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According to the latest study on female employment in the EU Scotland, has one of the lowest female unemployment rates.

The figures, which collate information from the final three months of 2014 show that the level of female unemployment stood at 4% according to Eurostat figures. Positively the stats were ahead of other European rivals such as Germany (4.5%) and significantly higher than the UK rate of female unemployment at 5.3%.

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The UK Government are to reform the ballot system and the way industrial action can legally occur in a bid to prevent “back door” strikes.

The Business Secretary Sajid Javid has said there will be "significant changes" to strike laws especially for public workers such as transport, fire services and schools, with the changes to the laws considered to be a priority for the Conservative Government.

Under current rules a strike is valid regardless of turnout. If most vote for the motion then it will come into effect.

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A prison guard has won his unfair dismissal case after he was sacked for allegedly grabbing the neck of an inmate who was acting aggressively and demanding second dinner helpings.

Ross Callachan has been awarded just under £7,000 and been reinstated as a prison officer following the claim from HMP Glenochil in Clackmannanshire that he became aggressive towards prisoners during food service.

Mr Callachan, who had served for nine years as a prison guard, told the court that he became concerned when an inmate began acting aggressively towards himself and other prisoners. When he became worried that he might be physically assaulted, he took direct action and removed the prisoner from the area.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) claimed Mr Callachan used excessive force and was therefore dismissed, however, employment judge Mary Kearns found in favour of the Mr Callachan and ordered his re-engagement as a prison officer at HMP Perth as well as awarding him £6,989.

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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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Entering into negotiations about a settlement agreement can seem daunting, however this doesn’t have to be the case. Whilst your solicitor will be able to advise you ob the best possible deal and negotiate on your behalf, you might want to be aware of a few hints and tops for getting the best settlement agreement for you.

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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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More than a quarter of employers (28%) plan to give workers a pay rise this year and a further 40% are still considering increasing wages, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from professional body the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

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Workers who have been on a zero-hours contract for at least 12 months should be given the legal right to switch to a fixed hours contract if they’ve worked regular shifts during that time, according to a new report into the controversial employment practice.

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Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the UK Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage to £6.50 an hour – and has called on it to under-score the decision by introducing a Fair Employment Commission.

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The Law Society's Access to Justice Committee is seeking employment law specialists' views on the impact of the employment tribunal fees introduced last year.

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Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ according to the latest figures released by the European Commission.

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Confidentiality clauses are to be removed from standard NHS settlement agreements in Scotland, according to Health Secretary Alex Neil.

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A new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit has found that Europe’s companies must adapt to an ageing workforce, and that this may result in benefits for all employees.

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The Government has recently announced a new support service to help employers tackle the problem of long-term sickness absence.

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Government changes to the Transfer of Undertakings and Protection of Employment (TUPE) will drive down pay and conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers and make privatisation cheaper and quicker, the TUC has said.

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The UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has recently published its 36th report of 2013-14 on confidentiality clauses and special severance payments.

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The Government’s final analysis on employment and the economy has been submitted to the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC). The data will be considered by LPC along with other, wider evidence to enable it to make its recommendations on National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for this year.

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Too many women continue to earn considerably less than men and make less progress on the career ladder, according to a workforce development expert.

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