Employment UK

  • June 27, 2024

    Saleswoman Wins Claim Rejecting Work-From-Home Ask

    A saleswoman has been awarded £2,771 ($3,430) compensation over a rejected hybrid work request, after an employment tribunal ruled that her bosses should have dealt with her query and the appeal process differently.

  • June 27, 2024

    Translator Agency For MOJ Allegedly Misclassifying Workers

    A translator agency that provides services to the Ministry of Justice and holds a £15 million ($18 million) government contract is allegedly misclassifying its interpreters and denying them workers' rights, according to Leigh Day.

  • June 27, 2024

    Bias Claims Against Royal Air Force Get Second Wind

    An ex-recruit from the Royal Air Force can pursue further discrimination claims against his bosses, after an appeals tribunal ruled that previous judges rejected his tardy amendments without hearing his explanations for the delay.

  • June 27, 2024

    Sackers Steers Bentley Trustee In £880M Pensions Deal

    Luxury carmaker Bentley Motors Ltd. has passed £880 million ($1.1 billion) of the liabilities of its staff pension plan to Standard Life, the insurer said Thursday, in a deal steered by Sacker & Partners LLP, Travers Smith LLP and Eversheds Sutherland.

  • June 26, 2024

    FCA Asked To Block Shein IPO Over Forced Labor Concerns

    A Uyghur rights group said Wednesday that it has teamed up with Leigh Day to block Shein from floating on the London Stock Exchange over concerns it uses forced labor.

  • June 26, 2024

    Poultry Biz Wins Appeal Over Workers' Travel Time Pay

    An appellate judge ruled Wednesday that a poultry company does not have to pay its workers for the time they spent traveling to and from poultry farms, overturning a lower tribunal's ruling in favor of the U.K.'s tax authority.

  • June 26, 2024

    Workers Can Appeal Dyson Forced Labor Case In Malaysia

    Migrant workers in Malaysia have won their bid for a second chance to convince the courts that their allegations of forced labor and mistreatment by their employer, ATA Industrial, a large publicly listed Malaysian manufacturer, should be heard in the U.K., the law firm representing them said Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Plant Fitter Revives Harassment Case Against Transport Org

    A staffer has revived a disability harassment case against a transport operator after convincing an appeals tribunal that an earlier judge wrongly concluded that he had effectively withdrawn his claim after failing to pay a deposit to keep the case alive.

  • June 26, 2024

    Eversheds Steers £33M Pension Deal For Metal Recycling Co.

    A global scrap metal company has offloaded £33 million ($42 million) of its U.K. staff pension liabilities to insurer Aviva PLC, advisers said Wednesday, in a deal steered by Eversheds Sutherland.

  • June 25, 2024

    Doctor Loses Appeal In NHS Work Transfer Claim

    An appellate panel threw out a bid Tuesday by a British doctors union and a GP to overturn a ruling that the GP's dismissal was not covered by work transfer regulations during the restructuring of his NHS employer.

  • June 25, 2024

    NHS Administrator With Long COVID Loses Harassment Case

    A National Health Service trust provided reasonable adjustments for a senior administrator suffering from long-term COVID-19 and did not harass him for his disability when he was taking breaks, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 25, 2024

    Royal Mail Loses Unfair Dismissal Claim Over Grievance Delay

    Royal Mail Group forced a postman to resign after failing to properly address his complaints over a rejected job application while he was off sick with stress, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 25, 2024

    BBC Fights For Ability To Cut Costs Of £20B Pension Scheme

    The British Broadcasting Corporation launched an appeal Tuesday in a case that will decide whether it is able to reduce future benefits for members of its £19.8 billion ($25 billion) pension scheme.

  • June 25, 2024

    Disability Care May Leave Parents' Pension Funds Short

    Employers must create more flexible workplace cultures to ensure parents can balance caring and working after research shows that those with disabled children could be worse off in retirement because of caring responsibilities, People's Partnership said Tuesday.

  • June 24, 2024

    High Court Pay Not For Temp Judges, Master Of The Rolls Says

    The master of the rolls told an employment tribunal Monday that permanent High Court judges are in a different category to those who occasionally take on High Court duties, weighing in on a claim brought by judges who say they should be paid the same wages as permanent judges when they periodically sit at the High Court.

  • June 24, 2024

    Club Found Liable For Then-Secretary's 'Abusive' Acts

    Two bar staff were forced to resign from a members club in Durham after a now-former club secretary made comments that mocked one's disabilities and sexualized the other, an employment tribunal has ruled, finding the club liable.

  • June 24, 2024

    CEO Can Sue Nickel Mining Co. In UK Over 'Ambiguous' Firing

    An employment tribunal has ruled that the former CEO of a Zambian mining company can pursue his unfair dismissal claim in the U.K. after concluding that his contract was subject to English law.

  • June 24, 2024

    Retired Judges Lose Appeal In Pension Row With MoJ

    An appeals tribunal ruled Monday that the Ministry of Justice did not discriminate against three judges when it switched their pension schemes, ruling that their new judicial posts — rather than their part-time worker status — caused the change.

  • June 24, 2024

    Trade Union Can Sue Ex-Officer For Libel

    A trade union can bring its libel claim against a former union officer who was ousted from his position at the organization following bullying accusations, a London judge has ruled.

  • June 24, 2024

    Salmon Steers £25M Pension Deal For Travel Co.

    Legal & General will take on £25 million ($31.7 million) worth of pension liabilities from a scheme sponsored by travel company TUI in a deal steered by Burges Salmon LLP, advisers on the transaction said Monday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Surveyor Wins £110K After Director's Unfounded Fraud Report

    A tribunal has ordered a surveyors company and two of its directors to pay a former trainee almost £110,000 ($139,000) after ruling that she was subject to harassment relating to her sex and victimization.

  • June 21, 2024

    British Council Wins Fight To Nix Dubai Employee's Claim

    The British Council has won its appeal against a decision that found a human resources manager based in Dubai could sue her employer in a U.K. employment tribunal, with the appeals tribunal finding that her argument that she would not get a fair trial in the UAE failed.

  • June 21, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 21, 2024

    SRA Bars Case Handler Who Sent Client Money To Third Party

    A former case handler has been barred from working at law firms after she admitted that she had deliberately transferred client money to an unconnected third party without taking instructions, the Solicitors Regulation Authority said Friday.

  • June 21, 2024

    Apple Wrong To Fire Worker For COVID Joke, Tribunal Rules

    Apple wrongly fired an employee for making racial comments in the workplace, despite not having offended anyone, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Emerging Trends From A Busy Climate Litigation Year

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    Although many environmental cases brought in the U.K. were unsuccessful in 2023, they arguably clarified several relevant issues, such as climate rights, director and trustee obligations, and the extent to which claimants can hold the government accountable, illustrating what 2024 may have in store for climate litigation, say Simon Bishop and Patrick Kenny at Hausfeld.

  • 2024 Will Be A Busy Year For Generative AI And IP Issues

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    In light of increased litigation and policy proposals on balancing intellectual property rights and artificial intelligence innovation, 2024 is shaping up to be full of fast-moving developments that will have significant implications for AI tool developers, users of such tools and rights holders, say lawyers at Mishcon de Reya.

  • How Businesses Can Prepare For Cyber Resilience In 2024

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    With cybersecurity breaches one of the biggest threats to U.K. businesses and as legislation tightens, organizations should prioritize their external security measures in 2024 and mitigate risks by being well-informed on internal data protection procedures, says Kevin Modiri at Nelsons.

  • Dyson Decision Highlights Post-Brexit Forum Challenges

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    The High Court's recent decision in Limbu v. Dyson, barring the advancement of group supply chain claims against Dyson subsidiaries in the U.K. and Malaysia, suggests that, following Brexit, claims concerning events abroad may less frequently proceed to trial in England, say lawyers at Debevoise.

  • Best Legal Practices For The Holiday Party Season

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    With the holiday party season in full swing, two recent Solicitors Regulation Authority decisions serve as a useful reminder to both individuals and firms of the potential employment and regulatory consequences when misconduct is alleged to have occurred at a work event, say lawyers at CM Murray.

  • Foreign Assets Ruling Suggests New Tax Avoidance Approach

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    The U.K. Supreme Court's recent ruling in His Majesty's Revenue & Customs v. Fisher, which found that the scope of the transfer of foreign assets is narrow, highlights that the days of rampant tax avoidance have been left behind, and that the need for wide-ranging and uncertain tax legislation is lessening, says James Austen at Collyer Bristow.

  • Key Questions Ahead Of 2024 Right-To-Work Changes

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    In 2024, the U.K. will increase the maximum civil penalty for companies hiring employees who don't have legal permission to work, so employers should work toward minimizing the risk of noncompliance, including by using an identity service provider to carry out digital right-to-work checks, says Gemma Robinson at Foot Anstey.

  • Migration Data Could Mean Big 2024 Changes For Employers

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    In light of the Office for National Statistics' recent revised net migration figures, the government has taken a tough stance on reducing migration, announcing numerous upcoming immigration rules changes that employers need to be aware of, including work sponsorship, say Caroline Bagley, Emma Morgan and Adil Qadus at Shoosmiths.

  • The Top 7 Global ESG Litigation Trends In 2023

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    To date, ESG litigation across the world can largely be divided into seven forms, but these patterns will continue developing, including a rise in cases against private and state actors, a more complex regulatory environment affecting multinational companies, and an increase in nongovernmental organization activity, say Sophie Lamb and Aleksandra Dulska at Latham.

  • Employment Law Changes May Increase Litigation In 2024

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    As we enter 2024, significant employment law updates include changes to holiday pay, gender equality and flexible working, but the sector must deal with the unintended consequences of some of these changes, likely leading to increased litigation in the coming year, says Louise Taft at Jurit.

  • How European Authorities Are Foiling Anti-Competitive Hiring

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    Lawyers at Squire Patton discuss key labor practice antitrust concerns and notable regulation trends in several European countries following recent enforcement actions brought by the European Commission and U.K. Competition and Markets Authority.

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