Almost a quarter (23%) of female employee respondents believe that their male colleagues are paid more for carrying out the same role, according to research by Totaljobs.Its 2016 Gender pay gap report, which surveyed 4,724 employees and 145 employers, also found that 31% of female employee respondents are unaware of how their current organisation makes decisions around salary and pay rises. This compares to 26% of male employee respondents.The research also found:44% of male employee respondents and 43% of female employee respondents have received a pay rise in their current role.Male employee respondents who have received a pay rise were awarded an average increase of £1,764, compared to £1,377 for female employee respondents.9% of male employee respondents and 8% of female employee respondents who received a pay rise were awarded the rise after directly asking for it.75% of female employee respondents do not feel comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to 59% of male respondents. The reasons given for this by female employee respondents include lacking confidence to ask for more money (37%), not wanting to risk damaging the relationship with their manager (30%), not believing that it is part of organisation’s culture (28%), and because they do not like talking about money (25%).58% of male employee respondents feel that men and women receive equal pay, compared to 44% of female respondents.68% of employer respondents have a clear gender pay equality policy.34% of employer respondents review salaries across gender to safeguard against gender discrimination.29% of female employee respondents and 24% of male employee respondents do not believe their organisation actively promotes equality regardless of age, gender or other reasons.Among employee respondents who were awarded a bonus over the last year, on average, female respondents received £931 less than male respondents; £1,128 compared to £2,059.John Salt (pictured), director at Totaljobs, said: “It is disheartening that our research has revealed that despite efforts gender pay equality remains a prominent issue.The application and interview process is a fantastic opportunity for both men and women to negotiate a fair benefits package, including a salary that meets their expectations. I would urge all female candidates to aim high and feel confident in demanding the same figure as their male counterparts.“It’s not just the responsibility of employees; I would strongly encourage employers to actively monitor for salary differences between make and female employees to ensure gender equality across their organisation. By regularly reviewing salaries, bonuses and pay rises across genders they will safeguard against any unintentional discrimination.”
Global clothing retail organisation SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, has launched a long-term incentive scheme for its 4,500 global employees, which will be funded by the organisation’s founders.The three-year scheme, which will run between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2020, will see SuperGroup founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder transfer 20% of their profits from the organisation’s share price increases, that are over a threshold of £18, into a fund. At the conclusion of the scheme, the proceeds from the fund will then be shared across eligible Superdry staff globally.The scheme forms part of SuperGroup’s wider strategy to attract, retain and reward the best people.Each £5 increase in the share price over the £18 threshold would see Dunkerton and Holder contribute £30 million into the fund. This would mean that approximately 2,600 full-time store employees and those in junior head office roles would be awarded up to £2,000 each at the end of the three-year period, while store managers would receive around £28,000. Senior leaders could be awarded up to £75,000 at the conclusion of the scheme, and executive team members would receive awards starting at £300,000.All awards distributed from the fund will be in addition to existing pay and bonus arrangements.Senior staff will be awarded with share options under the plan, which will be exercisable in January 2021 and January 2022. Other employees will receive either cash or share option awards in January 2021 and July 2021.Eligible employees must work for SuperGroup or its subsidiaries on either a full or part-time basis, and they must have at least 18 months of service when the plan matures. No members of the organisation’s board are taking part in the scheme in order to ensure that the fund will be able to cover all employees across SuperGroup’s stores and head office.Julian Dunkerton (pictured), founder and product and brand director at SuperGroup, said: “James and I passionately believe that the success of the Superdry brand is down to the combined work of all our people. As the founders of the business, we remain significant investors and it is important to us that we share our on-going success with all [employees]. This is the right way to ensure that our great team is properly rewarded for all the work they are doing to grow our global lifestyle brand.”
The Upper Tribunal has ruled against television broadcasting organisation ITV, confirming that pensions watchdog organisation The Pensions Regulator (TPR) was entitled to use its powers to gain financial support for members of the Box Clever pension scheme.The case, ITV and others v The Pensions Regulator, concerns TPR’s decision to undertake anti-avoidance action regarding the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme in December 2011.Box Clever, formed in 2000, was the result of a merger between television rental organisations Granada (now ITV) and Thorn, now known as Carmelite. Prior to the organisation’s collapse, employees affected by the merger were transferred into a Box Clever pension scheme when they moved to the new organisation. This was to ensure that staff received the same benefits they would have gained from their previous pension arrangements.The Box Clever pension scheme currently has approximately 2,800 members, and a deficit of around £115 million.TPR opened anti-avoidance action in December 2011, to issue financial support directions (FSD) to five organisations that form part of the ITV Group. The FSDs required the organisations to propose how they would financially support the Box Clever pension scheme. This could include, for example, the target of the FSD assuming responsibility for the employer’s liabilities to the scheme or making a lump sum cash payment into the pension scheme.ITV originally referred to the Upper Tribunal in January 2012 to question TPR’s determination to issue FSDs in this instance. The broadcasting organisation then challenged TPR’s ability to submit additional evidence to the anti-avoidance case in 2013.Both the Court of Appeal and the Upper Tribunal ruled in favour of TPR and refused ITV permission to appeal, with decisions announced in 2017 and 2016, respectively. This confirmed that TPR is not bound by the original case it presented to the Determinations Panel, but that it is entitled to raise matters not previously raised where a determination is referred to the Upper Tribunal.The Upper Tribunal decision, which was published on 18 May 2018 following a two-week hearing in January 2018, concluded that it is reasonable for ITV to provide financial support for the Box Clever scheme in the circumstances of this individual case.The tribunal clarified that, in order to meet its objectives, TPR had to consider events which had occurred retrospectively to the Pensions Act 2004 coming into force, especially in relation to the FSD framework, which is designed as a rescue measure for pension schemes in deficit.The tribunal further concluded that the FSD is not a fault-based regime, but a responsibility-based one; therefore, because shareholders chose the structure of the joint venture, they should also bear appropriate responsibility for the associated risks.The tribunal also found that an FSD may still be issued against a target even if it has not received any substantial benefit from its relationship with the pension scheme’s sponsoring employer.ITV now has 14 days to seek permission to appeal the tribunal’s decision. If no appeal is held, TPR’s Determinations Panel will issue financial support directions to ITV.This is the first time an anti-avoidance case by TPR has been heard in full at the Upper Tribunal.Mrs Justice Rose and Judge Timothy Herrington, who ruled over the case, said in the court documents: “By their choice of structure for the joint venture, the shareholders extracted considerable cash from the business with no risk of recourse to their assets. They retained an ongoing interest in the merged business with the possibility of further value being generated if the business was successful, but without having to bear any responsibility if the business, whose strategy they continued to determine, subsequently failed.”A spokesperson at ITV said: “ITV is naturally disappointed by the tribunal’s decision. ITV continues to believe that the case brought against it is unfair and will be seeking to appeal the decision.“The tribunal repeatedly stressed in its judgment that no blame or criticism should be attributed to ITV concerning the transaction, 18 years ago, that formed the Box Clever joint venture. There were sound reasons for implementing that transaction, which was, in good faith, regarded as being in the best interests of Granada’s shareholders, employees and consumers.”Mike Birch, director of case management at TPR, added: “We are very pleased with this ruling, which sends a clear message to [organisations] linked with defined benefit pension schemes that we will not hesitate to use our anti-avoidance powers where we believe it is reasonable for them to provide financial support. We will pursue these cases for as long as necessary to protect pension savers and the Pension Protection Fund.“This has been a long and complex case, where the targets have raised numerous legal challenges, causing significant delays in an outcome being reached. We now hope that ITV will accept the Upper Tribunal’s findings and seek to work with TPR to put in place appropriate financial support for the scheme and deliver a good outcome for members.”
Supermarket chain Morrisons has lost a challenge to a High Court ruling that found it partly liable for a data breach leading to payroll data of around 10,000 staff being posted online.Andrew Skelton, who was senior auditor at the organisation’s Bradford headquarters, posted the workers’ names, addresses, bank account details and salaries online in 2014, and was jailed for eight years for the offence in 2015.Some 5,518 of the employees sought damages through the courts for the distress caused. In December 2017, the High Court ruled that Morrisons was vicariously liable for the criminal misuse of data.The supermarket took the case to the Court of Appeal, but the judges backed the ruling of the lower court.Nick McAleenan, partner at JMW Solicitors, which represents the employees, said: “These shop and factory workers have held one of the UK’s biggest organisations to account and won, and convincingly so.“This latest judgment provides reassurance to the many millions of people in this country whose own data is held by their employer.”Morrisons has stated that it will now take the case to the Supreme Court. A spokesman said: “Morrisons has not been blamed by the courts for the way it protected colleagues’ data, but they have found that we are responsible for the actions of that former employee, even though his criminal actions were targeted at the company and our colleagues.“Morrisons worked to get the data taken down quickly, provide protection for those colleagues and reassure them that they would not be financially disadvantaged. In fact, we are not aware that anybody suffered any direct financial loss.”The case is the first data class action in the UK.The judgment stated that the solution to the potentially high costs incurred if claims such as this continue to arise was for employers to insure against not only data breaches caused by system failures or negligence, but also against losses caused by dishonest or malicious employees.Lesley Holmes, data protection officer at MHR, said: “This case highlights the levels of technical and organisational controls that need to be in place even in the most trusted parts of your business to ensure that personal data is not stolen or otherwise misused.“The original decision looked at the relationship between the company and Andrew Skelton and traced a golden thread of accountability throughout the collection, use and disclosure of the data for both parties.”However, Susan Hall, intellectual property layer at Clarke Willmott, stated: “This is a bewildering judgment. The first instance decision was in many respects shocking, with the judge himself acknowledging that Morrisons had done nothing wrong. The data was leaked by a disgruntled employee, who was subsequently jailed.“The verdict in the High Court effectively achieved the former employee’s purpose of punishing Morrisons by making them liable for potentially millions of pounds in compensation, through no fault of their own. That it has been upheld by the Court of Appeal will have employers up and down the country panicking, as there is very little they can do to guard against a similar situation.”
Around 1.4 million (1,418,680) UK employers have completed their pensions auto-enrolment duties as at November 2018, according to research by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Its Declaration of compliance report: July 2012-end November 2018, which is based on information submitted by employers when they complete their declaration of compliance documentation, also found that just under 10 million (9,958,000) employees are saving for their retirement after being automatically enrolled into a workplace pension since 2012.Between September 2015 and November 2018, 73,643 employers confirmed they have completed their pensions automatic re-enrolment duties to remain compliant. This means that 591,000 eligible employees have been successfully re-enrolled into their workplace pension over this period.Clare Moffat, head of business development at Royal London, said: “[The] auto-enrolment compliance statistics show the number of employees auto-enrolled into a pension edging ever closer to the 10 million mark. This is great news, but the stats also show there are a further 9.2 million [employees] within these [organisations] who have not been enrolled into a pension.“We need urgent action to bring groups such as the low paid, part-time [employees] or the self-employed into auto-enrolment to ensure they are also given the opportunity to build a sustainable pension to see them through retirement.”
Three in 10 (30%) respondents believe that only those who are employed in permanent job roles are entitled to the national minimum wage, according to research by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).Its survey of 2,001 employees aged between 16 and 64 also found that 32% of 16 to 24-year-olds think that only people hired for permanent positions are entitled to the national minimum wage, compared to 14% of those aged over 55.Almost all (99%) respondents who receive and check their payslip understand at least some of it, but only 62% understand all of the information displayed. Furthermore, 70% of men who receive and check their payslip say they understand all sections, compared to just 55% of women, while 9% of respondents aged between 16 and 24 and 2% of those aged over 55 admit to not understanding most of their payslip.John Palmer, senior adviser at The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), said: “Workers should check their payslips to ensure they are getting paid at the new national minimum or living wage rates. Employers are breaking the law if they don’t pay the national minimum or living wage and businesses face a maximum fine of £20,000 per worker for not paying.”Approximately 12% of female respondents state that they are not confident about approaching their employer to ensure they are getting the correct amount of pay, versus 5% of men. This figure is 13% among 16 to 24-year-olds, and 6% among those aged over 55.Gillian Howard, employment lawyer, added: “Workers may not check their payslip regularly because they are trusting their employer has got their pay and deductions correct. This may not be the case, either because payroll has the wrong information, or they have misunderstood the wages and allowances.“If [staff] think [they] have not been paid the amount [they] are entitled to, or [they] don’t understand the amounts paid and deductions made, [they should] speak to [the employer] and ask for the gross and net figures and how and what deductions have been made.”One in 10 (10%) 25 to 34-year-olds and 15% of those aged between 16 and 24 do not receive a payslip. From 6 April 2019, all workers, including casual and zero-hour workers, are entitled to a payslip.Andrew Johnson, advice manager at the Money and Pensions Service, said: “It’s really important that people are engaged with their money and understand their wages, so they can make informed financial decisions.“The changes in April 2019 to the national living wage and national minimum wage are a positive step towards this. New legislation requires all employers to provide an itemised payslip, and where pay varies, the hours worked. This will make it easier to check [workers’] hourly rate and make sure [they are] being paid the correct minimum wage for [their] age.”Individuals aged 25 or over are legally entitled to at least the national living wage, which is currently set at £8.21 an hour. Those aged under 25 are legally entitled to earn at least the national minimum wage. This is £7.70 an hour for 21 to 24-year-olds, £6.15 an hour for 18 to 20-year-olds, £4.35 an hour for those aged under 18 and £3.90 an hour for apprentices.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida hospital is going high-tech with the help of a robot to ease patients’ pain.Pediatric Patient Care is using the robot to bring comfort and care to children with chronic conditions like cancer at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.The toy-like robot named MEDI, which is an acronym for Medicine and Engineering Design Intelligence, is making the rounds. “Well, hello there. I’m MEDI. Pleased to meet you, Tommy,” it said. “You’re having a medical test too? Isn’t that funny? I also just had one. I have had lots of them. Let’s do this together.”By distracting the young patients and keeping them calm, health care professionals can provide treatments more effectively.“This kind of approach looks like a toy, has an excellent impact on the way we can manage the children and manage the pain for children with chronic conditions and pain,” said Pediatric Hematology Oncologist Dr. Hector Rodriguez Cortez.Four-year-old Tommy is being treated for kidney cancer. His mother said she’s seen a noticeable difference now that MEDI is involved in her son’s care. “He seemed more relaxed when MEDI is around during his stay here,” she said.Child life specialist Kasey Castro said children have responded well with MEDI. “The hospital can be a threatening environment, full of adults, but when they see MEDI come in, he’s more child-friendly, and their eyes light up, and they are very excited to know about MEDI and what he can do.” MEDI dances, gives fist bumps and encouragement. “How ya doing? Give me a fist bump,” MEDI said. “You’re totally awesome.”And he can even teach the young patients deep breathing exercises, which are designed to ease pain and anxiety. “You do it with your nose and mouth,” MEDI said. “It’s called tissue breathing.”“With MEDI, they are empowered to engage with him, to talk about their feelings with him. He tells them stories. He sings and dances. He talks about bullying and feelings of rejections, and he plays games with them,” said Pediatric Program Director Dr. Patrica Rowe-King.Each MEDI costs almost $20,000. The one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital was purchased via a grant from the 1000-Plus Club to Benefit Cancer, Inc.If the test run goes well, the hospital hopes to see more MEDI robots in the future. There are a total of eight MEDI robots at hospitals across the country. Two are in Florida, including the one at Broward Health Children’s Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – At least one person was taken to the hospital after, officials said, a car crash in Miami left one of the vehicles flipped on its side.Police and fire rescue crews responded to the scene of the accident near Northwest 36th Street and Northwest 32nd Avenue, Sunday afternoon. Both vehicles sustained considerable damage.Officers stepped in to block off the street and redirect traffic.There is no word on the condition of the person who was transported to the hospital or whether more people sustained injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Boaters and city officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Haulover Marine Center, Tuesday, at Haulover Beach Park.The $25 million renovation project features a new boat launch, a bait and tackle shop and a storage building that can hold hundreds of boats and personal watercraft. The storage building is built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes.The renovation also brought upgrades to the parking with more lighting and more spaces for marina and beach visitors.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WSVN) — Regal Cinemas has announced the return of their Summer Movie Express tradition for 2017.As a part of the event, Regal Cinemas will be screening family films on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. for only $1.Theaters in both Broward and Miami-Dade will be participating in the event, which runs until Wednesday, Aug. 9.Films being screened over the summer include “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “Sing” and more.According to the Regal Entertainment Group, a portion of each ticket will go to assist the Will Rogers Institute, which promotes healthy living and works to fund research of cardiopulmonary diseases.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police has given the all clear after the Broward Sheriff’s Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious item found in Coral Springs, Thursday.According to officials, the suspicious item was found near 2800 University Drive. Coral Springs Police evacuated the area while BSO Bomb Squad began their investigation.Just before 2 p.m., police gave the all clear after finding no threat.Traffic was temporarily shut down on University Drive while the authorities worked the scene. However, traffic has since returned to normal. Suspicious item was recovered. No threat was found. All traffic will resume as normal. Thank you for your patience— Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) December 21, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
If you have any information on this carjacking, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The thieves took off in her 2015 Toyota Corolla, but not before nearly hitting her as they pulled out of the parking lot.The victim’s car was later found by deputies abandoned. It was later impounded.Deputies are now searching for the trio. “Clearly they had a plan. They knew what they were doing,” said BSO spokesperson Gina Carter. “They had a weapon, which is extremely unusual for a teenager to have, so we need to find these guys right away. They’re really dangerous.”No injuries were reported.“They’re targeting the most vulnerable — elderly citizens, an elderly woman shopping alone,” said Carter. “Lastly, they have a weapon. They have a gun they have no problem brandishing.”“All bad things come from stupidity. Get an education, get a good job, and you don’t need to rob someone like me,” said the victim.BSO believes the carjacking was planned in advance and said the subjects had visited the Walmart earlier that day as well as previous days. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance footage after an elderly woman was carjacked outside of a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes.Surveillance video from Jan. 15 shows three teens in knit caps walking behind the victim inside the Walmart, located at 3001 N. State Road 7.“The subjects are really young. They’re teenagers,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Representative Gina Carter. “l know only that it was short young kids.”Broward Sheriff Office deputies said they followed her into the store.The victim later went outside and was approaching her parked car when she was attacked by the teens, who weren’t far behind.They pointed a gun at the elderly woman who complied with their demands. “‘Give me the key!’” she said.She said the carjackers were so young, she initially thought their demands were a joke.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A 10-month-old boy who went missing from Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood has been safely located in Miami Springs, but questions remain about his disappearance.Authorities issued an AMBER Alert for 10-month-old Noah Florvil earlier on Monday.The child had been was last seen near 6603 NW 12th Ave., at around 9:34 p.m. Sunday.Police said Noah was last seen with a heavy-set white Hispanic woman named Bella. Bella has blonde hair with a green streak in the front and was last seen wearing a purple and pink bra, a purple jacket and black tights with a green, yellow and red flower.Bella is reportedly a friend of Noah’s mother.Monday night, 7News cameras captured a large police presence outside the child’s home, including state law enforcement officers.7News learned state officers searched the neighborhood using bloodhounds. The baby’s grandmother, Neteisha Starling, said the boy means the world to her. “That baby is my all. That baby made me happy, man,” she said. “That baby gave me love when nobody else does.”Just after 8 p.m., officials confirmed Noah was found in the Miami Springs area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – There has been a disturbing surge of violence in one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.Officials in the resort town of Cancun report 14 murders in just a 36-hour span.The bloodbath was the result of six separate incidents that also left five additional people injured.The violence is reported to be cartel-related but each execution occurred in close proximity to the popular tourist hotspots.Nine people were killed on Wednesday, April 4 alone.Nearly four million Americans traveled to Cancun in 2017 according to the United States Department of Commerce.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the man who, they said, robbed a bank in Hialeah, Saturday morning.According to the FBI, the subject entered the Regions Bank branch at 4375 E. 4th Ave. just after 9:30 a.m. and demanded money from an employee.Officials said the robber fled the scene with an undisclosed sum of cash.There were customers inside the bank at the time, but no one was hurt.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call the FBI at (754) 703-2000 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A judge has set a trial date for a student accused of threatening Coral Gables Senior High School.The parents of David Fernandez, along with his attorney, were in court Wednesday morning. Fernandez was not present.A judge set the trial date for sometime in July, while the teen will remain in jail.Related: Police: Coral Gables Sr. High student arrested for making social media threatsFernandez was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly created a fake email account under a classmate’s name. He then posted threats against Coral Gables Senior High.Fernandez has been charged with false reporting concerning planting a bomb.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Several local organizations came together in Coral Gables for a camp cleanup.Volunteers for United Way of Miami-Dade joined Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida to help beautify Camp Mahachee, located along Old Cutler Road, Saturday.The two groups joined forces in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.“We are about 4,000 volunteers in Miami-Dade County, including Women United, which is 2,700,” said United Way volunteer Kathy Alexander, “and we’re representing Girl Scouts and the power of Women United. We are here cleaning up, painting. We’re actually refurbishing this beautiful area.”More than 100 volunteers worked on the project, which included painting cabins and restoring natural beauty to the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A ban on bump stocks went into effect on Tuesday, where owners can face felony charges for having one in their possession.The gun attachments are designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to fire continuously with one single pull of the trigger.The Justice Department issued the ruling in December that not only included bump stocks but fully automatic weapons.Owners are advised to destroy their bump stocks or turn them in to federal authorities.The ban comes with backlash from gun rights groups who have attempted to ask the Supreme Court to stop the ban.The bump stock was used by the shooter in the 2017 Las Vegas massacre when 58 people lost their lives and 489 others were wounded.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
When the board is making their determination, they consider the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, adjustment and treatment while incarcerated, and an offender’s future plans. The board also considers the crime’s impact on the victim and the victim’s future safety. Victims and survivors are notified of all discretionary parole hearings. The victim may express feelings and concerns to the Board in writing or testify before the board in person. 629 Discretionary parole hearings were held in 2017, of those 5% were from Wildwood Correctional Facility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The total discretionary hearings, prior to Senate Bill 91, were on average around 179 per year. With theimplementation of SB 91 the total amount of parole discretionary hearings more than tripled in 2017. This means that if an inmate has exceeded the court’s mandatory minimum sentence or has served a quarter of their total sentence, they can ask the parole board for release. SB 91 expanded discretionary parole eligibility to all persons who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 181 days, except for those convicted of unclassified sex offenses, those serving a mandatory 99-year term for murder in the first degree, those serving less than one year pursuant to a suspended imposition of sentence, or those who have been deemed ineligible by the court. To receive discretionary parole, an offender must complete one-third of his or her sentence and receive the approval of the Parole Board, a five member board that is part of the Department of Corrections. Last year, the Board of Parole released prisoners 57 percent of the time during these hearings, according to the DOC. The vast majority of those eligible for discretionary parole were sentenced on or after January 1, 2017.
Magazine redesigns are a dime a dozen but the editorial and design facelift that Rodale’s Bicycling is unveiling with its June issue is a “significant rebirth of the brand,” according to editor-in-chief Peter Flax. “A lot of time people change typefaces and update a couple departments and call it a redesign,” he adds. “That’s not what we’re doing here.” Bicycling celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and a major redesign has been the focus since Flax joined the magazine last summer. The cover boasts a new logo and a boost from 70-pound paper stock to 100-pound stock, while a new front-of-book-section called “Know How” offers service for readers.Major investments are being made in photography and freelance editorial. “When we were leading up to the redesign we had a lot of ideas but Rodale made a significant investment in market research to enlighten what we were doing,” says Flax. “We talked to both existing readers and prospective readers about what they want in print and what they want digitally and in print what they want is story-telling, beautiful photography and packaging, things that a print magazine can do well that’s difficult to do online.” Editorial will include 7,000 to 8,000-word narratives in each issue. “This magazine has a tradition of winning National Magazine Awards for feature stories and our aim is to do that kind of journalism in every issue,” says Flax. “We don’t just want to be the biggest cycling magazine, we want to be as good as any title in any space.” Freelance edit and photography budgets are up 30 percent to 40 percent, according to Flax. “Anybody in the business knows when you upgrade from 70-pound cover stock to 100-pound cover stock, you’re talking about a six-figure kind of investment,” he says. “This is a real investment for a brand like ours and puts us in position to work regularly with photographers who before may have been out of our reach to do page after page, issue after issue. It’s one thing to reposition a magazine, it’s another thing to have the resources to execute it.” Market ResponseWhile ad pages in Bicycling dropped 6.5 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to Publishers Information Bureau, the magazine rebounded in the second quarter with pages up 6 percent in April and 23 percent in May, according to the publisher. For the June redesign issue, ad pages are up 26 percent. While the publisher says endemic pages are up 18 percent, auto advertising is up 107 percent this year. “We’ve been floating out images in advance of the June issue and the acceptance has been fantastic,” says publisher Chris Lambiase. “We’re doing this at a time of strength–participation in the sport continues to grow.”The Bicycling audience has household income of $84,000 with a high percent of readers with professional/managerial job titles, according to Lambiase. “Redesigning Bicycling to be more sophisticated and visual allows us to better match the interests of our current audience, and to bring in new readers that are attracted by that aesthetic.”