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.

Redundancy and “bumping”

Hannah Crisp

In the third in the series of blog posts on redundancy, I am looking at the notion of “bumping” which is where an employer “bumps” an employee whose role is at risk of redundancy into another employee’s role. Bumping can be confusing for both employers and employees, and is often met with a lot of Read More

Navigating redundancy risks in the wake of Covid-19

Vicky Wickremeratne

Business headlines have made for sorry reading over the past few weeks as large corporates, including high street giants, global manufacturers and tech businesses, have announced plans for job cuts in the wake of Covid-19. For some, these restructurings may have been contemplated since earlier in the year in response to Brexit, but are now Read More

Is a dismissal without following a prior process always unfair?

David Merlin-Jones and Abigail Holmes

Not always. A fair process is a prerequisite for a fair dismissal, but in exceptional circumstances an employer can dispense with the process and still dismiss fairly, the EAT has confirmed in a ruling handed down this week. While fact-specific and therefore to be treated with caution, this could prove useful for employers managing or Read More

Redundancy and pregnant employees

Sheila Fahy

This is the first in a series of blogs on redundancy, covering developments and issues that can be challenging for employers. It will culminate in a seminar in the autumn. The first blog looks at the protection available for pregnant employees and those returning from maternity leave. This will be followed by two blogs on Read More

Financial services nudging the diversity agenda

Sarah Henchoz

Culture, culture, culture The impact on business as usual has been felt by all sectors in one way or another. But for those in financial services, the Financial Conduct Authority has made it clear that there will be no downgrading of its regulatory expectations in relation to culture. As far as the FCA is concerned, Read More

More than a Hashtag: How do I become an active ally?

Nicola Bartholomew

Growing up in rural Scotland and the Peak District, I had an exclusively white childhood. In fact, I am embarrassed to admit that I did not study or play with anyone of another race until I went to university. Thankfully, today, my world is a lot different. I love living and working in a diverse Read More

BLM – Let’s Talk About It

Rachel Reeves

It’s been difficult to know how to react, what to say and what to do in the wake of the horrific and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks less than three weeks apart. They’re certainly not the first we’ve experienced but we live in hope they are the last. But who could fail Read More