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.

Fitness and Propriety: Criminal record checks

David Palmer

In this blog, the first of a series regarding assessing fitness and propriety under the Senior Managers and Certification Regimes (SMCR), I am going to discuss why recent changes to the criminal record checks legislation are not great news for firms operating under the SMCR. Read More

Vexatious litigants and discrimination law

Karen Seward

Job applicants and discrimination One of the unique aspects of EU discrimination law is that its protection extends to job applicants even before they have set foot in the workplace. Not all job applicants know this, or indeed that they have the right to see their recruitment notes under data protection law. Read More

Whistleblowing: it’s time to speak up

Charlie Bowden

The Russian doping scandal that threatened to overshadow the Rio Olympic Games brought whistleblowing, and the treatment of whistleblowers, into the international spotlight. Read More

Dutch works councils get stronger rights of approval on pensions changes

Frank Doornik

Dutch works councils will shortly gain a new right of approval in relation to the adoption, cancellation or amendment of arrangements relating to a pension agreement – a potentially significant new power to block changes to a pension scheme, regardless of how it is structured (for example, with a pension fund, an insurer or a Read More

Employment Tribunal Updates

Rhiannon Bail

Although Employment Tribunals have had a bit of a makeover in recent years, particularly with the introduction of fees and Acas early conciliation, there have still been calls for more radical reform. Whilst the changes to date are seen to have caused a downward trend in the number of claims Read More

Mind Games

David Palmer

I’m a latecomer to the West Wing. I am aware I’ve committed some form of boxset heresy. But I’ve watched the Sopranos and the Wire three times each, so don’t judge me too harshly. Read More

Shared Parental Leave – A personal view by a father

Andrew Howard

It wasn’t long ago that Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced and I was advising clients about the complex set of new rules and assisting them in implementing them in a straightforward fashion that could be easily understood by employees (no mean feat). This proved rather useful when in January this year my wife, Laura, Read More