Employment UK

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Pensions Minister Timms Returns To DWP In New Gov't

    Former pensions minister Stephen Timms has returned to the Department for Work and Pensions in the new Labour government, the ministry has said. 

  • July 09, 2024

    BBC Rebuffed In Effort To Cut Costs Of £20B Pension Scheme

    An attempt by the British Broadcasting Corp. to reduce benefits for employees enrolled in its £19.8 billion ($25.4 billion) pension scheme has been rebuffed as the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of members on Tuesday.

  • July 08, 2024

    MoD Accepts 'Duty Of Care' In Hearing Loss Suit

    The Ministry of Defence agreed Monday to uphold its "duty of care" to thousands of active and former service members who are now set to receive compensation for hearing loss from their time in the military.

  • July 08, 2024

    Council's Whistleblowing Investment Head Unfairly Sacked

    An English city council official has won his whistleblowing detriment and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer after he was fired for conduct unrelated to his concerns that a fellow director encouraged a contractor to bring legal action against the council.

  • July 08, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog To Probe Master Trust Investment Plans

    The Pensions Regulator said on Monday that it will be ramping up its focus on the investment strategies of Britian's master trusts to ensure their plans and methods deliver best results for savers.

  • July 08, 2024

    Royal Mail Sets Date For New 'Third Way' Pension Plan

    The operator of Royal Mail said Monday that it will launch a collective defined contribution retirement savings scheme for its workers after a series of laws and regulations cleared the way for the first pension plan of its kind in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen collapsed sports television company Arena Television hit Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with a claim, James Vorley, the Deutsche Bank metals trader convicted of fraud, sue his former employer, and journalist John Ware file a defamation claim against Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and Al Jazeera Media Network. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    Matrix KC Richard Hermer Tapped For Attorney General

    Matrix Chambers' human rights barrister Richard Hermer KC will serve as the U.K.'s attorney general in a surprise appointment from newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer late Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Recruiting Co. Fights To Overturn Redundancy Fairness Loss

    A recruitment company urged a London appellate court on Friday to overturn a ruling that the company botched a redundancy process when it decided to fire an employee three weeks before the start of the consultation process, arguing that the employee had not pushed for an alternative.

  • July 05, 2024

    Amazon Worker Loses COVID-19 Whistleblowing Case

    A tribunal has rejected an Amazon warehouse worker's claims that she was sacked for complaining of being forced to work while infected with COVID-19, ruling that the company chose not to extend her fixed-term contract for other reasons.

  • July 05, 2024

    Civil Servants Lose Challenge To Rwanda Policy Guidance

    A London judge ruled Friday that civil servants can't challenge ministerial decisions requiring them to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda even if it contravenes a European court order, because domestic law takes precedent.

  • July 05, 2024

    Liz Kendall Tapped To Head Labour's DWP Amid Reform Talk

    The new Labour government named Liz Kendall as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Friday as speculation grew about looming reforms to the U.K. benefits system.

  • July 05, 2024

    Shabana Mahmood Named Labour's New Justice Secretary

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer named former barrister Shabana Mahmood as the Labour government's new justice secretary on Friday following a sweeping victory in the U.K. general election.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Picks Reeves For Treasury To Steer Growth Aims

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer has handed the reins of the U.K.'s fiscal and economic policy to Rachel Reeves, formally naming her as the next chancellor of the exchequer in the first of a round of cabinet appointments on Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Starts Work As Cabinet Appointments Expected

    Keir Starmer, the newly elected prime minister, promised change that focuses on the economy and wealth creation as he prepared on Friday to begin appointing cabinet ministers to form the Labour Party's first government since 2010.

  • July 05, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Partner Can't Ax Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner lost his fight at a tribunal on Friday to strike out a sexual misconduct case over allegations he harassed two junior female colleagues.

  • July 04, 2024

    Major Pensions Shake-Up Likely After Labour Win

    The U.K. pensions sector may have been sold the promise of political consensus — but the election of a new Labour government opens the door for a fundamental shift in policy for the industry over the longer term.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour's Victory Means 'Radical' Change In Employment Law

    Keir Starmer's Labour Party are now as forecast confirmed winners of the election — and lawyers have told Law360 that they are already preparing for a slew of new employment legislation.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour's Big UK Election Win Clears Way For Tax Reform

    Labour's victory in the U.K. general election clears the way for plans to raise taxes on the rich to close a widening spending gap, but it could also mean wider fiscal reform in the new government's first budget later this year.

  • July 04, 2024

    Labour Sweeps Tories From Power In UK Election Rout

    Keir Starmer was poised to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday after his Labour Party ousted Rishi Sunak's Conservatives in a landslide general election victory, ending 14 years of Tory government with a pledge of "national renewal."

  • July 04, 2024

    Lawyer Heckled Secretary With Sexist Remarks, Tribunal Says

    A former legal secretary has won her sexual harassment claim against her former firm in an English tribunal after the panel ruled that its leading solicitor had made her distressed, including by telling her he had found a condom used by his partner's paramour.

  • July 04, 2024

    HSBC Wins Appeal Over Brexit Move Of EU Body To Ireland

    High street lender HSBC had no option but to move the U.K. arm of its European works council to Ireland after Brexit despite protests from the representative body for European staff, an appellate tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • July 04, 2024

    WSJ Publisher Dow Jones Must Face Bankers' GDPR Claims

    The Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones has failed to strike out data protection allegations brought against it by two investment bankers as a London court found the claims were not a tactic to avoid the difficulties of bringing a defamation claim.

  • July 04, 2024

    Pension Deals Market 'Driven By Transactions Under £100M'

    The record number of pension deals in the U.K. last year was driven primarily by smaller transactions of less than £100 million ($127.6 million), a consultancy has said.

  • July 04, 2024

    Gas Site Manager Unfairly Sacked After Finding Next Job

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a gas mains servicing company unfairly dismissed one of its managers by making him redundant when it discovered he had already found a new job.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Navigating The Growing 'Workcation' Trend

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    While the trend of working remotely from a holiday property may be attractive to workers, employers must set clear guidelines to help employees successfully combine work and leisure without implicating legal risks or compromising business efficacy, says Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • No-Poach Agreements Face Greater EU Antitrust Scrutiny

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    EU competition authorities are increasingly viewing employer no-poach agreements as anti-competitive and an enforcement priority, demonstrating that such provisions are no longer without risk in Europe, and proving the importance of understanding EU antitrust law concerns and implications, says Robert Hardy at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Water Special Administration Changes May Affect Creditors

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    Following the publication of new legislation, changes are afoot to the U.K. government's statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies — and one consequence may be that some creditors of such companies will find themselves in a more uncertain position, say Helena Clarke and Charlotte Møller at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    Labour Should Reconsider Its Discrimination Law Plans

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    While the Labour Party's recent proposals allowing equal pay claims based on ethnicity and disability, and introducing dual discrimination, have laudable intentions and bring some advantages, they are not the right path forward as the changes complicate the discrimination claim process for employees, say Colin Leckey and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • Workplace Bullying Bill Implications For Employers And Execs

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    In light of the upcoming parliamentary debate on the Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, organizations should consider how a statutory definition of "workplace bullying" could increase employee complaints and how senior executives would be implicated if the bill becomes law, says Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • Why Investment In Battery Supply Chain Is Important For UK

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    The recently published U.K. battery strategy sets out the government’s vision for a globally competitive battery supply chain, and it is critical that the U.K. secures investment to maximize opportunities for economic prosperity and net-zero transition, say lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

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