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Gender Reassignment and Employment Issues

June 11, 2015 | Marianne |

Gender Reassignment and Employment Issues

Her step-daughter Kim Kardashian had hoped to be the one to “break the internet”, but Caitlyn Jenner’s well-publicised photo shoot with Vanity Fair magazine, her first magazine shoot as a woman, allowed her to trump her famous offspring for that title. Are there implications of employment issues with gender reassignment? The great news following this … Read More >>

Installing Solar panels? What you need to know.

June 9, 2015 | Christine |

Installing solar panels

Solar panels are becoming a more familiar sight across Scotland. Current planning permission regulations exist to make installing solar panels and renewable technologies simple. For most domestic properties formal planning permission is not required if certain criteria are met, namely:- Panels don’t protrude by more than one metre of the roof edge, any outside wall of … Read More >>

Moving abroad with children; what you need to know

June 5, 2015 | TC Young |

Moving abroad with children

The Hague Convention on the civil aspects of International Parental Child Abduction 1980 regulates the international relocation of children. However, when parents are planning on moving abroad with children they often overlook the Hague Convention or think that it will not apply to them. Do you need the consent of the other parent? What happens if … Read More >>

Common Good Land in Scotland

June 3, 2015 | Christine |

Summer is almost upon us and, for residents of Edinburgh, there are few better ways to spend a sunny evening than to gather over a barbeque in The Meadows or to hack a small ball around the Bruntsfield Links. To lose the opportunity to enjoy these simple pleasures would be unthinkable, so the knowledge that … Read More >>

Ban on exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts

June 1, 2015 | Marianne |

exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts

At the end of May 2015, sections of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 came into force, including the provision which makes the use of exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts unenforceable. A key part of the Conservative’s election campaign was a promise to ban clauses in zero hours contracts requiring exclusivity from … Read More >>

Safety tips for lone workers

May 28, 2015 | Marianne |

safety tips for lone workers

A number of our clients either have employees that work alone or are lone workers themselves. Therefore the question of safety regarding lone workers comes up a lot. This blog outlines the main safety tips for lone workers for employers and workers to think about. Working alone is not in itself against the law and will … Read More >>

The CDM Regulations 2015 are now in force

May 11, 2015 | Lauren |

CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6 April and replace the 2007 Regulations. They govern health and safety in construction projects. Some of the main changes affecting “clients” who are commissioning construction work are: Clients’ duties The client must make suitable arrangements for managing a project which ensure that … Read More >>

Zero hours workers legal rights

April 20, 2015 | Marianne |

zero hours workers legal rights

The number of zero hours contracts has increased rapidly in the past few years. Although these types of contracts can bring benefits both to employers and workers, a recent employment tribunal case involved a zero hours contract worker and her fear of reporting allegations of sexual harassment, in case her hours of work were limited. … Read More >>

Scottish Government’s Second Consultation on Private Rented Sector Tenancies

April 10, 2015 | Jim |

Private Rented Sector Tenancies

In October 2014, the Scottish Government published their first consultation on the introduction of new tenancies for the private rented sector. Receiving over 2,500 responses from parties including tenants, landlords, letting-agents and other organisations, the Scottish Government have now issued a second consultation paper on private rented sector tenancies. The new consultation paper amends, and in … Read More >>

My spouse has cheated on me! – What next?

April 8, 2015 | Vicky |

My spouse has cheated on me

According to a recent study, 50% of married men find their mother-in-law attractive.  As unlikely as that seems, it perhaps comes as no surprise that a significant number of marriage breakdowns occur when one spouse engages in an extra marital relationship with another man or woman. We are often told – my spouse has cheated … Read More >>