Category Archives: Employment

Government Launches Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

July 29, 2019 | John Norrie |

Sexual harassment in the workplace

The government has just launched a consultation on how to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. The consultation seeks views on how employers can be encouraged to better prioritise the prevention of sexual harassment. Consideration is being given to a new duty to require employers to actively protect staff from harassment in the workplace. This … Read More >>

Brexit – what are the employment implications for businesses?

February 28, 2019 | Marianne |

employment implications brexit

As we approach 29 March there are changing levels of uncertainty around what might happen when the UK leaves the European Union, it is a good time to consider what options your business might have to take ahead of a possible Brexit. The current position is that at 11pm on 29 March 2019 the United … Read More >>

Age Discrimination – a timely reminder of this issue

February 25, 2019 | Marianne |

Age discrimination

Earlier this month, Acas issued guidance on age discrimination and information for workplaces outlining important points for businesses to consider including steps to take to avoid age discrimination in the workplace and examples of how age discrimination might occur. Age is one of the nine protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010. This means that … Read More >>

HR Resolutions for 2019

December 19, 2018 | Marianne |

HR resolutions

Before we all down tools for Christmas, it might be an idea to think about what sort of “resolutions” you wish to make for your business in the coming year. Sometimes, the personnel issues are the ones that go to the bottom of a to-do list so now is a good time to think of … Read More >>

Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather

November 26, 2018 | Marianne |

severe weather work Scotland

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have jointly created A Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather, setting out guidelines for both employers and workers for managing the effects of severe weather on work. The Charter was developed as a response to the severe weather brought in by the “Beast from the … Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>