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    Features & Articles

    Sometimes you need a bit more detail on a subject - here are some more in-depth articles and features on key employment law topics.

    With World Cup hype at fever pitch, there is no better dampener on the mood than an employment lawyer laying out your options to deal with missing employees. Read more...
    The world held its breath earlier this month. Not because Germany made an early departure from the world cup! In fact, we were looking eastward. Read more...
    GQ|Littler Partners Paul Quain, Jon Gilligan, Darren Isaacs and Richard Harvey have been recognised as experts in the field of ‘Labour, Employment and Benefits’ law in the 2018 edition of the Who’s Who Legal guide. Read more...
    If you were having a relationship with a colleague, would you tell HR? Should you? Read more...
    Every month, we take a look at the weird and wonderful employment law news from around the world, with a tongue in cheek assessment of what has kept our fellow workplace lawyers busy Read more...
    Earlier this year, following a two day jury trial, the CPS succeeded in obtaining a successful prosecution of a corporation for failing to prevent bribery. Read more...
    The Supreme Court held this month that Mr Smith, who worked for Pimlico Plumbers and had been called an “independent contractor” was in fact a “worker”. Read more...
    The US Supreme Court recently ruled in favour of a baker in Colorado, who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Read more...
    We are pleased to announce that Hannah Mahon was made a Partner at the beginning of May. Read more...
    We are delighted to announce that our partner Dan Pollard will serve as the new Treasurer of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA). Read more...
    This is part six in a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. It is intended to provide a high-level overview, drawing out the main legal requirements to consider. This month’s focus: Spain. Read more...
    As you will no doubt be aware from the flurry of GDPR-related emails over the last couple of weeks, GDPR came into force on Friday 25 May 2018. Read more...
    Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC 22 Read more...
    Every month, we take a look at the weird and wonderful employment law news from around the world, with a tongue in cheek assessment of what has kept our fellow workplace lawyers busy. Read more...
    Earlier this month, Angus Sinclair, the former private secretary of John Bercow, Commons Speaker, gave interviews to the media accusing Bercow of bullying him, despite being paid £86,250 in 2010 as part of a deal that required him to sign a non-disclosure agreement (a so-called “NDA”). Read more...
    19 April 2018 – GQ|Littler was named as the winner of the Boutique Law Firm of the Year category at last night's Legal Business Awards - the "Oscars for the legal industry". Read more...
    Telecommuting used to be rare because it used to be almost impossible. Read more...
    The monthly round-up of the weird and wonderful employment law news from around the world Read more...
    The High Court has recently decided that Lloyds Bank did not have the power to apply a malus (reduction) clause to awards vested under a long-term incentive plan. Read more...
    This is part five in a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. Read more...
    With all of the recent press attention on the #MeToo movement, the spotlight has recently been placed on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or confidentiality provisions in workplace settlement agreements. Read more...
    The deadline to report gender pay data for eligible firms was 4 April 2018 and no doubt you will have seen the deluge of press coverage on the topic Read more...
    A firm in New Zealand has recently trialled a four day work week, breaking away from the five-days-on / two-days-off formula which has been common practice for many decades. Read more...
    A year ago we carried out a survey among employers that suggested only five per cent of businesses were looking for major change in employment law post-Brexit. Read more...
    A court in Germany has ordered Volkswagen to reinstate an employee who it sacked fearing he might launch a terrorist attack against the car giant. Read more...
    What do the crew of the Indian Empress, a £93m superyacht owned by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, and the employees of Wagamama, TGI Fridays, and 177 other companies in the UK have in common? Read more...
    A tongue-in-cheek review of the weird and wonderful employment law news from the UK and around the world Read more...
    This is part four in a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. Read more...
    A recent Court of Appeal decision has raised concerns about potential discrimination claims resulting from workplace cultures of long hours. Read more...
    Spring has sprung – a good time for a reminder of the annual statutory rate changes for employers, along with other changes to the taxation of termination payments. Read more...
    Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey UKEAT/0260/16 Read more...
    A banker was sacked from his role with Clydesdale Bank after failing to take action against two colleagues, Z and N, who were accused of having had sex in a bar on a work night out. Read more...
    In February the Government published its response to last July’s review by Matthew Taylor on working practices in the UK (widely known as the ‘Taylor Review’). Read more...
    As the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) fast-approaches (we are now under three months away!) many HR departments will be looking at their current processes to assess whether they will meet the requirements of GDPR after 25 May 2018, when GDPR comes into force. Read more...
    Paying the national minimum wage (“NWM”) seems easy: just make sure you set hourly rates at or above the legal minimums. But as many businesses have found, it’s just not that simple. Read more...
    Since accusations were made against Harvey Weinstein, there has been a fundamental (and long overdue) shift in how harassment in the workplace is perceived and managed. Read more...
    This is part three in a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. Read more...
    When dealing with senior terminations, contested employment tribunal claims tend to be considered as a fairly unlikely prospect, particularly where such termination is linked to misconduct. Read more...
    IG Metall, the German trade union which represents 3.9 million workers in the metal and engineering industry, has called for all-day strikes after union leaders and employers in the southwestern state of Baden-Wüerttemberg failed to reach agreement in 16 hours of talks overnight on Friday 26 January. Read more...
    Our international projects team is experiencing an upsurge in M&A activity, mostly driven by large US-based companies wanting to restructure their global businesses. Read more...
    Following the abolition of fees in July 2017, employment tribunals will come under growing pressure from a substantial increase in cases, as is demonstrated by claims for unfair dismissal increasing by 47% to 4,345 over the three months to 30 September 2017*. Read more...
    A director of a department store operating company in the Republic of Ireland has been found criminally liable for failure to keep adequate records under Irish employment law. Read more...
    Equal pay has been in the news again recently, but this time not for good old gender pay gap reporting (see our previous coverage here and here). Read more...
    This is part two in a series of articles exploring the employment law regime in jurisdictions where businesses may be considering moving some of their staff post-Brexit. Read more...
    A 24 year old nursery school teacher has been found to have been discriminated against when she was fired by her ultra-orthodox Jewish nursery employer. Read more...
    As a bit of light relief, we are sharing ten HR stories from 2017 which we found interesting (to say the least!). Use the links underlined in blue for the full stories. Read more...
    You’ve read our résumé of employment law developments from 2017, and now you wonder: what should I expect from 2018? Let GQ Employment Law gaze into its crystal ball on your behalf... Read more...
    As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at one of the biggest employment law changes of 2017: gender pay gap reporting. Read more...
    The case of Wm Morrisons Supermarket PLC v Various Claimants (2017) arises out of the well publicised data breach by supermarket Morrisons (the fourth largest in the UK). Read more...
    The 2017 tsunami of high-profile sex harassment allegations against politicians, entertainers and news reporters has employers rethinking their approach to eradicating workplace harassment. Read more...