Employment UK

  • April 04, 2024

    Sexually Harassed Class Helper Fired For Lying Wins Payout

    A teaching assistant who lied about having COVID-19 to go on vacation has won a £9,309 ($11,775) payout after a female headmaster sexually harassed him, then sacked him following a flawed investigation into his lies.

  • April 04, 2024

    Law Firm Defeats Adviser's Unfair Redundancy Claim

    A Scottish law firm didn't unfairly cull one of its financial advisers during a redundancy process because bosses scored candidates with a reasonable checklist, an employment tribunal has ruled. 

  • April 04, 2024

    Head Teacher Fired Trade Union Rep Over 'Personal Animosity'

    A primary school's head teacher unfairly dismissed and discriminated against a trade union representative because he didn't like that she was challenging his "dictatorial attitude," an employment tribunal ruled.

  • April 04, 2024

    Insurer Wants Greater Flexibility On State Pension Age

    The U.K. government should explore giving Britons more choice over when they can start claiming their state pension amid concerns over increases to the official retirement age, insurer Aegon said Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    Defense Ministry OK To Reject Foreign Nationals For Jobs

    An employment judge has thrown out a discrimination claim against the U.K.'s defense ministry, ruling that U.K. law allows the government body to reject non-British nationals from certain jobs for national security reasons.

  • April 04, 2024

    Gambling Biz Says Rival, Ex-Employees Copied Game Code

    An online gambling company has sued two former members of staff and its rival for allegedly plagiarizing copyrighted source code for its "Slingo" online betting game to produce several competing products.

  • April 04, 2024

    Standard Life Bags Insurer's Pension Plan In £95M Deal

    Standard Life has completed a £95 million ($120 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by Brit Insurance in a deal guided by Burges Salmon LLP.

  • April 04, 2024

    Money Was Siphoned To Former Exec's Wife, Insurer Says

    A Liechtenstein insurer suing two of its former directors for allegedly funneling millions of pounds to accounts they had ties to has now accused one of the men's wives of also benefiting from unauthorized payments.

  • April 03, 2024

    More Pension Schemes Considering Running On, LCP Says

    An increasing number of pensions schemes are considering running on their retirement savings plans as funding levels continue to strengthen in the U.K., a consultancy has said.

  • April 03, 2024

    Advocate Fights BSB Disciplinary Over Misconduct In Jersey

    An advocate who was found guilty by courts in Jersey of dishonesty and professional misconduct, including doctoring emails to hide that he caused delays for clients, fought disciplinary proceedings brought by the English barristers' regulator on Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Rugby Concussion Litigation Grows As 60 More Players Sue

    Sixty rugby union players are suing the sport's governing bodies over their failure to prevent concussion-related injuries, seeking to join hundreds of others already arguing that current practices are putting lives at risk.

  • April 03, 2024

    Woman Fired For Morning Sickness Wins £22K Payout

    An employee at a plumbing business in Scotland has won over £22,000 ($27,651) after a tribunal found the company fired her for missing work because of morning sickness.

  • April 03, 2024

    Trainee Manager Axed After Medical Issue Wins Claim

    A management trainee at a housing developer has won his claims for discrimination and unfair dismissal against his employer, as a tribunal found that the company had failed to make reasonable adjustments for his disability and then unfairly fired him for failing to make progress in his job.

  • April 03, 2024

    Single Pensioner Income Inequality Found To Be Widening

    Government data shows income disparity between rich and poor single pensioners is widening in the U.K. due to low earnings growth and rising housing costs, according to research by consultancy Broadstone published Wednesday.

  • April 03, 2024

    Insurer Lands Battery Brand Pension Scheme In £44M Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Wednesday it has completed a £44 million ($55.3 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by battery and lighting brand Energizer Group Ltd.

  • April 02, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Denies He Blew Whistle To Deflect Scandal

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer denied under cross-examination Tuesday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he brought whistleblower concerns about alleged accounting irregularities to the software company's Deloitte auditors to "cover" himself after a payroll scandal emerged in his department.

  • April 02, 2024

    Sanctioned Solicitor Loses Claim In Biz Sale Fight

    An employment tribunal has refused to hear a solicitor's claim against the firm he had sold his practice to because it lacked jurisdiction over commercial matters, and in any case the practice had shut its doors months before the ink dried.

  • April 02, 2024

    Regulator Won't Investigate Barrister's Anti-Trans Comments

    A barrister who deliberately used transphobic language to describe two legal professionals won't be investigated by the Bar Standards Board.

  • April 02, 2024

    Law Firm Manager Who Lied To High Court Struck Off

    A former law firm manager has been barred from practicing as a solicitor after he was dishonest with the High Court while it investigated his firm's handling of a judicial review claim, according to a judgment published Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Exec Unable To Work Due To Eyesight Sues Insurer For £1M

    A sales director at software giant Quest is seeking over £1.14 million ($1.43 million) from insurer Generali Italia after it refused to pay out when a degenerative eye condition left him unable to work.

  • April 02, 2024

    UK's Biggest Pension Plan Benefits Restored After Strikes

    Members of the U.K.'s largest private pension scheme have had their benefits restored in full, a union has said, marking the end of a two-year row over a controversial 35% cut for members.

  • April 02, 2024

    Accountant Fined And Banned For Triple Loan Fraud

    The former director of a management consultancy has been banned from running a company for 12 years and agreed to pay back £75,000 ($94,000) after having claimed five times the amount his firm was entitled to under a government-backed COVID-19 loan program, the U.K. Insolvency Service said Tuesday.

  • April 02, 2024

    Insurers Say Pension Models Could Undercut Auto-Enrollment

    Government plans to introduce new pension pot models risk undermining the success of automatic enrollment and could have a negative impact on retirement saver outcomes, the Association of British Insurers has warned.

  • April 01, 2024

    Autonomy Paid Whistleblower $750K Over Firing, Jury Told

    Autonomy's former U.S. chief financial officer testified Monday in the California criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch that he was fired after blowing the whistle to British regulators about accounting irregularities, and revealed that Autonomy later paid him $750,000 to resolve his wrongful termination claims.

  • March 28, 2024

    Security Guard Wins £84K Over Harassment, Discrimination

    A security guard has won £84,000 ($106,147) in compensation after proving several claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, race and disability, after a tribunal said the security firm that employed her paid "scant regard" to the Equality Act.

Expert Analysis

  • How ESG Matters Are Influencing M&A Due Diligence Trends

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    With a proliferation of environmental, social and governance-related regulatory developments and a desire to comply with best practice, ESG matters have become an increasingly important area of focus for both clients and advisers in M&A transactions, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Steps Toward Eliminating Slavery In Apparel Supply Chains

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    To minimize regulatory, operational and reputational risks associated with human trafficking activity, apparel companies should assess whether they have sufficiently robust and accurate reporting on their end-to-end supply chains, and ensure they can meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection evidentiary requirements, say consultants at FTI Consulting.

  • New Anti-Modern Slavery Bill Unlikely To Accomplish Goals

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    A new bill has been introduced to increase the accountability of organizations to tackle modern slavery, but without requiring the establishment of a corporate strategy and imposing sanctions for noncompliance, the U.K.'s response to modern slavery in general is unlikely to meaningfully improve, says Alice Lepeuple at WilmerHale.

  • ESG Regs Abroad Offer Road Map For US Multinational Cos.

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    Recent regulations in the European Union and United Kingdom mandate certain companies to disclose climate-related and other environmental, social and governance information to investors, serving as a harbinger of things to come in the U.S., say Petrina McDaniel and Shing Tse at Squire Patton, and Kimberly Chainey at AptarGroup.

  • How Will UK Use New Penalties For Debt-Dodging Directors?

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    Thomas Shortland at Cohen & Gresser discusses the scope of the new disqualification regime for company directors who dissolve their businesses to avoid paying back state COVID-19 loans, and identifies factors that may affect how frequently the government exercises the new powers.

  • How Immune Are State Agents From Foreign Courts?

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    The ongoing case of Basfar v. Wong is the latest to raise questions about the boundary between commercial or private activity and the exercise of sovereign authority that shields state agents from foreign judicial scrutiny — and the U.K. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in the matter will likely bring clarity on exceptions to the immunity doctrine, say Andrew Stafford QC and Oleg Shaulko at Kobre & Kim.

  • Human Rights-Focused Lending Models Can Curb Trafficking

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    In light of increased environmental, social and governance attention and the 10th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the financial sector should expand and align its anti-trafficking efforts with ESG measures by linking human rights outcomes to lending frameworks, say Sarah Byrne and Ed Ivey at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Green Investments Are Not Immune To ESG Scrutiny

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    As investment informed and motivated by environmental, social and governance considerations accelerates, companies and investors in the green technology sector must keep in mind that regulators, consumers and communities will not grant them free passes on the full range of ESG concerns, say Michael Murphy and Kyle Guest at Gibson Dunn.

  • What G-7 Xinjiang Focus Means For UK And US Companies

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    Attorneys at King & Spalding consider the shifting legal and political landscape, highlighted at last month's G-7 summit, around eradicating forced labor in China’s northwest Xinjiang region, and what U.K. and U.S. businesses with supply chain exposure should do to mitigate their legal, financial and reputational exposure.

  • UK Employment Case May Lead To New Discrimination Suits

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    The recent Maya Forstater case before the U.K. Employment Appeals Tribunal, concerning whether gender-critical beliefs are a protected characteristic, could provoke an influx of discrimination cases on the basis that philosophical beliefs could trump other protected characteristics, says Jules Quinn at King & Spalding.

  • Opinion

    Nestle Ruling Shows Supply Chain Human Rights Flaws

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    The Supreme Court's recent ruling in Nestle v. Doe — blocking claims that chocolate makers aided and abetted child slavery in Africa — underscores the need for federal legislation to ensure that U.S. corporation supply chains are not complicit in human rights abuses overseas, says Alexandra Dufresne at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

  • Addressing Environmental Justice As Part Of ESG Initiatives

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    Recent calls for racial equity and government regulators' increasing focus on social and environmental concerns make this a good time for companies to integrate environmental justice into their environmental, social and governance efforts, say Stacey Halliday and Julius Redd at Beveridge & Diamond, and Jesse Glickstein at Hewlett Packard.

  • 2 UK Pension Cases Guide On 3rd-Party Due Diligence

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    The U.K. Court of Appeal's recent decision in Adams v. Options UK, and upcoming hearing in Financial Conduct Authority v. Avacade, highlight important precautions self-invested personal pension operators should take when dealing with unauthorized third parties, says Paul Ashcroft at Wedlake Bell.

  • US Cos. Must Get Ready For EU Human Rights, Climate Policy

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    The European Union will likely adopt new human rights and climate change regulations for corporations — so U.S. companies and investors should assess their risk exposure and implement compliance processes tailored to their industries, locations and supply chains, say David Lakhdhir and Mark Bergman at Paul Weiss.

  • What Growing Focus On ESG Means For Insurers

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    As the world pays steadily more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, insurers and reinsurers will need to integrate ESG risks into their underwriting and compliance efforts, but doing so will help attract consumers and achieve positive investment returns, say attorneys at Debevoise.

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