Employment issues in Technology
The technology and communications sector is at the core of our practice.
We advise a wide range of clients in the sector on all of their employment, immigration and reward needs, both from a UK and wider international perspective. Our clients include some of the biggest US and UK headquartered companies in the sector, including five of the top ten Silicon Valley-based tech giants, in addition to innovative companies in the early stages of growth.
Alongside day-to-day advice and support, we have significant experience of advising on attracting, rewarding and incentivising high performers. We also advise on exiting underperformers, managing restructuring exercises, and advising on the people issues relating to acquisitions and disposals.
We recognise that your sector is specifically impacted by certain people issues, for example:
- whether (and how) TUPE applies to certain managed services and outsourcing arrangements, including advising on TUPE drafting in the service agreements
- diversity and gender pay
- managing mental health issues at work (and particularly the impact of stress related illness)
- employment status and the use of independent contractors and third party staff as a flexible resource
- navigating the hurdles of bringing employees into the UK and facilitating the movement of employees globally
We have significant experience of advising on all these areas within your sector in addition to defending Employment Tribunal claims, pursuing and defending High Court claims to protect rights over confidential information and intellectual property and enforce restrictive covenants, and managing Data Subject Access Requests and dealing with other GDPR and workplace data protection issues. We also partner with our clients to design and successfully implement a wide range of international projects, from contract and policy reviews, to cross-border investigations and post-acquisition integrations.
Context crucial to interpreting HR data correctly25 October 2017
Lewis Silkin's Chief People Officer, Penny Newman shares her thoughts in an article for HRmagazine exploring the importance of analysing people data intelligently and ensuring that context is always taken into account.
Adding context to recruitment25 October 2017
In an article for The Times, Chief People Officer Penny Newman outlines the benefits of using the Contextual Recruitment System (CRS), a tool that recruiters use to take account of applicants different backgrounds.
Lewis Silkin speaking at techUK's gender pay gap reporting event07 February 2017
Sean Dempsey, head of Lewis Silkin’s Technology and Communications sector group, will be speaking to members of techUK’s HR and Women in Tech groups on Thursday 16 February in relation to the upcoming gender pay gap reporting requirements.