At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Employment Law

More and more social care workers are becoming subject to professional regulation. This means that workers are subject to a code of practice and must adhere to a plethora of professional standards.

It is said that such regulation ensures high standards of care and that the public can be confident in the care that they, or their relatives, receive.  

Workers in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Livingston have been affected by delivery company City Link becoming insolvent.

Over Christmas, many employees were informed that they would be made redundant due to the firm's financial troubles.

I was shocked to read this week that male executives in Scotland’s private sector are paid on average £10,000 more than their female colleagues.  The news reports also claimed that it would take another 75 years for women’s pay to catch up with men’s in Scotland – that’s 116 years since the introduction of the Equal Pay Act in 1970.

I read in the paper the other day that the Government cuts will result in the loss of 1.6 million jobs. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have warned that the recent cuts in public spending allied with the rising rate of VAT is going to cut the workforce to this extent across the UK economy by 2015/2016.

Electrician John Buchanan thought he was using his initiative to keep himself and 2 colleagues warm during last winters freeze.  Buchanan, formerly of Kean construction, was working on new-build homes as the temperatures plummeted to minus 7 degrees centigrade.

In an attempt to get some rest bite from the frostbite he went into one of the properties which had already had heating fitted and put it on.  Unfortunately, when his manager found out what he had done he dismissed him.

As most of us are looking forward to watching the world cup, I know I certainly am!!  I thought I would bring to your attention that issues could arise for employers and employees if there is an increase in absentee levels in the month to come with the FIFA World Cup starting on Friday the 11th of June.

“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough” is a phrase often used to justify the selection of a promising young athlete or promotion of a young lawyer.

But does it work in reverse? Not according to a generation of baby boomers who are struggling to find work.

Just the other week a large company in the West of Scotland closed its doors and turned its back on its employees.  Very little was known by its workers until the last minute. Indeed many turned up only to be faced with locked gates and doors.

Employment law protects workers’ rights, and when a company is wound up in normal circumstances the staff should be consulted and they have a right to redundancy pay.
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