Legal Issues – Menstrual leave

Spain is on its way to becoming the first European country to introduce a legal entitlement to medical leave for menstrual pain. The draft bill, which was leaked to the media, details the conditions of the leave. Employees will be…

Legal Issues – NI domestic abuse leave

Northern Ireland has introduced a form of paid leave for the victims of domestic abuse. The newly passed Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill will entitle victims to ten days off work in a year as a day one right. This…

Legal Issues – Vexatious litigants

People who repeatedly bring spurious and unfounded claims before a court or tribunal are often referred to as vexatious litigants. While not always the case it seems that the motivations of these individuals is to cause as much frustration and…

Legal Issues – Government funding to boost your business?

Diversity improves economic performance, with equal opportunities for workers of all genders, ages, races and abilities.  Private sector business in Scotland still have until April 2022 to apply for up to £75000 a year from the Workplace Equality Fund to…

Legal Issues – SSP reverts back to normal

In December 2021 the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 that were introduced by the DWP and HMRC meant that the rules around self-certification of sickness absence changed. The regulations extended the period in which an employee could self-certify…

Legal Issues – Work from home guidance relaxed in Scotland

In December 2021 guidance was introduced that meant employees should work from home “wherever practical”. It has now been announced that these restrictions will be eased on 31 January 2022. Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement due to a decrease in…

Legal Issues – Neonatal leave and pay

The government has made a commitment to introduce a new form of statutory leave. Neonatal leave and pay will apply to all parents of babies receiving neonatal care. The idea is to allow for 12 weeks’ paid leave so that…

Legal Issues – SSP temporary change

The Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 2021 have come into force as of 17 December 2021. These regulations introduced by the DWP and HMRC change the rules around self-certification of sickness absence. It was ordinarily the case that an…

Legal Issues – IVF and the law

The rates of those undergoing IVF treatment have increased ten-fold in the last thirty years. Therefore it is becoming increasingly important that employers are aware of their obligations in this area. There is no statutory right for time off for…