Employment UK

  • January 30, 2024

    Employee Faking Invoices Can Be Liable For VAT, ECJ Says

    A Polish fuel seller's employee using her company's details without its consent to issue fraudulent value-added tax receipts can be held liable for paying the VAT, provided that the company took appropriate anti-fraud measures, the European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    'Demographic Time Bomb' Predicted For Social Care

    An additional 1 million people over age 85 are expected in the United Kingdom by 2036 in a "demographic time bomb" set to shake up Britain's already challenged social care sector, a retirement specialist said Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Ex-Plexus Lawyer Who Groped Colleague Suspended

    A former Plexus Law solicitor who drunkenly groped a colleague's bottom at a work party before crudely propositioning her was given a three-month suspension by a tribunal on Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2024

    Gov't Targets 'Reckless Prudence' In Pension Funding Regs

    The government has set out new regulations for the funding of pension plans, offering new flexibility on investments in riskier assets in an attempt to fuel economic growth in Britain.

  • January 30, 2024

    Charity Dismissed Health Worker To Avoid Permament Hire

    A mental health worker has won her claim for unfair dismissal, as a tribunal ruled that it was "difficult to envisage a more unfair process" after a charity made her redundant as a cover to avoid making her a permanent employee.

  • January 30, 2024

    Eversheds, Keelys Guide Broker Howden On Consultancy Buy

    Insurance giant Howden Group said it has bought AHR Consultancy, a provider of employment law compliance services, in a deal steered by Eversheds Sutherland and Keelys LLP.

  • January 29, 2024

    SDT Bans Solicitor Who Concealed Client Loans From Firm

    A London tribunal has banned a solicitor after it was satisfied that he misled HM Revenue & Customs to get a stamp duty land tax refund and concealed from his employer that he had received two loans from clients and entered into referral arrangements.

  • January 29, 2024

    McKinsey & Co. Beats Candidate's Discrimination Claims

    A failed McKinsey & Co. Inc. job candidate has lost his disability and race discrimination case, with a tribunal ruling on Monday that the company could not have accommodated his PTSD because he didn't explain his condition or how it affected him.

  • January 29, 2024

    Eversheds, A&O, Sackers Steer £1.4B UK Pension Deal

    A food and drinks packaging company has transferred £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) of its pension liabilities to an insurer, Rothesay Life, in a transaction steered by Sackers, Eversheds Sutherland, and Allen & Overy.

  • January 29, 2024

    Gov't Floats Return Of Fees For Employment Tribunals

    The government said on Monday that it wants to introduce a "modest" £55 ($70) fee for issuing claims in employment and employment appeal tribunals to reduce the burden on taxpayers, estimating that the move could bring in more than £1 million per year.

  • January 29, 2024

    Driver Fired For 'Bombarding' WhatsApp Chat Wins Claim

    An HGV driver has won his claim for breach of contract as an employment tribunal ruled that his bosses had wrongly fired him without notice based on a series of angry WhatsApp messages over pay concerns.

  • January 26, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog's Head Of Frontline Regulation To Leave

    The Pensions Regulator has announced that Nicola Parish, its executive director of frontline regulation, will leave the organization in February, ending a 16-year stint at the retirement savings watchdog.

  • January 26, 2024

    Head Teacher Wins £190K After Quitting Over Lack Of Support

    An employment tribunal has ordered a school trust to pay a head teacher more than £190,000 ($240,000), after ruling that she was constructively dismissed following a series of fundamental contract breaches.

  • January 26, 2024

    I'm Not Antisemitic, Solicitor In Controversial Tweets Case Says

    A solicitor accused the Solicitors Regulation Authority on Friday of "weaponizing antisemitism" by conflating it with legitimate criticism of Zionism, as he faces a disciplinary case over allegedly abusive tweets about prominent U.K. figures.

  • January 26, 2024

    English Council Job Applicant Loses Whistleblowing Appeal

    An external job applicant has failed to prove that a local English council treated her less favorably during interviews because she blew the whistle on alleged financial irregularities, after an appeal panel ruled that she could not rely on employment protection.

  • January 26, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen Sainsbury’s Supermarkets face patent proceedings over a specific type of mandarin, Alexander Nix, the former chief of Cambridge Analytica, embroiled in further proceedings with Dynamo Recoveries, the sports management arm of Warner Bros raise a red card against crypto exchange Next Hash, and EY targeted in a libel claim by a consultancy firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurers Voice More Criticism Over Gov't Pension Pot Plan

    Government proposals for a lifetime pension provider must not take precedence over existing reforms, an insurance sector trade body has said, as it said the proposed changes were attractive but not the main priority.

  • January 26, 2024

    UK Pension Freedom Overtaxation Bill Nears £1.2B

    The U.K. has had to hand back almost £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) to Britons who have paid too much tax for withdrawing their pensions because of a glitch in the rules that has yet to be fixed.

  • January 25, 2024

    Prosecutor Tells Inquiry He Trusted Post Office Evidence

    A prosecutor took it "on trust" that information provided to him by Post Office investigators was full and reliable when deciding whether to charge an innocent sub-postmaster, he told the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal on Thursday.

  • January 25, 2024

    Solicitor Must Face SRA Case Over COVID Letters

    An English solicitor failed at a disciplinary tribunal Thursday to toss a case brought by her regulator before a full hearing on allegations that she sent letters on her firm's headed paper, which said recipients could be legally liable for measures against COVID-19.

  • January 25, 2024

    Banker Sacked Over Bullying Can't Blame Work Stress

    A bank manager who was sacked for telling a junior staffer to "grow the fuck up" has lost his disability discrimination case as a tribunal ruled Thursday that the work stress he blamed the outburst on was not a disability.

  • January 25, 2024

    New Program Funds Social Welfare Legal Trainees

    A legal charity said on Thursday that it has launched a scheme to pay for the salaries of aspiring social welfare solicitors amid recruitment struggles that prevent disadvantaged communities from getting help with their legal problems.

  • January 25, 2024

    Council Didn't Offer Redundant Teacher Alternative Temp Job

    A teacher who was made redundant has won her unfair dismissal claim after a tribunal ruled that her bosses could have offered her a temporary role but passed her over without considering her as a candidate.

  • January 25, 2024

    McKinsey Faces Disability Bias Claim From Job Candidate

    A job candidate has accused McKinsey & Co. Inc. of disability discrimination, claiming that recruiters did not comply with his request to reconsider his rejected application after he disclosed that he had a disability.

  • January 25, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Shakes Up Trustee Investment Guidance

    The Pensions Regulator has set out new rules for trustees managing investments in riskier equity assets, amid a wider push by the government for the sector to invest in new U.K. enterprises.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Workplace Menstruation And Menopause Support Matters

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    The British Standards Institution's recent workplace standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause marks a new chapter in combating age- and gender-based employment inequalities, and employers play a huge role in facilitating inclusive workplaces to attract, retain and support women of all ages, says Kathleen Riach at Glasgow University.

  • Leadership Development Recommendations For Employers

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    There's a clear need for organizations to rethink the way they develop and implement leadership and development initiatives for employees, because better-equipped leaders will contribute to an overall improvement in organizational culture and business performance, says Louise Lawrence at Winckworth Sherwood.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Supporting Employees Dealing With Infertility and Baby Loss

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    With employers facing potential loss of talent due to employees experiencing a lack of support on pregnancy and fertility issues — nearly one-quarter of employees have considered leaving their jobs for this reason, per a recent survey — companies should implement policies to help recognize and support their workers going through such life-changing events, says Helen Burgess at Gateley.

  • AI Act Issues To Watch As EU Legislators Negotiate

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    The EU is working to adopt the world's first comprehensive regulatory framework for artificial intelligence, but the AI Act proposals from the European Commission, Parliament and Council currently differ on law enforcement use of AI, classification of AI systems and related compliance obligations, say Alexander Roussanov and Lazarinka Naydenova at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Decision Adds To Growing Right Of Access Case Law

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    The European Court of Justice recently confirmed in Pankki S the broad scope of the right to access under the General Data Protection Regulation, including data processed before the regulation came into operation, which may pose a burden in terms of cost and time for organizations with long-standing clients, say Thibaut D'hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Danica Fong at Van Bael & Bellis.

  • Perks And Potential Legal Pitfalls Of Int'l Remote Working

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    In a tight labor market, employers can entice prospective employees with international remote working, but should be aware of key immigration, data protection and tax issues, says Tim Hayes at BDB Pitmans.

  • UK Tribunal Ruling Sheds Light On Workplace Speech Issues

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal's recent judgment in Higgs v. Farmor's School — concerning a Christian employee dismissed for allegedly anti-LGBT social media posts — highlights factors that employers should consider in tricky situations involving employees' speech, says Anna Bond at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • Employment Tribunal Data Offers Workplace Practice Insights

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    A breakdown of the Ministry of Justice's recent Employment Tribunal figures shows shifting trends among employees, and potential challenges and possible improvement areas for employers, and if the data continues to be published, it could play an essential part in clearing the fast-growing backlog of tribunal matters, says Gemma Clark at Wright Hassall.

  • Unpacking The Rwanda Policy Appeal Decision

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    The Court of Appeal recently declared the U.K. government's Rwanda policy unlawful in AAA v. Secretary of State, but given that this was only on the basis that Rwanda is not currently a safe third country, it is possible that the real risk of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches will be obviated, says Alex Papasotiriou at Richmond Chambers.

  • Opinion

    Why Menstrual Leave Policies May Be Counterproductive

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    Efforts to introduce U.K. standards on leave for menstruation, which in practice has been narrowly applied, may be distracting focus from pay gap and family rights laws, and robust sick leave policies that may be more relevant to tackling gender equality in the workplace, say Sean Nesbitt and Sophie Davidson at Taylor Wessing.

  • Opinion

    UK Noncompete Cap Will Not Grow Business As Intended

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    The U.K. government's recent response to its 2020 consultation on restrictive covenants has not given any obvious consideration to the position of employers, as there is no evidence supporting its proposition that limiting noncompetes to three months will assist recruitment and help employees find new jobs at often higher pay, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Workplace Neurotech Requires A Balance Of Risk And Reward

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    The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office's recently released a report on neurotech, and while such technologies could unlock a stubbornly low productivity stagnation, they pose employer data compliance questions and potential employee discrimination risks, say Ingrid Hesselbo and Ben Milloy at Fladgate.

  • ITV Scandal Offers Important Considerations On HR Policies

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    The recent resignation of former ITV host Phillip Schofield after admitting to an affair with a younger staff member raises questions on employers' duty of care and highlights the need for not only having the right internal policies in place but also understanding and applying them, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

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