Contents tagged with Employment Law
In August our Samira Cakali qualified as a Mental Health First Aider (‘MHFA’). In this article she discusses the scheme and how having a Mental Health First Aider could vastly improve your business and have a positive impact on the amount of disability claims that land on your desk.
Why is mental health awareness in the workplace so important?
Mental ill health is the biggest reason for sickness absence and by far the largest cost to employers across the UK. Investing in staff wellbeing saves money in the long run - workplaces that prioritise mental health have more engaged, productive and loyal employees, who are less likely to need time off sick.
What does the training involve?
MHFA is a two-day training course. The course is based around a five-step action … more
SCE Solicitors expansion shows no sign of slowing down following the opening of a brand new office in Horsforth last month and now the appointment of a new trainee solicitor, Emma Roberts.
Emma joined SCE in December 2017 as a Paralegal providing Employment and HR support. Emma advises both employers and employees from a broad range of sections on various employment law issues, including advising on disciplinary and grievances, termination of employment, and responding to internal employment disputes and tribunal claims.
She also assists Director and Head of Employment, Samira Cakali, in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she supports businesses in the day-to-day management of their staff.
Emma studied Bachelor of Laws at the Open University whilst working … more
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.
The contract of employment
An employee’s annual leave entitlement forms part of their contract of employment; therefore, it should be documented in their written statement of employment particulars or in their contract. This must be given to the employee within two months of starting work.
Statutory holiday entitlement
Employees in the UK are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ (28 days) paid holiday a year and this can, at the employer’s discretion, include bank holidays. You always … more
I am pleased to announce that SCE Solicitors has a new team member; Eve King joined our team on Monday 23 July as a Paralegal providing Employment and Civil Litigation advice. As always, new starters are welcomed with open arms and we are thrilled that Eve has chosen to further her career with us. She kindly took some time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about starting at SCE and for us to find out more about her life in law.
Thank you so much for talking to us Eve. Tell us about your current role and how you got there?
I have just moved from Manchester to Leeds to start at SCE Solicitors in the Employment department as a Paralegal. I did my undergraduate degree in Law at Salford University before undertaking my Postgraduate LPC and LLM at the University of Law in … more
Since its recent introduction, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) has sought to incentivise businesses to tackle the issue of modern slavery. It brought with it the introduction of three new offenses:
1. Holding people in slavery or servitude or requiring them to perform forced or compulsory labour;
2. The arranging or facilitating of human trafficking, arranging the travel of people with a view to exploiting them; and
3. Committing an offence with the intention of human trafficking, including aiding and abetting.
One way the MSA 2015 seeks to bring an end to modern slavery is by way of transparency. The MSA 2015 requires that businesses which provide good or services with an annual turnover of £36 million or more publish an annual statement which discloses the steps they … more
New research undertaken by ACAS, Supporting Trans Employees in the Workplace, published in August 2017, exposes that employers are failing in their efforts to understand the issues concerning their trans and intersex employees.
Whilst transphobia and discrimination are extensively reported, little research has previously been conducted into the experiences of trans or intersex employees in the UK, which has larger implications for both managers and employees in the workplace.
Legal obligations as an employer:
Gender Reassignment is one of nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 (EQA). The EQA provisions concerning gender reassignment discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace protect a wide range of individuals during all stages … more
Most of you will recall that in August 2016 we reported on the first instance decision where Uber drivers were held to be workers as opposed to being self-employed. If you missed the article, which broke down in layman’s terms the categories of employees, works and self-employed, you will be able to read it here.
Uber appealed and here at SCE we have been eagerly awaiting the EAT decision, it came in early last week, and confirmed the employment tribunal decision.
While the employment rights granted to drivers is limited to holiday pay (5.6 weeks paid leave), National Minimum Wage (NMW) and a maximum of a 48-hour working week for businesses that aren’t expecting, or haven’t budgeted for, this cost can be substantial.
Uber intends to appeal the decision and the … more
It is no surprise that Halloween is one of the holidays that nearly everyone celebrates. Celebrations range from trick or treating, pumpkin carving contests, adult costume contests to parties with alcohol.
For employees’ they all encourage interaction and workplace engagement but for employers’ they all open the door for potential liabilities and concerns. So what are the 5 top legal issues that employers need to be aware of to avoid the scare this Halloween?
1. Discrimination against Pagans
Religion is simply defined by the Equality Act as “any religion”, and does not state the belief has to be a major religion to be protected. Therefore employers must take non-mainstream religions as seriously as they do with the major religions.
In … more
The New York Times expose’ concerning American film producer Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment allegations has sparked important discussions on both sides of ‘The Pond’.
The social media movement #MeToo has inspired our friends, family, and colleagues to share posts concerning sexual harassment they have experienced in the workplace, unfortunately it seems like one too many women, in all walks of life, have experienced something unpleasant relating to their gender.
So what lessons can businesses learn when they are faced with allegations of sexual harassment?
What is sexual harassment?
Under the Equality Act 2010 (EQA), sexual harassment is defined as being unwanted conduct which has the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity … more
Last week saw social media awash with the hashtag #MentalHealthAwarenessDay which had people sharing positive messages and generally discussing mental health. While, it may seem that we are a little late into the discussion, given its importance we decided that it’s never too late.
Personally, I was surprised the other day, while chatting with a GP friend, with their assertion that that it can be the misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol that can cause depression. Most of us, me including, are under the misguided impression that people use substances to deal with stress and depression.
Whilst it is important to note that addiction is not a disability, the impairment caused by one, whether physical or mental, can be.
There are large costs incurred to the business … more