FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District says the first 26 residents were allowed back to the Old Fort to gather belongings and winterize their homes.The first people back were allowed to head back to the community temporarily to check on their homes and gather their belongings. The company R&R Rentals was hired by the Peace River Regional District to help manage access to the community. D. Bauer Mechanical Ltd. was also brought into winterize homes if the residents ask for help with that.More residents will be allowed back to the Old Fort temporarily on Tuesday and Wednesday if it’s continued to be deemed safe by geologists and the Peace River Regional District. Volunteers are also being organized Monday evening to help evacuees the rest of the week.
- Tribunal claims: The basics explained by Howard Kennedy
The way workplace disputes are being pursued is changing. Sam Murray-Hinde of law firm Howard Kennedy lays out how a Tribunal can affect small operatorsWith Employment Tribunal fees having been quashed by the Supreme Court in July, some larger operators are noticing a change in the way workplace disputes are being pursued by both employees and unions.For some, there has already been a noticeable increase in claims, meritorious or otherwise. For smaller operators, being faced with a legal claim can be daunting.Before a claim can be presented, employees have to go through mandatory early conciliation via ACAS. They notify ACAS of their potential claim and you are contacted to see if settlement can be reached. The conciliation period normally lasts up to one month.If settlement fails, a certificate is issued. Employees need this in order to present a claim to the Tribunal, via an ET1 form.Sadly, where employees have unrealistic views on compensation, some claims are cheaper to defend than settle. Others may need to be defended to send a tactical message to the workforce. Witness statementsClaims for unlawful deductions from wages and unfair dismissal are normally listed for full hearing by the Tribunal upon receipt. Discrimination claims are listed for a preliminary hearing so that the legal issues can first be clarified. The ET1 form is then copied to you by the Tribunal, along with any notices of hearing and/or orders. Your response has to be submitted on an ET3 form within 28 days. The response should be kept as short as possible, setting out the factual chronology and whether or not the allegations are admitted or denied. Further detail should be saved for the witness statements.Identify your witnesses early on so that you can speak to them and fully understand the background to the allegations and the merits of the claim. If they have not given evidence before, it is worth them attending a Tribunal hearing so that they know what to expect (most hearings are held in public, and you can sit in as an observer).A judge reviews the ET1 and ET3 forms and can list the matter for hearing, and/or issue orders. The orders will set a timetable for:The employee to serve a schedule of lossThe parties to disclose relevant documentsThe exchange of witness statementsAgreeing an indexed and paginated bundle.Less formalTribunals are less formal than the courts, and hearings are normally before a judge sitting alone, unless they involve discrimination allegations, where the judge will have two side members. Judgment can be given on the day, or reserved.If you lose, you should request written reasons within 14 days, as these are needed in order to lodge any appeal, should there be grounds.Tribunals will only make costs awards in limited circumstances. Therefore, if the claim is manifestly unmeritorious, it is advisable to put the employee on notice of costs from the outset and then use this as the basis for a costs application on conclusion of the matter.As ever, prevention is better than cure. It is important to have in place, and keep updated, core policies and procedures and ensure management apply these consistently. Training is also invaluable in helping managers to spot potential issues and know how to deal with them, including how to effect a procedurally and substantively fair dismissal.
- Widespread Panic Shares “Tallboy” From Charleston 2013, “Action Man” From ‘Live From The Backyard’ [Watch]
Widespread Panic continues its mine of the archives with a pair of video releases including footage of “Tallboy” from the band’s 10/5/13 concert at Family Circle Stadium, along with a clip of “Action Man” from the band’s concert film Live from the Backyard. Filmed live at The Backyard in Austin, TX on 7/20/02, the performance came less than three weeks after founding guitarist Michael Houser‘s last show on July 2nd.This is merely the latest in an ongoing content dump from the Georgia rock outfit. Over the weekend, the band also shared videos of “Tipitina” and “Driving Song” taken from the 2002 documentary The Earth Will Swallow You.The video of “Action Man” delivers a blast from the past from Panic’s transitional period following Houser’s departure and untimely death shortly thereafter. Here fans fan find George McConnell filling in on guitar and adding his own flavor of blues licks to the songs. Rather than trying to emulate Houser’s iconic lingering lead, McConnell instead puts in his own blend of spices into the pot while still giving reverence to the band’s founding guitarist and musical guidepost. Also on hand during this cut from the second set closer is Randall Bramblet on saxophone who helps drive home this impassioned version of the Don’t Tell the Band track.Related: The Lame Ducks Ft. Bob Weir, Dave Schools, Jay Lane, & Jeff Chimenti Bring Grateful Dead Spirit To Georgia Comes Alive [Watch]The October 2013 performance of “Tallboy” at Family Circle Stadium took place during the second of two nights at the Charleston, SC venue as part of the band’s annual run with Umphrey’s McGee. This adrenaline shot of a band staple came as the set two opener, and prior to launching into the beloved fan-favorite the band took a moment to introduce Edie Jackson who serves as an ASL interpreter or, as John Bell put it, “For people who are easy of seeing.”Revisit Widespread Panic’s performances of “Tallboy” in Charleston, SC on 10/5/13, and “Action Man” in Austin, TX on 7/20/02 below.Widespread Panic – “Tallboy” – Charleston, SC – 10/5/13[Video: Widespread Panic]Widespread Panic – “Action Man” – Austin, TX – 7/20/02[Video: Widespread Panic]