March 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Criminal Verdicts Bill, LBTT Amendment Bill and post-legislative scrutiny of the Family Law Act 2006.

Other 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 Scottish Government is consulting on the draft Order in Council that makes provision to transfer specified functions of the Employment Tribunal to the First-tier tribunal for Scotland. The draft Order is made under clause 37 of the Scotland Bill and allows for the transfer of tribunal functions which relate to reserved matters, and deal with Scottish cases, to a Scottish Tribunal. Clause 37 also provides that those functions will be transferred in accordance with the provisions of an Order.

Our Employment Law Committee is looking closely at the issues raised by the draft Order and will be responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation in due course. We have also been attending stakeholder discussions with BIS.

The Government’s consultation can be found on their website