Accommodation – Ostelli Della Gioventu http://ostellidellagioventu.org/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:04:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Accommodation – Ostelli Della Gioventu http://ostellidellagioventu.org/ 32 32 Victims of Bangkok’s Bon Kai community fire received free accommodation for a month https://ostellidellagioventu.org/victims-of-bangkoks-bon-kai-community-fire-received-free-accommodation-for-a-month/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 11:04:43 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/victims-of-bangkoks-bon-kai-community-fire-received-free-accommodation-for-a-month/

The National Housing Authority has offered temporary accommodation to victims of a fire in the Bon Kai community in Bangkok.

The authority says residents can stay for one month for free and then pay 999 baht per month thereafter.

The fire broke out in the Bon Kai community on Rama 4 Road in the Pathumwan district of Bangkok on Tuesday. Fortunately, no deaths were reported. Only 5 residents suffered from smoke-related inhalation or were injured after falling while running out of the building.

The a fire damaged 30 houses in the community making about 100 people homeless.

Residents have been instructed to file a complaint with the police and report any damage to their homes and belongings in order to claim compensation, repair costs and a budget to rent temporary accommodation.

Bangkok has set up a short-term temporary shelter at the Bon Kai Youth Club for residents. However, people still have to find housing while their homes are being repaired.

National Housing Authority director Thaweepong Wichaidit visited the Bon Kai Youth Club shelter today to see how residents are coping. Thaweepong revealed that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is worried about the victims and urged all relevant departments to help residents as soon as possible.

Thaweepong revealed that the National Housing Authority is working closely with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to prepare temporary housing for residents of a national housing project called Pron Praruang Prasit Housing, located on Sukhaphiban 5 Road in Sai Mai district.

There are 100 rooms available and the National Housing Authority will allow the homeless group to stay free for the first month. After that, residents will have to pay 999 baht per month.

As the Porn Praruang Prasit housing is located nearly 30 kilometers from the Bon Kai community, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will help find new schools for the children of the families.

THE SOURCE: Matichon | Channel 7

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The state could step in to build more student housing on campus to free up family homes https://ostellidellagioventu.org/the-state-could-step-in-to-build-more-student-housing-on-campus-to-free-up-family-homes/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/the-state-could-step-in-to-build-more-student-housing-on-campus-to-free-up-family-homes/

The state could step in to build more student accommodation on campuses to bring down rents, according to Higher Education Minister Simon Harris.

r Harris said if building permits and land owned by universities could be used it would lead to a “very significant” increase in student accommodation.

He hinted that a similar intervention could be set up as the €450 million Crói Cónaithe (Cities) government fund, where developers will get up to €144,000 to build an apartment.

“We have seen the state make decisions to intervene where there has been what is called a market failure, where there has been no capacity to build apartments,” he said. declared.

“Is it possible to change or come up with a new model where the state actually supports our higher education sector in building more housing?

“If we do, I think we could see a very significant increase in the supply of student accommodation.”

Minister Harris said he is currently working on proposals with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien and they will be presented to the next Cabinet sub-committee on housing.

He also said the whole of government supports such a move because it would mean that students are not renting houses, which could instead be used to house families.

“What we need to try to do is come up with a model where we can provide enough on-campus accommodation over time so that students who are currently competing with a family and a few kids to rent a house semi-detached with three beds or a three. a semi bed can actually be freed up to go live in student accommodation,” he said.

Minister Harris was speaking as he announced increases to the limits of money students can earn during the summer months to still be eligible for the SUSI scholarship.

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An act of accommodation | The Indian Express https://ostellidellagioventu.org/an-act-of-accommodation-the-indian-express/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 22:45:07 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/an-act-of-accommodation-the-indian-express/ The poet and philosopher Muhammad Iqbal once said “jamhuriyat ek tarz e hakoomat hai ki jis main bandon ko gina kartey hain, toula nahi kartey” (In a democracy, people are counted and not weighed). While on the face of it those who hold the majority have the right to run the country, experience shows that this does not always guarantee stability and a sense of inclusion.

For example, in the first past the post system (SMU) that we have adopted, a winning candidate generally gets a maximum of 25-30% of the total votes collected and the rest of the votes are distributed among different candidates. . This means that 70% of voters in that constituency are against the winning candidate. Even if the winning candidate obtains 51% of the votes, the remaining 49% will end up outside the decision-making system and thus contribute to instability.

While reviewing the recommendations of the Jammu and Kashmir Boundary Commission headed by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Desai, using the lens based on the above argument, it can be concluded that the Commission did well done to ensure that all communities in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir will have a share in the assembly. A sense of empowerment, which was limited to a few families in Srinagar and confined to a few regions, can now be spread evenly and horizontally.

Jammu and Kashmir is a mosaic of India; it is not monolithic. It accommodates people of multiple ethnicities, castes, and religions, who needed to be accommodated in the power structure. From 1846 to 1947, the Dogras of Jammu took the reins; from 1947 to today, the power is with the Muslims of Kashmir. Successive regimes have carved out constituencies such that the Hindus of Jammu, the Gujjars of Poonch-Rajouri, the Paharis of Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Gurez, Karnah and many other places remain subject to a few Kashmiri Muslims based in Srinagar. The latter were reluctant to share power or allow an alternative, even among Kashmiri Muslims. The best example is how they organized and rigged the 1987 elections, which became one of the reasons for the unrest and forced young people to take up arms – democracy based on the principle of the FPTP had failed them.

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To avoid such a situation and empower every community in the region, the Commission demarcated the constituencies of the assembly so that the Dogras of Jammu, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Kashmiri Muslims get an equitable share in the assembly. and decision making. The Commission’s recommendation to reserve two seats for a tiny 2% minority, the Kashmiri Pandits, one of which will be reserved for women, is a bold step. He further recommended an indefinite number of seats for those who were forced to migrate from Pakistani-held areas in 1947. Their fate has been pending for 70 years. Ironically, in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 12 seats are reserved for those who migrated from the Indian part of Kashmir and settled in different Pakistani towns. In the PoK assembly, six seats each are reserved for refugees from the Kashmir Valley and Jammu.

The completion of the process of redrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s electoral map paves the way for assembly elections in a region that has not had an elected government since June 2018. The Commission’s report carries the total number of seats in UT to 90 from 83 This will increase the number of seats in the Jammu division from 37 to 43 and in the Kashmir Valley from 46 to 47. The panel also reserved nine seats for the assembly – six in Jammu and three in Kashmir – for ST. Seven assembly seats have been reserved for CSs. The constitution of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir did not provide for the reservation of seats for STs in the Legislative Assembly.

The former J&K state had 111 seats in the assembly – 46 in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu, four in Ladakh and 24 seats reserved for the PoK. Since Ladakh was carved out as a separate UT, J&K ended up with 107 seats, including 24 for PoK. With seven additional seats, the total number of seats increased to 114, bringing the effective size of the assembly to 90, not counting the 24 seats reserved for the PoK.

The decision of the Commission to create a headquarters in Lok Sabha with areas of Jammu region and Kashmir Valley called Anantnag-Rajouri is based on the idea that the two regions should be considered as “integrated” and that the five Lok Sabha constituencies now have 18 assembly seats each.

The FPTP system is ideal for the UK. But in a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional region, the system must be changed. All European countries have modified it. Even in the United Kingdom, the Northern Ireland assembly created under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is elected as a single transferable vote of proportional representation using the principle of power-sharing to ensure that every political voice and every ethnicity is taken into account in the structure of power.

As countries and democracies evolve, there is no point in remaining obsessed with the UK’s antiquated system, which is based on majority rule and not empowerment of all sections. In modern times, we need an inclusive and non-exclusive democracy that only serves the interests of a few sections of the population.

The J&K Boundary Commission has taken a bold step towards this end, and its efforts should be encouraged. It is a start in the transition from an exclusive democracy to an inclusive democracy and it could also be replicated elsewhere in the country.

(The author is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India)

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There Is No Trial: Eliminating Conflicts of Religious Beliefs with Work Obligations Accommodation must be done…. (Unless it causes undue hardship) – Employee Rights/Labour Relations https://ostellidellagioventu.org/there-is-no-trial-eliminating-conflicts-of-religious-beliefs-with-work-obligations-accommodation-must-be-done-unless-it-causes-undue-hardship-employee-rights-labour-relations/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 04:06:07 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/there-is-no-trial-eliminating-conflicts-of-religious-beliefs-with-work-obligations-accommodation-must-be-done-unless-it-causes-undue-hardship-employee-rights-labour-relations/

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Synopsis of Seyfarth: Accommodation requests continue to vex employers who attempt to balance an employee’s religious beliefs with the general needs of business operations. But try, they must.

Notwithstanding Yoda’s mangled quote above, as more employees return to in-person work, it’s important to remember an employer’s obligations to accommodate their employees. Foremost among them: accommodations for religious beliefs. The recent Third Circuit opinion in Groff v. DeJoy provides detailed insight into an employer’s duty to attempt to accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs. Plaintiff Gerald E. Groff was a United States Postal Service (“USPS”) postal worker and was scheduled to work Sundays. The USPS had entered into a contract with Amazon, which required Sunday package delivery, and the success of Sunday delivery was critical to the USPS. After Groff alerted the USPS that he could not work Sundays in accordance with his religious beliefs, the USPS attempted to accommodate Groff by allowing him to voluntarily switch shifts. Although his supervisor undertook time-consuming efforts to find coverage, there were still a number of Sundays when Groff’s shift was not covered, impacting service standards. [??], and which brought progressive discipline to Groff. Ultimately, other USPS employees were forced to carry the burden of Groff’s Sunday shift due to increased workload and assignment to Sunday shifts. This impacted productivity and morale and created resentment among employees who were forced to take over. Although Groff requested accommodation that completely excused him from Sunday work, there was no other position to which Groff could be transferred that did not require Sunday work. After being disciplined for refusing to work, Groff quit. He filed a lawsuit alleging disparate treatment and a failure to accommodate his religious beliefs.

The Third Circuit ultimately upheld the granting of summary judgment in favor of the USPS, finding that accommodating Groff by excusing him from Sunday work created an undue burden by increasing the workload of his colleagues. , disrupting the workplace and workflow and lowering employee morale. Important takeaways from the decision for employers include:

A successful accommodation must eliminate the conflict between job requirements and religious practices.

Reasonable accommodation in good faith goes beyond a neutral attitude toward religious and non-religious accommodation requests from employees. Instead, the employer has a positive obligation to attempt to eliminate the conflict between job requirements and religious practices. This means that the employer must proactively modify its conduct to allow the employee to maintain full religious practice. Simply put, a home that in theory eliminate this conflict is not enough.

While swapping shifts may otherwise be considered a reasonable accommodation to allow an employee to observe the Sabbath, the Third Circuit found here that it was not reasonable because the USPS did not been able to find cover for Graff at least two dozen times. In other words, because the conflict between his request to take time off work and the need for daily delivery was not eliminated, the accommodation failed.

Reasonableness is considered on a case-by-case basis

There is no perfect answer to ascertaining the reasonableness of accommodation for the employee’s sincere religious belief. Indeed, eliminating the conflict does not necessarily mean that the accommodation is reasonable. However, attempting to eliminate this conflict is a minimum threshold in the analysis of reasonableness.

There is no failure to provide religious accommodation if employers can show undue hardship

Examples of undue hardship are case specific and require showing more than one de minimis cost to the employer and his business. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in particular, states that there must be evidence that the accommodation would cause disruption in the workplace or adversely affect the rights of other employees. Groff demonstrates that such workplace disruptions and negative impacts on workplace morale may be sufficient evidence to demonstrate undue hardship.

What constitutes undue hardship? These negative costs can be both economic and non-economic, such as:

  • The tedious process of finding coverage;

  • Increase the workload of other employees;

  • Pay overtime to provide coverage;

  • Create a tense atmosphere among the remaining employees;

  • Resulting morale issues among remaining employees; and

  • Provide an exemption that might otherwise violate state law.

Requests for religious accommodations aren’t new, but they’ve also become more frequent with the CDC’s continued recommendation of COVID-19 vaccines. Thus, it is important to consider the main points of the Groff decision and interact thoughtfully and create accommodations for employees (and applied consistently to all employees). When accommodations cannot be made, the employee must be informed and these reasons must be documented at the same time.

*Rachel Duboff is a Senior Fellow at the firm and the other authors thank her for her help in writing this article.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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Man found dead in downtown Belfast hotel rented by Housing Executive https://ostellidellagioventu.org/man-found-dead-in-downtown-belfast-hotel-rented-by-housing-executive/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 19:22:00 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/man-found-dead-in-downtown-belfast-hotel-rented-by-housing-executive/

A man was found dead on Wednesday morning at a hotel in downtown Belfast currently rented by the Housing Executive.

This death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police confirmed they “received a report on Wednesday of the sudden death of a man at a property in the Bank Street area of ​​Belfast”.

The PSNI added that “investigations are ongoing, however, at this time the death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Bob McCoubrey owns the Morne Seafood Restaurant, which is adjacent to the property where the death occurred.

Originally intended as boutique apartments, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) rented the building during the lockdown.

For two and a half years it has been used as temporary accommodation for homeless and vulnerable people.

Mr McCoubrey said he was informed of the death on Wednesday morning, arriving at his business premises. He said he had been in contact with the housing executive about the “chaos” that has ensued outside the property lately.

Chief Housing Officer Grainia Long said: ‘We were informed this morning of the tragic death of a young man whom we were helping by providing temporary accommodation and, working with others, to help provide a support.

“Our hearts go out to this man’s family and friends at this sad time.

“As with any serious incident of this type, we are working with the relevant authorities and will carry out our own review of the circumstances.”

She added: “Last year we assessed over 15,000 applications from people who presented as homeless and made over 9,000 placements in temporary accommodation.

“Our teams of experienced housing professionals are acutely aware of the extent of homelessness in Northern Ireland and the growing demand for temporary accommodation.

“There is a level of complexity to ensuring the right housing and support solutions and we are working with our volunteer and community partners to provide these services in extremely difficult circumstances.”

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International skiers set to boost accommodation sector in Queenstown and Wanaka – report https://ostellidellagioventu.org/international-skiers-set-to-boost-accommodation-sector-in-queenstown-and-wanaka-report/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 23:05:45 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/international-skiers-set-to-boost-accommodation-sector-in-queenstown-and-wanaka-report/

Rental of holiday homes in the Queenstown and Wanaka area during the July school holiday period is already at 81% capacity, the company said.

Nick Peirce, Bachcare’s chief revenue officer, said the number of international visitors is expected to increase significantly over the coming weeks, with some accommodation affected by staff shortages across the region.

“What we can see from the latest data is that traffic to our website from Australia is around 13 times higher than it was at the same time last year.

“We also know that vacation home rentals are less affected by labor shortages as they do not require staff for reception areas, catering facilities and maintenance.

“With a significant increase in the number of trans-Tasman bookings, it reflects growing confidence in the market that we are going to see a strong winter tourist season,” he said.

However, it’s not all good news for domestic hosting providers. Peirce said bookings around Mount Ruapehu are having a slower start to the ski season this year.

“Looking at properties around Mount Ruapehu, we can see July bookings are down 38% from 2021, up 34% from 2020 and flat from 2019.

“Last year, due to ongoing border closures, guest engagement happened earlier than in previous years.

“With the opening of the border, demand for Ruapehu has returned to the pre-COVID pattern,” he continued.

“The difference between the North Island and the Southern Lakes is because Mount Ruapehu is almost entirely a domestic market, while Queenstown has direct flights into the region from Australia and has therefore attracted international sales. earlier.”

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93% of promised housing does not house Ukrainians https://ostellidellagioventu.org/93-of-promised-housing-does-not-house-ukrainians/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 23:00:18 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/93-of-promised-housing-does-not-house-ukrainians/

Just over 1,300 Ukrainians live in pledged accommodation in Ireland – despite initial housing offers exceeding 20,000.

This means that only 6.5% of this promised housing is now hosting refugees fleeing war – and just over 93% has yet to materialise.

34,800 Ukrainians have arrived in the country since the end of February and more than 25,000 have sought accommodation with state services.

More than 180 unaccompanied children have entered Ireland in the past four months.

The Cabinet sub-committee overseeing the response to the war in Ukraine is meeting tomorrow.

The meeting comes after senior government officials reportedly expressed serious concerns last week over the search for additional accommodation.

There are particular concerns about what will happen when student accommodation is no longer available at the end of the summer to house those seeking refuge.

There has also been an increase in recent weeks in the number of people from other countries seeking asylum here.

Officials are examining whether this is linked to Britain’s new Rwandan policy.

Activists in the UK lost a High Court bid on Friday to block the British government’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda, paving the way for the first flight scheduled for Tuesday.

While Irish local authorities have resumed the vetting process to assess pledged accommodation, only 400 vacant homes are currently housing people.

The government aims to have 6,000 people in promised accommodation by August.

Local authorities are also rehabilitating properties to make 3,000 short-term places available.

About a fifth of the people who have come here from Ukraine work, mainly in the hospitality sector.

The government is currently exploring ways to provide more language courses to help these refugees find employment here.

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Airbnbs at $2000 a night instead of accommodation https://ostellidellagioventu.org/airbnbs-at-2000-a-night-instead-of-accommodation/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:11:04 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/airbnbs-at-2000-a-night-instead-of-accommodation/

A building in Griffintown that was meant to house residences now houses a sprawling apartment hotel that costs $150 to $2,000 a night.

• Read also: In the midst of the housing crisis, millions of dollars belong to Airbnb

Yesterday, our FBI reported that in the midst of a housing crisis, Quebec would lend $30 million to the multinational Sonder, which specializes in short-term rentals, like Airbnb.

The company, whose head office is in the United States, manages the rental of 389 apartments in Montreal.

However, we found that 47 of these apartments are located in a building, Richmond, which should have housed traditional accommodation.

In 2011, developer Groupe Dayan applied for a zoning change to allow it to convert former industrial buildings in Griffintown into a 300-unit housing development.

Example 3 1/2 of this building which was asking for more than $200 a night when Le Journal recently rented it.

Photo by Charles Mathieu

Example 3 1/2 of this building which was asking for more than $200 a night when Le Journal recently rented it.

This complex was to contribute to the “creation of a new living environment”, can we read in the documents given to the elected officials of the South-West region of Montreal.

When applying for a building permit for the first phase of his project, the promoter asked instead for the construction of 84 hotel accommodations.

Of this number, Sonder currently manages 47 apartments and seven others are rented on Airbnb by Dayan Group.

“It’s a business decision,” said company president George Dean, who declined to comment further.

Thus, Sonder was able to take advantage of a zoning change to settle in Richmond, before the Southwest imposed significant restrictions on the possibility of making Airbnb rentals there.

“Certainly years later, with a housing crisis, it becomes frustrating. There we are currently making sure that there are no such cases. We really organized the organization, ”says the mayor of the South-West and head of housing within the Factory service, Benoit Doris. .

Since 2019, short-term rentals are prohibited in the South West except for a short stretch of Notre-Dame Street.

“The use of hotel apartments, in residential areas, remains authorized in 2018. [Sonder] They are now an “acquired right”, explains the City’s communications officer, Anyck Paradis.

Sonder also defended himself “at the time of the issuance of the permit, a tourist residence was authorized in this area”.

In its project of 300 apartments, Dayan Group has also committed to building 15% social housing and 15% affordable housing. Forty-seven of these units will begin this fall.

Hotels without reception

Sonder may operate “hotels” without front desk staff, although current municipal regulations no longer allow it.

According to permits obtained from Tourisme Québec, Sonder currently operates two “tourist residences”, including Richmond, and four “hotels”.

During our visit, we found that three of the four Sonder hotels did not have a front desk clerk on site.

These are the Gare St-Denis projects, opposite the CHUM, Victoria, in Old Montreal, and Lofts Guérin, in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

In the last place, by the time Sonder opened his establishment, the city had already tried to stand up to the uninhabited hotels.

However, the regulations were not specific enough to prevent Sonder from providing remote reception-only service.

“A reception had already been set up at the establishment, and since the concept of the service was not really defined, it was difficult to order anything at this level”, explains the communications director of the Plateau Mont- Royal, Michel Tanguy.

This city therefore had to organize itself again to counter projects like those of Sonder.

This is also the case for the Ville-Marie and Sud-Ouest districts, which now require hotels to have an employee on duty 24 hours a day.

Sonder also challenged this settlement.

“There has to be a reception, with someone there. Otherwise, it is not compliant,” confirms the head of habitat within the plant department, Benoit Dorries.

However, Sonder could operate three of its hotels under the old, grandfathered regulations, the company argued.

“For this reason, we cannot speak of non-compliance with our regulations, nor require that an employee be available 24 hours a day”, identifies Michel Tangway.

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EEOC sues Del Frisco of Georgia for firing employee because of her religion | United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) https://ostellidellagioventu.org/eeoc-sues-del-frisco-of-georgia-for-firing-employee-because-of-her-religion-united-states-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-eeoc/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 21:31:06 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/eeoc-sues-del-frisco-of-georgia-for-firing-employee-because-of-her-religion-united-states-equal-employment-opportunity-commission-eeoc/

Atlanta restaurant scheduled employee to work in violation of her religious beliefs, then fired her for not working, federal agency charges

ATLANTA — Del Frisco’s of Georgia, LLC, an Atlanta-based restaurant, violated federal law by firing a server when his religious beliefs conflicted with his work schedule, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has charged. of Employment (EEOC) in a lawsuit she filed today.

According to the EEOC lawsuit, beginning in January 2019, the employee requested and was granted accommodation to not work Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings so that she could attend prayer and church services. Del Frisco scheduled the employee to work on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in conflict with her existing religious accommodation and her need to attend prayer services that evening. The employee reminded her supervisors of her religious conflict, but she was not removed from the schedule. When the employee didn’t show up for work that day, Del Frisco fired her.

Such conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits firing an employee because of her religion and requires that sincere religious beliefs be considered by employers. The EEOC filed a lawsuit (Civil Action No. 1:22-CV-2234 MHC JKL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Division of Atlanta, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement via its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking back wages, initial awards, compensatory damages, and punitive damages for the employee, and an injunction to prevent future discrimination.

“Federal law requires employers to accommodate the sincere religious beliefs of their employees where it is not an undue burden on the employer,” said Marcus G. Keegan, regional attorney for the district office. of Atlanta from the EEOC. “Del Frisco’s could have easily continued to accommodate its employee’s religious accommodation of not working a Tuesday evening, but chose to schedule it anyway, and that harsh inflexibility cost her her livelihood. The EEOC is prepared to protect the rights of these employees.

Darrell Graham, district director of the Atlanta office, said, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is intended, in part, to protect religious pluralism in our country. Del Frisco forced her employee into the untenable position of choosing between her job and her religious beliefs, and no one should have to make that choice.

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. More information is available at www.eeoc.gov.

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Vivid lights up Sydney’s struggling hotels https://ostellidellagioventu.org/vivid-lights-up-sydneys-struggling-hotels/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 04:53:03 +0000 https://ostellidellagioventu.org/vivid-lights-up-sydneys-struggling-hotels/

Michael Johnson, CEO of Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) said the lights extravaganza saw hotel bookings soar over 80 per cent for the first time since the start of the pandemic with visitors flocking to the city from regional NSW and other states.

“This is a far cry from last year, when entire floors of hotels were closed – in fact, some accommodation hotels were closed – due to lack of visitors,” Mr Johnson said.

“Destination NSW and the State Government are to be commended for hosting an event that gives such a boost to the struggling tourist accommodation sector during the quiet winter months.

“The economic effects on pubs, restaurants and other small businesses in the CBD will run into the millions over the three-week event.”

Accommodation Association CEO, Richard Munro said Vivid’s runaway success has once again highlighted the chronic labor shortage in the hospitality industry.

“It’s ironic that many hotels have to turn away travelers because they don’t have enough staff, after two years of staff but no travelers,” Munro said.

“Limited visitor numbers mean some sites can’t take full advantage of Vivid’s popularity.”

TAA and Accommodation Australia will work closely with the new Federal Government on this issue and welcome the Albanian Government’s recent $10 million initiative to promote the return of Australians to the hospitality industry.

Data for the last week of May (which included the launch of Vivid) showed revenue per available room (revpar) up 65.5% compared to the same week of May last year.

Occupancy peaked at 82.8% on Saturday May 28 and could have been higher if labor shortages and hotel capping had not occurred.

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