A recent case in Scotland has reinforced the importance of companies who hire out machinery taking all necessary and reasonable precautions to ensure that machinery which is hired out is safe and fit for purpose.
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It has now been confirmed that the major provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017. These provisions include a significant increase to ballot thresholds.
Family law case updates: ongoing financial provision after divorce, and a cohabitant's right to their partners pension benefits
Two cases, one from England and one from Northern Ireland, have been decided recently which are of interest to us in Scotland. One relates to ongoing maintenance for divorced spouses, and the other relates to a cohabitants rights to their partner's pension benefits.
On 27 February 2017 the Lord Chancellor announced changes to the discount rate applied to awards of damages for personal injury. The decision was made to lower the discount rate from 2.5% to minus 0.75%.
New rates have just been announced in the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 and come into force from 6 April 2017.