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Pay for performance is the only way forward

Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Asummer of shareholder revolt has made life distinctly uncomfortable forso-called fat cats. Strengthened by government regulatory changes that have openedup access to information on executive remuneration and provided new rights tovote on reward packages, shareholders have been keen to hold company boards toaccount to ensure executive pay reflects performance.  A particular source of unrest has been big payoffs to executivesdeparting failing companies, so much so that the DTI has launched a consultationon whether and how corporate governance might be further strengthened to tackle‘reward for failure’.Itwould be wrong, however, to presume shareholders are the only corporatestakeholders expressing concern on this matter. Not only are the trade unionsup in arms – as might be expected – but so too are HR professionals. Lastyear’s personnel rewards survey, published jointly by the CIPD and the RewardGroup, points to considerable discontent within HR over perceived unfairness inthe setting of executive pay. Unease stems both from the large gap in rewardbetween the top cadre and other ranks within organisations, and the factexecutive pay has been accelerating away from the pack. In 2002, for example,executive pay rose three times faster than average earnings. Morethan a quarter of HR and training professionals feel their director or chiefexecutive is overpaid, while one in 10 reckon their employers do not care aboutthe fairness of pay decisions. These negative perceptions may be associated withthe findings of CIPD reward management surveys which say that communication ofreward programmes is often minimal, does not encourage transparency, andlargely excludes employee involvement in changes to the design of rewardpractices. But of particular significance is the fact that a majority of HRprofessionals believe that unfairness in executive pay setting has a negativeeffect on recruitment (59 per cent), retention (73 per cent) and employeecommitment (78 per cent). TheHR perspective on executive pay thus suggests that ensuring a clear linkbetween executive pay and performance would itself help boost performance, andimplies the need for a closer association between the way organisationsapproach executive reward and reward strategy as applied to the rest of theworkforce. Even the best remuneration committees are typically fixated on theexternal market – stressing the need to match executive reward packages incomparable companies – often with little regard to reward structures inside anorganisation. Yet it is precisely this disjunction between the setting of toppay within an organisation and that of its rank and file that underlies theconcerns about fairness and performance expressed by HR professionals. Themessage from HR is therefore clear: organisations that want to avoid fat catcontroversy must consider both the ‘ins and outs’ when it comes to executivepay.ByJohn Philpott, Chief economist, Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment Pay for performance is the only way forwardOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 11/30

first_imgNovember 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 11/30 Written by Tags: Central Utah Boys Preview/Delta Rabbits/Derek Smith/Jager Springer/Morgan Trojans/Seth Hadley Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballCentral Utah Boys PreviewRICHFIELD, Utah-Kaetz King posted 17 points and Brandt Williams added 16 points and 8 rebounds as the South Sevier Rams outlasted Enterprise 44-38 during the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview Friday at the Sevier Valley Center. The Rams used a 16-7 surge in the 4th Quarter to pull out the victory. Levi Randall had 13 points in the loss for the Wolves.RICHFIELD, Utah-Matthew Meyers netted 17 points as the Hurricane Tigers humbled North Sevier 59-46 at the Sevier Valley Center Friday during the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview. Burke Mickelsen’s 13 points led the Wolves in defeat.RICHFIELD, Utah-Carson Thornton posted 11 ponts and the Desert Hills Thunder bested Richfield 55-45 Friday at the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. Emmitt Hafen had a game-high 13 points in the loss for the Wildcats.RICHFIELD, Utah-Grady Thompson netted 17 points and 7 rebounds as the Manti Templars smacked Grantsville 69-55 at the Sevier Valley Center during the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview Friday. Kayden Bohman’s 13 points led the Cowboys in the loss.RICHFIELD, Utah-Derek Smith amassed 39 points on 13-20 from the field and 11-11 at the foul line as the Delta Rabbits overpowered Morgan 75-72 Friday at the Central Utah Boys Basketball Preview at the Sevier Valley Center. The Rabbits shot 24-28 (85.7 percent) at the foul line, which proved instrumental in this win over the Trojans. Jager Springer added 14 points and 4 rebounds in the win for the Rabbits. Seth Hadley had 15 points in the loss for the Trojans. Delta improves to 2-2 on the young season with the win.Bear River Winter ClassicGARLAND, Utah-Alec Hunsaker netted 16 points and made the game-clinching 3-pointer at the buzzer as the North Summit Braves got past North Sanpete 71-70 at the Bear River Winter Classic Friday. Parker Brown had 19 points to lead the Braves. Scott Hatch amassed 31 points in defeat for the Hawks.Non-RegionBEAVER, Utah-Ky Brown posted 15 points and 7 rebounds as the Beaver Beavers downed American Leadership 53-34 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Trae Stevens had 7 points in the loss for the Eagles.MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Mady Sissoko’s 20 points and 8 rebounds led the Wasatch Academy Wasps to a 79-54 rout of Davis in non-region boys bsketball action Friday. Trevan Leonhardt’s 15 points and 5 boards paced the Darts in defeat.Girls BasketballEAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah-Abbi McCandless posted 15 points as the Rockwell Marshals doubled up Escalante 34-17 Friday in non-region girls basketball action. Carol Prows had 3 points in the loss for the Moquis.Shanon Johnson ClassicVERNAL, Utah-Emery Maxfield led the way with 12 points and the Altamont Longhorns downed the North Sanpete JV 45-10 at the Shanon Johnson Classic at Uintah High School Friday.last_img read more

Latest Ocean City Municipal Budget Calls for 3.31 Percent Tax Increase

first_imgCity Hall in Ocean CityCity Council voted unanimously Thursday to introduce a $73.1 million budget that asks Ocean City taxpayers for 3.31 percent more than they paid last year.The news got worse since Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration provided a first draft of the budget to the council in FebruaryThat first budget proposed a tax levy of $45,894,838, which already was a 2.46 percent increase over 2014. But the latest budget increases the local tax levy by about another $380,000 to $46,275,000.A decrease ($176,000) in the anticipated return to taxpayers from the Ocean City Free Public Library budget and the replacement of two police cars ($80,000) were the biggest changes in the last month that affect the tax levy.The net effect to taxpayers is a 2.16 percent increase in the tax rate. The owner of a $500,000 home can expect to pay an additional $43.25 for the municipal portion of their 2015 tax bill under the introduced budget.City Council is expected to make its changes to the budget and likely will hold a public hearing and final vote on April 23.The town benefits this year from a $114.8 million increase in the ratable base — with more real estate to tax, the impact on individual property owners is moderated.As Ocean City resident Michael Hinchman put it, “Ocean City has the wind at its back.”Hinchman said Ocean City’s $11.3 billion ratable base affords the municipality opportunities other towns don’t have, and he urged greater scrutiny and accountability in each area of the budget.The overall budget of $73,134,639 is up by 4.27 percent from 2014. But that figure is affected by one-time grants and reimbursements, such as $1,241,000 in New Jersey Historic Trust grants (for City Hall, the Transportation Center and the U.S. Life Saving Station at Fourth and Atlantic) and a $950,000 reimbursement from FEMA for Superstorm Sandy damage.Salaries and wages covering 258 full-time employees account for $29.6 million in the budget. This figure represents a $914,000 increase over 2014, mostly due to scheduled increases within contracts.The city payroll hit a high of 297 full-time employees within the last decade and bottomed out a few years ago at 250.Councilman Keith Hartzell said the full-time head count had exceeded 261 at one point this year, and he said at the time, “I will not move this budget if that number doesn’t get reduced.”But most of the discussion on Thursday night focused on “cost centers,” such as the Aquatics and Fitness Center, Municipal Golf Course and Ocean City Pops Orchestra.After a recess in the public meeting, in which just fewer than a quorum seemed to disappear to powwow, council members returned with questions for Finance Director Frank Donato about where in the budget to find line items related to the cost centers.Council members were careful not to specify any specific cost center, but they seemed particular interested in the Ocean City Pops, which according to recent reports, has lost more than $300,000 in some recent years.Donato did not have specifics at hand, but he estimated the city foots the bill for about $260,000 in salaries for the orchestra.Because of various exemptions in the formula, Ocean City falls well under the 2 percent tax levy cap, according to Donato.See full budget detail below.Download (PDF, 3.25MB)last_img read more

OCBP History: National Lifeguard Day on Sat. Before Labor Day

first_imgOn Sept. 1, 1990, Assemblyman Edward H. Salmon presented the Ocean City Beach Patrol a framed resolution designating the Saturday before Labor Day as New Jersey Lifeguard Day.The resolution announced, “These lifeguards regularly subject themselves to life-threatening situations in their efforts to save the lives of others.”Pictured on the Ninth Street beach, from left: Lt. Fred Miller, Lifeguard Chuck Dunn, Captain Oliver Muzslay, Assemblyman Salmon, Mayor Nickolas Trofa, Police Chief Dominick Longo, Lt. Angelo Psaltis and Lifeguard Darren Hickman.— By Fred Miller, historian and former OCBP lieutenantlast_img read more

“Every guy has an individual battle”: ND fencing leaders, former NFL coach discuss team success before Stanford game

first_imgNotre Dame fencing head coach Gia Kvaratskhelia, fencing team captain senior Sabrina Massialas and former NFL coach and Notre Dame football player Tom Clements spoke at the Eck Center Friday as part of the “Catching Up With…” Football Friday lecture series.Kvaratskhelia and Massialas began the conversation by discussing how they became involved in fencing. Kvaratskhelia grew up in the Soviet Republic of Georgia and was a member of the Georgian National Foil Team in fencing before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. He immigrated to America years later and continued his fencing career by competing and eventually coaching.Massialas — who won gold at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in China — said she began fencing at the age of seven under the instruction of her three-time Olympian father, Greg Massialas.“It was such an honor to compete for my country,” she said. “It’s such a prestigious competition and a great lead-up to the real Olympics.”Led by Kvaratskhelia, Notre Dame fencing won a national title in 2017 and again in 2018. Kvaratskhelia, who was named national Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association in July, spoke about the sport of fencing itself.“Fencing is called physical chess, an intellectual conversation with sabers,” Kvaratskhelia said. “It is incredibly emotionally charged. You have to calculate three to four moves ahead and it’s physically daunting.”Fencing competitions consist of both individual and team competitions. Massialas said the tight-knit nature of the team allows for support rather than competition.Kvaratskhelia said he approaches the preparation of the team differently every year to continue improving and refining the students’ skills.“[The goal is] evolution in every single year I coach … we don’t do the expectation about the NCAA,” he said. “We don’t think about tomorrow, our goal is to win today, to beat today and to do our best every single moment.”Last year the team practiced and competed by the slogan ‘humble and hungry,’ Kvaratskhelia said.Massialas said ‘humble and hungry’ refers to the teammates “getting better every day” by bettering themselves and being the best they can be.Following Kvaratskhelia and Massialas, Tom Clements — who played football for Notre Dame in the 1973 national championship and later coached for Notre Dame and the NFL — spoke about his career.Clements recalled the atmosphere at Notre Dame in 1973 when the Irish took on USC, a defending national champion.“The campus was electric,” Clements said. “ … It had started the week before when we played Army at West Point, where we beat them 62-3. Everyone was jumping around, excited and enthusiastic, not because we had beaten Army, but because we knew Southern California was the next game.”After beating USC, the Irish finished the regular season undefeated and played the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl. After defeating the Crimson Tide 24-23, the Irish won its 1973 national championship with Clements as quarterback.Clements went on to play professionally in the Canadian Football League. He returned to Notre Dame as a quarterbacks coach in 1992 before proceeding to coach for the NFL. Clements said he was always able to maintain his composure as a player and as a coach thanks to his preparation.“If you gave a 100 percent during the game, everything was going to work out, and if it didn’t it just wasn’t your day,” he said. “If you don’t win the play, figure out why you didn’t win and try to adjust for the next play. … Every guy has an individual battle.”Tags: Catching Up With…, football friday, Gia Kvaratskhelia, Sabrina Massialas, Tom Clementslast_img read more

Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nithin Coca for Equal Times Indonesia:What do you do when your top export – coal – is down, production is falling and a new global climate accord calls for sharp cuts in CO2 emissions? Convert to greener energy? Contrary to some of its neighbours, Indonesia is going headlong in the other direction: burning more coal to boost demand.With production more than 30 million tonnes below projections last year, the government is nearly quadrupling the number of coal-fired power plants, building 117 new plants throughout the country, which will provide 10,000 megawatts of power generation capacity, on top of the existing 42.According to Arif Fiyanto, a coal campaigner with Greenpeace Indonesia, going forward with this plan would be devastating, in both environment and economic terms. “If the government continues down this path of kowtowing to coal interests, our beautiful country will be turned into a poisoned wasteland, producing a resource that fewer and fewer want to buy,” Fiyanto tells Equal Times.One key reason for the drop in Indonesia’s coal export figures is that shipments to China fell by half last year, due to both an economic slowdown, but also a push to reduce horrific smog levels throughout the country. In addition, recent developments show that Vietnam and India will not be able to fill that China-sized hole as expected.Earlier this month, Vietnam announced that it was abandoning its previously ambitious coal power plant plans in favour of “accelerated investment in renewable energy.” This was followed by news that India’s coal imports dropped by a much-higher-than expected 35 per cent last year due to massive oversupply and a quicker-than-expected expansion in renewables.“The structural decline of the seaborne thermal coal market is increasingly evident from the trends in China and India,” said Tim Buckley, a director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis in a press statement.“That one of the leading coal developers in Southeast Asia, [Vietnam], is going to retreat from new coal plants further signals the terminal decline of the global coal industry,” he continued.This doesn’t bode well for Indonesia. In 2014 it was the world’s top exporter of the fossil fuel, sending 410 megatons of mostly thermal coal – most commonly used in power plants – to its power-hungry Asian neighbours. That’s because it produced the cheapest coal, in comparison to its competitors in Australia, Russia and the United States.However, cheap coal had a huge external cost. Producers relied on low-paid, mostly non-union labour, used environmentally degrading strip-mining techniques, and shipped via uncovered cargo ships which polluted waterways.If the Indonesian government’s plans go forward, it will only cement the control this destructive industry has over the country’s economy.Full article: Indonesia Swims Against the Global Green Tide With Its New Coal Commitments Indonesia, Despite Coal-Industry Collapse, Continues to Develop More Coallast_img read more

Fire on the Mountain

first_imgHenri Grissino-Mayer sounded the warning for years that a catastrophic wildfire was liable to hit Gatlinburg, Tennessee.The University of Tennessee professor gave a talk in Gatlinburg a few years ago in which he noted the city sat at a wildland-urban interface, surrounded by steep slopes covered in overgrown, fire-prone vegetation.“I walked through Gatlinburg and looked at all the businesses and homes, and they’re all made of wood. I pointed to them and went, ‘Fuel fuel fuel fuel fuel,’” Grissino-Mayer says.A couple of years later, at the end of November, he returned to Gatlinburg—this time after a human-started wildfire escaped Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and slammed into the nearby tourist town, killing at least 14 people and destroying more than 700 houses and businesses.The fire was started within the park by two juveniles. It burned about 10,000 acres, along with another 6,000 acres outside the park. Strong winds blew embers from the wildfire onto the nearby town of Gatlinburg.The wildfire’s destruction of parts of Gatlinburg drew national attention, but the incident was only a crescendo to a wave of wildfire that’s burned more than 120,000 acres across the Southeast. Firefighters say that persistent drought conditions will likely lead to more wildfires in the region.The fall 2016 fire season well outpaced any in modern memory. Extreme drought and decades of fire suppression cocked the gun and arsonists pulled the trigger, unleashing wildfires that were propelled by gusty winds to consume a parched landscape.The fires around Gatlinburg, which launched smoke and ash that covered much of eastern Tennessee, “show the true extreme conditions we’re under and how bad it can get very quickly,” says Riva Duncan, the fire management officer for Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in western North Carolina. “They had 70-mile-per-hour gusts ahead of the rain. In those conditions you can’t put aircraft in the air, you can’t put people in front of it. It’s an unfortunate situation.”The Smokies-Gatlinburg fire was one of 40 fires across Appalachia this fall. Arson accounted for 33 of the 40 fires. At least 14 people have been arrested and charged for intentionally setting fires.fire3_fixTennessee banned burning across the entire mountain region, and the state is offering a $2,500 reward for tips leading to arson arrests and convictions. Last year, Tennessee recorded twice the yearly average of wildfires, and arson accounted for 79 percent of the 43,000 acres burned.State law enforcement officials held a press conference in mid-November to announce the arrests of nine arsonists.“We take it personal when we watch the land burn in our counties,” said Tennessee Homeland Security Commissioner David Purkey. “And, to those who are doing this, let me be clear that we are coming for you and we are working on information that is going to lead to your arrest.”Of the nine Tennessee arrests, seven were men who mostly set fires along roads. The other two were juvenile females whose charges included vandalism over $1,000. Arson is a felony offense punishable by up to six years imprisonment and a $3,000 fine.“There is no ‘typical’ arsonist,” says Corinne Gould, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s assistant commissioner for public affairs. “Their reasons are greatly varied but can include boredom, anger at an individual or agency, or desire for the excitement one may derive from seeing first responders arrive and go to work.”In Kentucky, police in Letcher County arrested Johnny Mullins, a 21-year-old known for self-shot Facebook videos he called “Weather Outlook” that showed him speaking in front of multiple fires. Jenkins Police Chief James Stephens told the Associated Press that Mullins said he started at least one fire to gain attention for his Facebook videos.In North Carolina, one arrested arsonist, Keith Mann, explained that he was “bored” and “wanted to see something burn.”“I’d say 95 percent of fires here are human-caused,” says Duncan, the Forest Service official in western North Carolina. “That includes campfires left unattended and debris burning that gets away. This year I’d say 75 percent have been arson. There have been incendiary devices found. It’s not just one or two people running around, it’s several, and who knows the reasons why.”In October and November, North Carolina saw 35 fires burning nearly 57,000 acres on national forest and nearby lands. Duncan said the drought developed over the summer, setting the Forest Service up for an above-average fire season.“We started having small fires in September, which is early for us,” Duncan said. “We usually don’t go into our fall season until late October, with a peak in November when leaves come down. The leaves held on long this year, which makes things difficult.”The combination of high winds and dry conditions have created rapidly spreading fires that have occasionally leapt into the crowns of trees—a relatively rare phenomenon in eastern fires.“We’ve had dry fronts coming through with winds behind,” Duncan said. “That’s when we’ve had fires get up and run. We’ve actually had crown fires. If the slopes and fuel line up, it can happen. It’s caught a lot of people by surprise.”It didn’t catch Grissino-Mayer by surprise. He’s been warning against this kind of catastrophic fire for years, pointing to a build-up of fire-prone vegetation that’s resulted from many decades of fire-suppression.“You’ve got 80 years of fuel built up, especially on these slopes,” Grissino-Mayer says. “The fire races up these steep slopes, and by the time it gets to the top, there are crown fires.”In Gatlinburg, Grissino-Mayer saw potential for a similar phenomenon with buildings constructed too closely together in a pattern he calls “fire dominoes.”“All these houses are packed one against the other, trying to maximize dollars,” he says. “They build in a confined space going up the hill slope. Fire starts at one end and goes building to building.”Alarmingly, climatologists like Grissino-Mayer and Jennifer Marlon of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies warn that wildfire seasons will become less predictable as the climate continues to change.“We’re going into a new normal: more intense drought, more severe heat waves,” Marlon says. “It’s really happening. In the West, we know the length of the fire season is 70 days longer now. If you have this longer window when fires start and spread, you’re going to get more fires and more acreage burned.”Grissino-Mayer outlines a raft of possible solutions, beginning with loosening laws and policies to make it easier for agencies to carry out controlled burns. That’s easier said than done, not just because of local opposition but because of potential impacts on tourism in places like Gatlinburg.“If you light a fire and it stays controlled, it burns, what happens? Smoke,” Grissino-Mayer says. “You can’t have thousands of people at Dollywood on a smoky day. That’s where cities and federal agencies need to come together and develop a plan. Burning the area around Gatlinburg to remove understory vegetation will prevent catastrophic wildfires from happening. Prevention is the key here, not firefighting.”Grissino-Mayer also recommends that cities and counties change their land ordinances to discourage tightly built rows of houses built along steep, narrow roads that offer only one way out.The developers who build those communities “are trying to maximize profit,” he says. “But you can’t be money-driven anymore. You’ve got to be safety-driven. There need to be buffer zones with less fire potential.”Grissino-Mayer is skeptical that this will actually happen. The numbers of visitors and new residents that come with tightly built homes translates to money, and many communities will be loath to give up that tax revenue. That leaves it to the homeowners to be fire-smart when evaluating properties.“Fire has a long history in these forests,” he says. “Fire can occur today, and it will occur again in the future.”last_img read more

Learning plans help boards build confidence

first_imgWhen newly minted board chair Russ Siemens realized how much information was available on CUES’ website, he knew he would need an organized approach to sift through the offerings.Siemens, who was appointed chair at SaskCentral, Regina, Saskatchewan, in March 2015, has also been on the board at $1.9 billion Innovation CU, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, since its inception 10 years ago. He felt further education was required to fulfill his new duties, but where to start?“I began by reaching out to our CUES Canada support person, [VP/sales and member relations] Leiha Fiddler, and she guided me to the appropriate resources  and the CUES Learning Tracker,” recalls Siemens. SaskCentral and Innovation CU are both members of CUES’ Center for Credit Union Board Excellence, giving Siemens access to resources tailored for directors.Once pointed to CCUBE, Siemens discovered learning plans, tools that group content under topics important to directors and chairs, such as CEO relations, risk management and strategy. CUES Learning Tracker automatically tracked his learning activities and allowed him to report on his progress. If he attends CUES learning events, such as the Board Chair Development Seminar, they’ll show up in the tracker, too. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Announces 13 Counties will Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15

first_imgGov. Wolf Announces 13 Counties will Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15 May 08, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Today Governor Tom Wolf announced 13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.On May 1, the governor announced the 24 counties moving into the yellow phase of reopening beginning today. And, last evening, he and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders – one for yellow phase reopening and one to extend the red phase counties’ stay-at-home order, which was set to expire last night, to June 4. The red phase stay-at-home order extension does not mean that other counties won’t move to the yellow phase in advance of June 4.“The reopening plan prioritizes the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians by using a combination of factors to gauge how much movement a location can tolerate before the 2019 novel coronavirus becomes a threat,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’d like to emphasize that this plan is not a one-way route. We are closely monitoring the 24 counties in the yellow phase and will re-impose restrictions if danger arises.”Gov. Wolf reminded residents and business owners that yellow means caution and that everyone needs to continue to be mindful of their actions and how they affect not only themselves, but their families, friends and community.“Every contact between two people is a new link in the chain of potential transmission,” Wolf said. “And if the new case count begins to climb in one area, restrictions will need to be imposed to prevent local medical facilities from becoming overwhelmed. So, Pennsylvanians should continue to make good choices.”Law enforcement remains focused on achieving voluntary compliance through education, but citations are possible for violators depending on the specific circumstances of an investigation.In addition to the possible criminal penalties levied by law enforcement, there may be additional licensing consequences for violators, in part, through complaints filed by employees on the Department of Health portal that allows any employee who feels their employer is not providing a safe work environment to fill out an online form.The Department of Health vets the complaints and investigates internally or sends the complaint to the appropriate state agency for investigation. For example, restaurant complaints are handled by the Department of Agriculture, which inspects those facilities; complaints about nursing homes are handled by the Department of Health, which inspects and licenses those facilities. Other involved agencies are the departments of State and Labor & Industry.Concerns about a business reopening that may be in violation of stay-at-home or yellow phase orders should be made to local law enforcement non-emergency numbers or a local elected official.Read Gov. Wolf’s Plan for PA here.Read business guidance here.Read CDC guidance for child care centers here.Read FAQs here.View the Carnegie Mellon University Risk-Based Decision Support Tool here.View this information in Spanish.last_img read more