Employment UK

  • March 06, 2024

    Gov't Cools Its Tone On Pension 'Pot For Life' Plans

    A U.K. government update on Wednesday on policy plans for pension pots for life for retirement savers appeared to signal a more cautious tone after pushback from the sector, financial experts have said.

  • March 06, 2024

    Lloyd's Says Women Hold 35% Of Top Insurance Market Jobs

    Lloyd's of London has said the proportion of women in leadership roles at the specialist insurance marketplace has now increased by three percentage points to 35%, fulfilling the short-term target it set in 2020.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner OKs £33K Costs In Failed Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has agreed to pay £32,500 ($41,400) costs to his former company after a tribunal blocked his discrimination claims and ruled that he hid information while off work with cancer to boost his income.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog Outlines New Funding Strategy Reporting

    The pensions watchdog has laid out new requirements for trustees when they report on their funding plans, as analysts warned of the growing regulatory burden on the sector.

  • March 05, 2024

    4 Ways For Employers To Protect Trade Secrets

    Businesses that want to prevent employees from disclosing trade secrets — maliciously or otherwise — must shield the information while also ensuring at the same time that staff understand the consequences of revealing confidential material. Here experts offer four key strategies to keep that sensitive information under wraps.

  • March 05, 2024

    Prison Staff Lose Sex Bias Case Over Lockdown Party Probe

    Two prison officers have lost their claim that an investigation into a birthday party they held for a colleague during a COVID-19 lockdown discriminated against them as women.

  • March 05, 2024

    Freight Co. Loses Case For Firing Manager Over Swearing

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a freight company in Wales unfairly fired a supervisor after he swore during a meeting, finding that the company didn't explain exactly why he was sacked.

  • March 05, 2024

    PwC Did Not Push Trainee Of 11 Years To Quit Over Absence

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP did not force a staffer who had been a trainee for 11 years to resign when it invited him to a disciplinary hearing over his unauthorized absence and rejected his bid to write it off as retrospective holiday leave, a tribunal has ruled.

  • March 05, 2024

    Pregnant Manager Forced To Quit After Boss Ignored Emails

    An account manager was forced to resign after her bosses left her feeling unsupported while pregnant and failed to reply to her emails requesting help, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • March 04, 2024

    Sonographer Wins Race Harassment Case After Visa Threat

    A Nigerian sonographer at an ultrasound clinic in Wales has won over £33,000 ($41,828) after an employment tribunal ruled that the clinic's bosses racially harassed her by demanding she clean or risk losing her work visa.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ex-Integer Strategic Exec Wins £100K Sex Harassment Payout

    A tribunal has ordered the chairman of Integer Wealth to pay a female director almost £100,000 ($127,000) in compensation for sex-based discrimination and harassment after it ruled that he demoted her after she rejected his romantic advances.

  • March 04, 2024

    Nurse Wins Bias Case Over White Colleagues' Promotion

    A Black psychiatric nurse has won his discrimination case against a National Health Service trust in London, with a tribunal concluding that he was unfairly overlooked for a job opportunity in favor of two white women.

  • March 04, 2024

    Most UK Pension Schemes Offering Below-Inflation Increases

    Most defined benefit pension schemes are offering their members increases below inflation levels, prompting calls for discretionary payment boosts in light of funding improvements, pensions consultancy Broadstone said on Monday.

  • March 04, 2024

    Lecturer With ADHD Loses Appeal In Promotion Bias Claim

    A neurodivergent academic has failed to prove that a university discriminated against him by repeatedly rejecting him for a promotion, as a London appeals court ruled on Monday that his managers would not have promoted him anyway because it did not make financial sense.

  • March 04, 2024

    Gov't To Require Pensions To Disclose UK Investments

    The U.K. government said it will require pension schemes to disclose how much they invest in U.K. businesses, as part of a wider effort to tap into the sector for economic growth.

  • March 01, 2024

    Sales Rep's COVID Home Working Unfair Firing Claim Revived

    An employment tribunal judge failed to fully examine a salesman's requests for hybrid work during the COVID-19 pandemic, an appellate panel has ruled after finding this might have saved his automatic unfair dismissal claim.

  • March 01, 2024

    London Council Staff Win Union Reps After Deal

    A major British trade union announced on Friday that it had won union recognition for over 1,200 employees at a London council, a move the union says will help protect workers.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ex-Stobart CEO Fights To Argue Conspiracy As A Shareholder

    Stobart Group's former chief executive should not be allowed to retry his claim that he was the victim of a conspiracy to remove him as chair, the company now known as Esken Ltd. told a London court on Friday.

  • March 01, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 29, 2024

    Housing Trust Workers Score Partial Win In Racial Bias Case

    An employment tribunal has found that one of the U.K.'s largest housing associations failed to ensure that its internal recruitment process avoided racial bias, upholding a discrimination claim brought by two mixed-race employees.

  • February 29, 2024

    Law Firm Sued Over Advice To Driver Injured On The Job

    A delivery driver who says he was injured dodging frozen fish boxes that fell at work has accused JMW Solicitors LLP of filing his compensation claim against the wrong defendant to avoid a conflict of interest with a valuable client.

  • February 29, 2024

    HMRC Uncovers Complex Offshore Tax Avoidance Scheme

    The U.K. tax authority said Thursday that it had exposed a complex tax avoidance scheme operating through a Singapore-based company.

  • February 29, 2024

    Tesco Splits Hairs Over 'Relevant' Job Facts In Pay Appeal

    Retail giant Tesco Stores Ltd. argued on Thursday that the approach taken to comparing the jobs of female shop workers to those of higher-paid male distribution center staff was "too restrictive," in the latest battle over the women's claim for equal pay.

  • February 29, 2024

    Police Federation Liable For 9,500 Pension Payouts

    The Police Federation of England and Wales is on the hook to compensate thousands of its members after a group won its legal battle over a pension scheme that gave young officers worse benefits than older colleagues, a tribunal has ruled.

  • February 29, 2024

    MPs Quiz Watchdog On Chaos At Local Gov't Pension Fund

    A group of senior MPs has asked the pensions watchdog about the steps it has taken to tackle disruption at a local government retirement fund where thousands of savers have faced delays in receiving their benefits.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Lessons To Be Learned From Twitter's Latest Hacking Scandal

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    Following the report of a recent data breach at Twitter, it is clearly vital for companies to adhere to best practices in data protection and IT security arrangements, including technical measures, and proper processes and procedures that mitigate risk and provide adequate training for staff, says Simon Ridding at Keller Postman.

  • UK Court Reinforces High Bar In Human Rights Investigations

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    Although the recent U.K. High Court decision in World Uyghur Congress v. Secretary of State found that a high evidential threshold must be cleared to investigate human rights abuses, this is not to be seen as an incentive for companies to ease back on their supply chain risk management and due diligence procedures, says Lloyd Firth at WilmerHale.

  • How New UK Subsidy Control Rules Will Differ From EU Law

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    The newly effective Subsidy Control Act contains key differences to the previously applicable EU state aid laws, and legal practitioners should familiarize themselves with the new regime, ensuring that their public sector clients are aware of the challenges it presents, say attorneys at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • Preparing For EU's Pay Gap Reporting Directive

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    An agreement has been reached on the European Union Pay Transparency Directive, paving the way for gender pay gap reporting to become compulsory for many employers across Europe, introducing a more proactive approach than the similar U.K. regime and leading the way on new global standards for equal pay, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • Why Employers Must Address Differences In UK And EU Law

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    Amid globalization and more location-fluid working arrangements, it is crucial that employers recognize and address the differences between U.K. and EU laws in several workforce management areas, including worker representation, pay and benefits, termination of employment, and diversity and inclusion, says Hannah Wilkins at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • How UK Employment Revisions Could Improve On EU Laws

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    There is concern that the U.K. Retained EU Law Bill might remove the numerous protections provided to employees by EU law, but it could bring with it the chance to make better the pieces of law that currently cause employers the biggest headaches, says Simon Fennell at Shoosmiths.

  • Private MP Bills Could Drive Employment Law Reform

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    Instead of a single Employment Bill, the U.K. government is supporting various private proposals by backbench members of Parliament, and cross-party support may mean this process provides a viable route for reforming employment law, says Jonathan Naylor at Shoosmiths.

  • An Irish Perspective On The Women On Boards Directive

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    The EU Women on Boards Directive marks a discernible gear shift in the campaign to achieve gender balance at board level that Irish listed companies must engage with, and those that embark on change now will be well placed to succeed under the new regime, say attorneys at Matheson.

  • UK Ruling Adds Clarity To Duty Of Good Faith In Contracts

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    The recent U.K. Court of Appeal decision in Compound Photonics Group on the implied duty of good faith in commercial contracts ties in with the established requirement to act rationally, although courts are still reluctant to set out a list of minimum standards that will apply in all circumstances, say Louise Freeman and Alan Kenny at Covington.

  • Wearing Religious Signs At Work: The Evolving EU Case Law

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    Based on a recent European Court of Justice ruling, the main criterion for allowing employers to prohibit employees from wearing religious signs on the basis of a policy of neutrality seems to be whether a genuine need exists for doing so, making it harder for employers to apply such a policy, says Chris Van Olmen at Van Olmen & Wynant.

  • What Slovak Labor Code Changes Will Mean For Employers

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    With newly effective amendments to the Slovak Labor Code strengthening employees’ rights in a number of ways, the default mindset of the employee being the weaker party may no longer be the right approach, says Katarina Pfeffer at Bird & Bird.

  • An ICO Reminder On Managing Subject Access Requests

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    Although the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office’s recent seven reprimands regarding mismanagement of data subject access requests are unusual, it is worth organizations considering what resources and training may be available to ensure these are properly managed in the future, says Ross McKenzie at Addleshaw Goddard.

  • Managing The Complexities Of Workers' UK Pregnancy Rights

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    As understanding and complying with maternity rights in the workplace can be tricky, Anna Fletcher and Jane Gowling at Gowling provide an overview of the main risk areas, including redundancy and in vitro fertilization, and highlight recently proposed reforms.

  • 10 Noteworthy Employment Law Developments From 2022

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    Richard Kenyon and Ranjit Dhindsa at Fieldfisher review notable regulations, decisions and legislation in U.K. employment law over the last year, covering flexible work, fire and rehire practices, and diversity and inclusion.

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