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.

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

The injustice of Covid-19 coronavirus – time to step up

Rachel Reeves

Never have we needed role models more than in the face of a pandemic which shows no signs of retreat in the present climate. A huge shout out today for Marcus Rashford, a 22-year-old Man United forward, who has spoken up in support of extending the school meal voucher scheme in England. Openly sharing powerful Read More

U.S. Supreme Court finds that workplace discrimination against LGBT employees is unlawful

Brian Jebb

On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The 6-to-3 opinion, penned by President Trump’s appointee Justice Neil Gorsuch, consolidates three cases which were argued last year: Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia; Altitude Express Read More

Are employers liable when an employee goes off on a frolic of his own?

Poppy Kevelighan

Away from Covid-19-related workplace issues, there has been some good news for employers in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc (Morrisons). In a data protection case, the court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, holding that Morrisons was not vicariously liable for a data breach perpetrated by a disgruntled employee.  Read More

Will workplace reintegration be more complex than the lockdown?

Sarah Henchoz

It is fair to say that the last few weeks have been challenging; for the purposes of this blog I am talking only from a workforce planning perspective, recognising that, for many, the challenges have been far greater professionally and personally. We have all had to quickly get acquainted with very new concepts (who had Read More

Delay to IR35 reforms: FAQs

Rachel Reeves

Planned changes to IR35 (or the ‘off-payroll working rules’) in the private sector will be delayed until 6 April 2021, the Government has announced, to relieve pressure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be welcome news for clients (engaging contractors via personal service companies or ‘PSCs’), agencies and contractors who are not Read More

Unprecedented or disruption?

Sheila Fahy

It seems that everything in a post-Covid-19 world is “unprecedented”. It’s a word that makes lawyers uncomfortable as we like to assess problems and make decisions on the basis of precedent – what has gone before. But things have changed now, the new world is turning what we knew upside down, and the only thing Read More