Employment UK

  • February 16, 2024

    UK Pension Annuity Sales Hit £5.2B In 2023, ABI Says

    The total value of pension annuities for consumers jumped by almost 50% to £5.2 billion ($6.6 billion) in 2023, a trade body said Friday, a rise fueled in part by rising interest rates.

  • February 15, 2024

    NHS Forced PTSD Doc To Quit By Ignoring Resourcing Issues

    A National Health Service trust unfairly pushed a clinical psychologist out the door by continually failing to address her concerns about patient safety amid a lack of funding and resources for her mental health unit, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 15, 2024

    Collapsed Pension Fund Claws Back £1.9M Lost In Fraud

    The liquidators of a pension fund said they have clawed back £1.9 million ($2.4 million) as part of their long-running quest to recover many millions of pounds of investors' pension savings lost to an elaborate fraud.

  • February 15, 2024

    SFO Says Directing Mind Reforms Were A 'Christmas Present'

    Reforms that make it easier to hold companies criminally liable for their employees were a "Christmas present" for the Serious Fraud Office and will have a "huge" effect on its work, the general counsel for the anti-corruption agency said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Sacked Anti-Vax Carer Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

    A care worker has lost her claim for unfair dismissal against her employer as a tribunal found that it was reasonable for her to be sacked when she refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine despite being required by law to do so.

  • February 15, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Steers £114M Standard Life Pension Deal

    Standard Life said Thursday that it has completed a £114 million ($143 million) buy-in transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP to acquire the pensions of around 1,800 members of the Vector Pension Scheme.

  • February 15, 2024

    Serco OK To Sack Hospital Employee Over Tea Theft Saga

    Serco Ltd. had reasonable grounds to sack an employee for gross misconduct after it found in an investigation that she had pocketed 1,100 tea bags and bullied a colleague, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 14, 2024

    Mine Rescuer Forced To Resign After Misleading Email

    A tribunal has found that a mine rescuer was constructively dismissed after his bosses misled him, feigning that they wanted him to come back to his job after a disciplinary hearing while they worked to prevent his return.

  • February 14, 2024

    SRA Refuses To Lift Suspension Of Former Axiom Manager

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority has refused to reinstate one of the Axiom Ince managers it suspended in August over nearly £65 million ($82 million) of client funds that went missing, saying it would not be in the public interest.

  • February 14, 2024

    Barrister Convicted Of Fraud In £1.8M Legal Aid Case

    A barrister accused of pocketing legal fees that he did not earn was convicted of fraud at a London court on Wednesday for his role in attempting to con a public legal aid fund out of £1.8 million ($2.3 million). 

  • February 14, 2024

    Recruiter Discriminated Against Temp With Depression

    A recruitment company discriminated against an agency worker when it terminated her assignment on her third day of work after she disclosed her mental health problems, an Employment Tribunal has found.

  • February 14, 2024

    Aquarium Worker With Fish Tuberculosis Loses Sacking Case

    An aquarium maintenance worker has lost his claim that he was forced to quit an aquarium and pond business after contracting an infection in his finger that causes a tuberculosis-like illness in fish, as a tribunal ruled that he chose to leave.

  • February 14, 2024

    HMRC Warns Self-Employed Taxpayers Of Scammers

    Fraudsters are likely to target people who fill in self-assessment tax returns with phishing scams promising a tax refund now that the Jan. 31 filing deadline has passed, HM Revenue and Customs warned Wednesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Analyst Must Pay £20K For False Claim Against Commerzbank

    A former Commerzbank AG compliance analyst must pay £20,000 ($25,000) in costs for his false claims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, after a London appeals tribunal found nothing wrong with the order.

  • February 13, 2024

    Ex-Tech CEO Wins £96K For Bullying, Payroll Whistleblowing

    The former chief executive of a technology startup has won more than £96,000 ($120,000) from an employment tribunal that found she was forced out of the company after blowing the whistle on bullying by directors and investors being lied to.

  • February 13, 2024

    UK Pension Surplus Dips Slightly To £425B

    The total surplus of U.K. pension schemes dipped by £2.8 billion ($3.5 billion) over the past month, the sector's lifeboat scheme revealed Tuesday, but experts say the changes are unlikely to dim appetite for insurance de-risking transactions.

  • February 13, 2024

    New Panel Set Up To Promote UK Fund Investments

    A panel of pensions, venture capital and private equity experts has been established to boost returns for savers and support economic growth by encouraging funds to invest in fast-growing businesses, the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association said on Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Post-Election UK Pension Changes Could Be In The Fine Print

    Regulatory lawyers are not expecting radical overhaul in pension policies if the government changes after this year's general election. But lawyers say that signals in the opposition Labour Party's policy language could hint at possible shifts in investment priorities for retirement savings.

  • February 13, 2024

    One In Four Retirees 'Not Checking State Pension Forecast'

    Pensioners-to-be should check their state pension pots to avoid a "nasty surprise," a retirement specialist said on Tuesday as it published a survey showing that many opt not to look at their forecast before retiring.

  • February 13, 2024

    Former LC&F Exec Fined, Banned Over Misleading Ads

    The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday that it has fined and banned a former director at London Capital & Finance PLC from working in financial services after he recklessly oversaw scores of financial promotions that left investors out of pocket.

  • February 12, 2024

    University To Pay £447K For Racial Discrimination Of Lecturer

    A senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth has been awarded at least £447,000 ($565,000) after the university racially discriminated against her several times, "shattering" her life-view that she could succeed if she worked hard.

  • February 12, 2024

    Nuclear Consultancy Sued For £445K Over Pension Payouts

    Two former employees at a nuclear consultancy have sued the company for a total of £445,000 ($562,000) over their redundancy pension payouts, alleging that the business failed to honor their long-standing benefits from earlier employers after their contracts changed hands.

  • February 12, 2024

    Priest Employed By Charity Not Greek Church, Tribunal Says

    A Greek Orthodox priest was employed by a local community charity of the church in England when he was on secondment from the Church of Greece, an employment tribunal has found, teeing up the unfair dismissal dispute to head straight to a remedy hearing.

  • February 12, 2024

    Pension Reform Key For UK Savings Shortfall, Report Says

    Allowing workers to access some of their pension pots before retirement as well as increasing savings contributions could support scores of Britons who do not have enough saved for immediate challenges or for later life, a think tank said Monday.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-CEO Of Aerospace Biz Denies Sinking £36M Chinese Sale

    The former chief executive of British aerospace manufacturer Gardner has denied that he tried to tank a £36 million ($45 million) sale to a Chinese company, arguing that he acted reasonably and honestly when he dealt with the company's dire financial state and national security concerns.

Expert Analysis

  • '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.

  • What To Know About The EU Residency Scheme Changes

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    The U.K. government recently announced extensions to residency status under the EU Settlement Scheme, which is a net positive for U.K.-EU relations and will be welcomed by those affected, including employers concerned about losing employees with expired permission, say Claire Nilson and Abilio Jaribu at Faegre Drinker.

  • FCA Consumer Duty May Pose Enforcement Challenges

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    The new U.K. Financial Conduct Authority consumer duty sets higher standards of customer protection and transparency for financial services firms, but given the myriad products available across the sector, policing the regulations is going to be a challenging task, says Alessio Ianiello at Keller Postman.

  • Employer Strategies For Fixing Motherhood Pay Gap

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    Armed with an understanding of new research from The Fawcett Society covering the impact of motherhood on the pay and economic engagement of different ethnic groups, there are a number of tools employers can leverage to reduce the pay gap, say Simon Kerr-Davis and Kloe Halls at Linklaters.

  • How The UK Visa Scheme Expansion May Plug Labor Gaps

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    Amid ongoing labor shortages, the U.K. government's proposed expansion of the youth mobility scheme could address gaps in the retail and hospitality sectors by freeing employers of the cost and bureaucracy associated with sponsorship, says Katie Newbury at Kingsley Napley.

  • Key Changes In Belarusian Foreign Labor Migration Law

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    Employers should be aware of the recent changes to the labor migration law in Belarus, which provides new permit requirements and amends employers' obligations toward employed migrants, to avoid unnecessary time and financial waste, says Stefan Tomchyk at Sorainen.

  • Employer Steps Ahead Of Sexual Harassment Prevention Law

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    A new Parliamentary bill on employers' duties to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace is expected to enter into force next year, so companies should prepare by rethinking their prevention strategies to avoid fines or being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, says Joanne Moseley at Irwin Mitchell.

  • Reputation Management Lessons From Spacey Case

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    While a U.K. jury recently acquitted actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault charges, his reputation has been harmed, illustrating the importance for lawyers to balance a client's right to privacy with media engagement throughout the criminal process, says Jessica Welch at Simkins.

  • New Solicitor Workplace Rules Present Practical Challenges

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    As law firms and partners are beginning to understand and apply the Solicitors Regulation Authority's new rules and guidance on unfair treatment toward colleagues, it is becoming clear that there are a number of potential pitfalls to navigate, says Andrew Pavlovic at CM Murray.

  • What Trustees Must Know About Virgin Media Pension Case

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    The High Court's recent decision in Virgin Media v. NTL Trustees could have significant consequences for salary-related contracted-out schemes, making it necessary for trustees to start examining any deeds of amendment during the affected time period, says James Newcome at Wedlake Bell.

  • 4 ADR Techniques To Know In Employment Cases

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    With increasing pressure on Employment Tribunal resources and recent presidential guidance highlighting alternative dispute resolution methods, practitioners should know the key types of ADR available for employment claims, how they differ and what the likely future implications are for those involved in tribunal litigation, says Sarah Hooton at Browne Jacobson.

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