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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 December 2017

How to Handle Staff Requests for Leave this Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching, employers will no doubt be considering a plethora of holiday requests from their employees. It is essential therefore that, to avoid any claims under the Equality Act 2010 or the Working Time Regulations 1998, employers should carefully consider whether their holiday policies are up to date.  

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Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real – AFSA

On the 30 November until 1 December 2017 SCE Solicitors were invited to the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) National Conference and Awards Ceremony, this time hosted by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Samira and Courtney Janotta, a Paralegal at SCE, attended the event and were once again impressed with the positive action being taken and the energy and drive at the event. 

At the Awards Ceremony, both our ladies were moved and inspired by Bhanu Jadeja-Mahal, of Asian / Kenyan decent, who described her journey of life overcoming domestic abuse and rejection in 1970’s Britain, while being a mother to a young daughter, to pursuing a successful career in the police force.   

Courtney recalls her saying it was the police force that saved her when she had nowhere to go after she had been ejected out of her family home. Samira likened Bhanu to a Bollywood heroin, especially when Bhanu ended her story by telling the attendees that she married her childhood sweetheart (who was in the audience that evening) in her 70’s. 

On the second day of the conference Samira delivered a seminar on ‘Faith and Sexuality; the legal workplace perspective’.  Providing an overview of the law, explaining practical steps for employers, dealing with conflict between the two equalities and encouraged discussion and debate with case studies.  

The comments received from the delegates was positive and included “great explanation of case law with relates to work experiences in my workplace” and “the relevance of conflict between faith and sexuality in workplace and case studies which explored appropriate action of investigation team”.                                                                                                                 

This was a great opportunity to catch up with the AFSA management committee and other delegates they have met during their involvement and sponsorship of AFSA over the years.  

SCE Solicitors would like to, again, thank AFSA for the hard work they do to promote equality and diversity and run these remarkable events. Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real – AFSA 2017

In memory of Mandy Walton

As many of you are aware Mandy Walton has been an associate here at SCE Solicitors from March 2016. We regret to inform everyone that she passed on 4 December 2017. 

Here at SCE Solicitors we are all devastated, not only was she an excellent solicitor, she was a force of energy, her dedication to client’s, colleagues and business partners was second to none. 

I am sure her clients will agree with me when I say that her good humour, common-sense approach to legal issues and passion for employment law will be missed. She was a valued member of the team and, personally, a great friend.  

Her funeral will be held on 21 December 2017 at Park Wood Crematorium in Elland at 11:15am and this is followed by a celebration of her life at 12:15 at Cleckheaton Sports Club. 

If you require any further details of her funeral arrangements please do not hesitate to contact me at samira.cakali@scesolicitors.co.uk

Tis’ the season…to be inclusive!

The holiday season is in full swing at SCE Solicitors. We’ve had a festive team photo-shoot, arranged our upcoming secret Santa exchange, and we have a team holiday meal planned for next week. 

Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, enjoying the festive period of Christmas, looking forward to ringing in the New Year or just enjoying the seasonal snow flurries, one thing you’re sure to be surrounded by at this time of year is festive food. 

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