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.

Prison for employees who misuse confidential information?

Andrew Howard

Yes. The High Court sentenced a former employee (who was in breach of a court order for injunctive relief obtained in relation to confidential information) to six weeks in prison. This case serves as a stark warning to employees of the ultimate sanction for misuse of confidential information. For employers, it is another tool in Read More

Honesty is always the best policy when it comes to employee terminations

Sarah Henchoz

While very few line managers relish the prospect of giving employees the hard facts about their poor performance, the latest decision from the EAT in Rawlinson v Brightside is a salutary lesson that dressing up a termination as something else to try and soften the blow is not necessarily the best option and could result Read More

Mental Health in the Workplace – It’s okay not to be okay

Sarah Henchoz

Do you know what post-natal depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, stress and ADHD have in common? They are every-day mental health issues experienced by employees. And yet the whole area of workplace mental health is burdened with stigma. Why? Read More

Supreme Court widens rights for same-sex couples

Andrew Cork

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases on the issue of whether new legislation has retrospective effect on pension rights. One case covers same-sex couples. The other case looks at part-timers. The Court ruled that the restriction in UK legislation allowing a surviving civil partner’s pension rights to be based on the member’s pension Read More

It’s a dog’s life – introducing workplace paw-ternity leave

Sheila Fahy

It’s funny how attitudes change over time. The majority of employers are now happy to support pregnant women and those on maternity leave, as well as agreeing that the statutory rights underpinning these are reasonable and easy to implement. The same statement could not have been said with any confidence two or three decades ago. Read More

Whistleblowing and the meaning of “in the public interest”

Charlie Bowden

For a whistleblower to claim protection, the disclosure must be made in the reasonable belief that it is in the public interest. This may sound obvious as the name of the implementing legislation is the Public Interest Disclosure Act, but up until July 2013 workers were able to gain protection even if the disclosure related Read More

Gender pay gap – managing the message

Sarah Henchoz

I suspect there are many companies out there who would be thrilled if their gender pay gap was as low as the BBC’s 10% – eight points below the national average. A week ago, it was almost impossible to drum up any enthusiasm about pay parity but now just about everyone has a view on Read More