Entries by Eileen Pirie

Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2016

The Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2016 was hailed as another great success, with over 350 guests attending. Our Awards Dinner, held in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, celebrated the continuing excellence in manufacturing engineering throughout Scotland.  Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering hosted the event, where the Principal Guest Speaker was Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE […]

Holiday Pay Update

In White & Others -v- Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 2016 1300537/2015, an Employment Judge held that certain types of work undertaken on a voluntary basis, including voluntary overtime, voluntary standby and voluntary call out payments should be considered as part of normal earnings if undertaken sufficiently regularly and should be taken into account when calculating […]

Business Rates – Comment from Bryan Buchan

The imposition of an additional levy on business rates is a burden which an already-struggling manufacturing and engineering sector can ill-afford. Given the avowed intention to support and promote our sector in the recently-published “Manufacturing Future”, this seems directly at variance with Scottish Government policy.  As the threshold is at a lowly £35k of rateable […]

Pension Freedoms – one year on

It was in March 2014 when the Chancellor announced in his Budget speech what was to become possibly the biggest shake up of pensions since pensions taxation was introduced in 1921. From April 2015 it was no longer more or less obligatory for most pension savers to buy an annuity on their retirement.  Instead, they […]

Shared Parental Leave – one year on

  5 April 2016 marks the first anniversary of the launch of Shared Parental Leave (SPL), the revolutionary policy that allows couples to share leave surrounding the arrival of a new addition to the family.  The hope is to help women back into the workplace quicker and give men the opportunity to care full-time for […]

Employment Tribunals Scotland – Devolution

  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 […]

Holiday Pay Update

The Employment Appeal Tribunal issued its decision in the Lock v British Gas case at the end of February 2016. The EAT, rejected British Gas’ appeal and confirmed that Mr Lock is entitled to holiday pay which includes an element for the amount of commission he would normally receive when working his regular hours. The […]