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“Ask the Expert”- rescheduled date

Due to unforeseen circumstances we were required to postpone our “Ask the Expert” session due to take place at the end of October. We have now been able to fix the rescheduled date for the seminar, and this will take place on Wednesday 25th November. 

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Reform in the Private Rented Sector: The Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill

The Scottish Government have recently published the Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill providing an overview of the proposed developments in a sector where the need for more regulation has been inevitable for some time. The proposed changes are intended to provide tenants with ‘greater security and stability in their home and community’ as well as providing reassurance to Landlords that their Tenants will treat their property as a long-term home rather than somewhere temporary.  It is also likely to be the case that the Private Rented Sector in Scotland will see the Bill replace short assured tenancy and assured tenancy for all future lets. 

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Mobile workers and travel time

Introduction

Regular readers of the Miller Samuel blog will remember back in late June we posted a piece looking at an opinion of one of the Advocates General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The opinion related to a case – Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL – which was at the time due to be considered by the ECJ. By way of brief recap, the main issue was whether peripatetic employees – mobile workers without a regular fixed place of work – were to be considered at work when travelling directly from home to their first daily assignment and when returning home from their final assignment at the end of their working day. It was the opinion of the Advocate General (Yves Bot) that this travel time for peripatetic employees ought to be regarded as time spent “at work”. 

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Firm of the Month – Miller Samuel LLP, Scotland!

September/October 2015

The ILN is proud to announce our latest firm of the month, Miller Samuel LLP – Glasgow, Scotland! 

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Legal Action on Behalf of Shareholders Expected Against Tesco

A leading litigation funder, Bentham Funders, has revealed that they have set up a fund for shareholders in Tesco to take legal action against the supermarket giants.

As a result of the formation of the fund, the courts will decide if shareholders and others are entitled to compensation after Tesco’s alleged breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act which saw the supermarket overstate its earnings and making misleading statements to the market. 

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Burnt-out Britain

Britain’s workforce is heading for a well-being meltdown, according to research from global professional services firm, Towers Watson.

The Global Workforce Study (GWS), which surveyed 32,000 employees worldwide, reveals that more than one in three UK employees say they are often affected by excessive pressure in their job. Over half said that they have been working more hours than normal over the last three years and half expect this to continue for the next three years.

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Firm fined after worker run over by digger

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he was run over by a seven tonne digger in Mansfield.

Michael Tomlinson suffered multiple injuries, including a ruptured bladder and fractured wrist, in the incident at a construction site in 2010.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court heard that he was working as a groundworker for the company to prepare the foundations for a supermarket.

A reversing digger struck Mr Tomlinson after the driver failed to notice him behind the vehicle. He took the full impact of the tracks as they knocked him to the ground and crushed him underneath.

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One in five workers on low pay

One in five British workers – just over five million employees – are low-paid, finds a new report from the independent Resolution Foundation published as the national minimum wage falls in real terms for the third consecutive year.

The report, Low Pay Britain 2012, shows that the nation’s share of low-paid work has grown steadily over the past 30 years to 21% – one of the highest rates in the developed world.

Low pay is defined as being below two-thirds of the mid-point of hourly rates – and so applies to anyone who earns £7.49 per hour or less before tax, equivalent to an annual wage of £13,600 a year for a 35-hour week.

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Employees working too many extra hours

Workaholism is a growing addiction among Britain’s workforce, according to new research issued by Travelodge.

So big is the problem that one in ten British workers is cramming a whole extra week of unpaid work on top of their working schedules. Meanwhile a third of Britons are working an additional 16 hours per week, in order to manage their workload and keep their boss happy.

This overtime culture means the average worker puts in 9.1 extra unpaid hours every week, which translates into £5,276.18 in unpaid time every year. Across the working population, this means British workers give away £157.2bn in unpaid time.

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Minimum wage now lower than eight years ago

This year’s planned increase in the national minimum wage will leave it lower than it was in 2004 after inflation is taken into account, according to a new report for the independent think tank the Resolution Foundation.

The minimum wage will rise in cash terms from £6.08 to £6.19 this October, its third successive below inflation increase, leaving it 6% below its 2009 peak in real terms.

The report, Minimum wage: Maximum Impact, by Professor Alan Manning, Head of Economics at the London School of Economics, acknowledges that recent caution on increases is justified but finds the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW) has now stalled:

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