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Brexit: the status of EU citizens in the UK

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (the so-called "Brexit"). Since the Brexit vote over three million EU citizens living in the UK and over a million UK nationals living in other EU states have been...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Belgium

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Germany

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Denmark

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - The Danish Stock Option Act (the "Act") generally allows an employee whose employment is terminated by the Subsidiary for any reason other than misconduct to retain...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Hong Kong

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: India

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk that Plan benefits could be considered part of an employee's salary for the purposes of calculating entitlements on termination of employment. An...more

Closing the gender pay gap: Multinational corporations face a maze of gender pay gap reporting requirements—meeting them is vital

The landscape for gender pay gap reporting is shifting fast, and multinational corporations face a maze of new obligations in the different countries in which they operate. This myriad of legislation and regulation poses...more

Settlement Agreements: No 'one size fits all' approach

In light of recent case law, Stephen Ravenscroft and Sarah Taylor discuss the importance of using clear wording when drawing up a settlement agreement. Settlement agreements are a very useful tool for an employer. They...more

The new regulatory references regime in the UK

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority are introducing a new tool to enhance the accountability regime being rolled out in the financial services sector. On 7 March 2017, the new...more

Developments in shared parental leave pay in the UK

Employers in the UK who offer enhanced maternity pay but do not offer equivalent enhancements to shared parental leave pay could face liability for indirect sex discrimination. A UK Employment Tribunal has ruled that...more

Womenomics: Boosting global growth

The economic case for gender equality in the workplace couldn't be stronger: An overwhelming body of evidence shows that when there is a better gender balance in the boardroom and more women in the workforce, companies...more

Changes to the Taxation of Termination Payments

Termination payments are payments made to individuals as a result of their loss of employment. They are often made up of different components including statutory redundancy, compensation for loss of office, damages and...more

Proposals for Employee representation at board level in UK companies

Theresa May, and latterly Owen Smith, have both announced their intention to put employees on company boards. Employee representation on company boards in Europe is commonplace and speculation is rife as to what model either...more

How employers can stop departing employees taking client lists with them

When an employee departs for a role with a competitor, there is often a risk that the employee might take confidential client details with them, with potentially damaging consequences for the employer. However, a recent court...more

Employers vicariously liable for data breaches caused by rogue employees

The High Court recently held that employers can be vicariously liable for data breaches caused by rogue employees. The decision highlights the importance to businesses of ensuring that data protection compliance requirements...more

EAT ruling on results-based commission and holiday pay

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has handed down its judgement in an appeal by British Gas (BG) in the case against its former employee Joe Lock and the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. The EAT...more

European Court of Human Rights issues landmark ruling on employee monitoring

The European Court of Human Rights has confirmed that employers may, in some circumstances, monitor employees’ personal communications in the workplace. On 12 January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”)...more

White & Case ECB News – Issue 1, 2015

How global events shape local labour laws - Giving employers the better deal? The global economic crisis squeezed corporate profits, reduced demand for goods and services and shrank workforces. Now, new labour laws...more

Advocate General gives opinion on the meaning of “establishment” for the purpose of collective redundancy consultation

Advocate General Wahl has given an opinion on the meaning of the word “establishment” in Article 1(1)(a)(ii) of Directive 98/59/EC (the Collective Redundancies Directive), for the purpose of calculating whether the threshold...more

Landmark judgment in Employment Appeal Tribunal case paves the way for incremental increases in holiday pay

The important judgment of the UK’s Employment Appeal Tribunal (the “EAT”) in Bear Scotland Ltd & ors v Fulton & ors, considered alongside Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood & ors and Amec Group Ltd v Mr Law and ors, casts new light on...more

11/6/2014  /  Employee Rights , Holiday Pay , Paid Leave , UK

The changing face of Employment Tribunal litigation

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that the Employment Tribunals received 79% (or 9,801) fewer claims in the period October to December 2013 than in the corresponding period in 2012. It is safe to assume...more

6/16/2014  /  Employment Tribunals , UK

Shared Parental Leave System

Introduction - The UK Government has announced its plans to let parents share leave for a year after a child is born. The change is designed to challenge the old-fashioned assumption that the mother will always be the...more

Woolworths – Widening the Ambit of Collective Redundancy Consultation

It has been reported that the UK's Employment Appeal Tribunal ("EAT") has overturned an employment tribunal decision denying protective awards to former employees of Woolworths who had worked in stores with fewer than 20...more

Government gives go ahead for new employment status

On 3 December 2012, the UK Government published its response to a consultation paper on the Chancellor’s proposal for implementing a new “employee shareholder” status. Whilst acknowledging that only “a very small number of...more

Forfeiture, penalty and repudiation: terminating the employment of highly paid employees

Two recent cases in the English courts have focused on important issues for employers of senior and highly remunerated employees, particularly those in the financial services sector where payments under incentive plans are...more

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