Employment UK

  • June 28, 2024

    Christian Worker With Anti-LGBT Views Partly Wins Bias Case

    A Christian social worker has partially won his religious discrimination claim against the health support charity that rescinded his job offer after an internet search revealed his views on homosexuality, but lost his other bias and harassment claims.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Insurance Watchdog Warns Of Real Estate Risk Exposure

    The European pensions and insurance industries are increasingly exposed to the possibility of a real estate collapse, the sector watchdog warned in a newly published report into the financial stability for the region.

  • June 28, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Uber hit with claims from Addison Lee and the former CEO of the Kabbee app, animal by-product company Leo Group file a defamation claim against a local anti-odor campaigner, and a self-styled lord who claims to be the illegitimate son of the late Prince Phillip resume legal action against his cousins for a share in his late aunt's estate. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2024

    Lawyer Loses Age Bias Claim Against Council

    A lawyer in her 60s failed to prove that she was discriminated against because of her age after she was treated differently from a younger colleague over similar sickness absences, an employment tribunal has ruled.

  • June 28, 2024

    Onepoint Seeks To Exit Atos After Failed Restructure Talks

    Onepoint is looking to exit its 11.4% holding in French IT consultancy Atos after the anchor investor pulled out of plans to help restructure the company's €4.8 billion ($5.1 billion) debt burden.

  • June 27, 2024

    NCA Must Reconsider Uyghur Chinese Cotton Probe

    The U.K.'s National Crime Agency must reconsider its decision refusing to launch a broad investigation into imported cotton produced by the forced labor of Uyghur people in China, a London appellate court ruled Thursday in a first-of-its-kind decision that could disrupt retail supply chains.

  • June 27, 2024

    Xeinadin Sues Ex-Director, Wife Over Breach Of Duties

    Xeinadin has sued the former director of an accountancy firm it acquired and his wife for more than £1 million ($1.2 million) it claims it is owed from the deal to buy their stake in the firm after it sacked him amid allegations of fraud.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • When Can Bonuses Be Clawed Back?

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    The High Court's recent decision in Steel v. Spencer should remind employees that the contractual conditions surrounding bonuses and the timing of any resignation must be carefully considered, as in certain circumstances, bonuses can and are being successfully clawed back by employers, say Merrill April and Rachael Parker at CM Murray.

  • Trial By AI Could Be Closer Than You Think

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    In a known first for the U.K., a Court of Appeal justice recently admitted to using ChatGPT to write part of a judgment, highlighting how AI could make the legal system more efficient and enable the judicial process to record more accurate and fair decisions, say Charles Kuhn and Neide Lemos at Clyde & Co.

  • Employer Considerations After Visa And Application Fee Hikes

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    The U.K.'s recent visa and application fee increases are having a significant financial impact on businesses, and may heighten the risk of hiring discrimination, so companies should carefully reconsider their budgets accordingly, says Adam Sinfield at Osborne Clarke.

  • Collapse-Risk Buildings Present Liability Challenges

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    Recently, buildings, such as Harrow Crown Court, have been closed due to risk of collapse from use of reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete in their construction, but identifying who will pay for the associated damages may be challenging due to expired limitation periods, say Theresa Mohammed, Jonathan Clarke and Villem Diederichs at Watson Farley.

  • Age Bias Cases Illustrate Key Employer Issues On Retirement

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    Recent Employment Tribunal cases demonstrate that age discrimination claims are increasingly on employees' radars, particularly regarding retirement, so employers should be proactive and review their current practices for managing older employees, say Jane Mann and Lucy Sellen at Fox Williams.

  • What The Auto-Enrollment Law Means For UK Workforce

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    In a welcome step to enhance retirement savings, the U.K. government is set to extend the automatic enrollment regime by lowering the eligibility age and reducing the lower qualifying earnings limit, but addressing workers' immediate financial needs remains a challenge, says Beth Brown at Arc Pensions.

  • RSA Insurance Ruling Clarifies Definition Of 'Insured Loss'

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    A London appeals court's recent ruling in Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance v. Tughans, that the insurer must provide coverage for a liability that included the law firm's fees, shows that a claim for the recovery of fees paid to a firm can constitute an insured loss, say James Roberts and Sophia Hanif at Clyde & Co.

  • Key Takeaways From ICO Report On Workforce Monitoring

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    The Information Commissioner's Office recently published guidance on workplace monitoring, highlighting that employers must strike a balance between their business needs and workers' privacy rights to avoid falling afoul of U.K. data protection law requirements, say lawyers at MoFo.

  • Creating A Safe Workplace Goes Beyond DEI Compliance

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    The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority recently proposed a new diversity and inclusion regulatory framework to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, and companies should take this opportunity to holistically transform their culture to ensure zero tolerance for misconduct, says Vivek Dodd at Skillcast.

  • Bias Claim Highlights Need For Menopause Support Policies

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    The recent U.K. Employment Tribunal case Rooney v. Leicester City Council, concerning a menopause discrimination claim, illustrates the importance of support policies that should feed into an organization's wider diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies, say Ellie Gelder, Kelly Thomson and Victoria Othen at RPC.

  • UK Case Offers Lessons On Hiring Accommodations

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    The U.K. Employment Appeal Tribunal recently ruled in Aecom v. Mallon that an employer had failed to make reasonable adjustments to an online application for an applicant with a disability, highlighting that this obligation starts from the earliest point of the recruitment process, say Nishma Chudasama and Emily Morrison at SA Law.

  • Firms Should Prepare For New DEI Reporting Requirements

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    While the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority's recent proposals on diversity and inclusion in the financial sector are progressive, implementing reporting requirements will pose data collection and privacy protection challenges for employers, say lawyers at Fieldfisher.

  • Socioeconomic Data Shows Diversity Needed In Legal Sector

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    U.K. solicitors come from the highest socioeconomic backgrounds compared with the wider workforce, and with the case for a greater focus on diversity and inclusion stronger in law than in any other sector, now is the time to challenge the status quo decisions that affect equality and representation, says Nik Miller at the Bridge Group.

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