CIPD hopeful of workable rules on covert monitoring

first_imgCIPD hopeful of workable rules on covert monitoringOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Employers are optimistic thatthey will no longer have to automatically contact the police before the covertmonitoring of staff as the final draft on guidance claimed. Employer bodies believe theywon a significant victory at the last meeting with the Information Commissionon 16 April to change to final draft code. The CIPD’s Diane Sinclair saidthat the Information Commission had accepted that it was impractical foremployers to contact the police over all covert monitoring. She said many employers wouldwant to monitor for soft drug abuse, for example, but would not want to involvethe police.  The Information Commissionacknowledged that covert monitoring of some types of offence would not be inbreach of the Data Protection Act, but has yet to decide when police must beinvolved.David Smith, said: “It is anarea that we have been looking at again. Covert monitoring is a seriousintrusion of privacy, which is why we originally included the need to contactthe police. “Membersat the consultation said that even for serious criminal offences they may wantto deal with them internally.”Essential questions on themonitoring of staffWhat is the code? It is employer guidance on how to comply with the 1998 Data Protection Act,which came into force last yearWhen will it be released? It will be published within six weeksHow often will staff have tobe notified of monitoring? Staff will have to be notified ‘on a regular basis’, and this can be viapayslips, e-mails or staff newslettersWill staff be able tomonitor staff covertly? Employers will have to complete a form justifying covert monitoring andoutline why they suspect criminal activity. Police will also have be informedin certain Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Nanda appointed director of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

first_img Read Full Story Ashish Nanda, the Robert Braucher Professor of Practice, faculty director of executive education, and research director at the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School, has been appointed director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), in India.Nanda’s appointment w1as announced by IIMA’s board of governors following approval by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office and various ministries in the government of India. Upon assuming his new responsibilities on Sept. 2, 2013, he will take a leave of absence from the Harvard Law School faculty, but will continue to be involved with HLS and HBS Executive Education programs.Said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow: “This important appointment recognizes the vital leadership of Ashish Nanda in the study and teaching of management and business dimensions of professional services sectors in a global economy. Our students and colleagues have benefitted from his rich knowledge of organizational behavior, culture and processes and the increasingly global reach of law and business organizations.  How wonderful that Ashish now has the opportunity to give back to the school where he trained—and how terrific that he will continue his involvement in Harvard Law School’s Executive Education program and strengthen its cutting edge role in research and teaching about this transformative time for law firms and global law practice.”Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Doc Rivers anticipates Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander can see lots of playing time – if he earns it

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “The difference between myself and Mike Miller – Mike was a much better shooter,” Maggette said.Gilgeous-Alexander, 20, proved a smooth operator in the preseason, using his change-of-pace ability to get to the basket with ease and his on-court smarts to figure out how to finish. He averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 21.3 minutes in five preseason games.MORE BOBANEarlier this week, Rivers suggested that Boban Marjanovic also could be a regular presence on the court.The 7-foot-3 center was huge this preseason, scoring 60 points and grabbing 33 rebounds in 52 minutes.“Hopefully (he plays) every game,” Rivers said. “With him, I think from a coaching standpoint, you’re so concerned with what he can’t do as opposed to what he can do and I think his cans outdo his can’ts, so those are the guys who play.”Having Marjanovic – who arrived via the Blake Griffin trade with Detroit last January – in training camp has been beneficial for all involved, Rivers said.“We get to see him in our execution and in our stuff and realize, ‘Man, he can do this,’” Rivers said. “When you get traded in the middle of the year, you’re not sure because you don’t have time to work on things, so I think it helps all the way around.”A NEW WAY TO WATCHSteve Ballmer, the Clippers’ owner and former Microsoft CEO, has a new innovation to share this season. On Monday, the team announced the launch of Clippers CourtVision, which will put “fans in control of the viewing experience.” Pioneered by Second Spectrum, it uses machine learning, data visualization and augmented reality to allow fans to customize their viewing experience.It’s available to FOX Sports Prime Ticket subscribers via the FOX Sports mobile application. A limited number of Clippers season ticket-holders will also have a chance to test a Clippers CourtVision Beta release this year, which has additional customization features.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters “And now I’m back with young guys. I also had a young guy in Corey Maggette, as a rookie, who I played a ton of minutes as well. So I’ve never had a problem doing it.”Maggette, who now is a regular broadcaster for the Clippers, with whom he played eight seasons, averaged about 18 minutes per game as a rookie with the Orlando Magic under Rivers in the 1999-2000 season.He said he earned that playing time in part because he was ready for it.“Doc, he’s a firm believer in players working extremely hard,” Maggette said. “I knew coming from the Duke pedigree, that from a conditioning standpoint, I was going to be in shape. And far as the first week in training camp, it was one of the things that Doc raved about, how good of condition I was in … so that was one of the keys.”Maggette’s rookie minutes did not, however, approach Mike Miller’s 29 minutes per contest the following season, a high for a rookie under Rivers. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates LOS ANGELES — Coach Doc Rivers said he hopes Clippers fans see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for more than 20 minutes per game this season. At least, Rivers said the rookie guard has the opportunity to earn that much court time.“I hope so, I would be disappointed if he didn’t,” Rivers said before Wednesday’s season opener against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. “But that’s up to him.”And no, Rivers said, despite his reputation for favoring veteran lineups, it shouldn’t seem strange that he’s eager to make a rookie such an important part of each night’s plan.“It’s funny, my whole career, I’ve actually played young guys,” Rivers said. “It’s just when I got to Boston, we had a bunch of vets and then all of a sudden I was labeled a guy who played vets – smartly so. That’s what you should do. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more

Astros’ sign-stealing reportedly started with 2016 front-office scheme

first_imgMLB has said that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and 2018 was player-driven, but a report Friday said that it knew the plan originated in the team’s front office.The Wall Street Journal reported that Houston’s baseball operations department put together a system to steal signs with technology in 2016, the year before the team won the World Series. The scheme, named Codebreaker, employed video, Excel spreadsheets and an algorithm that could decipher catchers’ signals in real time. MLB learned of Codebreaker when it was investigating the Astros for stealing signs in 2017 and 2018, the Journal reported. MORE: Hinch says he failed as a leaderThe team also had a “sign-stealing department” that engaged in the “dark arts” of intercepting signals, according to a letter MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent to former general manager Jeff Luhnow in January that outlined baseball’s findings.The Journal laid out how the Codebreaker system operated, based on information in Manfred’s letter:The way Codebreaker worked was simple: Somebody would watch an in-game live feed and log the catcher’s signs into the spreadsheet, as well as the type of pitch that was actually thrown. With that information, Codebreaker determined how the signs corresponded with different pitches. Once decoded, that information would be communicated through intermediaries to a baserunner, who would relay them to the hitter.Astros players expanded the process in mid-2017. They watched a live feed from center field, figured out the signs, and then delivered them to hitters by banging (or not banging) on a trash can. Manfred, the Journal noted, said Luhnow was unaware of the “banging scheme.”MLB found that the Astros used Codebreaker at home and on the road during the life of the sign-stealing scheme, an important piece of information that calls the legitimacy of the hitters’ 2017 performance into further question. Houston was 3-6 on the road in the postseason that year but won Game 7 of the World Series in Los Angeles as it knocked out Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in the second inning.Teams grew suspicious of the Astros during the 2017 season, and one e-mail to Luhnow in August that year claimed a drop in Codebreaker’s effectiveness as teams began regularly changing signs, according to the Journal’s report. (One piece of anecdotal evidence: The team’s OPS dropped from .948 in July 2017 to .726 in August before improving to .787 in September.)Astros players continued with the scheme through the 2017 World Series and into the 2018 season before scrapping it. MLB, according to the Journal, determined that Luhnow knew about Codebreaker but couldn’t prove whether he knew how it worked.The only mention of former manager A.J. Hinch in the Journal’s report was Luhnow asking a staffer in an e-mail correspodence how much Hinch knew of Codebreaker. Luhnow and Hinch were fired over the scheme and were suspended for the 2020 season by MLB. No players were punished because Manfred gave them immunity in exchange for full disclosure about sign-stealing.Hinch said in an interview with MLB Network’s Tom Verducci that he feels a responsibility for the scandal because he failed to stop the sign-stealing early on.last_img read more