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Anderson Strathern senior hires to bolster firm’s strategy for success

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Insights | Employment

What should employers do about domestic violence?

According to the National Centre for Domestic Violence, one in five adults will experience domestic abuse – whether that’s physical, sexual, psychological or financial - during their lifetime.

Ireland recently introduced the right to five days of paid domestic violence leave annually, to help those affected by domestic abuse to access the medical visits, legal advice and counselling they may need.

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Insights | Employment

Handling holiday pay ahead of the Edinburgh Festival: an employer’s guide

With the Edinburgh Festival season fast approaching, employers who hire workers on irregular hours or on a temporary basis should take heed of the potential pitfalls of a recent change in legislation around holiday pay.

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Insights | Corporate Law

Freedom of Information in Scotland – vital updates

With digital communications and tools such as WhatsApp firmly part of our daily lives, it’s no wonder that questions around what is, and is not, covered by Freedom of Information are arising. The Scottish Information Commissioner (“SIC”) recently launched an intervention into the Scottish Government’s use of tools such as WhatsApp.

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Insights | Employment

Navigating the New UK Tipping Rules: A Guide for Employers

On 1 October 2024, new UK-wide legislation on tipping will come into force, significantly altering the landscape for restaurants and other hospitality outlets. These changes mandate that tips must be passed onto all workers fairly without any deductions being made, with businesses required to have a written policy and keep records detailing how tips have been dealt with.

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Insights | Employment

What do the changes in TUPE transfer regulations mean for you?

The Employment Rights Regulations 2023 comes into effect on 1 July 2024. The UK's Transfer of Undertakings Regulations provide legal protections for employees who are impacted when a business changes hands or a customer decides to outsource, re-tender or bring services in-house.  Many find TUPE regulations complicated and time-consuming, however, it is crucial to get them right and stay legally compliant.

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Insights | Employment

Artificial intelligence: The Trade Union Congress (TUC) workplace Bill

In today's fast-paced work environment, the rapid integration of artificial intelligence (AI) presents a transformative shift in how businesses operate. On the one hand, there are unprecedented opportunities but on the other, there are significant risks.

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Insights | Employment

Winning strategy – the benefits of sports for employee mental health

In the words of Curtis Mayfield, as we ‘Move on Up’ towards the end of the working week it is important for both employers and employees to consider the causal connection between engaging in physical activity and positive mental health. Research has proven that individuals engaging in regular physical activity can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, reduce stress levels, improve their mood and help to prevent physical illness.

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Insights | Education

Navigating gender dynamics in Education

The landscape of gender identity and its legal implications has undergone significant evolution in recent years, presenting complex challenges for both employers and service providers as they strive to create inclusive environments.

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Insights | Education

Navigating voluntary severance and restructures

Amid escalating costs pressures and a decline in public funding, educational institutions across Scotland and the UK may be considering operating voluntary severance schemes and restructuring.

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Insights | Rural

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: New provisions for large land holdings

The much-anticipated Land Reform (Scotland) Bill is now upon us and was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 13 March 2024. Although the Bill covers large land holdings and leasing this is a brief overview of the provisions on large land holdings.

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Insights | Employment

Fines for breaching Right to Work laws tripled on 13 February 2024: Time to know your Right to Work checks

From 13 February 2024 the fines employers can receive if found to have employed an illegal worker tripled from:

£15,000 to £45,000 per illegal worker for a first breach
£20,000 to £60,000 per illegal worker for a subsequent breach

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