What Your Contract of Employment Should Include

Detailing what an employer needs to provide in a contract of employment.

What is a Casual Worker?

Casual workers are normally required to be flexible and will not usually have regular hours offered to them each week. See what this means for your employment rights.

Checking Your Employment Rights

To understand your employment rights you need to know what your employment status is and this provides further information on the relevant rights for different types of workers

Zero Hours Contracts

Zero-hours contracts can be a flexible option for both employers and PAs. Find out what rights you have under a zero hours contract.

Covid-19 guidance for Personal Assistants

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There are now no official Covid-19 rules or restrictions in Scotland. However, this page includes some things you may wish to consider around Covid-19 as a Personal Assistant.

Sick Pay for PAs

What to do if you are sick and cannot work, and what entitlements you may have to sick pay.

Making Changes to your Employment Contract: Advice for PAs

This article outlines when your contract of employment might change, who can request a change, and what to do if your employer wants to change your employment contract.

Use of Transport (Own Vehicle and Employer’s) at Work

What you need to consider if you need to use your own vehicle for work purposes, or if you are asked to drive a vehicle belonging to your employer.

How to Manage Performing Duties Outside of Your Job Description

Find out what you can do if you are asked to do something outwith your usual duties or job description.

If You Need to Say ‘No’ to Your Employer

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.

Smoking in the home: a guide for PAs and Employers

Advice for PA Employers and PAs about how to handle the issue of smoking in a person's home.

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

What Happens if There’s a Change in my Employer’s Personal Circumstances?

How a change in your employers circumstances might affect your employment as a PA.

You Decide to Leave: Giving Notice

Find out what notice you must give to your employer if you decide to leave your job.

A Guide on how to set up as a Self-Employed PA

A short guide outlining key areas for PAs to consider if they are looking to become a self-employed PA.

Sources of Information for Self-Employed PAs

A list of organisations and links where you can get further information on being a self-employed PA.

Disabled PAs and Reasonable Adjustments

What is a reasonable adjustment, what do employers have to do and what can employees expect

Disability Discrimination at Work

Increasing the understanding of what disability discrimination is and when an employer can make decisions based on disability

Your Rights as an Unpaid Carer when Working

Knowing your rights as a carer when you are employed

Being Employed as a PA by a Family Member

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It is possible for a PA to be employed by a family member to provide care and support to them. However, this is still seen as an 'exceptional circumstance', which means it wouldn't normally happen unless it is for specific reasons.


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.