Scottish employers ignorant of law changes

Scottish
bosses are incurring costs of up to £1 billion because they are not up to date
with changes in employment law, a survey reveals.

Research
by the law firm, Peninsula, found that 80 per cent of those surveyed are unaware
of recent major changes in employment law, including new rules for employment
tribunals and longer periods of maternity leave.

In
response to the findings the T&G union called for an extension of trade
union recognition.

“For
Scottish employers who have entered into agreements with unions, such as the T
& G, there is less prospect of procedural difficulties in relation to
employment law,” said T & G Scotland’s senior industrial organiser, Jimmy
Farrelly.

He
added, “In light of the findings, it appears there is a sound business argument
for Scottish employers entering into agreements with unions, with the purpose
of fostering good industrial relations and avoiding costly legal procedures.”

www.tgwu.org.uk

Karen
Higginbottom

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