Monthly Archives: November 2014

Work related stress: your legal duties

Stress at work is rising, and remains one of the most common causes of long- and short-term sickness for manual and non-manual employees. Two-fifths of organisations reported an increase in stress-related absence over the previous year, rising to more than half in the public sector. Despite its prevalence, both employees and employers can be reluctant […]

Poor fire safety management standards exposed

Recent figures published by the Country’s fire and rescue authorities show that more than a third of non-residential premises were not fully compliant with the applicable legislation (Fire Safety Order 2005). The worst performers were licenced premises where only 52% of the 8,200 premises audited satisfactorily.  In addition, 30% of all offices, 29% of factories […]

One Size Fits All: Choosing the right referencing period for holiday pay calculations

As the dust begins to settle following the judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case Bear Scotland v Fulton, one key question for employers is how to determine what a reasonable reference period will be for calculating a week’s holiday pay. The courts noted that the amount of work and the payment for […]

Solicitors: Beware the Lender Panel Request for Policy Documents

As the dust settles on the PII renewal season it is now the time of year when many solicitors are submitting various re/applications for the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, Practicing Certificates and also Lender Panels. We will assist where-ever we can in supplying Confirmed Claims Experiences, Certificates of Qualifying Insurance and general “confirmation of cover” letters […]

Fleet Risk Management – Scotland may lower drink-drive limits

Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has submitted a proposal, which, if approved by the Scottish Parliament, would slash the country’s drink-drive limit by almost half. The proposal would lower Scotland’s drink-drive limit from 80mg to 50mg in every 100 ml of blood, potentially starting on 5 December. If the proposal passes, Scottish drivers could be […]

Ground Breaking Decision

Workers have today won a groundbreaking case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay.  Previously when calculating holiday pay employers would only consider the employee’s basic pay however this ruling now means that people working voluntary overtime could claim for additional holiday pay. A ruling is yet to be made on […]