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This is world autism awareness week and is understandably a great time to learn a little about autism. Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition. It is a disability and it affects how people experience the world through their senses but also how their brains process that information and how they communicate. The thing about autism is that how it presents is vastly different dependant on the individual and the impact it has on both their life and the lives of their family can be hugely different. This is where you might have heard of the phrase ‘the spectrum’ before. The ‘spectrum’ is best thought of these days as about different support needs: so at one end of the spectrum you might need considerable support and be unable to communicate or process information and require 24 hour support compared to those that appear to require very little support in their day to day lives.
On Monday of this week the findings of an extensive independent review were published which highlighted significant failings in infection prevention and control, governance and risk management at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. The review was carried out by a panel of independent external experts led by Professor Mike Stevens. The review was commissioned by the Scottish Government as part of a wider investigation into the ventilation system, water supply and drainage system at the hospital.
TV personality Holly Willoughby has recently been in the news regarding potential litigious action being taken against her by her former talent agent, YMU. The dispute relates to contracts which were brokered by YMU, who are due an annual commission as part of their agency agreement. Ms Willoughby has since left YMU and has set up her own management company, called Roxy Management. Roxy are unique in that they only employ woman. Her former agents will argue that they are entitled to continue to collect this annual commission from her, despite there no longer being an agent-client relationship. They rely on a clause within their contractual agreement with Ms Willoughby typically referred to as a ‘sunset clause’, otherwise known as a post-term commission clause. This is agreed on the basis that they initially secured the deal and are entitled to collect commission on said deal, usually for a finite amount of time.
The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament last week. Yet, 32 MSPs voted against the Bill, with criticisms levelled at both what the legislation does and doesn’t do. With the creation of a new criminal offence as well as extending the possible aggravations to existing offences, the passing of the bill is a significant development. But what effect does it have?
The last 12 months have brought a wide range of problems and hardships for pretty much everyone on the planet, and the lasting effects will not be fully understood for some time. For those lucky enough not to have been directly affected by the virus itself, there are still huge practical and financial worries as well as the significant upheavals to daily life. Almost from the outset there was widespread discourse on mental health and the emotional impact of lockdown restrictions, including in this previous blog: Protecting your mental health whilst working from home.
Over the past year, we have all experienced changes to the way we live our lives, both personally and professionally. One of the biggest changes for most has been adapting to working from home, juggling home schooling and finding a quiet workspace. In addition to the various zoom calls throughout the week, lawyers have also had to adjust to conducting court hearings from home.
A fire at the luxury Cameron House Hotel and Spa in December 2017 led to the death of two men, Richard Dyson and Simon Midgley, who were guests at the hotel at the time of the blaze. The source of the blaze was identified as having started due to a night porter placing a bag of ashes from a fire into a cupboard containing kindling and newspapers.
The pandemic has brought the industrial relations practice of “Fire and Rehire” into sharp relief. Already outlawed in several European states and according to the Fair Work Convention contrary to the Fair Work Principles endorsed by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Courts have recently upheld a legal challenge against the highly controversial practice.