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Julia Wilson is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation team in London. She advises senior legal and HR stakeholders on a range of employment and data protection matters. A member of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee, she plays a lead role in the Firm's pro bono relationship with Save the Children International. She also collaborates with Law Works to deliver employment law training to solicitors who provide pro bono advice to individuals. Julia regularly presents at external and internal client seminars on a range of topics, and is often quoted in mainstream media. She authored precedent policies for the UK's Practical Law Company and co-wrote the common concepts chapter of the Tolley's Discrimination Handbook.

As diversity and inclusion (D&I) has risen to the forefront of corporate agendas globally, pressure for organizations to accelerate progress around this space has been further intensified by recent social movements, rising stakeholder pressure and the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color and women. Baker McKenzie examines the role that compliance leaders have to play in a report, in collaboration with Howlett Brown.

The use of algorithmic decision-making in recruitment to help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of process is unsurprisingly on the rise.  Put simply this technology can enable companies to review far greater numbers of applications at speed, and, in theory, allow for an unbiased approach to recruitment decision making.  However, as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has set out in its recent guidance on this topic, employers should take a critical and careful approach to when and how this technology is applied. If not applied carefully these tools can serve to actually exacerbate the inequalities that they are aiming to address, and could cause employers to fall foul of the UK’s equality and data protection legislation.

The news that a COVID-19 vaccine is on its way has given rise to hope that life will soon return to normal. Vaccinations in the workplace however are relatively uncommon and give rise to a number of tricky issues in the UK. This quick one-page overview provides insights into the key legal considerations and logistical challenges for employers.

You can find current episodes (and subscription links) here. A brief description of each episode follows below and we hope you enjoy them: Episode 33: European Electronic Communications Code and the TMT Sector The European Commission opened infringement procedures against 24 member states on 4 February 2020, for failure to transpose the European…

Off the Shelf, the Global Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Podcast, provides short practical legal insights into the key issues affecting consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses. Episode 16: New Brand on the Block(chain): Consortium Considerations In the final episode of our blockchain for brands series, Alyssa Auberger, Baker McKenzie’s Chief…

Connected Compliance explores the role of technology as a driver of compliance integration and business growth. We conduct research annually with decision-makers to understand the pace and extent to which companies are deploying technology to manage compliance challenges as well as the risks associated with connected compliance among wider business…

Off the Shelf, the Global Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Podcast, provides short practical legal insights into the key issues affecting consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses. The first Off the Shelf series focuses on COVID-19 and covers a range of issues, including longer-term considerations as CG&R businesses enter the…

Contents Government announcements Timing Workplace safety and prevention strategies Testing and health screening Managing employee concerns about returning to the workplace Workforce communication Litigation mitigation Epilogue Government announcements The UK government is clear: throughout this period, it is important for business to carry on if it is possible to do…