While Bend is traveling on vacation, he prioritizes his work by focusing on billable client tasks instead of those that are administrative. That makes him more productive because of his laser focus on working only two hours a day to balance it with down time. “When I’m traveling I always have my out-of-office message on,” says Bend, who likes to travel with a Rimowa suitcase that weighs only 4.19 pounds. “It’s important to block out time to do the work and enjoy the travel. Then when I respond to clients they are more appreciative that I’m working while I’m traveling.” … [Read more...] about Globe-trotting attorneys offer new-era strategies for efficient business travel
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My concern, however, is much wider than just the format of the programme. I think that the traditional terrestrial broadcasters need to be challenged on current affairs coverage, the nature of what is on offer and the engagement, or lack of it, of those who live and work outside of London. … [Read more...] about David Blunkett: Time for questions and answers about TV coverage of politics as Fiona Bruce begins new era
Working Fathers Leave time is similarly important for fathers as well. More employers provide paid maternity leave than paid paternity leave, making paternity leave rare in the United States.[xv] When paternity leave is an option, men are less likely to take it.[xvi] Even when men do, it is significantly shorter in duration compared to women, most men taking about two weeks.[xvii] Time away from work allows the father to have more time engaging his children and contribute to their development and growth while also supporting the mother who is recovering from the trauma of child birth.[xviii] Studies suggest that when fathers use paternity leave, there is an increase in how much time they spend with their children afterward.[xix] Early father-child interaction has been shown to result in fathers spending more time with their children in the long run.[xx] … [Read more...] about Delivering New Parental Leave in the Trump Era: Can It Be Born?
Regulatory background In 2009, China promulgated the Food Safety Law (FSL) (replacing the 1995 Food Hygiene Law), which not only started a new era of food safety management in China, but also unintentionally introduced the 'professional consumer' to the food industry. The 2009 FSL established grounds for compensating consumers up to 10 times the cost of a product for noncompliance of a food safety standard. Professional consumers saw an opportunity to profit from this 10-times compensation provision and went after food companies by alleging their products do not comply with food safety standards (e.g., the General Standard for the Labelling of Pre-packaged Foods (GB7718)). As noted above, the professional consumer will purchase food products in an amount beyond reasonable daily consumption and file complaints or reports with relevant government agencies or go to court to seek damages per their understanding of non-compliance. The total complaints/reports filed by professional … [Read more...] about Handling Professional Consumers: A New Challenge to Doing Business in China
The buy-back contracts are essentially a constricted form of risk services contract. They allow the IOC to act as the operator of the field during the exploration and development phase, but provide that the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) takes over operatorship during the production phase. The NIOC uses proceeds from production to pay the IOC a set sum from production volumes, and the IOC is not compensated for boosting production. The terms of the contracts have been short, with a payback period for exploration and development expenses incurred by the IOC of five to seven years, giving the IOC only a short time to recoup its investment. The buy-back contracts cap the profit the investor can make per barrel of oil, irrespective of increases in the commodity price. In addition, the IOC must pay for any cost overruns beyond initial projections without reimbursement—which presents a challenge for large, complex projects where budgets often increase dramatically. Under this … [Read more...] about Potential Upstream Investment Under the New Iranian Petroleum Contract