April 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill, Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill and Mandatory Pay Gap Reporting.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website.

Transfer of functions of the Employment Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

The Employment Law Committee have raised a number of concerns in their response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Order in Council that makes provision to transfer specified functions of the Employment Tribunal to the First-tier tribunal for Scotland.

Issues highlighted include the more restrictive definition of a ‘Scottish case’, the need to develop the Scottish system consistently with England and Wales and the potential impact on expertise and diversity.

Our full response can be found on the website.