Employment UK

  • February 27, 2024

    Struck-Off Lawyer Claims Mental Incapacity In Prison Appeal

    A struck-off solicitor on Tuesday challenged her one-year prison sentence for failing to hand over documents to a legal watchdog's investigation, telling an appellate court that proceedings should have been halted after concerns were raised about her mental capacity.

  • February 27, 2024

    Deliveroo Told Partners To Call Police On Strikers, Union Says

    A couriers' union has accused Deliveroo of encouraging restaurants to call the police on delivery drivers who went on strike for better pay and conditions after the U.K. Supreme Court ruled that they could not benefit from workers' rights.

  • February 27, 2024

    Amazon Cleaners To Hold Strike Vote Over Contract Changes

    A U.K. trade union said Tuesday that outsourced Amazon cleaners for two of the retail giant's English warehouses will go on strike over alleged attempts to cut their paid break and remove double-time enhancements for U.K. bank holidays.

  • February 27, 2024

    Embassy Chauffeur Treated Unfairly, But Not Due To Religion

    Officials at the embassy of Brunei in the U.K. mistreated a former chauffeur before sacking him following a series of motoring offenses — but the treatment had nothing to do with his religion, a London tribunal has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    Dyson Looks Responsible For Labor Abuses In TV Clip

    A London judge ruled Tuesday that viewers of a TV news broadcast that investigated conditions in Malaysian factories manufacturing Dyson products would think that the company had some responsibility for human rights abuses, in a decision on meaning in a long-running defamation case.

  • February 27, 2024

    Global Pension Assets Total $55T In 2023, Broker Says

    Global pension assets rose by 11% to reach $55.7 trillion in 2023, according to research published by broker WTW, showing a rebound from weaker economic performance across the previous year. 

  • February 27, 2024

    British Pensions Sector Backs FCA 'Advice Gap' Review

    The U.K. pensions industry has thrown its support behind a sweeping review designed to plug a growing advice gap among workers approaching retirement.

  • February 26, 2024

    Judge Wrong To Bar Ex-Barclays VP From Recording Trial

    A former Barclays vice president was unlawfully prevented from recording a hearing into his race discrimination claim against the lender, an appellate tribunal has ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    Decorator Told To 'Try Escorting' Wins £92K For Harassment

    An employment tribunal has awarded a decorator at a home-building company more than £92,000 ($116,700) in compensation for a series of assaults at work, after a colleague exposed himself to her on the job and her manager asked her to wear stockings and suspenders to work.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ex-Managing Partner Must Pay £210K Costs In Bias Claim

    A former managing partner of a law firm has lost his latest bid to avoid paying costs, after a tribunal blocked him from relitigating rulings that he hid information while off work with cancer to claim income protection insurance and a share of its profits.

  • February 26, 2024

    Boxing Body's Website Statement Didn't Defame Referee

    A judge threw out on Monday a defamation claim by a boxing referee against the governing body of the sport in the U.K., finding a statement on its website about a misconduct investigation into him did not imply he had committed any wrongdoing.

  • February 26, 2024

    Tribunal Fees 'Green Light To Bad Employers,' Gov't Told

    Plans to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in Britain would block "worthy claims" and "give a green light to bad employers to exploit their workers," dozens of organizations warned the government on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    UK Unveils Plan For £1.4T Surplus In Pension Sector

    The government has said it is exploring proposals to allow companies to tap into the £1.4 trillion ($1.8 trillion) defined benefit pension sector, but trade bodies and consultants warned that the plan could undermine the security of savers.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Ofsted Inspector Wins Claim Over Skin Graft Adjustments

    The Employment Tribunal has ruled that school inspection agency Ofsted failed to make proper adjustments for a school inspector with skin cancer when she returned to work after receiving a skin graft.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Law Firm Worker Can't Nix Sanction Over Siphoned Funds

    An ex-employee of a law firm failed to convince a tribunal Friday that it should overturn a restriction on his ability to work in law after he was exonerated in criminal proceedings on accusations that he had embezzled at least £89,000 ($113,000).

  • February 23, 2024

    HIV Status Can't Shield Worker After 4-Month Absence

    A Scottish government worker has failed to prove that he was fired because of his disabilities, after a tribunal ruled that he left his bosses with few options after he was absent for 148 days during a probationary period.

  • February 23, 2024

    Serco Ordered To Dump Staff's Biometric Data

    The privacy watchdog ordered Serco's health club arm on Friday to stop using facial recognition and fingerprints to identify when employees clock in to work, saying that it is an excessively intrusive use of biometric data.

  • February 23, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Tesco target competing retailer Lidl with a copyright claim as they battle in the Court of Appeal over the design of Tesco’s Clubcard, the directors of a taxi business sue the creator of an AI route mapping app for professional negligence, Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers tackle an aviation claim by an Irish investment company, and Robert Bull hit with a general commercial contracts claim by Hancock Finance.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Bevan Brittan Solicitor Stuck Off Over Antisemitic Tweets

    A former lawyer with Bevan Brittan LLP who sent abusive and antisemitic tweets about prominent U.K. figures, including a well-known barrister, was struck off by a tribunal on Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Pensions Regulator To Rejig Oversight Of Workplace Schemes

    The Pensions Regulator has said it will create three new regulatory functions as part of a strategic overhaul it said would meet the demands of a changing marketplace of fewer, but larger schemes.

  • February 23, 2024

    Transgender Judge Hopes To Return 'When Hate Subsides'

    Britain's only transgender judge said on Friday that she hopes to return to public office "when hate subsides" after she resigned over concerns that she risked politicizing the judiciary if she remained on the bench. 

  • February 23, 2024

    Compensation Scheme To Cover £38M Pensions Transfer Cost

    The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has said that it has put up £38 million ($48 million) so that clients of a failed pension provider would not take a hit when transferring their long-term savings elsewhere.

  • February 22, 2024

    Fired Fund Exec Gets Deposit Order Axed In Harassment Feud

    A tribunal was too quick to impose a deposit order and decide that a compliance chief is unlikely to succeed in his £2 million ($2.53 million) claim that an investment fund unfairly axed him after a member of its legal and compliance departments accused him of sexual harassment, an appeals judge has ruled.

  • February 22, 2024

    Hospital Forced Chef To Quit By Not Sharing COVID Measures

    A tribunal has ruled that a U.K. mental healthcare business forced a hospital chef to quit by repeatedly ignoring his requests for a COVID-19 risk assessment when it asked him to return to work during the outbreak.

  • February 22, 2024

    Employers Told To Step Up Support For Menopausal Workers

    Bosses will have to take active steps to help accommodate the symptoms of menopausal workers or risk legal action under new guidance published Thursday from the U.K.'s equality watchdog.

Expert Analysis

  • Tracing The History Of LGBTQ+ Rights In The Workplace

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    Pride History month is a timely reminder of how recent developments have shaped LGBTQ+ employees' rights in the workplace today, and what employers can do to ensure that employees are protected from discrimination, including creating safe workplace cultures and promoting allyship, say Caitlin Farrar and Jessica Bennett at Farrer.

  • Ruling In FCA Case Offers Tips On Flexible Work Requests

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    In Wilson v. Financial Conduct Authority, the Employment Tribunal recently found that the regulator's rejection of a remote work request was justified, highlighting for employers factors that affect flexible work request outcomes, while emphasizing that individual inquiries should be considered on the specific facts, say Frances Rollin, Ella Tunnell and Kerry Garcia at Stevens & Bolton.

  • Breaking Down The New UK Pension Funding Regs

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    Recently published U.K. pension regulations, proposing major changes to funding and investing in defined benefit pension schemes, raise implementation considerations for trustees, including the importance of the employer covenant, say Charles Magoffin and Elizabeth Bullock at Freshfields.

  • Pension Scheme Ruling Elucidates Conversion Issues

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    In Newell Trustees v. Newell Rubbermaid UK Services, the High Court recently upheld a pension plan's conversion of final salary benefits to money purchase benefits, a welcome conclusion that considered several notable issues, such as how to construe pension deeds and when contracts made outside scheme rules can determine benefits, say Ian Gordon and Jamie Barnett at Gowling.

  • Workplace Bullying Bill Implications For Employers And Execs

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    In light of the upcoming parliamentary debate on the Bullying and Respect at Work Bill, organizations should consider how a statutory definition of "workplace bullying" could increase employee complaints and how senior executives would be implicated if the bill becomes law, says Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Amazon's €32M Data Protection Fine Acts As Employer Caveat

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    The recent decision by French data privacy regulator CNIL to fine Amazon for excessive surveillance of its workers opens up a raft of potential employment law, data protection and breach of contract issues, and offers a clear warning that companies need coherent justification for monitoring employees, say Robert Smedley and William Richmond-Coggan at Freeths.

  • Employers Can 'Waive' Goodbye To Unknown Future Claims

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    The Scottish Court of Session's recent decision in Bathgate v. Technip Singapore, holding that unknown future claims in a qualifying settlement agreement can be waived, offers employers the possibility of achieving a clean break when terminating employees and provides practitioners with much-needed guidance on how future cases might be dealt with in court, says Natasha Nichols at Farrer & Co.

  • Why Investment In Battery Supply Chain Is Important For UK

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    The recently published U.K. battery strategy sets out the government’s vision for a globally competitive battery supply chain, and it is critical that the U.K. secures investment to maximize opportunities for economic prosperity and net-zero transition, say lawyers at Watson Farley & Williams.

  • Ruling Elucidates Tensions In Assessing Employee Disability

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    An employment tribunal's recent decision, maintaining that dermatitis was not a disability, but stress was, illustrates tensions in the interaction between statutory guidance on reasonable behavior modifications and Equality Act measures, says Suzanne Nulty at Weightmans.

  • ECJ Ruling Triggers Reconsiderations Of Using AI In Hiring

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    A recent European Court of Justice ruling, clarifying that the General Data Protection Regulation could apply to decisions made by artificial intelligence, serves as a warning to employers, as the use of AI in recruitment may lead to more discrimination claims, say Dino Wilkinson and James Major at Clyde & Co.

  • Supreme Court Ruling Is A Gift To Insolvency Practitioners

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    As corporate criminal liability is in sharp focus, the Supreme Court's recent decision in Palmer v. Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court that administrators are not company officers and should not be held liable under U.K. labor law is instructive in focusing on the substance and not merely the title of a person's role within a company, say lawyers at Greenberg Traurig.

  • More Remains To Be Done To Achieve Gender Parity In Law

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    Significant strides have been made over the years to improve gender diversity in the legal profession, but the pay gap, lack of workplace flexibility and uneven child care burden remain significant challenges to progress, says Caroline Green at Browne Jacobson.

  • Key Employer Lessons From 2023 Neurodiversity Case Uptick

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    The rise in neurodiversity cases in U.K. employment tribunals last year emphasizes the growing need for robust occupational health support, and that employers must acknowledge and adjust for individuals with disabilities in their workplaces to ensure compliance and foster a neurodiverse-friendly work environment, says Emily Cox at Womble Bond.

  • Pension Industry Should Monitor Evolving ESG Issues In 2024

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    ESG thinking in the pensions industry has substantially evolved from focusing on climate change and net-zero to including nature and social considerations, and formalizing governance processes — illustrating that, in 2024, continually monitoring ESG issues sits squarely within trustee fiduciary duties, says Liz Ramsaran at DWF.

  • 5 Key UK Employment Law Developments From 2023

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    Key employment law issues in 2023 suggest that topics such as trade union recognition for collective bargaining in the gig economy, industrial action and menopause discrimination will be at the top of the agenda for employers and employees in 2024, say Merrill April and Anaya Price at CM Murray.

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