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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 February 2018

Employers and your GDPR obligation

On Tuesday 13 March 2018 SCE Solicitors are holding a one day GDPR training course.

The course has been divided up into two parts to provide benefit to both those who wish to receive a quick overview and those who want to understand the impact for dealing with employee details.

The morning session will be run by Dai Davies, a technology lawyer and a well-known speaker, and will provide a general overview of GDPR and how it will impact all businesses.  The afternoon session will be run by our Richard Newstead and will focus on the implications of employers.  

Data Protection has recently undergone a fundamental reappraisal with the enactment of the new European Union GDPR. GDPR will come fully into force on 25 May 2018 and businesses which do not plan for it will be severely disadvantaged. 

The new legislation is radically different from what is currently in place. Instead of a notional transparency through registration and consent under the existing legislation; real transparency under the GDPR is achieved through a series of rights given to individuals. Examples of such individual rights are: the right to object to data collection and the right to be forgotten. This is backed up by much more extensive obligations on data controllers to provide information on request and sometimes even before a request is made. 

If GDPR is already causing you headaches and you need some clarity on what the legislation says and how that may impact on you, your business and your employees, then join us on this one-day training course. 

Please book your tickets on Eventbrite

The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation, so to get you started before the course we have picked eight issues which businesses should start considering:  Click here to read more

Here at SCE Solicitors, we have a wealth of experience in assisting employers on all issues relating to the GDPR.  If you would like to discuss compliance or have any questions in relation to the course, please contact us on 01133 50 40 30 or at samira.cakali@scesolicitors.co.uk.  

February is LGBT History month

This February marked the third consecutive year that Leeds City Council has celebrated LGBT History Month. Leeds put on events including film screenings, LGBT history talks, social events, and even lit buildings in rainbow colours to celebrate the diversity the LGBT community brings to our urban landscape.   

The news has also been buzzing with LGBT headlines, some examples are as follows: 

  • The Australian Football League (AFL) has agreed for the first time to allow a transgender footballer, Hannah Mouncey, to play women’s football at state level.  
  • In other football news, a support group has been set up at Newcastle United for its LGBT fans. United with Pride was created by the Newcastle United Foundation, the club’s charitable arm, to tackle abuse and homophobic behaviour at matches. United with Pride will work to challenge discrimination of any kind and work towards inclusion for everyone.  
  • The UK is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the repeal of Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, which prohibited local authority from promoting homosexuality or publishing material with the intention to promote homosexuality, in addition to promoting same-sex values in schools. 

Given the celebrations over the past month, we thought it served as a timely reminder to look at discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the workplace.   

Sexual orientation is one of nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and discrimination on those grounds is prohibited.  Discrimination can be: 

  • direct – because of their sexual orientation; 
  • indirect – a provision, criterion or practice that places those of a certain sexual orientation at a disadvantage; 
  • harassment – subjecting someone to harassment related to their sexual orientation; or 
  • victimisation – victimising someone because they have or intend to enforce their rights under the Equality Act 2010. 

Here are two cases where employers have fallen foul of the law. 

  • In Bivonas LLP and others v Bennett 2015, a fee earner was found to have been discriminated against because of his sexual orientation after discovering a note from a firm’s partner saying he was giving work to his “batty boy mate”.  
  • In X v Y 2006, the disciplinary officer was held to have been influenced by homophobic comments made by the managing director in reaching the decision to dismiss X for accidentally sending a pornographic text message intended for his male partner to a female colleague. Thus, the decision was discriminatory.  

Here at SCE Solicitors, we are experts in helping businesses manage their employees.  If you have any queries about discrimination in the workplace, other staff issues or would like to discuss how we can be on hand to assist you with all your employment law needs, please contact me on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and dispute resolution practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Updates and News

The legal world has many updates, interesting results and changes which shape the future interpretation of the law.  The SCE team do our best to provide a timely report and commentary on the activities, updates and case studies that hopefully matter to you.  

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If you would like to discuss any of the matters above or others which are impacting your employer or employee situation then please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call us on 0113 350 4030 during business hours or email info@SCEsolicitors.co.uk or message us via our social media channels to arrange a convienient time to arrange a telephone consultation.

We rose to the #BakeforJustice challenge

SCE Solicitors rose to the #BakeforJustice challenge and have so far raised over £50 for The Great Legal Bake.

And lucky us, we still have cakes in the office today and so are expecting this total to continue to rise! (Even if we must let out our belts another notch!).

The amazing contributions and donations received – not just by us, but amongst the many different law firms across the country – raise vital funds for free legal advice in your area. Funds go to support local advice agencies and charities through the Access to Justice Foundation. 

For the poorest and the most vulnerable people in our community, access to justice is out of reach. Free legal advice makes a huge difference to their lives. In recent years, poverty has increased, and support services decreased. Meanwhile, funding for specialist advice centres has reduced; particularly since the 2013 removal of much of legal aid for humanitarian or social welfare legal advice.

In 2017, teams raised over £33,000 nationally for the provision of legal advice services to people most in need and unable to afford it 

There is still time for you to support this amazing charity. If you would like more information, please visit – http://www.atjf.org.uk/donations.html

It was also our newest recruit, Richard Newstead’s presentation debut for SCE Solicitors.  Richard provided a useful and insightful overview of how you can avoid compulsory redundancies – especially considering the collapse of Carillion.  

His presentation also provided useful reminders of the payslip review which will come into force in April 2019 and discussed case studies regarding rest breaks and surveillance using hidden cameras to monitor suspected thieves. As expected these topics sparked discussion and were well received from all in the room. We look forward to further updates from him in the future.

On 13th March we are holding a GDPR information event focused on providing advice on the new regulation to employers. If you know someone that would benefit from this seminar please feel free to pass on the details. Bookings can be made via Eventbrite – https://sceemployersgdpr.eventbrite.co.uk. We hope to see you there! 

Now it is time to put the kettle on and get back to eating cake!

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

How to avoid Compulsory Redundancies

We wrote recently about how the liquidation of a large company can have potential indirect consequences for small and medium businesses. Through no fault of their own, a small or medium sized business can suddenly find that cash flow is drastically affected.

Often, in those circumstances, the knee jerk reaction is to look at ways to reduce outgoings and one of the simplest ways to do that is to reduce staff.  Many small businesses are reporting that following the collapse of Carillion they may have no alternative but to look at making staff redundant.

It is however worth considering that there are ways to avoid making compulsory redundancies, which can sometimes be costly in the short term.

Before you conclude that redundancies are necessary, consider the following options –

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100 Years of Voting

Tuesday this week marked the 100th anniversary of some British women gaining the right to exercise their democratic right to vote in the UK. 

Whilst there is much to celebrate in terms of women’s progress in this country in the last century, sex discrimination in the workplace and beyond continues. The Fawcett Society has published a Sex Discrimination Law Review, which examines whether sex discrimination law in the UK is fit for purpose. The report serves as a timely reminder of what employers can do to avoid discrimination in the workplace. 

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Social Media and Social Networking in the Workplace

As social media expands into every aspect of our lives, including the workplace, striking a balance between leveraging social media as a business tool and managing its use by individual employees can be challenging. As more people become social media savvy, concerns over the impact of social media in the workplace are not diminishing over time.

So, what would a happy medium be for employers? Let’s see… 

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