Former Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdown

first_imgA recently-departed Spicerhaart employee in East Anglia has contacted The Negotiator to complain bitterly about the way she has been treated by the company during the Covid lockdown.The senior negotiator, who worked for the company for over a year prior to her departure, says the conduct of senior managers both before and during her resignation from Spicerhaart was so shocking that she is keen that other agents do not have to go through the same process.“What they’ve done to me is just disgusting and I know they’ve had a lot of bad press recently, but I wouldn’t wish my experience on my worst enemies,” she says. “And I didn’t ever want it to come to this.”The agent involved worked for one of its offices near Norwich at the company’s Howards chain for six months before being promoted and moved to another bigger branch to work as a valuer.“They wouldn’t pay me the commission that was owed from my first role and tried to put me on another contract, saying my clawback pay period would have to start again, so I declined to sign another contract as it as they who had promoted me,” she says. “My new line manager said that was fine.”ClawbackSpicerhaart operates a policy whereby new starters have to pay back 75% of their initial start-up salary if they later leave the company before four months, which then tapers the longer they stay until after nine months.The agent says she then witnessed the brutal way hundreds of staff, including many of her colleagues, were made redundant without any warning just after the lockdown was announced, while she was furloughed.“Alarm bells started ringing and as the weeks passed and I didn’t hear anything from my local or regional manager and it was clear there was no plan and that were problems within the company so I lost faith completely,” she says.RumourAs rumours flew, the agent says she became so worried that, when she was offered a job by a local independent agency, she jumped at the chance and gave her notice.Spicerhaart HR then told her she owed them £5,000 in clawback payments which she strongly disagreed with.On 17th June she contacted HR to lodge a grievance and to ask for confirmation but heard nothing. She then discovered last Thursday that her final payslip was zero after the company deducted over £3,000 and she was told she still owed the company £260.Furlough money“They took my pay, holiday pay and furlough money which can’t be right. I complained to CEO Paul Smith and Senior MD Anthony Lark but haven’t heard anything since, no acknowledgement of my complaint… nothing.”“I am a hard-working person but now I’m having to live on my savings just to survive until I get paid by my new employer. It’s a shambles at Spicerhaart and I don’t believe the whole ‘family’ thing any longer. “I am now seeking legal advice.”Haart response“We are disappointed that this individual chose to leave and work for a competitor as they had a bright future ahead of them at Howards and had received considerable support from their manager during the time they were furloughed, including regular communications.“It has been our policy throughout this whole period to constantly communicate with our staff, whether working or on furlough, and they also have access to a number of different channels of communication where updates are posted regularly.“As for their own personal contractual arrangement, their terms and conditions are perfectly clear and we would not comment publicly on a matter that is private and confidential.“We are focusing on the future for everybody within our workforce, building a strong business with exciting plans for expansion. No amount of negativity from this individual, or from anyone else for that matter, will detract us from achieving our objectives.”howards Anthony Lark Howards Estate Agents Paul Smith spicerhaart June 30, 2020Nigel Lewis5 commentsIain Harrison, Hunters Estate Agents Hunters Estate Agents 30th June 2020 at 10:52 amNo surprises…everyone knows Spicerhaart are a shocking company to work for…they’ve treated their staff like dirt since CV-19 and the lockdown, no care for their customers eitherLog in to Replyaudrey mcveigh, medway mortgage shop medway mortgage shop 30th June 2020 at 10:14 amthis does not surprise me at all. when I worked there many years ago, they made the area manager go and make another area manager redundant. The very next day they called him in and did the same to him. I have never forgotten that and to take ALL a persons salary, furlough and holiday pay, just shows how cruel they are. I think she should take them to the small claims court and also ACAS. wishing her the very best in her new jobLog in to ReplyMark Lock, Russen & Turner Russen & Turner 30th June 2020 at 9:03 amNot sure this article will ensure her anonymity and I wonder if Paul Smith will have anything to say about it?Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 30th June 2020 at 9:36 amHi Mark the person involved was aware the story would reveal her identity to those who knew her at Spicerhaart; she was more concerned about her new and future employers. 🙂Log in to ReplyMark Lock, Russen & Turner Russen & Turner 30th June 2020 at 1:17 pmAh, that’s fair enough…good luck to her.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Former Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdown previous nextCOVID-19 newsFormer Spicerhaart valuer complains of ‘disgusting’ treatment before and during Covid lockdownThe agent, who wishes to remain anonymous, gives a detailed run-down of her treatment by managers at Spicerhaart including unexplained and significant deductions from her final payslip.Nigel Lewis30th June 20205 Comments5,342 Viewslast_img read more

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WAINSTEIN, ENRIQUE

first_imgFuneral services took place Dec. 28 for Enrique “Henry” Wainstein, 89. He passed away Dec. 26 surrounded by his family. Enrique was born in Argentina, and resided in Union City for the last 47 years. He is survived by his wife Maria of 61 years, his sons Adrian, Larry, daughter-in-law, Imelda and 7 grandchildren.Services arranged by the Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Home, Hackensack.last_img

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Breakthrough for coeliacs

first_imgAccording to a new study in Italy, slow-fermented bakery goods, such as sourdough bread, could be safe for coeliacs to eat.The study, by the University of Naples and the University of Bari, Italy, looked at whether the processing of wheat used for bakery products reduced gluten percentage, and found that fermentation significantly decreased the amount of native gluten present. Thirteen patients with coeliac disease were divided into three groups. The first group were required to eat 200g per day of natural flour baked goods, the second were given baked food made from partially hydrolyzed wheat flour, while the third received baked food from fully hydrolyzed wheat flour.  The study found that a 60-day diet of baked goods made from hydrolyzed wheat flour, made with sourdough lactobacilli and fungal proteases, was not toxic to patients with coeliac disease.Two patients from the first group had to abandon the study after developing clinical symptoms. Patients from the second group had no clinical complaints but a biopsy examination showed that their intestinal lining had changed. However, the third group had no clinical complaints, their blood levels of markers of immune reaction and their biopsies showed no changes to the intestinal lining.last_img read more

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Consultant: Vermont’s education funding met goals set out by Act 60, 68

first_imgAccording to a draft report to the Vermont Legislature provided on January 4, Vermont’s education finance reform Acts 60 and 68 have done what they intended to do by equalizing spending from town to town by factoring out property wealth. The report indicates that some towns that have seen a marked increase in spending have also seen an increase in student performance.Hearings on the report were held January 9 and the final submission will be presented January 18. The report (AN EVALUATION OF VERMONT’S EDUCATION FINANCE SYSTEM) given to the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office by Lawrence O Picus And Associates LLC of California states the following in its executive summary:‘The intent of this document is to provide you with our findings and to give Vermont’s education stakeholders the opportunity to review and comment on those findings. Our overall finding from this study is that the Vermont school funding system is working well and meeting the goals established in Acts 60 and 68. Using a series of objective measures, we find:â ¢ Vermont’s schools benefit from among the highest levels of per pupil spending in the United Statesâ ¢ The state has designed an equitable system.  We found virtually no relationship between wealth (measured by both district property wealth and personal income) and spending levelsâ ¢ Disparities in per pupil spending across districts meet or nearly meet well established benchmark standards for school finance equityâ ¢ The ‘tax price’ or cost per additional dollar of education spending drives a relatively small amount of the differences in per pupil spending suggesting that the income adjustments to homestead property taxes have not led to large resource disparitiesâ ¢ Spending levels continue to be determined annually by each town’s votersâ ¢ Vermont’s student performance ranks among the highest in the country, although compared to other New England states, student performance is about averageâ ¢ An in depth study of five schools that have shown substantial improvements in student performance over the last five years shows that Vermont schools, even those with high proportions of low income children, can produce large gains in student learning. The case studies also identified a number of promising practices for improving student performance.”January 9th Education Finance Hearing DetailsJanuary 2012Picus Education Finance Draft Report with Case Studies January 2012, PDF: 299 pages, 1.94 MBPicus Education Finance Draft Report without Case Studies January 2012, PDF: 148 pages, 1.67 MBPicus Education Finance Executive SummaryJanuary 2012last_img read more

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Price crash makes renewable developer Ørsted most valuable Nordic company, topping oil-driven Equinor

first_imgPrice crash makes renewable developer Ørsted most valuable Nordic company, topping oil-driven Equinor FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The oil price crash has led to Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted overtaking Norwegian oil major Equinor as the most valuable energy company in the Nordics, highlighting the appeal to investors of renewables over fossil fuels.Shares in Equinor slid nearly 18% on Monday as crude prices plunged 25% after top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia began a price war that threatens to swamp global oil markets with supply.At around 09:00 GMT on Tuesday, Equinor’s market value stood at $42 billion, while Ørsted was valued at $45 billion, according to share information on the companies’ websites, the first time Ørsted has overtaken the Norwegian company.The drop in oil prices on Monday was the biggest one-day percentage drop since Jan. 17, 1991 at the outset of the first Gulf War, and for investors highlighted the risk of investing in oil companies. As well as volatile crude prices, oil producers have also been hit by a global shift away from heavily polluting fossil fuels.Ørsted, formerly named DONG Energy, has seen its shares gain more than 40% over the past year, while shares in Equinor have fallen by around the same margin. Ørsted has been rebranding itself as a ‘renewable major’ after it sold its oil and gas business in 2017, courting investors interested in green investments which have seen a boost thanks to policies to protect the environment.“All investors look at Ørsted and say: Here we buy into the future and when they look at the oil companies, including Equinor, they buy into the past,” said head of equity research at Sydbank Jacob Pedersen.[Stine Jacobsen, Nerijus Adomaitis]More: Oil crash makes Danish wind power firm the Nordics’ biggest energy companylast_img read more

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Military General Named El Salvador’s Security Minister

first_imgBy Dialogo November 29, 2011 Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes swore in General David Munguía Payés as the country’s new Minister of Security and Justice, making him the first military man to occupy that post since the signing of the peace accords that marked the end of the civil war in 1992. During the swearing-in ceremony, Funes affirmed that Munguía Payés “is a former military man committed to my administration’s direction and loyal to me and to the democratic process that we are developing in greater depth.” Munguía Payés replaces former guerrilla commander Manuel Melgar, who resigned on November 7 without stating the reasons publicly. Since Melgar’s resignation, Munguía Payés had been mentioned as a possible successor, leading the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) to immediately express its opposition, on the grounds that naming a military man as Minister of Security and Justice “goes against the peace accords,” which delimited the functions of the Army and the police. “No one with good intentions should think that this appointment might imply a militarization of security, nor that it means a step backward in terms of the spirit of the peace accords,” Funes emphasized. The first two instructions that the president publicly gave Munguía Payés were “to build a true policy of national unity around the good fight” that is being fought to guarantee citizen security and to show concrete results in the daily struggle of the forces of order against organized crime and the criminals who operate in the country. The Salvadoran president swore in General José Atilio Benítez as the new Defense Minister.last_img read more

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Proposed Minneapolis credit union may be in jeopardy

first_imgMinneapolis, MN continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img A proposed credit union to serve the black community in North Minneapolis that has been in the making since 2017 suffered a major setback after its executive director was ousted for alleged financial misconduct, mismanagement and gross negligence.The board of directors for the Association for Black Economic Power that is organizing the proposed credit union, Village Financial Cooperative, made these allegations in a prepared statement released last week and reportedly turned over its financial misconduct allegations to Minneapolis police.Moreover, the ousted executive director, Me’lea Connelly, claimed that she was fired because she reported racial discrimination, according to an article published by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal on Thursday. She alleged that the organization was “engaging in racially discriminatory behavior,” but she did not offer any specifics or documentation to back up her accusation, according to the media report.last_img read more

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Indonesia still deserves special treatment in global trade: Economists

first_img“Our human development index [HDI] is still low. Even though there are funds worth Rp 500 trillion for education, but if we look at Indonesia’s population, those with higher education make up only [a small] percentage. The biggest [demographic] is junior high school [graduates],” Aviliani said, contrasting such conditions with developed countries that had tech-savvy human resources.In the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2018 Indonesia ranked 111th with an HDI score of 0.707, or 96 countries ranks below the US ranked in 15th place with an HDI of 0.920.Aside from the aforementioned parameter, Aviliani explained, numerous other characteristics justified Indonesia defending its developing country status. The majority of Indonesia’s population still works in agriculture with traditional farming equipment, and high levels of unemployment were indicators of a developing country, Aviliani said.The United States Trade Representative (USTR) rolled out a new policy in February and removed several countries from the list of developing and least-developed countries, including Indonesia.The new policy outlines that a developed country is one with more than 0.5 percent of trade significance to the world and a member of international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or the Group of 20 (G20).Indonesia, accounting for 0.9 percent of global exports in 2018 and being a member of the G20, is therefore no longer eligible for subsidies.Read also: Growing pains: US tariff policy overshadows planned Jokowi visitINDEF researcher Ahmad Heri Firdaus said at the same event that, with the US’ new policy, Indonesia’s exported goods would be subject to higher import taxes, which could increase the price of the goods in the international market.According to a simulation he ran with the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), assuming that import tax would rise to 5 percent from the current position, Indonesia’s main export products to the US would suffer a loss of up to 2.5 percent. Several commodities would be affected, for example, textile product exports would decrease by 1.56 percent and components for electric machines were projected to decrease by 1.2 percent.“We can still claim to be a developing country, [but] of course, supported by strong research,” Heri said. (ydp)Topics : “Why do we need to make a declaration? Because our GNI per capita is far lower than that of [developed] countries. Indonesia’s is only around US$3,800 per capita. Compared with the United States, the gap is very big,” INDEF economist Tauhid Ahmad said in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.According to the World Bank’s parameter, high-income economies are those with a GNI per capita of $12,376. Indonesia with a GNI per capita of $3,840 in 2018 is considered a lower-middle-income economy, the category for countries with a GNI per capita between $1,026 and $3,995.Read also: Revocation of Indonesia’s developing country status will not affect GSP: GovernmentINDEF senior economist Aviliani said during the press conference that, based on several social development parameters, Indonesia had more characteristics of a developing country than a developed one. Indonesia still deserves special treatment in global trade despite the United States recently taking the archipelago off its list of developing countries, local economists have said.Economists of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) said that, based on its gross national income (GNI) per capita and parameters of social development, among other factors, Indonesia should still be considered a developing country.They suggested that the government defend its developing nation status, so that Indonesia would continue to benefit from the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) special differential treatment (SDT), which exempts developing countries like Indonesia from strict trade rules.last_img read more

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It’s hard not to be mesmerised by these views across the Brisbane River and the city

first_img37 Wendell St, Norman Park.IT’S not just her home’s location alongside the Brisbane River which made living in Wendell St, Norman Park, so enjoyable for Virginia Andronicos.Aside from the great location, she said the wonderful people in the rest of the street had made it so special.“I’ve never felt it before living anywhere else, the sense that I could walk up to any of the residents’ doors and ask for help,’’ she said.Inside the home, Ms Andronicos also says she hasn’t become oblivious to the property’s “mesmerising’’ view of the Brisbane River. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.The house has Italian-style courtyards, two entertaining decks, a grand dining room and a rooftop terrace overlooking the city.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThe couple had bought another property about half the size, but Ms Andronicos said they had ensured it also had amazing river and city views because that was something they couldn’t give up.The Wendell St home is elevated high above the street on a 671sq m block of land with dual-street frontage. It is spread over two levels and features a neutral colour palette. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.The ground level entrance has a chandelier and terrazzo flooring. The family room has high ceilings and airconditioning and this area leads out to the entertaining area.There is also a bedroom on this level with an ensuite, while another two bedrooms are close to a larger bathroom.Even the home office has river views.On the top level of the home is a formal dining and living area, which opens to a front balcony.The kitchen has a 900mm Baumatic cooktop and a walk-in pantry.The master bedroom is a real retreat with a large custom walk-in robe, ensuite and, once again, river and city views.There is a rooftop area designed entertaining. 37 Wendell St, Norman Park. DETAILS 37 Wendell St, Norman Park Four bed Three bathrooms Agent: Sarah and Damian Hackett 0488 355 553, Place Bulimba Auction: March 16, 6.30pm 37 Wendell St, Norman Park.Instead, she was constantly caught by surprise with its beauty, “whether you are starting the day with a cup of tea and sitting watching City Cats and river ferries or New Farm Park walkers, runners or tai chi classes, or practising yoga on your bedroom floor or rooftop deck’’.Ms Andronicos and her fiance have been in the property for eight years and spent that time transforming it into the beautiful home it now is.They created a very lush green courtyard off the kitchen, which was an ideal spot to cool down during the heat of the afternoon.“I always feel like the river and city lights are almost bidding me goodnight as I put the blinds down,” she said.last_img read more

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More Men than Women Victims of Domestic Violence – US study

first_imgMen Web February 2012More men than women were victims of intimate partner physical violence within the past year, according to a national study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of Justice. According to the National NISVS – More men than women victims of IPV – pie chartIntimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (hereinafter NISVS) released in December, 2011, within the last 12 months an estimated 5,365,000 men and 4,741,000 women were victims of intimate partner physical violence. (Black, M.C. et al., 2011, Tables 4.1 and 4.2) 1 This finding contrasts to the earlier National Violence Against Women Survey (Tjaden, P. G., & Thoennes, N., 2000)(hereinafter NVAWS), which estimated that 1.2 million women and 835,000 men were victims of intimate partner physical violence in the preceding 12 months. (One-year prevalence “are considered to be more accurate [than lifetime rates] because they do not depend on recall of events long past” (Straus, 2005, p. 60))If one adds in rape (606,000 victims) the total is 5,427,000 women-but there is an issue of double-counting of an incident as both rape and intimate partner physical violence. 2 Of the lifetime rape victims, 82.8% were also victims of physical violence. This suggests that a sizeable portion of the 606,000 rape victims are included in the 5,427,000 physical violence victims. But even if one ignores the double-counting of rape and physical violence, the number of female victims of  rape and/or physical violence is 5,427,000 for women, contrasted with 5,365,000 male victims of physical violence, so it is safe to say that about half of the victims of physical violence are men.There is a significant difference between the NVAWS and NISVS surveys, in the number of victims of physical violence (4,741,000 vs. 1,300,000 women and 5,365,000 vs. 835,000 men), for which I have no explanation. 3 Surveys – IPV Bar chartIn the 2001 NVAWS survey, some 38% of the victims of intimate physical violence were men, but in the 2011 NISVS survey 53% were men. This is consistent with earlier studies showing that between 1975 and 1992 (Straus and Gelles, 1988, Straus, 1995), between 1998 and 2005 (Catalano , 2005) and between 2009 and 2010 (Truman, 2011, Table 6) violence against women dropped but violence against males stayed steady. (As a point of reference, Statistics Canada (2006, 2011) reports that 45.5% of the victims of present or former spousal violence were men. The 2010 National Crime Victimization Survey (Truman, 2011, Table 5) shows only 407,700 female and 101,530 male victims of intimate partner violence: for women that’s less than a tenth of the victims reported in NISVS.)This drop in intimate partner violence against females and steady rate of violence against males raises an interesting policy question. Given that there are many thousands of support programs, Web sites and public-interest media items for female victims of domestic violence, and no programs and only a handful of Web sites for male victims, perhaps males, but not females, have got the message that domestic violence is wrong. There are many programs for men to stand up against domestic violence by men, and no programs urging women to stand up against domestic violence by women.http://www.batteredmen.com/NISVS.htmlast_img read more

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