Employment UK

  • March 25, 2024

    Union Wins Day-1 Sick Pay For Care Home Workers

    A major U.K. trade union announced Friday it has agreed to a deal with the U.K.'s largest care home provider to guarantee statutory sick pay for 19,000 care workers from the first day of their sick leave.

  • March 25, 2024

    Muslim Doctor Loses Bias Case Over Hospital Uniform Policy

    A Muslim ophthalmologist was not discriminated against when she was berated for not rolling her sleeves up in a restricted surgery area, an employment tribunal has ruled, saying her bosses were just following uniform and infection prevention policies.

  • March 25, 2024

    UK Firms To Get More Influence On Pension Fund Investing

    British companies will probably enjoy greater sway over the investment decisions taken by their pension plans under new rules being considered by The Pensions Regulator, a consultancy said on Monday.

  • March 25, 2024

    Pro Golfer Wins £20K After Club Axed Him Over 'Savile Joke'

    A tribunal has ordered a country club to pay a professional golfer £19,800 ($25,000) after bosses unfairly fired him amid allegations that he compared a co-worker to Jimmy Savile, an infamous sexual predator, and made other sexual comments to colleagues.

  • March 22, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the BBC and Wall to Wall Media hit with a passing off lawsuit by musician BOSSIIE, Poundland parent company Pepco Group file a commercial fraud claim against several mobile network giants, family law specialists Alexiou Fisher Philipps LLP start proceedings against former oil trader Michael Prest, and a transgender lawyer file a libel claim against a blogger. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 22, 2024

    Peer, Biz Beat Harassment Appeal After Evidence Destroyed

    A major U.K. wholesaler and its Conservative Party peer owner have beaten an appeal from an employee who was sexually harassed by the company's head of finance after a tribunal found the employee had deliberately destroyed evidence.

  • March 22, 2024

    UK Gov't Finds £571.6M State Pension Shortfall

    The government has discovered it has underpaid pensioners to the tune of £571.6 million ($721.2 million), but experts say the figure is only a fraction of the expected total shortfall.

  • March 22, 2024

    Sales Manager Unfairly Fired For Brief Dip In Performance

    A pharmaceutical company jumped the gun by unfairly axing a sales manager after his performance briefly dipped in the wake of the pandemic, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 22, 2024

    Lockdown — As Told Through Litigation

    Four years on from the U.K.'s first COVID-19 lockdown, employment tribunal claims provide a glimpse of how quickly and dramatically the pandemic changed occupational norms.

  • March 21, 2024

    Autonomy Jury Hears Of 'Handshake Deal' To Pad Revenue

    A onetime Autonomy Corp. customer took the stand Thursday in the California federal criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch, describing a "handshake" deal to pay the company $7.5 million with the understanding the funds would be returned — part of an alleged plot to fraudulently inflate Autonomy's revenues.

  • March 21, 2024

    NHS Partially Overturns Clinic Manager's Age Harassment Win

    An NHS trust has fended off one of several age harassment claims brought by a septuagenarian after an appellate tribunal ruled that a series of incidents leading to her dismissal weren't linked because the discrimination was not ongoing.

  • March 21, 2024

    Lawyer Resurrects Case After 'Myriad' Of Emails Not Received

    A former solicitor at a law firm in the southeast of England has won a second shot at overturning his unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, after an appellate judge found the lawyer had not been sent a "myriad" of necessary emails.

  • March 21, 2024

    Banned Barrister Had 'Lack Of Integrity' Appearing In Court

    A suspended barrister showed a "lack of integrity" by appearing in court after being banned from practicing for sending hostile emails and making false statements to a judge, a disciplinary tribunal ruled Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Mental Health Org Mishandled Staffer's Misconduct Probe

    A mental health charity unfairly sacked a support worker following a botched investigation into allegations that he made inappropriate sexual comments to a woman and her children, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 21, 2024

    LNER Wins Chance To Fight £4M Fine For Union Rules Breach

    Rail operator LNER on Thursday won permission to fight an order to pay more than £4.1 million ($5.2 million) for a breach of union laws after its predecessor allegedly made a pay offer directly to staff during collective negotiations.

  • March 21, 2024

    Alleged Modern Slavery Victim Sues Farm For Mistreatment

    A migrant fruit picker who is a suspected victim of modern slavery has sued a multinational farming company for unpaid wages, harassment, discrimination and victimization after she went on strike, her trade union representatives said on Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Women 'Owed' Compensation Over State Pension Failings

    Women who were affected by the U.K. government's failure to inform them that their retirement age had changed are owed compensation for the state's failings, according to a much-anticipated report released Thursday by the parliamentary ombudsman.

  • March 21, 2024

    British Safety Council Calls For A Minister For Well-Being

    The British Safety Council has urged the government to appoint a well-being minister to promote welfare in the workplace at a time when illness is at a 10-year high and recent surveys suggest high stress levels and burnout among workers.

  • March 21, 2024

    ECJ Adviser Rejects Taxing Foreign Pension Funds Differently

    Taxing dividends paid to foreign public pension funds while exempting dividends paid to the source country's general retirement savings funds contravenes European Union law, an adviser to the bloc's highest court said Thursday, backing Finnish pension funds' challenge of a Swedish law.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Pension Fraud Fund To Pay Out £416M To Victims By 2026

    The U.K.'s pension lifeboat scheme said Wednesday it expects to pay up to £416.7 million ($530 million) in compensation to members of pension schemes that have been hit by scams.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

  • March 20, 2024

    UK Gov't Dept And Lawyer Sued For 'Gender Critical' Network

    A lawyer working for the British government has said she is being sued for making "gender critical" comments, including saying that "only women menstruate."

  • March 20, 2024

    Anti-Vax Vegan Loses Work Claim Against Ambulance Service

    An ambulance worker who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine because of his vegan beliefs has lost his discrimination claim after an employment tribunal ruled he was legally required to be vaccinated to work with vulnerable patients.

  • March 20, 2024

    Teacher Wins £39K After Rate Cut In Zero-Hours Contract

    An English language teacher has won £39,200 ($49,900) after she successfully claimed that being moved on to a zero-hours contract forced her to quit.

  • March 20, 2024

    Union Organizer Loses Holiday, COVID Hours Claim

    A union organizer suspended for three years during the coronavirus pandemic cannot claim that he did not receive holiday pay because he did not request to carry his unused days forward, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 ADR Techniques To Know In Employment Cases

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    With increasing pressure on Employment Tribunal resources and recent presidential guidance highlighting alternative dispute resolution methods, practitioners should know the key types of ADR available for employment claims, how they differ and what the likely future implications are for those involved in tribunal litigation, says Sarah Hooton at Browne Jacobson.

  • Gender Diverse Boards May Reduce Corporate Fraud Risk

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    Following the recently proposed "failure to prevent fraud" offense, companies should focus on diversity in leadership as research shows that an increase in women's representation on boards is associated with a decreased probability of fraud, say Anoushka Warlow and Suzanne Gallagher at BCL Solicitors.

  • Trustees Should Take Caution After UK Pension Tap Plan

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    The U.K. government's recent plan to boost technology startups by tapping into pension sector funds may risk the hard-earned savings of members, so trustees need to be mindful of the proposals in light of their fiduciary duties, say Beth Brown and Riccardo Bruno at Arc Pensions.

  • Why Law Firms Should Consider Apprenticeships

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    A recent government briefing shows that young people are increasingly signing up for apprenticeships, a trend that law firms should take advantage of to improve socioeconomic diversity and help to recruit a variety of talent, which can boost employee retention in the long run, says Emma O'Connor at Boyes Turner.

  • The Importance Of A Proactive Approach To Workplace Safety

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    Two recent Crown Court cases regarding gross negligence manslaughter highlight the costs of failing to prioritize safety at work, which should act as a catalyst for companies to review and update their health and safety policies, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • In-Office Policies May Be Solution To UK Skills Shortage

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    Against the backdrop of the U.K. skills shortage, personal engagement with junior lawyers could boost employee commitment, engagement and retention, highlighting that physical presence in the office is valued and vital, says Michael Stokes at Harrison Clark.

  • Why Workplace Menstruation And Menopause Support Matters

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    The British Standards Institution's recent workplace standard on menstruation, menstrual health and menopause marks a new chapter in combating age- and gender-based employment inequalities, and employers play a huge role in facilitating inclusive workplaces to attract, retain and support women of all ages, says Kathleen Riach at Glasgow University.

  • Leadership Development Recommendations For Employers

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    There's a clear need for organizations to rethink the way they develop and implement leadership and development initiatives for employees, because better-equipped leaders will contribute to an overall improvement in organizational culture and business performance, says Louise Lawrence at Winckworth Sherwood.

  • Pension Trustee Case Could Lead To Fossil Fuels Divestment

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    While the recent Court of Appeal case McGaughey v. Universities Superannuation Scheme attempts to link fossil fuel investment by trustees to significant risk of financial detriment, it is concerning that two out of 470,000 scheme members could be permitted to bring a claim without ensuring that other members are represented, says Anna Metadjer at Kingsley Napley.

  • Supporting Employees Dealing With Infertility and Baby Loss

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    With employers facing potential loss of talent due to employees experiencing a lack of support on pregnancy and fertility issues — nearly one-quarter of employees have considered leaving their jobs for this reason, per a recent survey — companies should implement policies to help recognize and support their workers going through such life-changing events, says Helen Burgess at Gateley.

  • AI Act Issues To Watch As EU Legislators Negotiate

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    The EU is working to adopt the world's first comprehensive regulatory framework for artificial intelligence, but the AI Act proposals from the European Commission, Parliament and Council currently differ on law enforcement use of AI, classification of AI systems and related compliance obligations, say Alexander Roussanov and Lazarinka Naydenova at Arnold & Porter.

  • EU Decision Adds To Growing Right Of Access Case Law

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    The European Court of Justice recently confirmed in Pankki S the broad scope of the right to access under the General Data Protection Regulation, including data processed before the regulation came into operation, which may pose a burden in terms of cost and time for organizations with long-standing clients, say Thibaut D'hulst, Dariusz Kloza and Danica Fong at Van Bael & Bellis.

  • Perks And Potential Legal Pitfalls Of Int'l Remote Working

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    In a tight labor market, employers can entice prospective employees with international remote working, but should be aware of key immigration, data protection and tax issues, says Tim Hayes at BDB Pitmans.

  • UK Tribunal Ruling Sheds Light On Workplace Speech Issues

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal's recent judgment in Higgs v. Farmor's School — concerning a Christian employee dismissed for allegedly anti-LGBT social media posts — highlights factors that employers should consider in tricky situations involving employees' speech, says Anna Bond at Lewis Silkin.

  • Tackling Global Inflation Is A Challenge For Antitrust Agencies

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    Recent events have put pressure on antitrust agencies to address the global cost-of-living crisis, but the relationship between competition and inflation is complex, and with competition agencies’ reluctance to act as price regulators, enforcement is unlikely to have a meaningful impact, say lawyers at Linklaters.

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