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Brexit – Are you ready?

2020 has been a challenging year for most businesses. We have had to adapt quite quickly to new ways of working and many businesses have sadly not survived.

In addition to covid-19 during 2020 it has also been the transition year for Brexit and this will also affect many businesses. The transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and there will be new rules to follow from 1 January 2021. Unless you take action, there may be a risk that your business operations are interrupted. There are actions that you can take now to prepare for this.

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Our Well-Being Room: one year on

Last year we held the official opening of our well-being room. We planned the room in great detail involving all of the staff in its creation. Our own, Hannah and Jennifer designed and painted the feature wall. The idea was to make it bright and colourful giving the effect of lots of light.

A year in and we have decided to reflect on the positive effect our well-being room has had on our staff and others who have come to use it (prior to the lock-down restrictions).

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Is flexible working here to stay?

Debates over flexible working have been everywhere recently. When the coronavirus pandemic first arrived on our shores in the spring, the government’s announcement that we should all “work from home if we can” ushered in a huge sea-change for workers across the UK. Although a return to the office was then encouraged over the summer, there was no great stampede – office workers largely preferred to continue working from home. Following a recent spike in coronavirus cases, working from home is now the official advice once again.  

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SCE to Carry the Burden

As more local lockdowns have been announced, there needs to be more awareness around mental health. Many people are struggling to adjust and are feeling more and more isolated.

As many of you know, SCE are committed to supporting Leeds Mind and as it is coming up to a year that we started our support and opened our well-being room, we couldn’t not get involved in the latest challenge that Leeds Mind have sent our way.

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Covid-19 Updates

As we are all struggling with a new ‘normal’, the guidance we are provided with can be somewhat confusing at times. So what exactly are the latest updates and what do they mean for you as a business?

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3 things you need to know about settlement agreements

1. Settlement agreements are legally binding.

They came into effect in 2013 and are contracts that are used to end an employment relationship between the employer and employee.

The agreement must be in writing and it is a completely voluntary procedure. Employees must be given a reasonable amount of time to consider the offer and the ACAS Code of Practice suggests providing employees with a minimum of 10 calendar days to consider the proposed formal written terms of a settlement agreement and to receive independent advice, unless the parties agree otherwise.

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SCE Fundraiser as Total Warrior is postponed

As many of you know, SCE Solicitors have chosen Leeds Mind to support and raise money for. Leeds Mind aims to help people build on their strengths, overcome obstacles, and become more in control of their lives. This Sunday 28th June the team were set to take part in Total Warrior, sponsored by Leeds Mind.

https://www.totalwarrior.co.uk/

Due to Covid-19, unfortunately SCE’s plans to take part in Total Warrior 2020 have been postponed until June 2021.

Although Total Warrior may be cancelled, we can still come together to raise money for such a great cause. That is why we have decided to create some new challenges for ourselves throughout the month of July.

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COVID-19 furlough scheme update

As many businesses are starting to reopen their doors the Government has made its coronavirus job retention scheme more flexible from July and employers are settling in to a new way of working. Business life may have drastically changed, but employment law still applies.

Coronavirus job retention scheme update

The Government has started to ease the lockdown allowing many more businesses to reopen. The furlough scheme will be more flexible from July and you will be able to bring staff back part time and furlough them for the remainder of their hours. From July the minimum period of furlough will be one week. Staff can still be furloughed more than once.

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SCE Solicitors Welcomes you to our new Well-Being Room

This year on Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October19), we marked the occasion by launching our new Wellbeing Room. The purpose of this room is to provide a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the working day. The room is painted in pastel colours and features candles and reed diffusers for visitors and colleagues to relax with aromatherapy. There are also soft furnishings to wind down on whilst listening to soothing music. Or alternatively, games and jigsaws are available to provide mental stimulus.

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