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How Important is the Appointment of an Executor?

September 20, 2018 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

appointment of an executor

When it comes to Wills, most people are focused purely on how the estate will be distributed. Questions such as “have I given enough to my grandchildren?” and “will my spouse be adequately provided for?” are, obviously, very important matters to consider. However, the appointment of an Executor is just as important. Who should I … Read More >>

Acas Publishes New Advice on Job References

September 18, 2018 | John Norrie |

job references

Acas, also known as The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, has produced new guidance on job references. Aimed at both employers and employees, it is based around the most frequently asked questions put to the Acas helpline. It explains what references are and provides information on what they should include, when they are required and … Read More >>

Only 6% of UK working traditional 9am-5pm hours

September 14, 2018 | John Norrie |

Flexible working

Working nine-to-five is no longer the working norm according to a YouGov survey. The survey reveals that a mere 6% work the traditional 9am-5pm workplace hours. Interestingly, only 14% of those polled would opt for these hours if given the choice. A significant proportion (66%) said they would prefer to start earlier and finish earlier, … Read More >>

Funeral Instructions – Do They Matter?

September 5, 2018 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Funeral Instructions

One of the benefits of making a Will is that you can narrate your funeral instructions and let your family know your specific wishes for your funeral. However, as you will not be here to know if these wishes have been carried out, is it really worth stipulating what should happen to your body and … Read More >>

How long is a six month lease? The First-tier Tribunal’s interpretation

August 23, 2018 | Kirstie Donnelly |

How long is a short assured tenancy

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber) (FTT)  recently considered the duration of a short assured tenancy in the case of Prestel & Dunbar v Norton (EV/18/1089).  In this case parties entered into a tenancy agreement on 21st July 2017. An AT5 was served on the same date, before the tenancy agreement was … Read More >>

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

August 17, 2018 | Marianne |

returning to work after maternity leave

It is quite a thought returning to work after a period of maternity leave and here we look at the things an employee will want to think about before going back to work. You must take at least 2 weeks off after your baby is born (compulsory maternity leave), which is increased to 4 weeks … Read More >>

Sickness Absence at Lowest Rate on Record

August 17, 2018 | John Norrie |

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics establish a significant fall in the number of sick days employees are taking off work. The figures reveal that employees took off an average of only 4.1 days in 2017, compared to 7.1 back in 1993 (the year records began). The available data shows that the sickness … Read More >>

More than £390,000 of Employment Tribunal Awards Unpaid Due to Insolvency

August 16, 2018 | John Norrie |

employment tribunal awards

Figures obtained from a freedom of information request to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal that over £390,000 of employment tribunal awards remained unpaid in 2017 due to insolvency of the employer. The real amount may be significantly higher as BEIS is only aware of unpaid awards when it is notified … Read More >>

Philosophical Beliefs – what are these and how are employees protected?

August 13, 2018 | Marianne |

belief discrimination

There have been a few recent employment tribunal decisions which have considered the position of philosophical beliefs, and what beliefs are protected. The Equality Act 2010 protects the rights of employees to practise their religion without fear of discrimination. However, certain employees hold philosophical rather than religious beliefs and these may be protected by law. … Read More >>