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Enforceability of employer arbitration agreements in the US

Brian Jebb

The United States Supreme Court recently delivered a landmark decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that may give employers more comfort when using arbitration agreements to resolve workplace disputes. The Court held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires federal courts to enforce arbitration agreements with class and collective action waivers, and also that employees cannot Read More

US public sector bargaining – union fees no longer mandatory

Brian Jebb

On June 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important decision on collective bargaining in the public sector. The decision, Janus v. AFSCME, struck down an Illinois law that required government workers who chose not to join a union to pay “agency fees.” The premise of an agency fee is that even employees Read More

Women on top – celebrating #SuccessfulWomen

Sarah Henchoz

Getting women into senior positions is commercially savvy. Nowadays this is the received wisdom from the great and the good. Even last week’s report from the House of Commons Treasury Committee on Women in Finance cited McKinsey evidence from their report Diversity Matters of the “statistically significant relationship between a more diverse leadership team and Read More

The 2018 FIFA World Cup – are you ready?

Robbie Sinclair

With the countdown to the World Cup in Russia this summer already well underway (it kicks off on Thursday 14 June 2018), now is the time for employers to consider the impact that a four-week showpiece international football event may have on the workplace. Are you ready? History tells us that staff morale and interest Read More

Leadership lessons from horse trainers

Robbie Sinclair

It’s funny from where we take our inspiration. As an Irishman, I am keen on horse racing, but I surprised even myself this week when a horse trainer taught me an unexpected lesson about leadership. This week is Ireland’s final race meeting of the year. Who will be champion trainer? Everyone is talking about the fierce Read More

Post-punk, the youth and anti-discrimination

Sheila Fahy

Always aspiring to be young at heart, I went to see one of Britain’s most exciting bands, Shame, last night. They were all the things you should be when you are 20-something: rebellious, angry, provocative and thrilling. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the midst of such frenetic energy so I held onto Read More

PILONs: Taxing times

Felicity Gemson

When planning to make termination payments to departing employees, you’ll need to build in extra steps, and potentially extra budget, to comply with new tax changes. Get yourself a strong cuppa – and a calculator – in readiness for this whistle-stop tour of the key points. PILONs may cost more Under the new rules, all Read More