social policy – Sociology Eso Science http://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 18:16:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-6-150x150.png social policy – Sociology Eso Science http://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ 32 32 Launch of a campaign to raise public awareness of the protection of children’s rights https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/launch-of-a-campaign-to-raise-public-awareness-of-the-protection-of-childrens-rights/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 18:16:41 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/launch-of-a-campaign-to-raise-public-awareness-of-the-protection-of-childrens-rights/ ZAGREB, 20 March 2022 – Children’s rights are under daily threat and reports of child abuse and neglect are on the rise, a panel told the last week in which a campaign for the protection of children’s rights was launched. . “In 2021, the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman received 269 reports of child abuse […]]]>

ZAGREB, 20 March 2022 – Children’s rights are under daily threat and reports of child abuse and neglect are on the rise, a panel told the last week in which a campaign for the protection of children’s rights was launched. .

“In 2021, the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman received 269 reports of child abuse and neglect, 30 more than in 2020. A total of 448 children and 19 groups of children have been exposed to abuse and neglect,” reads a report from the office.

Ombudsman Helenca Pirnat Dragičević said that while state authorities recognize the importance of comprehensive action to prevent child abuse and neglect, there is a need to implement education and prevention campaigns and to continue to raise awareness that violence is unacceptable and must be reported, including suspicions of violence against children.

The foundation “Croatia for Children” has launched the campaign “Make a small step a big one”, which will last until the end of the year. The aim of the campaign is to raise public awareness of children’s rights, which are often under threat, and the possibilities of protecting them.

The head of the foundation, Renata Gubić, said that during its 13 years of existence, the foundation had obtained HRK 105 million (14 million euros) for children in need, with its programs having covered more than 80,000 children.

Marija Barilić, from the Ministry of Work, Pensions, Family and Social Policy, said that the government is implementing many activities aimed at improving the status of children and their protection, including legislative activities aimed at reducing the risk of child poverty, as well as the guarantee of financing for the needs of children. and the promotion of non-institutional care for children.

“The care of children is at the center of all policies, especially for children who are in the institutional care system. In 2021, 145 children were adopted, which is the highest number to date” , she said.

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Action Needed to Stop US Child Poverty Rate From Rising Again, Experts Say | American News https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/action-needed-to-stop-us-child-poverty-rate-from-rising-again-experts-say-american-news/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:03:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/action-needed-to-stop-us-child-poverty-rate-from-rising-again-experts-say-american-news/ The child poverty rate in the United States has improved dramatically due to the expansion of the social safety net during the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts warn that the expiry of these measures could reverse these historical gains . As the pandemic has put pressure on the well-being of millions of children, new measures have […]]]>

The child poverty rate in the United States has improved dramatically due to the expansion of the social safety net during the Covid-19 pandemic, but experts warn that the expiry of these measures could reverse these historical gains .

As the pandemic has put pressure on the well-being of millions of children, new measures have dramatically improved children’s well-being. The child poverty rate has fallen from 14.2% in 2018 to less than 5.6% in 2021, and the extreme poverty rate has been reduced by almost half, according to projections.

“Child poverty in the United States is not inevitable. It’s a choice,” said Lisa Chamberlain, professor of pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine and co-author of a perspective published Monday in the journal Jama Pediatrics. “It’s not a question of how to do this – it’s a question of political will.”

The Child Tax Credit, the main driver of these changes, has reduced child poverty by about 40%. Starting in July, it provided monthly checks to families. The vast majority of these funds paid for basic necessities, including food, clothing, housing, utilities and education.

Other extensions of the safety net in the pandemic include three stimulus checks, a moratorium on evictions, increased unemployment benefits and more funding for food, through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap ) and housing.

“The expansion of all of these has really caused a historic decline in child poverty,” Chamberlain said.

Without this support, almost a third of children would live in poverty, according to research.

The benefits “have made a huge difference – not only preventing what could have been the worst-case scenario in terms of rising poverty, but actually leading to dramatically lower poverty rates than we’ve seen for decades. decades,” said policy director Megan Curran. at Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy.

The child poverty rate in 2020 was the lowest since the US Census Bureau began measuring in the 1960s, and 2021 may have been even lower, she said. “So that’s huge.”

But the child tax credit expired in January, pushing around 3.7 million children into poverty – a 41% increase from December, according to the centre’s analysis.

“There was basically a cliff between December 2021 and January 2022,” Curran said. “Without the payments, families have certainly suffered over the past two months.”

Families are once again struggling to buy food, pay rent and keep lights on, especially as food and energy costs have risen. “It’s a double whammy they’re taking, which is the loss of payments and the increased prices of these essential commodities as well,” Curran said.

The Build Back Better bill would have extended the credit, but it stalled in the U.S. Senate after opposition from Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who cited the child tax credit as one of the reasons he canceled the bill.

There is a huge economic benefit to reducing child poverty, research shows. Poverty can lead to hunger, poor health, poor education and poorer job prospects.

“Not having enough food, not having stable places to live – all of that disrupts their ability to really engage with school,” Chamberlain said. “The ability to engage in the classroom, to engage in their educational process, is what ultimately leads them to their ultimate potential of being able to have a good job and contribute.”

Child poverty costs the United States between $800 billion and $1.1 billion each year due to lost adult productivity and rising health care and criminal justice costs, according to the report. National Academy of Sciences. According to the researchers, poverty reduction programs have strong moral and economic justifications.

“Child poverty actually costs us as a country an incredible amount of money every year,” Curran said. “Dramatically reducing child poverty not only helps children on a personal and family level, it also makes sense economically.”

Some opponents argued that the credit could discourage families from working, but research shows there was no noticeable effect on employment.

In fact, according to the researchers, the money could be used for childcare, allowing parents to work more – especially during the pandemic, when many informal caregivers, such as grandparents, have been lost. due to death and disability.

“The Covid disability numbers for this have been really, really tough – and we’ve seen huge numbers of women leaving the workforce,” Chamberlain said.

With the expiry of the child tax credit, this progress is now in jeopardy.

“I wouldn’t say it negates the gains,” Chamberlain said. “It eliminates our ability to continue to get those gains.”

During the months families received the credit, they had more food, stable housing, less stress — and greater developmental benefits for children.

“If they can keep expanding that, we can keep seeing that happen.”

The program’s immediate success is proof of concept, particularly because it’s unusual for a single policy to show such clear cut gains, Curran said.

“We’ve shown now that all of this – high poverty, rising poverty – is completely reversible,” she said. “We now know what works, and we’ve seen it work.”

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After victory, burden of proof now on AAP: The Tribune India https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/after-victory-burden-of-proof-now-on-aap-the-tribune-india/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 00:46:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/after-victory-burden-of-proof-now-on-aap-the-tribune-india/ Neera Chandhoke political scientist The citizens of Punjab have spectacularly committed regicides. This is political theater at its finest. A people driven into debt, drug and alcohol addiction, unemployment, whose fields have been degraded and who suffer from various diseases of the human condition, have spoken to history. One leader after another […]]]>


Neera Chandhoke


political scientist

The citizens of Punjab have spectacularly committed regicides. This is political theater at its finest. A people driven into debt, drug and alcohol addiction, unemployment, whose fields have been degraded and who suffer from various diseases of the human condition, have spoken to history. One leader after another was defeated in his own stronghold. Will it lead to well-being? The Punjabis have taken up arms against a sea of ​​unrest. Will the massive mandate given to the Aam Aadmi party put an end to its troubles?

We should celebrate the massive victory of a new party in Punjab. The AAP negotiated on the “Delhi model of governance”. He raised hopes that all the problems facing the Punjabis, problems that caused their children to take refuge abroad, will be solved. There is reason to hope. In Delhi, the AAP strengthened the public education and health systems. Pupils in “public schools” have passed the school-leaving exams. Mohalla committees have been set up. Leaders are accessible. After the second round of Covid destroyed lives, livelihoods and families, the government did its best to help those who survived the tragedy. Fortunately, we are not subject to hate speech. Delhi’s government ministers don’t spend their time counting Hindus and Muslims.

However, there is an unease. The AAP speaks the language of governance. He belongs to a post-ideological world. But it is the ideology that speaks of the politics of a party. Of course, a government should not be corrupt. But politics is always contested. Who challenges governance and corruption? So what is the policy of the AAP? Around the world, governments that prohibit corruption happen to be police states. Democratic states should do more, they should be able to tell us what they stand for.

It is precisely here that the AAP faltered. He did not take a position on inalienable human rights, and certainly not on the right to protest against the anti-CAA agitation, Shaheen Bagh, the attack on students and professors at Jawaharlal Nehru University in January 2020 by morons, and against fabricated communal riots. in Delhi in February 2020. Can we trust him to safeguard the rights of citizens? This is what democratic governments are supposed to do. Make no mistake about it, authoritarian governments provide their people with social goods as part of social policy. What they are not doing is protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.

Ominously on crucial issues, the AAP falls under the provenance of right-wing conservatism: public display of religious rituals and Hindu religious imagery. The party articulates and implements anxious expressions of overmature Indian nationalism, such as desh-bhakti in schools. A thoughtless and excessive nationalism diverts the reasoned consideration of issues, such as justice, which are crucial to the project of living together in a political community. On nationalism, we should take inspiration from Rabindranath Tagore. “I am ready to serve my country,” says Nikhil, the protagonist of Tagore, in Ghare Baire, “but I reserve my worship for law, which is far greater than any country. To worship my country like a god is to inflict a curse on it. Rabid nationalism, if employed in the wrong cause, or if exploited to defend and rationalize institutionalized injustice, can cause more harm to the nation and its people than critical questioning of the project . Let people identify with the nation in their own way. Leave them and their nation alone.

Finally, the AAP failed to build a party organization. It’s still a one-man party. Ministers and senior officials greet the leader with as much fervor as Modi cabinet ministers greet the prime minister. If the AAP wants to be a different party, it should begin to institutionalize organizations that facilitate democratic interaction with its cadres and with the people. Let them hold the chef responsible, challenge him, grill him and offer alternatives. In short, the group must be careful not to slip into a durbar. Congress withered away for this very reason. The BJP is better off because a disciplined RSS cadre mobilizes people, however pathetically undemocratic that mobilization may be.

If the AAP wants to govern Punjab well and solve some, if not all, of its problems, it should hasten to build and strengthen a party organization. Telephone consultation is bad policy, democratic decentralization is good policy. What Punjab needs is good politics, responsive politics, democratic politics, not politics that revolves around a supreme leader. That AAP does not subordinate the hopes of Punjabis to an individual, or even a collective. Punjab has suffered enough, it is time to restore a state that was once the pride of India to its former glory. But nothing can be done if the party that leads it is not democratic and if the leader is not a statesman. Statesmen do not practice demagoguery. They practice the art of listening to people and responding to them effectively. They heal wounds, do not inflict more harm. This is the difference between statesmen and agitated politicians.

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New rules to oust councilors after misconduct edge closer to approval https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/new-rules-to-oust-councilors-after-misconduct-edge-closer-to-approval/ Thu, 10 Mar 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/new-rules-to-oust-councilors-after-misconduct-edge-closer-to-approval/ The provincial government is about to change its laws so that a councilor who has behaved dishonorably can lose his seat. Orléans MP Stephen Blais’ private member’s bill passed second reading at Queen’s Park on Wednesday evening – an unusual occurrence for a non-government bill that seeks to change provincial law – and is now […]]]>

The provincial government is about to change its laws so that a councilor who has behaved dishonorably can lose his seat.

Orléans MP Stephen Blais’ private member’s bill passed second reading at Queen’s Park on Wednesday evening – an unusual occurrence for a non-government bill that seeks to change provincial law – and is now headed to the Standing Committee on Social Policy for further study and possible modifications.

“The harassment and abuse of women is a scourge,” Blais said in his opening statement to the Legislative Assembly. “And tragically, as we have witnessed over the past two years, the corridors of power in cities across this province are not immune to this scourge.”

Blais, who was an Ottawa city councilor before his election to provincial parliament in 2020, said he was motivated to bring his bill forward after the CBC and two damning reports from the Integrity Commissioner exposed the council. Rick Chiarelli harassed former staff members and job applicants for years, and abused his power.

MPP Stephen Blais, seen here in a photo from 2019, sat on the same city council as Rick Chiarelli. He said in the provincial law on Wednesday that he often wonders how he was unaware of his former colleague’s harassing behavior. (Jean Delisle/Radio-Canada)

There have been other stories of shocking misconduct by councilors in other Ontario cities, including Brampton, Barrie and Mississauga, Blais said.

The MPP for the East read aloud from letters written by three women who worked for Chiarelli who called for changes to the Ontario Municipal Act.

Stephanie Dobbs, one of the official plaintiffs against Chiarelli, wrote that the College Ward Councilor “used manipulative tactics to undermine my sense of identity and safety within the office, resulting in a deterioration of my mental health, physical illnesses and suicidal thoughts”.

Victoria Laaber wrote that coming to terms with the years she spent working for Chiarelli “came with a wave of shame – shame at realizing what was happening in the moment, shame at not being able to protect myself, shame at knowing that he continued his behavior long after I was gone, creating more victims afterwards.”

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Half a dozen MPs spoke during the debate, all in favor of the bill.

NDP MP for Ottawa Center Joel Harden supported the bill, saying, “I can’t wait for this to become law. Several of his New Democrat colleagues also spoke in favor of the bill, as did the Ottawa-area Liberals.

Many, including Blais, have argued that ordinary Ontarians are likely to lose their jobs if they behave like certain councilors, but there’s no way to impeach an elected official who behaves the same or worse.

“Councillor Rick Chiarelli should have lost his job a long time ago,” said Ottawa-Vanier MPP Lucille Couillard. “This bill is badly needed common sense reform.”

Conservative government supports change

Councilors can lose their seat for violating election expenses rules and certain conflict of interest rules. But the most severe penalty for an adviser who behaves egregiously is a suspension of salary. Chiarelli lost his salary for about 15 months, but has been back on the City payroll since November.

Blais’ Bill 10, called the “Stop Harassment and Abuse by Local Leaders Act,” would allow a councilor who violated the code of conduct by not complying with policies on violence or harassment at work to be removed from office. The bill proposes that a final decision be made by a judge of the Superior Court.

The Progressive Conservative government has expressed support for changing the law. Last March, the government quietly announced that it would launch consultations “to strengthen the accountability of board members” — consultations that took place last summer.

In December, the government was due to table a bill to change the councilor conduct laws, but at the last minute the government changed its mind.

In Wednesday night’s debate, the Conservatives were represented by Stormont-Glengarry-South Dundas MLA Jim McDonell, who is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

He did not explicitly support Blais’ bill, but said his party supports change.

“I think stronger consequences should be put in place to deter misconduct and breaches of that trust,” McDonell said. “We have been clear, our government will not tolerate any harassment or discrimination in the workplace.”

There are only about eight weeks left before the dissolution of the Legislative Assembly for the provincial elections. It is unclear whether Blais’ bill can pass within that timeframe.

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Ukraine Crypto Donations Exceed $63 Million https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ukraine-crypto-donations-exceed-63-million/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 10:53:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ukraine-crypto-donations-exceed-63-million/ Source: Twitter/@DefenceU In a strong sign of support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country, the global crypto industry has donated over $63.25 million to date, with donations made in bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH) and a number of other cryptos. Blockchain ecosystem security company data slow mist reports that the largest share of crypto […]]]>
Source: Twitter/@DefenceU

In a strong sign of support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country, the global crypto industry has donated over $63.25 million to date, with donations made in bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH) and a number of other cryptos.

Blockchain ecosystem security company data slow mist reports that the largest share of crypto donations went to the Ukrainian government, with a total of $38.5 million.

It is followed by that of the country come back alive non-governmental organization that supports the country’s military in its fight against Russian invaders, for $14.9 million worth of crypto, Ukraine decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), at $6.4 million, the Ukraine-focused company unleash fund, endowed with 2.1 million dollars, and humanitarian organization HelpForUkraineat $1.4 million.

Among other things, approximately 589 BTC, or some $24.5 million, has been donated to the cause so far, supplemented by donations of ETH, but also other coins such as tron ​​(TRX), tether (USDT), dogecoin (DOGE), and polkadot (DOT), among others.

In seeking donations from the cryptosphere, Ukrainian organizations also reach out to collectors of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), as evidenced by a recent successful initiative by Ukraine DAO. A total of 2,258 ETH, or approximately USD 6.4 million, was collection by supporters of Ukrainian flag NFT.

In one notable example, the DAO received nearly $1.4 million worth of crypto from a subscription-based social media platform, perhaps best known for its adult content.

“One of the craziest things about Ukraine_DAO – only fans sent us 500 ETH. In a single operation, tweeted Alona Shevchenko, a UK-based Ukrainian activist behind the DAO.

Another non-profit charity crypto initiative for war-affected Ukrainians, UkrainianPoolencourages users to wager their funds and allows all wagering rewards to be received directly by the Ukrainian government.

“We call on the international crypto community to join forces in response to the tragic events,” the team behind the initiative said.

Meanwhile, in an effort to increase its support for Ukraine, Uniswap Laboratoriesthe entity behind the uniswap protocol (UNI), has integrated the “donate to Ukraine” feature that automatically exchanges one of its listed tokens to ETH and donates it to the people of the country, on its homepage.

The country’s digital transformation minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, also announced that the National Bank has opened an account for humanitarian aid transferred from Ukraine and abroad.

“The Ministry of Social Policy will use the collected funds to support the Ukrainian citizens who suffer the most from the war”, by providing food, water, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities, the bank said in its announcement.

As noted earlier, those wishing to donate (whether in crypto or fiat) have more and more options to choose from (just watch out for the growing number of scams as well), some of which include:

Additionally, several other lists have also been shared online by members of the crypto community.

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Learn more:
– Crypto payments company CoinGate partners with the Central Bank of Ukraine and IBS to enable more crypto donations
– Ukraine Crypto Donations Hit Nearly $54M Following Airdrop News; Airdrop canceled

– Russian oligarchs unlikely to use crypto to dodge sanctions – Coinbase CEO
– Washington and Europe pledge to target Russian crypto sanctions evasion efforts

– Imposters attempt to cheat Ukrainian crypto donors via phishing websites and fake donation addresses
– “Huge Rise” in Crypto Trading Volume in Ukraine, Next Target of $47,000 for Bitcoin – Arcane

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Poland to facilitate work and child benefits for Ukrainian refugees https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/poland-to-facilitate-work-and-child-benefits-for-ukrainian-refugees/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 18:49:22 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/poland-to-facilitate-work-and-child-benefits-for-ukrainian-refugees/ The Polish government is seeking to introduce new measures that will make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to obtain the right to work and receive child benefits. A number of large employers have also looked for ways to make it easier to hire Ukrainians. Since Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, more than 500,000 people have […]]]>

The Polish government is seeking to introduce new measures that will make it easier for Ukrainian refugees to obtain the right to work and receive child benefits. A number of large employers have also looked for ways to make it easier to hire Ukrainians.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, more than 500,000 people have crossed the Polish border, about half of them children. While Polish authorities and the public have provided housing, food, education and other support, current legal restrictions make the job difficult.

For a Ukrainian immigrant to work legally in Poland (as hundreds of thousands already do), they would normally need to obtain a visa from a Polish diplomatic post in Ukraine, notes Business Insider Polska. For obvious reasons, this was not possible for those who fled the war.

Meanwhile, those applying for refugee status are not allowed to work for at least six months, Łukasz Koszczoł, CEO of recruitment firm Job Impulse, told Business Insider.

He says employers are keen to facilitate “safe, legal and efficient employment for people crossing the Ukrainian-Polish border.”

Poland’s Family and Social Policy Minister Marlena Maląg said she had discussions with business leaders on the issue.

“We are preparing regulatory changes that will allow long-term support for Ukrainian citizens…related to their security, first and foremost to the opening of the labor market,” she said, quoted by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

“We want Ukrainian citizens crossing borders to have an open labor market with a stamp allowing them to legally reside in Poland,” Maląg added, noting that special legislation to this effect could be ready today.

Business Insider reports that the regulations would simply require an employer to notify authorities that they are employing a Ukrainian citizen under the new rules.

It also notes that some large employers, such as the Biedronka, Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains and the Jysk furniture store, are working on their own special simplified employment procedure for people who have fled Ukraine, as well as various support programs for existing Ukrainian employees.

Biedronka announced last week that each of his Ukrainian staff would receive a payment of 1,000 zlotys (€216), which have already started to be paid out. Lidl and Kaufland offer to help Ukrainian employees find accommodation for evacuated family members.

Today, Maląg also assured that “Ukrainian parents will also have access to family benefits that are in force in Poland”. This would initially be the “500+” family allowance program. Later, “if these women decide to stay in Poland, that will also [include] Family Care Capital and a Good Start,” she added, referring to two other government programs.

Gertruda Uścińska, director of the Polish Social Insurance Institute (ZUS), which is responsible for benefits, told the Rzeczpospolita every day that her organization would do whatever it could “to help ensure that they receive [500+] family allowances”.

Maląg also revealed that the government was in talks with the European Union about “funds for the financial support of social programs“, but said it was still too early to reveal details, reports Wprost.

Poland promises school places for Ukrainian children, who make up half of refugees

Main image credit: Patryk Ogorzalek / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

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Greater compensation needed in remote work appeals, unions tell TDs https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/greater-compensation-needed-in-remote-work-appeals-unions-tell-tds/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 02:30:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/greater-compensation-needed-in-remote-work-appeals-unions-tell-tds/ Workers are expected to get bigger payouts in successful appeals under new remote working laws, politicians have been told. New legislation due to come into effect later this year will give workers the legal right to request remote work. If their employer refuses their request, they can appeal to the Professional Relations Commission. A submission […]]]>

Workers are expected to get bigger payouts in successful appeals under new remote working laws, politicians have been told.

New legislation due to come into effect later this year will give workers the legal right to request remote work.

If their employer refuses their request, they can appeal to the Professional Relations Commission.

A submission from the Irish Congress of Trades Unions (Ictu) to the Oireachtas Committee reviewing the Bill ahead of an appearance this week calls for major amendments to the right of appeal in the new bill.

The submission from Ictu and Fórsa to the Joint Enterprise Committee notes that the “compensatory relief” an employee is entitled to will not exceed four weeks’ pay.

He says this limit is “totally inadequate and irrelevant” with a limit of 104 weeks pay available to workers under current employment law.

Remote working will be a big deal in the coming weeks as a staggered return to offices intensifies after restrictions are lifted.

It is estimated that one in four employees worked from home during the first lockdown, and many employers have promised hybrid arrangements.

Before the pandemic, only one in 20 workers regularly worked remotely, according to the submission.

Laura Bambrick, head of social policy at the ICTU, said affiliated unions had indicated some employers were unwilling to discuss remote working until they saw the new legislation.

“There is a real sense of urgency that we need to strengthen and enact it,” she said.

“Legislation proposing to introduce a reduced cap on pay that does not exist in other legislation is fueling the fact that it is in favor of employers.

“Overall, the right to request a remote work bill favors employers over workers, from when you have to work for an employer to when they have to go back on a request. If the issues regarding the reasons for denying a request and the grounds for appeal are not resolved, it will not be worth the paper it is written on.

The unions’ ‘Make Remote Work’ submission urges a major change to the bill so that an appeal can be made on the grounds that the
the employer’s refusal was unreasonable.

“As currently drafted, the bill only allows a complaint to the Workplace Relations Board for technical reasons, such as late decision,” it says. “This does not allow an employee to appeal the reason for the denial of the request.

“This significantly undermines the usefulness and effectiveness of the proposed legislation.”

An employee can file a complaint if the employer has not rendered a decision within 12 weeks.

They can also lodge a complaint if the employer does not provide the reasons for refusal or does not accept after 30 days a request from a worker who withdraws a previous request.

The unions’ submission says appeals should be allowed for employees who are victims of requesting, appealing or performing remote work.

He says a long list of grounds employers can refuse in the first draft of the proposed legislation is far too long.

“If enacted in its current form, the Right to Request Remote Work Bill would not provide strong legislation that ensures due process and balances the needs of employer and employees,” it says. -he.

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Ministry of Health releases “Maldives Health Statistics 2020” https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ministry-of-health-releases-maldives-health-statistics-2020/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 09:23:02 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ministry-of-health-releases-maldives-health-statistics-2020/ The Department of Health has released “Maldives Health Statistics 2020”. The book was released at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Health on Sunday. Special Adviser on Social Policy, Dr. Mustafa Luthfy was the chief guest at the function. This book includes important data such as births and deaths, disease burden, public health […]]]>

The Department of Health has released “Maldives Health Statistics 2020”.

The book was released at a special ceremony held at the Ministry of Health on Sunday.

Special Adviser on Social Policy, Dr. Mustafa Luthfy was the chief guest at the function.

This book includes important data such as births and deaths, disease burden, public health and human resources in the health sector. Some of the statistics included in the book show that 40% of medical professionals working in the Maldives are specialists.

According to statistics made public, 59% of the nurses working in the Maldives are locals.

Statistics show that more than half of the births in the Maldives have taken place by caesarean section.

Ministry statistics show that 35% of admissions were due to non-communicable diseases.

The book also includes a chapter on the COVID-19 situation in the Maldives. It is reported that more than 13,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Maldives in 2020.

The Ministry of Health says the findings of the Maldives Health Statistics 2020 will help in making evidence-based decisions and in formulating and strengthening policies for improving the health sector. In addition, the results will also help in results-based planning of health programs and health interventions.

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Reviews | The Democrats have bigger problems than the team https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/reviews-the-democrats-have-bigger-problems-than-the-team/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 10:00:10 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/reviews-the-democrats-have-bigger-problems-than-the-team/ The milquetoast policy of moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress is backfiring on the party and threatening its grip on power ahead of the midterm elections. Earlier last year, after President Biden signed his Covid relief bill into law, the White House worked with congressional leaders to develop a strategy for the rest of the […]]]>

The milquetoast policy of moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress is backfiring on the party and threatening its grip on power ahead of the midterm elections.

Earlier last year, after President Biden signed his Covid relief bill into law, the White House worked with congressional leaders to develop a strategy for the rest of the president’s agenda. The project was simple. Democrats would work on two bills – an infrastructure package and a social policy package – which they would pass together. Progressive Democrats, who needed moderates to pass their bill, would support the infrastructure plan. And moderate Democrats, who needed progressives in turn, would support the social policy plan.

Both bills were moving through Congress until, over the summer, several members of the Bipartisan Problem-Solvers Caucus threatened to derail the social policy package unless the House voted immediately on the infrastructure bill, which had been negotiated and passed by the Democrats. and Republicans in the Senate.

“Some have suggested we suspend consideration of the Senate infrastructure bill for months – until the reconciliation process is complete,” reads a letter from Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey. and other like-minded Democrats in the House. “We disagree. With the livelihoods of hard-working American families at stake, we simply cannot afford months of unnecessary delays and risk wasting this one-of-a-kind bipartisan infrastructure package. .

Ironically, it was that letter — and similar statements from Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — that abruptly halted the Democratic Party’s momentum. Democrats would spend the next three months negotiating the two-track process and struggling to meet shifting demands from moderates and conservatives on the substance of the social policy bill.

The immediate effect of this split within the Democratic Party was to undermine President Biden, whose popularity was already on the decline. He took a hit from the withdrawal from Afghanistan, another from the ongoing pandemic and yet another from the chaos and division in Washington.

If there was one goal in mind among moderates and conservatives who froze the Democratic Party agenda, it was to push their priorities through legislation while distancing themselves from their progressive colleagues. Instead, what happened was that they weakened Democrats across the board as candidates struggled to overcome a sense of failure that had set in within the party. Terry McAuliffe, the moderate former governor of Virginia, could not overcome this obstacle. In November, he lost his bid for a second (non-consecutive) term to Glenn Youngkin, a conservative Republican.

In the wake of that defeat, moderate and conservative Democrats in Congress demanded that the House pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, so the party would have something to brag about on the campaign trail. After making concession after concession in a bid to secure votes for the president’s social policy package, Progressives have now agreed to end the two-track process and hold a vote on the infrastructure bill.

The House voted and the bill passed. The moderates had their victory. But rather than go on the offensive, infrastructure spending in hand, they remained silent. There would be no publicity blitz, no attempt to capture the nation’s attention with a campaign to sell the achievements of moderation, no attempt to elevate members who could shine in the spotlight, and certainly no serious attempt to push back against the political cultural right that helped Republicans win a victory in Virginia.

Neither have moderate and conservative Democrats attempted to design their own agenda. Instead, they used their remaining political capital to kill off the most popular items on the Democratic Party’s wish list, from tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans and a minimum wage hike to a control plan. prescription drug prices. They couldn’t even bother to save the new Child Tax Credit, one of the most effective anti-poverty measures since at least the Great Society. Its expiration in December pushed millions of children below the poverty line.

Now, having immobilized the president’s agenda and thrown their party into disarray, those same Democrats are looking for a culprit. Unsurprisingly, they settled on their progressive colleagues. Mike Allen of Axios, summarizing the view of “top Democrats”, writes that “the drive to defund the police, rename schools and tear down statues has created a significant obstacle for Democrats to retain control of the House, Senate and overall party image. ”

Groups aligned with moderate and conservative Democrats, such as the centrist advocacy organization Third Way, insist that “squad politics” is the central problem of the Democratic Party. And despite inconclusive evidence that it had a big impact on the 2020 election, some Democrats continue to criticize the activist slogan “defund the police” for the party’s current woes.

It may not be a bad faith attempt to pass the buck if it fails. You could be forgiven, however, for thinking it looks like one.

Specifically, it appears that moderate and conservative Democrats are doing all they can to hide the fact that under their leadership and on their agenda, the Democratic Party has failed and cannot get back on track. They sense an explosion in November and would rather play the blame game than do anything concrete to regain the ground they helped lose. Their refusal to pass popular economic legislation or fight the cultural battles of the moment has left them with only one option: to find a scapegoat.

In which case, these moderate and conservative Democrats (and their allies) would do well to look in the mirror. No one forced them to derail the president’s agenda, bog the party down in petty infighting, or take a defensive, defensive approach to the Republican Party. They sowed their seeds; now is the time for them to reap the rewards.

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Irish households and businesses under pressure as wholesale gas and oil prices rise again https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/irish-households-and-businesses-under-pressure-as-wholesale-gas-and-oil-prices-rise-again/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 17:50:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/irish-households-and-businesses-under-pressure-as-wholesale-gas-and-oil-prices-rise-again/ The fallout from escalating tensions around Ukraine is expected to keep pressure on living standards for Irish households, as the wholesale price of gas and crude oil rose again on Wednesday. Analysts fear further escalation could lead to sanctions on gas, oil and foodstuffs such as wheat, even though Western Europe and Russia are mutually […]]]>

The fallout from escalating tensions around Ukraine is expected to keep pressure on living standards for Irish households, as the wholesale price of gas and crude oil rose again on Wednesday.

Analysts fear further escalation could lead to sanctions on gas, oil and foodstuffs such as wheat, even though Western Europe and Russia are mutually dependent on each other as customers and a major supplier of energy and food.

The wholesale price of European gas rose again in session by more than 10%.

The gas contract for March delivery traded at more than €88 per megawatt hour, according to the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in London. For June, the contract was trading at €87.35, up 11% on the day, suggesting there is no easing in inflationary pressures.

“It’s a pretty deplorable situation” if the government’s €505m household bill support scheme is not looked into, according to Paul Joyce, FLAC’s senior policy analyst. Photo: Derek Speirs

Gas can account for around 40% of all the energy generated on the electricity grid across Ireland.

Economists fear that inflation could rise further if tensions over Ukraine do not ease. Russia is a major exporter of oil and gas and, together with Ukraine, supplies large quantities of wheat to world markets. The price of many commodities rose on Wednesday, with wheat up 1.75%, lumber up 2.4% and coffee prices up 1.7%.

Household debt advocates have said the government will be forced to review and increase its assistance to households, well ahead of the October budget.

It announced only two weeks ago an envelope of 505 million euros to help households cope with soaring electricity and heating bills. The package included an increase to €200 in the domestic energy credit; a fixed fuel allowance of €125; a 20% reduction in transport prices from the end of April, and a reduction in the ceilings for school transport costs.

Advocates call for increased support

However, Paul Joyce, senior policy adviser at the Free Legal Advice Centers (Flac), said “continuous reviews” of household bills will be needed as the Ukraine crisis has further increased energy costs since February 10.

“It’s a pretty deplorable situation,” if the €505million package is meant to remain unchanged until October, Mr Joyce said. He called for the creation of an NPHET-like agency for the government to monitor price increases in all areas.

Tricia Keilthy, social policy development manager at St Vincent de Paul (SVP), said “more resources are more urgent than ever” for low-income households.

The SVP supports the expansion of fuel allowances and discretionary funds for the most vulnerable households to target resources to those most in need of the measures.

The price of wholesale gas has risen by 10% since the government announced its improved package on February 10, according to calculations by the Irish Examiner. The price of crude oil, which traded at $98.30 a barrel on Wednesday, has risen 7.5% over the past two weeks.

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