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What can we expect to happen next?

Whilst we are delighted to report that our Cults and Aboyne branch office staff are now able to carry out viewings and market appraisals in person, and whilst viewing enquiries have already surpassed this time last year, this is not a return to “normality” by any means.

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Employment Tribunals and Documents held Abroad

Can a UK Employment Tribunal compel the disclosure of documents held overseas by a parent company of a UK subsidiary? 

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New Compensation Limits

Compensation limits in the Employment Tribunal will increase from 1st February 2012.  In particular, the statutory cap on a weeks’ pay, used for calculating Statutory Redundancy Payments, will increase from £400 to £430 and the maximum compensatory award that can be made in a successful unfair dismissal case will be increased...

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Offshore Workers' Leave

The Supreme Court has recently rejected the trade unions’ appeal in the case of Russell v Transocean International Resources Limited and others, holding that employers can lawfully insist that offshore workers take annual leave during their field breaks.  In reaching its judgement, the Court refused to refer the issue to the European Court of Justice and as there is no right of appeal to Europe, the Court’s decision has effectively ended the uncertainty surrounding the legality of the “2 week on, 2 week off” rota.

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New Partner Appointment at Mackinnons

Mackinnons are delighted to announce that their Associate Solicitor, Nicola Gray, has been promoted to Partner with effect  from 1st October.  An accredited employment lawyer and graduate of Aberdeen University, Nicola has, during her time with the firm successfully further developed Mackinnons’ employment law practice. 

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Holidays and Sickness Absence

If an employee is prevented from taking annual leave due to sickness absence they must be allowed to take that annual leave at a later date even if this means that the holidays are carried forward into the next holiday year. 

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Annual Employment Tribunal Statistics Published

The annual statistics for the Employment Tribunal Service for the year 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2012 have been reported showing a 15% drop in claims.  In total, 186,300 claims were lodged in 2011/2012 with 31% of these relating to unfair dismissal, 29% to the Working Time Regulations and 16% to unauthorised deductions from wages.  There has been a fall in the number of sex discrimination claims whilst the number of disability discrimination claims has remained relatively constant.  The report also contains details of how claims have progressed: 12% were successful, 33% ACAS conciliated and 27% withdrawn by the Claimant.  The remaining 28% have either been struck out or settled without assistance from ACAS.

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What can we expect to happen next?

Whilst we are delighted to report that our Cults and Aboyne branch office staff are now able to carry out viewings and market appraisals in person, and whilst viewing enquiries have already surpassed this time last year, this is not a return to “normality” by any means.

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“What Next for the Scottish Housing Market?”

We now have a published Scottish Route Map the way ahead and, hopefully, out of the Coronavirus Pandemic for many, in the week to come, this will finally provide a welcome removal of some of the practical restraints of moving house but – for a multitude of reasons – this will not mean a return to “business as usual” for quite some time to come.

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