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.

The Wimbledon Champion and the Doctor

Sheila Fahy

The problem with stereotypes about people is that the preconceived notions upon which they are based may inform important decision-making. Yes, there may be an element of “truth” in the assumption that physical and mental ability deteriorates with age, or women make the best carers, or doctors (of the time-travelling variety) are men. Read More

A29 Working Party Opinion on Data Processing at Work

Nigel Parker

The boundaries between work and home are increasingly blurred. This means employee monitoring activities can inadvertently extend to monitoring employees in a private context. The Article 29 Working Party recently published a new opinion concerning data processing at work. It covers a wide range of topics, including the processing of employee data on social media Read More

Salary history questions may be prohibited in the USA

Brian Jebb

A new law recently enacted in New York City prohibits private and public employers from asking about an applicant’s salary and benefits history during the hiring process. The law, which comes into effect on October 31, 2017, also prohibits prospective employers from contacting the current and former employers of the applicant to ask about his/her Read More

Difference – why we can all learn something from children

Sarah Henchoz

In difficult times it is quite often children who can put a smile on our faces with the very matter-of-fact way in which they view the world around them. While we are all struggling to make sense of recent tragic events triggered in many ways by difference, it provides some comfort and hope to see Read More

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

Cupid plc – is it time for a relationship policy?

David Merlin-Jones

St Valentine’s Day: time to shower other halves with flowers, chocolates and other tokens of affection… all well and good after work is finished, but what about those with significant others sitting right next to them in the office? Personal relationships between employees do happen and, increasingly, employers have personal relationship policies in place to Read More

2017 Employment Developments

Sheila Fahy

Normally, we like to predict the employment horizon for the coming year but after 2016, it seems foolhardy to do so. That said, our theme for 2017 is metamorphosis, although nobody knows what the transformation will look like. Read More