Atypical working

Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments on the growing number of atypical workers, including fixed-term and part-term workers, flexible working, temporary and agency workers, workplace robots, cloud sourcing, interns and voluntary workers.

Gig economy update – changes in the pipeline?

David Palmer

In my blog last month I predicted that 2017 would be the Year of the Worker.  February did not let us down, with the Court of Appeal giving its judgment in Pimlico Plumbers & Ors v Smith.  This judgment, and a number of other events in February, kept the issue of working status in the Read More

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The Rise of the Workers

David Palmer

Working status and workers’ rights was firmly a political issue in 2016.  In this blog, I will explain why 2017 could be the year of the worker.  Read More

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Why turn up to work?

Robbie Sinclair

Travelling sardine-style on a packed train into Liverpool Street this morning – ironically, National Working from Home Day – I reflected on an interesting article in the newspaper. It reported that most city workers long to move to a more rural area and work from home, Read More

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Bringing dress codes to heel

David Merlin-Jones

High heels are a hot topic this week, and not just because Christian Louboutin’s summer collection is out. An outsourcing agency ordered a female worker home because she was not wearing high heels, a requirement of the agency’s dress code. The worker, who was employed as a receptionist in the City, questioned why heels were Read More

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Fixed-term contracts – changes to the Polish Labour Code

Pawel Krzykowski

New provisions of the Polish Labour Code regarding fixed-term employment contracts came into force on 22 February 2016. Read More

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Workspace

Sheila Fahy

As Tim Peake embarks upon his secondment into space for six months, and other workers celebrate the festivities with their co-workers at Christmas parties, it is a timely reminder that almost anywhere can be a workplace in the legal sense. Read More

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Lessons from the street: How to engage Millennials

Sheila Fahy

The more I think about it, the more I feel street art can teach employers a thing or two. I am lucky enough to work in the middle of one of the world’s best outdoor galleries: Spitalfields, and yesterday I went to check out some new pieces creating a stir. On my way I noticed, Read More

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