The New York State Department of Labor recently published proposed regulations addressing employer deductions from employee wages.
Andrew Rayment from Walker Morris speaks at Yorkshire event.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013
Drafting references can be a legal minefield for employers.
Travers Smith has lost a discrimination case brought against it by a former trainee who claimed she was not given a permanent job because of her pregnancy.
The Spring 2013 issue of Mills & Reeve’s Employment Post is available now.
The April 2013 issue of King & Wood Mallesons’ China Bulletin is available now.
Dacheng has a profound appreciation of the importance of labour law issues to its clients and attaches high importance to the quality of its services in this area.
The workplace in 2013 and beyond download
Two new acts were passed by Parliament in April 2013 that, when brought into force, will largely complete the Coalition’s programme of employment law reform.
Walker Morris announces two partner promotions as well as eight director promotions.
It is debatable how useful post-termination restrictions are and to what extent they can really provide any protection.
Recognised as one of the market’s top employment and benefits practices, we offer clients a truly integrated approach.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
When a key employee leaves, employers can find themselves facing difficult practical and legal issues over who to replace them with.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published new guidance on ‘bring your own device’.
Hogan Lovells has released the 13 May edition of Employment News.
For many employers, the key to having a productive and high-performing workforce is recruiting the right people.
The Coalition has released its workplace relations policy with a statement that the policy ‘will not re-introduce Australian workplace agreements, nor will it weaken safety nets or cause any Australian worker to go backwards’.
An exclusive remedies clause provides that a party’s remedy for breach of contract is restricted to the form of redress expressly prescribed in the contract to the exclusion of all other remedies that would otherwise be available at law.
The May 2013 edition of Addleshaw Goddard’s European Employment Law Update is available now.
When negotiating a contract for the provision of services, the legal implications of TUPE should inform the commercial position of the parties.
Employers need to take enhanced care when contemplating adverse action against an employee who may qualify for whistleblower status.
Although changes to the collective redundancy consultation regime introduced last month have been well publicised, some important things are not changing.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down a helpful decision on identifying the affected employees with whom information and consultation must take place on a TUPE transfer.
The Summer Term edition of Winckworth Sherwood’s Heads Up! publication is available now.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Up to Date publication (April 2013) is available to download.
DLA Piper has announced that 34 lawyers have been promoted to its partnership. The promotions are effective from 1 January 2013 in the US and 1 May 2013 for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.
French employment law is set to change, but the proposals have caused dissent and strikes.
The US EPA has unveiled a new approach to evaluating climate change impacts under NEPA — monetising social costs of CO2.
ACH Shoosmiths has opened its new offices in the heart of Edinburgh’s business and financial district.
Employers need to consider whether they can offer a disabled employee reduced working hours as a reasonable adjustment before dismissing them.
Jordan: employee share-option plans download
Jordan Securities Commission Instructions for Conferring Share Options on Public Shareholding Companies’ Employees stipulates the conditions for conferring share-option plans on employees.
Addleshaw Goddard has released its Employment Up to Date publication for April 2013.
Approval of the introduction of the employee shareholder status has finally been given by Parliament, but only after a number of amendments to the relevant legislation were agreed by the government.
Chambers Europe has recognised Mourant Ozannes as a leading law firm in the offshore sector.
The Hong Kong Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) came into force on 1 May 2011 and introduced a statutory minimum hourly wage rate of HKD28.
Law à la Mode: Issue 9 — Spring 2013 download
Issue 9 of DLA Piper’s Law à la Mode publication is available now.
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill will bring unfair dismissal awards and whistleblowing claims under much stricter scrutiny, according to Hogan Lovells.
Appleby has announced the promotion of three lawyers to the partnership and the appointment of five lawyers to the position of counsel.
Karanovic & Nikolic has released the April 2013 edition of its Employment newsletter.
Mills & Reeve has announced six new internal partner appointments, which will take effect from 1 June 2013.
Winckworth Sherwood has released issue four of its Need to Know HR Law Update.
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of Employment News, focusing on warnings, employment reforms and whistleblowing.
Employment relations are more closely regulated than ever before. The challenge today’s employers face is how to use this legal framework to help them achieve their objectives.
Jo Keddie has been quoted in the Financial Times on Aviva’s decision to reduce redundancy packages.
Hogan Lovells has secured a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of its client, US Airways, in US Airways v McCutchen.
Six new partners are among 22 promotions at Shoosmiths. The partners are joined in the law firm’s 2013 round by 16 new senior associates.
Following changes to the law on collective redundancy consultation, ACAS has published guidance for employers on how to manage collective redundancies.
New housing and work law legislation download
The Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 is expected to be brought into force on 29 April this year.
The National Minimum Wage will rise again in October 2013 when both the adult and apprenticeship rates will increase.
Employment News — 15 April 2013 download
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of Employment News.
This briefing from Walker Morris looks at the latest word on changes in employment law. It considers those changes that are already in force, those coming into force later this year, and those expected in 2014–15. The firm also looks at changes that currently face an uncertain future.
Winckworth Sherwood has appointed solicitors James Lynas and Hazel Anderson to the partnership.
How you approach the issue of BYOD depends on the nature of your business, whether the practice offers you any real benefits and your IT budget and capabilities.
Pinsent Masons is set to make roughly 13 lawyers redundant in its employment practice in its third round of layoffs since merging with Scottish firm McGrigors last year.
Winckworth Sherwood’s employment partner David von Hagen quoted in FT and Daily Mail.
King & Wood Mallesons has released the April 2013 edition of its Workplace Essentials publication.
Hogan Lovells has released the latest edition of its weekly newsletter on UK employment matters.
The Money Advice Liaison Group has released a briefing note on the best practice for appropriately processing data from individuals with mental health problems.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced the Fees for Intervention (FFI) scheme on 1 October 2012. Six months on, what has been the experience of clients?
Goodman Derrick announces employment law seminar.
Karanovic & Nikolic helps organise business breakfast on ‘The New World of Work’.
Young, dynamic industries such as the technology sector have perhaps felt rather smug that they are not embroiled in the complexities that surround pension provision.
Winckworth Sherwood’s Karen Cooksley has commented on the simplified National Planning Policy Framework — which marked its first anniversary on 27 March 2013.
Shoosmiths has reached 100 employees at its Manchester office.
The government has announced that the timetable for some of the proposed employment law reforms expected to come into force in 2013 has changed.
Pensions News — February 2013 download
The latest developments in pensions legislation.
A female partner in Linklaters’ employment practice has endorsed quotas for women on executive boards
According to a 2012 NHS report, 26 per cent of the UK’s adult population is obese. Data shows an approximate one per cent annual increase in obesity.
Pensions update — March 2013 download
Nabarro’s March 2013 pensions update is available now.
King & Wood Mallesons has acted for Airtrain Holdings in its sale to USS Axle, by way of three interconditional schemes of arrangement, for AUD109.55m (£76m).
Hogan Lovells has won two awards at The Times’ Graduate Recruitment Awards 2013.
Issue 3 of Winckworth Sherwood’s Need to Know employee law update is now available.
Spring is an excellent time to refresh your employment contracts. Even contracts that are kept under regular review may have become a little outdated as a result of recent developments in employment law.
The Control of Housing and Work (Jersey) Law 2012 is expected to come into force on 29 April 2013. Property lawyers from Appleby ran a seminar on 11 March outlining the key aspects of the legislation.
Simmons & Simmons appoints Danny Tsang and Ian Fraser as partners within its international employment group.
King & Wood Mallesons has released the March 2013 edition of its Employee Relations & Safety Update.
The federal government has introduced amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
With an increasingly mobile workforce, the practice of bringing your own device (BYOD) is already a fact of life for many businesses.
Olswang has been recognised by Chambers & Partners in its 2013 Global edition.
This week’s Employment News features articles on redundancy selection, disciplinary procedures, data protection and mobile devices.
Appleby recently acted in the matter of Dervan and MD Events v Concept Fiduciaries Ltd and Others for applicants to the Royal Court of Guernsey who sought to set aside two dispositions into an employee benefit trust on the ground of mistake.
Employers are reminded that, for those subject to the reporting requirements under the WGE Act, the current reporting period ends on 31 March 2013.
Recruitment company Manpower has reported that the UK’s employment situation is the best since the recession began and that recruitment is set to increase.
A panel of three judges in the DC Circuit stunned Washington on Friday by striking down President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB in Noel Canning v NLRB on a basis much more sweeping than had been anticipated.
Hogan Lovells has announced that the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance has awarded Eve Howard and Susan Herlick as an attorney-client team with one of only two Alliance Flex Success Awards for 2013.
The Supreme Court has ruled that an employee cannot bring a breach of contract claim for losses flowing from the manner of dismissal even where the dismissal is in breach of an express contractual disciplinary procedure.
MPF Awards recognises Hogan Lovells’ development and leadership programmes.
Case digest: (un)lawful terminations, religion discrimination and holiday rights of healthy workers download
A number of judgments, published in the last few weeks, are likely to affect the day-to-day working practices of many of our readers.
The Employment Department has developed a considerable experience in providing legal assistance on employment and labour law matters.
NCTM has developed a broad experience in Italian worker safety and environmental regulation.
It is time for employers to re-examine every step of the Chinese employment process and how it is handled, from hiring to firing, to avoid costly mistakes.
A guide to Hong Kong employment law for employers.
A guide to Australian employment law as it covers workers with long term medical conditions, disabilities or injuries.
The decision to dismiss an employee is an area of the employment relationship that requires an understanding of a wide range of legislative and other obligations of an employer.
A guide to Australian employment law, covering discrimination, entitlements, redundancy and more.
An overview of developments in employment law in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
King & Wood Mallesons has published its Workplace (e)ssentials for March 2013.
Walker Morris has published its Employment Briefing for March 2013.
This briefing from Nabarro looks at a few simple steps that employers can take to reduce the risk of employment tribunal claims and to increase the chance of successfully defending them.
Employment News — March 2013 download
Hogan Lovells has released its employment news update for March 2013.
The US Department of Labor has updated the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations.
Companies looking to ban ‘remote working’ could fall foul of employment laws.
The law relating to collective consultation on a TUPE transfer and where more than 20 redundancies are proposed has changed.
The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 is expected to come into force on 6 April 2013.
Employment partner Jo Keddie has been quoted in the Daily Telegraph in an article relating to redundancy.
Employment alliance appoints Vasil Kisil & Partners as a member and makes Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen and Al Tamimi & Company affiliate members.
A plan for Australian jobs download
As part of ‘A Plan for Australian Jobs’, the government plans to roll out the Australian Industry Participation plans.
No need for qualifying service in cases claiming unfair dismissal for political views.
Employee shareholders: the basics download
Employee shareholder legislation is now making its way through parliament.
Children and Families Bill 2012/13 download
The UK government has been considering changes to family-friendly rights. In early February 2013, the proposals came one step closer to becoming reality with the introduction of the Children and Families Bill 2012/13.
Bowman Gilfillan is one of South Africa’s leading employment law firms and has the largest employment law practice of its kind in South Africa.
Our Employment Law, Pensions and Benefits practice advises domestic and international institutional clients, originating in large part from the banking sector, on a range of day-to-day issues.
Managing sickness download
Goodman Derrick sets out some useful reminders on how to deal with sickness absence.
Hospitality employers have been given yet another reason to review their practices when it comes to employee gratuities and the deduction of any portion of such gratuities.
Sexual harassment in the workplace download
Sexual harassment in the workplace: the rights of the victim and obligations of the employer.
The Labour Code does not contain any specific provisions relating to alcohol in the workplace.
On 6 February 2013, the US Department of Labor issued new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations that take effect on 8 March 2013.
On 22 December 2012, the government of Mongolia issued resolution #192 approving the foreign labour force quota ratio for 2013.
Watson Farley turns to German independent Heuking for employment partner Anne Kleffmann as it continues to expand its German offering.
Opinions on Several Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Regulations on Work-related Injury Insurance (Consultation Draft) has been released to solicit public comments.
The Decision on Strengthening Network Information Protection was promulgated by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and came into effect on 28 December 2012.
The DIFC Authority has introduced some key amendments to the rules regarding employment relationships for organisations operating within the DIFC.
King & Wood Mallesons comments on a case where an indemnity agreement for a work-related injury was revoked for obvious unfairness.
Employers warned over evading payment of employee’s wages.
Hogan Lovells has released its weekly newsletter on UK employment matters.
We assist our clients in all aspects of labour law.
ACAS has launched a consultation on a draft code of practice on settlement agreements that explains the government’s new legislation on pre-termination negotiations.
Romantic relationships between colleagues are presenting various legal concerns for employers.
Former Travers trainee claims firm discriminated against her by not granting her a permanent job because she was pregnant.
The Practical Law Company’s Multi-Jurisdictional Guide to Employee Share Plans 2012/13 features this extract on Luxembourg.
MOLITOR’s Michel Molitor and Nadine Bogelmann focus on Luxembourg in 2012/2013 employment guide.
Our firm deals with employment matters including lawsuits for the claim of due payments, compensation for unfair dismissal and any other benefits on behalf of our clients, employers or employees.
MOLITOR provides advice and assistance to employers in industrial disputes, staff representative elections and collective dismissals.
Employment firm picks up experienced professional training lawyer to set up a team dedicated to the field.
The latest guidance from the Supreme People’s Court in China.
We advise clients on all aspects of employment law, ranging from contracts of employment, dismissals and redundancies and employment disputes.
Our firm boasts the largest dedicated employment group of its kind in any law firm in the Middle East.
The Curtis ERISA, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits practice represents clients including national and multinational corporations and partnerships, corporate executives, boards of directors, single- and multi-employer plans and ERISA fiduciaries.
The Employment and Labor practice at Curtis advises US, European and multinational companies on employment-related policies and programmes.
Chadbourne advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation.
Chadbourne’s employment lawyers provide legal advice on issues relating to the employer-employee relationship.
The employment and benefits group at Mayer Brown has lawyers in key business centres across the US, Europe and Asia.
Our team helps clients manage the legal, commercial and reputational risks associated with employment, OHS and industrial relations issues.
Employment law continues to evolve rapidly and, since our Spring 2012 Employment Law Update, there have been further significant developments, in particular as regards employer pension duties and imminent changes in relation to the employment of seafarers.
Welcome to the October 2012 edition of our Employee Incentives Update.
Welcome to the September 2012 edition of our Employee Incentives Update.
Our expert lawyers deliver practical and commercial solutions to often complex employment issues.
The new limits on employment tribunal awards and on statutory payments for 2013 have been announced.
This report examines some of the factors contributing to discrimination at work.
This report examines some of the factors contributing to discrimination at work.
Since no two people are alike, neither are two employees. We always address any employment issue as an individual set of circumstances, specific to our client.
Our Employment, Pensions and Benefits team advises on all aspects of employment and pensions law and employee incentive arrangements.
Hogan Lovells’ Litigation, Arbitration and Employment practice has a long track record of achievement in complex, high-stakes, international disputes.
Our employment and pensions practice understands that employment and pension issues are often the most delicate and important a company has to face.
Mourant Ozannes’ employment team provides specialist employment law advice in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
The employment world’s legal landscape is changing constantly, presenting a unique challenge for businesses and their HR teams. There is not much that our team of experienced employment specialists has not seen before, meaning we are well placed to deliver cost-effective commercial advice without the ‘legalese’.
Karanovic & Nikolic’s employment team provides a complete service dealing with all aspects of the employment relationship, from recruitment to retirement, including cross-border human resources and immigration issues.
Our employment lawyers act for both employers and employees which gives us invaluable insights into workplace issues from both sides.
Employers have an ongoing need for advice, representation and in-depth knowledge of employment, reward and civil rights matters. The assessment and management of risk arising from the employment relationship is a key requirement for all organisations, wherever they are based or operate from.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued guidance for employers and job applicants on pre employment health questions.
Religion at work: new ECHR ruling download
The European Court of Human Rights has handed down a judgment considering the right of individuals to manifest their religion in the workplace.
Government cuts large-scale collective redundancy consultation period to 45 days.
The employment and pensions teams at Walker Morris work closely together to provide a complete service for clients.
US employment firm Jackson Lewis is to open an office in Puerto Rico, marking its first base outside of mainland US.
Employers and their Human Resources advisers face constant difficulties in trying to avoid potential pitfalls posed by current employment and discrimination law.
Goodman Derrick LLP has acted for clients in the hotel and leisure industry for many years and the Employment Department recognises that this sector is heavily reliant on its staff.
2012 has been a very busy year in employment law, with significant changes to the law surrounding pensions, sick leave and paid holiday and the minimum wage.
Introduction to employee-ownership download
Businesses can engage people to work for them on many different terms. They may have full-time, part-time or fixed-term employees, workers or self-employed individuals.
Liquidated damages in the UAE download
International contractors from common law jurisdictions will be familiar with the concept of liquidated damages.
Bonuses in the United Arab Emirates download
Employers often use bonus schemes as incentives to reward and retain valuable employees and this is usually the time of year when employers are reviewing performance and determining whether bonuses will be issued.
Since the introduction of the TUPE Regulations in 2006, customers and suppliers have generally taken a cautious approach to the new “service provision change” test, applying TUPE to most outsourcing situations.
Employment and pensions legal update — Seldon: the end of the road for compulsory retirement age? download
The long awaited decision from the Supreme Court in the case of Seldon v Clarkson Wright and Jakes has resulted in Mr Seldon (a partner in the law firm, CWJ, forced to retire at 65) losing his appeal.
Proposed amendments to the PRC Employment Contract Law - impact on labour dispatch companies (Part 1) download
November 2012: Anticipated changes to PRC Employment Contract Law this month will affect labour dispatch companies, if approved.
Looking back over 2012, we have noticed a clear trend from the cases which emphasise the ability of employer and employee to set the terms by which they will agree to work together.
FSA sanctions in team move cases download
In Spring 2010, we published an Update on the Tullett Prebon Plc v BGC Brokers LP case.
Changes continue to be introduced to HR Regulation in many of the Asian jurisdictions in 2011.
Changes to European prospectus regime: will it be easier for US companies to operate employee stock plans in Europe? download
Recent amendments to the European prospectus rules may make the operation of certain employee stock plans in Europe by multinationals listed in the United States cheaper and more straightforward.
Recent amendments to the European prospectus rules may make the operation of certain employee stock plans in Europe, by multinationals listed outside Europe, cheaper and more straightforward.
The additional rate of tax, which applies to taxable income above £150,000, has stood at 50% since it was introduced in April 2010.
A voluntary “Code of Good Practice” on Incentive Exercises (the “Code”) has been published by a Working Group drawn from organisations across the pensions industry.
November 2012: Pensions update download
An overview of issues facing the pensions sector, with attention to recent government reforms.
July 2012: Pensions update download
An overview of issues facing the pensions sector, covering automatic enrolment and age related factors in financial services.
December 2012: Pensions update download
An overview of legal issues facing the pensions sector in the new year.
IBM trustee success in rectification claim: active members entitled to an unreduced early retirement pension download
In a case brought by the trustee of the IBM Pension Plan (advised by Nabarro partners Jennifer Bell and Neal Gibson) the High Court has ruled that the scheme documents should be rectified to confirm that active members have a right to retire without employer consent from age 60.
2012 has seen the Government take steps to encourage employee ownership which, according to figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), has become increasingly popular.
The law dealing with the holiday rights of workers on sick leave taxes many HR professionals: the law has developed in a piecemeal fashion and gaps are filled haphazardly by the courts.
One issue on which we frequently advise is the meaning of the term “establishment” for the purposes of collective information and consultation.
The government has just announced its plans to revise the UK’s collective consultation regime.
An employee who wishes to compete with your business can obtain unfair competitive advantage. The so-called “springboard injunction” can come to your rescue.
In this briefing we explore some key features of the Constructing Excellence contract and some effects and issues arising from the same.
On 8 October 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced plans for the introduction of a new form of employment relationship – the “employee-owner”.
The Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) option regime came into effect in 2000.
Last week, the Government announced a number of proposals for changes to employment laws.
Employment lawyers and HR professionals expect 2013 to be a busy year.
Tax: Employee share plans download
For both listed and unlisted companies, employee share plans can play a crucial role in the recruitment and retention of employees at all levels within their business, especially since some forms of employee share plan attract tax favourable treatment in the UK.
Since 6 April 2011, certain termination payments made to employees after issue of their P45 have been subject to a new tax regime implemented by the Income Tax (PAYE) Regulations 2011. “Share-based payments” (including employee shares, share options and related gains) made after the issue of the employee’s P45 were carved out of the new regime, but this is set to change.
A number of recent developments in the area of religion and belief discrimination merit employers’ attention. First, what types of non-religious beliefs are protected? Second, to what extent must employers comply with the law when an employee’s conduct takes the form of manifestation of his/her belief (as opposed to the simple fact of holding such a belief)?
Baker & McKenzie employment partner Monica Kurnatowska (scroll down for video interview) would be the first to admit that as a lawyer acting predominantly for employers it’s not always the case that the employees on the other side of the table reach the end of a deal feeling upbeat.
Head of the employment department at Mishcon de Reya Joanna Blackburn runs one of the largest teams in London, with 27 fee-earners and seven partners.
The European Court of Human Rights has issued its long awaited judgment in the case of Eweida and Others v the United Kingdom.
Landis+Gyr, which specialises in smart metering, has appointed Walker Morris as its sole legal adviser for employment law in the UK.
Italian labour law firm hELP - Persiani has launched an office in London in a rare move for a boutique European firm.
On 1 July 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) came into effect and a feed-in tariff system was introduced in Japan in an effort to promote the use of renewable energy.
Italian employment firm Lablaw has hired partner Sharon Reilly from competing boutique hELP - Persiani, boosting its strength in international matters.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has delivered a mixed verdict in four landmark religious liberty cases this morning, finding that British Airways (BA) discriminated against a cross-wearing employee but dismissing the other three appeals.
Job losses in the City reached the highest level since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, data obtained by Pinsent Masons has revealed.
Eversheds has taken on a team of four employment lawyers from the Shanghai office of Salans, which is to merge with SNR Denton in the coming months.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards has announced it has hired education employment specialist Alice Reeve to join the firm’s education practice group.
The compensation limits on Tribunal awards will increase as of 1 February 2013.
2012 year-end German law update download
In retrospect, 2012 likely will be remembered as another year of manifold challenges in the Eurozone and of slow consolidation rather than one of fundamental reform or renaissance.
This at-a-glance guide to forthcoming changes in employer/employee relations is intended to keep readers on top of developments.
Employment firm network Ius Laboris has appointed Claeys & Engels senior partner Chris Engels as its new chairman.
The UK Supreme Court has provided guidance about issues of importance for employers wishing to dismiss a UK employee.
The government is set to reduce the collective redundancy consultation period to 45 days.
German labour and employment news download
In this issue (Inter alia): minimum wages in Germany; transfer of business by takeover of personnel; facilitation of immigration of specialised personnel.
The European Commission recently proposed a directive with the aim of accelerating progress to greater gender equality in corporate boardrooms.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is appearing in the London Central Employment Tribunal this week in an attempt to fight off a sex discrimination claim brought by a former employee.
Italian employment boutique Lablaw is entering the Neapolitan market through an association with local firm Fontana Studio Legale.
This Commentary highlights some of the principal calendar and year-end reporting requirements for employee stock plans that US companies most commonly encounter when offering these programs to their employees in selected jurisdictions worldwide.
Reform to Mexico’s Federal Labor Law download
The Labor Practice Group of Baker & McKenzie Mexico has prepared this document containing a general analysis of the relevant concepts of the reform to the Federal Labor Law approved by the Mexican Congress on 13 November 2012.
In this article we list the top ten labour law issues employers operating in Europe need to understand in order to avoid employment disputes, litigation and disruption to their businesses.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has held that employment law in the United Kingdom does not adequately protect individuals from dismissal as a result of their political beliefs or affiliations.
The UK government is proposing to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to create a new type of employee, the employee-owner.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to host a targeted series of events for its workforce focusing on its employee benefits programme in a bid to freshen its benefits scheme and keep staff engaged.
In the past two months, the UK government has announced a number of reforms to existing UK employment law.
US employment firm Ogletree Deakins is set to enter the European market with office launches in London and Berlin before the end of the year.
Goodman Derrick’s Alison Downie is chairing the Law Society Law Management Section HR Forum 2012.
The US member of global employment alliance Ius Laboris, Littler Mendelson, has announced it is leaving the group to focus on a globalisation strategy.
In 2008, China’s Labour Contract Law provided uniform rules regarding non-compete issues after the termination of an employment relationship.
Employment lawyers have reacted with some scepticism about Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘rights for shares’ scheme proposals at the Conservative party conference.
Morgan Lewis has appointed Pinsent Masons partner Nick Thomas as a partner in its London labour and employment practice.
Eversheds has recruited two employment partners from Winston & Strawn’s Paris office, just a year after the pair joined the US firm.
Stewarts Law employment partner duo Gareth Brahams and Arpita Dutt are set to leave the litigation boutique to launch their own practice, less than a year after Dutt joined the firm.
Recent announcements by Business Secretary Vince Cable suggest that major employment reforms aimed at encouraging businesses to hire again might be implemented soon.
To successfully reorganize in Chapter 11, a bankrupt company may need to retain key employees who understand the company’s business and who can design and implement the company’s reorganisation plan.
Jones Day has appointed Nabarro’s employment head Julie Quinn as a partner in its London office, in a rare partner-level hire for the firm’s City employment team.
On 26 July 2012, the Pensions Regulator issued a statement on financial support directions (FSDs) with the intention of providing further guidance and comfort with regard to the circumstances in which it will issue an FSD after a company has been placed into administration.
A trio of partners from Benelux firm Stibbe and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) have teamed up to launch a Brussels employment boutique.
DLA Piper has expanded its employment team in Paris with the hire of partner Philippe Danesi from Bird & Bird.
An update on developments in Frencj employment law, including new legislation on the tax regime concerning severance payments and sexual harassment, as well as important precedents in case law.
Recent publicity about confidentiality or ‘gagging’ clauses in employees’ severance agreements, especially where matters of wider public interest arise, has highlighted the issues involved in the negotiation and drafting of such provisions.
The holiday rights of workers who fall ill while on holiday, or are absent on long term sick leave, have been extended further by two recent rulings.
From October 2012, the new UK pensions auto-enrolment regime will start to apply to the largest employers in the UK, being employers with 120,000 or more “eligible jobholders”.
Sick workers in UK not required to make leave request to enjoy accrued annual leave benefits download
The Supreme Court recently held in NHS Leeds v Larner that the statutory right to 28 days annual leave is not conditional upon a sick worker having made a leave request to the employer in the relevant leave year.
This is our 3rd Olympics briefing, dealing with how to prepare for issues that may arise once the Olympic Games are underway.
The English Court of Appeal recently delivered a judgment in Chandler v Cape Plc  EWCA Civ 525 which has potentially significant implications for groups of companies.
Continuing economic uncertainty presents employers with challenging employment decisions and on occasion the need to conduct redundancy exercises.
Age discrimination, the decisions in Seddon and Tiffin and the employment ramifications of firms becoming ABSs are the hot issues for the peer panel
Specialist lawyers reject Beecroft ’sack on sight’ report, branding it unbalanced
Leading public law silk Richard Hermer QC of Matrix Chambers will lead the fight against Clyde & Co over whistleblowing claims launched by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof.
In Europe, many employers are currently caught in the middle of a conflict between older and younger employees. UK employers may lawfully use age directly or indirectly in decision-making if “justified.”
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by lawyer Lesley Seldon, who challenged his firm’s right to retire him at the age of 65.
The Supreme Court will next week (25 April) decide what justifications a partnership can use to retire a partner when it hands down judgment in Seldon v Clarkson Write & Jakes (CWJ).
Employment alliance L&E Global has recruited Norwegian firm Storeng Beck & Due Lund as its 13th member firm.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s entire Frankfurt employment team has exited to launch a boutique, with the magic circle firm sending in a two-lawyer team from Cologne to plug the gap.
A barrister from DWF is defending a Coventry-based firm in a caste discrimination claim being heard at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.
Employment lawyers have given a mixed response to an eagerly anticipated Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling on whether discrimination can be justified by saving costs.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards associate Michael Hasley has unsuccessfully defended the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) against a claim of sexual harassment and discrimination from a former employee.
Simmons & Simmons is advising former Olympus president Michael Woodford, who was sacked after blowing the whistle on dubious deals at the company, as he takes his case to the London Employment Tribunal.
Bristol set Guildhall Chambers is to launch an employment group after adding five new members from Queen Square Chambers.
Italian employment boutique the Employment Law Plant (hELP) has merged with labour and welfare law firm Studio Legale Persiani, doubling its size.
The Supreme Court has convened five of the country’s most senior judges to hear a landmark case over the social justifications that can be used to justify retiring a partner.
Litigation firm Stewarts Law has further expanded its employment practice through the appointment of Russell Jones & Walker partner Arpita Dutt.
US employment and labour boutique Littler Mendelson has joined forces with a group of 25 attorneys to launch two offices in Mexico.
Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly has launched a consultation aimed at lowering the £84m cost to the taxpayer of running employment tribunals.
The High Court has jurisdiction to hear equal pay claims after the Court of Appeal ruled in a case brought by Birmingham City Council.
A former £200,000-a-year Stringfellows stripper has been granted permission to appeal a decision by the London Central Employment Tribunal, which ruled she could not sue her former ‘employer’ as she was self-employed.
Employment lawyers have generally welcomed business secretary Vince Cable’s new employment law measures but are sceptical about areas such as the reform of the tribunal system.
The Government is not standing still in its efforts to adapt employment law to today’s commercial realities, but as Tom Flanagan reports, a lack of cohesion between the various initiatives is threatening their efficacy
Commercially speaking, the meanings of partner are manifold. Tim Marshall cites two recent cases that indicate clearly the need for pen-and-ink clarity from the outset
A team of lawyers from Italian employment specialists Toffoletto e Socio and DLA Piper have split off to form a niche labour boutique.
Employment lawyers have hit back at a leaked government paper that proposes abolishing unfair dismissal claims for ’unproductive workers’, stressing it would rob all employees of basic legal protection.
International employment law alliance L&E Global has admitted Australia’s Harmers Workplace Lawyers to its membership, as the organisation expands into Asia Pacific.
Colt Technology Services has signed up Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) as its sole employment-law advisor a year after a similar deal with Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) Managed Legal Service arm collapsed.
Mexican firm Natividad Abogados has become the latest firm to join employment law alliance L&E Global.
Employment and incentives may not be the words that get most people’s hearts pumping, but for Linklaters the practice area has been a source of strife of late.
Linklaters has reshaped its employment and employee incentives practice following the departure of global practice head Janet Cooper.
The Supreme Court has convened five justices to hear a dispute over holiday entitlement for offshore workers, a case that could have implications for holiday allowance for all employees.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has rejected a bid made by Orchard Park Garden Centre to challenge an unfair dismissal ruling brought by an ex-employee and animal rights activist.
Mr Justice Langstaff has been appointed head of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge.
Stephenson Harwood has turned to Ashurst again for a City hire, snatching employee incentives partner Barbara Allen.
Norton Rose has hired Linklaters employment partner Catrina Smith, filling the gap left by the departure of former practice head Peter Talibart.
Employment law alliance L&E Global has expanded into Asia Pacific with the addition of New Zealand firm Swarbrick Beck Mackinnon to its group.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has promoted six to its partnership, with four made up in the firm’s employment team.
With litigation arising from team moves on the rise, Paul Goulding QC and Diya Sen Gupta look at how cases in this area are not providing a definitive path to judgment
Daniel Stilitz QC explains why the FSA’s new Remuneration Code for the financial services sector is likely to lead to a glut of litigation
CMS Cameron McKenna real estate disputes head Caroline DeLaney has quit after withdrawing a sexual discrimination claim against the firm.
Employers faced with the selection quandary during redundancy programmes have been given a helpful steer by a recent EAT decision. By Rachel Dineley
In this technologically driven age forensic accountants use a wide variety of tools to mine relevant data from the digital mountain. William Wilkinson reports
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has rejected Eversheds’ appeal against a decision that found the firm’s redundancy programme discriminated on grounds of sex by giving too much protection to pregnant employees.
An attempt by Clyde & Co to have Employment Tribunal proceedings against it stayed through the High Court has been rejected.
Lincoln’s Inn firm Payne Hicks Beach has hit Dawsons for employment partner Sarah Rushton.
Irwin Mitchell has hired Pinsent Masons partner Tom Flannagan as its new employment chief.
The number of claims lodged at the Employment Tribunal (ET) rocketed to 236,100 during 2009-10, representing an all-time high.
US employment boutique Littler Mendelson has formed a strategic alliance with Chinese firm TransAsia Lawyers, a move designed to expand the firm’s reach outside of the Americas for the first time.
Clifford Chance has named Chris Davies as head of its City tax, pensions and employment (TPE).
Government proposals to reform the employment tribunal system will have the greatest impact on the poor and will impede access to justice, employment lawyers have warned.
Six boutique employment law firms from across Europe and the US have joined forces to create an international employment law alliance.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has bulked up its Frankfurt office with the hire of the co-head of Hogan Lovells’ global employment practice.
Taylor Wessing has backed the launch of an LGB network for employment lawyers.
Leigh Day partner Camilla Palmer has helped secure victory for former Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly in her age discrimination case against the BBC.
Some women cry rape, knowing the allegation to be untrue, but nobody would suggest abolishing rape laws. Likewise, some employees bring specious claims, knowing them to be untrue. That is not a reason to throw out employment rights for everybody.
JMW Solicitors senior partner Joy Kingsley has brought over a partner from her former firm Pannone to become head of employment.
City firm Devonshires has successfully fought off a victimisation claim brought by a former secretary in the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
Upcoming changes to the statutory parental leave system could leave employers facing some tricky decisions, says Suzanne Horne
Berwin Leighton Paisner has hired the head of Jones Day’s employment litigation practice.
Lawyers predict that he implementation of the Equality Act will lead to a rise in employment disputes as they take to the courts to test the boundaries of the legislation.
US firm Covington & Burling has boosted its employment team in London with a team of lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
The barrister who brought and lost a race discrimination claim against 4 New Square has had her appeal bid thrown out by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT).
DLA Piper has failed to quash an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case from a former lawyer and will now have to re-defend a mental health discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.
Despite the fact that equality of pay for men and women was enshrined in law 35 years ago, it’s still a long way from being a reality. Richard Leiper asks whether we have any reason to be optimistic for the future
Two employment partners are leaving Wragge & Co for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC).
LEWIS Silkin has begun outsourcing sophisticated disputes work to litigation partners at a law firm in New Zealand.
Thomas Eggar London employment head Nick Hine has joined Davies Arnold Cooper’s (DAC) employment team.
The barrister who lost an Employment Tribunal racial discrimination case against three members of her former set and its senior clerk has launched an appeal.
London litigation boutique Cubism Law has hired David Buckle from Thames Valley firm BP Collins to launch its employment practice.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has started rebuilding its employment team a week after Morgan Lewis hired practically the entire department.
Dawsons has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner partner Paul Mander to head its employment practice following the departure of Jo Keddie earlier this year.
Offshore giant Walkers has launched a dedicated employment practice in its Cayman Islands base.
Dawsons has lost its second employment partner in a month with the departure of Jill Andrew to Marriott Harrison, it has emerged.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has picked up the position as sole adviser on employment and HR issues for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Winckworth Sherwood has scooped Dawsons employment head Jo Keddie together with a three-lawyer team.
Reed Smith has hired employment partner Graham Green from McDermott Will & Emery.
As the battle surrounding the default retirement age rumbles on, Kate Miles and Charles Pallott outline the latest developments
Should companies now be considering increased use of permanent staff, askMartina Murphy and Peter Linstead
Basing pay on long service discriminates against women, says Emma Hawksworth
Law firms are having a good look in the mirror in light of the EHRC’s inquiry into sex discrimination within the financial services sector. By Naomi Feinstein and Marian Bloodworth
Be it the world of football, headhunting or banking, actions from former employees for stigma due to the actions of an employer are making a comeback. Ann Bevitt and Suzanne Horne provide some salutary examples
Travers Smith employment partner Dorothy Henderson has resigned from the firm, leaving just six female partners in its ranks.
Proskauer Rose and Morgan Lewis & Bockius target labour law in bids for London growth
Hammonds has appointed partner Matthew Lewis as its new Leeds head of employment.
French firm Franklin has beefed up its Paris employment practice with the hire of Norton Rose’s French employment chief.
Media firm Michael Simkins has hired a former Addleshaw Goddard partner to head its employment practice.
North West firm Brabners Chaffe Street has won a role advising the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on employment matters.
Pinsent Masons has beaten off competition from Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds to win an exclusive role advising insurer RSA on employment and HR issues.
Executive remuneration and the cash bonus have become one of the hot topics of this recession.
A former Addleshaw Goddard partner has moved over to Finers Stephen Innocent to work in the firm’s employment team.
Locally managing part of a European-wide restructuring project is not to be underestimated. Alexander Vandenbergen explains why.
Chancery set Radcliffe Chambers has boosted its ranks with two new barristers, launching an employment ;litigation practice in the process.
International employment law alliance L&E Global has admitted Australia’s Harmers Workplace Lawyers to its membership, as the organisation expands into Asia Pacific.
The legal issue over whether strippers have an employment contract with lap dancing clubs could go all the way to the UK Supreme Court.
The Legal Services Act (LSA) has always been associated with personal injury (PI) powerhouses Irwin Mitchell and Russell Jones & Walker, both of which have big post-LSA ambitions.
Shoosmiths is looking at separating its volume business from the commercial part of the firm, with the aim of having two standalone brands.
The term ‘glass ceiling’ was coined to refer to situations where qualified and capable individuals are blocked from advancing through the hierarchy of an organisation.
Harbottle & Lewis has hired rated employment expert Howard Hymanson from Blake Lapthorn.
Being under constant public scrutiny is just one of the challenges facing Metropolitan Police general counsel Edward Solomons.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official law firm of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Fund manager Patrick Evershed has instructed West End firm Monro Fisher Wasbrough to launch a constructive dismissal claim against his former employer New Star Asset Management.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has threatened to sue the seven London partners who are leaving for Paul Hastings, after initially promising an amicable separation.
Life expectancy is rising by 15 minutes every hour. For a 45-year-old partner it will have increased by five years by the time they retire at 65. Partners will, therefore, need to support themselves for 25 years or more after the end of their working lives.
A former associate at US elite firm Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is suing the firm for defamation and wrongful termination of employment.
US firm Faegre & Benson has promoted one partner in its departure-hit London office, as part of nine promotions across its worldwide network.
The terrorist attacks in Mumbai have cast a dark shadow over India’s status as the world’s largest offshore outsourcing location.
The Employment Tribunal is to review its ruling in the £19m sexual discrimination claim against F&C Asset Management by Gillian Switalski.
Mr Justice Mann has accused Scottish firm McGrigors of “dopiness” in the advice it gave to Reid Minty founder Andrew Reid in a High Court dispute with former employees.
The global credit crunch has left large financial institutions vulnerable to takeover bids on a scale that has never been witnessed before. The structuring of these acquisitions requires a number of considerations, none more so than in relation to employees, says Simeon Spencer
Lloyds TSB and its takeover target HBOS have turned to Eversheds to deal with the employment law issues that will arise if the banks combine.
There's nothing like an economic slump to bring employment lawyers back into vogue. The CBI expects the UK to suffer its sharpest economic contraction in almost 20 years in 2009, and unemployment could hit three million before 2010.
Matrix Chambers has passed the 60-barrister mark with the hire of four new members as the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC returns to the set.
The Court of Appeal’s rulings in a series of recent equal pay cases may force the Government and other employers to rewrite their policy documents.
Firms that swooped for individuals previously employed in Heller Ehrman’s London office run a minimal legal risk under Tupe. But the picture for groups of employees isn’t quite so straightforward, warn Ann Bevitt and Suzanne Horne.
London-based Landmark Chambers and North West set Kings Chambers have launched independent think tanks to develop their respective areas of law.
The former legal director of Dell, Belinda Eriksson, has launched an employment boutique.
Yesterday the advocate-general to the European Court of Justice rejected the first major challenge to the right of employers to make people retire at 65. The Heday case, brought by the charity Age Concern, has been running since 2006 to clarify the laws governing age discrimination around retirement.
Some law firms will be able to ride out the credit crunch relatively unscathed, others will likely not survive.
With lawyers and support staff reading about the looming economic black hole in their newspapers on the way to work, office nerves can be a little more frayed at present compared with this time last year.
West End firm Davenport Lyons has continued its recent expansion by hiring a trio of partners for its employment, IP and property practices.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner to co-chair its global compensation, benefits and employment department.
The press pack outside the London Central Employment Tribunal is a sure sign that somebody's reputation is going to be irretrievably sullied by the afternoon's media coverage.
F&C Asset Management's former legal chief Gillian Switalksi has defeated the company's bid to have her discrimination claim thrown out.
By common consent, the 2004 statutory dispute resolution procedures were not a success, and produced an avalanche of satellite litigation. They have been variously described as 'inappropriately inflexible and prescriptive' (Gibbons Report), 'the middle of a manky meat sandwich' (Hansard) and 'rebarbative' (Underhill J).
Eversheds and Slaughter and May have bagged the lead roles on a $1bn (£502.3m) outsourcing deal for insurance company Aviva.
Tens of thousands of low paid local council and NHS workers could claim equal pay compensation following a landmark decision handed down in the Court of Appeal today (29 July).
DLA Piper has lost its status as Abbey’s sole employment adviser after Eversheds joined the bank’s panel.
Bath firm Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons is set to step up its recruitment programme after hiring two partners for its London practice.
Thames Valley firm BP Collins has brought a case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that could have ;implications ;for lawyers wanting to work beyond ;the ;statutory retirement age.
On 26 June, Harriet Harman, Minister for Women, announced the Government’s proposals in a White Paper entitled “Framework for a Fairer Future – the Equality Bill”. While acknowledging that discrimination laws have aided progress on equality over the last 40 years, she recognises that they have become extremely complex. She has rightly declared that ...
French firm Bredin Prat has made a rare lateral hire, luring the head of the employment department at the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
A former barrister has launched a High Court action against the Home Office, claiming breach of contract.
US firm Duane Morris has moved into a new London office to pave the way for the expansion of its core practice areas. The firm is targeting litigation, insurance, corporate, IP, insolvency and employment as areas of growth in the City. London co-managing partner Susan Laws said: "The much-improved office space will allow us to continue to support the growing interest in the London legal market from our US, Singapore and Vietnam offices." The new office is next door to the old premises ...
Blackstone Chambers and Cloisters are to face off in a European Courts of Justice case that will determine if it is legal for 65 to be the standard retirement age.
The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that 13.8 million working days are lost due to work related stress each year with an annual cost to employers of £13 billion. Many more working days are lost to other mental health illnesses.
Former F&C Asset Management head of legal Gillian Switalski has sidelined Withers in favour of Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons due to the spiralling legal costs of her £19m discrimination ...
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is advising the board of American International Group (AIG) on the exit of its chief executive, Martin Sullivan.
NABARRO has hired an Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to expand its employment team's non-contentious offering.
It is that time again in the economic cycle when things look a great deal more turbulent and the legal market starts to feel the pinch, leading firms to scrutinise their business practices with a view to tightening up processes - with 'streamlining' and 'profitability' the buzzwords of the day.
New law makes employers liable for the harassment of staff by third parties. How will this affect the legal profession? Rachel Dineley reports
Recent legislation on maternity rights gives women contractual benefits for the whole of their maternity leave.
The London office of Dundas & Wilson has won a High Court victory for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) that will have wide-reaching implications for thousands of pensioners in insolvent companies.
The challenge against the ex F&C Asset Management legal chief's multi-million pound discrimination claim has failed.
The court of Appeal has upheld an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling that reversal of burden of proof should not apply to victimisation claimants under the Race Relations Act (RRA).
Fox Williams has headhunted Charles Russell partner Joanne Owers to ramp up its employment capabilities.
Arnold & Porter has snared WilmerHale’s London head of employment to launch its own employment team in the UK.
Dawsons has kick-started a recruitment campaign with the appointment of Jill Andrew as an employment consultant and Laura Harcombe as a partner in its dispute and litigation practice.
Bircham Dyson Bell has joined forces with an HR consultancy in a bid to up its employment capacity amid sweeping?changes?to discrimination legislation.
On 5 December 2007 the UK Home Secretary announced significant changes to our immigration regime.
The biggest shake-up of health and safety law in more than 30 years came into effect at midnight on Sunday 6 April with the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act.
Clifford Chance is facing a sex discrimination claim and is due to defend itself in a Budapest court next month.
Employment set Cloisters has raided Fountain Court for its star silk Brian Napier QC.
Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is gearing up to contest a race discrimination case brought against it in New York.
Firms with burgeoning pensions practices could face a threat to their client lists under conflicts of interest guidance set out by the Government's Pensions Regulator.
F&C Asset Management is preparing to challenge a multimillion-pound discrimination claim brought by its former head of legal services.
Ian Pittaway is to serve a second term as senior partner of pensions boutique Sacker & Partners, having been asked to do so by the firm's partnership.
F&C Asset Management is preparing to challenge a multi-million pound discrimination claim brought by its former head of legal services.
Simmons & Simmons’ first female senior partner Janet Gaymer has been appointed as honorary QC in the latest honoris causa awards.
Travel giant Thomas Cook has appointed Shoosmiths as its main adviser for all procurement, employment and property work following its £3bn merger with MyTravel.
Withers is threatening legal action against Forsters after the Mayfair firm hit the private client specialist with a second raid in six months.
A welter of equal pay claims has piled the pressure on the public sector legal system, but reforming the way tribunals work could ease the problem
Much fanfare accompanied the award in Green v DB Group Services (UK) Limited (2006) IRLR 764 of £828,000 to employee Helen Green, who had suffered a nervous breakdown and a relapse a year later, both brought about by the bullying behaviour of her colleagues.
Clerks and administrative staff have received Bar Council support in relation to unfair treatment they received at the hands of some chambers.
The government’s equal pay programme for public sector bodies is at risk of being overwhelmed by discrimination claims.
Hammonds pensions team has won a new instruction from engineering company IMI, adding to a wave of high-profile instructions for the practice group.
2007 was the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. According to the European Commission, the aim was "to make people more aware of their rights to enjoy equal treatment and a life free of discrimination".
Bristol firm Burges Salmon has appointed Clive Pugh as partner in its pensions team.
The NHS is facing a landmark test case that could pave the way for more than 800,000 equal pay claims, which will run parallel to recent high-profile claims against local authorities.
Dundas & Wilson has beefed up its employment practice with the addition of Clifford Chance partner Robert Davies to its London office.
Littleton Chambers has raided employment set Cloisters for the second time in eight months for two more barristers.
Simmons & Simmons is rolling out a firmwide policy that will make it easier for staff to work from home.
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer insolvency partner Peter Bloxham has decided not to appeal against the judgment that found unanimously for his former firm in his age discrimination claim.
An influx of Eastern European labour is helping North East business. But it's vital that the workers' rights are upheld, says David Gibson
Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has re-enforced its employment team with the hire of Fladgate Fielder's head of employment Adam Lambert and has recruited associate director Emily Benson for its financial services regulatory team from the Financial Services Authority's (FSA) enforcement division.
Fladgate Fielder head of employment Adam Lambert is to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert’s (BLG) employment practice.
The last age discrimination claim against Freshfields has been withdrawn after the firm's victory against former partner Peter Bloxham.
Section 75 debts are proving a hard nut to crack for the Department of Work and Pensions. Chris Close reports
Germany's Act on Equal Treatment brings discrimination laws under one blanket, but it will potentially increase the burden for companies, warns Michael Leue
Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Lois Moore has dropped the age discrimination claim against her former firm, The Lawyer can reveal.
US firm Hogan & Hartson has lost two key partners from its corporate and employment teams in London.
Eversheds head of international employment Viv Du-Feu has left the firm for Welsh-based commercial firm Capital Law.
Technology boutique iLaw has continued its expansion drive with the creation of an employment team through the hire of two senior counsel.
Employees on Guernsey have been given extra protection thanks to recent alterations to the island’s employment laws. By Tom Crawford
Eversheds_office.jpg" alt="Eversheds stalwart Viv Du-Feu quits for Welsh firm" /Eversheds head of international employment Viv Du-Feu has left the firm for Welsh-based commercial firm Capital Law.
Healthcare specialist Hempsons has boosted its employment practice with the appointment of Bevan Brittan's head of health and public sector employment.
Sacker & Partners has sealed its reputation in the pensions market, advising the trustees of Telent's pension scheme amid intervention from the Pensions Regulator.
One year on from the introduction of age discrimination laws, the feeling persists that they have not been fully utilised. By Naomi Feinstein and Adam Turner.
The boom of internet networking sites has provided a new avenue through which employers can assess job candidates. But they must ensure decisions are made on relevant criteria. By Sean Nesbitt and Camilla Marriott
Is it more important to keep hold of people or simply the information they possess? Merrill April looks at cases that have highlighted the issues
Leeds firm Watson Burton has scored a multi-million pound Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision for miners against Britain’s largest producer of coal UK Coal.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Herbert Smith are thrashing out key pensions issues that are vital if Delta Two's acquisition of J Sainsbury is to go ahead.
Radcliffe Chambers' former chief executive Chris Owen has settled his claim for constructive dismissal after his acrimonious exit from the chancery set last year.
Nearly a year after former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham filed his age discrimination claim against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a judgment was finally handed down last week (10 October). It found unanimously for Freshfields.
Berryman has promoted its head of employment Ginny Hallam to the partnership.
The solicitors of former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Peter Bloxham have hinted that their client may appeal after losing a £4.5m age discrimination claim yesterday (10 October).
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and Herbert Smith are thrashing out key pensions issues that are vital if Delta Two’s acquisition of J Sainsbury is to go ahead.
...but Tribunal finds the magic circle firm proportionately discriminating in its handling of former partner Peter Bloxham.
McDermott Will & Emery has reversed the flow of high-level departures in its London office by hiring a partner for its employment team.
Herbert Smith played a key role in ensuring the employees of tube contractor Metronet did not miss out on pension benefits when the company went into administration.
Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair's race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) are being heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal today (1 October).
Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) victory against HSBC's former senior banker, who claimed he was discriminated against for being gay.
Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair's race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal on Monday (1 October).
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) today (28 September) confirmed that Fountain Court barrister Nicholas Stadlen QC is to join the High Court bench.
Hextalls has promoted Julian Cox to head its employment law team. Cox has more than 10 years' experience as an employment law specialist both in-house and in private practice. He joined the firm in March 2006. Hextalls chief executive Dominic Lang said he expected the employment practice to continue to grow. "Employment law is constantly evolving and we expect an even busier time ahead," he said.
A trio of Devereux Chambers barristers are battling it out in a £10m racial discrimination employment tribunal over a City banker who claims that he was forced out of this job because he was not German.
Clifford Chance has raided White & Case, hiring employment partner François Farmine to ramp up its Paris office.
Sacker & Partners and Wragge & Co have undergone a mutual recruitment drive, with each poaching lawyers from the other's pensions team.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has played a key role in a landmark pensions deal, advising Thomson Regional Newspapers’ pension fund on its acquisition by Citigroup.
Employment tribunal cases continued to rise during 2006-07, up 15 per cent on the previous year, figures from the Tribunals Service have revealed.
Star banking partner David Ereira filed a discrimination claim against his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as he made the rare move across to magic circle rival Linklaters earlier this year.
LG has boosted its ranks with the hire of an employment partner from Eversheds.
Field Fisher Waterhouse has appointed Oliver Rijckaert as an employment partner in its Brussels office.
Scottish law firm Muir Myles Laverty (MML) has blamed bosses copying the brash style used by Sir Alan Sugar on television programme The Apprentice for the rise in the caseload of employment tribunals.
Clifford Chance has been struck by what is thought to be the first UK discrimination claim against a law firm on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's tribunal woes will stretch out until the end of 2007.
Conversion to LLP status means firms have to reveal the full extent of their pension deficits - and do something about them. Giles Murphy and Peter Maher suggest how to go about this
MONCKTON Chambers has scored a victory at Luxembourg’s Court of First Instance (CFI) that will see the European Commission pay out almost £30m in damages to UK workers.
The smoking ban may stop claims over second-hand smoke, but will the smokers themselves start claiming it's all too unfair? ask David Harper and Anya Switalski
Companies hoping to save money by outsourcing their operations abroad need to do their research, says Martin Warren
New legislation gives carers the right to request flexible working. Jane Moorman and Howard Lewis-Nunn on a case that could push the UK's laws even further
Trade union and personal injury specialist Thompsons Solicitors has won a battle for a group of dinner ladies in the war over equal pay.
Pension fund trustees often have to negotiate with employers, throwing up a host of conflict issues. By John Papadakis and Rosalind Connor
Thompsons has won the first age discrimination case since new laws were introduced in October 2006, paving the way for a slew of similar cases.
Lovells is advising BNP Paribas on its defence of allegations over sex discrimination despite losing key employment partner Lisa Mayhew to Jones Day last year.
Blackstone Chambers has scored a major victory for the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in a judicial review against the Government.
Employers must be aware of the extent of their duty to adjust for disabled employees or risk falling foul of the Disability Discrimination Act. By Jane Mann and Charis Martyn
Hill Dickinson has scored a success for its sports department after advising on the £6m transfer of Premiership footballer James Beattie from Southampton to Everton .
Decoding what lawyers say gives us endless hours of amusement. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious. A partner leaves, and you can bet that the managing partner will comment: “We wish him well.” Occasionally, they might add: “But our practice is thriving and will continue to be successful” – a comment that always speaks volumes about what’s lurking below the surface.
As offshoring takes an ever firmer hold in the UK, Gilbert McClung examines new regulations that protect the vulnerable UK workforce
A Clifford Chance junior assistant in Paris is taking on his own firm to defend his right to act as a trade union representative.
Lovells’ management has pushed through one of the biggest one-off redundancy programmes ever seen at a City law firm. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com be-fore Christmas, the firm is to axe 25 partners in a bid to improve its flagging profitability.
The Bar Council has been slammed by employed barristers who, in a new survey, accuse it of treating them like “second class citizens”.
Lovells is celebrating after winning last year’s most publicised employment case, successfully defending a multimillion-pound sex discrimination claim for Merrill Lynch.
New regulations on employment disputes are far too complicated. Andrew Chamberlain reveals how both employers and employees could lose out
The Working Time Directive has failed to curb the UK’s long-hours culture. Rebecca Harding-Hill on the European Commission’s plans to restrict the opt-out clause
The legal relationship between employers and employees is constantly evolving and in the UK can be confusing, but a recent ECJ decision provides some clarity. By Tim Johnson
Lovells has successfully defended a sexual discrimination claim against Merrill Lynch brought by former banker Stephanie Villalba.Villalba was claiming a record £7.5m against the investment bank, alleging that she had failed to win promotion and had been paid less because of her gender. The employment tribunal in Croydon today (22 December) dismissed the claim.The tribunal did, however, find that she had been unfairly dismissed from her job and had suffered a degree of unlawful ...
Norton Rose is advising the Kingdom of Bahrain on new employment laws.
Magic circle firm proposes tougher centralised process for sacking weaker partners; vote imminent
Nine top City firms are among a group of organisations launching a ‘common diversity in law’ policy tomorrow (30 November). It comes a week after David Lammy, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, called on firms and chambers to look outside Oxbridge for recruits.
Tomorrow is a big day for nine major City firms, which are going to be signing something called the Diversity In Law Statement of Intent. Some big guns will be attending: Tony Angel of Linklaters and Mike Francies of Weil Gotshal, to name but two. (As an aside, it’s interesting A&O is going to be there, given that it apparently doesn’t have a clue about which universities its UK partners went ...
Martineau Johnson and Pinsents have won a competitive tender to secure the University of Plymouth as a new client.
Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner. Epstein replaces Eric Lasry in the top French role, following Lasry’s election to B&M’s global executive committee last month. Fellow partner Denise Broussal has been elected as co-manager and will be responsible for representing Paris on B&M’s internal international committees. Epstein has been a partner ...
The government is planning to axe scores of its lawyers, reversing a rate of growth in its legal system that is 1,000 per cent higher under New Labour than under the Conservatives.
Pictons has been chosen to host the 2004 European LawPact Conference. Attending firms are due to come from as far afield as New York, California, Chicago, Mexico, Cyprus, Spain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Pictons’ IP team will launch the event. Head of IP Sarah Staines will lead the first conference session, entitled ‘Trade Mark Rights and Global Trade’. LawPact is an international affiliation of accountants and lawyers. Conferences and other business events are a key aspect of ...
w Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from Lovells, has extensive experience working for both public and private sector clients.
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Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why
There are important liability issues for partners to consider before their firms convert to LLP status. By Peter Garry and Peter Ashford
Star partners are increasingly likely to join a new firm with their clients in tow. Law firms need to cover their backs. By Stephen Ralph
LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome
A survey by the Australian Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency has revealed that, on average, women make up 16 per cent of partners in Australia’s leading law firms.
SJ Berwin has ramped up its new standalone international arbitration practice by entering into formal agreements with special counsel in India, China and Austria.
Freeth Cartwright has appointed Ann Critchell-Ward as an associate in its IP and IT team. Critchell-Ward joins from Martineau Johnson, where she worked for eight years.
Stress management needs the support of the whole firm – starting from the top. By Carole Spiers
IBB Law has strengthened its commercial property team with senior solicitor Jeff Elphee, who joins the Middlesex firm from London giant SJ Berwin. The firm has also recruited assistant Julian Booth from niche practice Collins Dryland & Thorowgood to its construction division.
Countrywide Legal Indemnities, the specialist legal indemnity intermediary, has launched what it calls “the most comprehensive self-issue legal indemnity pack available”. The pack – the result of two years’ market research throughout the legal profession – is called ‘OnCover’, and offers 16 of the most requested covers, catering for both residential and commercial properties at competitive premiums.
Home working is now more popular, and freelance lawyers are a flexible option. By James Knight
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has scooped an employment partner from Hammonds. Harmajindar Hayre joins Beachcrofts from Hammonds’ Leeds office, where he was a partner for a year. His arrival strengthens Beachcrofts’ growing employment practice both nationally and in Yorkshire. The firm now has 13 employment partners nationwide and a large team of assistant solicitors. Hayre does both contentious and non-contentious work and has appeared as a solicitor-advocate in employment tribunals across ...
Chambers housed in the Inns of Court are struggling to comply with new laws governing the treatment of disabled people that were introduced this month.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
Law firms failing to implement new employment regulations correctly could see a rise in unfair dismissal claims from trainees who are not kept on upon qualification.
The Government hopes its Pensions Bill will deal with final salary pension scheme deficits. Ken Titchen and Francois Barker report
Manby & Steward has hired a new partner for its dispute resolution division. Brian Aikman, a recently-appointed deputy district judge, joins the firm from Birmingham’s Martineau Johnson, where he was a partner in the litigation department.
Morgan Cole is reviewing the viability of its Croydon office as news emerges that the firm’s head of employment has quit for Eversheds.
Tim Russell gives the lowdown on the forthcoming changes to employment tribunal regulation
From October, the Disability Discrimination Act will apply to businesses with fewer than fifteen employees. Christopher Fisher reports on two important and relevant cases
The philosophy at Taylor Walton is simple: regional is best.
Compensation of more than £4m was paid out by employers last year in compensation for sex, race and disability discrimination cases. The figures are published in the Equal Opportunities Review, which examines discrimination cases in England and Wales. There were 376 successful cases brought to employment tribunals, 37 less than in 2002. Total compensation was also less, although 2002 saw record payments. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 September 2004
An EU law expert will next week tell trade unions that the government’s attempts to avoid the effect of the European constitution on employment legislation have failed.
Compensation totalling more than £4m was paid out by employers last year in compensation for sex, race and disability discrimination cases.
Watson Farley & Williams has successfully fended off a claim for holiday pay from the Paris team that defected to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.
The Steve Moxon case shows that whistle-blowing legislation may not protect employees if they go to the press. By Jon Robins
In-house lawyers and HR teams are gearing up for a raft of new employment legislation coming into force on 1 October, with those that do not comply facing increased claims from disgruntled staff.
Lovells and Lewis Silkin were back in action in Croydon last week as Merrill Lynch began its defence of former banker Stephanie Villalba’s £7.5m claim for sex discrimination.
Tech company latest to adopt one-firm partnering scheme pioneered by DuPont
Renowned human rights firm Bindman & Partners is advising Lloyds TSB’s workers’ union on its legal attack on the bank’s offshore outsourcing, which could threaten the future of the practice.
The international implications of Sarbanes-Oxley were being examined last week as two former employees of the Swatch Group claimed for unfair dismissal under ‘whistleblower’ protection provisions.
US retail giant Wal-Mart was thrown a temporary lifeline last week (Friday 13 August) as a court gave it permission to appeal against a class action order granted in June.
Trade union specialists Rowley Ashworth is facing up to Allen & Overy (A&O) in continued negotiations over Turner & Newall pensions.
Davies Arnold Cooper has announced a trio of promotions and a new appointment at associate partner level. Janie Castle joins the commercial litigation team in London from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, while Gillian Dada, Mark Shaya and Crispin Tomlinson have all been promoted to associate partner level in the product liability, insurance and property divisions. The promotions follow the recent announcement of five new equity partners at the firm.
The army of lawyers involved in the Football Association (FA) scandal has grown to include Barker Gillette, Fox Williams and McGrigors, all acting for the individuals at the centre of the controversy.
The tribunal that found the Sinclair Roche & Temperley (SRT) partnership guilty of sex discrimination was “misguided” and failed to read crucial pieces of evidence.
Canterbury firm Furley Page has bolstered its family law division with the hire of solicitor Anne Blenkinsop from Maidstone’s ASB Law. Blenkinsop has 14 years’ experience in family law and is a member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.
EY Law Italy is in the final throes of a strategic review, which has seen several offices close, up to 50 lawyers depart and the realignment of key practice areas.
Nabarros acts pro bono on claims against BA" /Nabarro Nathanson is acting on a pro bono basis for the British Airways (BA) stewardesses suing the airline for sex discrimination. The Nabarros team, led by head of employment Sue Ashtiany (left), is advising 12 of the 14 stewardesses in their claim. Two more women ...
Gateley Wareing has recruited a new associate to bolster the corporate services division in its Birmingham HQ. Chris Reed, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals as well as joint ventures, joins from Wragge & Co.
City firm hit by unprecedented discrimination claim as senior equity partner alleges anti-Semitism
The Employment Tribunals Service (ETS) this week announced a rise of 17 per cent in the number of employment cases it handled. The ETS’s annual report show that 115,042 applications were registered in 2003-04, compared with 98,617 the previous year. A third of applicants were claiming for unfair dismissal from work, while 17 per cent brought sex, race and disability discrimination claims.
Law firms, like investment banks, have been facing a succession of high-profile discrimination claims. Why? And what can firms do to prevent future employment tribunal litigation? Sex discrimination and equal pay claims in particular have proliferated for many reasons. Since 1993, compensation for sex discrimination has been unlimited and, as lawyers tend to be highly paid, tribunal ...
Langleys Solicitors has appointed a new partner to bolster its commercial team. Andrew Argyle has joined the firm’s Lincoln office, where he will specialise in commercial litigation. Argyle arrives from Birmingham firm Shakespeares, where he was a partner in the commercial litigation department.
South East firm DMH likes to impress as soon as a client walks through the door, and in quite a stylish manner – the firm’s Brighton and Crawley offices double as art galleries. The firm is unusual in having a dedicated gallery manager, and exhibitions showcasing the work of predominantly local artists are held regularly.
“We’d love to hire you, but we simply don’t have the toilet capacity for your type,” is unlikely to suffice as a legitimate reason for non-recruitment by an equal opportunities employer. However, that may be the only option if law firms don’t pay close attention to their toilet strategies.
The largest sex discrimination claim against a law firm in modern times – brought by two female ex-partners of former City firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley – has been ordered back to the Employment Tribunal for review.
The House of Lords last week strengthened employment rights for the disabled in a landmark ruling.
Former Merrill Lynch employee tests new water by comparing her pay with other jurisdictions in record £7.5m claim
International employment law alliance ius laboris has launched a free online compensation and benefits service in response to calls from employers for access to free advice. The Knowledge Base, as it will be known, will provide companies with information on legal developments in compensation and benefits throughout Europe.
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker is this week understood to be gearing up to defend Wal-Mart in the largest civil rights action ever brought against a private employer in the US.
Philip Smith, the managing partner of Cheshire firm SAS Lawyers, is not one to hide his firm’s light under a bushel. “We’re very assertive on PR,” he says.
On 21 May, Regulation 4 of the Amended Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 came into force. The regulations introduced the duty to manage and will mean that the UK has some of the most stringent controls on asbestos in the world.
“Commercially active high-net-worth individuals demand expert legal advice,” says Julian Whately, senior partner of Westminster firm Lee & Pembertons. Whately claims that his firm provides that advice, and not just in the traditional private client sectors of, for example, trusts and personal tax planning. “What we aim to be is a one-stop shop for all our clients’ needs,” he says.
South East firm Thomas Eggar has appointed Alan Parsons as a chartered tax adviser and Carl O’Shea as an assistant solicitor in its tax solutions group. Parsons was formerly advising on the management of offshore structures for wealthy individuals with both Deloitte & Touche and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
On 22 June, 1400 people will crowd into the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for the most eagerly-awaited event of the year. With only one week to go, The Lawyer brings you a sneak preview of the shortlisted individuals and teams
Lewis Silkin’s employment team is battling its largest ever employment tribunal matter, with the firm taking the lead for former Merrill Lynch banker Stephanie Villalba in her sex discrimination claim against the bank.
Turnover at Stevens & Bolton rose 13 per cent last year to £11.1m, with profits edging up 3.5 per cent to £240,000. The firm has recruited a number of heavyweight partners in the past year, including Stephanie Dale, former head of employment at Denton Wilde Sapte, and Ken Woffenden, former head of corporate at Simmons & Simmons.
The Civil Justice Council has agreed the level of success fees payable under conditional fee arrangements in employer liability accident cases.
Morgan Cole has lost its London head of employment in another blow for the firm. Ravinder Mahal, formerly an associate at Morgan Cole, has joined Wedlake Bell as a senior solicitor as part of an ongoing recruitment drive at the London and Guernsey firm, where fee-earners now number eight. Morgan Cole has lost five partners ...
Far-reaching employment rights are to be written into barristers’ contracts when they join chambers, under new guidelines issued by the Bar Council last week.
Lovells has taken on a KPMG partner as a senior consultant in its employee share incentive team. David Tuch led KPMG’s executive compensation practice and built up the Big Four accountant’s remuneration consulting practice. At Lovells he will concentrate on the executive pay structure at main board level. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 25 May
Dewey Ballantine has poached Norton Rose corporate partner Markus Federle, who will restart its private equity push following the departure of the founder of the firm’s German practice Geza Toth.
Editor of Taxation magazine Malcolm Gunn joined the London tax team at Haarmann Hemmelrath as a tax consultant on 25 May. Gunn will focus on personal income and capital taxation.
Lovells has taken on a KPMG partner as a senior consultant in its employee share incentive team. David Tuch led KPMG’s executive compensation practice and built up the Big Four accountant’s remuneration consulting practice. At Lovells he will concentrate on executive pay structure at main board level.
Regional law firms have shrugged off the economic malaise affecting their City contemporaries by reporting solid figures for the last financial year.
Addleshaw Goddard is promoting 11 lawyers after losing three partners earlier this month. Three will become partners, including employment lawyer Ruth Davies, finance and projects lawyer Andrew Pettinger and corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer Daniel Redstone. Another eight lawyers will step into legal director roles, which have been designed to provide a career development path for ...
Olswang has undertaken a management shake-up after three of its four practice group heads decided not to stand for re-election.
Linklaters head of employment Raymond Jeffers has become the first magic circle partner to be voted chair of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA). Jeffers was appointed at the ELA annual general meeting last Wednesday (12 May). He takes over the reins from Osborne Clarke’s Julian Hemming.
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited three partners for its property, employment and corporate finance teams in London, Bristol and Manchester. Monica Blake joins the London commercial property team from Mishcon de Reya, Frank Morton has quit Osborne Clarke for Beachcrofts’ employment team in Bristol and Leila ...
Last week the House of Lords upheld unanimously a transvestite’s claim to become a police officer. It held that it was unlawful sex discrimination by the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire to refuse to employ ‘A’ as a police officer. The case was supported by the Equal Opportunities Commission.
Partnership – no longer till death do us part. By Ronnie Fox and Michelle Levin
Beachcroft Wansbroughs has recruited three new partners for its property, employment and corporate finance teams in London, Bristol and Manchester.
Worldwide employment alliance ius laboris has signed up Czech firm Prochazka Randl Kubr just in time for last week’s EU enlargement. The Czech Republic is the second firm from the new EU member states to join ius laboris, after Polish practice Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak was added last year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 4 May
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) has launched a scheme that offers free employment mediation to those unable to afford the dispute resolution process. Henderson Chambers, Freshfields, Linklaters and the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) have teamed up with FRU to set the FRU Employment Relations Mediation (FERM) initiative in motion.
Kemp Little has taken on former Norton Rose partner Tim Russell as part of the niche firm’s bid to expand its employment practice.
Jersey firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune has established a joint venture with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens in order to tap into the mass of work arising out of the island’s first employment legislation.
Top SRT partner’s comments in discrimination case branded ‘malicious’; leads to £3,000 extra aggravated damages
Morgan Lewis is pressing ahead with plans to open a Paris office after recruiting a 15-strong team from De Pardieu Brocas Maffei & Leygonie.
Hampshire firm White and Bowker has been around longer than many of its competitors. Established in 1750, the firm has existed “in a number of guises ever since”, according to chairman Niall Brook.
Birmingham mega-set No 5 Fountain Court has become the first set to reach 150 tenants with the hire of a five-strong personal injury (PI) team from local rival St Philips. The set is also poised to launch a Bristol office, its third site in the UK after London and Birmingham. Graham Cliff, formerly head of the PI team at St Philips, Stephen Campbell, David Tyack and William Pusey are all to join No 5’s highly-rated PI practice. In turn, St Philips has taken on rated employment barrister ...
The management of Weil Gotshal’s global litigation practice is being decentralised following 100 per cent departmental growth in the past five years.
DLA has hired Linklaters’ former Spanish head of employment Luis Peinado. A managing associate, Peinado was head of employment at Linklaters until he left in December. He has advised national and international companies in Spain and recently advised HSBC on the restructuring and downsizing of its commercial and investment branches there. Linklaters managing associate Naiara Rodríguez-Escudero took over ...
Gianni Origoni’s close association with Linklaters has helped it score Cisco Systems as a new client.
As its European invasion continues, DLA has hired Linklaters’ former Spanish head of employment Luis Peinado.
A host of sexual harassment claims made by police officers look set to proceed following a decision by a Croydon Employment Tribunal in the case of Hands v the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Tim Sadka, managing partner of West Sussex practice Rawlison Butler, uses a boxing metaphor to sum up his sense of the firm. “We punch well above our weight,” he claims. Proudly, he quotes testimonials from clients praising the way in which he and his colleagues deliver a City service. Indeed, with its expansionist drive, Rawlison Butler looks well placed to be ...
Bird & Bird has secured first-time instructions from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Two retired tailors fighting a cutting-edge employment case against the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry will not pay a penny for their Court of Appeal claim, thanks to a cabal of barristers and solicitors working on the matter free of charge.
Nabarro Nathanson’s head of employment Sue Ashtiany has been reappointed as Commissioner to the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
Whistleblowing: Rob Riley and Richard Port clarify the law on the meaning of ‘disclosure’
Legislation protecting employees has thrust employment lawyers into playing a much greater role in commercial transactions. Peter Holt reports
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has decided to scrap the possibility of publishing a white paper on excessive payouts to departing directors.
McGrigor Donald has been ditched by the Student Loans Company (SLC) in favour of Harper MacLeod. The Scottish firm beat seven others to win the three-year contract, believed to include MacRoberts and Shepherd+ Wedderburn.
Employment law and tort: will you specialise in both? asks Brian Langstaff QC
The Court of Appeal has overturned an Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision that refused a sacked worker a new hearing despite concerns that one tribunal member had been drunk and asleep at the original hearing.
In March, The Lawyer launches its inaugural Employment Law Summit.
British Airways (BA) has accused a group of former staff members bringing a claim for sexual discrimination of trying to bring an age discrimination case “by the back door.”
Simmons senior partner Janet Gaymer says she has achieved her position purely by chance. But Emma Vere-Jones doesn’t believe her
Lewis Silkin opens Oxford office after swoop on Boodle Hatfield" /Lewis Silkin is to open an Oxford office after prising a corporate employment team out of Boodle Hatfield, led by highly-rated partner Russell Brimelow.
The Master of the Rolls has attacked the UK’s record on looking after accident victims. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers (left) asked the Government to back the rehabilitation of those affected in its plans to deal with the spiralling costs of employers’ liability insurance. He told delegates at the Forum of Insurance Lawyers annual conference ...
A former teaching consultant at the University of Hong Kong has stepped up his campaign against his former employer and law firm Johnson Stokes & Master (JSM).
Clifford Chance partners could be facing a leaner Christmas as the firm debates whether to pay or delay on two chunks of profits before the year-end.
Bird & Bird has shored up its employment team by poaching Boodle Hatfield's head of employment Warren Wayne.
Manchester firm George Davies Solicitors has won a host of new employment work after launching a scheme to help football clubs nationwide with employment issues.
North West employment firm Mace & Jones has exp-anded its specialist HR consultancy with the hire of HR consultant Vince Housecroft.
Employment law alliance ius laboris has expanded into Finland with the addition of Finnish firm Roschier Holmberg, taking the total number of firms in the alliance to 20.
Survey shows only 22 per cent of companies prepared for forthcoming age discrimination legislation
The Government’s initiative to confound illegal workers could prove a hindrance to those who choose to do it legally. Nicola Tiffen reports
Andrew Chamberlain investigates the role of the 'eight-week rule' in the Friction Dynamics dispute
Will the EOC investigation into discrimination against pregnant women help those most in need, or will it just add to the legal minefield? Jessica Learmond-Criqui reports
The Government's 'softly softly' approach to introducing flexible working rights for employees seems to be a success.
The Information & Consultation Directive, due in 2005, has been heralded as one of the most significant pieces of employment legislation ever introduced in the UK. John Clinch and Fraser Younson go head-to-head to offer their views on what it will mean for unions and employers
DLA's prolific IT partner Richard Bonnar has triumphed over Arnold & Porter, Bird & Bird, Masons and Simmons & Simmons in a beauty parade of legal advisers for a series of projects which aim to rejuvenate the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
The arrival of former Manches senior partner and employment head Alasdair Simpson at Addleshaw Goddard last week will kickstart an expansion in the national firm's London employment team, a spokesman claimed.
Merricks is staggering the payment of staff wages to deal with its ongoing cash flow problems.
The Law Society is planning to launch its second investigation into Allen & Overy (A&O), this time on the back of a successful victimisation claim made against the firm by project manager Shazia Wahab.
A former solicitor who was struck from the roll has resigned as company secretary of legal services provider Willmakers of Distinction.
Lawrence Graham is facing a claim of constructive dismissal brought by a former assistant who resigned from the firm at the end of July.
Making the Channel 4 board is just reward for Nabarros employment ace Sue Ashtiany - but she isn't making a song and dance about it. By Julia Cahill
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has accepted a federal handout to remain in Lower Manhattan, despite earning millions of dollars in profits last year.
Voting threshold for expulsion to be lowered as management flexes its muscles
Nicholson Graham & Jones has lost its head of employment Jane Liddington to Hextalls. She will join Mark Shulman at Hextalls as the joint head of the employment department. Senior partner Paul Connolly said Liddington's arrival was another part of the significant growth of the firm in the past 12 months. Emma Vere-Jones
Home Office lawyers are critical to the Government's new initiative on unfounded asylum applications, says the Home Office Immigration Team
The Government has proposed time limits on legal aid immigration work, heralding it as an attempt to improve quality. But Alison Stanley says it's all about the money
Wragge & Co has launched a permanent employment team in London following a six-month trial in the City and is aiming to carve out a top five position for the team by 2005.The firm plans to build the team in London to 12 lawyers, led by partners Patrick Brodie and Andrew Hodge. In the meantime, Brodie and Hodge will be supported by three other fee-earners and an HR consultant, ...
Wedlake Bell is hoping to get a share of airline industry work after hiring British Airways (BA) senior employment lawyer Jo Pawley.
Hundreds of angry fathers dressed in black and brandishing purple flags have staged a demonstration at the High Court in London as part of a Fathers’ Day protest against their treatment at the hands of Family Division judges. Between 60 and 70 men made it past security guards on Friday (13 June) to occupy the Family Court building itself, while the protesters claim that up to 500 others staged a non-violent protest outside. The court is believed to have been in session at the time and, ...
South-East firm Asb Law has continued its rapid expansion of the past 24 months, taking on small Kent-based practice Mere-dith Smith and Pratt (MSP) as well as announcing an increase in turnover of almost 20 per cent.
Watford Football Club has ditched Eversheds for Mishcon de Reya to fight the £2m claim brought by former coach Gianluca Vialli.
Bevan Ashford’s non-lawyer chief executive Ann Conway-Hughes has resigned after just 18 months in the role.
Two-thirds of external advisers to go as Sanna overhauls entire legal function
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has made up seven partners in London, taking the partnership to 100. The new partners are Michael Brown in litigation and dispute resolution, Gary Cooper and Richard Smith in corporate, Christopher Fisher in employment, Nick Henchie in construction and engineering, Jonathan Moody in pensions and David Morrison in corporate/restructuring and insolvency. This is the second round of ...
Julia Cahill meets Salans' Barry Mordsley, the man who lured Peter Cooke from Theodore Goddard after the firms' merger talks collapsed
Head of chambers at Cloisters Laura Cox QC may have a fearsome reputation, but the only people she argues with these days are her children
Berrymans Lace Mawer is implementing plans to reassert employment as a national practice area, after its sole employment partner left for Reading firm Boyes Turner.
Some believe Law Society chief executive Janet Paraskeva is giving the society a spring clean, while others believe she is denting it all out of shape
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has taken the unusual step of ruling that an appellant should pay costs for bringing an appeal that should never been brought, in line with forthcoming and long awaited Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regulations.
Liverpool and Manchester firm Mace & Jones has recruited a former Employment Tribunal chairman to its employment law team.
Cloisters chambers has hired three more barristers, bringing the number of recruits to six since its criminal section split off.
The employment practice of leading Italian law firm Negri-Clementi Toffoletto Montironi & Soci (NCTM) has demerged from the rest of the firm as pursues its role in European employment law alliance Ius Laboris.
The German Constitutional Court has suspended a decision by the German Supreme Court, which ruled that when lawyers switch firms, the new firm must drop instructions in which the lawyer's previous firm has represented the other side.
South East firm Argles Stoneham Burstows has lost its head of employment to the London office of Manches.
Simmons head of employment Janet Gaymer is tipped to be the firm's next senior partner. But does she have enough energy to take on the role?
Gouldens has propelled itself into the realms of the US firms by increasing its trainees' entry-level salaries to £30,000.
Top 10 Australian firm Deacons has been rocked by the departure of its national head of workplace relations, along with his team and a number of clients.
After spending a year out discovering her dislike for cooking and rediscovering her love for law, Nicola Walker has returned to work at Hogan & Hartson. Fiona Callister investigates
McGrigor Donald has been appointed sole mainland UK employment provider to banking giant National Australia Bank (NAB).
Norton Rose has bolstered its employment pension and incentives department with the hire of Barnett Alexander Chart's head of employment.
Warner Cranston has recently appointed Geoffrey Mead as its head of employment. Anne Mizzi chats to the man who is not daunted by the depleted team he now has to oversee
One of the gurus of employment law in the City, Fraser Younson is setting up his own department at McDermotts. Sean Farrell examines the details.