Here you will find all the latest news from the SCE team. In this section we will feature news about what we have been up to, recent mentions in the press, information about the work we do in the community and lots more.

Monthly Archive March 2015

Ahead Partnership’s Education Week

Our own John Dickens volunteering for the Ahead Partnership’s Education Week at White Laith Primary School, Leeds.

John says “It was such a rewarding day and I really cannot overstate how amazing the kids and staff at White Laith were”.

Are ‘Associate Dentists’ Workers under the Equality Act 2010?

The question of whether ‘Associate Dentists’ are workers under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) is one that is often put to us as Employment Lawyers and is particularly pertinent when looking at whether discrimination claims can be pursued. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legislation, a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (“ERA”) is defined as someone who has entered into or works under: 

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Managing HR and Employment Law issues in your dental practice

The inherent difficulties of operating a practice day to day are, of course, substantial. One area that can often be neglected in the pursuit of superior quality standards and patient care is HR and employment law issues.

While this question may present no problems when all is running smoothly on the ‘Good Ship Dental Practice’, there is however a wealth of legal issues potentially lurking beneath the surface for the unprepared practice owner and associate alike. So what can go wrong?


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Shared Parental Leave: in a nutshell

Much has been made of the new Shared Parental Leave (SPL) rights which will be available for parents whose child is either born or placed after the 5 April 2015. So the million dollar question is, what does it mean for employers and parents?

Many of you may be familiar with the current statutory and parental rights which are broadly made up of maternity, paternity and adoption rights and the unpaid parental leave regime. The new SPL rights will essentially allow mothers and fathers to share leave.

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Government action on unlawful criminal record checks

From 10 March 2015 employers that force prospective employees to reveal certain of their spent convictions will themselves be committing a criminal offence.

This amendment to the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) is intended to ensure the protection of rehabilitated offenders and to ensure that those who have committed less serious crimes in the past have a greater chance of landing gainful employment and so become productive members of society.

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