Employment UK

  • January 25, 2024

    MPs Quiz Treasury On Pension Superfund Legislation

    The government has been urged to clarify the scope of new legislation likely to be introduced for pension superfunds amid widespread confusion in the sector over regulatory expectations. 

  • January 24, 2024

    Investigator Sues Police Watchdog Over Athlete Probe

    A former inspector at the Independent Office for Police Conduct launched on Wednesday a whistleblowing claim against the watchdog, alleging possible "political interference" in a probe into a stop-and-search of Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams, who is Black.

  • January 24, 2024

    Amazon Hit With €32M Fine Over 'Illegal' Worker Surveillance

    The French Data Protection Authority has slapped tech giant Amazon with a €32 million ($35 million) fine over "illegal" surveillance of staff, including monitoring productivity, break times and the collection of video footage of employees without consent.

  • January 24, 2024

    Gov't Grants To Help Law Firms And Auditors Export Services

    The government said on Wednesday that it has pledged £500,000 ($633,000) in grants for providers of professional services such as law and accounting firms to help them gain a foothold in foreign markets and export their skills.

  • January 24, 2024

    Criticism Of 'Surprising' Gov't One-Pot Pension Proposal Grows

    More pension and insurance companies on Wednesday joined the chorus of voices calling for the government to refocus efforts away from its new lifetime pension provider model, saying focusing on the plan jeopardizes other more necessary retirement savings changes.

  • January 24, 2024

    BT Operator Fired For Alleged Bullying Was Unfairly Let Go

    A hoist operator at a subsidiary of BT has won his unfair dismissal claim, after a tribunal ruled that his bosses reached the wrong conclusions when they fired him for allegedly bullying a coworker without hearing both sides of the story.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gov't Unit OK Not To Adjust Interview For Staffer's Stammer

    An employee has failed to prove that a U.K. government agency overlooked his stammer by failing to make adjustments for it during his interview, with an appeals tribunal ruling on Monday that he didn't make the effect of his disability clear to bosses.

  • January 23, 2024

    Hospital Manager On Review Panel Is A Worker, EAT Rules

    An NHS mental health trust has failed to prove that a lawyer sitting on a review panel was an independent contractor, with an appeal tribunal backing an earlier ruling that a series of individual contracts amounted to an employment relationship.

  • January 23, 2024

    'I Was Only Doing My Job,' Post Office Investigator Tells Probe

    A Post Office investigator involved in two probes against company employees who were wrongly convicted on Horizon computer system evidence told an inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday that he feels no personal responsibility for the miscarriages of justice.

  • January 23, 2024

    UK Inheritance Tax Revenues Rise Amid Speculation Of Cuts

    Inheritance tax revenue reached £5.7 billion ($7.2 billion) from April to December 2023, up from £5.3 billion in the same period in 2022, according to figures from the U.K. tax authority published Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gender-Critical Prof Wins Discrimination Case Against Uni

    A gender-critical professor has persuaded an employment tribunal that a university harassed and discriminated against her based on her views before unfairly pushing her to resign.

  • January 23, 2024

    Gov't Warned Lifetime Pension Proposal Is 'Major Distraction'

    Government plans to introduce a lifetime pension provider model represent a "major distraction" from more urgent retirement savings reforms, a consultancy has said, echoing wider concerns in the sector over the proposed shake-up.

  • January 22, 2024

    Banker Sacked Over Bullying Claims He 'Just Snapped'

    A bank manager who was sacked for scolding a junior staffer with profanity has sued his employer for disability discrimination, telling a tribunal Monday that he was suffering from depression and "just snapped" under work stress.

  • January 22, 2024

    Brand Manager Wins Claim Over Unfair Redundancy

    A former brand manager at sustainable childrenswear firm Bella & Frank has won her bid in the Employment Tribunal for a declaration that she was unfairly dismissed when the company made her redundant without notice, consultation or a chance to appeal.

  • January 22, 2024

    Broker Predicts UK Pension Deal Market Will Hit £80B In 2024

    The U.K. is likely to see £80 billion ($102 billion) in deals involving pension schemes offloading their liabilities to insurers in 2024, a broker predicted on Monday, saying improved retirement savings funding may make it another record year.

  • January 22, 2024

    Outdoor Education Exec Loses Whistleblowing Claim Appeal

    A whistleblower has failed to prove that her boss at an outdoor education company made her redundant as punishment for alleging he sexually harassed a coworker, with an appeal tribunal ruling he was unaware of her claims at the time.

  • January 22, 2024

    Train Station Worker Partly Wins Unfair Firing Claim

    A former U.K. train company customer service worker has partially won her claim against her former employer after a tribunal ruled she had been unfairly fired for complaining about not being trained to safely use ramps in high winds.

  • January 22, 2024

    Judge Tosses Civil Servants' 'Vexatious' Age Bias Claim

    Twenty civil servants backed by their union have failed to resuscitate claims that provisions in their pension scheme were age discriminatory, after a tribunal ruled that it was vexatious to pursue litigation as another panel had already settled the issue.

  • January 19, 2024

    Fujitsu Knew About IT Issues From The Start, Director Says

    Fujitsu knew of bugs in its Horizon system as far back as 1999, but didn't share that with the courts in legal actions against sub-postmasters, the company's U.K. director told the inquiry into the Post Office scandal on Friday.

  • January 19, 2024

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

    The past week in London has seen a bankrupt English local council bring a construction claim against property maintenance company Axis, a Cypriot cheese trade protection body appeal a UK IPO decision granting trademark registration for "Grilloumi" and employees of supermarket giant Morrison’s shop around for compensation in a claim over equal pay. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 19, 2024

    Rugby Players Win Redundancy Payouts From Defunct Clubs

    More than 150 former London Irish, Worcester Warriors and Wasps rugby players and staff have won redundancy payouts after the Employment Tribunal ruled that the clubs failed to consult players and workers about mass layoffs as the clubs collapsed.

  • January 19, 2024

    FCA Able To Insist On Office Work In Manager's Claim

    The Financial Conduct Authority has beaten a manager's bid to continue working full-time remotely, as the Employment Tribunal ruled that the regulator "clearly established" that her performance would suffer — even though she had been doing so successfully for more than two years.

  • January 19, 2024

    Pension Surplus Rules Could Bring Change For Deals Market

    The pensions deal market could be reshaped this year by changes to how companies are able to use surpluses from their savings plans, consultancy Mercer Ltd. has said.

  • January 19, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Rethink 'Pot For Life' Pension Reforms

    The government has been urged to reconsider its plan to introduce a retirement savings "pot for life" for workers, as finance experts said on Friday the reforms are the wrong measures introduced at the wrong time.

  • January 19, 2024

    Sexual Misconduct Crackdown In Legal Profession Ramps Up

    Six years after the #MeToo movement prompted a worldwide reckoning over sexual harassment, the legal industry's regulators are taking greater enforcement action. Law360 looks here at how the sector is tackling the problem in the workplace.

Expert Analysis

  • What The Italian Whistleblowing Decree Means For Employers

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    The new Italian whistleblowing decree, guidelines to which must be adopted by authorities this week, represents a major milestone in protecting employees by broadening employers' obligations, and it is essential that multinational companies with an interest in Italy verify their compliance with the more stringent requirements, say lawyers at Studio Legale Chiomenti.

  • What TPR's Guidance On DEI Means For Pensions Industry

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    The Pension Regulator is one of the first regulators to issue guidance on equality, diversity and inclusion, and employers and trustees should incorporate its advice by developing policies and monitoring progress to ensure that improvements are made regularly, say lawyers at Linklaters.

  • 10 Tips On Drafting A Company Code Of Ethics

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    In light of a recent report that less than 50% of companies on the FTSE 250 and 350 indexes have a code of ethics, it is clear that more organizations should be informed of the reasons for having one, like reducing risk and solidifying commitment to integrity, and how to implement it, says Shiv Haria-Shah at Fieldfisher.

  • Breaking Down Germany's New Whistleblower Protection Act

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    Germany recently passed a whistleblowing law, which will bring new obligations for companies, and businesses with more than 50 employees must now check whether they have adequate reporting lines in place and properly staffed functions to handle whistleblower reports, say Mark Zimmer and Katharina Humphrey at Gibson Dunn.

  • UK Case Shows Risks Of Taking Shortcuts In Fund Payments

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    While the High Court recently reversed a decision in Floreat Investment Management v. Churchill, finding that investors routing funds into their own accounts was not dishonest, the case serves as a cautionary tale on the dangers of directing investment funds other than as contractually provided, say lawyers at Dechert.

  • How The UK Employment Court Backlogs Jeopardize Justice

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    While employment tribunal case delays may not top the agenda of new Secretary of State for Justice Alex Chalk, recent data reveals deep and long-term issues, including a staggering half a million current or former employees waiting for their case to trudge forward in the queue, says Heather Wilmot at ARAG.

  • A First Look At UK's Reform Approach To EU Employment Law

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    The U.K. government's recent proposal on EU employment laws is relatively modest, retaining the post-Brexit law in areas such as recording working hours and holiday pay calculations, and assuaging predictions of a bonfire of EU employment rights, say Sally Hulston and James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

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    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

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    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

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    The newly adopted EU Pay Transparency Directive aims to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women by way of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, and employers should prepare for the significant changes this will bring by closing any existing gaps and establishing a transparent compensation system, says Ulrike Conradi at Ogletree.

  • 3 Employee Protection Issues To Watch In UK Gov't

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    The recent U.K. harassment proposals, autism employment review and artificial intelligence white paper demonstrate that employee protection and well-being are high on the government's agenda, and could lead to changes in employers' support and hiring processes, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • Tips On Implementing Menopause Support Policies At Work

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    1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopausal symptoms, highlighting that employers must find ways to support and retain affected employees, especially amid the growing drive to boost the numbers of older people in the workforce and oft-cited war for talent, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • Changes In Employment That May Affect Sponsor Licenses

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    With economic conditions prompting changes that expose businesses to additional immigration compliance risks, and the U.K. Home Office increasing its enforcement activities regarding employment, employers should be alert to the potential implications, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

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