This important POPA update primarily concerns the following five issues, which have been raised by many employees: (1) Computer Downtime, (2) Quality Trackers, (3) Docket Management Improvement Periods, (4) Denials of Signatory Authority, and (5) Pilot Programs.
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"If You Want Peace, Secure Justice"
Fifty years after the Versailles peace conference resolved to establish it, the International Labor Organization (ILO) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee was thereby following up a tradition going back to 1951, when the Frenchman Léon Jouhaux received the Prize.
The main object of the ILO's activity is to establish principles whereby the working conditions and social rights of employees can be improved. It is basic to the organization's outlook that such reforms strengthen the cause of peace because they reduce social injustice. Up to 1969 the organization had adopted 128 conventions drawn up by representatives of national authorities, employers and employees from its member countries.
POPA will be holding their election for officers and delegates this October/November. For this election, dues-paying members will be mailed ballots which they can complete and mail in or complete online. In preparation for the election, we need to make sure we have updated addresses and area (i.e., chemical, electrical, mechanical or others) for each dues-paying member.
There has been a huge focus on proper recordation of time, so it seemed like a good time to review when it is appropriate to record time in 15 minute increments. Basically, employees are permitted to record 15 minute increments of time worked in determining their total hours for the work day, and for recordation and use of sick leave, annual leave, compensatory time and credit hours.
Time Zones and Automation Systems Maintenance Times
As a reminder to Patents employees please note the following information regarding local time zones and automation systems maintenance periods for Patents automated systems such as eDan, PE2E, EAST, etc.