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 workers. Find out what rights you have under a zero hours contract.

Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hour Contracts

An exclusivity clause in a zero hours contract is when the employer prevents an employee from working for someone else, even though they themselves do not guarantee any hours of work. This article explains how this is relevant to PAs and PA Employers, and what to do next.

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.

Your Employer Proposes Changes to Your Contract of Employment

What your employer needs to consider if they are thinking of changing your contract of employment.

Changing an Employment Contract: Employer Responsibilities

When it migfht be possible to change the terms of an employment contract and what the employer responsibilities are

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

Use of Transport (Own Vehicle and Employers) at Work

What you need to consider if you are looking to use your own vehicle for work purposes

How to Manage Performing Duties Outside of Your Job Description (Or ‘Any Other Reasonable Duties’)

Understanding what 'Any other reasonable duties' means in practise and when to have a further discussion with your employer about this.

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 a PA Employer’s Home

Advise for PA Employers and PAs about how to handle the issue of smoking in an employer'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

What you need to do if you are thinking of leaving your job and you need to give Notice to your employer.

What’s the Difference Between an Employed and Self-Employed PA?

Outling key criteria that define whether a worker is employed or self-employed

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.


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.