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Christmas Party Problems

December 3, 2014 | Marianne |

christmas party problems

The list has been made, the shopping begun and Band Aid has become a familiar song in our lives once more. It can only mean one thing: Christmas is coming!  However, all too often the festive season can put many employees and some employers, on Santa’s naughty list as a result of their behaviour at … Read More >>

Shared parental leave – getting it right

November 26, 2014 | Marianne |

Shared parental leave

New rights for employees who are parents to take shared parental leave (SPL) in the first year of their child’s life come in to force on 1 December 2014. The scheme will apply in relation to children whose expected week of childbirth begins on or after the 5 April 2015 or who are placed for … Read More >>

Minute of Agreement, Joint Property Ownership

November 19, 2014 | Christine |

Minute of Agreement

Cohabiting couples who buy a property together need to consider whether having the title in joint names adequately reflects the financial contributions each is making. Should you enter into a minute of agreement when buying a property jointly? It is often the case that one party commits to paying a greater share of the required … Read More >>

Employers Winter Checklist

November 17, 2014 | Marianne |

Employers Winter Checklist

Do you have an employers winter checklist?  With the clocks turning back a few weeks ago and the mornings and evenings getting darker, it seems an appropriate time to start thinking about an employer’s obligations towards employees during winter. Many people will remember the extreme weather conditions that the country suffered in the past and it is … Read More >>

What do I need to know when selling my property?

November 13, 2014 | Alison H |

selling my property

Are you considering selling your property but perhaps don’t know where to start or what paperwork may be required? Selling your property can be a stressful time. However, this process can be made less stressful if you know the issues which commonly arise during this process. So what are the common things to be aware … Read More >>

Procurement Reform: Could your Community Benefit?

November 10, 2014 | Lauren |

Procurement Reform

The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent on 17 June 2014. It sits alongside existing public contracts regulations, and will increase regulation for public bodies seeking to award contracts for works, services and supplies. The Act applies where contracts have a value of £50,000 or more, except works contracts where the threshold is £2m. … Read More >>

Overtime and Holiday Pay – what should be included?

November 6, 2014 | Marianne |

Overtime and Holiday Pay

Overtime and holiday pay – do you currently consider overtime when processing holiday pay?  Earlier this week the Employment Appeal Tribunal handed down the decision in the case of Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and found that employees’ holiday pay may now need to be calculated to include any overtime. Before this ruling, voluntary overtime … Read More >>

Arranging Contact Post Separation

November 5, 2014 | Lynne |

arranging contact post separation

Arranging contact post separation is important for children, to ensure they have an opportunity to see both parents. It can be difficult for parents to set aside their own feelings and make contact arrangements in the best interests of their children. Unfortunately, many parents are unable, or unwilling, to have direct contact with their former partner. These … Read More >>

Landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014

November 3, 2014 | TC Young |

Landlords duties under the immigration act

Do you know what a private landlords duties under the Immigration Act 2014 are? The Immigration Act 2014 makes it more difficult for illegal migrants to live in the UK and addresses the small minority of private landlords who knowingly target and exploit illegal migrants. The Act means private landlords have duties under the immigration act … Read More >>

What happens when a tenant disappears?

October 28, 2014 | TC Young |

Picture the scene…… You notice that your tenant is behind in their rental payments. You go to the property to speak with them however the tenant has disappeared. You have a look through the letterbox, only to see a pile of unopened mail and a house that appears to have been abandoned. You reach the … Read More >>