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A new study has revealed that Scottish workers across the UK have the longest working day and that on average, Scottish workers work eight weeks extra per year with no extra payment.

The survey found that on average, Scottish workers work for more than 30 minutes more than the national average per day with two-thirds of those working in Scotland stating that they put in more effort and time than expected or is required. Applying the figures throughout the year, Scottish workers effectively work for eight weeks more per year than other UK workers.

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Former employees at a Dundee construction company have been awarded a collective sum after it was deemed that they were not given adequate warning about the fate of the company, which led to redundancies.

Workers at the construction firm Muirfield Contracts were given £220,000 after it was decided in an employment tribunal that they were unfairly dismissed. The company had faced legal action because labourers, skilled tradesman and site managers were not consulted about the construction company going into administration last year.

Following the legal action from the union UCATT, workers were awarded eight weeks worth of compensation, amounting to just under £220,000.

The union’s representative for Tayside had claimed that the workers were not filled in on the dire situation the company was in and expressed his happiness about the outcome of the case.  131 union members will receive compensation through a protective award, based on their weekly salary, paid by the Redundancy Payments Service.

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HMRC and the Department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) are to crackdown on companies that are not paying staff the National Minimum Wage.

Under the new crackdown, a team of officers will be able to enforce stricter penalties and punish those who are intentionally not paying staff what they deserve. It is hoped that such a crackdown will help those who are being underpaid, but also serve as an incentive for companies to pay their staff their rightful rate ahead of the proposed increase in the rate.

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Trade Union boss Len McCluskey has announced at Unite’s annual conference that he will change the rules to allow activists to illegally strike.

The move comes in direct response to the government amendment that aims to make it harder for workers, especially in the public sector, to strike. However, Unite has now changed their policy to allow workers to strike even if it goes against the new rules so that members are not subjected to such “oppressive legislation”.

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If your employer has made an unlawful deduction from your wages or has failed to pay your wages, there are two ways you can claim the money back. 

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Equal pay does not only apply to salary or wages – it also applies to any ‘benefits’ that are unequal.The use of the term ‘benefits’ covers all of the components of an employee’s remuneration package other than salary. This could include holidays, occupational pensions, childcare allowances or company cars. 

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Have you been dismissed from you employment and suspect that the circumstances may be unfair? In this post we look at a scenario of unfair dismissal to give a better indication of when a dismissal will be deemed to be unfair.

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The number of companies signed up to government’s Think, Act, Report campaign has more than doubled in the last year, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller has announced.

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