Employment UK

  • 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.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Pensions Minister Timms Returns To DWP In New Gov't

    Former pensions minister Stephen Timms has returned to the Department for Work and Pensions in the new Labour government, the ministry has said. 

  • July 09, 2024

    BBC Rebuffed In Effort To Cut Costs Of £20B Pension Scheme

    An attempt by the British Broadcasting Corp. to reduce benefits for employees enrolled in its £19.8 billion ($25.4 billion) pension scheme has been rebuffed as the Court of Appeal ruled in favor of members on Tuesday.

  • July 08, 2024

    MoD Accepts 'Duty Of Care' In Hearing Loss Suit

    The Ministry of Defence agreed Monday to uphold its "duty of care" to thousands of active and former service members who are now set to receive compensation for hearing loss from their time in the military.

  • July 08, 2024

    Council's Whistleblowing Investment Head Unfairly Sacked

    An English city council official has won his whistleblowing detriment and unfair dismissal claim against his former employer after he was fired for conduct unrelated to his concerns that a fellow director encouraged a contractor to bring legal action against the council.

  • July 08, 2024

    Pensions Watchdog To Probe Master Trust Investment Plans

    The Pensions Regulator said on Monday that it will be ramping up its focus on the investment strategies of Britian's master trusts to ensure their plans and methods deliver best results for savers.

  • July 08, 2024

    Royal Mail Sets Date For New 'Third Way' Pension Plan

    The operator of Royal Mail said Monday that it will launch a collective defined contribution retirement savings scheme for its workers after a series of laws and regulations cleared the way for the first pension plan of its kind in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen collapsed sports television company Arena Television hit Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank with a claim, James Vorley, the Deutsche Bank metals trader convicted of fraud, sue his former employer, and journalist John Ware file a defamation claim against Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and Al Jazeera Media Network. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • July 05, 2024

    Matrix KC Richard Hermer Tapped For Attorney General

    Matrix Chambers' human rights barrister Richard Hermer KC will serve as the U.K.'s attorney general in a surprise appointment from newly-elected Prime Minister Keir Starmer late Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Recruiting Co. Fights To Overturn Redundancy Fairness Loss

    A recruitment company urged a London appellate court on Friday to overturn a ruling that the company botched a redundancy process when it decided to fire an employee three weeks before the start of the consultation process, arguing that the employee had not pushed for an alternative.

  • July 05, 2024

    Amazon Worker Loses COVID-19 Whistleblowing Case

    A tribunal has rejected an Amazon warehouse worker's claims that she was sacked for complaining of being forced to work while infected with COVID-19, ruling that the company chose not to extend her fixed-term contract for other reasons.

  • July 05, 2024

    Civil Servants Lose Challenge To Rwanda Policy Guidance

    A London judge ruled Friday that civil servants can't challenge ministerial decisions requiring them to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda even if it contravenes a European court order, because domestic law takes precedent.

  • July 05, 2024

    Liz Kendall Tapped To Head Labour's DWP Amid Reform Talk

    The new Labour government named Liz Kendall as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on Friday as speculation grew about looming reforms to the U.K. benefits system.

  • July 05, 2024

    Shabana Mahmood Named Labour's New Justice Secretary

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer named former barrister Shabana Mahmood as the Labour government's new justice secretary on Friday following a sweeping victory in the U.K. general election.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Picks Reeves For Treasury To Steer Growth Aims

    Prime Minister Keir Starmer has handed the reins of the U.K.'s fiscal and economic policy to Rachel Reeves, formally naming her as the next chancellor of the exchequer in the first of a round of cabinet appointments on Friday.

  • July 05, 2024

    Starmer Starts Work As Cabinet Appointments Expected

    Keir Starmer, the newly elected prime minister, promised change that focuses on the economy and wealth creation as he prepared on Friday to begin appointing cabinet ministers to form the Labour Party's first government since 2010.

  • July 05, 2024

    Ex-Bird & Bird Partner Can't Ax Sexual Misconduct Case

    A former Bird & Bird LLP partner lost his fight at a tribunal on Friday to strike out a sexual misconduct case over allegations he harassed two junior female colleagues.

  • July 04, 2024

    Major Pensions Shake-Up Likely After Labour Win

    The U.K. pensions sector may have been sold the promise of political consensus — but the election of a new Labour government opens the door for a fundamental shift in policy for the industry over the longer term.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Employer Tips For Handling Data Subject Access Requests

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    As employers face numerous employee data-subject access requests — and the attendant risks of complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office — issues such as managing deadlines and sifting through data make compliance more difficult, highlighting the importance of efficient internal processes and clear communication when responding to a request, say Gwynneth Tan and Amy Leech at Shoosmiths.

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