Employment Tribunals Scotland – Devolution

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The Scotland Bill is currently working its way through Westminster. One of the provisions allows for the Employment Tribunal in Scotland to become a devolved matter. In anticipation of this, the Scottish Government is currently consulting regarding the transfer of certain functions of the Employment Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, which currently deals with a variety of matters, including immigration housing and welfare.

 Scottish Engineering has submitted a response to the consultation (which is due to close on 24th March 2016) expressing a number of reservations about the current proposals, including parity of service with other parts of the UK, the position of the current Employment Tribunal Judges, and the possibility of UK wide legislation being interpreted differently north and south of the border.

 We will report on the outcome of the consultation once that is published by the Scottish Government.