Entries by Eileen Pirie


GENDER PAY GAP REPORTING. ACAS has now published guidance on gender pay gap reporting for private and voluntary sector companies in advance of the snapshot date (5 April).  There are also guidance and fact sheets available for employers which can be accessed at: www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articled+5768 The Government have also advised that public sector employers will be […]


National Minimum Wage Regulations 2017. The National Minimum Wage Regulations have been published.  Rises for the national minimum wage and the national living wage have been aligned and are intended to come into force on 1 April 2017.  The amended rates are as follows: National Living Wage Age 25+ from £7.20 per hour to £7.50 […]

Dismissing Fairly Workshop – Friday 31 March 2017

Scottish Engineering’s legal team will be conducting a Dismissing Fairly Workshop on Friday 31st March 2017, which will be held in our offices at 105 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QL Lindsey Miller and Claire Platts are solicitors who have over 35 years’ experience in employment law, providing legal advice and representing companies at Employment […]

Keeping Up Appearances

A parliamentary report has concluded that sexist dress codes are still prevalent within the workplace and has called for a review of the Equality Act 2010, which governs discrimination law in the UK.  Two Parliamentary Committees heard evidence from hundreds of women who had been forced to wear heels (often to the detriment of their […]

Final Draft of Gender Pay Gap Regulations published

The final draft of the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 has been published and the Regulations are due to come into force on 6th April 2017 subject to Parliamentary approval. There have been a number of important changes made to the previous draft regulations which were published earlier this year as […]

Apprenticeship Levy

Starting in April 2017, employers will require to pay the Apprenticeship Levy at 0.5% of their annual wage bill.  Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy, meaning that in practice only employers with a wage bill of over £3million will pay the levy. In Scotland, the system […]


Commenting on the Prime Minister’s Brexit speech, Bryan Buchan, our Chief Executive, said: “The issues covered by the Prime Minister were very broadly expressed.  Two areas we really see as being crucial, are that legislation as it applies to business will now be our own preserve and won’t be controlled from Europe. “In terms of trading […]


Commenting on the First Minister’s Brexit proposals for Scotland today, Bryan Buchan, our Chief Executive, said: “The First Minister’s “second strand” proposal to devolve business and trade regulations from the UK norm would be totally impractical.  In the unlikely event that Scotland was allowed to be part of an EU while the rest of the […]

Proposed increases to Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Shared Parental and Sick Pay announced

These increases are proposed to take effect in April 2017. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – £89.35 (up from £88.45) Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) – £140.98 (up from £139.58) Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) – £140.98 (up from […]

Beware of the Christmas party!

In a personal injury claim brought by an employee against his employer in respect of a violent assault upon him by the Company’s Managing Director, it was held that the Company was not liable for the injury in the circumstances of this case.  The Company had held a Christmas party at an organised venue but […]