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.

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

The Rise of the Workers

David Palmer

Working status and workers’ rights was firmly a political issue in 2016.  In this blog, I will explain why 2017 could be the year of the worker.  Read More

Employment tribunals – managing the collateral damage

David Merlin-Jones

In this blog, the third in a series regarding regulatory investigations and employment challenges, we discuss the need to manage the wider impact of an employment case that has gone all the way to a tribunal hearing and grabble with the consequences of these proceedings being open to the public. Employment tribunals can be a Read More

Green Paper, Green Pastures – Towards a brave new governance world

Sarah Henchoz

Big and bold. Those were the words that sprung to my mind when reading the Government’s ideas for ramping up corporate governance, unveiled in its Green Paper yesterday. The way ahead is wide open and consultation will determine where we end up, but there is no doubt that some have the potential to radically reshape Read More