Entries by Eileen Pirie

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 […]

Press Release – QR December 2016

ENGINEERING INDUSTRY PERKS UP SLIGHTLY http://www.scottishengineering.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/QR-December-2016.pdf For the first time in two years, Scotland’s engineering industry appears to be offering hope for the future. According to our latest Quarterly Review of the industry, there has been an improvement in orders, output and staffing in the final quarter of 2016.  Though, after seven quarters of negative results, […]

Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017

This free competition, hosted by Primary Engineer and supported by engineers in Scotland, looks to create links between schools and industry by having engineers visit a classroom and chat about themselves and their work in engineering.  After the visit, pupils are asked: If you were an engineer in Scotland, what would you do?  The wonderful […]

Holiday Pay Update

The latest Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd has confirmed that employers will require to include result-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay. In summary, Mr Lock was a salesman who received a basic salary with variable commission, which was paid in arrears. Mr Lock was unable […]

ConnectUp – SME Event – Tue 25 October 2016

INVITATION TO ATTEND The Weir Advanced Research Centre, part of The Weir Group, are holding a joint event in conjunction with Scottish Power, Doosan Babcock, Subsea7 and Stena Line, aimed at identifying new SME partners. The two event themes, which reflect the broader innovation needs of the host companies, are Industry 4.0 and Energy Efficiency, […]

Modern Apprenticeships for SMEs – Skills Development Scotland

Thousands of small businesses in Scotland employ Modern Apprentices.  Here’s why you should join them: It’s cost effective – we contribute towards training costs Three quarters of employers say apprentices improved their productivity Training through work means your apprentices really understand your business – and your customers How we can help: You want to invest […]

Concerns over apprenticeship levy

Comment by Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive. Engineering companies throughout Scotland are expressing great concern about the impending apprenticeship levy that will come into effect early next year. The main reason for their concern is the fact that the application of the scheme has been devolved to the Scottish Government, and while employers across England have […]

Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is due to come into force in April 2017 and will require the employers with a payroll bill of more than £3m pay 0.5% of this to HMRC on a monthly basis. There are no exceptions to this for employers who currently pay a levy to CITB or ECITB. In England and […]

Reasonable Adjustments

Following the judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd -v- Powell it may be necessary for employers to consider pay protection where an employee is offered alternative employment as a reasonable adjustment. The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that the objectives of the legislation concerning reasonable adjustments may […]