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Aberdonian Nurse Takes Legal Action After Being Forced to Quit

A former NHS nurse is taking legal action against her employer, NHS Grampian, after claiming that she was forced to quit her job after a number of clashes with judges.

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Aberdeen Entrepreneur Calls for More Female Representation at Senior Level

An Aberdeen businesswoman has called for a united effort to ensure that more women are represented at boardroom level in Scotland, stating that the current levels are far from acceptable.

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Ethnic Minorities Face Difficulties due to Racial Discrimination

An investigation by a number of MSPs has found that despite years of legislation and initiatives, ethnic minorities still face racial discrimination in the workplace.

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Yahoo Face Allegations of Gender bias from male Employee

Yahoo has become the latest tech giant to face claims of gender discrimination with a number of companies in Silicon Valley accused of gender discrimination in the last year.

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Woman Banned from Speaking Native Language at Work Wins £5,000

A woman who was banned from speaking Polish with her colleagues in the workplace has been granted over £5,000 by an employment tribunal.

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North-East Worker Accused Council of Unfair Dismissal

A council worker has accused his employers of unfair dismissal after he felt that his employer was trying to “force him to quit” because of unnecessary pressure from his bosses.  

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Thousands of Workers Facing Job Loss Due to Oil Crisis

Experts have warned that thousands more run the risk of losing their job in Aberdeen as a result of the oil crisis that has affected the prices of oil.

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Case Studies: Unlawful Deduction of Wages

Case One : Mr Jones works as an assistant to a Managing Director in an advertising firm. Due to the nature of his employment, he frequently has to stay late in order to finish or prepare work for the following day. In Mr Jones’ contract of employment, it states that once he has worked more than 40 hours in a week, he is entitled to be paid overtime – however, he has never been paid overtime. His employer refuses to pay Mr Jones the additional pay that he is entitled to. Mr Jones has submitted a formal grievance to his employer but still he is not being paid the money due to him. Provided that Mr Jones adheres to the time limit of three months for bringing a claim, Mr Jones can bring his case to the employment tribunal. In his claim he could ask to be paid all outstanding overtime owed to him.

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How do I make an Equal Pay Claim?

Early Conciliation

Before filing a complaint about equal pay with an employment tribunal you must first inform Acas so the can carry out what is known as the early conciliation procedure. The formal procedure for notify Acas requires you to fill out a simple Early Conciliation notification form. Acas aim to contact all claimants within two working days of submitting this form. When they contact you, Acas will explain breify what the Early Conciliation procedure is and ask you some basic questions about your claim. At this point, you may decide you do not wish to continue with your claim or Acas may advise you that they are unable to help. However, most cases are passed to an Acas conciliator after the initial discussions. The conciliator will discuss with you or your representative and also the representative of your employer who you are making your claim against. The role of the conciliator is to try and talk through any issues and reach a solution to the issue without having to resort to employment tribunal proceedings.

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How do I make an Unfair Dismissal claim?

The right to make a claim for unfair dismissal is not automatic – usually you will have to have been in continuous employment for two years with the employer you are bringing the claim against.

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What is a Settlement Agreement?

A settlement agreement (previously known as a compromise agreement) is where an individual agrees that they will not bring an employment claim against an employer in return for an agreed settlement.

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As Many Holidays As You Want - Branson Questions Strict Annual Leave Policies

In a recent blog post, Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, has sparked a discussion on holiday entitlement, describing Netflix’s vacation policy of leaving employees in control of when and how long they go holiday as ‘one of the simplest and smartest initiatives I have heard of in a long time’.

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Aging Workforce: Pensioners ‘don’t feel old enough’ to Retire

A survey conducted by retirement experts LV=, has discovered that many people choose to work after they have reached retirement age. Many retirees choose to phase their retirement, reducing the hours they work gradually to become used to lifestyle change.

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Employees Feel Stress Over Holidays

 

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Consultation to Find "loopholes" in Zero-Hour Contract Law

A consultation has been launched this week to investigate the best way of proceeding to eradicate the problem of exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts.

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Improving Workplace Relations: Better for workers, better for Scotland

A new report published independent group chaired by entrepreneur and former Scottish Government minister Jim Mather the outlines various recommendations to improve workplace relations – which are also anticipated to improve productivity leading to economic growth.

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Government Look to End Shocking Treatment of Whistleblowers

The Commons Public Accounts Committee have stated that whistleblowers are often subjected to bullying and harassment and that the treatment of employees in public services who have raised concerns about wrongdoing has been "shocking".The Government is seeking to ensure that pople feel free to speak up about wrongdoing.

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Employers Need To Think About Approach to Compassionate Leave

"At the end of the season, I wanted to stay for four or five days with my brother before I flew to prepare for the World Cup with Ivory Coast... except that City did not want to give me a few days".

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Why Employers Must Be Careful What They Include in References

The case of AB v Chief Constable has highlighted the potential risks involved for employers, should they say a little too much in a reference.

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Are LLP Members Entitled to Whistleblowing Protections?

The Supreme Court has recently held in a case which centred on whistleblowing, that members of limited liability partnerships (LLPs) areconsidered 'workers' under the Employment Rights Act and thus are entitled to whistleblowing protections.

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