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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 >>

Fathers’ Rights in the Workplace – Government Response

July 4, 2018 | John Norrie |

Fathers' rights

The government has recently published a response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on Fathers and the Workplace. In March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report, Fathers and the Workplace, calling on the government to make improvements to fathers’ rights at work. This included, for example, removing the qualifying period for … Read More >>

Extending Freedom of Information to the RSL Sector

June 29, 2018 | Len |

extending Freedom of information

In December 2017 Scottish Government produced their third Consultation Paper on extending Freedom of Information (FOI) to the sector with a draft Order which made both Registered Social Landlords (RSL) and RSL subsidiaries subject to FOI when carrying out “housing activities” as defined in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2010.  Responses to that Consultation are set … Read More >>

What is a Living Will?

June 27, 2018 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

What is a Living Will?

What is a Living Will? We are often asked – what is a Living Will? It is: a statement expressing your views about how you would like to be treated in the future a Will of sorts but applies whilst you are alive not after your death essentially an expression of your wishes set out … Read More >>

It’s getting hot in here: is it ever too hot to work?

June 26, 2018 | Marianne |

too hot to work

Here’s a sentence we don’t often get to say: it’s getting hot! The coming days are set to see record temperatures across the UK, giving us the feeling of an actual summer for the first time in a long time. While we’ve had to contend with previous weather issues (the Beast from the East to … Read More >>

Occupiers Liability – what level of care is required?

June 21, 2018 | Christine |

occupiers liability

The Occupiers Liability (Scotland) Act 1960 has given rise to a raft of case law over the past few years. In essence, it sets out the level of care required to be demonstrated by the legal entity who occupies or controls land or premises to any third party who may access such land or premises. … Read More >>

Child Maintenance Payments Post-Separation

June 14, 2018 | Vivien Riddell |

Child Maintenance Payments Post-Separation

Separation often results in one parent being responsible for the majority of the everyday care of the children. A common result of this is that they also end up being responsible for the everyday costs. Child maintenance payments are financial support paid by the parent who does not have day-to-day care of the children. It … Read More >>