Employment UK

  • April 24, 2024

    Post Office GC Didn't Know To Disclose Witness Misled Court

    As he gave evidence to an inquiry Wednesday, the Post Office's former general counsel said external law firm Cartwright King didn't tell him that the fact that an expert witness lied to the court when testifying against subpostmasters needed to be disclosed.

  • April 24, 2024

    Fire And Rehire Justified By Equal Pay Threat, Tesco Argues

    Retail giant Tesco argued to the U.K. Supreme Court on Wednesday that its decision to "fire and rehire" warehouse workers on less favorable contracts was justified because keeping its promise of a "permanent" pay supplement could have exposed the company to equal pay claims worth millions of pounds.

  • April 24, 2024

    EU Greenlights New Rights For Gig Economy Workers

    The European Parliament adopted new rules on Wednesday aimed at improving working conditions for up to 40 million gig economy workers, namely by introducing a legal presumption that they are employees from the first day on the job.

  • April 24, 2024

    Regulator Says Half Of Retirement Plans Ready For Buyout

    Half of the 5,000-plus defined benefit pension schemes in Britain are expected to have exceeded their estimated buyout funding levels, the Pensions Regulator said Wednesday, giving trustees and employers a chance to reassess their long-term objectives.

  • April 24, 2024

    Ex-England Footballer Banned As Director For Unpaid Tax

    Former England football international John Barnes has been banned from being a company director after his business failed to pay more than £190,000 ($236,000) in tax, a U.K. government agency announced on Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2024

    Network Rail Rejected Pension Expert Due To Age Bias

    An employment tribunal has ruled that Network Rail discriminated against an applicant to the pensions team because he was in his mid-50s, saying that the manager processing submissions barely glanced at his curriculum vitae.

  • April 24, 2024

    Osborne Clarke Guides Canada Life's £46M Lexmark Deal

    Insurer Canada Life has agreed to a £46 million ($57 million) buy-in with the pension scheme of printing business Lexmark Holdings Inc. in a transaction guided by Osborne Clarke LLP.

  • April 24, 2024

    Keoghs Beats 'Rude' Job Candidate's Discrimination Claim

    An employment tribunal has thrown out a race discrimination claim against law firm Keoghs LLP, ruling that it did not treat a Greek national unfairly by rescinding a job offer for his "rude and uncooperative" behavior in an onboarding meeting.

  • April 23, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Tech Exec Doubted 'Bizarre' $6M Deal, Jury Told

    Autonomy's ex-chief technology officer testified Tuesday in the California federal fraud trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he had concerns about Autonomy's "bizarre" 2010 deal to sell $6 million in repackaged hardware, which prosecutors allege was never delivered and was only used to artificially inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • April 23, 2024

    Post Office GC Felt 'Scapegoated' Over Horizon Review

    The Post Office's former general counsel felt "scapegoated" over the conclusions of an independent report she commissioned into the IT system used to prosecute hundreds of innocent people, she told the inquiry into the scandal Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    YMCA Exec Loses Claim That In-Office Rule Forced Her Out

    A senior employee at a YMCA hostel has lost her claim that she was forced to quit because bosses would not let her permanently switch to remote working, after an employment tribunal ruled it wasn't in her contract.

  • April 23, 2024

    Tesco Can't Renege On Pay Pledges, Union Tells Top UK Court

    Retail giant Tesco violated workers' contracts when it "fired and rehired" them so it could remove what it described as a "permanent" pay supplement, a British trade union argued to the U.K. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Worker Wins £71K For 'Shocking And Spiteful' Harassment

    The Cardiff Employment Tribunal has awarded an aspiring police constable over £71,000 ($88,000), after his former colleagues launched a campaign of "shocking and spiteful" harassment to blackmail him into withdrawing his claims by sabotaging his policing career.

  • April 23, 2024

    Great Western Fights Worker's Whistleblowing Win On Appeal

    British train operator Great Western Railway fought to overturn a worker's whistleblowing win Tuesday, arguing that a tribunal wrongly concluded that managers launched an "inadequate and partial" misconduct probe against him because he had sued the company years before.

  • April 23, 2024

    COVID-19 Has Disrupted Pension Life Expectancy Models

    Pension schemes have faced significant disruption to the way they calculate life-expectancy of their members as a result of the pandemic, a consultancy warned Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    15 Pension Mega-Deals Forecast In Coming Months

    The U.K. pension deals market is set for another record year, with around 15 mega transactions worth up to £30 billion ($37 billion) expected to go ahead in the next few months, a retirement savings consultancy said Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2024

    Coughing Not A Disability For Axed Anti-Mask Care Worker

    A nursing company did not discriminate against a former staff member when it axed her for refusing to wear a face mask while visiting a patient's home, a tribunal has held, ruling that her coughing fits did not count as a disability or exempt her from the company's policies.

  • April 22, 2024

    Finance Biz. Sues Ex-Contractor For £1.6M Over Stolen Clients

    A finance company has accused a self-employed adviser of breaching obligations after exiting the company and taking more than a hundred customers worth £1.6 million ($1.9 million) of future income with her to a competitor. 

  • April 22, 2024

    Commerzbank Did Not Pay Analyst Less Due To His Gender

    Commerzbank did not pay an axed compliance analyst a lower salary than his female colleagues based on his sex, a London tribunal has held, ruling that the bank based its pay offers on salary expectations among other benchmarking factors.

  • April 22, 2024

    Seafarer Can't Sue Global Shipping Business In The UK

    A subsidiary of Swedish shipping company Stena AB has convinced an appellate judge that an employment tribunal must reconsider whether one of its former seafarers can sue the company in the U.K.

  • April 22, 2024

    Aviva Paid Over £413M In Group Protection Claims In 2023

    Aviva paid out more than £413.7 million ($509.6 million) in group protection claims to employees and their dependents in 2023, up from £373.9 million in 2022, according to a company report published Monday.

  • April 22, 2024

    NCA Investigator Sues Over Sexual Misconduct Sacking

    A former National Crime Agency investigator told a tribunal on Monday that the law enforcement body unfairly sacked him over allegations that he inappropriately touched female colleagues and a member of the public at a Christmas party.

  • April 22, 2024

    FCA Defends Response To British Steel Pension Scandal

    The Financial Conduct Authority on Monday said it took "appropriate regulatory action" amid complaints over its handling of the British Steel Pension Scheme transfer scandal and would not uphold any of the grievances it has received over its approach.

  • April 22, 2024

    Pension Lifeboat Says Gov't Plans Could Create £10B Finance

    The pensions compensation fund said that plans to give it a new role as a consolidator of smaller retirement schemes could result in an additional £10 billion being plowed into U.K. growth assets.

  • April 22, 2024

    Law Firm Forced Staffer To Quit Amid Quarrel With Partner

    A law firm unfairly pushed a member of staff to quit by stripping her of a vital part of her role soon after she complained about the hostile conduct of one of the partners, a tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

  • Tracing The Effects Of Salary Hikes For Sponsored Workers

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    The government's new salary thresholds for sponsored workers herald substantial wage increases for the majority of occupations, introducing changes to the sponsorship landscape that disproportionately affect private sector employers, says Gary McIndoe at Latitude Law.

  • What To Know About Latest UK Employment Law Changes

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    As a range of employment law changes came into force this month, such as increased redundancy protections for pregnancy and new parents, employers should ensure compliance with the new requirements, including by providing training and updating internal policies, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Opinion

    Employment Tribunal Fees Risk Reducing Access To Justice

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    Before the proposed fee regime for employment tribunal claims can take effect, the government needs much more evidence that low-income individuals — arguably the tribunal system's most important users — will not be negatively affected by the fees, says Max Winthrop, employment law committee chair at the Law Society.

  • Tribunal Cases Illustrate Balancing Act Of Anti-Bias Protection

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    Recent employment tribunal discrimination cases show employers the complexities of determining the scope of protected characteristics under the Equality Act, and responding proportionately, particularly when conflicts involve controversial beliefs that can trigger competing employee discrimination claims, say Michael Powner and Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Employer Lessons From Ruling On Prof's Anti-Zionist Views

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    In Miller v. University of Bristol, an employment tribunal recently ruled that a professor's anti-Zionist beliefs were protected by the Equality Act 2010, highlighting for employers why it’s important to carefully consider disciplinary actions related to an employee's political expressions, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • How Employers Should Respond To Flexible Work Requests

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    U.K. employees will soon have the right to request flexible working arrangements from the first day of employment, including for religious observances, and refusing them without objective justification could expose employers to indirect discrimination claims and hurt companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, says Jim Moore at Hamilton Nash.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

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