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Air Cannons, Inc. Adds Convenience and Creativity to Whipping Crowds Into Frenzy

Denver, CO (PRWEB) April 3, 2007

You see air cannons in action just about every night in arenas and stadiums around the U.S. and the world. Air Cannons, Inc. has added the convenience of shrink wrapping the T-shirts so it’s more convenient for the shooter to blast out more T-shirts in a shorter time. And they’ve added new products that can shot into the crowd.

Air Cannons have been featured lately in such shows as “American Chopper”, “Pimp My Ride” and a commercial for ESPN. Air cannons are used as a marketing tool at events to excite the crowd, but also brand the sports team or their sponsors. Besides shooting T-shirts, the air cannons can also shoot other items that include coupons or other branding material.

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, had this to say about air cannons in his January 15, 2007, blog posting: “The minute the T Shirt cannons or slingshots come on the court, field or ice, every man, woman or child of any age is up screaming their head off trying to get a free T Shirt . They have no idea what is on the shirt. They know the chances of getting one are slim, but it doesn’t matter. It’s T Shirts gone wild.”

With the new shrink wrap service, each T-shirt will be wrapped in plastic and ready to launch, providing a nice professional look when a person catches the shirt. The shrink wrap also protects the T-shirts from dirt and scuffs in case it hits the ground. Previously, T-shirts were wrapped in tape or rubber bands to keep the T-shirt together while in flight.

Air Cannons does the printing and rolling of the shirts so they are ready to blast out when the client receives them. This saves time, money and hassle from having to roll and bind hundreds or thousands of T-shirts.

Air Cannons is also offering new and innovative products that can be shot into the crowd. Air Cannons can have custom promotional products developed that symbolize your company and are perfect for launching out from an air cannon. Ideas include bottles, cans, stuffed animals and soft toy cars. Promotional products can be imprinted with coupons and contact information. With hundreds of possible shapes, stress relievers will provide a unique marketing tool for companies.

“The new shrink wrap service will help our clients shoot more T-shirts and products into crowd and increase their branding,” said Jake Wilson, co-owner of Air Cannons, Inc. “We know the crowds light up when our cannons come out during breaks, and we’re looking forward to seeing that happen more often with our new shrink service and the greater variety of products shot into the crowd.”

For additional information on custom air cannons and blastable promotional products, contact Adam Whitney or visit http://www.aircannonsinc.com. They can help you customize an air cannon to excite the crowds at your events.

About Air Cannons, Inc:

Air Cannons, Inc., has been in business for 10 years and is a leader in the T-launcher industry. They have provided air cannons to hundreds of sports teams, radio stations, universities and marketing companies. Air Cannons, Inc., products have been featured on “American Chopper”, “Pimp My Ride” and ESPN.

Contact:

Adam Whitney, sales manager

Air Cannons, Inc.

720-207-9077

http://www.aircannonsinc.com

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Edenvale Shoppes Enters Into Relationship with ICRA to Further the Efforts of Providing a Safe Internet Experience

Green Bay, WI (PRWEB) July 5, 2007

Edenvale Shoppes announced today that it has entered into a relationship with ICRA to further the efforts of providing a safe internet experience.

“In addition to current measures such as Hacker Safe and Yahoo Secure Shopping that provide shopping and viewing security and reliability for our customers, we feel that users of the internet need the ability to determine what they are exposed to,” said Jesse Akre, President of Edenvale Shoppes. “The ability to label a site’s content as safe for viewing — void of any solicitations or materials that are considered offensive or vulgar, we feel is key at driving the continuous evolution of a save internet experience for all users, minor and adult. Leading internet safety advocate sites such as Netsmartz.org endorse the ICRA as a must have for internet content measurement and exposure.”

Internet safety is a growing concern. Recently, The FBI listed their top tips for child and teen internet safety.

There are some very important things that you need to keep in mind when you’re on your computer at home or at school.

iD USB Devise Ushers the Medical Bracelet into the 21st Century


Sandy, UT (Vocus) February 5, 2008 –

In an effort to provide first responders with personal medical information, especially during emergencies when treatment errors often occur, the iD Personal Electronic Identification Device picks up where the medical ID bracelet left off — but with a digital twist. iD is a USB flash drive that gives doctors, EMS responders and health-care professionals access to a persons critical, potentially life-saving medical information at an accident scene or in any emergency situation.

Medical professionals rely on patient background information in order to provide care and to administer appropriate medications, but many emergency situations make immediate identification impossible. As a result, nearly 200,000 people die each year from medical errors in the US alone, and most are the result of missing or inaccurate medical information. Access to reliable and timely information is a very real consideration and often critical for patient treatment success, especially for people with sensitive medical conditions like diabetes, rare blood types or medication allergies. Most importantly, iD allows owners to convey pertinent medical and legal information even when they are unconscious or unable to respond!

On the iD flash drive is a self launching and easy to read computer program that holds personal identification including a photograph, emergency contacts, and medical and insurance information about its owner including medications and allergies. It is also capable of storing vital medical records such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Living Will documents. iD does not require any special software or readers and features an auto-run program that loads the information for immediate display when the iD drive is inserted into a computers USB port. The information can be read by any standard-issue Police, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), or Fire Rescue Service laptop computer.

Developed by a computer specialist in cooperation with local fire, Rescue and EMT authorities in Sandy, Utah, iD has been embraced by these agencies who deal with identification issues every day. There are a lot of situations when time lost because we cannot identify a person results in brain damage or damage to vital organs, says Rick Howard, Sandy city Fire Dept. Medical Officer. Just having their information immediately accessible and not having to waste critical time is vital if we are to respond with the proper level of care. The information carried on iD can save time critical to saving lives.

iD is small enough to be attached to an adults key ring, a childs backpack, an Alzheimers patients article of clothing, or tied into a toddlers shoelace. iD does not require internet access, does not store sensitive medical records on a server, does not carry sensitive information like Social Security, drivers license or credit card numbers, and does not require a monthly subscription fee. iD features overwrite password protection, and can be easily updated to reflect medical profile changes. iD is available for $ 24.99 (+S&H) exclusively online at http://www.identificationdevices.net.

Identification Devices, LLC is a Sandy, Utah company dedicated to the development of innovative personal identification products.

Media contact: Bill Schlueter at LaunchPad PR (310)397-4321

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WiHood and Oslo School Sign ‘Letter of Intent (LOI)’ to Integrate 4th Grade’s Curriculum into WiHood’s ‘Virtual Laptop’ Service

Oslo, Norway (PRWEB) May 3, 2008

WiHood and Huseby School (Oslo, Norway) have signed a LOI (“Letter Of Intent) to evaluate and begin integrating Huseby School’s 4th grade class’s curriculum into the WiHood service. All 45 students and 4 teachers of Huseby’s 4th grade class will participate in this first-ever “virtual laptop” academic project.

With WiHood, students will be able to continue their in-class lesson at home or on any internet connected PC. “The academic continuity from classroom-to-home is seamless with WiHood” says Thomas F. Anglero, Chairman and CEO of WiHood AS. “We are honored to be cooperating with Huseby School who shares our passion to improve the education of children by providing them with WiHood, a service that protects children online and allows them to continue their classroom lesson on any internet connected PC.”

WiHood’s “virtual laptop” on a USB bracelet is portable and can be worn on the child’s wrist, folded in a pocket or a school bag. WiHood’s USB bracelet is made of non-toxic silicon so it is safe and kid-tough. WiHood’s bracelet protects children online when the parents are not home or while the child is surfing at home, a friend’s, and at school.

WiHood is based in Oslo (Norway) and was incorporated in August 2007. WiHood has been honored to be awarded funding from Innovation Norway (a division of the Norwegian government providing funding only to Norway’s most innovative companies). WiHood was founded to bridge the digital-divide while protecting children online using Web 2.0 innovations (Web Services and Cloud Computing Technologies). Additional information can be found at http://www.WiHood.com.

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The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog Launches Investigations Into Auction Rate Securities Damages, Stock Broker Churning & Mutual Fund Negligence


Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 2, 2009

For nearly a year Americas Watchdog’s Wall Street Fraud Watchdog has been waging a battle in behalf of cheated and defrauded auction rate securities victims. While there have been some settlements announced, there are still numerous banks, stock brokerage firms, and others who sold auction rate securities to innocent investors that have yet to agree to any refund. Because auction rate securities involved fraud on the part of the biggest sellers the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is also demanding that all auction rate securities investors classified as “institutional investors” be given a refund also.

As the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog has continued its battle for duped auction rate securities investors the group has been deluged with calls from the adult children of US senior citizens who feel like their parent/relative has had their stock account churned by a US stock broker or bank investment advisor. At the same time the group receives daily calls from gigantic losses in 401-K retirement accounts made up of supposedly safe US Mutual Funds. So today the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is launching three different initiatives, focused on Wall Street fraud, stock broker/bank investment advisor abuse or fraud, and US Mutual Fund negligence; as follows:

Auction Rate Securities:

On February 14, 2008, the supposed auction rate securities market collapsed, leaving 145,000 individuals, plus countless institutional customers wondering if they had lost their life savings, or a significant investment. As it turned out, the auction rate securities market was basically a giant Ponzi scheme. It has come to light that the auction rate securities markets were suffering failures, as far back as the summer of 2007. By infusing money into the auctions, US banks and investment bankers made it appear that the auctions were safe, or sound. According to the Wall Street Fraud watchdog, “this is fraud 101, you had intent, the major banks and major investment bankers concealed the truth from both retail & institutional investors, and there needs to be indictments for those involved.” The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is also requesting that the New York, Massachusetts & Missouri State Attorney Generals give investors who purchased auction rate securities through Wells Fargo, Openheimer, E-Trade and Raymond James an update as to the status of possible recoveries, from these banks, or stock brokerage firms. Victims of the auction rate securities who have suffered business losses, legal fees or other costs may be entitled to “consequential damages”, according to FINRA. For more information, auction rate securities victims can call the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their web site at http://WallStreetFraudWatchdog.com.

Stock Churning:

The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is encouraging the adult children or relatives of all US senior citizens to check their stock brokerage, or bank investment advisory services statements, for suspicious trading activity, or high volumes of stock market trades, that do not make sense. The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is concerned that tens of thousands of US senior citizens had their stock market accounts churned by unscrupulous stock brokers or bank investment advisors in order to get commissions on the trade in 2008. As a result of this, the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog believes that tens of thousands of US senior citizens may have been fleeced out of a large portion of their life savings, or retirement accounts. If an adult child of a US senior citizen believes their parent has been a victim of stock churning on the part of a US stock broker, or bank investment advisor, please call the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466, or contact them via their web site at http://WallStreetFraudWatchdog.com

US Mutual Fund Negligence:

To say that most US Mutual Funds have been negligent in the handling of US Mutual Funds, is an all time understatement, according to the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog. Millions of US citizens have seen their life saving vaporize in US Mutual Funds, in the last two years. Was it rocket science to know that share prices in US banks, investment bankers, retailers, homebuilders, machinery manufacturers, auto companies, and other sectors would all plummet, as a result the US real estate implosion? According to the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog, “so what did mutual fund managers do? Watch or stand by as the stock went to zero?” According to the group, “There needs to be accountability on the part of US Mutual Fund Managers, and there needs to be class actions, or lawsuits for this extreme negligence.” If you are a victim of a significant Mutual Fund loss please feel free to contact the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at http://WallStreetFraudWatchdog.com.

The Wall Street Fraud Watchdog is all about investor protection and Wall Street integrity. For more information cheated US, or International Investors can contact the Wall Street Fraud Watchdog anytime, at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at http://WallStreetFraudWatchdog.com.

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Monetta Young Investor Fund Partners with Munny Journey: A Dollar A Day May Turn Your Child Into A Millionaire


Wheaton, IL (PRWEB) April 2, 2009

The Monetta Young Investor Fund (http://www.younginvestorfund.com) NASDAQ: MYIFX has established a partnership with Munny Journey (http://www.munnyjourney.com), which offers a keepsake journal for a baby’s first investments. The journal is designed to allow parents to compile a fascinating and comprehensive record of their child’s financial journey through their first years.

“The “Munny Journey” is a great addition to our age-based investment kits for the 1 to 7 year olds,” says Bob Bacarella, Monetta’s president. “It’s both a keepsake journal and an educational tool to help parents get children started on the path to financial security.”

The Munny Journey is a creation of Brad Dugdale, a veteran financial adviser and author of two books on personal finance. The journal is modeled after traditional baby books with two primary themes. The first is the keepsake theme, with pages dedicated to recording financial dreams and memories, such as baby’s first dollar and first investment. The second theme organizes the journal into chapters, with easy to understand text about different investments and concepts, in a new and unique way. The journal’s goal is to present the value of starting an investment plan early, illustrating the magic of compounding interest.

“Most people are shocked to learn a new baby could potentially become a millionaire over their lifetime for one dollar a day,**” says Brad Dugdale. “The key is to start investing that dollar per day in a stock mutual fund, that provides the opportunity to start with a low minimum investment and low additional deposit requirements.”

The Monetta Young Investor Fund is a no-load mutual fund that invests half of its portfolio in Exchange Traded Funds (ETF’s) that track the S&P 500 Index combined with investments in large-cap growth companies that are recognized by most investors. The fund is designed to get kids involved in the investment process with an innovative portfolio structure, a financial literacy program and tuition discount credits that may be applied at over 225 colleges nationwide. The minimum initial investment is $ 100, with the establishment of a $ 25 monthly automatic investment plan.*

For more information on Munny Journey, please visit http://www.munnyjourney.com or for more information on the Monetta Young Investor Fund, please visit http://www.younginvestorfund.com or call 1-866-YNG-INVESTOR (964-4683).

*An Automatic Investment Plan does not assure, and does not protect against, a loss in declining markets. Such a plan involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels and investors should consider their financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low price levels.

**Hypothetical scenario assumes one dollar per day, earning an estimated average 9% annual return compounded annually for a period of 65 years.

The Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses must be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the investment company, and it may be obtained by calling 1-800-Monetta, or visiting http://www.monetta.com. Read it carefully before investing.

Tuition Rewards are remitted solely as a reduction from the college’s full tuition bill and are not awarded in cash. Certain restrictions may apply. The Tuition Rewards program is offered and administered by SAGE Scholars, Inc., a private for-profit corporation. Monetta Financial Services, Inc., (MFSI) through a partnership with SAGE Scholars offers a college tuition reduction program that may be used at over 225 participating colleges nationwide. All cost for the College Savings Program including participation in the Tuition Rewards Program are paid by MFSI. For program details and restrictions please visit http://www.tuitionrewards.com.

Limiting the purchase of individual stocks to companies that produce products or provide services that are recognized by children or teenagers may be a risk if this sector underperform, which can be significantly affected by the performance of the overall economy, interest rates, competition, consumer confidence and spending, and changes in demographics and consumer tastes. The portion of the Fund that invests in underlying ETF that track the Index will be subject to certain risks which are unique to tracking the Index. By investing in ETF, you will indirectly bear your share of any fees and expenses charged by the underlying funds, in addition to indirectly bearing the principal risks of the funds. Please refer to the prospectus for further details. All investments, including those in mutual funds, have risks and principal loss is possible.

While the Funds’ are no-load, management and distribution fees and other expenses may apply.

Distributed by Quasar Distributors, LLC.

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Partnership Taps into Demand for Tax Beneficial Savings


Harrogate (PRWEB) August 27, 2009

Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank have launched a new tax exempt savings plan in partnership with http://www.engagemutual.com(Engage Mutual Assurance).

The Vision Tax Exempt Savings Plan takes advantage of the government’s special tax exempt friendly society savings allowance, allowing UK savers a tax benefit when saving over a minimum 10 year period. This means that any growth in their savings is tax exempt. The plan also provides a tax free lump sum at the end of the saving term.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire’s 340 branch network will market the plan to customers seeking a tax favoured longer term savings vehicle in addition to their ISA allowance. The plan can also be purchased as a child’s savings plan, providing a similar tax advantage on any savings’ growth.

Engage Mutual’s chief executive, Andrew Haigh, sees it as an opportunity to increase share of the UK savings market for both partners, and commented:

“Initially through http://www.ybonline.co.uk/(Yorkshire Bank’s) and http://www.cbonline.co.uk/(Clydesdale Bank’s) strong branch networks, and subsequently online, we will be seeking to raise awareness of the benefits of tax exempt saving – among families who need their savings to stretch that bit further and work that bit harder, and with those who are seeking a vehicle for long term saving. “

The new agreement builds on a highly successful two year distribution partnership for the http://www.engagemutual.com/over-50s-life-insurance.aspx?cmpid=WOLLink2(engage Guaranteed 50 Plus Life Cover).

Engage Mutual is a family-oriented modern mutual and friendly society, providing products that help families plan to meet their future financial needs.

The Vision Tax Exempt Savings Plan seeks to tap into a renewed consumer appetite for long term saving, providing a chance to invest with an element of protection. The plan promises a guaranteed minimum cash lump sum at the end of the payment term, provided all due premiums have been paid, the plan reaches the end of its term and is cashed in within 28 days.

1. Any reference to taxation is based on our understanding of HM Revenue & Customs Practice. The tax treatment of the plan could change. There may be tax liabilities if all payments have not been made to the plan.

2. the Vision Tax Exempt Savings Plan invests in a with profits fund. The performance of the investment is not guaranteed, A market value reduction may be applied when a policy is cashed in. Normally this is applied when there has been a large or ongoing fall in stock markets or when investment returns are low over a long period. This would reduce the payout you would receive.

3. If you close your plan outside of the guarantee period, you may get back less than you paid in. The minimum payout guarantee will not apply if payments are missed or stopped. If you cash in before you pay one year’s premiums, you will not get anything back. Inflation will reduce what you can buy in the future with the lump sum. Our charges may increase.

About Clydesdale Bank

Clydesdale Bank was established in 1838 in Glasgow and has a proud history of innovation and support for Scottish industry and communities. With over 150 retail branches and a network of Financial Solutions Centres, Clydesdale is one of Scotland’s largest banks. The Bank is currently expanding its operations into the South of England with its innovative Financial Solutions Centres, offering customers a highly integrated business and private banking service. Clydesdale Bank was recently voted the ‘Best Business Bank’ in Scotland, by the Forum of Private Business.

In 1987, Clydesdale Bank PLC became a member of National Australia Bank Group.

About Yorkshire Bank

Yorkshire Bank was founded in 1859 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Today, the Bank has almost 200 branches, a strong personal customer base and a growing business capability in the North of England and the Midlands. In 2006, Yorkshire Bank was voted the UK’s ‘Best Business Bank’ by the Forum of Private Business.

Yorkshire Bank is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank plc, which is a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group of companies. Yorkshire Bank joined the Group in 1990. Yorkshire Bank is a trading name of Clydesdale Bank PLC which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Clydesdale Bank PLC Registered in Scotland Number SC001111. Registered Office: 30 St Vincent Place, Glasgow G1 2HL.

engage Mutual Assurance can be contacted on 0800 169 4321 or visit engagemutual.com

The information in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions.

Kathryn McLaughlin

engage Mutual Assurance

01423 855245

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Free Zoodles App Puts Android Phones Into Kid Mode


Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) September 8, 2010

Zoodles, the company that puts devices into Kid Mode so they can play and learn independently, today launched its free app for Android smartphones. Within the Zoodles Kid Mode app for Android, kids get hundreds of educational games, videos and puzzles to choose from, all for free. At the same time, Zoodles protects a parents phone by safely locking the child into the app, so they cannot accidentally make calls, erase emails, or get into other apps. Because kids have hundreds of activities to choose from, they never get bored.

Zoodles has been conducting private beta testing of the app and has received positive reviews from early users. Samantha, a real mom and early tester of Zoodles Kid Mode wrote in her review, My three and a half year old LOVES this app! He’s always asking for my phone since I downloaded this! Its awesome! Its so easy for a child to navigate!

Like its award-winning computer app, Zoodles mobile app intelligently adapts content to each child based on age, skills, the device they are using, and custom parental controls so they can play without needing help from an adult. For example, if a child is not yet able to read, Zoodles will only present content where no reading is required. All games for each age 1 to 8 have been played start-to-finish and approved by Zoodles team of education experts.

With the massive adoption of Android smartphones, parents everywhere want to safely hand over their phones during those moments when a child needs to be entertained, said Mark Williamson, CEO and co-founder of Zoodles. Kids have played more than one million hours on the computer with Zoodles, and were thrilled to extend that momentum to the mobile environment, where parents often need help most. Because the latest Android phones run Flash the leading format for the vast majority of kids games on the web were able to pull hundreds of the best educational games into one free app. Its something nobody else is doing.

How Zoodles for Android Works

Zoodles for Android allows users to create an account, or log in using an existing account. No additional set-up is required on the parents part. Once the app is launched, a child logs in by tapping their picture (no reading required), and selects from a scrolling menu of activities.

Zoodles automatically recognizes the Android device and presents the right content for that phone. For example, Android users with Flash installed will have access to games built in Flash, plus videos and more. For those without Flash, Zoodles will offer fun, educational videos and other non-Flash content.

For families who have an existing Zoodles account, any Parent Dashboard (a premium service) settings will transfer automatically to the mobile browser upon the initial log in. For example, if a parent has blocked certain branded characters or promoted an educational subject like math or reading, those settings will follow the familys mobile account. A childs activity in Zoodles for Android will be reflected in the weekly progress report. Zoodles apps are always free to download, and for families who would like to try Zoodles Premium services, a free 14 day trial is available at http://www.zoodles.com.

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Witnessing How an Uncommon Relationship Evolves Into an Extended Loving Family

Ashley, IN (PRWEB) May 17, 2011

Xlibris, the print-on-demand self-publishing services provider announced today the release of Two Plus Two Is One by Serenity James. Foster parents, foster children, care, love, and happiness intertwine in this touching read.

In the United States, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections estimates that there are 424,000 children currently in out of home care. Two plus Two is One follows the biological family of Deidre, Theo, Teddy, and Ellie, as through a crisis they meet the foster parents Serenity and Jared. As two children navigate the circumstances that lead to their adventure, readers will see how an uncommon relationship evolves into an extended loving family.

This journey that I have attempted to share continues today with Ellie, Teddy, Deidre, and Theo. We recently shared the joy of them purchasing their first home. Now we laugh about what well plant this year and preserve for the winter. This past Christmas season, we made cookies together, and Deidre shared never having had this experience before. We have truly become part of each others lives, the author shares.

Dedicated to those teams of people who held the authors family up and kept them moving forward, Two Plus Two Is One is a journey of what can happen when both sets of parents choose to open themselves to the needs of the children. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Serenity James is a pseudonym as all of the names within this story, to protect the identities of those involved. The writer and her husband had been foster parents for a period of nine years, and had been named Foster Parents of the Year during that time with their Child Placement Agency.

The writer additionally holds a BA in Social Work, has worked with special needs children, and adults in various positions for an additional ten years. Her experience with foster children began in earnest with her marriage to her husband who had been a foster youth for eight years. It was through this relationship that she became critically aware of the plight of those who have lived in out of home placements, and the lasting scars that are a part of their personality from the losses they endure.

Two Plus Two Is One * by Serenity James

Publication Date: May 12, 2011

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Agency Workers Regulations Come Into Force

(PRWEB UK) 1 October 2011

On 1 October 2011, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 come into effect. These Regulations provide for agency workers to be put on the same basic terms as the permanent employees of their hirer after a qualifying period of 12 weeks.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors (Mayfair, London) says: These regulations are a significant change for anyone taking on temporary workers.

He added: They are likely to make temporary agency workers a less attractive option for employers.

The Regulations were published earlier this year but it is likely that their effect will still come as a surprise to many. Employers need to be aware that they cannot contract out of these obligations protecting agency workers.

An agency worker is defined as someone working under a contract of employment with a temporary work agency, who is assigned to a hirer to work temporarily under that hirers supervision and direction (i.e. a temp sent by an agency to a company).

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 apply to employment businesses and not employment agencies. The term employment business refers to an organisation that supplies workers to hirers for temporary work; whereas employment agency refers to an organisation that finds permanent employment for individuals.

The Regulations will not apply to those who are employed directly by the end user/hirer. Nor will they apply to the genuinely self-employed or those employed on a managed service contract. Agency workers with employment arrangements via intermediaries or umbrella companies will, however, come under the Regulations.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors (Mayfair, London) pointed out: direct employment of those who previously were agency workers is one way in which employers are likely to mitigate the impact of the Regulations.

The Regulations provide for Day 1 rights for agency workers including the right to be informed of vacancies within the hirers organisation and access to on-site facilities such as a canteen, gym or child-care facilities.

More importantly, following a period of 12 weeks, temporary workers will be entitled to equal treatment in relation to the same basic terms including: pay, certain bonuses, rest breaks and annual leave.

The equal treatment of agency workers is in comparison to those directly recruited by the end user and the agency workers comparator can be either an employee or a worker. There is a 12 week qualification period before the right to equal treatment kicks in. However, this period is measured in weeks and not hours or days. For example, an agency worker taken on for a half day every Friday would be entitled to the same basic terms as a direct recruit after 12 weeks.

The period of continuity is broken when there is a break or six weeks or more (during or between assignments in the same job) or the agency worker commences a new or substantially different role.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors outlined: certified sickness absence and annual leave both pause the period of service.

In the case of maternity leave, an agency workers continuity will continue to accrue for the intended duration of the placement or its likely duration if none was specified. Employers are not required to pay maternity leave benefits to an agency worker but the worker will have the right to time off for ante-natal appointments and the same health and safety duties as apply to permanent staff.

Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors outlined: Liability under the Agency Worker Regulations lies with the temporary work agency. However, if an agency can show that they have taken reasonable steps to obtain the relevant information from the hirer then liability will lie with the hirer.

He added: It is solely the end users responsibility to provide the Day 1 rights.

Another way in which employers and agencies are seeking to avoid the impact of the Regulations is for the recruitment agency to take the worker on permanently. This is known as the Swedish derogation. Gareth Kervin, Partner at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors said: this method would allow agencies to reduce the impact of the Regulations on themselves and the end users. He added agency workers, however, would be left in a position where they were not protected by the new Regulations as they could be placed on minimal terms between their assignments.

For advice relating to agency workers or advice on any other employment related issues, contact Kervin & Barnes Solicitors on +44 (0)203 178 5361, or visit the Kervin & Barnes website: http://www.kervinandbarnes.co.uk.

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Kervin & Barnes Solicitors are a niche employment law firm located in Mayfair, London.

The lawyers at Kervin & Barnes Solicitors have practised successfully at some of the Citys largest law firms and financial institutions.

Kervin & Barnes partner-led and commercially driven service concentrates on the unique requirements of each client. In-house experience and legal expertise have provided the foundation for value-added, long-term business partnerships with some of the worlds largest organisations, including global financial institutions, retailers and transport companies.

Kervin & Barnes clients include: Danone, Elizabeth Arden & P&O Ferrymasters.

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