Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest European trends and risks as well as developments from the European institutions.

Brexit – short-term employment planning

Sarah Henchoz

The UK has voted for a Brexit.  Is there any immediate action required for employers?  Read More

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Dress codes – are bans no longer banned?

David Merlin-Jones

Dress codes are back in the news again this week. The European Advocate General (AG) Kokott gave an opinion in Achbita and anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV (C-157/15) that a security company’s ban on headscarves in its dress code and its subsequent dismissal of a Muslim woman, who refused to take hers off, was Read More

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Brexit and EU employment law: Breaking up is hard to do

Felicity Gemson

It’s easy to think of European laws and judgments that have made life challenging for the HR world over the years, transforming workplace policies and practices in areas such as working time, discrimination avoidance and redundancy process. Read More

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Brexit: how should you prepare?

Felicity Gemson

With the countdown underway to the UK Referendum, and the outcome seemingly on a knife edge, it’s sensible to start planning for the impact of a possible Brexit on your workforce. A vote in favour of Brexit is unlikely to mean immediate changes to employment laws and practices, but here are ten practical steps that Read More

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Europe – in or out?

Sheila Fahy

Over the next few years the question of whether the UK should remain a member of the EU will be hotly debated by stakeholders, and will culminate in a referendum of the people. Believe it or not, being in the EU has almost nothing to do with straight bananas and the Euro-sausage but much to Read More

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Big data put to work

Inge Vanderreken

Data protection rules are being tightened to protect the privacy of consumers and employees across the world. In Europe, a new Regulation is being drawn up, which is backed up with the threat of significant financial penalties and criminal sanctions. The ECJ is also bolstering the right to data protection by giving individuals enhanced control Read More

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French employers and their onerous obligations in respect of their employees’ health and safety

Susan Ekrami

For French employers, the obligation to protect the health and safety of their employees in the workplace must be taken seriously. It is an “obligation de résultat”, which means an obligation to “achieve a result”. The result to be achieved is the full protection of each employee’s health and safety  – when the health or Read More

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