Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments with HR boardroom issues and employment law and practice.

Serena got it right – sort of…

Robbie Sinclair

The evidence speaks for itself. Serena was right when she told the world that women have been treated less favourably than men on the tennis court. They have. Her mistake was to use her position, her frustration, and her under performance to make this point. She would have been better off to accept the initial Read More

Holiday pay – Summer Update

Felicity Gemson

It’s that time of year when many will be taking a break, jetting off to sunny climes or enjoying the sunshine at home. We take stock of what’s been happening – and of changes ahead – that may impact your holiday pay bill and calculations. We have also updated our guidance Holiday pay – where Read More

Love Island Disrupted

Sheila Fahy

There were far too many evenings in July when I found myself in the company of the Islanders. I started off as a reluctant viewer, not least because the remote was hijacked ritually at 8.59pm by my teenage son. My protests about trash TV and fairness fell on deaf ears so I gave in and Read More

Whose data? You decide…

Kathryn Kerr

Do you feel caught between a rock and a hard place when a DSAR from one employee is interwoven with another employee’s data? Good news – the Court of Appeal has clarified how to handle these “mixed data” cases, giving you more freedom to decide and stronger grounds to resist a challenge. In the case Read More

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