We are a Scottish company and only currently have Scottish based clients, nothing against anyone from any other part of the UK, but this is where we are.
Like it or not, agree or disagree, we have a vote next year and depending on the outcome, it could have a new part to play in Employment Law and HR.
In the very deep Scottish White Paper which came out last week, there were some new nuggets.
Now if you are an employee or a company owner, there may be some high or low lights depending on your viewpoint.
What is clear however, is that the Scottish Government are serious about making changes to the status quo based on recent legislation turned out by the Coalition.
In no particular order here they are:
Restoring the 90 day collective consultation period where it is proposed to dismiss 100 or more employees (this was recently reduced to 45 days).
Abolishing the Employee shareholder status, whereby employees give up certain rights (including the right to claim unfair dismissal and the right to redundancy pay) in return being given shares with certain tax relief advantages.
A commitment to increasing the national minimum wage in line with inflation each year. The Scottish Government state this would result in Scotland’s lowest paid employees earning £675 more per year.
Greater promotion of the living wage and a commitment to attempt to increase the number of private companies who pay it.
Consultation on a target for female representation at board level in both private and public companies, including a promise to legislate to achieve this if necessary.
There you have it. Love to hear what people think, good bad or indifferent.
Would these changes sway anyone opinions one way or another.
Our First Minister has also said that Corporation Tax would come down in Scotland post independence as well.
We at Absolutely Towers are not commenting on the politics of this, merely posting for people who would be affected one way or another to ensure that the information gets out there.
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