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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

The new Fit for Work service – fit for purpose itself?

The effect of employee absences on employers in Scotland is significant. In 2011/12, approximately 1.7 million working days were lost in Scotland. In 2013, PwC published research indicating that UK employers face an employee absence bill of almost £29bn each year. Around 90% of this loss stems from sickness absence.

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Social Media & Employment: Designing A Digital Conduct Policy

In a recent decision, the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) found that the dismissal of a former canal worker was proportionate after he posted on his Facebook account that he had been drunk while on a standby shift and made derogatory comments about has supervisors. Although this was the first Scottish appellate decision dealing with the issue of social media misconduct, the EAT did not require any “special rules” regarding social media but decided the case according to the ordinary principles of employment law.

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In the Wake of the Glasgow Bin Lorry Disaster: Disclosure of Disabilities vs. Employee Rights

On 22 December 2014, Scotland was shocked by the news that a bin lorry had collided with pedestrians in Queen Street, Glasgow. In the wake of the disaster it emerged that when asked about his health in medical assessment forms as part of his job application, the driver of the bin lorry failed to disclose the fact that he regularly blacked out. In addition, he also failed to disclose his condition on the Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) form required by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

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Restrictive covenants in employment contracts: Are they effective?

For all you need to know about restrictive covenants, read our guide to restrictive covenants here.

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