Employment UK

  • February 08, 2024

    Legal 500 Bosses Sent 'Hostile' Texts About Staff, Union Says

    Managers at The Legal 500 sent "abusive" and "hostile" texts about staff amid an ongoing feud over the publisher's alleged axing of two staffers on "bogus charges" in a bid to stop them from unionizing, a trade union claimed Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Plastics Firm Ensinger Loses Against Discrimination Claim

    A grinding operator at an engineering plastics maker has won his claims of discrimination and a sum of £10,402 ($13,125), as a tribunal ruled that his bosses failed to make reasonable adjustments.

  • February 08, 2024

    Male Life Model Can't Pursue Sex Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has ruled it does not have jurisdiction to hear a male life model's claim of sex discrimination against a Derbyshire art gallery's assistant as he could not be categorized as a worker.

  • February 08, 2024

    Pension Reform Needed To Plug Growing Savings Shortfall

    Only 40% of households with defined contribution schemes will have enough saved for a moderate standard of retirement living by 2040, an insurer has said, arguing that higher pension contributions could prevent a "bigger cost-of-living crisis" in the future.

  • February 08, 2024

    Pensions Regulator Boosts Data Gathering After Funds Crisis

    The Pensions Regulator has said it has bolstered its gathering of data from the U.K.'s retirement funds in the wake of the liability-driven investment sector crisis.

  • February 08, 2024

    UK Gov't Sets Up Pension 'Small Pots' Support Group

    The U.K. government has brought together a group of regulators and industry experts to implement proposals designed to help savers track their pensions, a move lawmakers said could benefit the average saver by £700 ($882) at retirement.

  • February 08, 2024

    Arc Pensions Law Hires Litigation Pro From Pinsent Masons

    Specialist firm Arc Pensions Law LLP has hired pensions expert Ben Fairhead as a new partner from Pinsent Masons LLP.

  • February 07, 2024

    Women Need Extra 19 Years In Work To Close Pension Gap

    Women in the U.K. would need to work for an additional 19 years on average to retire with the same amount of pension savings as a man, according to research published on Wednesday. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Pension Funding Hits Record Despite Gilt 'Roller Coaster'

    Pension funding in the U.K. reached a record surplus of £265 billion ($334.6 billion) in January despite the economic turbulence towards the tail end of last year, according to an analysis by PwC.

  • February 07, 2024

    UK Freezes Pensions Auto-Enrollment Thresholds Again

    Britain's pensions minister has said the government will retain the current earnings threshold at which workers are automatically enrolled into pension plans, citing "prevailing economic factors."

  • February 07, 2024

    FCA Tells Insurers To Provide Non-Financial Misconduct Data

    The Financial Conduct Authority has given insurers written notice to provide statistics on incidents of non-financial misconduct like bullying and harassment at their firms.

  • February 07, 2024

    Rise In Retiree Costs Is 'Wake-Up Call,' Ex-Minister Says

    The rise in annual costs for U.K. retirees should be a "wake-up call" to the government and pensions industry, a former pensions minister said Wednesday as a trade body released new estimates for the cost of living in retirement.

  • February 07, 2024

    Gov't Must Rehire Axed Jobcentre Staffer, Pay Her £68K

    A government department must reinstate an unfairly fired member of staff and pay her £68,000 ($86,000) in salary arrears after it ignored the effect of her medication on her actions when it carried out its botched misconduct investigation.

  • February 06, 2024

    Factory Discriminated Against Injured Worker After Bike Fall

    An employment tribunal has ruled that an offal processing facility failed to provide a meat line operative with enough work, and sometimes sent her home without pay, after she sustained long-term injuries from a bike crash.

  • February 06, 2024

    Professor's Anti-Zionist Views Ruled To Be Protected Beliefs

    A British university unfairly sacked a professor for saying that Zionism is a racist ideology, a tribunal has ruled, concluding that the academic institution discriminated against him because his views were protected beliefs.

  • February 06, 2024

    NHS Dismissal Justified Due To COVID-19 Anxiety

    An NHS ambulance driver has lost his claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination after a tribunal ruled that his anxiety over contracting COVID-19 was so strong that no adjustments would have persuaded him to return to work after his long absence.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Watchdog Boss Faults New Pension Funding Regulations

    The U.K. government has missed an opportunity to better encourage pension schemes to invest in the economy in its revised funding regulations for the sector, a former policy boss at The Pensions Regulator warned.

  • February 06, 2024

    Burges Salmon Guides Insurance Co. In £72M Pension Deal

    DAS Insurance has offloaded £72 million ($90 million) of its employee pension liabilities to Canada Life, in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • February 06, 2024

    PE-Funded Charity Beats Former Exec's Notice Pay Claim

    The former head of investor relations at a private equity-funded charity has lost his claim for notice pay after a tribunal ruled that the organization was not required to give him written notice of his dismissal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Biz Lobby Group Settles Former Chief's Claim Over Firing

    Britain's most prominent business lobby group said on Monday that it has agreed to settle a legal dispute with a former leader who was fired following complaints that he sexually harassed a female colleague.

  • February 05, 2024

    Pension Watchdog Warns Schemes After Capita Cyber Breach

    The U.K.'s retirement savings watchdog has asked pension trustees to report cyber incidents to it on a voluntary basis, in the wake of a data breach at one of the U.K.'s largest scheme administrators.

  • February 05, 2024

    UK Could Have To Raise Pension Age To 71, Study Warns

    The retirement age might have to rise to 71 in Britain by 2050 to maintain the number of workers per pensioner to sustain economic stability and the viability of pension systems, a specialist think tank said on Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Gov't Clarifies Pension Dashboard 'Deferral' Rules

    The U.K. government has published guidance setting out under which circumstances pension schemes can delay connecting to new online retirement savings portals.

  • February 05, 2024

    Confidence In Pensions Outlook Dips In UK, Studies Show

    Confidence in pensions and the overall outlook for retirement is declining in Britain, according to analysis published Monday, with concerns about allocated state payments in old age driving negative sentiment.

  • February 05, 2024

    Housekeeper Wins Payout Over Property Co.'s Furlough Bias

    A property management company must pay £11,000 ($14,000) to a housekeeper who it indirectly discriminated against based on childcare duties by requiring her to work during a COVID-19 lockdown, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Creating A Safe Workplace Goes Beyond DEI Compliance

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    The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority recently proposed a new diversity and inclusion regulatory framework to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, and companies should take this opportunity to holistically transform their culture to ensure zero tolerance for misconduct, says Vivek Dodd at Skillcast.

  • Bias Claim Highlights Need For Menopause Support Policies

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    The recent U.K. Employment Tribunal case Rooney v. Leicester City Council, concerning a menopause discrimination claim, illustrates the importance of support policies that should feed into an organization's wider diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies, say Ellie Gelder, Kelly Thomson and Victoria Othen at RPC.

  • UK Case Offers Lessons On Hiring Accommodations

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal recently ruled in Aecom v. Mallon that an employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to an online application for an applicant with a disability, highlighting that this obligation starts from the earliest point of the recruitment process, say Nishma Chudasama and Emily Morrison at SA Law.

  • Firms Should Prepare For New DEI Reporting Requirements

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    While the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority's recent proposals on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector are progressive, implementing reporting requirements will pose data collection and privacy protection challenges for employers, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • How Employers Can Support Neurodiversity In The Workplace

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    A recent run of cases emphasize employers' duties to make reasonable adjustments for neurodiverse employees under the Equalities Act, illustrating the importance of investing in staff education and listening to neurodivergent workers to improve recruitment, retention and productivity in the workplace, say Anna Henderson and Tim Leaver at Herbert Smith.

  • Retained EU Law Act Puts Employment Rights Into Question

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    The recent announcement that the equal pay for equal work provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU would not be repealed by the U.K. Retained EU Law Act has created uncertainty as to whether key employment rights will be vulnerable to challenge, say Nick Marshall and Louise Mason at Linklaters.

  • Employers Can Expect More Emphasis On Work Culture Regs

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    The U.K. government has recently backed a package of employment legislation, including an act that granted the right to request a predictable working pattern, reflecting an increased understanding of how workplace culture feeds into hiring decisions and the ability to retain employees, says Christopher Hitchins at Katten.

  • Employer Due Diligence Lessons From Share Scheme Case

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    The Scottish Court of Session recently confirmed in Ponticelli v. Gallagher that the right to participate in a share incentive plan transfers to the transferee, highlighting the importance for transferee employers to conduct comprehensive due diligence when acquiring workforce, including on arrangements outside the employment contract's scope, say lawyers at McDermott.

  • How Insurance Policies Can Cover Generative AI Risks

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    As concerns rise about the new risks that businesses face as a result of generative artificial intelligence tools, such as AI-facilitated hacking and intellectual property infringement, policyholders should look to existing insurance policies to cover losses or damages, says Josianne El Antoury at Covington.

  • 'Right To Disconnect' On The Rise Amid Remote Work Shift

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    Amid the recent shift to remote work, countries are increasingly establishing regulatory frameworks supporting employees' rights to disconnect, which brings advantages for both companies and their workers, say Stefano de Luca Tamajo and Camilla De Simone at Toffoletto De Luca.

  • Balancing DEI Data Collection And Employee Privacy Rights

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    Despite an increased focus on developing inclusive workplace culture, recent research shows that discrimination remains pervasive in the U.K., highlighting the importance for employers to think carefully about what diversity data is needed to address existing inequalities, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • How A Proposed Bill Could Change Workplace Bullying Law

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    If the U.K. government adopts the recently proposed Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, victims of bullying in any workplace would have the right to claim separately and specifically for bullying, as opposed to relying on the other claims currently available, so a key challenge will be how bullying is defined within the legislation, says Ranjit Dhindsa at Fieldfisher.

  • Employers Should Prepare For UK Immigration Changes

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent proposal to raise civil penalties for illegal working breaches and toughen visa sponsorship rules, employers should ensure they have foolproof systems for carrying out compliance checks and retaining specified documentation, says Annabel Mace at Squire Patton.

  • Pension Plan Amendment Power Lessons From BBC Ruling

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    The High Court's recent ruling in BBC v. BBC Pension Trust upheld an unusually restrictive fetter on the pension scheme's amendment power, which highlights how fetters can vary in degrees of protection and the importance of carefully considering any restriction, says Maxwell Ballad at Freeths.

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