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Lobby group plans campaign to cut barriers to cross-border funds

first_imgFrancesco Briganti, former director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP), has set up an advocacy group to lobby for the growth of cross-border social protection solutions.The Brussels-based organisation, named Cross Border Benefit Alliance (CBBA) Europe, will push for the removal of existing obstacles to the development of cross-border employee benefits in the EU.“The Alliance is strongly convinced that the current national barriers to the creation of cross-border employee benefits represent a useless burden and foolish costs for sponsor companies and future beneficiaries,” CBBA-Europe’s said on its newly-launched website.“Economies of scale, simplicity in administration, full portable social benefits, costless mobility of workers and consistent taxation formulas would be beneficial for both the EU internal market and the European Social Model. “In addition, huge capital potentially accumulated by these pan-European funds may be invested in the European economy, and contribute to the completion of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and to the achievement of the main goals of the so-called Juncker Plan.”While cross-border schemes already exist, they have not gained much support across Europe. Notable exceptions are Resaver, which began accepting money in March, and Aon’s UnitedPensions IORP. The consultancy group added its own pension funds and those of Swiss fragrance company Givaudan to UnitedPensions this year.Briganti said the development of cross-border employee benefits had encountered resistance from parts of the European pension industry.“However, after studying for more than five years the legal feasibility of pan-European social protection plans during my PhD in EU law, the conclusion was that the EU Treaties would not need to be changed to make it happen,” he said. “In other words, the main obstacles are mainly political [in] nature rather than legal.“Yet, despite great interest in cross-border employee benefits, it seems that only the voice of those who oppose them has been heard so far in Brussels. Some advocacy organisations even argue that there isn’t real appetite or a need for cross-border benefits in Europe, and defend the current fragmentation and status quo.”CBBA-Europe will host an inaugural conference in Brussels on 6 December this year. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, and Phyllis Borzi, former assistant secretary for employee benefits security of the US Department of Labor under the Obama administration.Representatives of multinational employers, European sector-wide federations of employers and workers as well as pension providers will also participate to discuss the issues at stake.More information on CBBA-Europe can be found at www.cbba-europe.eu.last_img read more

Lawsuit Over Voting Rights Expands to Include Thousands of Felons

first_imgA federal judge this week agreed to add potentially hundreds of thousands of people to a lawsuit that challenges a Florida statute requiring felons to pay outstanding “legal financial obligations” before having their voting rights restored.U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued the order on Tuesday, after saying last week that he intended to grant class certification to the case’s plaintiffs, who allege that the law is similar to an unconstitutional “poll tax.”The statute, which was passed last year by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was aimed at implementing a 2018 constitutional amendment which grants voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences, as long as they have fulfilled their court-ordered “legal financial obligations,” including fees, fines and restitution.In the order issued Tuesday on class certification, Hinkle rejected Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s arguments that such an expansion of plaintiffs was unnecessary.“The plaintiffs’ Twenty-fourth Amendment and inability-to-pay claims turn on issues that can be properly resolved in a single action, once and for all. Class treatment is proper,” Hinkle wrote in the 18-page order, referring to the U.S. Constitution’s 24th Amendment barring poll taxes.In a preliminary injunction in the case last October, Hinkle had ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny the right to vote to felons who are “genuinely unable to pay” court-ordered fees, fines and restitution. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then upheld the injunction, which applied only to the 17 named plaintiffs in the case.Lee’s lawyers wrote at that time that identification of felons who could not afford to pay their financial obligations “is problematic, ill defined, and requires hundreds of thousands (up to as many as one million) of determinations regarding which former felons are ‘genuinely unable to pay’ their outstanding financial obligations.”Thank you to the members of the Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group for your hard work and expertise over the last few weeks. It is a pleasure working with you. @OkaloosaClerk @FDLEpio @FL_Corrections @votenassau @HernandoClerk @VoteSeminole pic.twitter.com/1JApStn6mz— Laurel M. Lee (@FLSecofState) October 15, 2019 On Tuesday, Hinkle responded that the relief which is likely to be granted, if the plaintiffs win the case, “is not a felon-by-felon determination in this court of inability to pay but instead an injunction requiring the secretary to put in place a system under which felons are not precluded from voting based only on inability to pay.”He also rejected Lee’s concern that it is unknown who will ultimately be affected by the court’s decision.Hinkle said “the proposed class and subclass,” which are comprised of felons who owe financial obligations, and felons who cannot afford to pay their outstanding financial obligations, are “sufficiently ascertainable.”The judge added also did not accept Lee’s argument that class certification was unnecessary, as the state would abide by a ruling about whether the law amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax.Class treatment “adds a layer of complexity to any litigation,” the judge stated.He added, “Here, though, the secretary’s promise to abide by any ruling is not enough.”last_img read more

Wellington Fire/EMS weekly run: Nov. 23- Nov. 29, 2015

first_img26-Nov12:43 PMInjury AccidentKansas Turnpike Wellington Fire & EMS Weekly Run Log 24-Nov5:33 PMTransfer to Wichita 27-Nov11:06 AMMedical Emergency300 block S. Blaine 23-Nov8:55 AMTransfer to Wichita 23-Nov7:09 AMMedical Emergency1500 block West 8th Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire and EMS weekly run log for Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, 2015.  28-Nov2:41 PMElectric Line Down600 block S. Jefferson 29-Nov10:27 PMMedical Emergency400 block South C 27-Nov11:16 AMNatural Gas Leak1500 block Western 27-Nov4:34 PMVehicle Accident600 block W. 60th Street 25-Nov10:13 AMMedical Emergency1100 block E. 20th Street South Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 25-Nov3:37 PMTransfer to Wichita 23-Nov5:57 AMMedical Emergency700 block E. 7th 23-Nov9:08 PMGrass Fire100 block E. 15th      25-Nov10:24 AMMedical EmergencyKansas Turnpike 29-Nov2:27 PMElectric Transformer600 block Delrose 24-Nov3:36 PMMedical Emergency1100 block E. Harveycenter_img 24-Nov2:38 PMInjury AccidentKansas Turnpike 26-Nov3:18 PMVehicle Accident1100 E. 10th Avenue 29-Nov9:05 AMTransfer to Wichihta 26-Nov4:49 PMInjury AccidentRiver Road & US 160 29-Nov10:32 AMMedical Emergency400 block South C 23-Nov3:08 PMInvestigate Burning600 block North C 29-Nov10:50 AMMedical EmergencyOxford 26-Nov6:06 PMTransfer to Wichita 28-Nov9:36 PMMedical Emergency800 block E. 9th Follow us on Twitter. 27-Nov10:02 AMMedical Emergency1200 block N. Plum 26-Nov4:31 PMFire Alarm1500 block N. Blaine 28-Nov11:25 AMTransfer to Wichita 24-Nov6:11 PMMedical Emergency1000 block College 26-Nov2:53 PMInjury Accident3rd & Ash 28-Nov9:31 AMTransfer to Wichita 29-Nov8:18 AMVehicle AccidentUS 81 & 90th Street Southlast_img read more