Employment UK

  • July 15, 2024

    Security Biz's Contract Breach Forced Bullied Officer To Resign

    A security officer was forced to quit after bosses continuously ignored his complaints about colleagues who were bullying him and arriving late to their shifts, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 15, 2024

    Daily Mail Wins Bid To Ax Green Industrialist's Libel Case

    The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper won its fight to dismiss a £100,000 ($129,800) libel claim by a green energy tycoon on Monday after a judge ruled that it was not "potentially viable" because it was over only part of an article.

  • July 15, 2024

    Compensation For Poor Pension Advice Dives To Record Low

    Compensation for retirement savers who received poor pension advice to transfer out of their defined benefit plans has hit a record low, a consultancy said Monday.

  • July 12, 2024

    Law Firm Unfairly Fired Solicitor Over Facebook Page

    A law firm unfairly sacked its head of criminal law when it botched a probe into accusations that she was using Facebook to draw clients away from the firm during her resignation period, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Met Officer Gets £37K For Disability Discrimination Claim

    A Metropolitan police officer won nearly £37,000 ($48,000) in damages on Friday, with the Employment Tribunal deciding to compensate him for disability discrimination that caused him severe distress and "made his life intolerable."

  • July 12, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen the owner of the Lambretta scooter brand Innocenti SA embroiled in a trademark dispute with a property developer, a clash between two art dealers over a collection of tapestries, Telecom Italia pursue a debt claim against a competing telecommunications company, and performing arts trade union Equity hit a casting directory for charging unfair subscription fees on actors. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 12, 2024

    Rise In PTSD Diagnoses Contributing To Workplace Absences

    The National Health Service issued over 1 million sick notes for mental and behavioral disorders last year according to new figures from GQ Littler, underlining the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the workplace.

  • July 12, 2024

    Axiom Owes Ex-Staff £37K In Redundancy, Notice Payments

    A tribunal has ruled that Axiom Ince must pay two more former staff a total of at least £36,700 ($47,500) in redundancy and notice payments, with one of the ex-employees also winning compensation for breaches of trade union rules when the firm collapsed.

  • July 12, 2024

    Gov't Urged To Set Up Comp Program For Pension Failings

    Women who lost out after the government failed to tell them that their retirement age had changed have called for the "swift implementation" of a compensation program by the new pensions minister.

  • July 11, 2024

    Law Firm Must Pay £4K For Racial Abuse Claim Costs

    A defunct London law firm that represented a forklift driver in his "fictional" racial abuse claim against a printing business must pay £4,000 ($5,166) to repay the legal costs the company racked up fighting the claim.

  • July 11, 2024

    Labour Urged To Represent All Generations In Policy Planning

    The new Labour government must ensure that its policy agenda reflects the needs of all generations, pensions provider Aegon said on Thursday, saying its research suggests that under-50s are more positive about their long-term financial planning than those who are older.

  • July 11, 2024

    New Pensions Minister Warned Against 'Hasty Decisions'

    The new pensions minister, Emma Reynolds, should not rush into major policy changes after she inherited a bulging in-tray from her predecessor, a trade body said on Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Gowling Builds £35M Pension Deal For Civil Engineers

    A trade body for engineers has handed £35 million ($45 million) of its pensions liabilities to insurer Aviva PLC, advisers have said, in a buy-in transaction designed to cut risk that was guided by Gowling WLG.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Autonomy CFO Formally Banned After Conviction

    The U.K. audit watchdog said on Thursday that it has formalized its 20-year exclusion from the accountants' professional body of the chief financial officer of software company Autonomy after he was convicted of fraud and securities offenses in the U.S.  

  • July 10, 2024

    FCA Beats Applicant's Claim Over Noise Aversion Condition

    The Financial Conduct Authority did not fail to accommodate a job applicant with a sound sensitivity condition, an employment tribunal has ruled after finding the agency did everything it could to mitigate her condition.

  • July 10, 2024

    Nursery Gets 2nd Shot To Fight Font Size Discrimination Case

    A nursery won a shot on Wednesday at overturning a ruling that it discriminated against a staffer with poor vision by using a standard font size in documents, with an appeals tribunal questioning an earlier decision that the use of the "small" font size was unjustified.

  • July 10, 2024

    Whistleblowing Trainee At Defunct Law Firm Wins £36K

    An employment tribunal has ordered an insolvent law firm to pay more than £36,000 ($46,200) to a trainee it dismissed after she blew the whistle on its "chaotic" operations to the industry regulator.

  • July 10, 2024

    Citi Rebuked Over Botched Misconduct Probe Into Trader

    A decision by Citigroup to fire a trader amid allegations that he had given misleading updates on deals was unfair because its probe was plagued by delays and led to an unreasonable finding of gross misconduct, a tribunal has ruled.

  • July 10, 2024

    Gov't Appoints Minister For Both Treasury And DWP

    The new Labour government has appointed a minister spanning HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions, a move that analysts said could indicate a more joined-up approach to pensions policy.

  • July 09, 2024

    EHRC Floats New Guidance For Sexual Harassment At Work

    The U.K.'s equality watchdog said Tuesday it is seeking feedback on its revised guidance for employers, as a new law giving them a legal duty to prevent sexual harassment comes into place in October.

  • July 09, 2024

    Surgeon's Race Bias Case Must Face New Tribunal

    A London appellate court panel on Tuesday rejected a surgeon's bid to reinstate his race bias claims against the U.K.'s medical regulator following a three-year investigation, asserting that a fresh panel should reconsider the case. 

  • July 09, 2024

    Lawyer Accused Of Making False Mishcon Claims On Iran TV

    The solicitors' watchdog told a disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday that a high-profile criminal defense lawyer recklessly made false statements about Mishcon de Reya LLP while appearing on an antisemitic show on an Iranian state-owned media channel.

  • July 09, 2024

    Chief Constable Loses Sex Bias Case Over Work Vendetta

    A senior police officer in northwest England discriminated against a personal assistant by making her collateral damage in a vendetta he had against a rival female officer, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Axiom Ince Staff Win Claims Over Missing Payments

    A tribunal has ordered Axiom Ince to hand over a total of £11,500 ($14,700) in redundancy and unclaimed holiday payments to three former members of staff after the law firm collapsed in October.

  • July 09, 2024

    Pensions Bill Unlikely In King's Speech, Aegon Says

    Sweeping pension reform is unlikely to be included in the first King's Speech under Keir Starmer's newly elected government, pensions provider Aegon said Tuesday as it predicted that existing changes in retirement savings policy might take center stage.

Expert Analysis

  • Employment Tribunal Fee Proposal Raises Potential Issues

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    The proposal to reintroduce employment tribunal fees in a recent U.K. government consultation poses serious concerns over the right of access to justice, and will only act as a deterrent for claimants and appellants, says Yulia Fedorenko at CM Murray.

  • Dissecting Recent Developments Against The Misuse Of NDAs

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    The U.K. government's recent plans to nullify nondisclosure agreements that prevent victims from reporting crimes should remind lawyers to proactively consider the necessity of such agreements, especially in light of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's warning notice on drafting improper NDAs, say Clare Davis and Macaela Joyes at RPC.

  • 3 Notable Pensions Reforms In Spring Budget

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    The U.K. government’s spring budget introduced reforms to improve pension outcomes through the value for money framework and the lifetime provider model, as well as to encourage investments in Britain — three interlinked areas that could pressure trustees and providers to rethink how they approach investments, say Liz Ramsaran and Marcus Fink at DWF.

  • Uber Payout Offers Employer Lessons On Mitigating Bias

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    Uber Eats' recent payout to a driver over allegations that the company's facial recognition software was discriminatory sheds light on bias in AI, and offers guidance for employers on how to avoid harming employees through the use of such technology, says Rachel Rigg at Fieldfisher.

  • Tracing The Effects Of Salary Hikes For Sponsored Workers

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    The government's new salary thresholds for sponsored workers herald substantial wage increases for the majority of occupations, introducing changes to the sponsorship landscape that disproportionately affect private sector employers, says Gary McIndoe at Latitude Law.

  • What To Know About Latest UK Employment Law Changes

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    As a range of employment law changes came into force this month, such as increased redundancy protections for pregnancy and new parents, employers should ensure compliance with the new requirements, including by providing training and updating internal policies, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Opinion

    Employment Tribunal Fees Risk Reducing Access To Justice

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    Before the proposed fee regime for employment tribunal claims can take effect, the government needs much more evidence that low-income individuals — arguably the tribunal system's most important users — will not be negatively affected by the fees, says Max Winthrop, employment law committee chair at the Law Society.

  • Tribunal Cases Illustrate Balancing Act Of Anti-Bias Protection

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    Recent employment tribunal discrimination cases show employers the complexities of determining the scope of protected characteristics under the Equality Act, and responding proportionately, particularly when conflicts involve controversial beliefs that can trigger competing employee discrimination claims, say Michael Powner and Sophie Rothwell at Charles Russell.

  • Comparing The UK And EU Approaches To AI Regulation

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    While there are significant points of convergence between the recently published U.K. approach to artificial intelligence regulation and the EU AI Act, there is also notable divergence between them, and it appears that the U.K. will remain a less regulatory environment for AI in the foreseeable future, say lawyers at Steptoe.

  • Employer Lessons From Ruling On Prof's Anti-Zionist Views

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    In Miller v. University of Bristol, an employment tribunal recently ruled that a professor's anti-Zionist beliefs were protected by the Equality Act 2010, highlighting for employers why it’s important to carefully consider disciplinary actions related to an employee's political expressions, says Hina Belitz at Excello Law.

  • ECJ Ruling Clarifies Lawyer Independence Questions

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    The European Court of Justice's recent ruling in Bonnanwalt v. EU Intellectual Property Office, finding that a law firm had maintained independence despite being owned by its client, serves as a pivotal reference point to understanding the contours of legal representation before EU courts, say James Tumbridge and Benedict Sharrock-Harris at Venner Shipley.

  • How Employers Should Respond To Flexible Work Requests

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    U.K. employees will soon have the right to request flexible working arrangements from the first day of employment, including for religious observances, and refusing them without objective justification could expose employers to indirect discrimination claims and hurt companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, says Jim Moore at Hamilton Nash.

  • What COVID Payout Ruling Means For Lockdown Loss Claims

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    While the High Court's recent COVID-19 payout decision in Gatwick v. Liberty Mutual, holding that pandemic-related regulations trigger prevention of access clauses, will likely lead to insurers accepting more business interruption claims, there are still evidentiary challenges and issues regarding policy limits and furlough, say Josianne El Antoury and Greg Lascelles at Covington.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • Crypto As A Coin Of The Corporate Realm: The Pros And Cons

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    The broadened range of crypto-assets opens up new possibilities for employers looking to recruit, incentivize and retain employees through the use of crypto, but certain risks must be addressed, say Dan Sharman and Sunny Mangatt at Shoosmiths.

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