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Mental Health in the Workplace

November 13, 2018 | Marianne |

Mental Health in the workplace Scotland

Last week was National Stress Awareness Day, and is a good way to remind employers they should be ensuring the welfare of their employees, in particular their stress levels and overall mental health. Employers have a legal and moral obligation to ensure they aren’t discriminating against staff, specifically because of their mental health. Reasonable adjustments, … Read More >>

Autumn 2018 Budget – key employment announcements

November 2, 2018 | Kirsty |

Autumn 2018 budget

On 29 October 2018, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered the Autumn 2018 Budget. The Budget included the following measures of interest to employment practitioners: Following the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission, the government will increase the national minimum wage from April 2019 to the following rates: Apprentices: £3.90 an hour; 16-17 year olds: £4.35 … Read More >>

Acas Early Conciliation – Increase From Previous Year

October 23, 2018 | John Norrie |

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published statistics on its early conciliation (EC) service for the period April to June 2018. The statistics show that the total number of EC notifications had increased by 53% as compared to the equivalent quarter of 2017. The figures also show an increase in the proportion of EC … Read More >>

ONS Reclassification of Registered Social Landlords as Private Bodies

October 11, 2018 | Lauren |

rsl private bodies

Background In September 2016 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that it was reclassifying Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland as public non-financial bodies for the purposes of the national accounts. This was due to RSLs being subject to public sector control via the Scottish Housing Regulator’s (SHR) powers over management, constitutional change and … Read More >>

All Aboard! Last Call for Agent Letting Registration

September 26, 2018 | Kay Slater |

Letting agent registration

There is now an impending deadline fast approaching at breakneck speed on the 1st October 2018. Yes, that’s correct. As the turn of the month falls before us and as we enter the autumnal season, if you are conducting letting agency work in Scotland and have not applied to join the Register of Letting Agents … Read More >>

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 >>