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Handling Subject Access Requests for Employers

January 10, 2017 | Eileen Barr |

subject access requests

Under the Data Protection Act, employees can ask to see any personal data about them that their employers hold. These are called a Subject Access Requests (SAR), and can create potential legal problems for employers. What are the risks around SARs? And how employers should handle them? The Risks A SAR will likely be time-consuming and … Read More >>

Amended Notices for Assured Tenancies

December 2, 2016 | Jim |

Amended Notices for Assured Tenancies

With effect from 1 December 2016, the Private Rented Housing Panel which currently deals with disputes arising from the repairing standard and with certain  rental disputes will be abolished and will be  replaced by the First Tier Tribunal for Scotland, Housing and Property Chamber. This will mean some changes will be introduced to the various … Read More >>

What are the current Edinburgh property market conditions?

December 2, 2016 | TC Young |

edinburgh property market

2016 has been a mixed year for property purchasers and sellers in Edinburgh and the Lothians. What are the current Edinburgh property market conditions? Some sellers have done very well in terms of attracting interest in their properties and achieving prices over their asking prices and home report values;  but not everyone has benefited from … Read More >>

Scottish Land Fund for Community Ownership in Scotland

December 1, 2016 | Alison B |

Scottish land fund

On 22 April 2016, further legislation augmenting and transforming rights and responsibilities governing land ownership in Scotland entered into force. Furthering the Scottish Government’s aim of bringing an intended million acres of land into community ownership, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 makes further provisions designed to engage communities in decision making and facilitate community … Read More >>

Requirement for Electrical Installation Condition Report in Scotland

November 30, 2016 | Neil Matheson |

Electrical Installation Condition Report

Landlords should be aware that the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced the requirement in Scotland for landlords to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out on all electrical installations, fixtures and fittings within their rental properties. The requirement has been in place since 1st December 2015 for any new tenancies entered into but … Read More >>

Raising a Court Action: How Long Have I got?

November 29, 2016 | admin |

raising a court action

In Scotland, prescription is the law that regulates the period in which parties can pursue claims.  If I was raising a court action – how long have I got? Most claims in law prescribe after five years, which means that a party wishing to make a claim after that five year period may be prohibited … Read More >>

Brexit – the end of public procurement rules?

November 15, 2016 | Lauren |

public procurement rules

Following the recent signing of the CETA free trade deal between the EU and Canada, many are asking what the UK has in store in relation to trade and, specifically, public procurement rules, upon withdrawal from the EU. The public procurement rules which apply in Scotland come from the EU Procurement Directive – therefore, once … Read More >>

Judicial Review – A Year on from the Changes

November 10, 2016 | Christine |

Judicial Review

There were three significant changes to Judicial Review procedures brought in to effect by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. The 2014 Act made provision for wide-ranging reforms to the Scottish civil courts system in Scotland, as well as important reforms to the court procedure associated with judicial review in relation to time bar, permission … Read More >>

Driving Employment Rights Forward

November 1, 2016 | Eileen Barr |

employment rights

What do you need to know about the Uber Employment Tribunal Case and how will this affect employment rights? In a landmark decision, an Employment Tribunal has held that Uber, popular smart-phone taxi app, must treat its drivers as ‘workers’ opposed to self-employed. This gives Uber drivers a range of employment rights – whilst placing … Read More >>

What should I know about hiring students?

October 13, 2016 | Eileen Barr |

hiring students

In 2015, 77% of university students worked to help fund their studies. With the new university year beginning, what do employers, and students, need to know about hiring students?   Regulations for Younger Workers   Most university students are over the age of 18, but some students may be younger. Workers under the age of … Read More >>