Welcome to Allen & Overy’s Employment Talk blog, sharing with you our views and insights into the latest trends, risks and developments in restructuring and redundancy.

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

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Dismissal of employee for comments on social media

Joanna Pennick

All too often, employees are unaware that negative comments made on social media about the workplace, can form the basis of disciplinary action. This was the case in British Waterways Board (t/a Scottish Canals) v Smith in which the EAT ruled that it was not unfair to dismiss an employee for comments made on Facebook, even though the Read More

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Maternity leavers and the right to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy in redundancy situations

Robbie Sinclair

Employers often grapple with the concept that those on maternity leave get preferential treatment in redundancy situations in that they must be given first right of refusal for suitable vacancies, even if they are not the best candidate for the job. At the back end of 2014, the EAT made a ruling in Wainwright v Read More

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