Employment UK

  • April 09, 2024

    Worker Sacked For Posting Facebook Meme Wins £15K

    A tribunal has awarded an employee of a lighting manufacturer almost £15,000 ($19,000) after concluding that her boss unfairly sacked her for re-posting a work-related meme on Facebook.

  • April 09, 2024

    Insurance Director Denies Inducing Employees' Defection

    The director of an insurance startup incubator has denied allegations that he induced a managing general underwriter's employees to violate their duties when they left to found a new business, saying he believed the establishment of the new company was lawful.

  • April 09, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Drop Plans For UK Pension Consolidator

    The government should abandon plans to transform the Pension Protection Fund into a state-backed consolidator of smaller retirement plans, a consultancy has warned.

  • April 09, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Ban Cash Incentives For Pension Switching

    The government should ban pension providers from offering cash incentives for savers to switch plans because the practice encourages people to ignore the "fine print" and move over to a worse option, new research by a provider of retirement savings plans suggests.

  • April 08, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy Exec Says Boss's Invoice Ask Caused Concern

    A former Autonomy finance employee took the stand Monday in the criminal fraud trial of ex-CEO Michael Lynch and finance director Stephen Chamberlain, telling a California federal jury that he was "not comfortable" with one of Chamberlain's invoice requests and was sacked after raising concerns about accounting irregularities.

  • April 08, 2024

    Council CEO Unlawfully Warned Against Strike, Tribunal Rules

    A local council boss violated worker protection laws when he sent a "highly unusual" email to staff, an employment tribunal has ruled, concluding it was intended to convince them not to vote in favor of an impending strike.

  • April 08, 2024

    BT Unfairly Sacked Disabled Worker, Tribunal Rules

    A British Telecommunications PLC worker who was forced to medically retire due to her disability was unfairly dismissed through an "unreasonable" procedure, a tribunal ruled.

  • April 08, 2024

    UK Eyes Reforms To Ease Corporate Apologies To Victims

    The government opened a new consultation on Monday into potential reforms that would make it easier for companies to apologize to alleged victims of wrongdoing, including in cases where organizations might be vicariously liable for the actions of an employee or a member.

  • April 08, 2024

    Lloyd's Syndicates Fight Not To Cover US Nightclub Bias Suits

    Two insurance underwriting syndicates hit back at a London claim from an international hospitality group that wants to be indemnified for two putative class actions alleging sex discrimination against men and nonbinary people at a California nightclub.

  • April 08, 2024

    Solicitor Accused Of Falsifying Costs Faces Tribunal

    A solicitor was brought before a disciplinary tribunal on Monday to face allegations that he made untruthful statements in costs schedules submitted to the High Court and undermined confidence in the legal profession.

  • April 08, 2024

    Minister Calls For Prison Time Over Post Office IT Scandal

    Individuals in the Post Office who wrongfully prosecuted innocent sub-postmasters "should go to jail," a minister said on Monday, on the eve of the inquiry into the miscarriage of justice resuming.

  • April 08, 2024

    Gowling, Osborne Clarke Steer £60M Tech Co. Pension Deal

    Insurer Just Group said Monday it has completed a £60 million ($75.7 million) buy-in of a pension scheme sponsored by technology companies Epson (UK) Ltd. and Epson Europe BV, in a deal guided by Gowling WLG and Osborne Clarke.

  • April 08, 2024

    Pension Schemes Considering Alternatives For End Goal

    Pension plans need to carefully weigh a range of options for their end game strategies, a professional services firm said, as retirement savings scheme funding continues to hover around near record levels.

  • April 08, 2024

    Quran Teacher Wins Sex, Race Bias Case Against Mosque

    A female Quran teacher has won her race and sex discrimination case against a London mosque, with a tribunal ruling in a judgment published Monday that leaders viewed her as "expendable" because she was a Somali woman and unfairly fired her when pupil numbers dwindled.

  • April 08, 2024

    Saturday Work Is Not Sex Discrimination, Tribunal Rules

    London Underground did not discriminate against an employee by refusing to give her Saturdays off to look after her child — but the transport operator botched the process for assessing her request for flexible working, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 08, 2024

    Grant Thornton Fined For Audit Compliance Breaches

    The Financial Reporting Council said Monday it has fined accounting firm Grant Thornton £40,000 ($50,500) for failing to comply with audit regulations in its work on a local authority's pension fund.

  • April 05, 2024

    Korean Trade Promoter Wins Claim Despite Kickback Bid

    A South Korean trade agency unfairly dismissed a London-based employee of over 20 years — but won't have to pay him a dime after he tried to negotiate a secret commission, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ex-Ashurst Real Estate Chief Tapped For Employment Judge Post

    The Justice Secretary has appointed a property-focused consultant solicitor as a full-time salaried employment Judge, the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary announced Friday, stepping up his involvement in the judiciary from two previous part-time posts.

  • April 05, 2024

    Exec Wins £61K After Being Forced To Quit Following Merger

    A bedding company must pay its former managing director £61,000 ($77,000) after it forced him to quit following a merger by backtracking on his benefits under the deal, and blocking him from entering the premises, a tribunal has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Urges Delay In Claiming Pensions Until Rules Change

    The U.K. tax authority has warned people to delay claiming their pensions until after Saturday, when the lifetime allowance is abolished, while the government clarifies technical changes to the legislation.

  • April 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC sued by former Georgian defense minister David Kezerashvili, Russian businessman Ildar Sharipov file a defamation claim against the publisher of the Liverpool Echo newspaper, MEX Group Worldwide sue Barclays and NatWest, and a climbing gear company hit retailer Next with a claim of copyright infringement. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • April 05, 2024

    7 Spring Law Changes That Employers Need To Know About

    An array of employment laws taking effect in April should prompt businesses to revisit their policies and think about what more they can be doing to comply, lawyers say.

  • April 05, 2024

    Rothesay Sees 'Unprecedented' Pipeline For Pension Deals

    Pension insurer Rothesay Life said Friday it secured £12.7 billion ($16 billion) in new business premiums across a dozen de-risking retirement savings deals in 2023, with the year ahead marked by an "unprecedented pension risk transfer market pipeline."

  • April 05, 2024

    Senior Doctors Accept Pay Offer After A Year Of Strikes

    Senior doctors have voted to accept the government's latest pay offer, ending a year of strikes, the British Medical Association said on Friday.

  • April 05, 2024

    UK Pension Schemes Maintain Near-Record Surpluses

    The aggregate surplus of the U.K.'s defined benefit pension sector remained at near-record levels of around £151 billion ($190.8 billion) in March, a consultancy has said.

Expert Analysis

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Employer Considerations After Visa And Application Fee Hikes

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    The U.K.'s recent visa and application fee increases are having a significant financial impact on businesses, and may heighten the risk of hiring discrimination, so companies should carefully reconsider their budgets accordingly, says Adam Sinfield at Osborne Clarke.

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

  • What The Auto-Enrollment Law Means For UK Workforce

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    In a welcome step to enhance retirement savings, the U.K. government is set to extend the automatic enrollment regime by lowering the eligibility age and reducing the lower qualifying earnings limit, but addressing workers' immediate financial needs remains a challenge, says Beth Brown at Arc Pensions.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Key Takeaways From ICO Report On Workforce Monitoring

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    The Information Commissioner's Office recently published guidance on workplace monitoring, highlighting that employers must strike a balance between their business needs and workers' privacy rights to avoid falling afoul of U.K. data protection law requirements, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Creating A Safe Workplace Goes Beyond DEI Compliance

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    The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority recently proposed a new diversity and inclusion regulatory framework to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, and companies should take this opportunity to holistically transform their culture to ensure zero tolerance for misconduct, says Vivek Dodd at Skillcast.

  • Bias Claim Highlights Need For Menopause Support Policies

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    The recent U.K. Employment Tribunal case Rooney v. Leicester City Council, concerning a menopause discrimination claim, illustrates the importance of support policies that should feed into an organization's wider diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies, say Ellie Gelder, Kelly Thomson and Victoria Othen at RPC.

  • UK Case Offers Lessons On Hiring Accommodations

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal recently ruled in Aecom v. Mallon that an employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to an online application for an applicant with a disability, highlighting that this obligation starts from the earliest point of the recruitment process, say Nishma Chudasama and Emily Morrison at SA Law.

  • Firms Should Prepare For New DEI Reporting Requirements

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    While the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority's recent proposals on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector are progressive, implementing reporting requirements will pose data collection and privacy protection challenges for employers, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

  • How Employers Can Support Neurodiversity In The Workplace

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    A recent run of cases emphasize employers' duties to make reasonable adjustments for neurodiverse employees under the Equalities Act, illustrating the importance of investing in staff education and listening to neurodivergent workers to improve recruitment, retention and productivity in the workplace, say Anna Henderson and Tim Leaver at Herbert Smith.

  • Retained EU Law Act Puts Employment Rights Into Question

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    The recent announcement that the equal pay for equal work provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU would not be repealed by the U.K. Retained EU Law Act has created uncertainty as to whether key employment rights will be vulnerable to challenge, say Nick Marshall and Louise Mason at Linklaters.

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