Articles

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 April 2018

Mobile Phones and The Workplace

We’ve all been there – we’re right in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with a close friend or family member when, without warning, they look down at their mobile phone and begin mindlessly scrolling. Or even worse, their phone rings and they take the call. 

Well it’s bad enough when that happens in our personal time, but it’s almost unbearably frustrating when it happens in the office. If employees are constantly on their mobile phone, it can have many negative effects, including irritating colleagues and impacting on employees’ productivity and performance. 

The best way to tackle this issue is to have a clear policy in place which sets out clear expectations – and consequences –concerning the permitted use of mobiles phones in the workplace. Below are our 10 easy ways you can take control of mobile phone use in your workplace. 

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Update on ‘Gig Economy’ Case Law and Developments

Welcome to the new modern work structure: the gig economy. Where temporary positions are prevalent, freelance work is the norm and organisations contract with individuals on a short-term basis. In this article we will explore the high-profile tribunal cases of 2017 which have kept the ‘gig economy’ making headline news. 

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New Team Member

We are pleased to announce that SCE Solicitors has a new team member; Samira gave birth to Olive Cakali on 15th April 2018 at 12.35pm.

Mother, baby and the rest of the Cakali family are all doing well.

LEGAL UPDATE: Failure to Provide Enhanced Share Parental Pay is NOT Sex Discrimination

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) has decided that failure to pay a male employee enhanced shared parental pay, in circumstances where it paid enhanced pay to women on maternity leave, was not direct sex discrimination.  

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Consultations and Compulsory Redundancies

Following on from our article ‘How to avoid compulsory redundancies’ a few months ago, unfortunately there can be instances where a business simply has no alternative but to consider cutting staff to reduce costs.

If that is the case then there are important rules that you must follow and if you fail to do so then any redundancies you may make could be unfair and you could be taken to a tribunal. You must identify which people you will make redundant and ensure you select people fairly.

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The Processes and Pitfalls of Dealing with Staff who are Taking Maternity Leave

With Samira on Maternity Leave from the end of today, we thought it was only fitting that our article this week covered this complex area of law. Family friendly rights, including leave and pay in relation to maternity are constantly evolving and growing as an area of employment law. In this article we aim to offer some clarity on this area and provide employers with some advice on the do’s and don’ts when dealing with staff taking maternity leave.  

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GDPR and Data Relating to Former Employees

The principles relevant to the retention of employee data under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), which comes into effect on 25th May 2018, do not differ greatly from those under the current data protection regime.  

Under both the GDPR and the Data Protection Act 1998, personal data must be kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed. However, the GDPR requires employers to be more transparent about their retention policies and includes additional rights for employees and greater penalties for non-compliance. 

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