Employment

Employment

I work for a small business, and the owner has told me that because of a downturn in the amount of work, he needs to reduce my salary. I don’t think this is right. Can you help?

A reduction in pay requires a change in a contract and for this to be binding, consent from both parties is required. However, employers will often have the upper hand with bargaining power if there is a risk of losing your job. It is illegal for them to deduct pay without a contractual change occurring. …

I work for a small business, and the owner has told me that because of a downturn in the amount of work, he needs to reduce my salary. I don’t think this is right. Can you help? Read More »

Cost of Living Crisis – How can advice.scot help?

Living life, affording to pay all our bills, whilst continuing to put food on the table has become quite the juggling task for many of us recently. Increases to the cost of living, with soaring energy prices, and the prices of other essential goods and services jumping up as a result has been challenging. Average …

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P&O Ferries Redundancy Announcement: Employment Rights

Recent news about staff redundancies and disruption to ferry journeys on P&O ferries may have left staff and customers with questions about what it means for them. On Thursday 17th March 2022, P&O ferries released a statement that all UK sailings had been suspended, pending a major announcement. The announcement was made that 800 crew …

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I have had several issues with my manager over the course of the last three years, but most recently, other members of staff have indicated that he has been mocking me behind my back. What can I do?

I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with your manager. If what your colleagues are saying is true, it could be that you are being subjected to bullying in the workplace. Bullying: A Definition Bullying is regarded as a behaviour which derives from a person or group that is unwanted and makes …

I have had several issues with my manager over the course of the last three years, but most recently, other members of staff have indicated that he has been mocking me behind my back. What can I do? Read More »

I have worked for my employer for the last four years, and after returning from a furlough during the pandemic have been advised that I no longer have a job. No reason has been given for this. My employer just says that I no longer work there.

I am sorry to hear that this has happened to you. It is important that you find out the reason that your employer has done this.  As an employee with two or more years’ service, you can request a written statement from your employer giving the reasons why you have been dismissed. The employer must supply this …

I have worked for my employer for the last four years, and after returning from a furlough during the pandemic have been advised that I no longer have a job. No reason has been given for this. My employer just says that I no longer work there. Read More »

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can

When a relationship breakdown happens, it is important to get financial and practical affairs in order as soon as possible, to avoid any confusion further down the line. If you are named on the tenancy agreement (either as joint or sole tenant), you have a legal / contractual right to live in the property. If …

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can Read More »

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice?

In situations where an employee has a complaint against an employer, and they are able to pursue this through an employment tribunal, it is possible for the employer to attempt to settle the dispute to prevent a claim being made against them. If your employer attempts to convince you to forfeit your right to go …

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice? Read More »

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do?

I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Any surveillance or monitoring that an employer carries out should be detailed as a procedure in your contract or in the employee handbook.    These should explain how you could be monitored and give the reason(s) why they would do so. Employers are heavily restricted in terms of when they can monitor without your knowledge or permission, and they …

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do? Read More »

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help?

I am sorry to hear that you are currently out of work, and that you are struggling with debt. Many people are finding themselves in a similar position just now. You don’t need to deal with this alone, and it is good that you have reached out for support. Understanding Debts Priority Debts – It is important …

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help? Read More »

Separating Fact from Fiction – Employment Support During the Covid-19 Pandemic

With lockdown measures set to remain in place over the next few months, there has been lots of confusion and mis-information on social media surrounding employment support currently available. The government have introduced several different schemes and grants designed to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), …

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