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Employment law update for employers

Spring 2022 – Employment law update for employers

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights, such as neo-natal leave and a duty to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Dismissing an employee: a refresher

Dismissing an employee fairly: a refresher

The law gives five potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee, including breach of a statutory duty or restriction and some other substantial reason capable of justifying dismissal. The most commonly used reasons are redundancy, capability and misconduct.

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Receiving an employment tribunal claim - what to do next

Receiving an employment tribunal claim: what to do next

‘At some point, many businesses will receive an employment tribunal claim against them from an employee, former employee or even an applicant,’ says Samira Cakali, Managing Director and Solicitor Advocate at SCE Solicitors.

‘Although a tribunal claim can seem daunting, knowing what to expect could help you defend the claim as effectively as possible.’ Samira runs through what happens at the start of the process, sets out what to do to help prepare the defence, and she gives tips on how to keep down legal costs.

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Return to the workplace: be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Return to the workplace: be aware of an employee’s disabilities

Now is a time of transition as employees return to the workplace either on a hybrid basis or for all their working time. ‘Employers need to keep in mind the impact of this shift on any employees’ disabilities,’ says Samira Cakali, Managing Director and Solicitor Advocate at SCE Solicitors.

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Employment policies and procedures-time for a refresh

Employment policies and procedures: time for a refresh?

Many businesses are now at the stage where they have planned their longer-term working arrangements for staff who may be office-based, remote working, or a hybrid arrangement. Some of the changes to working practices which were introduced ‘on the hoof’ as businesses adapted to the pandemic may have become permanent, and many lessons have been learned about new ways of achieving the same business objectives.

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Carers’ rights at work

Carers’ rights at work

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are twice as likely to have poor health than those without caring responsibilities.

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What we can all learn from our clients

What we can all learn from our clients

Here it is – our last ‘top 10 blog’ to celebrate our 10 years in business.  This time we’re celebrating our clients, the most important piece of the jigsaw.  After all we wouldn’t be here writing this if it wasn’t for them.  As you might imagine it has been a very difficult process choosing our top ten clients because every one of them is highly valued and we learn from them every day. 

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Menopause - Is your workplace sympathetic

Is your workplace sympathetic to the menopause?

In an episode of the Netflix series House of Cards, the American First Lady Claire Underwood opens the door of her huge refrigerator and stands there cooling off from a hot flush. The scene generated plenty of debate online, as it was a rare case of the menopause being acknowledged in a drama as an everyday occurrence.

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Memorable Cases - Reflecting on 10 years

Our top 10 memorable cases

We’re in reflective mode in this, SCE’s 10th year in business, and in this blog, we’re looking back at 10 memorable cases – those where we have sometimes been tested but have overcome problems, learned lessons, strengthened relationships and delivered successful outcomes for our clients.  We have even laughed at times!  Guiding our clients to a successful outcome is a key part of what we do and gives us a great deal of job satisfaction. 

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