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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 May 2018

AFSA Spring Conference and Awards Dinner

SCE Solicitors were at the AFSA Spring Conference and Awards Dinner in May and held a very vibrant workshop discussing gender pay gap with significant delegate participation.

One aspect of the discussion was that those who attended were surprised at some of the pay gaps reported by fire services ie it was very small – the feeling was that most of the retained fire fighters tend to be women whose hourly rate is a lot higher and this skews the overall figures.

The workshop was well received and SCE Solicitors have been invited to offer a fire service informal advice on their pay gap report.

We again felt fortunate to be included in this positive event and supporting the Asain Fire Service Association.

For more information about AFSA please visit – http://afsa.co.uk/

How to Reduce Stress at Work: 12 Strategies to Handle Stressful Careers

We were recently approached by Click Time, following our “Managing employee stress at work” article that we published in February last year. Click Time has very kindly written a guest blog for us and they have provided us with their 12 Strategies to Handle Stressful Careers. We hope you find these suggestions helpful and find that they are something you are able to implement within your workplace.

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Advice for Employers on Accommodating Parents with Premature or Sick Babies

Every year, over 95,000 babies (or 1 in 8 babies born) are cared for in neonatal units in the UK due to premature birth or sickness. While some pregnancies inherently pose a higher risk for premature birth, such as twins and multiples, there is no guarantee a mother will be able to carry to-term.

Depending on how premature or sick the babies may be at birth, parents might find that their babies have to stay weeks or months in hospital, and some of these babies may continue to be at risk even after being discharged. In some cases, the babies may be transferred to a different or specialist hospital if the treatment or care they require is not available in the area in which they are born.

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Shared Parental Leave: The Three Companies Leading the Way

With productivity being a subject of great debate, it has led to many suggesting that benefits packages are the way to go in order to motivate staff, especially those with a “millennial work ethic”. Essentially, millennials want to see a direct impact and return for their efforts and, more often than not, value family over work. Therefore, enticing benefits such as Shared Parental Leave (“SPL”) is a sure way to retain top talent.

In this article we look at three parental leave packages you could aspire to use.

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Leeds Legal Walk 2018

Courtney Janotta and Emma Roberts, Paralegals of the firm, participated in the Leeds Legal Walk on Monday 14 June 2018. Here’s their reflection on the event:

“We saw announcements for the upcoming Leeds Legal Walk and both of us volunteered to walk on behalf of the firm for a great cause. The purpose of the 10K walk was to raise money for legal advice services that assist the poorest and most vulnerable people in our community. Funding for legal advice services has reduced, particularly since the 2013 removal of much of legal aid for humanitarian and social welfare advice.

Our lovely colleagues sponsored us, and the firm had shirts made for us for the event!

We were both so happy to see a large and diverse turnout, with participates ranging from administrators to firm partners, and even a few furry four-legged friends. We both bumped into a few friends and former colleagues

The current funds raised for the event exceed £7,000 for local legal advice charities who do amazing work for our community, and we were happy to get involved.”

All of our donations received so far have been cash and cheque donations, however its not too late for you to contribute!  If you would like to support this amazing cause please visit – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/scesolicitorsleeds

Settlement Agreements

In our series of articles following the collapse of Carillion we have looked at how to avoid making compulsory redundancies along with consultations and redundancies. We conclude the series taking a look at Settlement Agreements.

Settlement Agreements are normally used to bring an employment relationship to an end in a mutually agreed way. They are often used when an employer and employee agree that their employment relationship is no longer working, and can be used to conclude a workplace dispute.

If as an employer you have been unable to avoid staff losses then a settlement agreement can also be a sensible way to document agreements reached concerning the termination of employment.

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