Christopher Walter

Christopher Walter

Christopher Walter advises employer clients on HR practice and strategy in the UK, Europe and internationally.  His practice includes the employment and employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and down-sizing, the drafting of bonus plans, share schemes, service/consultancy agreements, and agency worker contracts.  Mr. Walter is also a seasoned litigator and has considerable experience as a Tribunal advocate.  His practice encompasses the employment aspects of European data privacy compliance.

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UK government: stronger steer on content of Modern Slavery Act statements

The U.K. government has provided updated and firmer guidance on the section 54 Modern Slavery Act transparency in supply chain reporting requirement (about which see more here). Organisations are now expected to publish transparency statements ‘at most’ six months after the organisation’s financial year end. Businesses are also encouraged to leave statements from previous years … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Narrows Nationwide Injunctions on Travel Ban Executive Order, Effectively Reinstating Key Provisions

International Employment Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling staying certain parts of the injunctions entered by the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal against Executive Order No. 13780, the so-called “travel ban” Executive Order (the “Order”), and the State Department issued clarifying guidance last night. The effect of the Supreme Court … Continue Reading

A U.K. criminal offence: “Failure to prevent human rights abuses”?

The Joint Committee on Human Rights – comprised of members of both Houses – has published a report calling on the U.K. government to take significant further steps to improve corporate human rights practices, including criminalising “failure to prevent human rights abuses”. The Committee acknowledges that the U.K. Government’s introduction of reporting requirements under the … Continue Reading

Top 5 Business And Human Rights Concerns For Companies To Monitor

Businesses are being bombarded with information about their global human rights and other nonfinancial responsibilities, and are under growing pressure to publicize their efforts in that regard. Below we outline five key developments that business should be actively monitoring in a rapidly evolving landscape. 1.“Hard” Legal Obligations Governmental efforts to force transparency are intended to … Continue Reading
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