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.

There’s no place like home

Sarah Henchoz

Arguably one of the most iconic lines in movie history, and a sentiment that after 6 months of remote-working I can wholeheartedly endorse. I certainly don’t mean to downplay the significant challenges and upset many people have suffered as a result of COVID, whether due to physical illness, the logistical frustrations of turning your personal Read More

Post-lockdown redundancies: pay attention to pensions! Part 2

Helen Powell

This is the second of our blog posts looking at the pensions implications on redundancies. It focuses on the pitfalls that can trip up employers and trustees when there are redundancies on the horizon and takes you through some practical points to help shape your preparation. Previous blogs on Redundancy Post-lockdown redundancies: pay attention to Read More

Post-lockdown redundancies: pay attention to pensions! Part 1

Helen Powell

The next blog in our redundancy series focuses on the pensions implications. Jessica Kerslake from our pensions team encourages employers and pension trustees to consider the potential pensions implications at the outset. Good preparation can help to avoid legal and practical pitfalls. This post looks at two key cost issues: whether an employer debt could Read More

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