Entries by Eileen Pirie

SCOTTISH ENGINEERING AWARD WINNERS 2017

SCOTTISH ENGINEERING ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS 2017 The Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2017 was hailed as another great success, with over 3600 guests attending. Our Awards Dinner, held in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, celebrate the continuing excellence in manufacturing engineering throughout Scotland.  Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive of Scottish Engineering, hosted the event where the Principal […]

HOLIDAY PAY UPDATE

HOLIDAY PAY UPDATE Fulton and Others -v- Bear Scotland and Others The Bear Scotland case above, which concerned inclusion of non-guaranteed overtime payments in the calculation of 20 days’ annual leave, returned to the Employment Appeal Tribunal recently. The question referred was whether the finding in the original judgment, that a break of more than […]

AVOIDING DISCRIMINATION IN RECRUITMENT….

AVOIDING DISCRIMINATION IN RECRUITMENT….. Discrimination law is aimed at protecting those with the relevant protected characteristics at all stages in employment – from recruitment to post-employment termination. In the recent case of Government Legal Services v Brookes the Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld an Employment Tribunal decision that a job applicant with Asperger’s syndrome suffered unlawful […]

LIKE GIANT PANDAS, APPRENTICES ARE ‘A PROTECTED SPECIES’……

LIKE GIANT PANDAS, APPRENTICES ARE ‘A PROTECTED SPECIES’….. The recent employment tribunal case of Kinnear v Marley Eternit Ltd highlights the potential financial risks of dismissing an apprentice before he/she completes their apprenticeship. Mr Kinnear had entered into a 4-year, fixed-term apprenticeship with his employer, which was due to expire in November 2018, upon completion […]

PRESS RELEASE – QUARTERLY REVIEW MARCH 2017

Engineering industry gets on with business. The first Quarterly Review of the engineering industry for 2017 shows a further improvement in most areas.  There is healthy growth in export orders, in particular where a net 30% of businesses are reporting above normal activity. The QR survey also records a 27% positive return for total orders. […]

HOLIDAY PAY UPDATE

Holiday Pay Update.  British Gas has been refused leave to appeal to the Supreme Court in Lock -v- British Gas Trading.  In Autumn 2016, the Court of Appeal held in the Lock case that employees whose wages include an element of commission can no longer be paid less when they are on annual leave.  As […]

NEW LIMITS FOR UNFAIR DISMISSAL AWARDS, REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS AND GUARANTEE PAYMENT

New limits for unfair dismissal awards, redundancy payments and guarantee payment. The increases will come into effect on 6th April 2017: The maximum amount of “a week’s pay” for the purpose of calculating a redundancy payment or for various awards including the basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal will increase from £479 […]

SCOTTISH ENGINEERING ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER 2017

Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2017. This year’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday 18th May at the Marriott Hotel, Argyle Street, Glasgow. Our Principal Speaker will be John Baxter, CBE, FRSE, FREng, who is currently Chairman of the ANRC (Advance Nuclear Research Centre) and Visiting Professor of the University of Strathclyde.  Mr […]

MADE IN SCOTLAND AWARDS 2017

Made In Scotland Awards 2017. The Made In Scotland Awards champions all aspects of transformational discoveries and developments made in Scotland.  From innovation in business services to innovative companies that have found success, both domestically and internationally.  Past winners have ranged from companies making products that work in harsh environments, through innovative domestic gadgets designed […]

GOVERNMENT REVIEW OF EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FEES

Government Review of Employment Tribunal Fees. The Government’s response to the review on the impact of tribunal fees has eventually been released.  The responses concluded that the introduction of tribunal fees has broadly met the financial objectives and has encouraged potential Claimants and Respondents to use alternative dispute resolution services.  However, the report also acknowledges […]