Employment law in Aberdeen


Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland. The local economy consists primarily of the service industry, energy production and agriculture.

When it comes to employment law, Aberdeen businesses must comply with UK and Scottish regulations.  

In a recent legal development which has particular significance for employment law, Aberdeen employees that work on oil rigs in the North Sea were provided protection under the law related to time worked and vacation pay.

The law as it existed previously was unclear. The territorial waters of Scotland extend 12 nautical miles offshore.

When an oil rig is located beyond that distance it is too far to be considered as part of Scotland, and therefore employees of UK companies only had some of the employment rules apply to them.

For example, if an employee worked on an oil rig which was not considered as part of the UK for a period of time, that time would not count towards some of the benefits offered under employment law.

Aberdeen residents who worked for the same company, in a similar role, but within the 12 mile area, would have qualified for these protections. This matter was somewhat resolved in 2004 when a statutory instrument clarified the situation.

If you are in Aberdeen and you are involved in a dispute regarding employment law, Aberdeen based solicitors can help you to understand the legal framework within which you must operate, as well as provide you with specific advice, and evaluate the strength of your case.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on employment matters, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local employment law solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local employment law solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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