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.

Minds matter, so let’s talk about mental health

Sheila Fahy

In Mental Health Awareness Week, talking about depression is a good place to start. A chap at work – I don’t know him personally – has been telling everyone on our intranet site that he has suffered from depression and anxiety for years. He kept it secret though from work colleagues and friends, and only Read More

Equal Pay Audits – is ignorance bliss?

Rachel Reeves

2018 was the first year in which employers with more than 250 employees had to report on their pay data. The purpose was to highlight gender pay gaps showing the difference between the average pay of men versus women. If women occupy more of the less-well paid roles and fewer of the better-paid roles in Read More

More leadership lessons from horse trainers

Robbie Sinclair

Almost a year ago I blogged about finding leadership inspiration from the horse trainer, Willie Mullins. When one of his star performers, Paul Townsend, messed up by riding dangerously and lost a race he should have won, Mullins did not lose faith in his jockey. Far from it. Townsend was back in the saddle riding, Read More

The four risks compensation reporting poses for global businesses

Brian Jebb and Sarah Henchoz

The world has become increasingly focused on closing the pay gap and as a result we’ve seen regulation around compensation reporting gain momentum. Despite encouragement from the government and regulatory agencies to increase transparency where compensation reporting is concerned, few have followed through on putting penalties into practice when corporations fail to make progress in Read More

Oh my goodness…Wow…In your life have you ever seen anything like that?

Robbie Sinclair

There’s no way I could let Tiger Woods’ Masters achievement pass without a blog connecting it to the workplace. There are so many correlations but the one I want to focus on is creating a culture where success is celebrated. All too often, there is an emphasis on negative or developmental points, even if couched Read More

Absenteeism, presenteeism, leavism – are these isms part of your culture?

Katherine Fennell

As the employment team launch the Culture Campaign, and as part of Stress Awareness Month, a news story about workplace mental health issues caught my attention. The story highlighted the rise in employees across the board suffering from mental health issues as a result of expectations (actual or perceived) placed on them to be available Read More

April is Stress Awareness Month

Sarah Henchoz

Workplace stress statistics are staggering. Did you know that stress, depression and anxiety accounts for 44% of work-related ill health and 57% of working days lost in 2017/18? Workload, lack of managerial support, interpersonal relationships and organisational change are the main causes, and its prevalence is higher amongst women and greater in large employers. Professional Read More