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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 August 2018

SCE Solicitors Celebrates Manchester Gay Pride

Having lived in Manchester for a long time, I know that Manchester Pride is a huge event for me and the rest of the Manchester LGBT community.  So, to celebrate the upcoming festivities we here at SCE Solicitors celebrated our own diversity with a ‘pride party’. We pride ourselves on being a diverse team, despite our size, and we encourage others to do the same.

Having a diverse workforce is a commercial no-brainer. It allows businesses to use people’s different backgrounds, knowledge, skills and expertise to create an environment where employees can learn from each other and produce innovative ideas. Employees will also feel valued and supported, which increases their productivity. Workplace diversity builds a good reputation for any business. Being known for being fair and diverse is likely to attract a wider pool of applicants for any vacancies and will attract loyalty from the socially conscious.

It also encourages a mutual respect for others, which is vital to protect against claims of discrimination. The Equality Act 2010 protects those who have one or more of the 9 protected characteristics from discrimination. The protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Even if you, as an employer, do not yourself discriminate against the protected employee, you can still be held liable for an employee’s conduct if you cannot show that you have done everything in your power to prevent such behaviour. Therefore, it is imperative that employers have effective Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies, staff and management training, and a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with acts of discrimination.

If you are an employer or an individual and you have questions about diversity and discrimination in the workplace contact me at eve.king@scesolicitors.co.uk or call 01133 50 40 30.

Manchester Gay Pride begins today, Friday 24 August 2018, and ends on Monday 27 August 2018. 


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.

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What “Positive Action” is Permitted Under Discrimination Legislation?

A key difference between positive action and positive discrimination is that positive action is lawful, provided that the employer meets the conditions set out in section 158 or 159 of the Equality Act 2010, whereas positive discrimination, generally, is not lawful.

In the context of recruitment, unlawful positive discrimination would be where an employer recruits a person because he or she has a relevant protected characteristic rather than because he or she is the best candidate. It is also unlawful, for example, to set quotas to recruit or promote a specific number or proportion of people with a particular protected characteristic. However, there are circumstances in which it is lawful to require a job applicant to have a particular protected characteristic, for example where an occupational requirement applies.

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Seasonal Workers: Key Contractual Issues for Employers

In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times of the year. A common solution for employers in these sectors is to recruit additional employees during these periods. Below we set out the key contractual considerations for employers to bear in mind when hiring seasonal employees.

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SCE Solicitors Opens New Office in Horsforth

SCE Solicitors has opened a new office in the centre of Horsforth. 

The firm, which already has an office in Park Square in Leeds has chosen Jason House as the location for its new office. 

The new office will be led by Director and Head of Employment, Samira Cakali

Samira said “I am pleased to be opening our second office in Horsforth as part of our growth strategy. The second office not only provides us with more space but also shows our ambition to compete in the Leeds market.”

“Research published, and announced, at last year’s Leeds Conference, named Leeds as the fastest growing legal centre and as clients and employees move towards a more agile way of working I believe having a North Leeds office will allow us to attract the right clients and talent.”

Senior Associate and Head of Litigation, Richard Newstead added “All of the team are excited at the firm’s expansion with the opening of a second Leeds office. The move has given us the ability to offer additional services to our clients such as in-house training and seminars. 

“The new office provides us with much needed additional space. It will offer superb facilities for our solicitors, staff and clients including on-site parking facilities.”

If you would like to find out more information about SCE Solicitors and their new Horsforth office, you can contact them on 01133 50 40 30 or at info@scesolicitors.co.uk

Pictured (L to R): Emma Roberts, Eve King, Richard Newstead, Samira Cakali and Jennifer Hoult. 

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Tips to Manage Employees Mental Health in the Workplace

In 2018 mental health is becoming more widely spoken about in, and out, of the workplace. Smart employers know that organisations are only as strong as their people and that the experiences, wellbeing and motivations of each worker is fundamental to how the organisation performs. Generally, a common-sense approach based on open communication and good people-management is all that is required. Below are our six top tips to help you effectively manage and support workplace mental wellbeing.

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An Employers Guide to Statutory Leave and other Holiday Rules

As an employer, you’re required to give employees at least the minimum statutory holiday entitlement as set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998. You must also comply with any contractual entitlements and obligations agreed in the employee’s individual contract of employment.

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