a year and build a connection with our audience. Then we can do something.”Hippeau said Huffington Post is finding opportunity in a merger between classic CPM-based advertising and social media, including a program around the upcoming Olympics where marketers like HBC are sponsoring blogs and Twitter feeds for a fixed fee. “This isn’t advertising but promotion and marketing,” he said. “The money being spent on Facebook is not coming from advertising budgets.” A Content Commerce/Hybrid?Others are looking to a combination of commerce and content. “Online content monetization through traditional advertising is tough but content monetization with e-commerce is very interesting,” said Horing. “Today, if I have new content for moms, it’s easier to white brand a store with that than trying to make money off something like Procter & Gamble advertising—there’s too many middleman trying to get margin on that.”“I think the traditional media focus should be on commerce,” Pearlstine agreed. “There are a lot of eyeballs and uniques and we’re seeing it in Germany with publishers like Springer.” NEW YORK—Investors want to see paid content models while publishers express their doubts, and some dotcoms say the advertising model isn’t done yet—provided publishers can tap into marketing and promotion budgets.Future revenue models for publishers dominated the discussion today at the DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit 2010, where publishers and investors debated where the revenue growth will come from.Managing directors of two of the largest investment firms said content-driven businesses—including magazines—remain attractive opportunities, but monetizing that content is a priority.
“We’re in a relatively enviable position because we have a successfulpublication already,” Wolff told FOLIO: at the time. “All we’re doing is going to themarketplace and saying, ‘You were OK with a crappy product, now how canyou not be even more enthusiastic about an obviously better product?’” First it was rumors that investors in Prometheus Global Media were looking to unload the company, which publishes The Hollywood Reporter and AdWeek. Now CEO Richard Beckman, who’s giving up day-to-day oversight for a new “brand development” assignment that will take him out of the country for extended periods of time, is denying speculation in a New York Post story that he will be leaving the company (The Post broke the news of Beckman’s new role). Beckman [pictured] tells the Daily Beast that he’s not leaving and the change in responsibility is “not out of the ordinary for a small company.” Prometheus Global Media (previously called e5 Global Media), backed by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, bought the Adweek Media Group titles, along with The Hollywood Reporter and four other brands from Nielsen Business Media in late 2009. Beckman, who previously served as CEO of Conde Nast’s Fairchild Group (where he picked up the nickname “Mad Dog’), has attempted to “consumerize” the trade titles, hiring former Us Weekly editor Janice Min as editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter and Newser founder and controversial Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff as editorial director of Adweek (in a letter introducing the revamped Adweek-which merged sister titles Mediaweek and Brandweek–Wolff said, “this is not your father’s trade magazine”)