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

  • 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.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • Immersive Tech And The Risks It Poses For Employers

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    While augmented reality and virtual reality technologies can promote efficiency and cost savings, there is a risk of significant health implications for employees, and businesses should be aware of the legal and regulatory risks that need to be managed, say Olivia Sinfield and Dan Charie at Osborne Clarke.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Examining Quotas And Positive Discrimination In Employment

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    The U.K. differs from most other European jurisdictions, where it is lawful to take positive action but not positive discrimination, but since current legislation requires the U.K. to keep up with EU levels of employment protection, the government may decide to amend national law to keep pace with the EU, say Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Branson at Fieldfisher.

  • The UK's Pursuit Of Simplified Holiday Leave Calculations

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    The British government's recent proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations, which simplify statutory holiday entitlement calculations for part-year workers, demonstrate an intent to mitigate the confusing implications of the U.K. Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Harpur Trust v. Brazel, but more clarity may be needed, say Josie Beal and Megan Simpkins at Birketts.

  • 5 Things To Know Before An Internal Investigation In France

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    The cadence of internal investigations is picking up in France, and the cultural expectations and legal constraints in these procedures are apt to surprise those from common law traditions, says Johanna Schwartz Miralles at Delcade.

  • Danske Bank Deal Offers Corporate Compensation Warning

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    The recent Danske Bank settlement opens doors for aggressive prosecution of fraud committed against U.S. banks that maintain correspondent relationships and instructs companies to implement compensation systems restricting executive bonuses in response to misconduct, say Michael Volkov and Alexander Cotoia at The Volkov Law Group.

  • How Apprenticeships Are Transforming The Legal Sector

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    As more legal employers recognize the benefits of creating apprenticeship opportunities, they are likely to grow in popularity, ensuring that the best and brightest minds are available to meet the challenges of an ever complex and changing legal environment, says Aisha Saeed at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Lacoste Flexible Working Ruling Acts As Alert To Employers

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    In light of the U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal decision in Glover v. Lacoste and the government’s commitment to make flexible working requests an employment right, employers are well advised to ensure that those handling the requests receive training on the process and the risk of indirect discrimination, says Amanda Steadman at BDBF.

  • A Breakdown Of The SRA's Proposed New Fining Powers

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    Thanks to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's pending new fining framework, which includes guidance on unsuitable fines and a fixed penalties scheme for low-level breaches, firms can expect to see more disciplinary findings leading to an SRA fine rather than referral to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, say Graham Reid and Shanice Holder at RPC.

  • Problems With New UK 'Working Patterns' Bill Are Predictable

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    While the worthy intentions of the new Workers (Predictable Terms and Conditions) Bill are not in question, in not defining "predictable" it has a yawning vacuum at its heart, and given the enormous potential for claims something more specific is surely required, says David Whincup at Squire Patton.

  • Court Of Appeal Charts Path For COVID Dismissal Claims

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    The Court of Appeal's first COVID-19-related health and safety dismissal decision reassures employers that they can defend claims if they demonstrate they took steps to reduce the risk of infection, or any other type of workplace health and safety risk, in a clear and practical way, says Kathryn Clapp at Taylor Wessing.

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