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Stephen C.M. Ratcliffe

Stephen Ratcliffe is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Employment and Benefits practice in London. He has more than 14 years of legal experience and was recognized as an "Associate to Watch" by Chambers & Partners in 2014, 2015 and 2016 before his promotion to partnership. Stephen has been described as "very precise, technically excellent, but also very practical."

Join Baker McKenzie for a four-part webinar series as US moderators welcome colleagues from around the globe to share the latest labor and employment law updates and trends. US-based multinational employers with business operations in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific regions will hear directly from local practitioners on the major developments they need to know, and come away with practical tips and takeaways to implement.

The Baker McKenzie London Employment team is delighted to share with you episode one of our new virtual miniseries, “Employment Rights: is 2022 the year of enforcement?”, where we will be taking an in-depth look into the areas we believe there will be significant developments to the enforcement of UK employment rights in 2022 and beyond.

Following on from part one of our two-part virtual mini-series “Back in the office: The evolving debate on vaccine mandates, and other Covid-safe measures”, in part two, Stephen Ratcliffe and Richard Cook dissect two particularly thorny issues that employers are currently dealing with in relation to the return to the office: reluctant returners and tensions surrounding vaccinations and the wearing of masks.

The Upper Tribunal upheld a First Tier Tribunal decision that a project manager was within IR35 as he would have been an employee if he had been engaged directly. The case (Northern Light Solutions Limited v Revenue and Customs [2021] UKUT 134 (TCC)) relates to the pre-6 April 2021 position according to which it was for the contractor to determine whether he was inside or outside IR35.

Our four-part webinar series is your passport to ensure that your organization is up to speed on the key labor and employment issues affecting business operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.
In each regional 60-minute webinar recording, our in-market presenters discuss the most recent developments and challenges impacting employers and share legal updates, practical tips and takeaways for companies to action now.

While businesses progress their recovery and renewal strategies amid the disruption of the global pandemic, there is more change in store for 2021, as US president Joe Biden takes office and the UK and EU adjust to their formal separation. Below we outline the latest employment considerations surrounding US and UK politics and how they will impact the global workforce.​ 

Four and a half years after the UK voted to leave the EU, a deal between the UK and EU was finally reached. The expiry of the transition period on 31 December 2020 marks the start of a new relationship between the UK and the EU. We have identified the…

Perhaps unsurprisingly given recent events, we have seen a significant rise in the number of employees sending requests to their UK based employer to work from “home” in another country. We anticipate that this trend will continue, and in fact employers may be considering this as a more permanent solution in respect of its workforce given the anticipated impact Brexit will have on human capital. Whilst on the face of it this may seem like a simple solution, these arrangements give rise to a number issues from a HR perspective – and will be made more complicated post Brexit.

The UK Government’s refusal to request an extension to the Brexit transition period, along with the outstanding issues in the negotiations, means that the chances of the EU and the UK trading on a “no-deal” basis as of 1 January 2021 have increased. It is vital, therefore, for companies to…