ID Badges for PAs

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The PA Network Scotland offers ID badges, approved by the Scottish Government, to all registered PAs, in order to provide them with a recognisable form of ID.

If You Need to Say ‘No’ to Your Employer

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There might be times when you have to consider whether a request from your employer is acceptable or not and whether you should refuse this or not.

Independent Living in Scotland

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The law around social care support in Scotland is underpinned by the idea of Independent Living, and Personal Assistance supports Independent Living. Read more about Independent Living here.

Independent SDS Information and Support Services

Organisations that PAs can go to for additional information, advice and support on a range of issues

Induction for PAs

What can be included in an Induction when you start a new job, so you can start to familiarise yourself with the role of a PA and what you employer expects of you.

Job Interview Tips

Hints and Tips on how to prepare for an interview.

Jury Service for PA Employers and PAs

Information about what jury service involves and how to apply to be excused from jury service if you are a PA or a PA Employer.

Knowing Who Your Employer Is

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Make sure that you know who your employer is, whether this is the person you are supporting or their parent or Guardian.

Making Changes to your Employment Contract: Advice for Employees

This outlines what you need to know as an employee if there is a suggestion to make changes to your employment contract

Managing your Working Relationship

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As a Personal Assistant you have a unique relationship with your employer. You’re supporting them to do the things they’re not able to do and although this can feel like a personal relationship, it’s not. Remember you’re the employee and you need to remain independent and professional. 

Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary process led by an impartial third party to help reach an agreement on a dispute in the workplace.

Minimum hourly rate for PAs

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Each year, the Scottish Government sets the minimum hourly rate of pay for Personal Assistants who support adults. This article explains what the current national minimum rate of pay for PAs is.

National Minimum Wage and Statutory Payment Rates

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The National Minimum Wage rates apply to Personal Assistants who support children, or those employed privately by their employer. This article details the rates which apply from April 2024.

PA Employer Responsibilities

When someone becomes a Personal Assistant employer they will also have certain responsibilities, like recruiting people fairly and not putting their employees at risk in the workplace. There are many more responsibilities but also support for meeting them.

PA Induction

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An induction is where you learn about your job, like where to find things you will need and what is expected of you. It usually happens when you first start in your new role. See what can be covered in an Induction process and what to expect when starting a new role as a PA.

Payroll Services in Scotland

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Employing a PA brings with it certain legal and financial responsibilities. Therefore, PA employers may use a payroll service to help them, for example, calculate how much tax and National Insurance their PAs should pay.

Personal Assistants’ Programme Board

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Information about the PA Programme Board, which brings together PAs, Employers, Scottish Government and others to further develop and recognise the role of the PA.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG): For PAs

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What the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme is and how this relates to the role of a PA

Redundancy for PAs

Outlining the rules and expectations on employers when they are considering making an employee redundant and an employees rights in relation to redundancy

Risk Assessments for PAs

Risk Assessments are designed to protect health and safety in the workplace and prevent injury or risk of injury to PAs and the person they provide assistance to.

Disclaimer

Please note that the information contained in this Handbook is provided for guidance purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Self Directed Support Scotland or any other contributing party.

The information does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal and professional advice from a lawyer about employment law matters, or an accountant/ tax specialist about taxation matters, and from HMRC and your insurers. You should not rely solely on the information in this Handbook. Support organisations listed in this Handbook can help you find appropriate sources of advice.