Read the latest news and blogs surrounding access control, time and attendance systems and integrated security solutions with Tensor plc.
Magnetic door lock includes safe emergency break glass release
Hundreds of jobs will disappear at a mine which was ravaged by fire recently. Owner UK Coal confirmed that following the incident at Daw Mill Colliery, a small team will remain on the Midlands site to secure the mine in the short-term, but the majority of its 650 staff will be made redundant. Kevin McCullough, chief executive of UK Coal, said: “This ferocious fire has dealt a blow to everything we tried to achieve over the last 12 months.” The T3512 Low Cost Access Scanner System from Tensor has Health and Safety exit technology and comes with everything you need to start controlling door access right out of the box. The system includes a magnetic door release lock, the Tensor LOCK5, a world-class device for securing a door using smart cards. Exit push button and emergency break glass release is also included. Sturdy, basic and practical, these Tensor products provide the Health & Safety finishing touches to your system.
EEC Commission to axe UK Working Time Opt-out
The European Commission will publish on 22nd September 2004 it’s long awaited proposals for amending the existing Working Time Directive. Drafts copies of the report currently circulating the Commission kick into touch the Britain’s opt-out. It seems that the representations made by British companies for the need for a flexible employment market have gone unheeded with the powerful French/German lobbies winning the argument. Key points of the new legislation are New requirement to maintain timekeeping hours even when employees opt-out Unions can veto accepting working weeks of longer than 48 hours Opt-out agreements cannot be signed at the same time as employment contracts Employers must regularly (at least once a year) review an employees opt-out agreement to see if they still agree The CBI say the new legislation “…. is an administrative minefield that could land companies in court if they get it wrong” , so with the introduction of the full Working Time Directive it is essential that all employers accurately record employee hours on-site and do the necessary Working Time calculations to stay within the law. In practice, you’ll need a computerised Time & Attendance system able to AUTOMATICALLY do the Working Time calculations and a Personnel system to check you are doing the reviews (and tell you when you are not). Fortunately, Tensor’s WinTAlite does all this – for just £1,495.
Company system extracts payroll information in exactly the correct format
The number of £1 million bonuses paid out by HSBC this year has gone up. The bank confirmed that it gave 204 workers bonuses of more than £1m for 2012, whereas the figure was 192 in 2011. This included 78 employees in the UK, an increase of 14 from the previous year. The financial package awarded to group chief executive Steven Gulliver included a £2 million bonus. Fantastic though this may seem, this is £614,000 less than his take-home in 2011, when he received £8m. Worrying about how the company payroll operates is a thing of the past using a Tensor network. Tensor is the leader in exporting information to the payroll system and has worked with all of the major payroll packages. Our comprehensive Time and Attendance systems have a wide range of configuration options to extract payroll information in the correct format. They can share or receive information from third party applications by using readily available interface modules.
Mobile CCTV video unit sets up on premises without a permanent power source
After almost two decades on the run, a fugitive was this week finally sent to prison for five years. Eddie Maher was jailed for stealing a security van containing £1.2 million in Suffolk about 20 years ago. After getting away with about 30 sacks of cash into a stolen getaway vehicle, Maher later went on the run and fled to the USA. At the time of his arrest on February 9, 2012, he was working as a cable engineer in Missouri. It is possible to improve security at your depot, site or premises with a Tensor Digital CCTV Camera and Recording System. Did you also know that a fully integrated mobile remote video solution, called SiteSight, is also available? SiteSight has been designed to be totally transportable and can be re-deployed as frequently as required on multiple sites. The unique design allows it to be set up on site by one operator in areas without fixed wired communication or a permanent power source.
Wireless tech automatically emails about employee holiday request authorisations
Members of the civil service have voted to walk out in a dispute over job losses. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said that 61 per cent of those who voted in a national ballot chose to strike. Of those who voted, four-fifths were in favour of forms of industrial action other than striking. In response, the government said the results of the ballot were “disappointing”. A PCS statement said the government is “trying to rip up” basic working conditions. Mobile or wireless technology based Time & Attendance for employers from Tensor ensures a company is kept up to date with who is missing at the workplace. WinTAnet is a proactive system that keeps managers abreast of events. It does this by automatically emailing or SMS text messaging both employees and system users on various issues. For example, on matters of: employee holiday request authorisations; and supervisor notifications of employees who have not clocked in after their start core time.
Automatic parking barriers capable of operating alongside ticketing systems
Jail for a total of 84 days was the result for a woman who stole money from a poppy collection. The amount of cash in the poppy boxes when they were stolen by Iulia Olteanu is unknown. The owner of one of the premises affected by the crime, Peter Woods, said the thefts on Remembrance Day were “disgraceful”. When she appeared before magistrates Olteanu admitted three theft charges and one count of failing to answer bail. Shops can receive help in tackling crime with technology from security experts Tensor. Barriers from Tensor fully integrate with our access control systems giving you full jurisdiction over movement and access in and around your premises. Immediately able to recognise and allow or deny access to personnel, Tensor’s parking barriers cater for all sizes of sites. automatic barriers are capable of operating alongside any installed ticketing systems. Optional extras include a folding arm mechanism, an impact release mechanism, hanging racks or barrier skirts and pedestals.
Work smarter and more productive, TUC urges
Despite Europe’s working time directive, more people are working in excess of its 48-hours-a-week limit than they were ten years ago, with managers and professionals topping the long hours league.
ENGLISH FA ANNOUNCE NEW LEGISLATION FOR CLUBS INJURY RECORDS
The English FA have announced that clubs must now have a system in which all players injury, treatment and medical information can be stored. The information must be easily available so that any investigation can be completed quickly and easily. The new procedure are the direct result of the court case ruling in which a club did not have the information to prove that a players injuries were dealt with in a professional and timely manner. Tensor ClubPersonnel is simple, inexpensive and will computerised you existing manual personnel records. It is ideal for sports clubs, with its comprehensive reporting on all personnel data, especially for injuries, treatments and medicals. It handles a lot more than just storing personnel records though, including:- Full employee/player records including photo ID if required. Club diary for employees, players, sections, departments and sites. Salary modelling to determine the cost of pay awards. Health & Safety monitoring for sickness and absence. Training; courses, course planner, trainers, costs. H & S refresher courses requirements. Integral word processor for bulk/individual letters. Easy retrieval of all employee/player correspondence. Tensor Personnel also has the added feature of a user friendly screen designer, enabling you to add additional tabs of data to existing forms, and create your own new forms and tables. This will enable you to log vital information about player injuries, treatments and medicals as well as all criteria for complete personnel records. Depending on the number of records you require to hold on a personnel system, Tensor can cater for all size of clubs and associations. To start with, you can install �Small Business� version, which is designed for organisations wishing to store up to 50 personnel records. At �160.oo this represents excellent value for money! If you require any additional information or a demonstration, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com.
NEW FLEXIBLE WORKING REGULATIONS
Employers need to be aware and start putting procedures into place for the new Flexible Work legislation, which becomes law in April 2003. Employers will have to follow a new statutory procedure for dealing with requests for flexible working from parents of children under the age of 6 or disabled children under 18. The new procedure is, An employee can make one request a year. If accepted by the employer, it will mean a permanent change to the contract of employment. Employers must arrange a meeting to discuss the request with the within 28 days. At the meeting, the employee may be accompanies by a companion. Employer must write to the employee within 14 days of the meeting to either agree to the new work pattern together with a start date, or decline the request. If declined, then the employer must provide clear business grounds for doing so. The employee has 14 days to appeal their employer�s decision. (internal appeal) Dissatisfied employees can take their case to an Employment Tribunal, where the employer will have to demonstrate they have followed the procedure correctly.