Entries by Eileen Pirie

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 […]

GENDER PAY GAP REPORTING

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

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 […]

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 […]