Employment, Pensions & Immigration
Top 5 recent workplace developments – January 2021
Our employment & advisory team provides a complete range of assistance to clients on employment issues from day-to-day advisory matters, to managing project and transactional work.
Our services include disciplinary and grievance issues, terminations, redundancy programmes, enforceability of post-termination restrictive covenants, business restructuring and outsourcing. We assist with the drafting, development and implementation of employment contracts, employee handbooks and company policies. We also advise on working hours, TUPE, data protection issues, equal opportunities and all other workplace discrimination disputes.
In the fast moving area of employment law we are consistently adapting to, and creating methods of dealing with, new employment legislation. In recent years, this has led to the formulation of standard documentation to deal with GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, as well as the changes to the off payroll working rules and to section 1 statements from April 2020. We also report on developments in the law quickly, helping our clients to develop new strategies and approaches to deal with these changes.
We know that employment matters can escalate quickly, and pride ourselves on being available and responsive to our clients. We take a proactive approach, anticipating issues before they arise.
Advising an Australian insurance company on the acquisition of a European Insurer involving the coordination of advice in France, Germany and Spain
Advising a major international airline on employment contracts, handbooks and policies, as well as incentives and benefits, and a successful defence of employee claims for unlawful dismissal in relation to breach of company policies.
Advising on the structuring and establishment of GlaxoSmithKline’s R&D Centre in Shanghai, as well as on all employment issues and documentation, compliance and corporate governance issues, and employee inventor remuneration issues and implementation of a formal scheme
Advising clients regularly on drafting, negotiation and interpretation of employment contracts, scope of business-critical restrictive covenants and implications of breaches
Advising a multinational fashion conglomerate on employment and immigration matters pertaining to the staffing of its new jewellery and accessories outlets in Qatar
Advising an international accounting firm on the restructure of its workforce, including introducing reduced hours, sabbaticals, change from full time to part time employment and a reduction in salary and benefits (including drafting communications to employees and contractual documentation...
Advising an airline on the implications of TUPE on the transfer baggage handling services from one external provider to a new provider. Further, advising another airline on the implications of outsourcing for the first time.
Advising an airline on managing an employee on long term sickness absence where the third party PHI provider declined to continue making payments following surveillance evidence
Advised on the GBP 595 million purchase by Chubb Security of Rentokil Initial Electronic Security, including all TUPE and collective consultation issues, including rationalisation and integration of management structures
Handling all employment law work across the UK for a global cosmetics company operating under many brands, including providing guidance on how to treat employees who were approaching, or had reached, 65 when the legislation relating to default retirement ages ceased to have effect.
Advising a global financial services organisation across multiple European jurisdictions on the complex cross- border restructuring and integration which followed two major acquisitions, including co-ordination with workers councils, and advice on the interaction between redundancy processes...