US: transformational changes to US labor and employment law?

Last week, three potential transformational changes to U.S. labor and employment law were announced. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) banned almost all non-compete agreements, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) significantly increased the minimum salary threshold for overtime exemptions for white-collar employees, and New York State became the first state to offer paid leave for … Read more

US: Companies Shouldn’t Alter Noncompete, Severance Agreements Yet

In two highly publicized administrative actions, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Labor Relations Board have sought to end, or at least significantly curtail, the use of noncompete agreements, and standard non disparagement and confidentiality provisions in severance agreements, respectively. Both actions will be challenged, thus creating a limbo period for employers as the … Read more

Australia: In the crosshairs – ACCC confirms review of no-poach provisions in employment contracts

As noted in our 27 March 2023 Employment Note, the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Andrew Leigh MP (Leigh) recently requested advice from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about the competitive impacts of non-compete post-employment restraints. Leigh suggests that non-compete clauses in employment contracts hampers job mobility and wage growth, and … Read more

UK: Government announces plans for post-Brexit employment law reform

Update: On 12 May the Government published consultation documents including further details of the proposed reforms – see our post here. The Secretary of State for the Department for Business and Trade, Kemi Badenoch MP, has today issued a written statement announcing that the Government will replace the current sunset in the Retained EU Law … Read more

Australia: Breaking the chains – ACCC Review of non-compete and no-poach provisions in employment contracts

The Federal Government has recently passed some of the most extensive industrial relation reforms seen in Australia with the view to providing stronger protections for workers, improving job security and gender equity. Employers could soon be facing further changes, with the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Andrew Leigh MP (Leigh), suggesting the use … Read more

Global Employment Risk: An interactive guide

Since the onset of the pandemic, our global employment team has been monitoring the level and changing nature of risks around the world.  Whilst some trends have accelerated i.e. whistleblowing regulations, there are some new and important developments that pose significant employment risks. We have mapped these across the major financial centers using an interactive … Read more