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HirePurpose Educates Employers Why Hiring Veterans Means Smart Business

Last year, unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans trailed the national average by almost 4 percentage points. Though many companies recognize the benefits of hiring veterans, few have the expertise and knowledge needed to attract, evaluate, and retain members of this extraordinary talent pool.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce New York City employers to a variety of methods to hiring veterans,” says Zach Iscol, Founder and CEO of HirePurpose. “Employers can learn why hiring these exceptional young men and women can be incredibly beneficial to their businesses and we are very excited to have partnered with Four Block and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 80 companies, including Wal-mart, Goldman Sachs, Viacom, Delta, Etsy, Securitas, The Ladders, and others from a wide range of industries will be in attendance to learn best practices from leading experts in the veteran employment space. Employers will also hear from a group of recent military veterans and college graduates about the challenges they’ve faced and the types of industries they are interested in.

“Wounded Warriors come to the table with an extraordinary set of soft skills that employers crave,” says Lisa Stern, Economic Empowerment Executive Vice President at the Wounded Warrior Project. “Veterans are loyal, work well independently and as part of a team, are creative, and are mission-focused.”

Linda Cawley, a specialist of the Warriors to Work program for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Mike Abrams, Co-Founder of Four Block Diversity Leadership, a service that provides student veterans with professional development and connects them with internship opportunities at corporations, will lead a panel discussion titled, Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Veterans.

A second panel, Veterans Speak: Employment Challenges Facing Veterans, will be lead by Bryan Adams of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Aubrey Arcangel of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joshua Ray of Operation Iraqi Freedom-Indonesia Tsunami Relief, and Katie Dexter of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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EmptyLemon Reminds Jobseekers How Important It Is To Have Prior Knowledge Of The Company Before The Interview Process

EmptyLemon is reminding all jobseekers to do their research about the company before going to the interview. This job board prides itself on putting employers in direct contact with jobseekers, removing the need for recruitment agencies.

When looking for a job, it can be difficult to obtain a lot of information about the company you’re applying to work for. With recruitment agencies holding critical information back from jobseekers, they are often kept in the dark about the finer details of the company.

If jobseekers were provided with more information about the job, it would help to streamline the interview process, as well as help with company brand production. Employers would more easily be able to whittle down the selection of candidates before the interview process, saving them a great deal of time and improving their chances of finding the right person for the role.

EmptyLemon provides full assistance for employers with their job advertising campaign. Allowing them to promote their business as a brand, EmptyLemon gives employers feedback about the strength of response they are likely to get, based on the location and specifics of a job.

The company started out as an IT Job Board, specialising in sectors such as Data Analyst Jobs, Development Jobs, and Project Management Jobs. Due to phenomenal expansion,EmptyLemon went cross sector in September 2012.

Andrew Kelly, Development Manager for EmptyLemon, said: “Here at EmptyLemon, we pride ourselves on providing far more descriptive ads than those found on jobsites with agency jobs. As a result, we receive great customer service feedback from employers and jobseekers alike.

By providing jobseekers with more detailed company information, respective candidates reach the interview stage with prior knowledge of the company and the ethics it promotes. This leads to candidates giving a more impressive performance as they are able to better comment on what they like about the company and how they could fit in.”

Jobseekers can find jobs direct at EmptyLemon, without the need for recruitment agencies. Candidates should visit EmptyLemon’s website to find out relevant company information before the interview and land the perfect role.

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Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment Employs Two; Announces Scholarship Recipient; Sally Ezra Quoted

The Leader in Actuarial Recruitment, Ezra Penland, is proud to announce the hiring of two new employees at the rapidly-growing, Chicago-based firm. Thomas Clohisy joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. Tom has executive recruiting experience, as well as recruitment business development skills. He was also a successful commodities trader for a number of years, after having earned an MBA from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. Tom can be reached at tom@EzraPenland.com.

John Gieger joins Ezra Penland as Corporate Librarian and Data Specialist. John earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, as well as a Bachelor’s in Audio Engineering from Belmont University. He has varied experiences as a data manager and a librarian, and brings with him exceptional computer skills and an innate ability for information organization. John may be reached at john@EzraPenland.com.

Additionally, Ezra Penland proudly awards their most recent $500 Actuarial Scholarship to Jordan Nadler. Ms. Nadler is a junior at Missouri State University where she is a Mathematics major with a concentration in Actuarial Science, and she is minoring in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance. In addition to tutoring mathematics, she is a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and treasurer of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the Risk Management,Insurance and Actuarial Science Fraternity. Nadler has held an internship at American National and will hold an internship at Ernst & Young this summer in New York. She has passed two Actuarial Exams and is pursuing a career as an Actuary.

And, finally, Sally Ezra, Partner at Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment, was interviewed in the May-June, 2012 Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. The topic was the “Workers Compensation Predictive Modeling Comes of Age”, and Ms. Ezra discussed the hireability and availability of actuaries with such skills.

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John Lewis joins Capital Bonds network

One of the UK’s leading retailers has joined the Capital Bonds network. John Lewis is now one of over 160 retailers where Capital Bonds are accepted.

Recipients can redeem the Bonds at a total of 37 John Lewis shops across the UK – 29 department stores and eight John Lewis at home shops.

Tim Ward, account manager, corporate sales at John Lewis comments: “At John Lewis we offer a vast choice of products for Capital Bonds holders with over 350,000 lines available in our shops. We feel this broad range ensures there is something for everyone and will appeal to a wide selection of recipients.”

Wayne Harrington, Head of Affiliate & Retail Partnerships at Edenred, adds:“It is a tremendous endorsement of our brand that such a major name in retailing has joined the Capital Bonds network.

“Capital Bonds are Edenred’s market leading multistore gift voucher, offering the greatest choice and convenience of all gift vouchers in the UK.

“They are easy to use as a business incentive, and the wide range of outlets where the vouchers can be redeemed make them perfect for employers who want to motivate their staff with a reward that suits them personally.”

Capital Bonds, administered by Edenred, has more retailers in its network than any other voucher of its kind, with 50 more retailers than any other multistore voucher as well as more than 450 independent retailers.

They are used by thousands of organisations throughout the UK in recognition of general performance and behavioural rewards, in employee recognition and reward schemes such as long service, in loyalty programmes, or as rewards in suggestion schemes, total rewards or sales incentives programmes.

Recipients can choose to use their vouchers at outlets that match their lifestyle requirements, and can purchase products for their home, enjoy employee discounts, experience fun days out with friends or use even their reward vouchers as part payment towards holidays and travel.

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Support For Working Parents To Address Cuts In Child Benefit

Working parents can use salary sacrifice to reduce the impact of the recent cuts in child benefit announced in the Budget, according to Edenred, the UK’s leading provider of childcare voucher benefits.

The changes announced in the Budget will mean child benefit will now be withdrawn gradually from higher rate taxpayers earning between £50,000 and £60,000. The benefit will be reduced by one per cent for every £100 earned over £50,000 and completely removed for those earning over £60,000.

Under the Chancellor’s Budget, around 1.2 million families will now have their child benefit payments reduced. Around 840,000 of those households will lose all of the benefit. The other 360,000 will lose a portion of the benefit through the new tapering rule.

However, Edenred is advising working parents to use salary sacrifice for benefits such as childcare vouchers in order to reduce their taxable income to below the threshold and therefore offer a little more staff rewards.

Childcare vouchers are usually offered by employers via a salary sacrifice scheme which means they are taken from a parent’s pre tax salary and, depending on the rate of tax payer, are free from tax and National Insurance up to £243 a month. Both parents can claim these vouchers if their employer offers the scheme. The benefit for the company is also a lower National Insurance bill.

They can then be used for children up to 15 years, or 16 years if disabled, and can be spent on a wide range of activities such as afterschool clubs, holiday clubs, breakfast clubs, as well as nurseries, childminders and nannies. The age range covered by the vouchers means that parents of older children can also benefit.

Laura Czapiewski, product manager at Edenred, comments:
“With the Chancellor’s recent cuts to child benefit, many will be looking at ways to address this loss. The provision of childcare vouchers via a salary sacrifice scheme has multiple benefits – it serves to save a working parent tax and NI and could also help reduce their taxable income below the threshold that will be affected by the changes to child benefit.

“Any type and size of business can implement a childcare voucher scheme and it’s worthwhile for companies of all sizes, even if they have just one qualifying parent within the organisation. Parents should investigate if their place of work offers childcare vouchers.”

Edenred is the UK’s leading provider of childcare voucher benefits and has a website dedicated to childcare vouchers explaining how they work, the benefits and where to use them. See: http://www.childcarevouchers.co.uk/Parents/Pages/default.aspx

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Edenred Calls On Firms To Help Make Sure All Parents Benefit From Childcare Vouchers

Edenred, the world’s leading name in employee benefits, incentives and rewards, has urged businesses to help ensure employees with older children don’t miss out on the benefits of childcare vouchers.

Many companies have a habit of promoting their family-friendly policies towards young families or mothers going on maternity leave, and as a result, many parents mistakenly assume that childcare vouchers are only for young children.

In actual fact, they can be used to pay for the care of children until the first September after their fifteenth birthday. For children registered as disabled, childcare vouchers can be used until the first September following their sixteenth birthday.

Laura Czapiewski, Edenred Childcare Voucher Product Manager, said: “It isn’t just working parents with young children that need support. Working parents with older children need support too.

“The needs of working parents do not end when children start school, and many parents agree that the pre-teen and teenage years can be the most challenging – emotionally and financially. However, many parents of older children are unaware of what they are entitled to.”

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for a range of things, from nursery care through to holiday and community play schemes. Edenred offers discounts at a range of day and residential holiday clubs, allowing parents to make significant savings.

According to Ms Czapiewski, the key to ensuring parents of older children are able to take advantage of the benefits on offer is good communication.

She said: “When launching a family friendly benefit, it is tempting for businesses to use images of babies and toddlers in the promotion. However, good providers should supply an array of materials designed to attract the interest of parents of older children, using images and messages relating to preteens and teenagers.

“Two way communication is also very important. Surveying employees to find out the ages of their children can be useful because this allows businesses to properly tailor the benefits on offer to each employee. Once businesses have promoted a specific benefit to their employees, it is imperative that HR departments and line managers are fully aware of the scope of availability of these benefits so they can advise employees how and where they can be accessed.”

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Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment Hires 3; Announces Scholarship Recipient; Publishes Salary Surveys

Ezra Penland, the Leader in Actuarial Recruitment, is proud to announce the hiring of three new employees at the Chicago-based firm.

Margaret Dobie joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. She comes from a stellar background of identifying and managing corporate partnerships, in addition to operations management. Margaret can be reached at margaret@EzraPenland.com.

Jacob Galecki joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. He is a graduate of the Actuarial Science program at Temple University, one of the top such curriculums in the country. Jacob has published articles on the actuarial recruiting market and is an expert in social media as it applies to executive recruitment. Jacob can be reached at jacob@EzraPenland.com.

Ryan McMillin joins Ezra Penland as a Data Analyst. While pursuing actuarial exams, Ryan performs research, organizes data, and participates in a number of Ezra Penland’s ongoing projects. Ryan can be reached at ryan@EzraPenland.com.

Additionally, Ezra Penland proudly awards their most recent $500 Actuarial Scholarship to David Dosher. Mr. Dosher is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Actuarial Science major who has passed the first three actuarial exams. In addition to tutoring mathematics and physics, he is the Actuarial Science Club Alumni Newsletter Chair. Dosher has held three actuarial internships at State Farm, Zurich North America and, most recently, CNA Insurance.

Ezra Penland also announces the exciting publication of their annual US C-Level Insurance Salary Surveys at EzraPenland.com/C-Level . Compensation at the Top 10 US Property and Casualty, Life and Health insurers have been compiled from SEC filings. CEO, Chairman, CFO, CIO, COO, President and General Counsel compensation is summarized.

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Edenred joins with Partech International to promote innovation

In line with its Invent 2016 strategy to prepare its expansion into new territories, Edenred recently announced a partnership with venture capital firm Partech International.

The Group is investing €15 million in the Partech International VI fund, which is raising an initial €100 million. The fund will invest in young, fast-growing companies involved in the digital economy and offering new web-based, e-commerce and e-marketing services as well as new payment media solutions.

The investment will enable Edenred to explore new opportunities in adjacent sectors. Edenred will also be able to track emerging developments, with the goal of anticipating changes that impact its shareholders: client companies, employees and affiliates.

Through its support for high potential companies, Edenred – in keeping with its pioneering spirit – has made innovation a priority driver of future growth.

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Edenred helps organisations engage and motivate people for enhanced performance through the provision of flexible benefits, incentive and motivation solutions, expense management and communication services. It has 260 employees, 18,000 private and public sector clients, 1,000,000 users and 75,000 affiliates throughout the UK.

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Edenred gets into Christmas spirit with charity activities

Three UK community projects received early Christmas presents thanks to employee benefits and motivation experts Edenred.

As part of the company’s ‘Eden for All’ day, all 243 employees across the three UK offices participated in a series of festive fundraising events to support community-based charities.

The London office donated food and clothing to St Margaret’s, a local drop in centre offering support for older people. Most of the elderly who attend the centre live alone and are on benefits.

The Pimlico-based office also collected toys for the Bayswater project in North London. The Bayswater project supports valuable families with housing issues or who are on a low income. They help and advise families in the local community to ensure their children are well cared for. The toys were then presented to the children as presents at their Christmas party.

Edenred’s office in Chester also held a toy collection in aid of the Cornel Clyd project, which meets the short term care requirements of young people whose needs cannot be met in a family environment.

Andy Philpott, Sales & Marketing Director at Edenred UK, comments:
“The Eden for All day is an established part of the calendar and a great way to support local charities and get involved in the communities near our offices. The day forms part of our year-long programme of CSR activity and is a valuable way to motivate our staff and encourage team working across different departments.”

‘Eden for All’ is an annual event held across Edenred offices worldwide, in 40 countries and is part of a wider programme of events and initiatives that support and encourage bonds with local communities.

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Edenred – The Only Employee Benefits Provider In The UK To Achieve Hat Trick Of International Accreditations

Edenred (Employee Benefits) is the first provider of employee benefits products and services to earn three top ISO accreditations. These are the ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO27001 certifications.

It was recently awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2005, the international best practice framework, and is one of only 477 companies in the UK and 7346 worldwide to achieve this The certificate covers areas including; security policy, risk assessment, communications and operations management, access control, information systems acquisition, development and maintenance, business continuity management and compliance.

Andrew Watson, Information Security Manager at Edenred, commented:

“The security of our client information is critical to our future success and the ISO 27001 certification will play a crucial role in enhancing the trust and confidence in our services, people, processes and technology and deliver value to our customers and business partners.”

These accreditations with further boost the popularity and trust for the Edenred brand who provide a wide range of staff benefits, communication and incentives and rewards schemes for both employers and employees, these are particularly popular around the Christmas period when staff are looking to stretch their rewards and benefits for Christmas shopping with products such as multi store vouchers.

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Edenred Announce Christmas Selection 2011

Employee benefits company Edenred has recently announced its new and improved line of Christmas reward products for 2011, which are guaranteed to be a hit with employers and employees alike.

Choosing the right gift for staff at Christmas can often prove to be a daunting task, as there are so many different options to choose from and so many people to choose a gift for. So this year, Edenred has tried to help its clients by framing its Christmas Reward options in a simple selection box. Now, customers can discover the options that are available, make their selection and enjoy their reward.

Edenred has included many of its most popular gift choices in the Christmas Reward selection, such as capital bonds, compliments cards, store gift vouchers, experience cards, total reward statements, wine and dine vouchers and Christmas hampers.

Andy Philpott, Marketing Director of Edenred said: “At Edenred we understand that, sometimes, the difficulty in selecting the right reward can be down to having too much choice. To tackle that, we’ve launched our great new reward platform, called Compliments Select, which will allow our customers to let their employees and clients choose their own Christmas gift.

“We’re really excited about Compliments Select and we’re confident that it will let our customers give their employees exactly what they want. It can allow you to issue almost any kind of reward to any recipient in any location instantly, so Compliments Select lets you give a reward to all your employees, channel partners and customers using a single online platform, all at the click of a button.”

Employees will be able to go online and redeem their reward by browsing the many options available to them and selecting exactly what they want. Compliments Select will deliver ease and convenience to Edenred customers and choice and value for employees, as well as improved performance and ROI for organisations, making it the ultimate reward.

If current or prospective customers of Edenred do face any difficulties in choosing the ideal gift, Edenred has a trained team of advisors available to help customers decide between the different options available. And, having chosen a reward product, customers will also be able to take advantage of the support that Edenred can offer when implementing incentives and rewards and employee benefits to ensure they deliver maximum ROI, whichever option is selected.

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Edenred Plans Two Major Launches For Employee Benefits Live

Edenred will expand its range of online solutions by launching a major new employee incentives and rewards option and a state-of–the-art benefits platform for employees to visitors to Employee Benefits Live 2011.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how Compliments Select, an exciting new addition to Edenred’s highly successful Compliments range of incentive, reward and recognition vouchers, cards and e-cards, will provide the ultimate in employee choice in the run up to Christmas and beyond.

Edenred’s new Employee Savings portal will be the most user-friendly platform on the market. Extensive user-journey analysis and testing have ensured that employees can easily access and select the savings they want. This approach helps to maximise usage and savings and so helps employees to extend their spending power and the employer to maximise ROI.

Andy Philpott, Sales & Marketing Director of Edenred commented: “Online delivery is driving major change in the reward and benefits markets. While we already have superb online solutions such as Webcentiv, Total Reward Statements and our Flexible Benefits platform, these innovations will be further major assets to employers motivating and rewarding their staff pre- and post- Christmas and next year.”

Find out more about these innovations at stand 113 at Employee Benefits Live, or contact Veeraj Lutchman tel 0843 453 4406; or email sales@edenred.com.

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Edenred – The Only Employee Benefits Provider In The UK To Achieve Hat Trick Of International Accreditations

Edenred (Employee Benefits) is the first provider of employee benefits products and services to earn three top ISO accreditations. These are the ISO9001, ISO14001 and ISO27001 certifications. It was recently awarded the ISO/IEC 27001:2005, the international best practice framework, and is one of only 477 companies in the UK and 7346 worldwide to achieve this The certificate covers areas including; security policy, risk assessment, communications and operations management, access control, information systems acquisition, development and maintenance, business continuity management and compliance.

Andrew Watson, Information Security Manager at Edenred, commented:

“The security of our client information is critical to our future success and the ISO 27001 certification will play a crucial role in enhancing the trust and confidence in our services, people, processes and technology and deliver value to our customers and business partners.”

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Foreign Translations, Inc. Launches Foreign Staffing, Inc. Service and Website

Foreign Staffing, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of our new service and website (www.foreignstaffing.com). Using our 13 years of experience in providing translation services to global corporations, Foreign Translations, Inc. www.foreigntranslations.com created Foreign Staffing, Inc., www.foreignstaffing.com, a bilingual staffing and recruiting firm specializing in the placement of professional bilingual personnel all over the world.

With thousands of bilingual applicants across the globe, Foreign Staffing, Inc. has the foundation, resources, and expertise to locate and place bilingual and multilingual candidates anywhere and everywhere. According to CEO Ken Zwerdling,“There are far too many people skilled in foreign languages who are not utilizing them in the work place. We help applicants combine their professional and bilingual skills to find the perfect job anywhere in the country or around the world”. In addition, Zwerdling says, “We service companies with simple to diverse international demands, for example, those that may require German engineers in Chicago, Chinese Human Resources executives in Los Angeles, or even French lawyers in Boston.

The need for employees with foreign language skills is becoming a vital tool for almost any entity, from the most recognized of global businesses all the way to individual local companies. Foreign Staffing, Inc. is committed to assisting large-scale bilingual and multilingual communities as well as individuals find the opportunities where their skills will be utilized and appreciated. Because we value these skills, we are dedicated to matching applicants who have proven language and professional skills with the best permanent opportunities.

The new website has many features to help job seekers in search of job opportunities as well as help employers understand how we will fill their needs. Job seekers can view and apply for current jobs in various industries or register for future job openings.

CEO Ken Zwerdling says, “We are living in a global world. When job seekers are able to combine their language and professional skills they are infinitely more marketable in this very tough job market. And, more than ever before, employers are doing business around the globe and need employees with specific language skills”.

Foreign Staffing, Inc., http://www.foreignstaffing.com helps employers and job seekers Go Global With Confidence®.

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UK May Move Further Out Of Line With Most European Countries On Encouraging Workers To Eat At Lunch Time By Removing Tax Relief

The Government may take the UK further out of line with virtually all major European countries by removing tax allowances to employers that can encourage workers to eat a proper lunch.

Employers can currently claim 15p (0.18 Euros) on luncheon vouchers they provide to staff. In Germany employers receive €3.10 per employee per day: the French Government allows € 5.21 Euros; in Italy the allowance is €5.29; in Switzerland€5.80; in Belgium it is €5.91 Euros and in Spain the allowance is a remarkable €9.00 per employee per day.

Country and Euro per day allowance
Austria = 4.40
Belgium = 5.91
Bulgaria = 1.46
Czech Republic = 2.00
France = 5.21
Germany = 3.10
Greece = 6.00
Hungary = 2.60
Italy = 5.29
Luxembourg = 5.60
Poland = 2.37
Portugal = 7.26
Romania = 2.00
Slovakia = 2.70
Spain = 9.00
Switzerland = 5.80
Turkey = 5.39
United Kingdom = 0.18

Following a Budget announcement by the Government in the Spring, there is at present a consultation period before UK tax relief is due to be reduced to zero in the 2012 Finance bill.

This is despite Dame Carol Black, the Government’s national director for health and work, backing a recent YMCA report which criticised Britain’s ‘no lunch break’ culture and found that one in three people skip eating at work.

According to research by Bupa published earlier this year, UK companies are losing close to £50million a day in lost productivity as workers fail to take a lunch break. Bupa Clinical Director of Occupational Health, Dr. Jenny Leeser, also recently said: “In challenging economic times, the UK work force is in overdrive and the lunch break is falling by the wayside. Instead of taking a break to refuel, workers are using props including chocolates and sweets and caffeinated drinks to get them through the day.”

Andrew Adams of leading employee benefits and flexible benefits provider Edenred commented: “It is widely accepted that eating a proper lunch and taking a break are important for staff to be productive at work. Yet the Government is planning to go in the opposite direction to most European countries by removing the minimal level of tax relief it currently grants.

“Surely if the Government is truly committed to encouraging workers to eating properly at lunchtime and to supporting employers trying to maximise productivity in this tough economic climate, it should be increasing rather than removing tax relief on luncheon schemes?

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US Recruiters Launch Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment

Claude Penland and Sally Ezra, two global leaders in the international actuarial recruiting industry, today as partners announce the launch of their company, Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment (“Ezra Penland”) in Chicago, Illinois.

Joining Sally and Claude at Ezra Penland are five outstanding employees. They include Debbie Charbonneau, Kevin Elliott, Dana Kelly, Yvonne McArdle and Emily Moss. To read more about their top quality staff, see EzraPenland.com/recruiters.

Initially, the Group of Seven will be focused on the North American actuarial recruitment market, and then rapidly expand into the global market. It is Ezra Penland’s plan to be the market leader in their niche, as Sally Ezra has spent nearly two decades recruiting actuaries, has developed strong professional relationships and a vast network of clientele. They value her commitment, resourcefulness, her personal attention and, above all, her high level of professional ethics.

Claude Penland is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has over twenty years of experience as a casualty actuary and as a web strategist for actuarial recruitment organizations.

Ezra Penland additionally announces the timely publishing of their 2011 industry standard United States actuarial salary surveys at EzraPenland.com/salary. These 11 salary surveys include unprecedented detail on compensation for Property and Casualty, Life, Pension and Health actuaries. The details further break salaries down by consulting, reinsurance and insurance/all other employers of actuaries. An Adobe Acrobat file of all surveys is immediately available to be downloaded, printed and shared.

Ezra Penland is becoming known as the publisher of C-level insurance and reinsurance US salary surveys at EzraPenland.com/c-level. These CEO / CFO / CRO / etc. studies can also be found at LifeSalarySurvey.com, HealthSalarySurvey.com,  CasualtySalarySurvey.com and ReinsuranceSalarySurvey.com.

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Major UK Retailers Added To Employee Savings Programme

Four more major UK retailers have been added to Edenred’s extensive employee savings platform, enabling businesses to offer their staff even more opportunities to save money.

The latest retailers to offer discounts on their lifestyle products are award-winning hairdressers Toni&Guy; beauty retailer Crabtree & Evelyn; online wine retailer Naked Wines and Virgin Experience Days which offer gifts from fine-dining restaurants, spa breaks, theatre trips and holidays.

These companies boost the existing portfolio of discounted vouchers and reloadable cards to more than 50 major retail names, while at the same time helping employers to motivate staff with incentives and flexible benefits.

Each employee registers on a dedicated website and can tailor their requirements to ensure they receive discounts that fit their lifestyle and interest. These special offers can also be passed on to family, ensuring that the benefit is spread further.

Wayne Harrington, product manager at Edenred, comments: “We’re pleased to be working with these major UK retailers to add a wide range of discounts to our employee savings platform which in turn provides businesses with a valuable tool in their motivation and engagement strategy.

“In the current economic climate and with VAT increases and tax changes in full force, there is pressure on disposable incomes. Employers who join employee savings schemes can effectively give their staff a pay rise of almost £1000 a year pre tax, at minimal cost to the business.”

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A Strong CV Is Key To Avoiding Graduate Under-Unemployment

Following the news that more than half of all graduates are either out of work or stuck in menial jobs some six months after leaving university, Guardian Jobs are today stressing the importance in preparing a good CV to give you the best chance of success in the jobs market.

A study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research found that 52% of last year’s university-leavers, that’s 15,655, were unemployed or under-employed six months after graduating.

20%, that’s 59,000 graduates, had no job this year, the highest amount in a decade and double when the recession began in 2008. Worse still, it’s estimated that some 55% of 2011 graduates will be unemployed or under-employed six months after leaving university.

A spokesperson for Guardian Jobs said today “These findings and predictions by the CEBR do make for rather grim reading. It really highlights the importance graduates must make in making themselves appear employable on their CV, which is after all, the first form of contact employers will have.”

To help graduates get the right job, Guardian Jobs have partnered up with The Fuller CV to offer a free CV checking service that promotes the message ‘just say no to bad CV advice’ and highlights the importance of getting your CV checked over by an expert.

To browse Guardian Jobs extensive selection of graduate jobs, and for advice on how to best prepare your CV for the jobs search, visit the Guardian Jobs website.

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Reed Carer of The Year 2010 Announced

Lorraine Marshall, a Head Care Assistant in Edinburgh, and Georgia Douglas, a Social Worker in North Tyneside, were Reed Carer of the Year 2010 and Reed Social Worker of the Year 2010 respectively.

At a prestigious awards event at the Waldorf Hotel in London (on Thursday 2nd September), guest speaker Dame Joan Bakewell, the first official ‘Voice of Older People’, commented: “From paupers to monarchs, at some point in their lives everyone needs care. The Carers and Social Workers in this room are doing the work of angels. Their work is right at the heart of humanity and I take great heart in the knowledge that it may be one of you caring for me.”

Chosen from 27 finalists, drawn from 14 regions after a record number of nominations, Lorraine and Georgia each received £1,000 worth of holiday vouchers in addition to the accolade of being named Reed Carer of the Year 2010 and Reed Social Worker of the Year 2010.

Reed Carer of the Year
For the last 20 years, Reed Carer of the Year 2010 winner Lorraine Marshall has been working at Libertus Day Care Centre in South Edinburgh, which supports people of all ages who experience physical or learning disabilities or age-related infirmity. Extracts from Lorraine’s Award nominations include: “Lorraine puts so much effort into looking after us. Nothing is too much trouble for her. She is very kind and caring and always makes time to listen to anything you have to say and can be depended on to help. She is a wonderful example to others.”

Lorraine said: “It is fantastic to receive this award, but the simple fact is that I just love being a carer – encouraging people, promoting independence and helping them live a better life. It is really rewarding working with older people. There is always lots of laughter and I love listening to their stories.”

Reed Social Worker of the Year
Reed Social Worker of the Year 2010 Georgia Douglas is based at North Tyneside Hospital in the Discharge Team, and was nominated for all her support, knowledge, expertise and flexibility. Extracts from Georgia’s Award nominations include: “Georgia is passionate about her job and her team, and will always go out of her way to help staff and especially service users. She is a role model to what a manager and social worker should be.”

Commenting on her award, Georgia said: “It is an honour to receive this award and I am so lucky that it is for a job that I love doing. It is rewarding that I am able to support people in times of crisis and make a positive difference in their lives.”

Commenting on the success of this year’s awards, Reed Social Care Director Leslie Weare said: “We were delighted to receive so many nominations for a large number of exceptional individuals working in care and social work. The judging panel had an extremely impressive selection of regional winners to chose from, and Lorraine and Georgia were both deserved winners.”

Reed Global specialise in Social Care recruitment, and in association with Sue Ryder Care, this year’s Reed Carer of the Year Awards attracted nearly 900 nominations and triggered a donation of £10,000 to Sue Ryder Care by Reed.

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Foster Care Associates Rated Outstanding In Ofsted Inspections

Foster Care Associates (FCA) has reaffirmed its status as the UK’s leading independent fostering agency through the publication of recent Ofsted inspection results.

Assessing the quality and standard of services provided in its North West and South West regions, Ofsted judged each category and the region as a whole as ‘Outstanding’ – a fantastic achievement for the fostering agency. The inspectors found extensive evidence to underpin their judgement, particularly from children and young people and the agency’s foster carer colleagues.

The results further support the fostering agency in its ongoing commitment to raising standards of foster care and improving outcomes for children and young people. Through the Team Parenting model of foster care – delivering an extended network of professional support services to the foster carer and the child or young person – FCA is working to change the shape of foster care in the UK.

Regional manager at FCA North West, Colette Abbiss said: “We are delighted to have achieved the highest accolade with our practice being judged as ‘Outstanding’. The outcome is testament to the consistent hard work in the North West and the dedication and commitment of our staff and foster carers to our children and young people. The senior management team and I are very proud indeed and dedicate this achievement to the team effort in striving for excellence.”

Echoing these sentiments, Sheeree Cole, regional manager, FCA South West commented: “The staff at FCA South West are true professionals and they will go the extra mile both in terms of their outstanding practice and in terms of supporting carers. I feel very lucky that I have such a remarkable group of professionals that I have the privilege of managing. They truly deserve the ‘Outstanding’ accolade and I feel very proud that the South West has achieved such a terrific result.”

FCA North West provides an ‘Outstanding’ fostering service throughout the North West Region, delivering foster care in Manchester, fostering in Liverpool, and beyond, providing the highest level of local support to carers. This includes access to a wide range of support professionals, geared at addressing every looked after child or young person’s needs. FCA South West covers fostering in Cornwall, Plymouth, Exeter, and Torquay and across the South West.

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