Richard Cook

Richard Cook

McDermott Will & Emery

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Restrictive Covenants: An Important Reminder for Employers

The UK Court of Appeal has just handed down its decision in Rodgers v Sunrise Brokers LLP [2014] EWCA Civ 1373. Although the Court of Appeal rejected Mr Rodgers’ appeal in its entirety, it made some interesting observations,...more

10/28/2014 - Appeals Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Restrictive Covenants UK

The Notice Period: Employees Who Refuse to Work

If an employee walks out, refusing to work his notice period, can an employer elect to keep the contract of employment alive, without paying the recalcitrant employee? ...more

8/18/2014 - Breach of Contract Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing

UK Pensions Auto-Enrolment Scheme

A radical change to UK pension law is expected to affect tens of thousands of organisations with UK-based employees in 2014. This follows the imposition of an unprecedented obligation on employers to “automatically enrol”...more

8/13/2014 - Automatic Enrollment Pensions UK

UK Employment Alert – Stopping The Clock: Mandatory Pre-Claim Conciliation Takes Effect From 6 May 2014

As we mentioned in our last UK Employment Alert, the government has introduced a new, pre-claim conciliation procedure for employment disputes. As of 6 May 2014, that procedure became mandatory....more

5/16/2014 - Employee Benefits Employee Rights UK

Stopping The Clock: Mandatory Pre-Claim Conciliation Takes Effect From 6 May 2014

As we mentioned in our last alert, the government has introduced a new, pre-claim conciliation procedure for employment disputes. As of 6 May 2014, that procedure became mandatory. Before lodging the vast majority of...more

5/8/2014 - Arbitration Employment Tribunals Hiring & Firing Mandatory Arbitration Clauses UK

Death of the Salaried Partner? Wide Ranging Changes to LLP Member Taxation To Come Into Force on 6 April 2014

Wide ranging changes to the way in which LLP members are taxed are due to take effect on 6 April 2014. LLPs and their members, particularly those in professional service and private equity/fund management firms, should,...more

2/13/2014 - Income Taxes LLPs Partnerships Wages

UK Employment Law Developments – 2013 Looking Back and 2014 Looking Forwards

2013 saw a raft of changes to UK employment law and there are likely to be more in 2014. In this Employment Alert, we recap some of the key changes that happened in 2013 and look ahead at what to expect in 2014....more

1/28/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Harassment Shareholders Termination UK Whistleblowers

UK Corporation Tax Relief: Welcome Changes Impact Takeovers and Overseas Employers

The UK Government has included two important changes to corporation tax relief in the draft Finance Bill 2014, both of which are expected to come into force later this year. The changes allow corporation tax relief to be...more

1/21/2014 - Corporate Taxes Tax Deductions UK

TUPE on the Move: Key Changes Coming into Effect Next Year

As of 1 January 2014 there will be some small but important changes to TUPE. Employers who are planning on undertaking TUPE transfers in the near future may wish to consider whether or not to delay implementation to take...more

9/12/2013 - Reorganizations TUPE UK

Employee Shareholders

The much publicised “employee shareholder” status came into effect yesterday, 1 September 2013, offering employers a more flexible way to structure their workforce. The new legislation applies to companies of all sizes, but...more

9/3/2013 - Employee Shareholders Income Taxes Shareholders Stocks

Important Changes to the UK Whistleblowing Regime

Important changes to the UK whistleblowing regime come into force today, 25 June 2013. Their effect is to close loopholes identified in earlier legislation and to bring the whistleblowing regime more into line with its...more

6/25/2013 - Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Disclosure EU Whistleblowers

UK Employment Tribunal Fee Regime Effective 29 July 2013

The UK Government has announced that the new fee regime that will apply to the Employment Tribunal system will come into effect on Monday 29 July 2013....more

6/18/2013 - Employment Tribunals EU Fees

Breaking News: When Do Employers Need to Collectively Consult?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is reported to have handed down a decision, in litigation that resulted from the 2008 closure of Woolworths, which may mean a radical change to the law on collective redundancy...more

6/10/2013 - Collective Redundancy Consultations Employer Liability Issues EU

Government Consultation on Limited Liability Partnerships

Background - On 20 May, the UK Government published its consultation paper on the reform of certain aspects of the tax rules applicable to limited liability partnerships (LLPs). The Government states that it has...more

6/4/2013 - Consultation EU LLPs Partnerships

Employers With Share Option Schemes Take Note…

A recent decision of the United Kingdom’s First Tier (Tax) Tribunal has provided a timely reminder of the importance for employers of notifying their employees of the requirement to promptly reimburse the employer for income...more

5/23/2013 - EU Income Taxes Stock Options Tax Liability

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