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How to manage cancer in the workplace

September 9, 2015 | Marianne |

Manage cancer in the workplace

The ability to manage cancer in the workplace is becoming increasingly relevant for many employers and employees. More than 100,000 people of working age are diagnosed with cancer each year, in addition to the 700,000 people of working age living with cancer. There are also an estimated 500,000 carers of people with cancer working in … Read More >>

Off-side employment law – employee demotion

August 31, 2015 | Marianne |

Employee demotion

Another week, another footballing story which gives rise to some interesting employment law questions, including employee demotion. This time, it involves Jose Mourinho and his public criticism of the Chelsea FC team doctor and physiotherapist after they ran on to the pitch during stoppage time of a match against Swansea to treat a player. After … Read More >>

Carbon monoxide alarms in private rented housing

August 24, 2015 | TC Young |

Carbon monoxide alarms in private rented housing

From 1 December 2015, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 will introduce changes in relation to the requirement for provision of carbon monoxide alarms in private rented housing. The 2014 Act introduces an amendment to the Repairing Standard, which applies to all private rented housing.  The Repairing Standard will be amended to include the additional requirement … Read More >>

Changes to bankruptcy procedure

August 21, 2015 | Neil Matheson |

Changes to bankruptcy procedure

The recent Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014 came into force on 1st April 2015 and has brought about important changes to the way debts can be enforced. We look in particular at two changes to bankruptcy procedure below: Moratorium on Diligence Prior to 1 April 2015, a person with debts could only receive … Read More >>

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations – What RSLs need to do

August 20, 2015 | Len |

Environmental Information Scotland Regulations

In June 2014 the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) confirmed that the Environmental Information Scotland Regulations applied to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) based on the level of supervision/direction exercised by the Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) and RSLs responsibilities to providing/managing etc. social housing including the requirements of the Social Housing Charter, SHQS and EESH in matters … Read More >>

Changes to the way leases can be signed

August 19, 2015 | TC Young |

Changes to the ways leases can be signed

On 1 July 2015, the Legal Writings (Counterparts & Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015 came into force marking a significant change in the way that residential leases can be signed. Although there have been arguments within the legal profession regarding whether or not counterpart signing has always been possible, this point has not been widely accepted. … Read More >>

When is rent in advance a deposit?

August 13, 2015 | TC Young |

When is rent in advance a deposit

The case of Cordiner v Al-Shaibany at Dundee Sheriff Court has again looked at the issue of whether rent paid in advance can be deemed to be a security deposit.  In this case the Pursuer, Miss Cordiner, was the tenant under a Short Assured Tenancy with the landlord, Mr Al-Shaibany. At the start of the tenancy, the tenant … Read More >>

The importance of a social media policy for employees

August 11, 2015 | Marianne |

social media policy for employees

Do you have a social media policy for employees? Employee use of social media is on the increase and so too are the number of cases going to employment tribunals on this area! The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held in a recent judgement that it was fair for an employer to dismiss an employee … Read More >>

Awarding a Public Contract – What Happens Next?

August 6, 2015 | Lauren |

Awarding a Public Contract

Registered Social Landlords are “contracting authorities” for the purposes of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012. When awarding a public contract – what happens next? The Regulations apply to: – works contracts with a value of £4,322,012 or more; – supplies and services contracts with a value of £172,514 or more. Contracting authorities must ensure … Read More >>