First-tier Tribunal – amendments to the Procedural Rules and Legislation

January 3, 2019 | Claire Mullen |

Previously, we blogged on the problems with service of actions raised at the First-tier Tribunal – Housing and Property Chamber (FTT-HPC) where the address of the tenant was unknown. Proposals to amend the FTT-HPC procedural rules to correct this problem and revise the procedural rules more generally were laid before Parliament in December 2018. The amending … Read More >>

HR Resolutions for 2019

December 19, 2018 | Marianne |

HR resolutions

Before we all down tools for Christmas, it might be an idea to think about what sort of “resolutions” you wish to make for your business in the coming year. Sometimes, the personnel issues are the ones that go to the bottom of a to-do list so now is a good time to think of … Read More >>

Notice of Potential Liability for Costs: Recovery of Factoring & Common Maintenance Debts

December 19, 2018 | Alison B |

Notice of Potential Liability

How can you recover factoring & common maintenance debts from owner-occupiers? A Notice of Potential Liability for Costs (NPLCs) can assist Registered Social Landlords and factors to recover money due by owner-occupiers for factoring and common maintenance debts. Notice of Potential Liability for Costs Introduced in 2004, the Notice can be used in relation to flats or houses. … Read More >>

Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather

November 26, 2018 | Marianne |

severe weather work Scotland

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have jointly created A Fair Work Charter for Severe Weather, setting out guidelines for both employers and workers for managing the effects of severe weather on work. The Charter was developed as a response to the severe weather brought in by the “Beast from the … Read More >>

Mental Health in the Workplace

November 13, 2018 | Marianne |

Mental Health in the workplace Scotland

Last week was National Stress Awareness Day, and is a good way to remind employers they should be ensuring the welfare of their employees, in particular their stress levels and overall mental health. Employers have a legal and moral obligation to ensure they aren’t discriminating against staff, specifically because of their mental health. Reasonable adjustments, … Read More >>

Autumn 2018 Budget – key employment announcements

November 2, 2018 | Kirsty |

Autumn 2018 budget

On 29 October 2018, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered the Autumn 2018 Budget. The Budget included the following measures of interest to employment practitioners: Following the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission, the government will increase the national minimum wage from April 2019 to the following rates: Apprentices: £3.90 an hour; 16-17 year olds: £4.35 … Read More >>

Acas Early Conciliation – Increase From Previous Year

October 23, 2018 | John Norrie |

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published statistics on its early conciliation (EC) service for the period April to June 2018. The statistics show that the total number of EC notifications had increased by 53% as compared to the equivalent quarter of 2017. The figures also show an increase in the proportion of EC … Read More >>

ONS Reclassification of Registered Social Landlords as Private Bodies

October 11, 2018 | Lauren |

rsl private bodies

Background In September 2016 the Office of National Statistics (ONS) announced that it was reclassifying Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Scotland as public non-financial bodies for the purposes of the national accounts. This was due to RSLs being subject to public sector control via the Scottish Housing Regulator’s (SHR) powers over management, constitutional change and … Read More >>

All Aboard! Last Call for Agent Letting Registration

September 26, 2018 | Kay Slater |

Letting agent registration

There is now an impending deadline fast approaching at breakneck speed on the 1st October 2018. Yes, that’s correct. As the turn of the month falls before us and as we enter the autumnal season, if you are conducting letting agency work in Scotland and have not applied to join the Register of Letting Agents … Read More >>

How Important is the Appointment of an Executor?

September 20, 2018 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

appointment of an executor

When it comes to Wills, most people are focused purely on how the estate will be distributed. Questions such as “have I given enough to my grandchildren?” and “will my spouse be adequately provided for?” are, obviously, very important matters to consider. However, the appointment of an Executor is just as important. Who should I … Read More >>