Employment UK

  • June 04, 2024

    Nearly A Third Of Over 55s Dipping Into Pensions Early

    Almost three in 10 retirees over the age of 55 have said they had withdrawn money from their pension before retirement as savers continue to feel squeezed by rising living costs, Just Group said Tuesday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labaton Keller Opens 1st Office Outside US In London

    Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP said Monday it has opened its first office outside the U.S. in London, as the firm looks to expand its services to the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

  • June 03, 2024

    Labour Party Beats Rejected Candidate's Discrimination Case

    A rejected Labour candidate cannot sue the political party for disability discrimination because his pact allowing him to run for office was not an employment contract, a tribunal has ruled.

  • June 03, 2024

    Barrister Loses Disability Bias Case Against Chambers Head

    A barrister who accused the head of an English criminal chambers of bullying in claims for disability discrimination cannot sue after a judge ruled he was not disabled and therefore has no basis for bringing his case.

  • June 03, 2024

    UK Voters Want Pension Reform In Election Manifestos

    Three in four workers with a defined contribution pension are more likely to vote for a political party that reforms workplace pensions, research from a retirement savings company shows.

  • June 03, 2024

    Pension Funding Boosted By Fall In Life Expectancy

    A large portion of the highest level of funding surpluses recorded by pension plans in 2023 was caused by a decline in life expectancy in Britain, a consultancy said Monday, as the sector continues to wrestle with the uncertain impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 03, 2024

    Tesco Can't Delay Equal Pay Dispute With Disclosure Protests

    Tesco cannot block two orders requiring disclosure in its continuing equal pay litigation with more than 47,000 claimants, an appeals tribunal has ruled, as it accused the retail chain of concocting a "recipe for delay." 

  • June 03, 2024

    Director Fined For Withholding Info From Pensions Regulator

    The director of a shooting range has been ordered by a crown court to pay a total of £15,000 ($19,000) for withholding information from The Pensions Regulator as it investigated his company, the watchdog has said.

  • June 03, 2024

    Worker Fired Instead Of Getting COVID Furlough Wins Payout

    A tribunal has ordered a health care business to pay an employee almost £9,500 ($12,000) after a judge concluded that the company unfairly sacked the worker instead of putting her on furlough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 31, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen financier Crispin Odey file a defamation claim against the Financial Times, Ford hit with the latest "Dieselgate" claim and a human rights activist bring a privacy claim against Saudi Arabia. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • May 31, 2024

    Airport Train Biz Loses Appeal Over Lifelong Rail Benefits

    Heathrow Express must fight off breach of contract claims a second time, after the Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that a previous judge wrongly ruled that several ex-employees of the fast train link to London's main airport had lost their lifelong travel benefits upon redundancy.

  • May 31, 2024

    Church Unfairly Fired Minister For 'Usurping Authority'

    A Nigerian charity and international church unfairly sacked a minister for "usurping its authority" without properly probing allegations that he'd moved cash from its north London branch to a new bank account, a tribunal has ruled.

  • May 31, 2024

    Perfume Retailer Botched Investigation Before Firing Manager

    A former manager at a perfume retailer has won his unfair dismissal claim against the company, with the employment tribunal ruling that bosses had accepted allegations against him without giving him the benefit of the doubt.

  • May 31, 2024

    Royal Mail Denies Breaching Data Worker's Privacy Rights

    Royal Mail has hit back against a £3.6 million ($4.6 million) claim brought by a former worker, arguing that it did not breach his data protection rights by mentioning his mental health in email exchanges.

  • May 30, 2024

    Manager Claims Wealth Fund Has Shorted His Fees For Years

    A wealth fund manager has sued his employer for £252,900 ($321,300) in missing management fees and bonuses, alleging at a London court that his trust in bosses meant he didn't realize they had underpaid him for several years.

  • May 30, 2024

    Co-Founder Says French Incubator Wants To 'Destroy' Him

    A co-founder of a French incubator has urged a London court to throw out a claim brought against him by his former company over allegedly misappropriated funds, saying the aim of the "vexatious and oppressive" litigation was to "destroy" him.

  • May 30, 2024

    Pension Consultancy Starts Platform To Offload Illiquid Assets

    A pensions consultancy said Thursday it has launched a platform to better enable retirement schemes to offload illiquid assets as it gears up for a bulk annuity transaction.

  • May 30, 2024

    Freeze On UK Tax Thresholds Set To Expire in 2028, Hunt Says

    Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday that the freeze on income tax thresholds will continue until 2028, despite promises by the Conservative government to reduce the overall taxation burden in the future.

  • May 30, 2024

    Royal Mail Bidder Backs 'Third Way' Pension Overhaul

    The conglomerate controlled by Czech billionaire Daniel Křetínský that bid £3.57 billion ($4.54 billion) for Britain's national postal service has promised to push ahead with a pioneering new retirement savings plan for workers.

  • May 30, 2024

    Odey Sues FT For Libel After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Crispin Odey has sued the Financial Times at a London court after the newspaper published articles that contained a string of allegations of sexual misconduct against the well-known financier.

  • May 29, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Bid To Nix SRA Probe Over COVID Vax Letters

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on Wednesday tossed a bid by an impugned solicitor to have his prosecution struck out for abuse of process, saying the case regarding whether he misused his position in representing vaccine-hesitant clients should proceed to trial.

  • May 29, 2024

    BBC OK To Ax Journalist For Flouting Impartiality Rules

    The BBC was entitled to dismiss a sports journalist for accepting gifts and giving social media "shoutouts" in breach of its strict impartiality rules, a tribunal has ruled, tossing the presenter's claim that the real reason was his whistleblowing over COVID-19 rule breaches.

  • May 29, 2024

    Barrister Fined For Not Disclosing SRA Investigation

    A lawyer was fined £5,000 ($6,360) Wednesday for not informing the barrister's regulator of an investigation into him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority over a failure to safeguard client information and assets by a law firm he ran.

  • May 29, 2024

    Teacher Wins Race Harassment Claim Against School

    An employment tribunal has ruled that a school in Wales harassed a Black history teacher while investigating offensive comments she allegedly made in a lesson about her lack of trust in police and her use of a racial slur.

  • May 29, 2024

    HSF Guides £204M Pension Deal For Telcoms Biz Arqiva

    Pension Insurance Corporation PLC said Wednesday it has completed a £204 million ($259.8 million) full buy-in of a retirement savings plan sponsored by telecommunications company Arqiva Ltd., in a deal guided by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • A First Look At UK's Reform Approach To EU Employment Law

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    The U.K. government's recent proposal on EU employment laws is relatively modest, retaining the post-Brexit law in areas such as recording working hours and holiday pay calculations, and assuaging predictions of a bonfire of EU employment rights, say Sally Hulston and James Davies at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The UK Noncompete Cap Proposal May Affect Employers

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    Following the U.K. government's plan to limit noncompete clauses to three months, employers will undoubtedly look at other options to prevent post-employment competition, such as use of garden leave, but this may keep employees out of the talent pool, say David Samuels and Tarun Tawakley at Lewis Silkin.

  • Employers Should Welcome UK Guidance On Positive Action

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    Recent guidance from the U.K. government clarifies the often overlooked and misunderstood concept of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, and may help employers feel more confident in using permitted conduct to promote equality, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Lessons For Businesses From The Raab Bullying Report

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    In light of the inquiry into workplace bullying that led to last month’s resignation of U.K. government minister Dominic Raab, businesses must ensure that they and their managers adhere to company policies, procedures and processes, and remain vigilant in stamping out and preventing such behaviors, says Suzy Blade at Setfords.

  • What The Ethnicity Pay Gap Guidance Means For Employers

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    In light of the U.K. government's recent guidance on measuring ethnicity pay differences, which could become mandatory, employers should consider ethnicity pay gap reporting and the complexities unique to it, in order to support a truly diverse workforce, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • How The EU Pay Transparency Directive Will Affect Employers

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    The newly adopted EU Pay Transparency Directive aims to strengthen the principle of equal pay between men and women by way of mandatory gender pay gap reporting, and employers should prepare for the significant changes this will bring by closing any existing gaps and establishing a transparent compensation system, says Ulrike Conradi at Ogletree.

  • 3 Employee Protection Issues To Watch In UK Gov't

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    The recent U.K. harassment proposals, autism employment review and artificial intelligence white paper demonstrate that employee protection and well-being are high on the government's agenda, and could lead to changes in employers' support and hiring processes, say Catherine Shepherd and Kath Sadler-Smith at Osborne Clarke.

  • Tips On Implementing Menopause Support Policies At Work

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    1 in 10 women have left a job due to menopausal symptoms, highlighting that employers must find ways to support and retain affected employees, especially amid the growing drive to boost the numbers of older people in the workforce and oft-cited war for talent, say Ellie Gelder and Kelly Thomson at RPC.

  • Changes In Employment That May Affect Sponsor Licenses

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    With economic conditions prompting changes that expose businesses to additional immigration compliance risks, and the U.K. Home Office increasing its enforcement activities regarding employment, employers should be alert to the potential implications, say attorneys at Lewis Silkin.

  • How The LDI Crisis May Lead To Pensions' Negligence Claims

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    Following the liability-driven investment crisis and its impact on pension schemes, employers and trustees may now be considering if anyone is to blame for any losses arising, say Rachael Healey and Andrew Oberholzer at RPC.

  • Immersive Tech And The Risks It Poses For Employers

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    While augmented reality and virtual reality technologies can promote efficiency and cost savings, there is a risk of significant health implications for employees, and businesses should be aware of the legal and regulatory risks that need to be managed, say Olivia Sinfield and Dan Charie at Osborne Clarke.

  • How SRA Workplace Culture Guidance May Help Legal Sector

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    Whether or not the Solicitors Regulation Authority acts on its recently released guidance on toxic workplace environments in law firms and imposes harsh sanctions, it will hopefully encourage some positive top-down changes, and should give individuals confidence to demand acceptable behavior, says Georgina Calvert-Lee at Bellevue Law.

  • Examining Quotas And Positive Discrimination In Employment

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    The U.K. differs from most other European jurisdictions, where it is lawful to take positive action but not positive discrimination, but since current legislation requires the U.K. to keep up with EU levels of employment protection, the government may decide to amend national law to keep pace with the EU, say Ranjit Dhindsa and Richard Branson at Fieldfisher.

  • The UK's Pursuit Of Simplified Holiday Leave Calculations

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    The British government's recent proposed amendments to the Working Time Regulations, which simplify statutory holiday entitlement calculations for part-year workers, demonstrate an intent to mitigate the confusing implications of the U.K. Supreme Court's 2022 ruling in Harpur Trust v. Brazel, but more clarity may be needed, say Josie Beal and Megan Simpkins at Birketts.

  • 5 Things To Know Before An Internal Investigation In France

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    The cadence of internal investigations is picking up in France, and the cultural expectations and legal constraints in these procedures are apt to surprise those from common law traditions, says Johanna Schwartz Miralles at Delcade.

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