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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 | TC Young |

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 >>

Eviction Proceedings Relying on Arrears – The Importance of Rent Statements

August 9, 2018 | Nicola Caldwell |

Rent Statements

On 1st December 2017 jurisdiction for private sector tenancy related disputes transferred to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Housing and Property Chamber. The Tribunal is allocating up to two cases to be heard each day. Tribunal members have sufficient time and expertise to scrutinise the content of rent statements. Accordingly, it is now more important … Read More >>

Changes to Land and Building Transaction Tax Come Into Effect

July 10, 2018 | Katharine Smith |

first time buyer tax relief

The Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (First-Time Buyer Relief) (Scotland) Order 2018 The above Order came into effect from Saturday 30 June 2018. Subject to certain conditions, First-Time Buyer Relief is now available to first-time buyers in Scotland. The relief applies to qualifying transactions where the contract is entered into on or after 9 February 2018 and the … Read More >>

Paying for Residential Care – what you need to know!

July 6, 2018 | Lynne Lind |

paying for residential care

Taking the decision to move, or helping a loved one move, into a care home can be a stressful time. It is important that the financial implications are fully understood. The average rate for residential care in Scotland is £639 per week (£33,228 per annum) and for nursing care is £852 per week (£44,304 per … Read More >>